Acoustic Songs

The acoustic style denotes a broad category of music that is either written for, or more easily played on, the acoustic guitar. This genre is generally characterized by acoustic-friendly techniques, such as fingerpicking and light strumming.

California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and the Papas is a good example of applied acoustic technique, and an apt representation of the acoustic style in general.

You’ll also see the term “acoustic” used to designate an adaptation or arrangement of a song that might not have had a strong acoustic-guitar presence on the original track. For example “Let It Be” by the Beatles and “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal can both be easily arranged in an acoustic style, despite a less distinct acoustic guitar track on the song’s original recordings.

Acoustic Songs

info title artist style difficulty instructor
Elton John acoustic Mike Olekshy
Imagine
John Lennon
John Lennon acoustic Caren Armstrong
Jewel acoustic Caren Armstrong
Kansas acoustic Douglas Showalter
Johnny Cash acoustic Caren Armstrong
California Dreamin'
The Mamas and the Papas
The Mamas and the Papas acoustic Henrik Linde
George Harrison acoustic Caren Armstrong
Wild Horses (Made Easy)
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones acoustic Mike Olekshy
Lucky Man (Made Easy)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer acoustic Caren Armstrong
Proud Mary (Made Easy)
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater Revival acoustic Caren Armstrong
Lady Gaga acoustic Mike Olekshy
Rihanna acoustic Mike Olekshy
Five Hundred Miles
Peter, Paul, and Mary
Peter, Paul, and Mary acoustic Henrik Linde
Wild World
Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens acoustic Lisa McCormick
The Rolling Stones acoustic Mike Olekshy
Hey There Delilah
Plain White T`s
Plain White T`s acoustic Douglas Showalter
Extreme acoustic Douglas Showalter
The Who acoustic Mike Olekshy
She Talks To Angels
The Black Crowes
The Black Crowes acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Me & Bobby McGee
Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin acoustic Lisa McCormick