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The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time 

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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
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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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The Carpenters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Crosby, Stills, Nash &am... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Boston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Neil Diamond is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Bread is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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B. J. Thomas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Seals and Crofts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Richard Marx is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
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Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time