100 Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners with Chord Charts

The ultimate list of easy guitar songs that you can enjoy playing, no matter your level.

easy guitar songs

When you’re starting out on the guitar you need easy songs you can enjoy playing straight away. So we’ve selected 100 easy guitar songs that are perfect for any beginner, or a more experienced player who wants to find a song quickly.

I’ve played guitar for over 25 years and know how much of a struggle it can feel at first. What you need when you’re starting out are songs that are fun to play. That’s what will inspire you to pick up your guitar every day.

Check out our article on easy guitar chords, which covers the first 8 chords that everyone should know. Most of the songs in this list are covered with these 8 chords.

To accelerate your learning, read our guide on how long does it take to learn guitar, which includes tips on how to make every practice session count.

And if you’re interested in Drop D songs, see our article on the best 77 Drop D Songs of all time.

So let’s dive into Guitar Mammoth’s picks of the top 100 easy guitar songs.

Table of 100 easy guitar songs

We’ve given every song an easiness rating for beginner guitarists. (Experienced guitarists will find all of these songs easy and fun to play).

😎 = certified easy guitar song.

A complete beginner should be able to play this with enough practice. There aren’t many chords and the chords are all simple.

😜 = relatively easy guitar song.

It may have more than 3 or 4 chords, or a slightly tricky chord.

🀯 = challenging easy guitar song.

This might be for guitarists who are past the complete beginner phase as it has lots of chords or some tricky to play chords. It might even have a dreaded barre chord!

#Song (click to jump)ArtistEasy?YearChords
1A Horse with No NameAmerica😎1971Em, D6/9/F#
2WonderwallOasis😜1995Em7, G, Dsus4, A7sus4
3Wish You Were HerePink Floyd😜1975G, Em, G, A7, C, D
4Bad Moon RisingCreedence Clearwater Revival😎1969D, A, G
5Love Me DoThe Beatles😎1962G, C, G7, D
6Blowin’ in the WindBob Dylan😎1962G, C, D
7I’m YoursJason Mraz😜2008G, D, Em, C, A7
8Sweet Home AlabamaLynyrd Skynyrd😎1974D, C, G
9Three Little BirdsBob Marley😎1977A, D, E
10Brown Eyed GirlVan Morrison😎1967G, C, D, Em
11Ring of FireJohnny Cash😎1963G, C, D
12Let It BeThe Beatles😎1970C, G, Am, F
13Wonderful TonightEric Clapton😎1977G, D, C, Em
14What’s Up4 Non Blondes😎1992A, Bm, D
15You’re BeautifulJames Blunt😎2005Eb, Bb, Gm, F
16Leaving on a Jet PlaneJohn Denver😎1966G, C, D
17Free Fallin’Tom Petty😎1989D, G, Asus4
18Island in the SunWeezer😎2001Em, Am, D, G
19Pumped Up KicksFoster the People😎2010Em, G, D, A
20Hey JoeJimi Hendrix😜1966C, G, D, A, E
21Wild ThingThe Troggs😎1966A, D, E
22JambalayaHank Williams😎1952C, G
23The GamblerKenny Rogers😎1978G, C, D
24Love StoryTaylor Swift😎2008C, G, Am, F
25RiptideVance Joy😎2013Am, G, C
26Stand By MeBen E. King😎1961G, Em, C, D
27Viva La VidaColdplay😜2008C, D, G, Em, Bm
28ZombieThe Cranberries😜1994Em, C, G, D/F#
29CreepRadiohead🀯1993WARNING BARRE CHORDS: G, B, C, Cm
30HallelujahJeff Buckley (originally Leonard Cohen)😜1994C, Am, F, G, E7
31ImagineJohn Lennon🀯1971C, Cmaj7, F, Dm, Fmaj7
32BudapestGeorge Ezra😜2013G, D, Em, B
33RadioactiveImagine Dragons😎2012Am, C, G, D
34Achy Breaky HeartBilly Ray Cyrus😎1992C, G
35Twist and ShoutThe Beatles😎1963D, G, A
36Space OddityDavid Bowie😎1969C, Em, A, Am7
37SongbirdOasis😎2002G, Em, C, D
38Ho HeyThe Lumineers😎2012C, G, Am, F
39I Walk The LineJohnny Cash😎1956A, D, E
40Mr. Tambourine ManBob Dylan😎1965G, A, D
41I Will Follow You Into The DarkDeath Cab for Cutie😎2005F, C, G, Am
42Take Me Home, Country RoadsJohn Denver😎1971G, D, Em, C
43Seven Nation ArmyThe White Stripes😜2003E, G, A, B, C, D
44CalifornicationRed Hot Chili Peppers😎1999Am, F, C, G
45American PieDon McLean😜1971G, D, Em, Am, C
46Redemption SongBob Marley😎1980G, C, D, Em
47Hound DogElvis Presley😜1956C, A7, D7, G7
48Let Her GoPassenger😎2012C, D, Em, D, C
49YellowColdplay😎2000C, G, D, E
50Chasing CarsSnow Patrol😎2006A, E, D
51Peaceful Easy FeelingEagles😎1972E, A, B7
52Breakfast at Tiffany’sDeep Blue Something😜1995D, G, A, Bm
53Where Is The Love?Black Eyed Peas😜2003F, C, Dm, Bb
54Fast CarTracy Chapman😜1988Cmaj7, G, Em, D
55Count on MeBruno Mars😜2010C, Em, Am, G, F
56Cotton FieldsCreedence Clearwater Revival😎1969C, G7, F
57La BambaRitchie Valens😎1958C, F, G
58Have You Ever Seen The Rain?Creedence Clearwater Revival😎1971C, G, F
59MargaritavilleJimmy Buffett😎1977D, G, A
60Banana PancakesJack Johnson😎2005G7, D7, Am7
61You Belong With MeTaylor Swift😎2008D, A, Em, G
62Don’t Look Back in AngerOasis😜1996C, G, Am, E, F
63DaughterPearl Jam😎1993G, D, A, C
64Everybody HurtsR.E.M.🀯1992D, G, Em, A
65One LoveBob Marley😎1977B, F#, E
66This Land is Your LandWoody Guthrie😎1944D, G, A7
67Can’t Help Falling in LoveElvis Presley😜1961C, G, Am, F, Em, B7, A7, Dm, D, F#m, Bm, A, C#7
68Stay With MeSam Smith😎2014Am, F, C
69House of the Rising SunThe Animals😜1964Am, C, D, F, E
70Stir It UpBob Marley😎1973A, D, E
71Sweet Child O’ MineGuns N’ Roses😎1987D, C, G
72A TeamEd Sheeran😜2011G, D/F#, Em, C
73All ApologiesNirvana😎1993F, C, D
74With or Without YouU2😜1987D, A, Bm, G
75Folsom Prison BluesJohnny Cash😎1955E, A, B7
76Ziggy StardustDavid Bowie🀯1972G, Bm, A, Em, C, D
77Hey, Soul SisterTrain😜2009C, G, Am, F
78The Man Who Sold the WorldNirvana (MTV Unplugged)😎1993Em, D, C, A
79Paint It BlackRolling Stones😎1966Bm, D, E
80A Thousand YearsChristina Perri😎2011C, Am, F, G
81PerfectEd Sheeran🀯2017G, Em7, Cadd9, Dsus4, D/F#, G/B
82Wagon WheelOld Crow Medicine Show/Darius Rucker😎2004G, D, Em, C
83More Than WordsExtreme😎1990G, C, Am, D
84She Will Be LovedMaroon 5
😜
2004Bm, A, G, D, Em
85Your SongElton John
😜
1970Eb, Ab, Bb, Cm
86HeroEnrique Iglesias😎2001C, G, Am, F
87HurtJohnny Cash😎2002Am, C, Dm, E
88Just The Way You AreBruno Mars😎2010G, D, Em, C
89RoyalsLorde
😜
2013Bb, Gm, Eb, F
90Counting StarsOneRepublic😎2013C, G, Am, F
91Wake Me UpAvicii
😎
2013C, G, Am, F
92The BoxerSimon and Garfunkel😎1969G, C, D, Em
93JoleneDolly Parton
😎
1973C, Am, F, G
94Best Day of My LifeAmerican Authors
😎
2013C, G, Am, F
95TornNatalie Imbruglia😎1997Em, G, D, C
96You’re Gonna Go Far, KidThe Offspring😎2008G, D, Em, C
97The ScientistColdplay😎2002Em, C, G, D
98Say It Ain’t SoWeezer😎1994G, D, Em, C
99Closing TimeSemisonic😎1998G, D, Am, C
100Ain’t No SunshineBill Withers😎1971Am, Em, G, Dm
Table of 100 easy guitar songs

Breakdown of easy guitar songs

1. “A Horse with No Name” by America

A Horse With No Name Chords:

This song is a fantastic choice for beginners because it uses only two very easy chords throughout the entire song and there is no need for any other chord changes. It’s a great song to practice strumming and maintaining rhythm. Although, the strumming might be a little tricky for complete beginners.

Chord chart for Horse with No Name by America

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2. “Wonderwall” by Oasis

Wonderwall Chords (capo at the 2nd fret):

Number 2 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Wonderwall” by Oasis is a great choice for beginners due to the song’s simple chord progression and its slow-paced strumming pattern. When I first learned guitar this classic was in the charts and so it was one of the first songs I ever learned. I still remember the buzz of getting it right, so I hope you have fun learning it too.

Chord chart for Wonderwall by Oasis

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3. “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd

Wish You Were Here Chords:

“Wish You Were Here” is a timeless classic with a chord progression that’s manageable for beginners. Its slow tempo and familiar chords make it a great song to learn when starting guitar.

Chord chart for Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

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4. “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bad Moon Rising chords:

Possibly the greatest three-chord song of all time, “Bad Moon Rising” only uses D, A and G throughout. Three of the first chords you should learn. It also has a straightforward strumming pattern, making it great for beginners to practice their strumming skills and chord transitions.

Chord chart for Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival

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5. “Love Me Do” by The Beatles

Love Me Do chords:

Love me Do G chord
Love me Do C chord
Love me Do G7 chord
Love me Do D chord

“Love Me Do” by The Beatles is a perfect choice for beginners as it only contains four basic chords. It’s a classic that’s fun to play and sing along with while practicing chord changes.

Chords chart for Love Me Do by The Beatles

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6. “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan

Blowin’ In The Wins Chords (capo at 7th fret):

blowin in the wind chord - G
blowin in the wind chord - C
blowin in the wind chord - D

“Blowin’ in the Wind” offers a timeless melody and simple chord progression that makes it a fantastic choice for beginners – though just as a strummed version, not full fingerpicking. It’s a chance to practice fundamental chords and develop strong strumming habits.

Chord chart for Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan

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7. “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz

I’m Yours chords:

G chord guitar
D chord guitar
Em chord guitar
C chord guitar
A7 chord guitar

“I’m Yours” is a fun and popular song that uses only five basic chords. Its breezy, upbeat tempo makes it a delightful piece for beginners to practice and perform.

Chord chart for I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

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8. “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sweet Home Alabama chords:

D chord guitar
Cadd9 chord guitar
G chord guitar
C chord guitar

Number 8 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Sweet Home Alabama” has a three-chord progression for the main riff that remains consistent throughout the song. The F and C are used fairly sparingly. This is an excellent track for beginners to practice strumming techniques and swift chord transitions. And maybe one day you can pull off the lead parts!

Chord chart for Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

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9. “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley

Three Little Birds Chords:

A chord guitar
D chord guitar
E major - easy guitar chords

“Three Little Birds” is an excellent song for beginners due to its simple three-chord structure and upbeat rhythm. It provides a fun way to learn and practice chord transitions and reggae strumming patterns. To get the strumming listen to the record and use upstrokes on the off-beat.

Chord chart for Three Little Birds by Bob Marley.

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10. “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison

Brown Eyed Girl Chords:

G chord guitar
C chord guitar
D chord guitar
Em chord guitar
D7 chord guitar

“Brown Eyed Girl” uses simple chords and has a catchy, easy-to-follow melody, which makes it a great choice for beginners. The actual guitar part would be out of reach for a beginner guitarist, but anyone can enjoy strumming along.

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11. “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash

Ring of Fire Chords:

G chord guitar
C chord guitar
D chord guitar

“Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash features a memorable melody and simple chords, making it an excellent choice for beginners. Its upbeat tempo offers a great practice ground for strumming patterns.

Chord chart for Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash.

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12. “Let It Be” by The Beatles

Let It Be chords (capo at 5th fret):

G chord guitar
D chord guitar
Em chord guitar
C chord guitar

While it’s a piano ballad, “Let It Be” is an ideal choice for beginner guitarists, thanks to its slower pace and the repetition of the four basic chords. It is also a great song to practice singing while playing the guitar.

Chord chart for Let It Be by The Beatles.

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13. “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton

Wonderful Tonight chords:

G chord guitar
D/F# chord guitar
C chord guitar
D chord guitar
Em chord guitar

“Wonderful Tonight” is a beautiful song that beginners can learn easily due to its straightforward chord progression. And the tempo is slow, which can help in getting those chord changes down.

The famous melodic phrase which opens the song, and repeats throughout, is also a great place to start your journey into playing solos. Find a tab for this line and a chord chart below.

Chord chart for Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton.

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14. “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes

Chords: G, Am, C

“What’s Up” uses only three chords, making it an excellent choice for beginners. The song has a regular rhythm pattern and a slow tempo, which is ideal for practicing strumming and chord changes.

Tab:

G         Am       C
E|---3------0------0---|
B|---3------1------1---|
G|---0------2------0---|
D|---0------2------2---|
A|---2------0------3---|
E|---3------x------x---|

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15. “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt

Chords: C, G, F, Am

“You’re Beautiful” is a perfect choice for beginners, as it involves the repetitive use of four basic chords. The song’s slow tempo and clear rhythm pattern provide an excellent chance to practice strumming skills.

Tab:

C         G        F        Am
E|---0------3------1------0---|
B|---1------3------1------1---|
G|---0------0------2------2---|
D|---2------0------3------2---|
A|---3------2------x------0---|
E|---x------3------x------x---|

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16. “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by John Denver

Chords: G, C, D

Number 16 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Leaving on a Jet Plane” is an excellent song for beginners to practice, with its simple, repetitive chord progression. The melody is straightforward and calming, allowing for focus on finger placement and strumming.

Tab:

G         C        D
E|---3------0------2---|
B|---3------1------3---|
G|---0------0------2---|
D|---0------2------0---|
A|---2------3------x---|
E|---3------x------x---|

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17. “Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty

Chords: D, G, A

“Free Falling” is a wonderful track for beginners due to its consistent three-chord progression throughout. It is a great song to get used to transitions and basic strumming patterns.

Tab:

D         G        A
E|---2------3------0---|
B|---3------3------2---|
G|---2------0------2---|
D|---0------0------2---|
A|---x------2------0---|
E|---x------3------x---|

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18. “Island in the Sun” by Weezer

Chords: Em, Am, D, G

Number 18 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Island in the Sun” offers a great opportunity for beginners to familiarize themselves with four common chords. The song has a steady, relaxed pace, which is great for practicing rhythm and transitions.

Tab:

Em        Am       D        G
E|---0------0------2------3---|
B|---0------1------3------3---|
G|---0------2------2------0---|
D|---2------2------0------0---|
A|---2------0------x------2---|
E|---0------x------x------3---|

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19. “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People

Chords: Em, G, D, A

“Pumped Up Kicks” uses just four simple chords and has an easy-to-learn melody, making it an ideal song for beginners. Its catchy tune and rhythm provide a fun way to practice chord transitions and strumming.

Tab:

Em        G        D        A
E|---0------3------2------0---|
B|---0------3------3------2---|
G|---0------0------2------2---|
D|---2------0------0------2---|
A|---2------2------x------0---|
E|---0------3------x------x---|

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20. “Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix

Chords: C, G, D, A, E

“Hey Joe” is a classic song for beginners looking to challenge themselves with a five-chord progression. The rhythm is steady and the chord changes are predictable, providing a great practice ground.

Tab:

C         G        D        A        E
E|---0------3------2------0------0---|
B|---1------3------3------2------0---|
G|---0------0------2------2------1---|
D|---2------0------0------2------2---|
A|---3------2------x------0------2---|
E|---x------3------x------x------0---|

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21. “Wild Thing” by The Troggs

Chords: A, D, E

Number 21 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Wild Thing” is a classic rock anthem that’s ideal for beginners. The simple three-chord progression and catchy, repetitive rhythm make it easy to learn and a lot of fun to play.

Tab:

A         D        E
E|---0------2------0---|
B|---2------3------0---|
G|---2------2------1---|
D|---2------0------2---|
A|---0------x------2---|
E|---x------x------0---|

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22. “Jambalaya” by Hank Williams

Chords: C, G

Number 22 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Jambalaya” by Hank Williams is a fantastic song for beginners with its two-chord progression. The song’s lively tempo helps novices get a good feel for rhythm and strumming patterns.

Tab:

C         G       
E|---0------3-----|
B|---1------3-----|
G|---0------0-----|
D|---2------0-----|
A|---3------2-----|
E|---x------3-----|

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23. “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers

Chords: G, C, D

“The Gambler” offers a fun and engaging way for beginners to practice three major chords. The song’s storytelling narrative adds an interesting dimension to learning, enhancing the overall musical experience.

Tab:

G         C        D
E|---3------0------2---|
B|---3------1------3---|
G|---0------0------2---|
D|---0------2------0---|
A|---2------3------x---|
E|---3------x------x---|

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24. “Love Story” by Taylor Swift

Chords: C, G, Am, F

“Love Story” provides a great opportunity for beginners to learn a popular pop-country song. It employs a four-chord progression throughout, which makes it easier to memorize and master.

Tab:

C         G        Am       F
E|---0------3------0------1---|
B|---1------3------1------1---|
G|---0------0------2------2---|
D|---2------0------2------3---|
A|---3------2------0------3---|
E|---x------3------x------1---|

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25. “Riptide” by Vance Joy

Riptide chords:

Capo at 1st fret.

Am chord guitar
G chord guitar
C chord guitar

Number 25 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Riptide” is a catchy modern classic that’s perfect for beginners due to its repetitive three-chord structure. The Fmaj7 only pops up briefly in the bridge.

Chord chart for Riptide by Vance Joy.

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26. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King

The Stand By Me chords are A, F#m, D and E. But with a capo at the 2nd fret, these more simple shapes can be played: G, Em, C and D.

So with capo at 2nd fret, play:

G chord guitar
Em chord guitar
C chord guitar
D chord guitar

Number 26 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Stand By Me” is an all-time classic and its repetitive chord progression makes it a great song for beginners. The smooth transitions between the chords can help enhance your rhythm and finger placement skills.

Chord chart for Stand By Me by Ben E. King.

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27. “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay

Chords: C, D, G, Em

“Viva La Vida” uses a simple four-chord progression throughout the song, making it easy to play for beginners. Its iconic melody provides a fun and exciting practice for basic chords.

Tab:

C         D        G        Em
E|---0------2------3------0---|
B|---1------3------3------0---|
G|---0------2------0------0---|
D|---2------0------0------2---|
A|---3------x------2------2---|
E|---x------x------3------0---|

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28. “Zombie” by The Cranberries

Chords: Em, C, G, D/F#

“Zombie” is a grunge classic with an easy four-chord progression, offering a great way to practice strumming and chord transitions. Its powerful, driving rhythm is great for beginners to experiment with dynamics.

Tab:

Em        C        G        D/F#
E|---0------0------3------2---|
B|---0------1------3------3---|
G|---0------0------0------2---|
D|---2------2------0------0---|
A|---2------3------2------0---|
E|---0------x------3------2---|

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29. “Creep” by Radiohead

Creep chords:

Creep by Radiohead has just four chords: G, B, C and Cm.

“Creep” by Radiohead gets our 🀯 difficulty rating because it’s all barre chords. But it makes our list of easy guitar songs because it’s the same four chords throughout the whole song, on repeat. This makes it a perfect song to learn how to learn how to barre. So don’t be scared, get learning today and open up a world of barre-possibilities.

Chord chart for Creep by Radiohead.

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30. “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley

Hallelujah chords:

C chord guitar
Am chord guitar
Easy F chord guitar
G chord guitar
E7 chord guitar

Hallelujah was written by Leonard Cohen, but we’re focussing on the more famous Jeff Buckley cover version. It’s a beautiful, slow-paced song that’s perfect for beginners. Jeff played the original with a capo at the 5th fret, but my easy version uses simple open chords. I’ve even swapped out the dreaded F barre chord for an easier version.

Chord chart for Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley.

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31. “Imagine” by John Lennon

Chords: C, Cmaj7, F

Number 31 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Imagine” is a timeless classic that is ideal for beginners due to its slow tempo and relatively simple chords. It’s an excellent song to practice playing major and major seventh chords.

Tab:

C         Cmaj7    F
E|---0------0------1---|
B|---1------0------1---|
G|---0------0------2---|
D|---2------2------3---|
A|---3------3------x---|
E|---x------x------x---|

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32. “Budapest” by George Ezra

Chords: G, D, Em, C

“Budapest” features a straightforward chord progression and a catchy melody that is fun to play. The use of four basic chords makes it a suitable song for beginners.

Tab:

G         D        Em       C
E|---3------2------0------0---|
B|---3------3------0------1---|
G|---0------2------0------0---|
D|---0------0------2------2---|
A|---2------x------2------3---|
E|---3------x------0------x---|

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33. “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

Chords: Am, C, G, D

Number 33 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Radioactive” is a modern rock song with a distinct and memorable melody. The song employs a simple four-chord progression that makes it great for beginners to practice.

Tab:

Am        C        G        D
E|---0------0------3------2---|
B|---1------1------3------3---|
G|---2------0------0------2---|
D|---2------2------0------0---|
A|---0------3------2------x---|
E|---x------x------3------x---|

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34. “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus

Chords: C, G

“Achy Breaky Heart” has only two chords which make it easy for beginners. The lively tempo and clear chord changes help new players practice rhythm and transitions between chords.

Tab:

C         G       
E|---0------3-----|
B|---1------3-----|
G|---0------0-----|
D|---2------0-----|
A|---3------2-----|
E|---x------3-----|

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35. “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles

Chords: D, G, A

“Twist and Shout” is a high-energy rock and roll classic that uses only three chords. This song is perfect for beginners to practice chord progression and strumming patterns.

Tab:

D         G        A
E|---2------3------0---|
B|---3------3------2---|
G|---2------0------2---|
D|---0------0------2---|
A|---x------2------0---|
E|---x------3------x---|

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36. “Space Oddity” by David Bowie

Chords: C, Em, Am, A7

Number 36 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Space Oddity” by David Bowie features a recognizable and unique sound, making it a great addition to a beginner’s repertoire. The song’s chord progression is straightforward, yet provides a rich sound and practice for both strumming and fingerpicking techniques.

Tab:

C         Em       Am       A7
E|---0------0------0------0---|
B|---1------0------1------2---|
G|---0------0------2------0---|
D|---2------2------2------2---|
A|---3------2------0------0---|
E|---x------0------x------x---|

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37. “Songbird” by Oasis

Chords: G, Em, Am, C, D

“Songbird” by Oasis offers a great practice for chord transitions. This easy and catchy song helps beginners develop rhythm and chord knowledge.

Tab:

G         Em       Am       C        D
E|---3------0------0------0------2---|
B|---3------0------1------1------3---|
G|---0------0------2------0------2---|
D|---0------2------2------2------0---|
A|---2------2------0------3------x---|
E|---3------0------x------x------x---|

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38. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers

Chords: C, G, Am, F

The catchy tune of “Ho Hey” makes it a fun song to play. The song uses simple open chords, making it perfect for beginners to get comfortable with basic chord shapes and strumming patterns.

Tab:

C         G        Am       F
E|---0------3------0------1---|
B|---1------3------1------1---|
G|---0------0------2------2---|
D|---2------0------2------3---|
A|---3------2------0------3---|
E|---x------3------x------1---|

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39. “I Walk The Line” by Johnny Cash

Chords: A, D, E

Number 39 on our list of easy guitar songs, “I Walk The Line” is a classic country song with a simple three-chord progression. Its steady rhythm provides beginners with an excellent practice for strumming and chord transitions.

Tab:

A         D        E
E|---0------2------0---|
B|---2------3------0---|
G|---2------2------1---|
D|---2------0------2---|
A|---0------x------2---|
E|---x------x------0---|

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40. “Mr. Tambourine Man” by Bob Dylan

Chords: G, A, D

“Mr. Tambourine Man” uses only three simple chords, making it a fantastic song for beginners. The song’s slow tempo and smooth transitions between chords make it ideal for mastering strumming and chord changes.

Tab:

G         A        D
E|---3------0------2---|
B|---3------2------3---|
G|---0------2------2---|
D|---0------2------0---|
A|---2------0------x---|
E|---3------x------x---|

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41. “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie

Chords: C, Em, Am, F

Number 41 on our list of easy guitar songs, “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” has a slow tempo and a simple chord progression that beginners will find manageable. It’s a great song for developing fingerpicking skills.

Tab:

C         Em       Am       F
E|---0------0------0------1---|
B|---1------0------1------1---|
G|---0------0------2------2---|
D|---2------2------2------3---|
A|---3------2------0------x---|
E|---x------0------x------x---|

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42. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver

Take Me Home, Country Roads chords:

Capo at 2nd fret.

G chord guitar
Em chord guitar
D chord guitar
C chord guitar
Easy F chord guitar
D7 chord guitar

Number 42 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Take Me Home, Country Roads” has a comfortable rhythm and a sing-along chorus. The straightforward four-chord progression is ideal for beginners to practice strumming and chord changes.

Chord chart for Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver.

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43. “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

Chords: E, G, A

“Seven Nation Army” is notable for its iconic bass line, which can also be played on a standard six-string guitar. This song is great for beginners learning power chords and practicing timing.

Tab:

E         G        A
E|---0------3------5---|
B|---0------3------5---|
G|---1------4------6---|
D|---2------5------7---|
A|---2------5------7---|
E|---0------3------5---|

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44. “Californication” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Chords: Am, F, C, G

Number 44 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Californication” offers a simple four-chord progression and the opportunity to explore arpeggios. It’s an excellent choice for beginners wanting to expand their chord knowledge and picking techniques.

Tab:

Am        F        C        G
E|---0------1------0------3---|
B|---1------1------1------3---|
G|---2------2------0------0---|
D|---2------3------2------0---|
A|---0------3------3------2---|
E|---x------1------x------3---|

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45. “American Pie” by Don McLean

Chords: G, D, Em, Am, C

“American Pie” has a great sing-along vibe and a fairly simple chord progression. With its long runtime, it’s an excellent choice for beginners to practice endurance and consistent strumming.

Tab:

G         D        Em       Am       C
E|---3------2------0------0------0---|
B|---3------3------0------1------1---|
G|---0------2------0------2------0---|
D|---0------0------2------2------2---|
A|---2------x------2------0------3---|
E|---3------x------0------x------x---|

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46. “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley

Chords: G, Em, C, Am

“Redemption Song” by Bob Marley is a reggae classic with a simple chord progression and repetitive strumming pattern. It’s an excellent song for beginners to practice smooth transitions between chords.

Tab:

G         Em       C        Am
E|---3------0------0------0---|
B|---3------0------1------1---|
G|---0------0------0------2---|
D|---0------2------2------2---|
A|---2------2------3------0---|
E|---3------0------x------x---|

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47. “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley

Chords: C, F, G

Number 47 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley is a rock and roll classic that uses just three chords. The upbeat rhythm and straightforward chord progression make it great for beginners learning to play with speed and rhythm.

Tab:

C         F        G
E|---0------1------3---|
B|---1------1------3---|
G|---0------2------0---|
D|---2------3------0---|
A|---3------3------2---|
E|---x------1------3---|

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48. “Let Her Go” by Passenger

Chords: C, D, Em, G, Bm, Am

Number 48 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Let Her Go” is a modern folk-pop classic. It features six simple chords and a slow tempo, making it a perfect choice for beginners to practice different chord shapes and strumming patterns.

Tab:

C         D        Em       G        Bm       Am
E|---0------2------0------3------2------0---|
B|---1------3------0------3------3------1---|
G|---0------2------0------0------4------2---|
D|---2------0------2------0------4------2---|
A|---3------x------2------2------2------0---|
E|---x------x------0------3------x------x---|

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49. “Yellow” by Coldplay

Chords: G, D, C, E

Number 49 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Yellow” is a memorable song from Coldplay with a beautiful melody. The four-chord structure makes it a great choice for beginners to practice their chord transitions.

Tab:

G         D        C        E
E|---3------2------0------0---|
B|---3------3------1------0---|
G|---0------2------0------1---|
D|---0------0------2------2---|
A|---2------x------3------2---|
E|---3------x------x------0---|

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50. “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol

Chords: A, E, D

Number 50 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol is a modern classic with an easy-to-learn chord progression. The song’s simplicity makes it a great choice for beginners to practice maintaining a steady rhythm.

Tab:

A         E        D
E|---0------0------2---|
B|---2------0------3---|
G|---2------1------2---|
D|---2------2------0---|
A|---0------2------x---|
E|---x------0------x---|

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51. “Hotel California” by Eagles

Hotel California chords:

Capo at 2nd fret.

Am chord guitar
E7 chord guitar
G chord guitar
D chord guitar
Easy F chord guitar
C chord guitar
D minor chord guitar

Number 51 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Hotel California” by Eagles is up there with the all-time greatest rock songs. It’s a bit of a stretch for complete beginners with 7 chords, but a challenge is good for you, right? And I’ve swapped out the dreaded F barre chord for an easier version too.

Chord chart for Hotel California by Eagles.

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52. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something

Chords: D, G, A

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something is a 90s classic that uses three easy chords. This catchy tune is great for beginners to practice strumming patterns and simple chord progressions.

Tab:

D         G        A
E|---2------3------0---|
B|---3------3------2---|
G|---2------0------2---|
D|---0------0------2---|
A|---x------2------0---|
E|---x------3------x---|

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53. “Where Is The Love?” by Black Eyed Peas

Chords: C, Am, Em, G

“Where Is The Love?” by Black Eyed Peas is a modern pop song that features an easy four-chord progression. It’s a great song for beginners to practice transitions and timing.

Tab:

C         Am       Em       G
E|---0------0------0------3---|
B|---1------1------0------3---|
G|---0------2------0------0---|
D|---2------2------2------0---|
A|---3------0------2------2---|
E|---x------x------0------3---|

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54. “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman

Chords: C, G, Em, D

Number 54 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman is a beautiful folk-rock song. Its simple and repetitive four-chord progression is perfect for beginners to practice strumming and chord transitions.

Tab:

C         G        Em       D
E|---0------3------0------2---|
B|---1------3------0------3---|
G|---0------0------0------2---|
D|---2------0------2------0---|
A|---3------2------2------x---|
E|---x------3------0------x---|

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55. “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars

Chords: C, Em, Am, G, F

“Count on Me” by Bruno Mars is a cheerful, uplifting song. Its five-chord structure and upbeat rhythm make it great for beginners learning new chord shapes and fingerpicking techniques.

Tab:

C         Em       Am       G        F
E|---0------0------0------3------1---|
B|---1------0------1------3------1---|
G|---0------0------2------0------2---|
D|---2------2------2------0------3---|
A|---3------2------0------2------3---|
E|---x------0------x------3------1---|

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56. “Cotton Fields” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Chords: C, F, G

Number 56 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Cotton Fields” by Creedence Clearwater Revival is a folk-rock classic with a catchy tune. The simple three-chord progression makes it an ideal song for beginners looking to master basic chords and strumming techniques.

Tab:

C         F        G
E|---0------1------3---|
B|---1------1------3---|
G|---0------2------0---|
D|---2------3------0---|
A|---3------3------2---|
E|---x------1------3---|

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57. “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens

Chords: C, F, G

“La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens is a fun, upbeat song with a simple chord progression. The lively tempo of the song provides a good practice for beginners to maintain rhythm while switching chords.

Tab:

C         F        G
E|---0------1------3---|
B|---1------1------3---|
G|---0------2------0---|
D|---2------3------0---|
A|---3------3------2---|
E|---x------1------3---|

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58. “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Chords: C, G, F

“Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” by Creedence Clearwater Revival is a timeless song with an easy chord progression. It’s an excellent song for beginners to practice chord transitions and strumming patterns.

Tab:

C         G        F
E|---0------3------1---|
B|---1------3------1---|
G|---0------0------2---|
D|---2------0------3---|
A|---3------2------3---|
E|---x------3------1---|

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59. “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett

Chords: D, G, A, A7

Number 59 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett is a popular song with an easy-going vibe. The song has a simple four-chord progression, making it an excellent choice for beginners to practice their chord transitions and strumming techniques.

Tab:

D         G        A        A7
E|---2------3------0------0---|
B|---3------3------2------2---|
G|---2------0------2------0---|
D|---0------0------2------2---|
A|---x------2------0------0---|
E|---x------3------x------x---|

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60. “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson

Chords: G, D, Em, Am

“Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson is a lovely, mellow song that features a simple chord progression. Its slow tempo and easy chords make it a great choice for beginners to learn chord transitions and basic strumming patterns.

Tab:

G         D        Em       Am
E|---3------2------0------0---|
B|---3------3------0------1---|
G|---0------2------0------2---|
D|---0------0------2------2---|
A|---2------x------2------0---|
E|---3------x------0------x---|

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61. “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift

Chords: D, A, Em, G

“You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift is a catchy country-pop song with a simple four-chord progression. It’s a great choice for beginners looking to improve their chord transitions and strumming speed.

Tab:

D         A        Em       G
E|---2------0------0------3---|
B|---3------2------0------3---|
G|---2------2------0------0---|
D|---0------2------2------0---|
A|---x------0------2------2---|
E|---x------x------0------3---|

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62. “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis

Chords: C, G, Am, E, F

Number 62 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis is a well-loved rock ballad that features a simple chord progression. Its slow tempo and recognizable melody make it an excellent song for beginners learning to coordinate chord changes with strumming patterns.

Tab:

C         G        Am       E        F
E|---0------3------0------0------1---|
B|---1------3------1------0------1---|
G|---0------0------2------1------2---|
D|---2------0------2------2------3---|
A|---3------2------0------2------x---|
E|---x------3------x------0------x---|

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63. “Daughter” by Pearl Jam

Chords: G, D, C, A

“Daughter” by Pearl Jam is a beautiful rock song that uses four easy chords. It’s a great song for beginners to practice basic chord transitions and get a feel for rock rhythm patterns.

Tab:

G         D        C        A
E|---3------2------0------0---|
B|---3------3------1------2---|
G|---0------2------0------2---|
D|---0------0------2------2---|
A|---2------x------3------0---|
E|---3------x------x------x---|

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64. “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M.

Chords: D, G, Em, A

Number 64 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. is a slow and emotive song with a simple four-chord progression. It’s an excellent song for beginners looking to practice clean strumming and chord transitions.

Tab:

D         G        Em       A
E|---2------3------0------0---|
B|---3------3------0------2---|
G|---2------0------0------2---|
D|---0------0------2------2---|
A|---x------2------2------0---|
E|---x------3------0------x---|

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65. “One Love” by Bob Marley

Chords: C, G, Am, F

Number 65 on our list of easy guitar songs, “One Love” by Bob Marley is a reggae classic with an uplifting message. The easy chord progression and relaxed tempo make it a great song for beginners learning to maintain rhythm in their strumming.

Tab:

C         G        Am       F
E|---0------3------0------1---|
B|---1------3------1------1---|
G|---0------0------2------2---|
D|---2------0------2------3---|
A|---3------2------0------3---|
E|---x------3------x------1---|

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66. “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie

Chords: D, G, A7

“This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie is an American folk classic. With only three chords and a simple strumming pattern, it’s an excellent choice for beginners looking to play a recognizable song while practicing chord transitions.

Tab:

D         G        A7
E|---2------3------0---|
B|---3------3------2---|
G|---2------0------0---|
D|---0------0------2---|
A|---x------2------0---|
E|---x------3------x---|

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67. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley

Can’t Help Falling In Love chords:

C chord guitar
G chord guitar
Am chord guitar
Em chord guitar
B7 chord guitar
D minor chord guitar
D chord guitar
A chord guitar
C#7 chord guitar

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley is a beautiful ballad with a timeless melody. It introduces a few more chords than other beginner songs, but its slow tempo and consistent chord progression make it a great song for practice.

Chord chart for Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley.

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68. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

Chords: Am, F, C

Number 68 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith is a soulful pop ballad with a simple three-chord progression. The straightforward pattern and pace make it a great choice for beginners learning to play along with the rhythm of a song.

Tab:

Am        F        C
E|---0------1------0---|
B|---1------1------1---|
G|---2------2------0---|
D|---2------3------2---|
A|---0------3------3---|
E|---x------1------x---|

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69. “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals

Chords: Am, C, D, F, E

“House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals is a traditional folk song made famous by the band’s 1964 version. It uses more chords than some beginner songs, but the slow pace and iconic arpeggiated pattern make it a great song to practice.

Tab:

Am        C        D        F        E
E|---0------0------2------1------0---|
B|---1------1------3------1------0---|
G|---2------0------2------2------1---|
D|---2------2------0------3------2---|
A|---0------3------x------3------2---|
E|---x------x------x------1------0---|

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70. “Stir It Up” by Bob Marley

Chords: A, D, E

“Stir It Up” by Bob Marley is a reggae classic with a relaxed tempo and simple three-chord progression. The song provides a great opportunity for beginners to practice strumming and maintaining rhythm.

Tab:

A         D        E
E|---0------2------0---|
B|---2------3------0---|
G|---2------2------1---|
D|---2------0------2---|
A|---0------x------2---|
E|---x------x------0---|

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71. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses (intro)

Chords: D, C, G

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses, particularly the intro, is a great choice for beginners who are ready to tackle some of rock’s most iconic riffs. The chord progression is simple, but the opening lick is a fun challenge for new players.

Tab:

D         C        G
E|---2------0------3---|
B|---3------1------3---|
G|---2------0------0---|
D|---0------2------0---|
A|---x------3------2---|
E|---x------x------3---|

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72. “A Team” by Ed Sheeran

Chords: G, D/F#, Em, C

“A Team” by Ed Sheeran is a melodic ballad that’s great for beginners. With only four chords and a repeating pattern throughout, this song allows beginners to focus on perfecting their strumming patterns.

Tab:

G         D/F#     Em       C
E|---3------2------0------0---|
B|---3------3------0------1---|
G|---0------2------0------0---|
D|---0------0------2------2---|
A|---2------0------2------3---|
E|---3------2------0------x---|

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73. “All Apologies” by Nirvana

Chords: D, Dsus4, C

Number 73 on our list of easy guitar songs, “All Apologies” by Nirvana is a grunge anthem that’s a great choice for beginner guitar players. Its use of only three chords, including a simple variation on D, makes it a straightforward but rewarding song to learn.

Tab:

D         Dsus4    C
E|---2------3------0---|
B|---3------3------1---|
G|---2------2------0---|
D|---0------0------2---|
A|---x------x------3---|
E|---x------x------x---|

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74. “With or Without You” by U2

Chords: D, A, Bm, G

“With or Without You” by U2 is an anthemic rock song with a beautiful, simple four-chord progression. This song is excellent for beginners as it allows for practice with both open and barre chords.

Tab:

D         A        Bm       G
E|---2------0------2------3---|
B|---3------2------3------3---|
G|---2------2------4------0---|
D|---0------2------4------0---|
A|---x------0------2------2---|
E|---x------x------x------3---|

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75. “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash

Chords: E, A, B7

“Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash is a country classic with a catchy, repetitive chord progression. With just three chords and a steady rhythm, it’s a great song for beginners to get their fingers used to switching chords smoothly.

Tab:

E         A        B7
E|---0------0------2---|
B|---0------2------0---|
G|---1------2------2---|
D|---2------2------1---|
A|---2------0------2---|
E|---0------x------x---|

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76. “Ziggy Stardust” by David Bowie

Chords: G, Am, Em, C

Number 95 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Ziggy Stardust” by David Bowie is a memorable classic rock song that is an excellent choice for beginners due to its repetitive four-chord progression. The strumming pattern is consistent and great for practicing rhythm.

Tab:

G         Am       Em       C
E|---3------0------0------0---|
B|---3------1------0------1---|
G|---0------2------0------0---|
D|---0------2------2------2---|
A|---2------0------2------3---|
E|---3------x------0------x---|

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77. “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train

Chords: E, B, C#m, A

“Hey, Soul Sister” by Train is a catchy pop song perfect for beginners who want to practice barre chords. It’s a modern classic with a repeating chord sequence and an upbeat tempo, making it a fun one to learn.

Tab:

E         B        C#m     A
E|---0------x------4------0---|
B|---0------4------5------2---|
G|---1------4------6------2---|
D|---2------4------6------2---|
A|---2------2------4------0---|
E|---0------x------x------x---|

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78. “The Man Who Sold the World” by Nirvana (MTV Unplugged)

Chords: D, F#, C#, G#, A#, D#

Number 78 on our list of easy guitar songs, “The Man Who Sold the World” from Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged session is a great pick for beginners who want to tackle an iconic performance. This version of the song simplifies the original’s complex arrangement and gives beginners the chance to practice barre chords.

Tab:

D         F#       C#      G#       A#       D#
E|---2------2------x------4-------1------6---|
B|---3------2------6------4-------3------8---|
G|---2------3------6------5-------3------8---|
D|---0------4------6------6-------3------8---|
A|---x------4------4------6-------1------6---|
E|---x------2------x------4-------x------x---|

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79. “Paint It Black” by Rolling Stones (intro)

Chords: Dm, Bb, F, C

The intro to “Paint It Black” by the Rolling Stones is a great exercise for beginners in chord progression and timing. The simple four-chord sequence is a key element of this iconic rock song.

Tab:

Dm        Bb       F        C
E|---1------1------1------0---|
B|---3------3------1------1---|
G|---2------3------2------0---|
D|---0------3------3------2---|
A|---x------1------3------3---|
E|---x------x------1------x---|

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80. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

Chords: C, Am, F, G, Em

“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri is a heartfelt pop song that’s a great choice for beginners. Its chords are straightforward and commonly used, making it an ideal choice for practicing transitions and rhythm.

Tab:

C         Am       F        G        Em
E|---0------0------1------3------0---|
B|---1------1------1------3------0---|
G|---0------2------2------0------0---|
D|---2------2------3------0------2---|
A|---3------0------3------2------2---|
E|---x------x------1------3------0---|

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81. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran

Perfect chords:

Capo 1st fret.

G chord guitar
Em7 chord guitar
Cadd9 chord
Dsus4 chord
D/F# chord guitar

Perfect by Ed Sheeran is one of our more challenging easy guitar songs. The chords are mostly the same as those in Wonderwall, which is a must for every begginer guitarist and number 2 on our list. Perfect has six chords in total, and a lovely plucked pattern. But complete beginners can start off by just strumming the chords in time with Ed.

Chord chart for Perfect by Ed Sheeran.

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82. “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show/Darius Rucker

With a capo at the second fret the chords to Wagon Wheel are: G, D, Em, C.

G chord guitar
D chord guitar
Em chord guitar
C chord guitar

“Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show (later covered by Darius Rucker) is a modern folk classic perfect for beginners due to its repetitive four-chord progression. It’s a fun, singalong song with a consistent rhythm.

Chord chart for Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show and Darius Rucker.

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83. “More Than Words” by Extreme

Chords: G, C9, Am7, D

“More Than Words” by Extreme is a beautiful acoustic ballad. Its intricate fingerpicking style provides an excellent opportunity for beginners to advance their technique, although a simplified strumming version can also be played with these chords.

Tab:

G         C9       Am7      D
E|---3------3------0------2---|
B|---3------3------1------3---|
G|---0------0------0------2---|
D|---0------2------2------0---|
A|---2------3------0------x---|
E|---3------x------x------x---|

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84. “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5

Chords: Bm, A, E, G

“She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 is a pop-rock ballad that is great for beginners due to its memorable melody and four-chord structure. The strumming pattern is consistent, making it great for practicing rhythm and chord changes.

Tab:

Bm        A        E        G
E|---2------0------0------3---|
B|---3------2------0------3---|
G|---4------2------1------0---|
D|---4------2------2------0---|
A|---2------0------2------2---|
E|---x------x------0------3---|

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85. “Your Song” by Elton John

Chords: Em, A, D, G, Bm, C, F#m

“Your Song” by Elton John is a timeless ballad that’s great for beginners wanting to expand their chord vocabulary. The beautiful melody and chord progression provide a rewarding challenge.

Tab:

Em        A        D        G        Bm       C        F#m
E|---0------0------2------3------2------0------2---|
B|---0------2------3------3------3------1------2---|
G|---0------2------2------0------4------0------2---|
D|---2------2------0------0------4------2------4---|
A|---2------0------x------2------2------3------4---|
E|---0------x------x------3------x------x------2---|

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86. “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias

Chords: G, Em, C, D

“Hero” by Enrique Iglesias is a romantic ballad that has a simple four-chord structure, making it a great song for beginners. It also allows players to practice different strumming patterns.

Tab:

G         Em       C        D
E|---3------0------0------2---|
B|---3------0------1------3---|
G|---0------0------0------2---|
D|---0------2------2------0---|
A|---2------2------3------x---|
E|---3------0------x------x---|

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87. “Hurt” by Johnny Cash

Chords: Am, C, D, G, F

“Hurt” by Johnny Cash, originally by Nine Inch Nails, is a powerful song that’s beginner-friendly due to its simple chord progression. The somber tone allows for slow chord changes and a relaxed strumming pattern.

Tab:

Am        C        D        G        F
E|---0------0------2------3------1---|
B|---1------1------3------3------1---|
G|---2------0------2------0------2---|
D|---2------2------0------0------3---|
A|---0------3------x------2------3---|
E|---x------x------x------3------1---|

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88. “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars

Chords: F, Dm, Bb

“Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars is a beautiful modern pop song that’s great for beginners due to its three-chord structure. The song provides a great opportunity to practice barre chords and rhythm.

Tab:

F         Dm       Bb
E|---1------1------1---|
B|---1------3------3---|
G|---2------2------3---|
D|---3------0------3---|
A|---3------x------1---|
E|---1------x------x---|

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89. “Royals” by Lorde

Chords: D, C, G

“Royals” by Lorde is an award-winning pop song that’s perfect for beginners due to its simple three-chord structure. The chords repeat throughout the song, which is great for mastering transitions.

Tab:

D         C        G
E|---2------0------3---|
B|---3------1------3---|
G|---2------0------0---|
D|---0------2------0---|
A|---x------3------2---|
E|---x------x------3---|

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90. “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic

Chords: Am, C, G, F

Number 90 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic is a popular song known for its catchy chorus. The four-chord structure repeats throughout the song, making it an excellent choice for beginners to practice chord changes and strumming.

Tab:

Am        C        G        F
E|---0------0------3------1---|
B|---1------1------3------1---|
G|---2------0------0------2---|
D|---2------2------0------3---|
A|---0------3------2------3---|
E|---x------x------3------1---|

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91. “Wake Me Up” by Avicii

Chords: Bm, G, D, A

“Wake Me Up” by Avicii is a hybrid of folk and electronic music with an upbeat tempo. The chord progression is simple and the song provides beginners with the opportunity to practice chord transitions and strumming patterns.

Tab:

Bm        G        D        A
E|---2------3------2------0---|
B|---3------3------3------2---|
G|---4------0------2------2---|
D|---4------0------0------2---|
A|---2------2------x------0---|
E|---x------3------x------x---|

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92. “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel

Chords: C, Am, G, Em

“The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel is a timeless folk song. It’s great for beginners because of the four-chord structure, which repeats throughout the song. This helps improve chord transitions and strumming speed.

Tab:

C         Am       G        Em
E|---0------0------3------0---|
B|---1------1------3------0---|
G|---0------2------0------0---|
D|---2------2------0------2---|
A|---3------0------2------2---|
E|---x------x------3------0---|

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93. “Jolene” by Dolly Parton

Jolene chords:

Capo on 4th fret.

Am chord guitar
C chord guitar
G chord guitar
Em chord guitar

“Jolene” by Dolly Parton is a classic that reached beyond country and into the mainstream. Its chord progression is relatively simple, making it a good fit for beginners. It’s also a fantastic song to learn strumming techniques on.

Chord chart for Jolene by Dolly Parton.

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94. “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors

Chords: D, G, Bm, A

“Best Day of My Life” by American Authors is a pop rock song with a feel-good vibe. The song uses four basic chords, making it perfect for beginners who want to practice strumming along to a beat.

Tab:

D         G        Bm       A
E|---2------3------2------0---|
B|---3------3------3------2---|
G|---2------0------4------2---|
D|---0------0------4------2---|
A|---x------2------2------0---|
E|---x------3------x------x---|

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95. “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia

Chords: D, Em, G, A

Number 95 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia is an engaging song for beginners due to its simple chord progression and strumming pattern. Its repeating chords provide good practice for chord transitions.

Tab:

D         Em       G        A
E|---2------0------3------0---|
B|---3------0------3------2---|
G|---2------0------0------2---|
D|---0------2------0------2---|
A|---x------2------2------0---|
E|---x------0------3------x---|

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96. “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” by The Offspring

Chords: C, F, A#

“You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” by The Offspring uses just three chords, making it accessible for beginner guitar players. The song has a catchy melody and energetic tempo that makes practicing fun.

Tab:

C         F        A#
E|---0------1------1---|
B|---1------1------3---|
G|---0------2------3---|
D|---2------3------3---|
A|---3------3------1---|
E|---x------1------x---|

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97. “The Scientist” by Coldplay

Chords: Dm, Bb, F, C

“The Scientist” by Coldplay is a piano-led ballad that adapts beautifully to the guitar. Its simple and repeated chord structure provides beginners with a great opportunity to practice changing chords while maintaining a steady rhythm.

Tab:

Dm        Bb       F        C
E|---1------1------1------0---|
B|---3------3------1------1---|
G|---2------3------2------0---|
D|---0------3------3------2---|
A|---x------1------3------3---|
E|---x------x------1------x---|

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98. “Say It Ain’t So” by Weezer

Chords: C#, G#, F#, B, Fm

“Say It Ain’t So” by Weezer features a distinctive arpeggiated intro and driving chord progression. The song helps beginners practice basic power chords and introduces some barre chords, expanding their skills.

Tab:

C#        G#       F#       B        Fm
E|---1------4------2------2------1---|
B|---2------4------2------4------1---|
G|---1------5------3------4------1---|
D|---3------6------4------4------3---|
A|---4------6------4------2------3---|
E|---x------4------2------x------1---|

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99. “Closing Time” by Semisonic

Chords: G, D, Am, C

Number 99 on our list of easy guitar songs, “Closing Time” by Semisonic has a catchy and iconic chord progression that is fun for beginners to learn. Its simple four-chord structure provides an ideal foundation for practicing rhythm and transitions.

Tab:

G         D        Am       C
E|---3------2------0------0---|
B|---3------3------1------1---|
G|---0------2------2------0---|
D|---0------0------2------2---|
A|---2------x------0------3---|
E|---3------x------x------x---|

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100. “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers

The Aint No Sunshine chords are Am, Em, G and Dm.

Am chord guitar
Em chord guitar
G chord guitar
D minor chord guitar

“Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers is a soulful ballad that only uses four basic chords. The chord progression repeats throughout the song, making it a perfect practice piece for beginners who are mastering chord transitions.

Chord chart for Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers.

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FAQs – Easy Guitar Songs

Why are these songs chosen for beginners to learn guitar?

These easy guitar songs are chosen due to their simple chord structures, use of basic and common chords, and minimal requirement for advanced techniques. They’re excellent stepping stones for anyone beginning their guitar journey.

Do I need to know how to read music to play these easy guitar songs?

Knowing how to read music can be beneficial, but it’s not a necessity to start playing these easy guitar songs. Many guitarists kick start their learning using guitar tablature and chord charts, which offer a more visual and straightforward approach.

How can I learn to play these easy guitar songs?

There’s an abundance of resources available to help you learn these easy guitar songs. You’ll find numerous online tutorials and video lessons for each song. Also, guitar tablature and chord charts for these songs are widely accessible on the internet.

Do I need an electric or acoustic guitar to play these songs?

You can learn these beginner-friendly guitar songs on either an electric or an acoustic guitar. Some might sound more authentic on one type of guitar, but as a beginner, the key is to start learning and practicing.

What should I do if I find one of these easy guitar songs too challenging to play?

Every individual learns at their own pace, so it’s completely fine if you find some of the easy guitar songs challenging. Try breaking down the song and learning it part by part. If it’s still too tricky, move on to a different song and revisit the challenging one later.

Are these easy guitar songs suitable for children learning to play the guitar?

Yes, many of these songs are suitable for children. However, a song’s suitability also depends on factors such as the child’s age, hand size, coordination, and familiarity with the song itself.

How do I know when I’m ready to move on to more complex songs?

When you can play these easy guitar songs comfortably and transition smoothly between chords, you may be ready to take on more complex songs.

Do these easy guitar songs cover all the basic chords I should learn as a beginner?

While these easy guitar songs cover numerous common chords, there are many more chords to learn. These songs provide a solid starting point, but you should aim to learn more chords as you progress.

Can I use a capo to change the key of these songs?

Yes, you can use a capo to change the key of a song. This technique can help make the song suit your vocal range better or make the chords easier to play.

I’ve mastered all these easy guitar songs. What’s next?

Congratulations on your progress! Now, you’re ready to explore more complex songs, different music genres, or even start composing your own music. Remember, the key to mastering guitar is consistent practice and passion. Keep playing!

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