10 Best Best Acoustic Rock Songs

While we all love to hear blaring electric guitar riffs to pump us up, these 10 best acoustic rock songs are a nice break from heavy rock that showcase some of the best bands' abilities to wow us acoustically. These talented performers show us how to perform great music, even when unplugged, that will be popular for years to come. Enjoy listening to these 10 best acoustic rock songs as much as you can.

  1. "Nutshell" by Alice in Chains. "Nutshell" by Alice in Chains certainly deserves to be considered one of the best acoustic rock songs. Layne Staley's incredibly chilling vocals, combined with the bands beautiful acoustic rhythms makes this song a must listen to track.
  2. "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd. Often reaching greatest songs of all time lists, Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" is certainly a classic. This song, from Pink Floyd's 9th studio album of the same name, is one of the best acoustic rock songs to date, and one of the most popular, too.
  3. "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas. "Dust in the Wind" by American progressive rock band Kansas was the band's only top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100. Since the hit's 1977 recording, it has been featured in numerous films and television series, and has been covered dozens of times.
  4. "Patience" by Guns N' Roses. "Patience," an acoustic folk rock song, is one of Guns N' Roses' top hits. The song, which features three acoustic guitars, is said to be about failed relationships.
  5. "Wind of Change" by Scorpions. The power ballad "Wind of Change," written by Klaus Meine, the vocalist of German rock band Scorpions, became an international hit in 1991. The song, which the band also recorded Russian and Spanish language songs of is also the tenth best-selling single to date in Germany.
  6. "Every Rose Has its Thorn" by Poison. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" is incredible power ballad by hair metal band Poison. As one of the ten best acoustic rock songs, the hit, sung by Bret Michaels, appears on numerous best of lists.
  7. "Hurt" by Johnny Cash. Although originally written by Trent Reznor and released on Nine Inch Nails' album "The Downward Spiral," Johnny Cash's 2002 release of the song became incredibly popular. Although not originally written by Cash, his version of the song, sung in his aging voice, gave a whole different feel to the popular song.
  8. "The Needle and the Damage Done" by Neil Young. This incredible song by Neil Young was written to describe the descent many of the musicians Young knew into addiction to heroin, specifically of Danny Whitten, his guitarist with Crazy Horse. As one of the best acoustic rock songs, this hit has been covered nemerous times by artists and bands including Duran Duran, Eddie Vedder, Dave Matthews, and Jewel.
  9. "The Man Who Sold the World" by Nirvana. Having ranked David Bowie's album "The Man Who Sold the World" his 45th favorite in his journals, it's no surprise Kurt Cobain, along with his band Nirvana, covered this song so incredibly. The song was first heard on Nirvana's appearance on MTV's "Unplugged" and then released on their album "MTV Unplugged in New York."
  10. "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" by Led Zeppelin. Although originally a folk song written by Anne Bredon, Led Zeppelin's version of "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" has become one of the best acoustic rock songs. The band decided to cover the song after listening to folk singer Joan Baez's version.
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