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
Black Water
The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers acoustic Tom Finch
Harry Chapin acoustic Douglas Showalter
Death Cab for Cutie acoustic Douglas Showalter
Tin Man
America
America acoustic Caren Armstrong
Please Mr. Postman
The Marvelettes
The Marvelettes acoustic Caren Armstrong
If
Bread
Bread acoustic Caren Armstrong
Bread acoustic Mike Olekshy
Runaway Train
Soul Asylum
Soul Asylum acoustic Douglas Showalter
Oh Danny Boy
Traditional
Traditional acoustic Lisa McCormick
Lord Huron acoustic Mike Olekshy
America acoustic Caren Armstrong
Fleetwood Mac acoustic Mike Olekshy
Marc Cohn acoustic Douglas Showalter
If I Had $1000000
Barenaked Ladies
Barenaked Ladies acoustic Mike Olekshy
I Got a Name
Jim Croce
Jim Croce acoustic Lisa McCormick
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
David Loggins acoustic Douglas Showalter
Happy Birthday to You
Mildred and Patty Hill
Mildred and Patty Hill acoustic Lisa McCormick
R.E.M. acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick