For this week's Wednesday Question we decided to delve into the world of acoustically-driven rock tunes and name the greatest acoustic song in rock history. Your votes summed up into quite a rundown, check it out below.
10. Neil Young - Heart of Gold
Here's what Bob Dylan
said about "Heart of Gold
:" "The only time it bothered me that someone sounded like me was when I was living in Phoenix, Arizona, in about '72 and the big song at the time was 'Heart of Gold.' I used to hate it when it came on the radio."I always liked Neil Young, but it bothered me every time I listened to 'Heart of Gold.' I think it was up at number one for a long time, and I'd say, 'S--t, that's me. If it sounds like me, it should as well be me.'"
Sounds like Mr. Dylan got a bit jelly here.
9. Led Zeppelin - Going to California
Coming off the band's classic fourth studio effort, "Going to California
" is reportedly dedicated to Joni Mitchell
, with whom both Robert Plant
and Jimmy Page
were in love with at the time.
8. Bob Marley - Redemption Song
Written during the time when Bob Marley
was secretly dealing with a lot of pain from the cancer he was yet to be diagnosed with, "Redemption Song
" is a heavy, emotional tune and one of reggae icon's best works.
7. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Road Trippin'
The final track off RHCP
" effort also happens to be fully-acoustic and even features zero drums. It tells the story of a surfing road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway.
6. John Butler - Ocean
Coming off John Butler
's self-titled debut album, "Ocean
" is a lengthy acoustic tune bound to take you to all sorts of sonic places. Quite a piece if we might add.
5. The Beatles - Yesterday
The song that was covered over 2,200 times really needs no introduction. Initially composed by Sir Paul McCartney
in his sleep, it also proves that the very best ideas will strike you around sleepy time.
4. Alice In Chains - Nutshell
Haunting and ominous, "Nutshell
" does a good job of encapsulating the dark vibe of Layne Staley
and Alice in Chains
. It was never a single, it never charted, yet it's a true classic.
3. The Beatles - Blackbird
The Fab Four strikes again, this time around with "Blackbird
," classic track inspired by Bach
2. Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven
Written about the pain Eric Clapton
felt after the loss of his four-year-old son Conor who fell out of the window of a 53rd-floor New York apartment building, "Tears in Heaven
" is without a doubt one of the most emotional songs on the list.
1. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Finally, the best of the best. Commonly mistaken for a love song, "Wish You Were Here
" deals with Roger Waters
' feelings of alienation at the time, also referring to Syd Barrett
's mental illness.