There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll.
And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.
While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time.
Over the next several weeks we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time presented by TC Electronic!
So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.
"PATIENCE," GUNS N' ROSES
GN'R Lies (1988)
Although GN'R Lies features a number of acoustic tracks, including the country-ish, darkly comedic "Used to Love Her" ("but I had to kill her" ... ), it was the lovelorn "Patience," a glacial-paced ballad, that marked the most radical left turn for the normally hard-rocking group, and also gave them one of their biggest hits.
The song was recorded in a single take, with guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin and bassist Duff McKagan all on acoustics. Axl Rose, for his part, contributes some fine whistling at the intro.
The final two minutes stand as Gn'R's "Kumbaya" moment, with the whole band cooing the song's title in sweet harmony. Then everybody got in a fight, but that's another story.
”WILD HORSES,” THE ROLLING STONES
Sticky Fingers (1971)
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the two cite it as the feel of “being a million miles from where you want to be.”
The track features a 12-string acoustic guitar played by Richards, as well as Mick Taylor on acoustic guitar. The country and folk-influenced track is a crowd favorite at The Rolling Stones live shows, although appearing on only 1 of their live albums.
To this day, “Wild Horses” is widely-used in various films and T.V. shows, such as ‘Parks & Recreation’ and will always be a Stones stable.