The Top 100 Songs Acoustic Guitar Readers Want to See in the Magazine

In April 2019, we surveyed Acoustic Guitar audience members to find out which songs to publish in Acoustic Guitar magazine. More than 2,000 guitarists responded and not surprisingly, suggested more than 1,600 different songs! We winnowed that list down to a more manageable number based on the frequency of mentions. Starting in the November/December 2019, we’ll be featuring one or more of these songs with our usual combination of lyrics, melody, accompaniment in musical notation and tablature, chord diagrams, picking patterns, transcribed guitar solos, and advice on how to play. Subscribe to be sure you receive all these songs (and much more!)


In May 2019, we asked Acoustic Guitar community members to review a list of 125 songs which had been requested multiple times in the earlier survey. Here are the Top 100, ranked in order of preference.

1Sultans of SwingDire Straits
2GeorgiaRay Charles
3In My LifeThe Beatles
4Fire & RainJames Taylor
5While My Guitar Gently WeepsThe Beatles
6Summer in the CityLovin’ Spoonful
7If You Could Read My MindGordon Lightfoot 
8Carolina in my MindJames Taylor
9Tangled Up in BlueBob Dylan
10Girl from IpanemaAntonio Carlos Jobim
11StardustWillie Nelson
12CrazyWillie Nelson
13Black WaterDoobie Brothers
14Candy ManJohn Hurt
15Blue BayouRoy Orbison
16Classical GasMason Williams
17What´s Going OnMarvin Gaye
18Time In A BottleJim Croce 
19Here Comes the SunThe Beatles
20Hotel CaliforniaThe Eagles
21Blue EyesWillie Nelson
22Heard It Through the GrapevineMarvin Gaye
23Sweet Baby JamesJames Taylor
24Harvest MoonNeil Young
25Tennessee StudDoc Watson 
26NuagesDjango Reinhardt
27The BoxerPaul Simon
28Down on the CornerCreedence Clearwater Revival
29Old ManNeil Young
30LodiCreedence Clearwater Revival
31You’ve Got A FriendJames Taylor
32Turn! Turn! Turn!The Byrds
33Sounds Of SilenceSimon & Garfunkel
34MoonshadowCat Stevens 
35Tears in HeavenEric Clapton 
36Ramble OnLed Zeppelin
37Light My FireJose Feliciano
38DesperadoThe Eagles
39Heart of GoldNeil Young
40California DreamingThe Mamas and Papas
41CryingRoy Orbison
42Over the Hills and Far AwayLed Zeppelin
43Oh, Pretty WomanRoy Orbison
44Sunny AfternoonThe Kinks
45You Are the Sunshine of My LifeStevie Wonder
46Goin’ to CaliforniaLed Zeppelin
47Let It BeThe Beatles
48Solsbury HillPeter Gabriel
49DaydreamLovin’ Spoonful
50Behind Blue EyesThe Who
51VincentDon McLean
52BlackbirdThe Beatles
53The Needle and the Damage DoneNeil Young
54Eight Miles HighThe Byrds
55AngieThe Rolling Stones 
56Wild WorldCat Stevens 
57MexicoJames Taylor
58I Can’t Stop Loving YouRay Charles
59Simple Twist of FateBob Dylan
60The Heart of Saturday NightTom Waits
61Take It EasyThe Eagles
62Daydream BelieverThe Monkees
63Brown Eyed GirlVan Morrison
64From the BeginningEmerson, Lake & Palmer
65Pamela BrownLeo Kottke
66Mama TriedMerle Haggard
67Free FallingTom Petty 
68Father and SonCat Stevens 
69Mack the KnifeBobby Darin
70Rocky Mountain HighJohn Denver
71TaxiHarry Chapin
721952 Vincent Black LightningRichard Thompson 
73Urge for GoingJoni Mitchell 
74LolaThe Kinks
75Give a Little BitSupertramp
76Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright)Bob Dylan
77Wish You Were HerePink Floyd 
78Wonderful TonightEric Clapton 
79GenesisJorma Kaukonen
80El PasoMarty Robbins
81WildfireMartin Michael Murphy
82Waterloo SunsetThe Kinks
83Tired of WaitingThe Kinks
84Dimming of the DayRichard Thompson 
85Last Train To ClarksvilleThe Monkees
86Magic BusThe Who
87Chain Of FoolsAretha Franklin
88Mr. Tambourine ManBob Dylan
89King of the RoadRoger Miller
90Make You Feel My LoveBob Dylan
91Part of the PlanDan Fogelberg
92Annie’s SongJohn Denver
93Dust in the WindKansas
94JoleneDolly Parton
95Stairway to HeavenLed Zeppelin
96BeeswingRichard Thompson 
97Pink MoonNick Drake
98Papa’s Got a Brand New BagJames Brown
99Squeeze BoxThe Who
100If We Were VampiresJason Isbell

And, while we can’t publish all 1,600 songs requested, we thought you’d enjoy seeing the complete, unfiltered list.

David Lusterman
David Lusterman

I am a publisher by profession and a lifelong musician. I launched Acoustic Guitar magazine in 1990. I now enjoy the bonus of working closely with my two children, Lyzy and Joey. Due to a healthy lifestyle, a happy marriage, and a passion for my work, I have not aged physically since this picture was taken in 1975.