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
Barenaked Ladies acoustic Mike Olekshy
Billy Joel acoustic Douglas Showalter
The Allman Brothers acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Fleetwood Mac acoustic Mike Olekshy
Bread acoustic Caren Armstrong
Jimmy Buffett acoustic Henrik Linde
The Marvelettes acoustic Caren Armstrong
The Byrds acoustic Caren Armstrong
Marc Cohn acoustic Douglas Showalter
America acoustic Mike Olekshy
Sting acoustic Dave Celentano
Cat Stevens acoustic Douglas Showalter
Jim Croce acoustic Lisa McCormick
Traditional acoustic Lisa McCormick
Donovan acoustic Mike Olekshy
Jonathan Edwards acoustic Mike Olekshy
John Hiatt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Eddie Vedder acoustic Douglas Showalter
Smokey Robinson acoustic Caren Armstrong
Elvis Presley acoustic Henrik Linde