Introduction

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

(Top 100)

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:

Note: The order of the songs below are not necessarily according to difficulty, but rather to make the list easier to read or track in case you want to play them on your guitar. Enjoy!

1.

3.

4.

Hallelujah

Jeff Buckley

5.

Wonderful Tonight

Eric Clapton

6.

Hurt

Johnny Cash

8.

Sweet Home Alabama

Lynyrd Skynyrd

9.

Runaway Train

Soul Asylum

10.

Wide Open Spaces

Dixie Chicks

12.

Simple Man

Lynyrd Skynyrd

16.

ABC

The Jackson 5

17.

Drive

Incubus

18.

About a Girl

Nirvana

19.

20.

Baby Please Don't Go

Muddy Waters

21.

Brick House

The Commodores

22.

Father and Son

Cat Stevens

23.

Dumb

Nirvana

24.

Folsom Prison Blues

Johnny Cash

25.

Ordinary World

Duran Duran

26.

Come Undone

Duran Duran

27.

Sweet Dreams

Marilyn Manson

28.

Tainted Love

Marilyn Manson

29.

Aerials

System of a Down

30.

31.

Like a Stone

Audioslave

32.

Here Without You

3 Doors Down

33.

The Reason

Hoobastank

34.

Again

Lenny Kravitz

35.

Heartbreak Hotel

Elvis Presley

36.

Hang me, Oh Hand me

Dave Van Ronk

37.

Last Resort

Papa Roach

38.

What It's Like

Everlast

39.

Hey There Delilah

Plain White T's

40.

Frosty the Snowman

Gene Autry

41.

42.

Good Year for the Roses

Elvis Costello

43.

Honky Tonky Women

The Rolling Stones

44.

Human Fly

The Cramps

45.

Seven Nation Army

The White Stripes

46.

Testify

Parliament

47.

48.

Imagine

John Lennon

49.

Let it Be

The Beatles

50.

Yesterday

The Beatles

51.

Learn to Fly

Foo Fighters

52.

Blury

Puddle of Mudd

53.

How You Remind Me

Nickelback

54.

Rockstar

Nickelback

55.

Old Man

Neil Young

56.

Heart of Gold

Neil Young

57.

Poison

Alice Cooper

58.

It's Your Thing

Isley Brothers

59.

I Put a Spell on You

Creedence Clearwater Revival

60.

Wish You Were Here

Pink Floyd

62.

Jailhouse Rock

Elvis Presley

63.

Joy to the World

Christmas Misc.

64.

Living After Midnight

Judas Priest

65.

Louie Louie

Motorhead

66.

Mony Mony

Billy Idol

67.

Somebody to Love

Jefferson Airplane

68.

Ode to Billy Joe

Bobbie Gentry

69.

Over My Head

Fleetwood Mac

70.

Personal Jesus

Depeche Mode

71.

On the Road Again

Willie Nelson

72.

73.

Silent Night

Christmas Misc.

74.

Songbird

Fleetwood Mac

75.

Air on G String

J.S Bach

77.

78.

Canon in D

Pachelbel

79.

Super Freak

Rick James

80.

Surrendr

Cheap Trick

81.

Talk to Me

Stevie Nicks

82.

Voodoo

Godsmack

83.

What I Like About You

The Romantics

84.

Creep

Radiohead

85.

Forever

Kiss

86.

The Rock Show

Blink-182

87.

Why I'm Here

Oleander

88.

Wild Thing

The Troggs

89.

You Never Can Tell

Chuck Berry

90.

Wonderful

Everclear

91.

Without You

Harry Nilson

93.

The Star Spangled Banner

Traditional (Anthem)

94.

Wonderwall

Oasis

96.

97.

Redemption Song

Bob Marley

98.

No Woman, No Cry

Bob Marley

99.

Cryin'

Aerosmith

100.

Country Roads

John Denver

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.

Final Thought

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!

Have fun!

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