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The Best Fingerpicked Songs Ever Recorded

We've compiled our favorite songs featuring fingerpicked guitar into a playlist. From John Fahey, to Nick Drake, to Bob Dylan, to Mississippi John Hurt, these songs are ground zero for this style of playing.

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Our recent post about the trick to learning to fingerpick got us started on a new playlist with our favorite fingerpicked songs of all time. In our opinion, these are some of the best songs ever recorded that have a prominent fingerpicked guitar part.

It's not like we're Pitchfork or something, so we wouldn't dare claim that our list is definitive. Think of this as more of a work in progress and tell us what we've forgotten. Send us an email and let's make this playlist even better!

Our Favorite Fingerpicked Tunes

  • "These Days - Nico
  • "Girl from the North Country" - Bob Dylan
  • "Hellhound on My Trail" - Robert Johnson
  • "Make Me a Pallet on the Floor" - Mississippi John Hurt
  • "Funeral Song for Mississippi John Hurt" - John Fahey
  • "Road" - Nick Drake
  • "Tale in Hard Time" - Fairport Convention
  • "Mr. Tambourine Man" - The Byrds
  • "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" - Bob Dylan
  • "Souvenirs" - John Prine
  • "The Fairest of the Seasons" - Nico
  • "Lost Cause" - Beck
  • "Which Will" - Nick Drake
  • "Black Rain, Black Rain" - A.A. Bondy
  • "The Shining" - Badly Drawn Boy
  • "Thirteen" - Big Star
  • "Gypsy" - Fleetwood Mac
  • "Mister Sandman" - Chet Atkins
  • "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" - Bob Dylan
  • "500 Miles" - The Journeymen
  • "Ambulance Blues" - Neil Young
  • "Green, Green Rocky Road" - Dave Van Ronk
  • "Baby's Arms" - Kurt Vile
  • "Me and the Devil Blues" - Robert Johnson
  • "I'm So Glad" - Skip James
  • "16 Tons" - Merle Travis
  • "Deep River Blues" - Doc Watson
  • "April She Will Come" - Simon & Garfunkel
  • "My Name Is Jonas" - Weezer
  • "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here" - Weezer
  • "Fluffhead" - Phish
  • "Freight Train" - Peter, Paul and Mary
  • "Scythian Empires" - Andrew Bird
  • "Never Going Back Again" - Fleetwood Mac
  • "Fire and Rain" - James Taylor
  • "Girl in the War" - Josh Ritter
  • "Dr. Strangeluv" - Blonde Redhead
  • "Muzzle of Bees" - Wilco
  • "Sittin on Top of the World" - Doc Watson
  • "Stars and Stripes Forever" - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" - Dave Van Ronk
  • "Needle of Death" - Bert Jansch