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Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME (Beginner – Advanced)

Here’s my list of the Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of All Time. There’s an incredibly varied mix of artists, and it’s arranged by difficulty from beginner to advanced level. Whatever level you’re at, there’s something for you here. Click on each song for the full guitar lesson.

An important part of learning how to fingerpick is simply learning a whole bunch of great songs. Each and every one of these songs has something unique about them, and you’ll learn a huge amount from any you choose to have a go at.

I first started this list in December 2017. Since then I’ve moved and removed a few songs and added some others, so this list is now my updated Top 60. Don’t worry if you’ve seen my original YouTube Top 60 video as you can still learn all those songs on Six String Fingerpicking – just check out the Songs page to find the full list or to search for a specific song.

I really hope that you enjoy all the songs and I’m sure that it’ll give you plenty to work on!

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Beginner Fingerpicking Songs:

If you're brand new to fingerpicking, then these first few songs are for you. You must be patient when you first get going because it's going to be a little frustrating, trust me! Your fingers will get mixed up and you're going to pick the wrong strings, but it's all part of the fun. Just remember that every time you make a mistake you're one step closer to getting it right.

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Ain't No Sunshine

Bill Withers

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Lost

Anouk

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Fast Car

Tracy Chapman

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Greensleeves

Traditional

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Hey There Delilah

Plain White T's

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Beginner-Intermediate Fingerpicking Songs:

The next group of songs are aimed at people that have got the foundational techniques down and are looking for some still easy but slightly more involved tunes to learn.

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Guaranteed

Eddie Vedder

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Freight Train

Elizabeth Cotten

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Let Her Go

Passenger

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Landslide

Fleetwood Mac

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Dust in the Wind

Kansas

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Jolene

Dolly Parton

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Naked as We Came

Iron and Wine

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Intermediate Fingerpicking Songs:

The intermediate songs are where most of the really well-known ones live, hopefully you recognise the majority of them. There's an awful lot you can learn from these tunes.

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First Day Of My Life

Bright Eyes

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Heartbeats

José González

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Detectorists

Johnny Flynn

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Just Breathe

Pearl Jam

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Yesterday

The Beatles

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Blackbird

The Beatles

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Is There Anybody Out There?

Pink Floyd

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Be Good Or Be Gone

Fionn Regan

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Everybody's Talkin'

Harry Nilsson

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Road Trippin'

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

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Julia

The Beatles

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Dear Prudence

The Beatles

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The Boxer

Simon and Garfunkel

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Homeward Bound

Simon and Garfunkel

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More Than Words

Extreme

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Fire and Rain

James Taylor

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Don't Think Twice It's All Right

Bob Dylan

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Don't Know Why

Norah Jones

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Tears In Heaven

Eric Clapton

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Queen of California

John Mayer

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Intermediate-Advanced Fingerpicking Songs:

If you can play these songs then you're really on the path to fingerpicking success. These tunes are pretty challenging and will certainly require some dedicated practice. Again, there's some real fingerpicking classics in here.

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Why Georgia

John Mayer

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Nothing Else Matters

Metallica

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Solsbury Hill

Peter Gabriel

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Old Pine

Ben Howard

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Signe

Eric Clapton

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Operator

Jim Croce

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Time in a Bottle

Jim Croce

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Angeles

Eliiot Smith

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Shape of My Heart

Sting

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Going to California

Led Zeppelin

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Bron-Yr-Aur

Led Zeppelin

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Stop This Train

John Mayer

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Who Says

John Mayer

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Romeo And Juliet

Dire Straits

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One Of These Things First

Nick Drake

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Angie

Bert Jansch

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Windy and Warm

Tommy Emmanuel

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The Entertainer

Chet Atkins

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Never Going Back Again

Fleetwood Mac

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Classical Gas

Mason Williams

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Advanced Fingerpicking Songs:

There's some really complicated stuff going on in all of these songs. Don't let that put you off though as they're all great fun to play.  You're doing really very well if you can play any of the tunes from this list, each one requires some serious practice.

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Big Love

Fleetwood Mac

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Lewis & Clark

Tommy Emmanuel

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Deep River Blues

Doc Watson

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Embryonic Journey

Jefferson Aeroplane

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Mister Sandman

Chet Atkins

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The Claw

Jerry Reed

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Cannonball Rag

Merle Travis

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Neon

John Mayer

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