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The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time

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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    Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde

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    x, Plus, No. 5 Collaborations Project

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    Pink Moon, Bryter Layter, Five Leaves Left

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    Sweet Baby James, A Christmas Album, James Taylor at Christmas

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    Shoot Out the Lights, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, Walking on ...

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    Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash, Before These Crowded Streets

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    Definitive Collection, Fairytale, 25 Years in Concert: The Classics Live ...

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    John Renbourn, Under the Volcano, Faro Annie

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    Speaking of Dreams, Gracias a la Vida, The Joan Baez Country Music Album ...

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    In Between Dreams, Sleep Through the Static, On and On

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    O, 9, B-Sides

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    Crimson Moon, From the Outside, Bert and John

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    Black Balloon, Let Love In, "Name"

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    From a Basement on the Hill, XO, Figure 8

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    Bullinamingvase, Lifemask, Unhinged

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    In Our Nature, Veneer, Remain EP

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    A Merry Little Christmas, Heart Like a Wheel, What's New

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    Resume: The Best of Richie Havens, Alarm Clock, Mixed Bag

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    Feliz Navidad, And the Sun Will Shine.... Hits, Rarities

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    Sometimes, Bring Me Your Love, Live

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    Homecoming, The Complete Greatest Hits, A Horse With No Name

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    The Shepherd's Dog, The Creek Drank the Cradle, Our Endless Numbered Days ...

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    Beautiful Midnight, Underdogs, The Audio of Being

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    Hotel Paper, The Spirit Room, Broken Bracelet

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    Coco, Breakthrough, Christmas in the Sand

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    Illinois, Ding! Dong! Songs for Christmas - Vol. III, Ding! Dong! Songs ...

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    Gordon, Barenaked for the Holidays, Maybe You Should Drive

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    Worlds Collide, Inquisition Symphony, Amplified // A Decade of Reinventing ...

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    Solitude Standing, 99.9F°, Nine Objects of Desire

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    Days of the New, Days of the New, Days of the New

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    Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush

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    Trevor Hall, Everything Everytime Everywhere, Trevor Hall Live

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    The Real Thing, Clocktower Park, Tim's House

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    REM / [MTV | 2 Album Covers], Dusk and Summer, The Places You Have Come to ...

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    Tenacious D, The Pick of Destiny, Rize of the Fenix

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    Sounds of the Season: The KT Tunstall Holiday Collection, Eye to the ...

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    Steady On, A Few Small Repairs, Whole New You

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    En Hispanoamérica, Cada Vez Que Nos Miramos, Integral

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    Goodbye and Hello, Sefronia, Tim Buckley

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    Blue, Court and Spark, Ladies of the Canyon

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    Chariot, Sweeter, Gavin DeGraw

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    The Silent Enigma, Judgement, Untouchable

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    Never Shout Never., Indigo, Harmony

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    Stop All the World Now, Australia, Sound The Alarm

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    So Tonight That I Might See, Among My Swan, She Hangs Brightly

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    City of Black & White, Bullet, Nothing Left to Lose

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    Far, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, Begin to Hope

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    I Told You I Was Freaky, Flight of the Conchords, Folk the World Tour

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