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. (31 items)
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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    Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

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    Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

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    Emo, Acoustic music, Acoustic rock

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    added by 박상엽
    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Emo, Folk rock

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    Pop music, Folk rock, Rock and roll

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    Rock music, Folk rock

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Country

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    added by ElijahKaganer
    Rock music, Folk rock

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    added by ElijahKaganer
    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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    Folk rock, Acoustic rock, Punk rock

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    Alextre is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists

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    Outsider Music, Psychedelic, Emo Alextre is an American Outsider Musical Artist

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    Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Folk rock, Acoustic music, Acoustic rock

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    Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Steel Wool is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists

    added by STEEL_WOOL_Band
    Acoustic rock, folk rock, folk

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    Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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    Indie pop, Acoustic rock, Dream pop

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