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

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Lynyrd Skynyrd acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Ed Sheeran acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Beatles acoustic Caren Armstrong
All Of Me
John Legend
John Legend acoustic Mike Olekshy
R.E.M. acoustic Caren Armstrong
Seal acoustic Caren Armstrong
Bad Moon Rising (Made Easy)
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater Revival acoustic Caren Armstrong
Soul Asylum acoustic Caren Armstrong
Blackbird
The Beatles
The Beatles acoustic Caren Armstrong
The Beatles acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Who acoustic Mike Olekshy
Jolene
Ray Lamontagne
Ray Lamontagne acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
A Little Too Much
Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes acoustic Mike Olekshy
Yesterday
The Beatles
The Beatles acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Father And Son
Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens acoustic Douglas Showalter
Norwegian Wood
The Beatles
The Beatles acoustic Caren Armstrong
Imagination
Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes acoustic Mike Olekshy
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
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
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
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
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
Moonshadow
Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens acoustic Douglas Showalter
John Lennon acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
At Seventeen
Janis Ian
Janis Ian acoustic Lisa McCormick
Closer to Fine
Indigo Girls
Indigo Girls acoustic Lisa McCormick
John Barleycorn
Traditional
Traditional acoustic Lisa McCormick
Extreme acoustic Michael Elsner
Sunshine (Go Away Today)
Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards acoustic Mike Olekshy
Lovin’ You
Minnie Riperton
Minnie Riperton acoustic Mike Olekshy
Jewel acoustic Caren Armstrong
Love acoustic Mike Olekshy
Godsmack acoustic Mike Olekshy
Tracks of My Tears
Smokey Robinson
Smokey Robinson acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Sia acoustic Mike Olekshy
Hang Me, Oh Hang Me
Dave Van Ronk
Dave Van Ronk acoustic Caren Armstrong
Hot Tuna acoustic Caren Armstrong
Heart acoustic Douglas Showalter
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
The Who acoustic Mike Olekshy
Lemon Tree
The Kingston Trio
The Kingston Trio acoustic Mike Olekshy
John Hiatt acoustic Caren Armstrong
America acoustic Mike Olekshy
Traditional acoustic Lisa McCormick
Without You
Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson acoustic Mike Olekshy
Holiday acoustic Caren Armstrong
Fancy
Bobbie Gentry
Bobbie Gentry acoustic Sharon Aguilar
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Fahey acoustic Tom Finch
Ryan Adams acoustic Mike Olekshy
John Hiatt acoustic Douglas Showalter
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
You Send Me
Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Colours
Donovan
Donovan acoustic Douglas Showalter
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Temptations acoustic Caren Armstrong
Cupid
Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Greatest Love Of All
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston acoustic Mike Olekshy
Follow
Richie Havens
Richie Havens acoustic Douglas Showalter
His Hand in Mine
Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley acoustic Mike Olekshy
I'll Be
Edwin McCain
Edwin McCain acoustic Michael Elsner
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
John Fahey acoustic Tom Finch
Saigon Kick acoustic Douglas Showalter
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Hammer and a Nail
Indigo Girls
Indigo Girls acoustic Lisa McCormick
Jimmy Buffett acoustic Barrett Tagliarino
Levitate
Lisa McCormick
Lisa McCormick acoustic Lisa McCormick