100 Great Fingerpicking Guitar Songs to Learn in 2016 | Tabs Included

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As a guitarist, one of the most essential skills to learn is how to fingerpick. Artists like Metallica, Led Zeppelin, and Opeth have numerous classics based around this concept.

Listed below are some of my favorite fingerstyle guitar songs.

I highly encourage any guitarist to try and learn these songs.

While some of these songs are difficult, the majority of the songs can be played by an intermediate guitarist

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Lets Introduce: The All Axess 100 Best Fingerpicking Guitar Songs 

Note: These are in no particular order of the greatest.​

Songs

1. 3 Doors Down - Let Me Be Myself

Year: 2008

Album: 3 Doors Down

Tuning:  E standard

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Alter Bridge

2. Alter Bridge - Blackbird

Year: 2008

Album: Blackbird

Tuning: Eb Standard

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3. Alter Bridge- Cry of Achilles

Year: 2013

Album: Fortress

Tuning: Eb Standard

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4. Alter Bridge - In Loving Memory

Year: 2004

Album: One Day Remains

Tuning: C#F#C#F#A#C#

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5. Alter Bridge - Wonderful Life

Year: 2010

Album: AB III

Tuning: Open G Major

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6. Andy McKee - Drifting

Year: 2005

Album: Art Of Motion

Tuning: DADGAD Dsus4

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7. Animals - House of The Rising Sun

Year: 1964

Album: Animals

Tuning: E standard

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8. Avenged Sevenfold - Buried Alive

Year: 2010

Album: Nightmare

Tuning: Drop D

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Ben Harper

9. Ben Harper - Forever

Year: 1997

Album: 3

Tuning: E standard

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10. Ben Harper - Number Three

Year: 1997

Album: 3

Tuning: E standard

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11. Ben Howard - Old Pine

Year: 2011

Album: Every Kingdom

Tuning: CGCGGC

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12. Bill Withers – Ain`t No Sunshine

Year: 1971

Album:  Just as I Am

Tuning: E standard

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13. Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice It's All Right

Year: 1963

Album: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

Tuning: E standard* Capo on fourth fret

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14. Bombay Bicycle Club - Leaving Blues

Year: 2010

Album: Flaws

Tuning: E standard* Capo on fourth fret

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15. Buckethead - I Love My Parents

Year: 1992

Album: Bucketheadland

Tuning: E standard

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16. Cat Stevens - The Wind

Year: 1971

Album: Teaser and the Firecat

Tuning: E standard

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Creed

17. Creed - Is This The End

Year: 1999

Album: Human Clay

Tuning: Drop D

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18. Creed - Lullaby

Year: 1999

Album: Human Clay

Tuning: Drop D

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19. Creed - One Last Breath

Year: 2001

Album: Weathered

Tuning: E standard

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20. Creed - What's This Life For

Year: 1997

Album: My Own Prison

Tuning: E standard

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21. Creed - With Arms Wide Open

Year: 1999

Album: Human Clay

Tuning: E standard

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22. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 4 + 20

Year: 1970

Album: Déjà Vu

Tuning: Open D

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23. Dave Matthews Band - Grace is Gone

Year: 2002

Album: Busted Stuff

Tuning: E standard

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Dire Straits

24. Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

Year: 1985

Album: Brothers in Arms

Tuning: E standard

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25. Dire Straits - Money For Nothing

Year: 1985

Album: Brothers in Arms

Tuning: E standard

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26. Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing

Year: 1978

Album: Dire Straits

Tuning: E standard

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Eagles

27. Eagles - Hotel California

Year: 1976

Album: Hotel California

Tuning: E standard

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28. Eagles - Love Will Keep Us Alive

Year: 1994

Album: Hell Freezes Over

Tuning: E standard

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Eddie Vedder

29. Eddie Vedder - Guaranteed

Year: 2007

Album: Into the Wild

Tuning: E standard

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30. Eddie Vedder - Tuolumne

Year: 2007

Album: Into the Wild

Tuning: E standard

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31. Elliott Smith - Angeles

Year: 1997

Album: Either/Or

Tuning: E standard *Capo on 5th fret

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Eric Clapton

32. Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven

Year: 1992

Album: Rush

Tuning: E standard

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33. Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight

Year: 1977

Album: Slowhand

Tuning: E standard

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34. Extreme - More Than Words

Year: 1990

Album: Extreme II: Pornograffitti

Tuning: Eb standard

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35. Fleetwood Mac - Landslide

Year: 1975

Album: Fleetwood Mac

Tuning: E standard* Capo on 3rd fret

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36. Francisco Tarrega - Recuerdos de la Alhambra

Year: 1896

Album: N/A

Tuning: E standard

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37. G Love & Special Sauce - Gimme Some Lovin'

Year: 1999

Album: Philadelphonic

Tuning: E standard

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38. Green day - Good Riddance

Year: 1997

Album: Nimrod

Tuning: E standard

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39. Iron and Wine - Naked as We Came

Year: 2004

Album: Our Endless Numbered Days

Tuning: Drop D* Capo on 2nd fret

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James Taylor

40. James Taylor - Fire And Rain

Year: 1970

Album: Sweet Baby James

Tuning: E standard* Capo on 3rd fret

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41. James Taylor - Oh Susannah

Year: 1970

Album: Sweet Baby James

Tuning: E standard* Capo on 3rd fret

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42. Jeff Buckley-Hallelujah

Year: 1994

Album: Grace

Tuning: E standard* Capo on 5th fret

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43. Jim Croce - Operator

Year: 1972

Album: You Don't Mess Around with Jim

Tuning: E standard

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44. Joe Satriani - Tears In The Rain

Year: 1992

Album: The Extremist

Tuning: E standard

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45. John Butler Trio - Losing You

Year: 2007

Album: Grand National

Tuning: Open G with bottom C

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John Mayer

46. John Mayer - Stop This Train

Year: 2006

Album: Continuum

Tuning: E standard

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47. John Mayer - Who Says

Year: 2009

Album: Battle Studies

Tuning: E standard

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48. Kansas - Dust in the Wind

Year: 1977

Album: Point of Know Return

Tuning: E standard

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49. Kenny Loggins - Dannys Song

Year: 1993

Album: Outside: From the Redwoods

Tuning: E standard

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Led Zeppelin

50. Led Zeppelin - Babe I'm Gonna Leave You

Year: 1969

Album: Led Zeppelin

Tuning: E standard

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51. Led Zeppelin - Bron-Yr-Aur

Year: 1975

Album: Physical Graffiti

Tuning: E standard

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52. Led Zeppelin - Going to California

Year: 1971

Album: Led Zeppelin IV

Tuning: Double Drop-D Tuning

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53. Led Zeppelin - The Rain Song

Year: 1973

Album: The Song Remains the Same

Tuning: E standard

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54. Led Zeppelin - Black Mountain Side

Year: 1969

Album: Led Zeppelin

Tuning: DADGAD

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55. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven

Year: 1971

Album: The Song Remains the Same

Tuning: E standard

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56. Little Feat - Roll Um Easy

Year: 1973

Album: Dixie Chicken

Tuning: Open A

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57. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man

Year: 1973

Album: Almost Famous

Tuning: Eb standard

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58. Mason William - Classical Gas

Year: 1968

Album: The Mason Williams Phonograph Record

Tuning: E standard

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59. Megadeth - Poisonous Shadows

Year: 2016

Album: Dystopia

Tuning: D standard

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Metallica

60. Metallica - Fade to Black

Year: 1984

Album: Ride The Lightning

Tuning: E standard

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61. Metallica - Nothing Else Matters

Year: 1991

Album: Metallica

Tuning: Eb standard

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62. Nirvana - Plateau

Year: 1994

Album: MTV Unplugged in New York

Tuning: Eb standard

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63. O.A.R. - So Good So Far

Year: 2014

Album: The Rockville LP

Tuning: E standard

Tab: N/A

Opeth

64. Opeth - Benighted

Year: 1999

Album: Still Life

Tuning: E standard

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65. Opeth - Coil

Year: 2008

Album: Watershed

Tuning: E standard

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66. Opeth - Dirge For November

Year: 2001

Album: Blackwater Park

Tuning: E standard

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67. Opeth - Patterns In The Ivy

Year: 2001

Album: Blackwater Park

Tuning: E standard

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Passenger

68. Passenger - Hearts on Fire

Year: 2014

Album: Whispers

Tuning: E standard

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69. Passenger - Let Her Go

Year: 2012

Album: All the Little Lights

Tuning: E standard

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70. Pearl Jam - Breathe

Year: 2009

Album: Backspacer

Tuning: E standard

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71. Phish - Bliss

Year: 1996

Album: Billy Breathes

Tuning: E standard

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Pink Floyd

72. Pink Floyd - A Pillow of Winds

Year: 1971

Album: Meddle

Tuning: E standard

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73. Pink Floyd - Brain Damage/Eclipse

Year: 1983

Album: Pink Floyd

Tuning: E standard

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74. Pink Floyd - If

Year: 1970

Album: Atom Heart Mother

Tuning: E standard

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75. Pink Floyd - Is There Anybody Out There?

Year: 1979

Album: The Wall

Tuning: E standard

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76. Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah

Year: 2005

Album: All That We Needed

Tuning: E standard

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77. Poets of the Fall - Cradled in Love

Year: 2012

Album: Temple of Thought

Tuning: E standard

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78. Queensryche - Silent Lucidity

Year: 1990

Album: Empire

Tuning: E standard

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79. Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Year: 1995

Album: The Bends

Tuning: E standard

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80. Randy Rhoads - Dee

Year: 1980

Album: Blizzard Of Oz

Tuning: E standard

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81. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Road Trippin'

Year: 1999

Album: Californication

Tuning: E standard

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Simon & Garfunkel

82. Simon & Garfunkel - America

Year: 1968

Album: Almost Famous

Tuning: E standard

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83. Simon & Garfunkel - Scarborough Fair

Year: 1966

Album: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

Tuning: E standard* Capo on 7th fret

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84. Simon & Garfunkel - The Boxer

Year: 1970

Album: Bridge over Troubled Water

Tuning: E standard

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85. Simon and Garfunkel - Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.

Year: 1964

Album: Wednesday Morning 3 A.M.

Tuning: E standard* Capo on 5th fret

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86. Slash - Anastasia

Year: 2012

Album: Apocalyptic Love

Tuning: Eb standard

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87. Staind - Zoe Jane

Year: 2003

Album: 14 Shades of Grey

Tuning: Eb standard

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88. Sting - Shape Of My Heart

Year: 1993

Album: Ten Summoner's Tales

Tuning: E standard

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89. Tesla - Love Song

Year: 1989

Album: The Great Radio Controversy

Tuning: E standard

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The Beatles

90. The Beatles - Blackbird

Year: 1968

Album: The Beatles

Tuning: E Standard

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91. The Beatles - Julia

Year: 1968

Album: The Beatles

Tuning: E standard* Capo on 2nd fret

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92. The Beatles - Yesterday

Year: 1965

Album: Help!

Tuning: E standard

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93. The Black Keys – Little Black Submarines

Year: 2011

Album: El Camino

Tuning: E standard

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94. The Tallest Man on Earth - I Won't be Found, Where do my Bluebirds Fly

Year: 2008

Album: Shallow Grave

Tuning: DGDGA#D

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95. The White Stripes - We're Gonna Be Friends

Year: 2001

Album: White Blood Cells

Tuning: E standard

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96. The Who - Behind Blue Eyes

Year: 1971

Album: Who's Next

Tuning: E standard

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97. Tom Waits - Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You

Year: 1973

Album: Closing Time

Tuning: E standard

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98. Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

Year: 1988

Album: Tracy Chapman

Tuning: E standard

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Xavier Rudd

99. Xavier Rudd - My Missing

Year: 2005

Album: Food in the Belly

Tuning: E standard

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100. Xavier Rudd - Spirit Bird

Year: 2012

Album: Spirit Bird

Tuning: E standard

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