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100 Greatest Folk Rock Recording Artists

Criteria: Folk Rock Artists are ranked by their influence, impact, acclaim, and popularity. Includes artists that performed folk rock music for only a portion of their career. Includes artists which perform folk rock sub-genres such as indie folk and folk punk.

Newly added names are in Red
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List Begun: 09-01-2013

100 Greatest Folk Rock Artists
  1. Bob Dylan
  2. The Byrds
  3. Neil Young
  4. Crosby, Stills & Nash
  5. Joni Mitchell
  6. The Band
  7. Simon & Garfunkel
  8. Donovan
  9. Fairport Convention
10. James Taylor

11. Paul Simon
12. Richard & Linda Thompson
13. The Mamas and the Papas
14. Leonard Cohen
15. Grateful Dead (60's-early 70's)
16. Jackson Browne
17. Nick Drake
18. The Incredible String Band
19. Richard Thompson (solo)
20. Van Morrison (early-mid 70's)
21. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
22. The Lovin' Spoonful
23. Sonny & Cher
24. Steeleye Span
25. Oysterband
26. Sandy Denny
27. The Turtles
28. Kate & Anna McGarrigle
29. Melissa Etheridge
30. The Pogues
31. Arlo Guthrie
32. Pentangle
33. Bruce Cockburn
34. Buffalo Springfield
35. Loudon Wainwright III
36. Roy Harper
37. Jim Croce
38. Billy Bragg
39. David Crosby
40. America
41. Violent Femmes
42. Iain Matthews
43. Ani DiFranco
44. Harry Chapin
45. Love
46. The Waterboys
47. Indigo Girls
48. Stephen Stills
49. Cat Stevens
50. Jethro Tull (late 70's)
51. Tracy Chapman
52. Strawbs
53. Lindisfarne
54. Suzanne Vega
55. John Martyn
56. Tim Buckley
57. Syd Barrett
58. Moby Grape
59. Vashti Bunyan
60. Shawn Colvin
61. Elliott Smith
62. The Decemberists
63. Great Big Sea
64. The Beau Brummels
65. Gene Clark
66. Bert Jansch
67. The Mountian Goats
68. Al Stewart
69. Richard Shindell
70. Rodriguez
71. Dar Williams
72. The Saw Doctors
73. Levon Helm
74. Graham Nash
75. Joan Armatrading
76. Pete Yorn
77. Will Oldham (Palace / Bonnie Prince Billy)
78. Roger McGuinn
79. Michelle Shocked
80. Gorky's Zyogtic Mynci
81. Tyrannosaurus Rex
82. Neutral Milk Hotel
83. The Men They Couldn't Hang
84. Lucy Kaplansky
85. Jason Molina (Magnolia Electric Co.)
86. Vic Chesnutt
87. Peter Case
88. Spirit of the West
89. Linda Thompson (solo)
90. Hothouse Flowers
91. The Albion Band
92. Simon Nicol
93. Bright Eyes
94. Sufjan Stevens
95. Fotheringay
96. Fred Neil
97. Bill Fay
98. The Youngbloods
99. Bon Iver
100. Shelagh MacDonald

Bob Dylan
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The Byrds
The Byrds, 1965
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