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Suggest some acoustic guitar songs to play!

After a 5 year sabbatical from playing guitar I am trying to get back up to my old skill level. I took a few years of lessons but would not consider myself good. I can play chord-based songs pretty well, stuff like Smashing Pumpkins Disarm, Today, Tonight, Tonight, etc.

I am trying to focus more on my acoustic for the time being because I think electric makes my playing lazy.

Anyway, when I start looking for tablature I can never think of anything to play. I've been working on some Wilco songs and a couple Pearl Jam songs. I would like to find more songs that I can play and sing solo that will sound decent. I'm not looking to join a band, so I need some songs that I can play and sing by myself. Basically, if you're by yourself playing some acoustic, what are your "go-to" songs?

Thanks in advance.
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I actually recreate rock songs on acoustic using open chords, capos, finger picking. Believe it or not, I did a solo open mic that consisted of two originals and a cover of Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting" I had reworked. Lots of compliments!!
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Blackbird by The Beatles... Good place to start with some fairly easy fingerpicking.

After seeing The Life Aquatic I had to learn some Bowie...
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"Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd
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Dust in the Wind-Kansas
Babe, I'm gonna leave you-Led Zeppelin

2 cool tunes for acoustic off the top o my head...
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Hotel California.
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"Over The Hills And Far Away" by Led Zep.
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"Alone Again Or" by Love
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It's not acoustic, but you should try some Stevie Ray. Sooo easy!!
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There isn't but one correct answer.

Wildwood Flower by Mother Maybelle Carter.
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Originally Posted by monkey
It's not acoustic, but you should try some Stevie Ray. Sooo easy!!
Easy....riight.

Perhaps Days of the New? Or if you prefer a bit more of a challenge, Dave Matthews Band is always fun to play.
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"Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles. I taught myself to play that by ear when I was a kid, it doesn't get any simpler. I'd say anything you can play by ear and not have to get a tab for. It's actually better to make your own arrangement, especially if you're singing along to it.
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Not saying these are my "go-to" songs or anything, but they're nice and easy to play:

James - "Laid"
The Church - "Under the Milky Way"
Oasis - "Wonderwall"
Neil Young - "Tell Me Why"
The Beatles - "Norwegian Wood"
The Replacements - "Here Comes a Regular"
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Originally Posted by Johnny Zhivago
Blackbird by The Beatles... Good place to start with some fairly easy fingerpicking.
this might help there... and in addition to this specific song... be aware there are MANY lessons on 'how to play song X' on youtube and other video sites...

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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot.
It's basically 4 chords with a capo on the 2nd fret.
The words are harder to remember though.
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Layla by Eric Clapton
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Some of my standby's:

Dave Matthews Band - Crash

Barenaked Ladies - Brian Wilson

Eric Clapton - Signe (if you're feeling a little adventurous)
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Originally Posted by monkey
It's not acoustic, but you should try some Stevie Ray. Sooo easy!!
You must be kidding.
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Needle and the Damage Done - Neil Young
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My standbys are:

Most tracks off of Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake.... and Death Cab for Cutie - Plans.
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Ray LaMontagne's cover of Crazy.


Chris Cornell's cover of Billie Jean


Ryan Star's cover of Head Like a Hole


Mat Weddle's cover of Hey Ya


I tried to focus on ones that feature only one guitar in the cover, but if you need more suggestions I can dig through my mp3 collection for more acoustic covers.
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Elliott Smith's I Figured You Out is pretty fun to play.

I also enjoy doing Oh Me by the Meat Puppets (see Nirvana Unplugged)

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