Top Ten American Folk Rock Groups

This is the top popular and talented folk rock groups, excluding the bands/groups that often backed "solo" artists and played behind the individual's featured name.

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1Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Tough choice between #s 1&2 for me but I went with CSNY partly due to 4 strong featured members as well as figuring PetSounds will likely appropriately vote for Simon & Garfunkel if/when he sees this list! 😉 - Billyv

2Simon and GarfunkelSimon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel.

Their harmony is so incredible that it's usually impossible to distinguish between Paul's and Art's voices. - PetSounds

3The Mamas and The PapasThe Mamas & the Papas were an American folk rock vocal group that recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968, reuniting briefly in 1971.
4The ByrdsThe Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial more.
6Buffalo SpringfieldBuffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1966. Their original lineup included Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Richie Furay, and Neil Young.

They hated touring, and so were mostly known on the west-coast except for the hit "For What Its Worth", which became an anti-Vietnam War anthem, even though it was about student riots on the Sunset Strip.

I've been getting into them recently, thanks to an anonymous recommendation. If you're reading this, I thank you. - PetSounds

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7The Lovin Spoonful
8The Kingston Trio

Not really Folk-Rock, they were just "Folk", though they were very good.

9The Youngbloods
10Seals and Crofts

Personally favored over strong candidate Poco - Billyv

The Contenders

11Peter, Paul and Mary

In reality they were just Folkies, but they did rock every now and then.

Another strong and proper criticism; I may replace or demote them in the ranking.
Although one song does not define a genre, they did "...Dig Rock n Roll Music" 😉 - Billyv


Superb pedigree in this genre: Also formed by the former members of Buffalo Springfield, Richie Furay and Jim Messina.

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