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
David Loggins acoustic Douglas Showalter
Fleetwood Mac acoustic Mike Olekshy
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Billy Joel acoustic Douglas Showalter
Linda Ronstadt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Fragile
Sting
Sting acoustic Dave Celentano
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Lovin’ You
Minnie Riperton
Minnie Riperton acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Byrds acoustic Caren Armstrong
Donovan acoustic Mike Olekshy
Don't Know Why
Norah Jones
Norah Jones acoustic Douglas Showalter
Extreme acoustic Michael Elsner
Society
Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder acoustic Douglas Showalter
Train acoustic Michael Elsner
Moonshadow
Cat Stevens
Cat Stevens acoustic Douglas Showalter
Without You
Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson acoustic Mike Olekshy
Love acoustic Mike Olekshy
Jewel acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Hang Me, Oh Hang Me
Dave Van Ronk
Dave Van Ronk acoustic Caren Armstrong