10 Most Popular Acoustic Songs

If you had to make a list, which ones would make your pick of 10 most popular acoustic songs? Acoustic songs have long been favorites with many listeners, especially when a band that's known for another type of music suddenly slows it down and plays something soft and mellow. Acoustic songs tend to have a subtle punch and are usually packed with emotion. If you're looking for some great ideas for your own list of popular acoustic songs, be sure to give some of these a listen.

  1. "Norwegian Wood" by The Beatles One of the most popular acoustic songs ever written by John Lennon, this song was his attempt to write about an affair without letting his wife know that he was having one. While this was not about any particular affair, he drew upon memories of other affairs he'd had in the past to write it.
  2. "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley One of his most famous tunes, Bob Marley's popular acoustic song about freedom and redemption turned out to be the last single that was released prior to his death in 1981. It was also the last song that he ever performed live. Bob Marley passed on at the age of 36, a victim of cancer.
  3. "Desolation Row" by Bob Dylan Telling the tale of 3 circus men who were accused of raping a girl in Duluth, Minnesota, this popular acoustic song was based on a true story. The men were later broken out of jail by a mob and were lynched. Postcards with pictures of the mens hanging were sold as macabre souvenirs.
  4. "The Blower's Daughter" by Damien Rice One of the most touching and most popular acoustic songs is the tale of unrequited love as sung by Damien Rice. Featured in the 2004 film "Closer," the song is used to explain the confusion that often comes with love, as well as the pain that it can cause.
  5. "Creep" by Radiohead One of the most popular acoustic songs ever performed by an alternative band was the acoustic version of the hit smash "Creep" by Radiohead. This song is about being in love with someone but not feeling like you are good enough for them.
  6. "Hotel California" by the Eagles A song about materialism and the "excesses of American culture," this popular acoustic song became one of the biggest hits of the 1970's. It still remains a popular classic hit to this day and is one of the most easily recognized songs of the decade.
  7. "Ants Marching" by Dave Matthews Featuring an acoustic guitar, a fiddle and Dave's great mumbled voice, "Ants Marching" is one of the best acoustic songs about the daily grind and everyday life. Comparing people who live monotonous lives to the daily workings of marching ants, Dave encourages people to be different and not to fall into place behind all the other ants.
  8. "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day Perhaps one of the most popular songs by pop-punk artists Green Day, "Good Riddance" is one of the most popular acoustic songs used for graduations and saying goodbye to friends.
  9. "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls Often performed as an acoustic song is the smash hit, "Iris."  Considered to be one of the most popular acoustic songs of all time, as well as one of the most heart-wrenching songs, it's sure to win the heart of any girl as it tells the story of a man with a secret identity, who longs to let his true love know.
  10. "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas Inspired by a Native American poem, "Dust in the Wind" was the first acoustic song ever written and performed by the group Kansas. Today, it remains one of the most popular acoustic songs of all time.
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