Top 70+ Greatest Fingerpicking Songs

Fingerpicking is a style of guitar playing that uses your thumb in combination with your fingers to pluck the strings of your guitar. The basic concept of this style of playing is to use your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fingers to pluck the G, B, and high E strings respectively and your thumb to pluck the low E, A, and D strings. This method opens up a whole new world of possibilities on the guitar. Apart from the distinct warm sound that fingerpicking provides, it also allows you to play much more complex arrangements. You have the possibility to pluck two non-adjacent strings at once which is not possible if you solely stick to using a pick.

There are a bunch of advantages to learning how to fingerpick on the guitar. It’s another tool you can add to your guitar skills toolbox and it’s also fun and satisfying to do.  That’s why in this post I’ve compiled a list of 70+ awesome fingerpicking songs you can learn on the guitar.

As you may have already noticed, the table below includes 4 columns:

  • Song title (linked to the song on Spotify) and artist
  • Tabs from Ultimate-Guitar
  • Guitar Pro tabs / Songsterr tabs if GP was unavailable
  • Official chords / tabs

As mentioned in my previous song list post (100+ easy guitar songs) if you aren’t aware of what Guitar Pro tabs are, they are essentially “playable” tabs. Instead of just looking at the static tab itself, you can actually hear what each note sounds like. I personally have used these a ton both when I just started playing guitar as well as even now when learning a complex song. Similarly, you’ll find a few Songsterr tabs in the table below which is just an online-based tab player. Although it comes with limited functionality in the free version, you can upgrade to access more features if you wish.

I’d highly recommend using the Guitar Pro tabs whenever available as it can definitely help you get a better feel for the timing of each tab and provide you with more tools to learn the song much faster.

Guitar Pro 6: chord diagram, digital tuner, guitar fretboard

If you’re just starting to learn how to fingerpicking, I’d recommend checking out my Guitar Fingerstyle Picking post first before going through this list of fingerpicking songs. The guitar fingerstyle picking post will go over all of the basics you need to know before starting to dive into fingerstyle songs. Additionally, if you’re just starting to learn how to play the guitar I’d also highly recommend checking out these essential guides below. Not only will they help you in being able to play songs with greater ease, they will also contribute to helping you become an overall better guitar player.

Happy fingerpicking!

Song / Artist UG Tabs Guitar Pro Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
1. Blackbird – The Beatles Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
2. Dust in The Wind – Kansas Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
3. Speak For Me – John Mayer Tabs N/A N/A
4. Fire and Rain – James Taylor Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
5. Black Water – The Doobie Brothers Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
6. Classical Gas – Mason Williams Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
7. Homeward Bound – Simon & Garfunkel Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
8. Maggie May (Intro) – Rod Steward Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
9. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
10. Ghosting – Mother Mother Tabs N/A N/A
11. Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
12. Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
13.  Let it Go – James Bay Tabs N/A N/A
14. Mister Sandman – Chet Atkins Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
15. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – Led Zeppelin Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
16. Lewis & Clark – Tommy Emmanuel N/A GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
17. Just Breathe – Pearl Jam Tabs GP Tabs N/A
18. More Than Words – Extreme Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
19. Helplessly Hoping – Crosby, Stills & Nash Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
20. Silent Lucidity – Queensryche Tabs GP Tabs N/A
21. Guaranteed – Eddie Vedder Tabs GP Tabs N/A
22. Crazy on You (Intro) – Heart Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
23. Going to California – Led Zeppelin Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
24. Time in a Bottle – Jim Croce Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
25. Anji – Simon & Garfunkel Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
26. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Bob Dylan Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
27. Shower The People – James Taylor Tabs Songsterr Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
28. Stop This Train – John Mayer Tabs GP Tabs N/A
29. One Last Breath – Creed Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
30. Little Black Submarines – The Black Keys Tabs GP Tabs N/A
31. Pretty Pimpin – Kurt Vile Tabs N/A N/A
32. Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers Tabs N/A N/A
33. Shape of My Heart – Sting Tabs GP Tabs N/A
34. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman Tabs GP Tabs N/A
35. Road Trippin’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
36. Let Her Go – Passenger Tabs Songsterr Tabs N/A
37. Naked As We Came – Iron & Wine Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
38. Heart of Life – John Mayer Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
39. Bron-Yr-Aur – Led Zeppelin Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
40. Is There Anybody Out There? – Pink Floyd Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
41. Roundabout (Intro) – Yes Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
42. Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel Tabs GP Tabs N/A
43. No Other Way – Jack Johnson Tabs Songsterr Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
44. Dear Prudence – The Beatles Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
45. Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
46. April Come She Will – Simon & Garfunkel Tabs GP Tabs N/A
47. I Don’t Feel It Anymore – William Fitzsimmons Tabs N/A N/A
48. Thirteen – Big Star Tabs Songsterr Tabs N/A
49. Little Martha – The Allman Brothers Band Tabs GP Tabs N/A
50. A Farewell to Kings (Intro) – Rush Tabs GP Tabs N/A
51. If – Bread Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
52. Never Going Back Again – Fleetwood Mac Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
53. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
54. Angeles – Elliot Smith Tabs GP Tabs N/A
55. From the Morning – Nick Drake Tabs Songsterr Tabs N/A
56. Sunflower River Blues – John Fahey Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
57. Neon (EP version) – John Mayer Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
58. Death with Dignity – Sufjan Stevens Tabs N/A N/A
59. We’re Going To Be Friends – The White Stripes Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
60. Jolene – Dolly Parton Tabs N/A N/A
61. These Days – Nico Tabs Songsterr Tabs N/A
62. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs
63. Walk Away – Ben Harper Tabs GP Tabs N/A
64. Heartbeats – José González Tabs Songsterr Tabs N/A
65. Bouree in E minor – Johann Sebastian Bach Tabs GP Tabs N/A
66. May You Never – John Martyn Tabs Songsterr Tabs N/A
67. Jenny Wren – Paul McCartney Tabs Songsterr Tabs N/A
68. Closer to the Sun – Slightly Stoopid Tabs Songsterr Tabs N/A
69. Love is All – The Tallest Man on Earth Tabs Songsterr Tabs N/A
70. Benighted – Opeth Tabs GP Tabs N/A
71. Deep River Blues – Doc Watson Tabs GP Tabs Official Chords/Tabs

Summary

Hopefully, this list of fingerpicking songs has inspired you to pick up the guitar and start learning a few. Being able to fingerpick on the guitar truly opens up your range of musical possibilities and is extremely enjoyable once you get the hang of it. If you think I may have missed any great fingerpicking songs in the list above, don’t forget to leave a comment below and I’ll add it so that others can see it as well.

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