The Top 20 Acoustic Guitar Songs to Learn

    November 8, 2017

    My personal search for great acoustic guitar songs

    When I began my search for the best/great acoustic guitar songs ever produced I began to dream of a time when I was a voracious young guitarists trying to digest everything the radio could spew. Since I started playing guitar a few decades ago, countless acoustic guitar songs have been produced that are perfect for beginners to experience the range of sound that can be produced by the acoustic guitar.

    Now I am a little biased and my choices below reflect that. I went for what sounds good (to my ear and taste) played on the acoustic guitar; I also looked at songs that would be a slight (in some cases hard) challenge to beginners but songs that would add value to their repertoire; in fact the following songs if played well would add value to any guitarist’s repertoire. The following list is by no means exhaustive; it is merely my personal search throughout the internet to re-acquaint myself with what has been produced since the 1960s and really, to get back into one of my very first loves; actually the first dream I ever had as a boy of nine years old – of playing in a rock band.

    First Ten Classics

    1. Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton

    I thought I would start with one of the evergreen masters of acoustic/electric guitar. It has some nice touches in it that will make you sound good.

    2. Drive – Incubus

    Nice driving rhythm acoustic guitar song that is great to play at parties.

    3. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

    When I first heard this song over in Honolulu it took me by surprise; a great song for those beach parties.

    4. Californication – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

    A nice classic introduction worth learning.

    5. Bubbly – Colbie Caillat

    OK, I have to admit this song grew on me; nice easy song for acoustic guitar.

    6. Classical Gas – Mason Williams

    A little harder to master but once you do you wont be able to put it down.

    7. Knocking on heaven’s door – Bob Dylan

    A great Dylan classic that is easy to play and would be great at parties.

    8. Wanted (Dead or Alive) – Bon Jovi

    A real classic, couldn’t go past it. Nice distinctive intro known widely – this will put you on the map; not too difficult to play.

    9. Blackbird – The Beatles

    This is not a song I would normally go for, but I think it is worth trying as it will extend your skill.

    10.Come on get higher

    A nice easy-going sing-along song that will wrap this first list of ten up.

    Second Ten Classics

    11. Every breath I take – Police/Puff daddy

    A classic from the eighties

    12. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

    Was the measure of a guitarist in the seventies

    13. Hotel California – The Eagles

    This will stretch you; worth the time it will take for you to master.

    14. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

    A widely recognised song throughout the world

    15. Layla Uplugged – Clapton

    This one you will enjoy, nice change in style

    16. Wish you were here – Pink Floyd

    Classic Pink Floyd easy to play

    17. Nothing else matters – Metallica

    Classic Metallica – great sound

    18. More than words – Extreme

    This is a great song to extend your collection of chords

    19. Wonderwall – Oasis

    Another distinctive classic beginning riff

    20. If – Bread

    This is an oldie with a lot of interesting chords and changes for you to master and put together.

    Source by Hauiti Hakopa