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
The Mamas and the Papas acoustic Henrik Linde
John Lennon acoustic Caren Armstrong
Kansas acoustic Douglas Showalter
The Black Crowes acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Plain White T`s acoustic Douglas Showalter
Cat Stevens acoustic Lisa McCormick
The Rolling Stones acoustic Mike Olekshy
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
Eric Clapton acoustic Douglas Showalter
Janis Joplin acoustic Lisa McCormick
America acoustic Tom Finch
James Taylor acoustic Douglas Showalter
Lisa Loeb acoustic Caren Armstrong
Eagles acoustic Mike Olekshy
Peter, Paul, and Mary acoustic Henrik Linde
Sting acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Bonnie Raitt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Extreme acoustic Douglas Showalter
Pearl Jam acoustic Mike Olekshy
Bread acoustic Mike Olekshy