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. (39 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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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Simon and Garfunkel Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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

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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

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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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David Crosby is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Jerry Garcia Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Graham Nash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Graham Nash Pop music, Folk rock, Rock and roll

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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Leonard Cohen Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Tenacious D Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

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Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
selfloathingbutttoucher added The Lumineers Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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Days of the New is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
depcrestwood added Days of the New Experimental rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 21 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Goo Goo Dolls Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
박상엽 added Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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The Civil Wars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
The Civil Wars Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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

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Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Phil Ochs Folk music, Folk rock, Country

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Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rodrigo y Gabriela Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

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Royal Blood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
myrajones added Royal Blood Noise rock, Alternative rock, Hard rock

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

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Colin Hay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Colin Hay New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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The Spill Canvas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
The Spill Canvas Emo, Acoustic music, Acoustic rock

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

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Tyketto is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Libby Megan Jones added Tyketto Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

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Chuck Ragan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Chuck Ragan Folk rock, Acoustic rock, Punk rock

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Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Sam Smith Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

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Steel Wool is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
STEEL_WOOL_Band added Steel Wool Acoustic rock, folk rock, folk

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Alextre is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Alextre added Alextre Outsider Music, Psychedelic, Emo - Alextre is an American Outsider Musical Artist

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Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Julean and the Rai Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Julean Rai is listed (or ranked) 38 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) 39 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Passion Star Indie pop, Acoustic rock, Dream pop