Music Monday: The Top 20 Acoustic Guitar Intros of All Time

I’ll get right to the video, and add my thoughts below:

Besides all these great songs, the thing that impressed me the most was this guy’s ability to play all these songs off the top off his head. I don’t know much about playing the guitar (I tried to teach myself a few years ago, and failed miserably), but this seems like quite the feat.

So just who is Rick Beato? Here’s some info from his web site:

Rick Beato is a musician, teacher, and father of three. Rick has worked as a writer/producer with various bands in the rock and country genres. Two albums that he produced for NeedtoBreathe – “The Outsiders” (2009) and “The Reckoning” (2012) – won Dove Awards in the Best Rock/Contemporary category. He co-wrote “Carolina” with Parmalee in 2013, which climbed to number 1 on the Billboard’s Country Music Chart. He is certified to teach grades K-12 and holds a bachelor’s in music from Ithaca College and a master’s in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory of Music.

In other words, he’s got some credibility. Rik has close to 1 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, and this video has over 2 million views.

Now on to the songs themselves.

First, I’m not really sure what he is trying to get at when he talks about having a hook/signature and why Landslide would not be considered a melodic hook. Anyway…

Here are some general comments on the video and the musical selections:

  • loved seeing a Harry Chapin song make it onto the list
  • Rick’s right, I’m not familiar with Alice in Chains
  • I’m not sure why he doesn’t play the Heart song; is it a difficult one to learn?
  • loved the Fire and Rain intro
  • can’t go wrong with a Beatles song, and the opening to Here Comes the Sun is so recognizable
  • Roundabout brings back lots of good memories
  • Wish You Were Here is a classic
  • the opening to Over the Hills and Far Away is one of my favorites as well
  • I recognized the music, but I never knew the name of that Beatles song was Norwegian Wood
  • what’s with the Eagles and their copyright protection??
  • and is there any list that doesn’t have this song as Number One?
  • not sure why he switched guitars for one of the songs

I guess of the songs Rick has chosen, I probably would put Here Comes the Sun as my top choice, with Roundabout, and Over the Hills and Far Away rounding out the top three.

As to songs I might have included on the list that aren’t on Rick’s list (many of these were triggered by reading through many of the 11,000 comments that the video has generated):

  • Landslide – still not sure why it can’t be on the list. I’d probably have it as number 1.
  • Tears in Heaven
  • Thick as a Brick
  • Dust in the Wind
  • Ventura Highway
  • Blackbird
  • Peace Train

I’m amazed how many of these songs seem to be from the 70s, which is the musical era I most closely associate with. Not sure if that was the heyday of great music in general, or just for acoustic guitars in particular.

Anyway, it was a fun video to watch, and as one person commented, “Anybody else out there that could have sat through Rick’s, “TOP 1,000 ACOUSTIC GUITAR INTROS OF ALL TIME” Ha! What a treat this was!!”

I’d have to agree.

A special thanks to blogger Ray V. at Mitigating Chaos who alerted me to this video.

*image from Sam Ash Music

8 thoughts on “Music Monday: The Top 20 Acoustic Guitar Intros of All Time

  1. Thanks for the re-blog. To address two of your questions. . . The Intro to “Crazy on You” is crazy hard and I don’t know anyone besides Ms. Wilson who can do it justice. Rick played a few of the songs on a 12-string guitar as that’s what they were originally recorded on.


  2. I also enjoyed Ricks video and a couple of your suggested additions… but I was pretty stunned at the omission of Tesla’s Love Song as well as Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead Or Alive. Also, not super difficult but Bob Seger’s Night Moves is SO recognizable! 🙂


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