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List Rules Upvote your favorite soft rock bands and musicians. Nothing considered heavy or hard etc should be on here.

This soft rock bands list ranks the best indie soft rock artists and musicians by votes. This list of top soft rock artists let’s you see who soft rock fans think are the best soft rock singers and bands. Fusing elements of low tempo folk music and mainstream rock, soft rock became popular at the end of the initial period of rock music, and has maintained popularity over the years. With the use of acoustic instruments and mellow melodies, the genre combined palatable tones with memorable tunes. The best soft rock artists performed songs about love, everyday life, and relationships. Soft rock is often associated with piano rock due its use of synthesizers and pianos. Soft rock songs dominated the 70s and 80s. Some of the most popular and enduring songs of the era were soft rock songs. The best soft rock artists are widely acclaimed and some are even in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

So, who are the best soft rock bands? Any list of good soft rock artists has to include legends like Elton John, James Taylor, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Carole King, The Carpenters, and Randy Newman. These artists are known widely for writing soft rock classics. Many of these singers and bands had their biggest hits decades ago, but their songs helped created a new genre and are still incredibly popular today.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best soft rock bands of all time. If you notice someone isn't on this list that should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best soft rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest soft rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular soft rock bands.
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Paul Simon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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521 314
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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484 314
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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484 314
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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484 314
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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485 314
Hall & Oates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Rock music

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486 314
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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485 314
America is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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484 314
The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

10
484 315
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
DebashreeGoswami added Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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486 314
Toto is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

12
485 314
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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484 314
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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484 314
Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Christian music, Pop music

15
484 314
Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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489 314
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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484 315
Christopher Cross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Yacht Rock, Pop rock

18
484 314
Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock

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484 314
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

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484 314
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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484 314
Journey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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484 314
Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
davidminyard added Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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484 314
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
mrblond added Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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485 314
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

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484 314
James Blunt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Folk music

26
485 314
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

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484 314
Kenny Loggins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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485 314
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

29
484 314
Bread is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

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485 314
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Rock music, Folk rock

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484 314
Art Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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485 314
Seals and Crofts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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484 314
The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
flytdeck added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
flytdeck added Synthpop, Rock music, Acoustic music

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484 314
Keane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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484 314
Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Tropical rock, Western music, Pop music

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484 314
Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

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484 314
Ambrosia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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484 315
The Fray is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Indie pop, Adult album alternative, Pop music

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484 314
Vanessa Carlton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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484 314
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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484 314
Casting Crowns is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music

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485 314
Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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485 314
Boston is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
RobLein added Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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484 314
B. J. Thomas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

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484 314
Taylor Dayne is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Urban contemporary, Rock music, Dance-pop

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484 314
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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484 314
Richard Marx is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

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484 314
Engelbert Humperdinck is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional pop music

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484 314
Amanda Palmer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Dark cabaret, Soft rock, Alternative rock