The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time

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List Criteria: 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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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    most listed & added by sundeep180
    Folk music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Folk music, Folk rock

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    Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

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    Folk music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Folk music, Electric folk

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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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    Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

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    British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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    Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Folk music, Indie folk, Indie rock

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    Folk music, Acoustic music, Melodic hardcore

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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Folk rock, Funk

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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Folk rock

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    Latin pop, Bolero, Acoustic music

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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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    Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

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    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

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    Indie, Rock music, Folk music

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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Country pop

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

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    Flamenco, World music, Classical music

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    Traditional music, Folk music, Experimental rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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    Ska, Folk music, World music

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

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    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

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    Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

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    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

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    Outsider Music Alextre is an American Outsider Musical Artist

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    Rock music, Acoustic music, Alternative rock

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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    Rock music, Emo, Folk rock

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    Folk music, Electric folk, Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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    Folk music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Anti-folk, Pop music

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    Electric folk, Folk jazz, Folk rock

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