We all love to play songs. No one picks up the guitar and practices hard for months and years only to be able to play difficult drills and exercises. The aim is to play awesome, fun songs and ROCK! Right?
Looking back at my early days of learning the guitar, all my exercises and training time were around playing songs. Bad, I know, but at least I had fun!
If you're still a beginner – intermediate player, don't focus all your energy on playing songs, but rather get yourself a professional learning system that can provide you with enough exercises and drills to practice your techniques, rhythm, and your flexibility, IN ADDITION to song lessons, because songs are also very important, just as much, if not even more, as regular technique lessons.
The reason playing songs and having them also as practicing material is important, is because they are extremely fun and entertaining! When we are having fun, we tend to concentrate more, learn more efficiently, and most importantly, PERSIST in what we are doing.
My Personal Selection of Easy Songs for Beginners
Whether you're an electric guitar player, or acoustic, a rocker or a country player, the collection of songs that I'm going to show you below is a mix of easy songs from different genres and playing styles, so every guitarist can relate to it.
Notice that some of the songs below might be a bit difficult to play exactly as the original. If that's the case, then play only the chords and find a way to simplify the parts that would quality to advanced players or skip them completely.
For example, let's take a look at the song Nothing Else Matters – Metallica:
If you're a total beginner who still doesn't know how to play arpeggios, playing chords instead would be considered the right thing to do here, until you learn how to play arpeggios.
When you're able to play arpeggios, then you can play the song as the original version, mixing chords and arpeggios as you like, but skip the solo part or simplify it a little bit for your level.
When you feel like your picking hand is ready for the solo part and you can perform some simple slides and bending, then you can work on nailing the original solo part of the song and finish learning your first song, and don't forget to pat yourself on the back! (If that is physically possible, haha)
Try approaching every song from the songs below like this, and I'm sure that you will be able to play all of them and have lots of fun!
That being said, here are my top 100 easy songs for beginners and intermediate that you can play on the guitar:
If I had the most accurate tablature for each song, I would've added them here! But I don't, unfortunately. The best source for free guitar tablature is Ultimate-Guitar and I linked it for all of the songs above.
In order to play some of the songs above you will need a guitar software, like Guitar Pro or Tab Pro (Sponsored by Ultimate-Guitar themselves). If you don't have a software then you will only be able to view the basic version of the tabs, which is made by a text editor like the Windows' Text Document, .txt file.These basic text files are rarely accurate, and most of them include only the chords with the lyrics. So for a chords-based song like the song Let it Be by the Beatles, that might be okay. For everything else, I strongly recommend the Guitar Pro software in which you can view, edit, and play the tabs and slow any part difficult for you.
These basic text files are rarely accurate, and most of them include only the chords with the lyrics. So for a chords-based song like the song Let it Be by the Beatles, that might be okay. For everything else, I strongly recommend the Guitar Pro software in which you can view, edit, and play the tabs and listen to it, and you can even slow the difficult parts a bit so you can practice them at your own pace.
Want More Songs With Accurate Tabs?
Many of these songs and hundreds more can be found at GuitarTricks with accurate tabs and a dedicated guitar lesson for each song. If you're having difficulty learning alone by yourself, GuitarTricks offers one of the best guitar learning systems for beginners and they have everything you need in order to learn guitar online from your home.
Another online guitar program that has a worthy training system and hundreds of song lessons is Jamplay.
Both these programs are great, have amazing support and communities, and are constantly updating their content with more lessons, and more songs. For me, they are only second to private guitar lessons, only cost considerably less, like a fraction of what a private guitar instructor would normally charge you.
Woah! That was a long, but AWESOME list, don't ya think? If you are a beginner – intermediate player, you should be able to play all of these songs with a little bit of practice.
Remember, if playing a song as the original version is too difficult for you, you can always find a way to simplify it to finish the song. Nobody loves to hear half a song played! Right? 🙂
As you practice your fingers and muscle memory for the guitar and progress, you will quickly find yourself being able to play all these songs with any parts you've left before because of difficulty, and sooner than you'd thought you will start asking for more!
So did you like my list? Do you agree with it? Are there any songs I should have included? Which are your favorite and which are you working on right now? Share all this information in the comments below!