The 25 Best Country Songs for Acoustic Guitar (with Chords + Tabs)

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Country western songs are some of the most fun to play on acoustic guitar. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to find country songs that are perfect for the acoustic, rather than an electric guitar.

To make things easier, I put all my favorite country songs to play on the acoustic guitar here in this list for you. I also included links to the full chord and tab charts, so you can immediately start learning these country songs on your acoustic guitar.

One final note before we get started: don’t forget to tune your guitar! These songs won’t sound right if your guitar is out of tune… If you need a great tuner, here’s my favorite clip-on guitar tuner (on Amazon).

Also: you will need a capo to play some of these songs. If you don’t have a capo (or want to upgrade to a better one) here’s my favorite capo (on Amazon).

How to Listen to These Songs for FREE

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Do You Need an Acoustic Guitar to Play These 25 Country Songs?

Before we get started, I want to answer a common question about the following songs. Can you learn these songs if you have an electric or classical guitar, instead of an acoustic? The answer is yes. While the songs themselves feature an acoustic guitar, you can play the tabs and chords for each song on an electric or classical guitar.

However, if you want to sound most like the original song, it’s probably best to play the song on an acoustic guitar. If you’re new to the guitar, or are an electric guitarist looking to transition to acoustic, then I recommend checking out my 10 favorite acoustic guitars for beginners on a budget.

Or if you want a resource-packed acoustic guitar buyer’s guide, where I walk you through every step of the process, from deciding what kind of wood you want, what the best guitar strings are, and how to maintain your guitar for years to come, you might want to grab my ultimate acoustic buyer’s guide (now available on Amazon).

But now that we’ve got the guitar details figured out, let’s jump into these 25 Best Country Songs for Acoustic Guitar.

  1. Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings – Chords
  2. Jolene – Dolly Parton– Chords
  3. I’ve got a tiger by the tail – Buck Owens – Chords
  4. El Paso – Marty Robbins – Chords
  5. I walk the line – Johnny Cash – ChordsFull Tabs on Amazon
  6. I’m so lonesome I could cry – Hank Williams – ChordsFull Tabs on Amazon
  7. He stopped loving her today – George Jones – Chords
  8. Mama tried – Merle Haggard – ChordsFull Tabs on Amazon
  9. Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell – Chords
  10. Together again – Buck Owens – Chords
  11. Blue moon of Kentucky – Bill Monroe – Chords
  12. Can the circle be unbroken – The Carter family – ChordsFull Tabs on Amazon
  13. Blue eyes crying in the rain – Willie Nelson – ChordsFull Tabs on Amazon
  14. Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell – Chords
  15. Ring of fire – Johnny Cash – ChordsFull Tabs on Amazon
  16. Always on my mind – Willie Nelson – ChordsFull Tabs on Amazon
  17. Long Black Veil – Lefty Frizzell – Chords
  18. Go Rest High On That Mountain – Vince Gill – Chords
  19. The Race is On – George Jones – Chords
  20. Love Story – Taylor Swift – ChordsFull Tabs on Amazon
  21. Can’t You See – Marshall Tucker Band – ChordsFull Tabs on Amazon
  22. Leaving on a Jet Plane – John Denver – ChordsFull Tabs on Amazon
  23. Your cheating heart – Hank Williams – ChordsFull Tabs on Amazon
  24. The Gambler – Kenny Rogers – ChordsFull Tabs on Amazon
  25. Amarillo by Morning – George Strait – ChordsFull Tabs on Amazon

Need More Help Learning These Country Songs?

If you’re still looking for more free guitar lesson resources, I’d recommend subscribing to some of the awesome acoustic guitar YouTube channels out there. The only trouble is – it can be hard to find the right channels, and to know who’s really putting out good information.

That’s why I wrote up a whole guide post on my 8 favorite YouTube channels for learning acoustic guitar.

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Chords, Tabs & Video Lessons for 100 Epic Songs – This free guide that I created for fellow guitarists gives you chords, tabs, and video lessons for the 100 best songs to learn on guitar… I spent many hours putting this guide together to help you get better at guitar, faster. — CLICK HERE TO GET IT FREE

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Corbin Buff

Corbin has played guitar for over a decade, and started writing about it on Acoustic World in an effort to help others. He lives and writes in western Montana.

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