Wednesday Question: Best Acoustic Songs?

Not acoustic renditions, but songs originally composed for acoustic guitar.

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Implementing acoustic guitars into the electrically-driven rock genre always brought in a tasty dose of fresh charm and diversity.

You could easily say that over the past several years, acoustic renditions saw a rise in popularity and it really became a common thing for bands to deliver unplugged versions of their tunes.

But that's not exactly what we're delving into here. What we'd like to focus on this week are the songs originally made for acoustic guitars, rather than unplugged versions of electrically-driven tunes. To sum it up, this week's Wednesday Question is:

What is the best acoustic song?

Once again, we need to stress this - DON'T focus on acoustic renditions of songs originally made for electric guitar, we're looking for tunes composed for acoustic guitar from the very start.

Same rules as always apply - only one suggestion per comment, vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike. We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG Top 10. Show us what you got, UG!

538 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Templarum
    Wish You Were Here by the Floyd.
    RaKooN13
    not trying to top this fantastic song, but... Mother by Pink Floyd at least needs a mention.
    Dynamight
    You could make this list with only Pink Floyd songs and it would still be valid.
    zakaye
    I'm surprised it took so long for someone to say this :
    Templarum
    If you check the times you'll see it was one of the first comments, but the few before this were reply hijacked so posters could appear at the top of a long page. Sux because some good nominations get lost at the bottom of 400 posts.
    TaV0
    David Bowie - Space Oddity I love Mr. Bowie's almost entire discography, but this particular song is simply one of his best.
    ponkla
    Harvest with Opeth a given sing-along at festivalcampings.(Solo has clean tone though)
    Tonganation
    I had a tough time picking between this and "Benighted" as the best acoustic Opeth song, but it looks like "Harvest" is gonna win out anyway. And I can be happy with that
    SocksAndTrees
    Slayer - Raining blood
    KerryKing01
    Finale sum1 who lisens 2 real musice!
    GuitarRhiger
    I find it funny how everyone just hated this guy in the start, and he always had tons of downvotes, and now everybody loves him, haha best troll ever
    telephonebear
    agreed, used to hate him but now he is a welcome sight with his intelligent additions to every post. well, amusing at least. i expect he will fade away to obscurity though like mr bellend
    intwernet
    Tenacious D - Tribute (The greatest song in the world)
    bangbang!!
    If this isn't number one, people aren't paying attention. Though we could say every song by Tenacious D ever.
    JozPod
    Fake Plastic Trees? - Radiohead
    N7Crazy
    High and dry, How to disappear completely, Nice dream, Jigsaw falling into place, Exit Music... Thom really had a knack for writing great acoustic songs - Guess he still does, but for each album they make I'm slowly losing hope for ever seing a proper studio-album version of "True love waits"...
    jimmydvn
    ocean - john butler
    Icky101
    Either: Slow Cheetah by RHCP Or As Ugly As I Seem by the White Stripes
    N7Crazy
    Holy shit, I almost forgot! "Dust in the wind" by Kansas! Even if you're only a young teenager when you hear it for the first time, it can still evoke an incredible sense of nostalgia and longfullness for the time gone and the memories that can never be lived through again - All those moments are just dust in the wind...
    Punk-Goth-Angel
    The Beatles - Yesterday
    smittyanthrax
    Alice in chains nutshell
    gnrcrazyfan
    Hear my train a comin' acoustic version by jimi hendrix!
    (Sorry this wasn't supposed to be here...)
    D4CE
    Oasis - Wonderwal
    Dr.Pepper-
    RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS- Road Trippin Simply incredible, with Flea's Acoustic Bass in there.
    theclassicrock
    I Could Have LiedRed Hot Chili Peppers - I Could Have Lied
    theclassicrock
    knator22
    Bocob
    Elderer
    MetalRock4ever
    Seether - Broken
    metallideth88
    Great choice. I would also like to give special mention to a relatively unknown Beatles song: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
    rcanders
    Over The Hills And Far Away - Zep
    Vandekill
    I prefer the song "I Love You, You're Beautiful" from the Beatles or "I love you, Why Don't You" Beatles has cheesy song omg
    rip3149
    Extreme - More Than Words
    metallideth88
    You either have not covered the entire Beatles catalog, or simply do not know about Music. Which one mate?
    extraversion
    what the ****. you're suggesting that before someone knows anything about music they have to go through the entire beatles discography? why do i still come to this site and torture myself with these ****ed up opinions?
    CPEngel
    Can I Stay - Ray LaMontagne
    binadra1234
    Donovan - To Sing For You
    Bocob
    Sorry, triple post.
    Thrash Addict
    Pistol Slapper Blues - Rory Gallagher
    MetalRock4ever
    Wednesday 13 - Curse of Me
    MetalRock4ever
    Sum 41 - Pieces
    MichaelScarn
    lol I actually like that song, but this is Ultimate Guitar! GNR original lineup will get back together before a Sum 41 song gets on list
    MichaelScarn
    lol I actually like that song, but this is Ultimate Guitar! GNR original lineup will get back together before a Sum 41 song gets on list
    Elderer
    Shit double post.
    mitchrosko
    Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
    EdguyRule_22
    Good choice. I would have to say Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah. Myles Kennedy's version is my all time fav. For just pure guitar, no vocals, it would have to be Tommy Emmanuel - One Christmas Night. That is an amazing song, great, great composition.
    Thrash Addict
    Pistol Slapper Blues - Rory Gallagher
    Thrash Addict
    Pistol Slapper Blues - Rory Gallagher
    Thrash Addict
    Pistol Slapper Blues - Rory Gallagher
    Hellacol
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Road Trippin'
    Marcus 90
    Al Di Meola & Paco de Lucía - Mediterranean Sundance
    metallideth88
    Pink Floyd - Wish you were here
    dylan.findlay
    Karma Police - Radiohead
    akasinan
    Where Did You Sleep Last Night - Leadbelly
    NiandraLade
    afatguitarist
    Where did you sleep Last Nght: Nirvana
    Morgan_Sethlis
    John Frusciante - Carvel. Simple yet quite powerful.
    Latjolaine
    Pearl jam - Black
    JBTheLefty
    I would say Passionflower, But John Gomm's Telepathy is gorgeous.