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