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The Best Ever Acoustic Rock Song: The Top 40

We've counted the votes, taken controversial choices to independent adjudicators and finally put together the Top 40 Best Acoustic Rock Songs EVER.

The winner of the poll is one that isn't exactly known for their love of basic song composition

PINK FLOYD's WISH YOU WERE HERE beat very, very stiff competition from Extreme's More Than Words which pushed this poll absolutely all the way.

The 1975 title track from one of Pink Floyd's greatest albums was written after David Gilmour came to Roger Waters with an acoustic guitar refrain while the band were recording at Abbey Road studios. Waters came up with the lyrics and one of the greatest songs of all time was born.

While Pink Floyd won the poll, it must be noted that Led Zeppelin managed to get a massive SEVEN songs into the top 40, with the Page & Plant rendition of Gallows Pole (from their No Quarter album) also in the mix.

Here's the top 40:

1. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
2. More Than Words - Extreme
3. Hotel Califonia (Hell Freezes Over) - Eagles
4. Patience - Guns N' Roses
5. Layla (Unplugged) - Eric Clapton
6. Everlong (acoustic version) - Foo Fighters
7. Going To California - Led Zeppelin
8. Seagull - Bad Company
9. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
10. Heart Of Gold - Neil Young
11. Wanted (Dead Or Alive) - Bon Jovi
12. Gallows Pole (Unledded) - Page and Plant
13. Polly (Unplugged) - Nirvana
14. The Wizard - Uriah Heep
15. I Remember You - Skid Row
16. Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
17. Dust In The Wind - Kansas
18. Hurt - Johnny Cash
19. Battle Of Evermore - Led Zeppelin
20. Love Of My Life - Queen
21. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp - Led Zeppelin
22. Needle and the Damage Done - Neil Young
23. Life's A Long Song - Jethro Tull
24. That's The Way - Led Zeppelin
25. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
26. Tangerine - Led Zeppelin
27. Angie - Rolling Stones
28. Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
29. Lady In Black - Uriah Heep
30. The Man Who Sold The World - Nirvana
31. Babe, Im Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin
32. Cannonball - Damien Rice
33. Journeyman (Acoustic Version) - Iron Maiden
34. Soldier of Fortune - Deep Purple
35. From The Beginning - Emerson Lake and Palmer
36. Something In The Way - Nirvana
37. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby Stills and Nash
38. Two Steps Behind (Acoustic Version) - Def Leppard
39. She Talks To Angels – Black Crowes
40. Albatross – Fleetwood Mac

 

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