The 25 Best Rock Songs for Acoustic Guitar (With Chords & Tabs)


best acoustic rock songs with chords and tabs

Rock songs are super fun to play on acoustic guitar, and many of them are actually quite easy to learn. That said, what rock songs are best suited specifically for playing on an acoustic guitar?

Well, to help you out, I put all my favorite rock 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 rock songs on your acoustic guitar.

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I even included video lessons for some of the songs where I could find a great lesson available.

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… So use my free online guitar tuner to make sure your guitar is in tune before you start learning these songs. Tune up here.

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How to Listen to These Songs for FREE

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It’s a great way to enjoy some awesome acoustic music. You can check out the free trial here.

Can You Play Rock Songs On an Acoustic Guitar?

Before we get started, I want to answer a common question about the following songs. Can you learn these rocks songs on an acoustic guitar instead of an electric?

The answer is yes. Many rock songs actually feature acoustic guitars prominently. Even songs that were composed for the electric guitar translate very well onto the acoustic guitar.

There are a couple of rock techniques really strongly associated with electric guitar, such as power chords. However, these can easily by transitioned onto the acoustic guitar. Learn how in my articles below:

If you 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 Rock Songs for Acoustic Guitar:

  1. Free Fallin – Tom Petty – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  2. Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash – ChordsFull Tabs on Amazon
  3. Feelin’ Alright – Joe Cocker – Chords + TabsVideo Lesson
  4. Can’t You See – Marshall Tucker Band – ChordsFull Tabs on Amazon
  5. The House of the Rising Sun – The Animals – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  6. Every Rose has It’s Thorn – Poison – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  7. Paperback Writer – The Beatles – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  8. No Rain – Blind Melon – Chords + TabsVideo Lesson
  9. Ripple – The Grateful Dead – Chords+TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  10. Take It Easy – The Eagles – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  11. Have You Ever Seen the Rain? – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  12. Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  13. What I Got – Sublime – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  14. Two Tickets to Paradise – Eddie Money – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  15. Horse with No Name – America – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  16. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  17. Stand By Me – Ben E. King – Chords + TabsVideo Lesson
  18. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2 – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  19. For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield – Chords + TabsVideo Lesson
  20. Dead Flowers – The Rolling Stones – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  21. Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  22. Old Man – Neil Young – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  23. Heart of Gold – Neil Young – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  24. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon
  25. Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chords + TabsVideo LessonFull Tabs on Amazon

Need More Help Learning These Rock Songs?

To find the best guitar courses, with experts walking you through each step of the learning process, check out my recommended lessons, courses & teachers.

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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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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