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.

The Top Ten

1 Crosby, 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ - Billyv

2 Simon and Garfunkel Simon and Garfunkel Simon & 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

3 The Mamas and The Papas The Mamas and The Papas The Mamas & the Papas were an American folk rock vocal group that recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968, reuniting briefly in 1971. The group was a defining force in the music scene of the Counterculture of the 1960s.

The anti-Cass Elliot troll continues to spout nonsense... like a scorned lover.
What happened? Did she turn down your advances or eat your ham sandwich? - Billyv

4 The Byrds The Byrds The 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.
5 Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield Buffalo 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

Its quite simple; Buffalo Springfield begat CSNY.

Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Jim Messina was just about as strong a "natural" [not label created] lineup as has ever existed in the world of rock music.
Neil Young's song "Wish I Was in Buffalo Springfield Again" shows that after a lifetime, even he realizes just how wonderful they were.

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6 America

Capturing the essence and melancholy of the american countryside and hardships of life through beautifully composed pieces.

7 The Lovin Spoonful The Lovin Spoonful The Lovin' Spoonful is a U.S. rock band, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and well known for a number of hit songs in the 1960s including "Summer in the City", "Do You Believe In Magic", "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?", and "Daydream".
8 Peter, Paul and Mary

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

I love Peter, Paul, and Mary.

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" ๐Ÿ˜‰ - Billyv

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When I have the Sanderson Sisters sing ๐ŸŽถ Peter Paul and Mary songs, I have Winifred sing ๐ŸŽถ Peterโ€™s part ๐Ÿ’š, Sarah sing ๐ŸŽถ Paulโ€™s part ๐Ÿ’œ, and Mary sing ๐ŸŽถ Maryโ€™s part โค๏ธ.

When I have Hyp Nod and Mutt sing ๐ŸŽต Peter Paul and Mary songs, I have Hyp sing ๐ŸŽต Peterโ€™s part ๐Ÿงก, Nod sing ๐ŸŽต Paulโ€™s part ๐Ÿ’›, and Mutt sing ๐ŸŽต Maryโ€™s part ๐Ÿ’œ. ๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿฆ•

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9 The Kingston Trio

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

10 The Youngbloods

The Contenders

11 Seals and Crofts

Personally favored over strong candidate Poco - Billyv

12 Bread

Greatest love songs ever written!

13 Poco

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

14 McGuinn, Clark, & Hillman
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Top Remixes

1. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
2. Simon and Garfunkel
3. The Mamas and The Papas
1. Simon and Garfunkel
2. Buffalo Springfield
3. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young


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