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
Gene Autry acoustic Caren Armstrong
Fragile
Sting
Sting acoustic Dave Celentano
Love Me Tender
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley acoustic Henrik Linde
Stay
Lisa Loeb
Lisa Loeb acoustic Caren Armstrong
Little Martha
The Allman Brothers
The Allman Brothers acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Society
Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder acoustic Douglas Showalter
Billy Joel acoustic Douglas Showalter
Linda Ronstadt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Jewel acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Train acoustic Michael Elsner
Come Monday
Jimmy Buffett
Jimmy Buffett acoustic Henrik Linde
Don't Know Why
Norah Jones
Norah Jones acoustic Douglas Showalter
Welcome Home
Radical Face
Radical Face acoustic Mike Olekshy
Donovan acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Byrds acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Holiday acoustic Caren Armstrong
KT Tunstall acoustic Douglas Showalter