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. (43 items)
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85 25
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

2
125 51
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

3
86 26
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Rock music, Folk rock

4
121 55
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

5
61 32
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

6
53 31
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

7
34 16
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

8
44 30
Stephen Stills is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

9
37 23
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

10
38 26
David Crosby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk rock

11
14 2
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
starwarssuperfan added Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

12
28 17
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

13
26 15
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

14
44 36
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

15
31 23
Graham Nash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Folk rock, Rock and roll

16
48 44
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

17
11 3
America is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
starwarssuperfan added Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

18
42 42
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

19
55 60
Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

20
18 17
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

21
49 56
Days of the New is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
depcrestwood added Experimental rock, Grunge, Folk rock

22
20 20
The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
selfloathingbutttoucher added Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock

23
32 37
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
박상엽 added Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

24
30 36
Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

25
2 0
John Mayer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Edward Cady-Ross added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music