Best Folk Rock Bands of the 1960s

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

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. The group was a defining force in the music scene of the Counterculture of the 1960s.

They had wonderful songs and harmony. I played some of their songs in my band. They are not an evil group in any shape or form. What a stupid thing to say...that person must be very uneducated. Cass Elliot had the best voice in the group and was extremely talented, which is why she did well with her solo career and others did not,proof is in the pudding. They had a great influence in the music business and will have for many years to come.

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 Stupid Mamas and the Stupid Papas did NOT have great πŸ‘ influence before they got fired and stupid Cass Elliot was untalented before she got fired from being a jerk to everybody

The Mamas and the Papas suck! They should be zero

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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 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 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".

The Spoonful and The Byrds are two of my favorite bands from the Sixties. - Gg2000

6 Donovan Donovan
7 The Turtles
8 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.
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10 Peter, Paul and Mary

Peter, Paul and Mary are awesome.

Best folk group EVER!

I love ❀️ Peter, Paul, and Mary so much. Their music 🎢 makes me so happy πŸ˜ƒ. They’re way better than The Mamas and the Papas.

I use Hyp, Nod, and Mutt as Peter, Paul and Mary. I use Hyp as Peter Yarrow 🧑. I use Nod as Paul Stookey πŸ’›. I use Mutt as Mary Travers πŸ’œ. πŸ¦•πŸ¦–

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The Contenders

11 Ian and Sylvia
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.

They weren't really a folk rock band. They were more of a roots band, more influenced by straight rock and roll, blues, and country. - Gg2000

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 more.
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