bands/musicians The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists

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The foundation of rock music, debatably, is acoustic music. When many singer-songwriters sit down to work on a song or an idea to demo, they generally use an acoustic guitar. Sometimes these songs and bands turn them into electric music, but sometimes a song is so good that a band or artist will leave them as is and thus, becomes acoustic rock. Sometimes, musicians sound better making acoustic rock. Bands outside the Unplugged realm generally don't lean towards acoustic rock, but those who do have found success across multiple formats. Also, the best acoustic rock bands sometimes do go electric, but that doesn't change that they are also considered acoustic music.

So, what are the best acoustic rock bands and acoustic rock artists? While this list can include a slew of artists, we're going to stick with those who played acoustic rock for a portion of their career. That's why you'll see the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jack Johnson and Dashboard Confessional on this list. Though these acoustic rock artists may come from different music genres, they are still considered acoustic rock.

That said, these are the best acoustic rock bands. These acoustic rock artists are known to many as the top of the heap. If you notice someone missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best acoustic rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest acoustic 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 acoustic rock bands that you might've heard of. (32 items)

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock Grunge

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music Folk music

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music Folk jazz

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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat Rock music

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music Rock music

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Days of the New is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Days of the New Experimental rock, Grunge Folk rock

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Stephen Stills is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Stephen Stills Blues-rock, Rock music Folk rock

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Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Tenacious D Rock music, Heavy metal Acoustic music

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Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Barenaked Ladies Rock music, Folk rock Acoustic music

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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music Acoustic music

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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Jack Johnson Indie pop, Tropical rock Pop music

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Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Goo Goo Dolls Jangle pop, Classic rock Heartland rock

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Graham Nash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Graham Nash Pop music, Folk rock Rock and roll

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David Crosby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
David Crosby Rock music, Folk rock

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Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Jerry Garcia Blues-rock, Rock music Folk rock

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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul Pop music

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Dashboard Confessional is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Dashboard Confessional Rock music, Emo Folk rock

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music New Prog

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The Civil Wars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
The Civil Wars Americana, Folk music Folk rock

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Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rodrigo y Gabriela Rock music, Flamenco Folk rock

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The Spill Canvas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
The Spill Canvas Emo, Acoustic music Acoustic rock

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Tyketto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Tyketto Glam metal, Classic rock Rock music

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Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Phil Ochs Folk music, Folk rock Country

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Alextre is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Alextre Outsider Music, Psychedelic Emo - Alextre is an American Outsider Musical Artist

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Steel Wool is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Steel Wool Acoustic rock, folk rock folk

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Chuck Ragan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Chuck Ragan Folk rock, Acoustic rock Punk rock

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The New Amsterdams is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
The New Amsterdams Folk rock, Acoustic music Acoustic rock

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Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Julean and the Rai Rock, Heartland rock Rock music

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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Sam Smith Pop music, Dance-pop House music

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Julean Rai is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Julean Rai Folk music, Folk rock Acoustic music

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Passion Star is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Passion Star Indie pop, Acoustic rock Dream pop