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The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists 

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Updated April 9, 2019 3.7k votes 673 voters 54.7k views 43 items

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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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Crosby, Stills, Nash &am... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Stephen Stills is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Cat Stevens is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Carole King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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America is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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David Crosby is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Graham Nash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Tenacious D is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Days of the New is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists
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Judy Collins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Acoustic Rock Bands/Artists