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
Sting acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Bonnie Raitt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Change the World
Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton acoustic Douglas Showalter
Pearl Jam acoustic Caren Armstrong
Friend of the Devil
The Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead acoustic Anders Mouridsen
America acoustic Tom Finch
Polly
Nirvana
Nirvana acoustic Mike Olekshy
Anticipation
Carly Simon
Carly Simon acoustic Dave Celentano
John Hiatt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Baby, I Love Your Way
Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton acoustic Lisa McCormick
Handy Man
James Taylor
James Taylor acoustic Douglas Showalter
Joan Baez acoustic Caren Armstrong
Mad World
Gary Jules
Gary Jules acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Seal acoustic Caren Armstrong
Pearl Jam acoustic Mike Olekshy
Alice's Restaurant
Arlo Guthrie
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
Eagles acoustic Mike Olekshy
Piano Man
Billy Joel
Billy Joel acoustic Mike Olekshy
Songbird
Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac acoustic Mike Olekshy