Best Folk Rock Bands of the 1960s

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Criteria used to choose bands (in no particular order):
Commercial success
Pioneering
Influential
Talent

The Top Ten

1 The Mamas & The Papas The Mamas & 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.

First fully integrated band with two men and two women. Original sound. Original look--nothing or no one looked like they did, one reason Ed Sullivan liked them so much. Vocal harmonies are the best; no other band will ever sound like them. - Blue_Devereaux

The Mamas and the Papas suck! They should be zero

2 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 ...read more.

They invented folk rock

Roger McGuinn and his 12 string INVENTED folk rock!

3 Beau Brummels
4 Simon and Garfunkel Simon and Garfunkel Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel.

The thing I love about Simon and Garfunkel is their minimalist approach. Often only a guitar and their voices (which are always in perfect harmony). Art Garfunkel's vocal arangements define Paul Simon's songs. They were never the same without each other. - PetSounds

So many wonderful hits... Bridge over troubled water, the Boxer, Mrs. Robinson... and so many more. - Beatlesboy9

5 The Lovin' Spoonful The Lovin' Spoonful
6 Donovan
7 The Turtles
8 Love
9 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.
10 Ian and Sylvia

The Contenders

11 Peter, Paul and Mary
12 Fairport Convention

They invented British folk rock.

13 The Strawbs
14 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
15 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.
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