Of course this is about as subjective a topic as it gets, but check out my picks for the top 10 acoustic rock songs (of all time!) and see if you agree with me.
And feel free to chime-in with your opinions in the comments section at the bottom of this page.
I have restricted this list to songs that I consider to fit the genre “rock”. As broad a genre as that is, I don’t consider that it includes some things. For example – I saw a Bob Marley song in another top 10 list. A great song and if I do a top 10 acoustic reggae songs it’s definitely one that I will include – but I wouldn’t consider it rock.
So the songs below all fit in to what I consider rock – though I may even use the term more loosely than some others might like!
O.k. let’s get on with the list.
Acoustic Rock Song #10
Song: Heart of Gold
Artist: Neil Young
This 1972 Neil Young classic had to make the list. Nothing special guitar wise but a great tune all the same.
Acoustic Rock Song #9
Artist: Rolling Stones
Just one year after Heart of Gold, Rolling Stones released Angie.
My girlfriend used to think Mick sang “Angel” in this song! Regardless of what he’s singing this is classic Rolling Stones unplugged. It was hard to go past Wild Horses but Angie just got the nudge.
Acoustic Rock Song #8
Song: No Rain
Artist: Blind Melon
Skip forward 20 years and we have Blind Melon’s most popular (only?) track. I think it’s the strange mix of upbeat & melancholy that makes me love this song so much.
O.k. so there’s acoustic and electric in this song but it’s the acoustic sound that really drives the song.
Acoustic Rock Song #7
Song: Wish You Were Here
Artist: Pink Floyd
Retreating back into the 70’s now we have probably the most learned acoustic song (maybe after Stairway to Heaven) by rock guitarists – the intro at least.
Acoustic Rock Song #6
Song: All Apologies
O.k. I promise to choose something outside the 70’s and 90’s at some point!
I could have chosen almost anything from Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged but All Apologies just gets the spot.
Acoustic Rock Song #5
Song: She Talks to Angels
Artist: Black Crowes
Sorry – still 90s but hard to believe this was released in 1990! Or maybe I’m just getting old 🙂
Acoustic Rock Song #4
Artist: Guns n Roses
We’re out of the 90’s!
Guns n Roses classic acoustic number Patience features 3 acoustic guitars in the recording.
Acoustic Rock Song #3
Song: Going to California
Artist: Led Zeppelin
Led Zepp really had to make an appearance here – the question was which song?
I considered a couple of others and finally settled on Going to California. The song is supposedly about Joni Mitchell – who both Page & Plant were apparently both infatuated with.
Acoustic Rock Song #2
Song: Jane Says
Artist: Jane’s Addiction
Undeniably Jane’s Addiction’s most popular song, this acoustic guitar driven track features steel drums and harmonized vocals.
The track was originally released in 1987 and had bongos rather than steel drums.
Acoustic Rock Song #1
Song: No Excuses
Artist: Alice in Chains
And coming in at #1 is Alice in Chains’ No Excuses. A great track that really is at its best unplugged and unencumbered.
O.k., so this list is very heavy on the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Did rock die after that? Can you think of any great acoustic rock songs since? I’d love to hear of any – just leave a comment below.
Also if you think anything doesn’t belong here or of any song that is a travesty to leave off the list also mention it in the comments below. I might just bring it in if I think it can unseat any of the current songs.