The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time Bands/Musicians

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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    Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Folk music, Folk rock

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    Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

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    Rock music, Folk music, Electric folk

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    Folk music, Folk rock

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    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


    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

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    Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time


    Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time


    Indie pop, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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    Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time

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    Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

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    Folk rock, Funk

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    Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time


    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

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    Folk music, Indie folk, Indie rock

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    José Feliciano is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time


    Latin pop, Bolero, Acoustic music

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    Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time


    New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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    Dallas Green is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time

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    Folk music, Acoustic music, Melodic hardcore

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    Michelle Branch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time


    Country pop, Acoustic music, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Acoustic music, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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    Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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    America is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time

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    Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Indie, Rock music, Folk music

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    Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Country pop

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    Rock music, Reggae, Acoustic music

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    Folk music, Acoustic music, Indie rock

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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

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    Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

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    Paco de Lucía is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time

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    Flamenco, World music, Classical music

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    Traditional music, Folk music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Emo, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Suzanne Vega is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time

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    Folk music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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    Eagles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time

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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Regina Spektor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time


    Indie pop, Anti-folk, Pop music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Indie, Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing

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    Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time

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    Hip hop music, Swing music, Rock music

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    Crawling With Cops is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time

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    Gavin DeGraw is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time


    Adult album alternative, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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