Top Ten American Folk Rock GroupsBillyv 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
Their harmony is so incredible that it's usually impossible to distinguish between Paul's and Art's voices. - PetSounds
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
I HATE the Mamas and the Papas a whole lot. They stink! Peter, Paul and Mary rock. Peter, Paul and Mary are way better than the Mamas and the Papas.
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
I can’t stand Cass Elliot because she was too fat and too round when she was with the Mamas and the Papas. Her voice drives me nuts 🥜. I would have liked The Mamas and the Papas better if they were less ugly and if Cass Elliot never joined them at all.
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.
Capturing the essence and melancholy of the american countryside and hardships of life through beautifully composed pieces.
Not really Folk-Rock, they were just "Folk", though they were very good.
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
I love ❤️ this group a whole lot. They make me smile 😊.
When I use The Sanderson Sisters as Peter, Paul and Mary, I use Winifred Sanderson as Peter Yarrow 💚, I use Sarah Sanderson as Paul Stookey 💜, and I use Mary Sanderson as Mary Travers ❤️. 🦖🦕
Personally favored over strong candidate Poco - Billyv
Superb pedigree in this genre: Also formed by the former members of Buffalo Springfield, Richie Furay and Jim Messina.
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2. Simon and Garfunkel
3. The Mamas and The Papas
2. Buffalo Springfield
3. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young