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
Change the World
Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton acoustic Douglas Showalter
Sting acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Pearl Jam acoustic Caren Armstrong
America acoustic Tom Finch
Baby, I Love Your Way
Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton acoustic Lisa McCormick
Five Hundred Miles
Peter, Paul, and Mary
Peter, Paul, and Mary acoustic Henrik Linde
Bonnie Raitt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Black Water
The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers acoustic Tom Finch
Eagles acoustic Mike Olekshy
Extreme acoustic Douglas Showalter
Seal acoustic Caren Armstrong
Handy Man
James Taylor
James Taylor acoustic Douglas Showalter
Pearl Jam acoustic Mike Olekshy
Friend of the Devil
The Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Alice's Restaurant
Arlo Guthrie
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Death Cab for Cutie acoustic Douglas Showalter
Piano Man
Billy Joel
Billy Joel acoustic Mike Olekshy
Joan Baez acoustic Caren Armstrong