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100 Greatest Acoustic Rock Songs

Updated on December 2, 2016

The use of acoustic instruments in the folk genre paved the way for new acoustic avenues in rock. Musical experimentation in the 60s helped shape new music genres. Acoustic rock is preferred globally because of the peaceful sound produced from acoustic instruments. Use of the electric sound is minimal in acoustic rock songs. It’s the sound of unplugged instruments that gives acoustic rock songs an aesthetic sense of calm. Many folk artists and folk bands in the 60s started experimenting outside the realms of folk and came up with acoustic ballads that found their way in the acoustic rock genre.


How Acoustic Rock Came Into Being

With the 70s arrived a fresh wave of acoustic sound. Many rock bands in the 70s blended the acoustic sound with the edgy electric sound. The diverse amalgamation made new pathways for usage of acoustic instruments in various genres of rock. Many country rock bands and Southern rock bands of the 70s incorporated use of acoustic instruments with the hard-hitting electric sound. Acoustic ballads came into prominence in the 60s and 70s and ever since the acoustic rock sound has evolved. The strains of acoustic rock are prevalent in various genres of rock. Classic acoustic rock songs have become anthems and are often played by music radio stations all over the world.

Acoustic Rock Songs
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As the popularity of acoustic sound grew, a number of record companies started releasing compilations of acoustic rock songs. Hair metal bands and glam metal bands of the 80s were known for their signature acoustic rock ballads and power ballads. With the 80s emerged a polished acoustic sound, thanks to advances in technology and new recording techniques incorporated by sound engineers in recording studios. Acoustic rock songs of the 80s received significant airplay on radio stations. In the 90s many alternative bands and grunge bands included acoustic rock songs in their albums. MTV’s television show ‘MTV Unplugged’ in the 90s witnessed a plethora of grunge/alternate bands and artists performing acoustic versions of their songs.

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Since the 2000s a number of emo bands and indie bands have taken acoustic rock songs to a new level. The modern rock acts have continued to spread the nostalgia of acoustic sounds through their music. Ballads and acoustic rock songs are excessively popular with crowds at live concerts. Many bands love to include acoustic rock songs in their set list and get the crowds holding their smartphones and lighters lit up in the night skies. Acoustic rock has become an entity of sorts… and it will remain that way until eternity.

The space below showcases a list of epic acoustic rock songs

100 Greatest Acoustic Rock Songs

  1. More Than Words- Extreme
  2. Patience- Guns N’ Roses
  3. Tears In Heaven- Eric Clapton
  4. Yesterday- The Beatles
  5. To Be With You- Mr. Big
  6. Blowin’ In The Wind- Bob Dylan
  7. Shape of My Heart- Sting
  8. Have You Ever Seen The Rain- Creedence Clearwater Revival
  9. Dust in the Wind- Kansas
  10. Soldier of Fortune- Deep Purple
  11. Heart of Gold- Neil Young
  12. American Pie- Don McLean
  13. Crash Into Me- Dave Matthews Band
  14. Wish You Were Here- Pink Floyd
  15. All Apologies- Nirvana
  16. She Talks To Angels- The Black Crowes
  17. Better Together- Jack Johnson
  18. Love Is On The Way- Saigon Kick
  19. Iris- Goo Goo Dolls
  20. Going To California - Led Zeppelin
  21. When The Children Cry- White Lion
  22. Cannonball- Damien Rice
  23. A Horse With No Name- America
  24. Two Steps Behind- Def Leppard
  25. Wild Horses- The Rolling Stones
  26. Touch, Peel and Stand- Days of the New
  27. Angie- The Rolling Stones
  28. Wanted Dead Or Alive- Bon Jovi
  29. Banana Pancakes- Jack Johnson
  30. Wonderwall- Oasis
  31. Lady In Black- Uriah Heep
  32. The Joker- Steve Miller Band
  33. From The Beginning- Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  34. I Live My Life For You- Firehouse
  35. The Times They Are A Changin’- Bob Dylan
  36. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?- Bryan Adams
  37. Babe, Im Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin
  38. Your Decision- Alice In Chains
  39. Maggie May- Rod Stewart
  40. I’m Yours- Jason Mraz
  41. Daughters- John Mayer
  42. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
  43. Tangerine- Led Zeppelin
  44. Peaceful Easy Feeling- The Eagles
  45. Jack and Diane- John Mellencamp
  46. Night Moves- Bob Seger
  47. Right Here Waiting- Richard Marx
  48. Love Will Keep Us Alive- Eagles
  49. The Blowers Daughter- Damien Rice
  50. Silent Lucidity- Queensryche
  51. Holiday- Scorpions
  52. Never Going Back Again- Fleetwood Mac
  53. Life Uncommon- Jewel
  54. Love of A Lifetime- Firehouse
  55. When The Stars Go Blue- Ryan Adams
  56. Miles Away- Winger
  57. No Rain- Blind Melon
  58. Norwegian Wood- The Beatles
  59. The A Team- Ed Sheeran
  60. Amanda- Boston
  61. Every Rose Has It’s Thorn- Poison
  62. Is This Love- Whitesnake
  63. Blackbird- The Beatles
  64. Love Song- Tesla
  65. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes- Crosby, Stills & Nash
  66. I Will Follow You Into The Dark- Death Cab For Cutie
  67. The Scientist- Coldplay
  68. Heaven- Warrant
  69. High Enough- Damn Yankees
  70. Everything You Want- Vertical Horizon
  71. Straight Form The Heart- Bryan Adams
  72. Bulletproof Weeks- Matt Nathanson
  73. Free Fallin’- Tom Petty
  74. The Flame- Cheap Trick
  75. Ready For Love- Bad Company
  76. Little Lies- Fleetwood Mac
  77. Never Say Goodbye- Bon Jovi
  78. Behind Blue Eyes- The Who
  79. When I Look Into Your Eyes- Firehouse
  80. Beth- Kiss
  81. You Can Close Your Eyes- James Taylor
  82. The Clap- Yes
  83. Where You Goin’ Now- Damn Yankees
  84. Now and Forever- Richard Marx
  85. Nutshell- Alice In Chains
  86. Barely Breathing- Duncan Sheik
  87. Living In Your Letters- Dashboard Confessional
  88. One Week- Barenaked Ladies
  89. Hollow Years- Dream Theater
  90. Father and Son- Cat Stevens
  91. Temple of the King- Rainbow
  92. Only Women Bleed- Alice Cooper
  93. You and I- Scorpions
  94. Sympathy- Goo Goo Dolls
  95. My Sweet Lord- George Harrison
  96. Joshua Radin- Star Mile- Joshua Radin
  97. Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough- Patty Smyth and Don Henley
  98. Changes- Ozzy Osbourne
  99. Back To You- Bryan Adams
  100. Sunshine- Nazareth


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