bands/musicians The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time

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List Rules Only bands or singers who are known for primarily playing acoustic instruments for either all or some of their career.

The backbone of music, regardless of your tastes, has always been acoustic music. Using only acoustic instruments (thus, no electric anything), acoustic music is one of the purest forms of music - and it has been around for a long, long time. Acoustic music has spanned many generations and can be seen in many genres of music, including folk, rock (hard and soft rock) and even metal (if you count Unplugged performances). Believe it or not, many of the songs you're familiar with have likely started as awesome acoustics songs by someone strumming some notes on an acoustic guitar. But, only a select number of musicians can be considered acoustic artists. For the sake of this list, an acoustic artist is defined as a musician who is primarily known for, or has used acoustic instruments for a majority of their songs.

So what are best acoustic bands? Any top 100 list (or top 10 for that matter) of acoustic artists has to include names like Jack Johnson, James Taylor, Nick Drake, Joan Baez, Elliott Smith, Colbie Calliat and Bob Dylan. These are some of the best acoustic artists known and with good reason. Their songs were popular when they were first released and continue to be hits years after they were first released. Good acoustic artists have strong devoted followings and are able to sell out their concerts and play shows around the world.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best acoustic singers. If you know acoustic music and are familiar with acoustic artists, then feel free to vote on this list. If you think someone isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them.his list answers the questions "who are the best acoustic music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest acoustic music 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 acoustic music bands that you might've heard of. 

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music Folk music

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Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Nick Drake Folk music, Folk rock

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock Grunge

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Bert Jansch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Bert Jansch Folk music, Folk rock

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Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Ed Sheeran Hip hop music, Indie Pop music

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John Renbourn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
John Renbourn Folk music, Folk rock

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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco Pop music

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Richard Thompson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Richard Thompson Rock music, Folk music Electric folk

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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Jack Johnson Indie pop, Tropical rock Pop music

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Donovan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk Psychedelic pop

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Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music Rock music

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Damien Rice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Damien Rice Indie pop, Folk music Folk rock

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José González is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
José González Folk music, Indie folk Indie rock

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Dallas Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Dallas Green Folk music, Acoustic music Melodic hardcore

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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music Acoustic music

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Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Elliott Smith Indie pop, Folk rock Acoustic music

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat Rock music

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Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Iron & Wine Folk music, Folk rock Indie folk

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Richie Havens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Richie Havens Folk rock, Funk

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music Folk rock

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Roy Harper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Roy Harper Rock music, Folk music Folk rock

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Crosby & Nash is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Crosby & Nash Rock music, Folk rock

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America is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
America Classic rock, Rock music Folk rock

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José Feliciano is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
José Feliciano Latin pop, Bolero Acoustic music

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music Folk jazz

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Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Sufjan Stevens Christian music, Alternative country Baroque pop

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Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Goo Goo Dolls Jangle pop, Classic rock Heartland rock

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Ben Howard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Ben Howard Indie, Rock music Folk music

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Colbie Caillat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Colbie Caillat Ballad, Blue-eyed soul Country pop

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Jason Mraz is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Jason Mraz Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul Pop music

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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music Latin American music

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Paco de Lucía is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Paco de Lucía Flamenco, World music Classical music

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Tim Buckley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Tim Buckley Traditional music, Folk music Experimental rock

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Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal Cello rock

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Tomas Kalnoky is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Tomas Kalnoky Ska, Folk music World music

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Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Tenacious D Rock music, Heavy metal Acoustic music

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The John Butler Trio is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
The John Butler Trio Blues-rock, Rock music Folk music

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Crawling With Cops is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Crawling With Cops

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Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Rodrigo y Gabriela Rock music, Flamenco Folk rock

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Michelle Branch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Michelle Branch Country pop, Acoustic music Pop rock

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Alextre is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Alextre Outsider Music - Alextre is an American Outsider Musical Artist

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Matthew Good is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Matthew Good Rock music, Acoustic music Alternative rock

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Dashboard Confessional is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Dashboard Confessional Rock music, Emo Folk rock

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Sandy Denny is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Sandy Denny Folk music, Electric folk Folk rock

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Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Barenaked Ladies Rock music, Folk rock Acoustic music

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Days of the New is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Days of the New Experimental rock, Grunge Folk rock

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KT Tunstall is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
KT Tunstall Indie pop, Adult contemporary music Pop music

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Suzanne Vega is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Suzanne Vega Folk music, Experimental rock Folk rock

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Regina Spektor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Regina Spektor Indie pop, Anti-folk Pop music

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Pentangle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Pentangle Electric folk, Folk jazz Folk rock