bands/musicians The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time  

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List Rules 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
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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110 65
Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
sundeep180 added Nick Drake Folk music, Folk rock

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78 18
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
ElijahKaganer added Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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118 83
James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
James Taylor Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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327 223
Ed Sheeran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Ed Sheeran Hip hop music, Indie, Pop music

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37 6
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
DexterVane added Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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53 23
Bert Jansch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
bri-gri added Bert Jansch Folk music, Folk rock

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46 21
John Renbourn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
bri-gri added John Renbourn Folk music, Folk rock

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132 79
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Jack Johnson Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

10
56 36
Richard Thompson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Richard Thompson Rock music, Folk music, Electric folk

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67 53
Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Elliott Smith Indie pop, Folk rock, Acoustic music

12
28 16
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Kingsx01 added Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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36 32
José González is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
lorizel added José González Folk music, Indie folk, Indie rock

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34 30
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Rob_98 added Donovan British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

The Sexiest Artists of All Time

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59 37
Dallas Green is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Dallas Green Folk music, Acoustic music, Melodic hardcore

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52 44
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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86 80
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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55 57
Damien Rice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Damien Rice Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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30 13
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
ElijahKaganer added Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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29 22
Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
JPHandy25 added Iron & Wine Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk

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16 8
Crosby & Nash is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Kingsx01 added Crosby & Nash Rock music, Folk rock

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49 36
America is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
looksharp added America Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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24 27
Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
looksharp added Sufjan Stevens Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

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14 16
Tim Buckley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
TommyLondo29 added Tim Buckley Traditional music, Folk music, Experimental rock

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49 39
Colbie Caillat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Colbie Caillat Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Country pop

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19 17
Roy Harper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
bri-gri added Roy Harper Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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42 33
Ben Howard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
zach7skate added Ben Howard Indie, Rock music, Folk music

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73 82
Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Goo Goo Dolls Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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31 32
Richie Havens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Richie Havens Folk rock, Funk

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16 16
Jason Mraz is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Emanuel Francis added Jason Mraz Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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25 28
José Feliciano is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
José Feliciano Latin pop, Bolero, Acoustic music

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37 53
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

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13 14
Paco de Lucía is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
slaft added Paco de Lucía Flamenco, World music, Classical music

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11 12
The John Butler Trio is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Jason Goucher added The John Butler Trio Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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20 26
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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29 28
Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Rodrigo y Gabriela Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

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53 58
Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Tenacious D Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

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39 42
Dashboard Confessional is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Dashboard Confessional Rock music, Emo, Folk rock

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26 28
Suzanne Vega is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
looksharp added Suzanne Vega Folk music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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3 7
Tomas Kalnoky is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Kyle Rhodes added Tomas Kalnoky Ska, Folk music, World music

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17 29
Matthew Good is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Matthew Good Rock music, Acoustic music, Alternative rock

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16 28
Days of the New is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Days of the New Experimental rock, Grunge, Folk rock

Bands/Artists With Only One Great Album

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25 41
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Barenaked Ladies Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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18 31
Michelle Branch is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Michelle Branch Country pop, Acoustic music, Pop rock

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8 16
Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
meryl hill added Robbie Williams Hip hop music, Swing music, Rock music

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19 22
Mazzy Star is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Mazzy Star Indie, Psychedelic folk, Shoegazing

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25 30
KT Tunstall is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
KT Tunstall Indie pop, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

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27 33
Regina Spektor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
Regina Spektor Indie pop, Anti-folk, Pop music

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2 9
Crawling With Cops is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
ChrisG.Simmons added Crawling With Cops

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1 0
Tyler Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Acoustic Bands and Artists of All Time
DonnaRamsey added Tyler Ramsey Folk music