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. (41 items)
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112 45
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

2
72 20
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

3
73 22
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
111 48
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

5
48 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
44 26
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
41 27
Stephen Stills is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

8
33 22
David Crosby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk rock

9
24 13
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

10
23 12
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

11
29 19
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ElijahKaganer added Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

12
21 11
Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word

13
40 32
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

14
6 0
Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
starwarssuperfan added Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

15
28 21
Graham Nash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Folk rock, Rock and roll

16
44 41
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

17
53 55
Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music

18
17 16
The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
selfloathingbutttoucher added Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock

19
48 54
Days of the New is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
depcrestwood added Experimental rock, Grunge, Folk rock

20
37 41
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

21
15 15
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
ruphy added Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

22
2 0
America is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
starwarssuperfan added Classic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

23
27 33
Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

24
28 36
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
박상엽 added Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

25
24 32
Barenaked Ladies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk rock, Acoustic music