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27 Easy Hard Rock Songs on Guitar for Beginners (with tabs)

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When starting out with the guitar, it’s super important to find easy songs to learn from your favorite genre. And clearly, you are into hard rock.

The rhythm, scales, and chords vary between songs, but in general, all of these are pretty easy to play. Of course, some of these killer songs include some harder parts(solos), but in general these are easy to play.

Let’s first quickly look at how to use this post and then you can start learning some hard rock masterpieces.

Use the table of content to jump to the section you want:

How to use this post: 

Songs are organized by release year. 

Scroll down and select your favorites.

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 ”interactive tabs”, you will be directed to the Songsterr or Ultimate Guitar interactive tab.

All the chords and tabs are provided through trusted ”ultimate-guitar.com” or ”songsterr.com”.

Without further to do, here are:

27 Easy Hard Rock Songs on Guitar for Beginners

Dazed and Confused – Led Zeppelin (1968)

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Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin (1969)       

Released in the late 1960s, Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” was immensely heavy for the times. Its use of the open E string was crucial for the genre’s development.

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Black Night – Deep Purple (1970)

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Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple (1972)

Featuring the best-known riff of all time, “Smoke on the Water” is overall a pretty simple song. Even its solo and structure are easy to learn.

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La Grange – ZZ Top (1973)                                             

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TNT – AC/DC (1975)

TNT’s crunching but simple riffs and relatively slow tempo make it a great hard-rock song to master for beginner guitar heroes.

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Jailbreak – Thin Lizzy (1976)

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Detroit Rock City – Kiss (1976)

This hard-rock classic written by Paul Stanley was released in 1976. This includes simple riffs and easy but melodic guitar solo. The tempo is not really high and shifts between notes are not too fast. Definitely a  great song to master for hard-rock fans!

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Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love – Van Halen (1978)

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Since You’ve Been Gone – Rainbow (1979)

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Can’t Get Enough – Bad Company (1979)

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Hells Bells – AC/DC (1980)

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Ace of Spades – Mötörhead (1980)

From start to finish, “Ace of Spades” is a straightforward hard-rock piece. And this is not uncommon for most of Mötorhead’s catalog.

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Here I Go Again – Whitesnake (1982)

This song has catchy riffs, but what makes these riffs special are those melodic licks that are melted in by Whitesnake. These kind of riffs were really motivating to learn when I started. Simple, but still rewarding.

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Photograph – Def Leppard (1983)

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Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top (1983)

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I Wanna Rock – Twisted Sister (1984)

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Used to Love Her – Guns’n’ Roses (1987)

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Patience – Guns’n’ Roses (1987)

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Mother – Danzig (1988)

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I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing – Aerosmith (1988)

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Poison – Alice Cooper (1989)

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Don’t Go Away Mad – Mötley Crue (1989)

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Wind of Change – The Scorpions (1990)

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Angry Chair – Alice in Chains (1992)

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Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden (1994)

A slow tempo is one of the reasons why this Hard-rock masterpiece that was written by Chris Cornell in pretty easy to master. Chris Cornell said about this song: ‘’I wrote it in my head driving home from Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville, a 35-40 minute drive from Seattle. It sparked from something a news anchor said on TV and I heard wrong’’. 

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Still Counting – Volbeat (2008)

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How to Learn Hard Songs? – 3 Simple Steps

Although it’s a good idea to learn some easy songs at first so that you can maintain your motivation…but it’s an even better idea to always try to improve your skills.

That’s why you probably should learn some harder songs, riffs, and solos too!

 The 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:

  1. learn to play the song correctly at a very slow speed
  2. speed up the playing with small steps
  3. 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 just couldn’t resist giving you one a little bit harder hard-rock song to master(if you feel like you are ready for some challenge):

Burn it to the Ground – Nickelback (2008)

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I hope that you find songs to master from this post!

However, it’s always a good idea that you cover some basic things about the guitar ASAP. This post will help you with that: How to Play Guitar? Get Started Fast and Free!

Also, if you want more easy songs to master, check this post out: 70 Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners from Every Genre (With Tabs and Chords).

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