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 rock, like so many of us.
The rhythm, scales, and chords vary between these songs, but in general, all of these are pretty easy to play. Of course, some of these 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 amazing rock songs.
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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 the songs:
47 Easy Rock Songs on Guitar For Beginners (With Tabs)
House of the Rising Sun – The Animals (1964)
You Really Got Me – The Kinks (1964)
(I cant get no) Satisfactions – Rolling Stones (1965)
Wild Things – The Troggs (1966)
Sunshine of Your Love – Cream (1967)
All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix (1968)
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin (1969)
Have You Ever Seen the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)
Mississippi Queen – Mountain (1970)
Horse With No Name – America (1971)
Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple (1973)
La Grange – ZZ Top (1973)
TNT – AC/DC (1975)
Blitzkrieg Bop – Ramones (1976)
Detroit Rock City – Kiss (1976)
Highway To Hell – AC/DC (1979)
Eye of the Tiger – Survivors (1982)
Here I Go Again – Whitesnake (1982)
The one I love – REM (1987)
Knockin’ on heavens door – Bob Dylan (1987)
Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison (1988)
Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty (1989)
Come As You Are – Nirvana (1991)
The Fly – U2 (1991)
Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz (1993)
Cherub Rock – The Smashing Pumpkins (1993)
Song 2 – Blur (1997)
Everlong – Foo Fighters (1997)
The Kids Aren’t Alright – The Offspring (1998)
Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)
Otherside – Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)
Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down (2000)
The Middle – Jimmy Eat World (2001)
In The End – Linkin Park (2002)
Seven Nation Army – White Stripes (2003)
Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day (2004)
Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day (2004)
Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand (2004)
Lonely Day – System of A Down (2005)
Knights of Cydonia – Muse (2006)
Still Counting – Volbeat (2008)
Far From Home – Five Finger Death Punch (2009)
Country Song – Seether (2011)
Satellite – Rise Against (2011)
Walk – Foo Fighters (2011)
Superhero – Faith No More (2015)
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.
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).
Teemu’’the play easy songs’’ Suomala