My personal search for great acoustic guitar songs
When I started the search for the best / great acoustic guitar songs ever produced, I began to dream of a time when I was a devoured young guitarist trying to digest everything radio could pervade. Ever since I started playing guitar decades ago, there have been innumerable acoustic guitar songs that are perfect for beginners to experience the range of sound that an acoustic guitar can produce.
Now I’m a little biased and my choices below reflect that. I advocated what sounds good (on ear and taste) playing on an acoustic guitar; I also watched songs that would be insignificant (in some cases difficult) challenges for beginners, but songs that would add value to their repertoire; In fact, the following songs if played well would add value to any guitar repertoire. The following list is by no means exhaustive; it's just my personal search on the internet to get reacquainted with what's been produced since the 1960's and really, to get back to one of my first loves; actually the first dream I had as a boy for nine years – playing in a rock band.
The top ten classics
1. Tears in the Sky – Eric Clapton
I thought I'd start with one of the evergreen acoustic / electric guitar masters. There are some nice touches in which will sound good to you.
2. Drive – Incubus
A nice rhythmic song of an acoustic guitar that plays great at parties.
3. I'm Yours – Jason Mraz
When I first heard this song in Honolulu, it surprised me; great song for those beach parties.
4. California – Red hot chili peppers
A nice classic introduction worth learning.
5. Bubbly – Colbie Caillat
OK, I have to admit that this song has grown on me; nice lightweight song for acoustic guitar.
6. Classic Gas – Mason Williams
A little harder to master, but once you do, you won't be able to put it off.
7. Knock 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 true classic, he couldn’t get past it. A nice distinctive introduction widely known – this will put you on the map; not too hard to play.
9. Blackbird – The Beatles
This is not a song I would normally go for, but I think it's worth a try as it will expand your skill.
10. Come to a higher level
A beautifully simple song that will sing along to this first list of ten.
Another ten classics
11. Every Breath I Breathe – Police / Puff daddy
12. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
She was a measure guitarist in the 1970s
13. Hotel California – Eagles
This will stretch you; well worth the time it will take to master it.
14. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
A widely recognized song worldwide
15. Layla uplugged – Clapton
You will enjoy this, a nice change of style
16. I 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 expand your chord collection
19. Wonderwall – an oasis
Another characteristic classic opening riff
20. If – bread
This is an oldie with lots of interesting chords and changes to master and put together.