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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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

2
109 45
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

3
70 21
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
68 20
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

5
46 26
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
43 25
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
39 27
Stephen Stills is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

8
22 11
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

9
40 31
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

10
22 12
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

11
31 22
David Crosby is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk rock

12
18 10
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

13
26 19
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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27 21
Graham Nash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Folk rock, Rock and roll

15
42 41
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

16
52 54
Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

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17 15
The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
selfloathingbutttoucher added Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock

18
47 53
Days of the New is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
depcrestwood added Experimental rock, Grunge, Folk rock

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15 14
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

20
36 40
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

21
27 32
Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

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28 35
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
박상엽 added Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

23
24 31
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

24
19 25
The Civil Wars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

25
15 22
Phil Ochs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Folk music, Folk rock, Country

26
14 25
Rodrigo y Gabriela is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Flamenco, Folk rock

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5 13
Royal Blood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
myrajones added Noise rock, Alternative rock, Hard rock

28
18 32
Dashboard Confessional is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Emo, Folk rock

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4 13
Colin Hay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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17 33
The Spill Canvas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Emo, Acoustic music, Acoustic rock

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6 19
The New Amsterdams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Folk rock, Acoustic music, Acoustic rock

32
5 18
Tyketto is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Libby Megan Jones added Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music

33
8 23
Chuck Ragan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Folk rock, Acoustic rock, Punk rock

34
11 35
Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Dance-pop, House music

35
3 19
Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

36
2 16
Steel Wool is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
STEEL_WOOL_Band added Acoustic rock, folk rock, folk

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2 17
Alextre is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Alextre added Outsider Music, Psychedelic, Emo -

Alextre is an American Outsider Musical Artist

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2 19
Julean Rai is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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1 18
Passion Star is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Acoustic rock, Dream pop