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Whether you’re just learning to play acoustic guitar or you’ve been at it for a while, you may be looking for some songs you can play. In both Christian and secular music you can find more than enough to keep you occupied. There are certain tunes that just sound better when played on acoustic guitar, though it’s true that many songs can work with either an acoustic or electric instrument. If you’re in the market for some popular acoustic guitar songs for Christians to play, we’ve got you covered. On our list below you can find lots of faith-based works, as well as some non-religious songs from the past. The one thing these songs have in common is that they sound wonderful on an acoustic guitar. Find your favorite today!
“Reckless Love” - Cory Asbury
If you’ve been playing or listening to Christian music any time in the last two years, you’ve probably heard Cory Asbury’s famous song more than once. What makes it a worthy addition to our list is that many people know the words and it’s a fairly easy song to play. That means it’s the perfect song to pick up if you’re wanting to bring your guitar on a church retreat or if you’re looking to play with some friends around the house. Check out the song’s original performer playing an acoustic rendition below.
“My Lighthouse” - Rend Collective
One way you know you’ve found the right song for acoustic guitar is by how fun it is to play with a group of people. Rend Collective puts on an infectious show with this tune about looking to God as our personal lighthouse throughout life. If you have some friends who play violin, banjo, or anything else that pairs well with an acoustic guitar, this is definitely a song to think about performing together.
“Dust in the Wind” - Kansas - Popular Acoustic Guitar Songs
Simply put, this is one of the most iconic songs of all time for the acoustic guitar. Don’t be fooled by the dated look of the video below, “Dust in the Wind” is worth your time. Guitar players who want to work on their picking and fingering can really enjoy the challenge presented by the Kansas classic. From the Christian perspective, this song also gives us a comparison between the fragility of human life and the eternal nature of God.
“The Heart of Worship” - Matt Redman
A popular one from the early 00s, “The Heart of Worship” is one of those hits that paved the way for many of our current worship leaders. Matt Redman’s song is all about stripping away the bells and whistles of modern church life and getting to the basics of faith. That’s why it makes such a perfect choice for our list of popular acoustic guitar songs for Christians to play. Watch Redman team up with Phil Wickham in the video below.
“Good Good Father” - Chris Tomlin
Christian musicians have a pretty good idea of who Chris Tomlin is, since the worship leader has authored and recorded some of the biggest songs the genre has ever seen. One of the better songs from Tomlin’s catalog to take on with an acoustic guitar is “Good Good Father.” The track has a pleasant informality about it that works particularly well with an acoustic instrument. Some other Tomlin songs worth learning would be “Indescribable” and “How Great is Our God.”
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” - John Denver
The acoustic guitar is such a folksy instrument, you’re going to want to have something appropriate for the genre in your arsenal. John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is a classic example of American songwriting that fits this mold. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never stepped foot in West Virginia or not, this famous song will have you pining for the nostalgic past in no time.
“Great Are You Lord” - All Sons & Daughters
Several Christian bands have performed and recorded this worship favorite in recent years, but All Sons & Daughters best fulfills our purpose here finding popular acoustic guitar songs for Christians to play. In the video below you can see just how powerful this praise song can be. Though we all get into music for our own reasons, it’s good to have an option like this on standby, whether it’s for an event at church or just for use in your spare time.
“Hey There Delilah” - Plain White T’s
Let’s be honest, a lot of guys who play acoustic guitar are looking to impress a girl or write the kind of songs that appeal to the romantic crowd. Having “Hey There Delilah” in your back pocket will help you always be prepared for an impromptu love song. Even if you’re not trying to woo someone, this is a fun and simple song that is good for players at all skill levels.
“Trading My Sorrows” - Darrell Evans
The late 90s to early 00s was a great time to play acoustic guitar, as the instrument was in very common use throughout secular and Christian music. One artist who produced a joyful and strum-heavy worship ballad was Darrell Evans. “Trading My Sorrows” gives today’s musician a nice throwback option, plus, it’s just a happy song you can enjoy. Check out the original artist going to town with this jam below.
“The Scientist” - Coldplay - Popular Acoustic Guitar Songs
Just like acoustic guitar is good for love songs, it’s also a solid choice for mopey ones about mistakes and broken relationships. “The Scientist” by Coldplay is one of the best songs about the latter. The lyrics tell us the story of a man who wishes he could go back and fix the mistakes he made that ultimately led to the relationship going off the rails. “The Scientist” was a Top 10 song in both the UK and America and did incredibly well across Europe when it was released in 2002.
“Multiplied” - Needtobreathe
One of the most iconic acoustic guitar openings in modern Christian music belongs to “Multiplied” from Needtobreathe. Between that and its easy to remember lyrics, it makes a preferred choice on our list of popular acoustic guitar songs for Christians to play. Needtobreathe is a good band for players who like guitars to follow, especially considering the group’s older work from the mid-00s to mid-10s. Another song from the band that could have made our list is “Difference Maker.”
“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” - Various Artists
Last up on our list of popular acoustic guitar songs for Christians to play is the worship song “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever.” This one has been performed by many faith-based acts, but two of the most recognized groups would be Delirious? and Sonicflood. Below you’ll find a dated video of the former playing the song in an acoustic setting at the band’s concert. While this is a stripped and slowed down version of the song, you can also speed things up and easily keep it acoustic.
We hope our list of popular acoustic guitar songs for Christians to play has inspired you to learn some new music and have fun while doing it. These are just a few of the Christian and classic secular songs that play well on an acoustic instrument.
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