The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians

The Best Soft Rock Bands of All Time

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List Criteria: Upvote your favorite soft rock bands and musicians. Nothing considered heavy or hard etc should be on here.

This soft rock bands list ranks the best indie soft rock artists and musicians by votes. This list of top soft rock artists let’s you see who soft rock fans think are the best soft rock singers and bands. Fusing elements of low tempo folk music and mainstream rock, soft rock became popular at the end of the initial period of rock music, and has maintained popularity over the years. With the use of acoustic instruments and mellow melodies, the genre combined palatable tones with memorable tunes. The best soft rock artists performed songs about love, everyday life, and relationships. Soft rock is often associated with piano rock due its use of synthesizers and pianos. Soft rock songs dominated the 70s and 80s. Some of the most popular and enduring songs of the era were soft rock songs. The best soft rock artists are widely acclaimed and some are even in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

So, who are the best soft rock bands? Any list of good soft rock artists has to include legends like Elton John, James Taylor, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Carole King, The Carpenters, and Randy Newman. These artists are known widely for writing soft rock classics. Many of these singers and bands had their biggest hits decades ago, but their songs helped created a new genre and are still incredibly popular today.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best soft rock bands of all time. If you notice someone isn't on this list that should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best soft rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest soft rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular soft rock bands.
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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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    Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock

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    Melodic Rock, Neo-progressive rock, Pop music

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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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    Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

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    Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Tropical rock, Western music, Pop music

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    Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

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    Rock music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Pop music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Urban contemporary, Rock music, Dance-pop

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    Pop music, Contemporary Christian music, Country

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    Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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