When starting out, easy to play guitar songs for beginners are THE KEY. Having easy to play songs makes learning so much easier, and faster. If songs are too hard, your motivation can die quickly and the guitar starts to gather dust in a corner.
Another key factor is the fact that you need to learn songs which you like. If you love rock and force yourself to learn flamenco at the beginning, your guitar journey could end too soon. And that is just sad. Play what you love.
I want you to keep playing. For the rest of your life. That’s why I made this post. But remember, go out of your comfort zone once in a while, and learn some hard songs too. That’s how you get better.
Now, let’s see what this post has to offer…
This post includes easy guitar songs for beginners:
- From the year 1725 to 2017 (that’s not a typo)
- From many different music genres(from flamenco to metal)
- Songs to play on classical-, steel-string acoustic-, and electric guitar.
The rhythm, scales, chords, and keys vary between songs, but in general, all of these are easy to play.
At the end of this post, I reveal ”what makes some songs easy to play” and ”3 steps that help you to learn hard songs”.
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How to use this post:
Songs are organized by music genre. These genres are included:
- Funk & Soul
Under the genre, songs are organized by release year. From oldest to newest.
If you click:
- the song name, you can listen to it on YouTube.
- the ‘’chords’’, you will be directed to the page where you can learn chords for that songs.
- the ’’tab’’, you will find tabs for that songs (if you don’t know how to read tabs, check this guide).
- the ”chords & tabs”, you will be directed to the page where you can find both.
All the chords and tabs are provided trough trusted ”ultimate-guitar.com”.
For some songs, I only find chords or tabs(not both), but you can still easily learn from one of those.
Note that some songs are played with a capo. Capo is used to raise the pitch and change the key of the guitar and songs. That ables you to use the same open chords in the different locations of the fretboard. Capo can definitely make things easier for you.
If you don’t own a capo, I recommend this(I use it): Dunlop, Black Capo.(works with regular-sized electric-, and steel-string acoustic guitars).
If you want to know more about guitar capo’s and want to know how to use them, watch this video:
Enjoy the list, and if you have any questions or recommendations to this list, leave a comment down below.
Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners
Easy Pop Songs for Guitar
Almost all pop songs are really easy to play. In most cases, you need only 4 chords and you are ready to start playing.
Here are some easy Pop songs for you:
Let It Be – The Beatles (1970)
Imagine – John Lennon (1971)
With or Without You – U2 (1987)
Wonderwall – Oasis (1995)
Oops!… I Did It Again – Britney Spears (2000)
Clocks – Coldplay (2002)
Lazy song – Bruno Mars (2010)
Die Young – Kesha (2012)
Let Her Go – Passenger (2012)
All of Me – John Legend (2013)
Stay with me – Sam Smith (2014)
Ride – Twenty One Pilots (2015)
Perfect – Ed Sheeran (2017)
Easy Country Songs for Guitar
Country songs are usually quite easy too, there are some exceptions of course.
Here are a couple of easy classics for you:
Together Again – Buck Owens (1964)
City of New Orleans – Steven Goodwin (1971)
On the Road Again – Willie Nelson (1980)
Drive – Alan Jackson (2002)
Complicated – Carolyn Dawn (2004)
Blown Away – Carrie Underwood (2012)
Easy Rock Songs for Guitar
Rock songs are harder to play than Pop and Country in general. But you can still find some really catchy and easy Rock sounds to play:
House of the Rising Sun – The Animals (1964)
Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin (1969)
Have You Ever Seen the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)
Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple (1972)
La Grange – ZZ Top (1973)
The one I love – REM (1987)
Knockin’ on heavens door – Bob Dylan (1987)
Everlong – Foo Fighters (1997)
Otherside – Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)
Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day (2004)
Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand (2004)
Still Counting – Volbeat (2008)
Easy Metal Songs for Guitar
Metal songs can be super hard and fast. I tried to find some pretty easy headbangers for you: (Some of these include easy to play riffs, but the solo is hard. Don’t worry. You can first learn the rhythm parts and learn solos later.)
Iron Man – Black Sabbath (1970) (songs from Black Sabbath are pretty easy)
Breaking the Law – Judas Priest (1980)
Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne (1980) (solo is not easy)
Am I Evil – Diamond Head (1980)
Holy Diver – Dio (1983)
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Metallica (1984)
Symphony of Destruction – Megadeth (1992) (solo is not easy)
Toxicity – System of a Down (2001)
Bad Company – Five Finger Death Punch (2009)
This Means War – Avenged Sevenfold (2013) (solo is not easy)
Easy Jazz Songs for Guitar
Finding great, easy and new jazz songs is not an easy job, because the best years of Jazz were in the 50’s and ’60s. So these hits are from those golden years:
Summertime – Billie Holiday (1936)
Blue Monk – Thelonius Monk
Autumn leaves – Nat King Cole (1955)
So What – Miles David (1959)
Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra (1964)
Easy Blues Songs for Guitar
Sadly, blues is not so popular nowadays. If you want to play slightly newer blues go and check out Gary Moore. Gary’s songs are not so easy for beginners, that’s why I didn’t include it to this list.
T Bone Shuffle – T Bone Walker (1947)
Boogie Chillen – John Lee Hooker (1948)
Mannish Boy – Muddy Waters (1955)
The Thrill is Gone – BB King (1969)
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers (1971)
Alberta – Eric Clapton (1977)
Easy Funk, and Soul Songs for Guitar
These genres include some really catchy and rhythmic songs. Here are a couple of easy ones for you:
Stand by me – Ben E. King (1961)
Night Train – James Brown & The Famous Flame (1961)
I Feel Good – James Brown (1964)
I Second That Emotion – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (1967)
Crazy For You – Adele (2008)
Easy Classical Songs for Guitar
Classical songs are definitely not the easiest to play. But mastering a classical song is really satisfying. Here are a couple of easy classics for you: (Note that these songs are usually played with fingers(not with a pick).)
In the Hall of the Mountain King – Grieg (1874)
Minuet in G – Bach (1725)
Swan Lake (1877)
Lagrima – Fransisco Tarrega (unknown)
Country Dance – Ferdinando Carulli (unknown)
Easy Flamenco Songs for Guitar
Flamenco is similar to classical music, played without the pick, and can be tricky, but satisfying.
Here are a couple of easy songs to master for you:
Españoleta – Gaspar Sanz (unknown)
Tempestad (Rumba Flamenca) – Juan Serrano (unknown)
El Porompompero – Manolo Escobar (1979)
La Gitanita – Jurg Hochweber (1989)
Easy Punk Songs for Guitar
Punk is not about complex scales and chord progressions, it’s more about dirty riffs full of energy. So, in general, Punk songs are pretty easy to play and great for beginners. Here is some punk for you:
Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones (1976)
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana (1991)
When I Come Around – Green Day (1994)
Last Caress – Misfits (1996)
The Kids Aren’t Alright – The Offspring (1998)
What Makes Some Songs Easy to Play?
Main things affecting to the songs skill-level are:
- rhythm and tempo(speed) of the songs
- what and how many chords are used
- how fast are the shifts between chords
- does the song include rhythm changes
- are there complex and fast guitar solos
Most of the songs in this list had a slow tempo, few chords were used and you have plenty of time to change between the chords. Some were harder than others, but all can be mastered pretty easily(except couple solos).
How to Learn Hard Songs? – 3 Simple Steps
Hardest parts for me are usually fast chord shifts and super fast and complex guitar solos. If I find myself struggling with some songs, I usually do this:
- learn to play the song correctly at very slow speed
- speed up the playing with small steps
- practice the hard parts more than others
These steps have helped me to learn many hard songs, riffs, and solos. The time period spent practicing varies, but eventually, songs start to sound right at the correct speed. That’s how real skills are developed, with practice, practice and practice. But the end goal is worth all the hard work.
I hope that you find songs to master from this post.
If you didn’t find any good ones(hows that possible?), here is another ‘’easy songs for guitar-list’’ that I recommend.
Keep playing and having fun with the guitar!
Teemu’’the play easy songs’’ Suomala