There’s something special about an acoustic duo.
Playing and singing songs on your own is fun, no doubt about it. Bring another person into the mix – a friend, a partner, or even a stranger, and you can create some truly special moments.
And hey, some great music as well.
Of course, some songs are better suited for duets than others. In this list of acoustic duo songs, we’ve tried to mix together a blend of rock, pop, oldies, country, and other classics that would fit well to play with another person. The songs on this setlist should work regardless of whether the other person is playing a 2nd acoustic guitar, an acoustic bass, or even if they’re only singing along with you.
However, some songs are better suited for male or female voices, couples, etc.
If you have any suggestions after going through this list, we’d love to hear them!
Without any further ado, here are our top picks for acoustic duo songs.
1. Almost Anything By The Beatles
To kick off this list, there are a few bands where most of their songs are perfectly suitable for an acoustic duet. Perhaps the most notable and the most famous is The Beatles.
Lennon and McCartney are probably the most iconic duo in rock history, and played off of each other very heavily in the band’s music. Rather than listing off every single song that you could consider using in your setlist, I would simply encourage you to select some of your favorites from them.
However, if you aren’t a Beatles fan or you aren’t sure where to start, here are a few song recommendations:
- Love Me Do
- I Saw Her Standing There
- Can’t Buy Me Love
- A Hard Day’s Night
- Baby’s In Black
- Ticket To Ride
- You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
- Nowhere Man
- In My Life
- Good Day Sunshine
- And Your Bird Can Sing
- A Little Help From My Friends
- A Day In The Life
- Hello Goodbye
- All You Need Is Love
- Mother Nature’s Son
- Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da
- Happiness Is A Warm Gun
- You Never Give Me Your Money
- Here Comes The Sun
- Get Back
- I’ve Got A Feeling
- Don’t Let Me Down
- Two Of Us
2. Almost Anything By Simon And Garfunkel
Another iconic duo, a large collection of their catalog is perfect for an acoustic duet. Here are some specific recommendations:
- The Boxer
- Mrs. Robinson
- Sound of Silence
- Bridge Over Troubled Water
Here Are A Bunch Of Others!
- Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
- Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
- Time – Pink Floyd
- Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys
- Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
- Have You Ever Seen The Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
- American Pie – Don McLean
- I Can’t Get No Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
- Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones
- As Tears Go By – The Rolling Stones (Although Avenged Sevenfold’s cover is pretty great if you want something more energetic. Just depends on the mood you’re going for.)
- Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
- Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits
- I’m A Believer – The Monkees
- Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
- Photograph – Ed Sheeran
- Fix You – Coldplay
- Yellow – Coldplay
- 21 Guns – Green Day
- Lucky – Jason Mraz
- I’m Yours – Jazon Mraz
- Money – Barrett Strong
- Ring Of Fire – Johnny Cash
- What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
- You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
- Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – Carole King
- Behind Blue Eyes – The Who
- Helena – My Chemical Romance
- Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
- Heaven – Bryan Adams
- Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
- Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
- Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls
- Runaway Train – Soul Asylum
- I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
- Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bonjovi
- Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
- One Love – Bob Marley
- I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty
- End Of The Line – Traveling Wilburys
Notable Country Songs:
- Picture – Kid Rock
- Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – Willie Nelson
- Tulsa Time – Sheryl Crow and Eric Clapton
- Fire And Rain – James Taylor
- Beer For My Horses – Toby Keith
- Whiskey Lullaby – Brad Paisley featuring Alison Krauss
- Love Story – Taylor Swift
- Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
- Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
This list certainly isn’t complete, and there are easily hundreds of songs that could have been added to this list. In fact, I will likely continue updating this post as time goes on.
However, if you have any songs that you feel would be great for acoustic duos / duets, do us all a favor and share them through the comment form below.
Thank you, and I hope you enjoy playing some of these songs!