Best Acoustic Rock Songs

The Top Ten

1 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd rules! - Userguy44

We have Togo deeper than Green Day on first place... maybe some Oasis? (How I wish.. How I wish you were here... We are just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl... Year after year... ahh... that voice...

There's a deeper meaning in this song than in good radiance and wake me up when september ends, a simple melody but a little more elaborate than Green Day and it's lyrics are pure poetry, should be on top

Nothing compares to Floyd. That's it.

V 17 CommentsUListen to Sample
2 Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

Just awesome! One of the best by Green Day.. Love the guitar, love the drums!

Deserves the first spot...

Yes! Wake me up is the best song

My favorite song by Green Day, one of the most emotional song I have ever heard.

V 9 CommentsUListen to Sample
3 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

How this ranks below Boulevard of broken dreams baffles me.

Metallica is has and will always be great

Metallica! m/ best acoustic song ever. But where is bother by stone sour?

What? This song suppose to be at least top 10. Kick ass solo by james... No way it's just 35

V 5 CommentsUListen to Sample
4 Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day

Short, but yet so meaningful. Describes life in a way that is both satirical yet hopeful. It really brings forth a lot of heartfelt emotion in the way he sings it. GO Green Day!

This band have changed my life so much, this song is one of my favourite songs by them and it was also the first song I learnt on guitar, I love you Green Day.

This is the best acoustic song I have ever heard. Its also the first I learnt on guitar. This is a classic it should be 1

Love all of Green Day's songs. It was between this and Wake me up when September ends for me, but I chose this as it was second place. - georgielikesgreenday

V 3 CommentsUListen to Sample
5 Layla - Eric Clapton (Unplugged)

Layla deserves the number one spot! No doubt about it! The passionate flow of the acoustic music is seriously one of the best I have ever heard! Vote for #1

It should be this and Hotel California (Hell Freezes Over version) battling for the first spot forever.

Definitely needs to be up the list. Top 10. At least

Nothing compares to Layla!

V 16 CommentsUListen to Sample
6 The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian

One of of the best songs I've ever heard - unique melody, awesome vocals, great lyrics. - Metal_Treasure

nice song

UListen to Sample
7 Nutshell - Alice in Chains

Masterpiece. - Userguy44

Everything about this song is so haunting and chilling but at the same time peaceful, the harmonies, the guitar and the vocals provided by probably the greatest singer of all time, Layne Staley.

Alice in Chains Unplugged album is one of my favorites. I love how Layne and Jerry sing off each other. I'm thankful everyday for all of their music

The acoustic bass is amazing. Really, everything is in that song though.

V 4 CommentsUListen to Sample
8 Hotel California - The Eagles

This song is a message about fame and reality. It is very metaphorical but sounds really good.

This definitely should be first. It revolutionized acoustic music. It shows that acoustic can be as powerful as hard rock.

Just LOVE it..

UListen to Sample
9 Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi

Wanted Dead or Alive is a good song by Bon Jovi from their 1986 studio album, Slippery When Wet, beside Livin' On A Prayer and You Give Love A Bad Name. I Love Richie's solo guitar and also Jon's voice (especially when he was screaming "Alright")...

UListen to Sample
10 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Great song but where is the bleeding (unplugged) :(

Come on this song is one of the greatest songs, It desrves to be first by a large margin.

My favorite song in guitar hero :D

UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Patience - Guns N' Roses

A full band singing in harmony for half the song. 2 legendary guitarist and one awesome bassist all on acoustic guitars. An awesome melody line played by Slash under the chords being played by McKagan and Stradlin. This makes it one of the best acoustic songs written by a rock band.

Well this song got the best intro, the best solo, the best outro, the best voice, the best guitarist and the best lyric

This song deserves to at least be in the top ten

Electric version in Tokyo 1992 and the 1989 AMA versions are even better.

V 3 CommentsUListen to Sample
12 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan

Soft smooth and shuttle...
One of the best things about the song is that it is all chords.. no fancy
Strumming just simple music at its best!

UListen to Sample
13 Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison

This would get my vote. I'm still trying to figure out how Poison came up with this song. What is the second best Poison song, by the way, if there is one? This is a great song though, everyone loves it.

This should be on top 3! Grow up guys!

UListen to Sample
14 Tangerine - Led Zeppelin

This should be in the top 3---incredible song

Easy to play

I agree with other comment.. most acoustic zeppelin songs. really shows emotion.. thank you is an incredible song

UListen to Sample
15 Heart of Gold - Neil Young

Number 1?

UListen to Sample
16 Soldier of Fortune - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
17 Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam

Just Breathe should be in here somewhere.

Best song ever

UListen to Sample
18 Fiddler on the Green - Demons and Wizards

Excellent melody, vocals, story and guitars. Great and epic guitar outro. - Metal_Treasure

Should be top 10...

19 Changes - Ozzy Osbourne

There is a difference between ozzy and black sabbath - Gh_player

UListen to Sample
20 A Past and Future Secret - Blind Guardian

Unique melody. Sad and beautiful song. Great vox. - Metal_Treasure

21 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Seriously? I know this isn’t much of a acoustic song but the intro is such a masterpiece of a fingerpicked guitar by Jimmy Page. Should be at least top 10.

UListen to Sample
22 Ramble On - Led Zeppelin

Simply one of the most unique acoustic opening

UListen to Sample
23 Stranger Things Have Happened - Foo Fighters UListen to Sample
24 When the Eagle Cries (Unplugged) - Iced Earth
25 Yesterday - The Beatles

why she had to go? OMG it's perfect

Why? Just why she had to go?

UListen to Sample
26 Angie - The Rolling Stones

This has got to be moved up. Learned how to play it right, with all the instrumentation and everything. Not only is it a great song, but fun to play!

UListen to Sample
27 Billie Jean - Chris Cornell

Fan--tastic: the best only other way to play this song...and a golden vc

UListen to Sample
28 Mother - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
29 The Joker - Steve Miller Band UListen to Sample
30 My Hero (Acoustic Version) - Foo Fighters

One of the best

31 Behind Blue Eyes - The Who

The who = best band ever.

UListen to Sample
32 Wonderwall - Oasis

Easy to play along and best one to scream and shout or sing in the car!

UListen to Sample
33 Your Decision - Alice in Chains

Beautiful acoustic song, also with really deep and meaningful lyrics most likely referencing Layne's death, probably one of the best rock songs of the decade. - petrucci75hammet

UListen to Sample
34 The Last Fight - Bullet for My Valentine

Awesome song!
Its to underrated it should be way up there maybe 10 or so
This bad needs more popularity
Just listen to it one time and youll like the band

35 Hero of War - Rise Against

This song is one of the few that make me cry, lyrically amazing and a beautiful melody

This is an amazing song! So melodic!

UListen to Sample
36 Til the End of Time - Whitesnake
37 Carnival of Rust - Poets of the Fall

What a great song
It should be in the top 10 at the very least

UListen to Sample
38 Save Me - Queen UListen to Sample
39 My Immortal - Evanescence

Why 49.. It is one of the best songs by evanescence an amazing band

Should have a better rating

UListen to Sample
40 Iris - Goo Goo Dolls (Sleeping With Sirens Cover)

These songs is really good! The guitar is having very good chord progressions! Need to be in top ten

41 Karma Killer - Robbie Williams UListen to Sample
42 Pinball Wizard - The Who

Just an amazing song it has to be higher than 23rd

You should here Pete Towshend do Won't Get Fooled again Acoustic... here is crappy video caught on someone's cel phone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=kiDBO3_xD9s

UListen to Sample
43 Different Strings - Rush UListen to Sample
44 Iris - Goo Goo Dolls

This song is both number 41 and 48? Does that mean it's also number 89?

UListen to Sample
45 Watch Over You - Alter Bridge

You know this one?
You absolutely have to hear it!

UListen to Sample
46 Swing Life Away - Rise Against

An incredible song <3 just lovely to hear ^^

UListen to Sample
47 No Rain - Blind Melon UListen to Sample
48 Boxing Day - Blink 182

I love all their songs and this one is great

I think this is one of their best song ever, it's not like their usual songs, and iam sure you'll like it at the first time you listen to it. Great guitars, and colaboration between tom and mark is just amazing! And travis with his percussion make this song perfect!

UListen to Sample
49 Coming Back Down - Hollywood Undead

Really emotional song that I ever heard! Undead for life!

UListen to Sample
50 Blackbird - The Beatles

Hay it should be in top 5

UListen to Sample
8Load More
PSearch List

Related Lists

Top Ten Songs from The Veer Union's Decade II: Rock & Acoustic Top Ten Rock Songs with Acoustic Intros Best Acoustic-Alternative Rock Songs Top 10 Songs with Both Acoustic and Electric Guitar Best Acoustic Songs

List Stats

2,000 votes
137 listings
9 years, 13 days old

Top Remixes (6)

1. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
2. Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam
3. Changes - Ozzy Osbourne
drewski
1. Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day
2. Patience - Guns N' Roses
3. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
X-Kid
1. The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian
2. Soldier of Fortune - Deep Purple
3. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
Metal_Treasure

WRemix
View All 6

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P