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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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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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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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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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506 327
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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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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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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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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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

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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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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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Toto is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

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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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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

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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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Christopher Cross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Yacht Rock, Pop rock

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507 327
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
slaft added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

18
506 327
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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506 327
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

20
506 326
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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508 327
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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506 327
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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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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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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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

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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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508 327
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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506 326
Bread is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

29
506 327
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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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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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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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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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

35
510 327
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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B. J. Thomas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time
RobLein added Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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