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
Soul Asylum acoustic Caren Armstrong
Creedence Clearwater Revival acoustic Caren Armstrong
Seal acoustic Caren Armstrong
The Beatles acoustic Caren Armstrong
The Beatles acoustic Mike Olekshy
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Cat Stevens acoustic Douglas Showalter
Rihanna acoustic Mike Olekshy
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
The Who acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Beatles acoustic Caren Armstrong
The Who acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Rolling Stones acoustic Mike Olekshy
George Harrison acoustic Caren Armstrong
Jewel acoustic Caren Armstrong
The Beatles acoustic Caren Armstrong
Creedence Clearwater Revival acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Lennon acoustic Caren Armstrong
Pearl Jam acoustic Caren Armstrong
Johnny Cash acoustic Caren Armstrong
The Rolling Stones acoustic Mike Olekshy
Eric Clapton acoustic Douglas Showalter
The Mamas and the Papas acoustic Henrik Linde
The Kingston Trio acoustic Mike Olekshy
Kansas acoustic Douglas Showalter
America acoustic Tom Finch
Gary Jules acoustic Caren Armstrong
The Black Crowes acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Janis Joplin acoustic Lisa McCormick
Sting acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Peter, Paul, and Mary acoustic Henrik Linde
Plain White T`s acoustic Douglas Showalter
Bonnie Raitt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Eagles acoustic Mike Olekshy
Pearl Jam acoustic Mike Olekshy
Cat Stevens acoustic Lisa McCormick
The Who acoustic Mike Olekshy
Lord Huron acoustic Mike Olekshy
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
Love acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Doobie Brothers acoustic Tom Finch
America acoustic Caren Armstrong
James Taylor acoustic Douglas Showalter
Seal acoustic Caren Armstrong
Peter Frampton acoustic Lisa McCormick
Fleetwood Mac acoustic Mike Olekshy
Lisa Loeb acoustic Caren Armstrong
America acoustic Caren Armstrong
Extreme acoustic Douglas Showalter
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Billy Joel acoustic Mike Olekshy
Joan Baez acoustic Caren Armstrong
Traditional acoustic Lisa McCormick
Nirvana acoustic Mike Olekshy
Bread acoustic Mike Olekshy
The Allman Brothers acoustic Anders Mouridsen
Death Cab for Cutie acoustic Douglas Showalter
Harry Chapin acoustic Douglas Showalter
Barenaked Ladies acoustic Mike Olekshy
Soul Asylum acoustic Douglas Showalter
The Marvelettes acoustic Caren Armstrong
Marc Cohn acoustic Douglas Showalter
Elvis Presley acoustic Henrik Linde
Jimmy Buffett acoustic Henrik Linde
Bread acoustic Caren Armstrong
Billy Joel acoustic Douglas Showalter
Smokey Robinson acoustic Caren Armstrong
Sting acoustic Dave Celentano
Fleetwood Mac acoustic Mike Olekshy
America acoustic Mike Olekshy
Jonathan Edwards acoustic Mike Olekshy
Cat Stevens acoustic Douglas Showalter
David Loggins acoustic Douglas Showalter
Eddie Vedder acoustic Douglas Showalter
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Jim Croce acoustic Lisa McCormick
Linda Ronstadt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Traditional acoustic Lisa McCormick
Mildred and Patty Hill acoustic Lisa McCormick
John Fahey acoustic Tom Finch
The Byrds acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Hiatt acoustic Caren Armstrong
Hot Tuna acoustic Caren Armstrong
Train acoustic Michael Elsner
Donovan acoustic Mike Olekshy
Jewel acoustic Caren Armstrong
Jewel acoustic Caren Armstrong
Indigo Girls acoustic Lisa McCormick
Janis Ian acoustic Lisa McCormick
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
Traditional acoustic Lisa McCormick
Extreme acoustic Michael Elsner
John Fahey acoustic Tom Finch
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Norah Jones acoustic Douglas Showalter
Gene Autry acoustic Caren Armstrong
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Heart acoustic Douglas Showalter
Dave Van Ronk acoustic Caren Armstrong
Harry Nilsson acoustic Mike Olekshy
Bobbie Gentry acoustic Sharon Aguilar
John Lennon acoustic Caren Armstrong
Sam Cooke acoustic Caren Armstrong
Arlo Guthrie acoustic Caren Armstrong
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
KT Tunstall acoustic Douglas Showalter
Whitney Houston acoustic Mike Olekshy
Holiday acoustic Caren Armstrong
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Elvis Presley acoustic Mike Olekshy
John Hiatt acoustic Douglas Showalter
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
The Temptations acoustic Caren Armstrong
Donovan acoustic Douglas Showalter
Saigon Kick acoustic Douglas Showalter
Ryan Adams acoustic Mike Olekshy
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Godsmack acoustic Mike Olekshy
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Edwin McCain acoustic Michael Elsner
Jimmy Buffett acoustic Barrett Tagliarino
Richie Havens acoustic Douglas Showalter
John Lennon acoustic Mike Olekshy
Holiday acoustic Caren Armstrong
Lisa McCormick acoustic Lisa McCormick
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Indigo Girls acoustic Lisa McCormick
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick
Holiday acoustic Lisa McCormick