10 Incredible Acoustic Guitar Covers of Popular Songs

10 Incredible Acoustic Guitar Covers of Popular Songs

There is something really special about hearing one of your favorite songs on an instrument. Whether you’re in a coffee shop, passing by a street performer, or listening to a great Spotify playlist, a familiar tune coming from the strings of an acoustic guitar is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face! Here are ten of our favorite acoustic guitar covers.

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story – AcousticTrench

AcousticTrench can calm us down in an instant, and well, the pup doesn’t hurt!

This cover is a whimsical and bouncy rendition of Randy Newman’s original. It will leave you feeling both jazzy and nostalgic for your childhood as you marvel at Acoustic Trench’s chord progressions on one of a movie classic’s best acoustic guitar songs.

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“Señorita” by Andrew Foy

We’re going to go ahead and label Andrew Foy as the “Prince of Pop” when it comes to fingerstyle guitar. We can’t get enough of his arrangement of “Señorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.

Let Andrew Foy’s fingerstyle picking acoustic guitar songs and casual transitions bring you front and center between Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello in the music, “Señorita”. It’s the spiciest and sexiest of the best acoustic covers that will keep you grooving.

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“Concerning Hobbits” from Lord of the Rings by Beyond the Guitar

Beyond the Guitar is our guy when it comes to guitar arrangements of our favorite movie, television, and video game soundtracks. We had to include this classic from Lord of the Rings.

Get ready to be transported back to the Shire with acoustic guitar songs. With butterflies fluttering and Hobbits bustling to and fro, the fancy fingerwork of Beyond the Guitar puts listeners in a field of green filled with Bilbo’s and Frodo’s best memories before times turned tumultuous.

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“Unravel” from Tokyo Ghoul by Eddie van der Meer

We can always count on Eddie van der Meer for the anime covers we want and let’s face it, need.

Eddie van der Meer takes the guesswork away from how much emotion each artist put into each composition. His fingerstyle approach to the music leaves listeners with the same heartfelt connection that lyrics would.

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“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by Gabriella Quevedo

This Beatles tune was practically begging to be arranged for acoustic guitar, and Gabriella Quevedo did not disappoint!

Gabriella brings a whole new interest to the Beatles’ music that is softer and more intuitive to the needs of fans; you’ll definitely want to turn Gabriella’s covers on when you’re feeling chill.

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“Nothing Else Matters” by Igor Presnyakov

Igor Presnyakov is an expert at creating timeless music. This cover of “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica arranged in 2009 has now earned over 9 million views on YouTube, and for good reason!

Metallica should add Igor Presnyakov to their line-up of guitar players — he’s that good. Listeners can enjoy one of the best acoustic covers of Metallica without the static and distortion pedals and still retain the authentic feel of hard rock.

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“Let Her Go” by James Bartholomew

We simply can’t let go of this fingerstyle guitar cover from James Bartholomew.

If you thought “Let Her Go” was an already sweet song with a sentimental melody that gets stuck in your head every single time, you’ll find this guitar version is even more sugary. James Bartholomew brings listeners a soulful version of “Let Her Go” that connects to the heart and the head even without the familiar lyrics.

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“Darkside” by Joni Laakkonen

Joni Laakkonen is always jumping on the latest hits, but we’re still listening to his arrangement of Alan Walker’s “Darkside.”

Not only is the fingerstyle guitar playing deep and dark, but the visuals for the video feel just suitable for Joni Laakkonen’s acoustic cover of Alan Walker’s original song, “Darkside”. To be fair, Joni adds a significant amount of remixing and synth to his version, rather than pure acoustic goodness.

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“The Sound of Silence” by Kelly Valleau

Hello sweet, sweet fingerstyle guitar, our old friend. This is arrangement from Kelly Valleau we never knew we needed.

Nothing is as poignant and moving as Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence."

Kelly Valleau brings us the best acoustic guitar version of this song that we’ve ever heard, a stripped down, acoustic fingerstyle rendition that adds clarity and emotion to the original melody.

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“A Whole New World” by Sungha Jung

When he’s not touring the world, performing for audiences far and wide, Sungha Jung finds time to bless us with amazing covers like this one!

This arrangement is one of the best acoustic guitar song versions of a classic Disney song. Sungha Jung brings listeners a renovated version of “A Whole New World” that redoes a Disney classic and makes it even better. It replaces the heavy, ballad style that Disney is traditionally known for with a fresh, bouncy feel that you might notice in more recent Pixar film music.

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“Fly Me to the Moon” by Walter Rodrigues Jr.

Walter Rodrigues Jr. is a master at transferring jazz to an acoustic guitar. If you don’t believe us, check out this incredible cover!

This jazzy original is found everywhere, from nightclubs to children’s movies to soundtracks to piano players in the mall. Walter Rodrigues Jr. manages to keep one of the best acoustic covers of the classic song moving with a quick tempo and a snappy, fingerstyle acoustic approach.

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“Autumn Leaves” by Yenne Lee

This arrangement of “Autumn Leaves” by Yenne Lee will perhaps be the most relaxed seven minutes of your life.

“Autumn Leaves” is a classic. Yenne Lee does it justice and brings an additional layer of depth and feeling with her fingerstyle acoustic playing. Her agility on the strings is pleasing to listen to and watch. Her skill is what makes this one of the best acoustic guitar songs.

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