A lot of people who decide to pick up and play acoustic guitar is because they’re trying to impress a special someone. In fact, it was found in a study that 33% of men have tried to impress girls by learning how to play an acoustic guitar song.
The reason that so many people try to impress girls in this way is, quite frankly, because it works! A further study was done and found that 28% of women responded positively to images of men holding guitars.
Knowing how to play on guitar is definitely an attractive skill to have in your back pocket. Not only does it give you that cool factor, it shows that you have a passion for something which is a highly attractive quality to have.
If you’re someone who is looking to pick up a few guitar songs to impress girls then we’ve put together the list for you. Here we are going over some of the greatest guitar songs all about love that has ever been written.
1. Your Body is a Wonderland by John Mayer
To kick off our list we’ve got Your Body is a Wonderland by John Mayer. This song was taken from his Room For Squares album. It’s definitely a tune that will get the girls swooning if you can learn to play it properly on the guitar. John Mayer is a great go-to artist for his collection of songs. Not only are they fun to be able to play, they also work great to impress others because of the lyrics and guitar skills involved.
2. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
What list of romantic guitar songs would be complete without the love ballad legend himself, Ed Sheeran. Thinking Out Loud is a beautiful love song that has gained more and more popularity as the years have gone. With the song originally being featured on his X album in 2014, the piece quickly became many people’s go-to-wedding dance song thanks to its romantic undertones.
This one isn’t just for the newlyweds though. It’ll work wonders on anyone you have a crush on. You can hear the pure emotion in Sheeran’s voice as he sings and through his guitar playing. Make sure you play the piece from the heart and there will be no way that special someone won’t be impressed.
3. More Than Words by Extreme
Who says that heavy metal and rock can’t be romantic? This classic love song comes from Extreme who really went above and beyond with their More Than Words hit. The lyrics alone are absolutely beautiful but the strong harmonies which sound amazing on acoustic guitar really bring the piece together. The guitar progressions used throughout are very simple but make for some pretty impressive guitar playing.
4. You’re Beautiful by James Blunt
You’re Beautiful was penned and composed by James Blunt and was originally released on his Back to Bedlam album. The song took inspiration from a man who notices a girl on the subway and he immediately thinks she’s beautiful. However, he doesn’t think he’ll ever be good enough to get her which is a sad ending to what could have been a great love story. Play this one to impress your special someone, because every girl loves to be told that they’re beautiful.
5. I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
I’m Yours was featured on Mraz’s album entitled We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. The song was inspired by loyalty and love. It’s all about a man professing that you are theirs and that no one else is for them. It’s definitely one of the more popular guitar songs all about love and it’s also fun and pretty easy to play on the guitar.
6. Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews Band
Crash Into Me has been interpreted as a love song by many people. However, you may be surprised to know that the lyrics were actually written from the perspective of a peeping tom. It was featured on the Dave Matthews Band album called Crash. Although the lyrics don’t actually have that much romantic intention after all, there’s definitely a somewhat heartfelt if not creepy aspect to the music.
7. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton is a legendary guitar player and learning even one of his epic songs will impress anyone listening to it. Released on the Slowhand album, Wonderful Tonight quickly became a popular song for both weddings and proms. The song was created when Clapton was waiting for his girlfriend to get ready for a night out on the town. Every time she tried on a new outfit, she would ask do I look alright. His response was always you look wonderful tonight. What a charmer!
8. Better Together by Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson originally intended this song to be for his wife but it actually wound up being one of his biggest and best hits to date. The song was featured on the In Between Dreams album. It’s all about commitment and being better together than being apart. If you play this one to a significant other she’s sure to love it.
9. Marry Me by Train
Save me San Francisco was the album by Train that featured the song Marry Me. Be careful when you play this one to impress – it carries a pretty important message! Although the lyrics are great and it’s a brilliant love song, it’s not the right song to whip out when you first try to woo someone. If you’re in a serious and committed relationship and want to take it to the next level, this one will surely make sure they say yes.
10. She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5
Maroon 5 released their Songs About Jane album and many of the songs instantly became hits for the band. When you learn how to play She Will Be Loved it can definitely help you show your heartfelt feelings for someone and has a more sensitive side to it. The song was inspired by a man who fell absolutely head over heels in love with a woman but she chooses all the wrong types of men. He watches as she has her heart broken over and over again by other guys, all the while loving her from afar.
11. Heaven by Bryan Adams
Heaven is one of those fantastic love ballads that has lyrics that really hit you in the feels. The song was off the album Reckless by Bryan Adams. It’s an amazing choice to play for someone else, especially if you can rock out the acoustic version and nail all of the chords.
12. Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s
Who doesn’t want a love song written to them when they live far away from the person that they are in love with? Guitar players around the world pick up their acoustic guitars to try and nail this piece for someone they love. Those opening chords of Hey There Delilah by the Plain White T’s are iconic to the song. Although some may see it as being a bit on the cheesier side of love, it’s also an extremely popular song amongst the laides. The song was written about a couple who were in a long-distance relationship, with Delilah living out her dreams in New York. Although times were hard now the song promised hope for the future when the couple reunited once again.
13. Wanted by Hunter Hayes
Let’s go into the country genre and find some love songs to impress there. Hunter Hayes has got you covered if you fancy going a little bit country with his song Wanted. This song is sure to impress any girl who enjoys a good hoedown and a pair of Daisy Dukes.
14. XO by John Mayer
Of course Mayer had to appear on our list twice – he’s just too romantic! His version of XO which was originally by Beyoncé really is brilliant. The version is purely acoustic which slows the original down and gives it a much more emotional and heartfelt feeling behind it. The only instrument featured is the guitar with some small backing by the harmonica and then Mayers vocals layered over the top. This is just a brilliant rendition of a popular song that will be great for any guitarist to learn.
15. I’ll Be by Edwin McCain
Another song that features heavily in wedding celebrations is I’ll Be by Edwin McCain. It comes off his Misguided Roses album. The song was inspired by being loyal and always dependable for that person you love the most.
16. All of Me by John Legend
A song from an album that is called Love in the Future has got to be a hit to impress someone you love. All of Me by John Legend is actually piano-based but can easily be played on the guitar too. John Legend has to be featured on our list because of his love of love. He always pens heartfelt and touching love songs for the masses to enjoy. Even though it’s a piano song we have included the guitar tab still so you can learn to play it yourself.
17. Stay With Me by Sam Smith
Need to convince that certain someone not to leave? Stay With Me is one of the newer songs from Sam Smith and quickly became a hit for the artist. Smith said that the song was all about falling in love with someone in a night but the feelings aren’t reciprocated by that someone. It’s actually quite a sad song but the musicality of it is sure to get a loved one’s attention. Because it’s piano-based it can be played on the guitar and we’ve included the tab for the guitar so you can learn it.
18. Something in the Way She Moves by James Taylor
Something in the Way She Moves was actually inspired by The Beatles according to James Taylor. The love song was written to be all about that feeling of comfort and calm that comes with knowing someone really well. James Taylor has a very unique guitar finger-picking style that is a great skill to learn. He uses the technique in most of his songs so if you want to learn more of his music, it’s definitely something you will need to know.
19. Something by The Beatles
And here is the song that inspired the James Taylor hit. Something by The Beatles was from their Abbey Road album. Frank Sinatra once called this ballad the greatest love song ever written. If the legend himself said this then there’s nothing more that needs to be said. This is a love song that will impress even the most unromantic person.
20. Collide by Howie Day
Everyone knows that opposites really do attract and Howie Day decided to transform this concept into a song when he composed Collide for his Stop All the World Now album. Howie always believed that people could come together romantically and fall in love despite being very different from each other. There’s always hope Howie!
21. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol are known for their simple guitar riffs and with the combination of romantic lyrics in Chasing Cars, this guitar song is easy but still impressive. It’s a song that is instantly recognizable just by the first two notes played on the guitar at the beginning of the song. If you play it properly then it will definitely draw some positive and potentially romantic attention your way.
22. Open Arms by Journey
It’s common for couples to drift apart but what’s inspiring about this song is that there’s always the hope that they can reconnect and be back together again. Open Arms was featured on the Escape album by Journey. The couple in the lyrics realized how much they were in love with each other and how they couldn’t be without each other. It’s a really beautiful song that may even manage to bring a tear to your eye.
23. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
Elvis definitely knew how to impress the ladies and with his classic love song, you’re set to impress as well. Can’t Help Falling in Love was from the Blue Hawaii album and was actually a song that was written by the songwriter George Weiss. Anyone who loves the classics will appreciate the effort and sentiment behind this one, and who doesn’t love to listen to Elvis croon.
24. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith
Aerosmith included I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing on their Armageddon Soundtrack album. This love song is about how we should treasure every single moment we spend with that someone we love. It’s an amazingly sincere message that can really represent how you feel about somebody. It’s also a technically good song that can help guitar players with their skills and techniques.
25. Everything by Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé may be best known for his Christmas hits but he’s still got a romantic side to him with his song Everything. The song featured on his Call Me Irresponsible album and is probably his biggest hit out there today. Everything is purely about being happy and in love with someone no matter what life throws at you. It’s that special someone that makes all of life’s ups and downs worthwhile.
Our list should have given you a few ideas for acoustic guitar songs that you can learn to play and impress someone you want to woo. Most of these songs come from the point of view of the guy who is singing to his girl. The same message can come across even if the roles are reversed so don’t put them down as a one-way thing.
If you think we’ve missed any guitar songs that should have appeared in this list then make sure to drop us a comment below.