Metal songs can sometimes be pretty simple, but at the same time really rewarding to learn. In case you’re just starting out and love this genre but still feel like most of the stuff is challenging, here are some easy metal songs for beginners.
How to use this post:
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).
Most of the chords and tabs are provided through trusted ”ultimate-guitar.com”. A couple of the links direct you to the Songsterr’s page(interactive tabs).
For some songs, I only find chords or tabs(not both), but you can still easily learn from one of those.
Without further to do, here are:
27 Easy Metal Songs on Guitar for Beginners
Black Sabbath – Iron Man (1970) (songs from Black Sabbath are pretty easy)
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (1970)
The doom-laden main riff of Black Sabbath’s eponymous song was enough to completely change rock music forever. It also features a few other riffs, as well as a simple solo.
Black Sabbath – Paranoid(1970)
Written as a filler, “Paranoid” became Sabbath’s biggest song. It consists of a few simple riffs and one brief solo. It’s also known for its use of palm muting.
Judas Priest – Breaking the Law (1980)
Judas Priest – You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ (1982)
“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” is another great example by Judas Priest. It features a steady tempo and power chord riffs, making it really easy for a beginner to learn.
Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train (1980) (solo is not easy)
Hiring Randy Rhoads was one of Ozzy Osbourne’s best decisions. After all, he did write most of the music for Ozzy’s first single and his biggest hit song, “Crazy Train.”
Diamond Head – Am I Evil (1980)
Dio – Holy Diver (1983)
Ronnie James Dio managed to change metal music with his simple yet really effective song “Holy Diver.” Even to this day, it remains one of the essential metal songs that everyone needs to know.
Metallica – Seek and Destroy (1982)
“Seek and Destroy” has one of the catchiest main riffs. What’s more, Metallica also added some other interesting parts and changes, all of which aren’t that challenging to learn.’
Metallica – For Whom the Bell Tolls (1984)
Megadeth – Symphony of Destruction (1992) (solo is not easy)
“Symphony of Destruction” is well-known for its simple and heavy main riff. But Dave Mustaine also added some other interesting parts, all of which are not that difficult to learn.
Iron Maiden – Wrathchild (1981)
Coming from the band’s Paul Di’Anno era, Iron Maiden cemented their place in metal with “Wrathchild.” The song consists of rather simple riffs and also hasa simple structure.
Iron Maiden – The Trooper (1983)
Of course, “The Trooper” is another one of Maiden’s simple songs that you should check out. It will help you learn new picking and fretting hand techniques.
Iron Maiden – Wasted years (1986)
Mötorhead – Ace of Spades (1980)
From start to finish, “Ace of Spades” is a straightforward metal piece. And this is not uncommon for most of Mötorhead’s catalog.
Pantera – Walk (1992)
While their songs are usually faster and more challenging, Pantera’s “Walk” is rather simple and will teach you to use proper bending. Of course, we would exclude the solo here, since it’s a bit too complex for beginners.
Tool – Sober (1993)
While most of Tool’s stuff is more complex and difficult to learn, “Sober” from their debut full-length “Undertow” is a pretty simple one. With it, you’ll see what can be done with the drop D tuning.
Tool – Lateralus (2000)
Sepultura – Refuse/Resist (1993)
If you’re up for some really heavy stuff, but still want to keep things simple, then go with Sepultura’s classic “Refuse/Resist.”
System of a Down – Toxicity (2001)
System of a Down – Aerials ( 2001)
The best thing about learning System of a Down’s “Aerials” is the clean part that repeats throughout the song. It will teach you proper economy picking technique.
System of a Down – Lonely Day (2005)
Another great beginner song by System of a Down is “Lonely Day.” It’s a simple ballad that can also be performed on an acoustic guitar.
Mastodon – Crystal Skull (2006)
Five Finger Death Punch – Bad Company (2009)
Avenged Sevenfold – This Means War (2013)
Avenged Sevenfold is one of the rare modern metal bands that pushed the boundaries. However, they kept things simpler and straightforward in a piece like “This Means War.” Nonetheless, it’s still an awesome track.
Avenged Sevenfold – Unholy Confessions (2003)
And going to the band’s earlier days, “Unholy Confessions” was a nice blend of metal and metalcore. What’s more, the song isn’t that hard to learn if you’re a beginner or intermediate player.
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:
- learn to play the song correctly at a 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.
Metal is usually not the recommended genre for beginners, but you should definitely play the music you love. The songs that we mentioned are some of the easiest ones that you can find.
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).