81 easy guitar songs for beginners huge list

81 easy guitar songs for beginners (HUGE LIST)

Introduction – Learn guitar with easy guitar songs


Easy guitar songs are great to improve your skills if you are a beginner.

Even though I’ve played guitar for almost 14 years I still play easy songs like these.

I don’t think that what makes a good song is equal to how difficult it is – Thinking that is a common mistake made by many aspiring guitarists. You shouldn’t aim for playing the hardest songs ever. Your goal should be to make everything you play sound fantastic even though it only includes four different chords.



Almost every song that hits the top 100 on Billboard contains something unique.

If it isn’t the melody it could be the chords, the riff, the effects used on an instrument, etc. Sometimes it is even something non-music-related. Like something unique about the artist as a person. Writing a hit song takes something very special

Anyway, I decided to compile an ultimate list of easy guitar songs for you. They can of course be found on the websites I link to, but I’ve made it easier for you so you can save a lot of time searching for the right songs.

The great thing about practicing easy guitar songs is that you actually get to improve your skills in an easy and fun way. You don’t need to sit for hours practicing the same boring theory or scale in order to learn to play guitar.

Instead you just play four or five chords and after a short play-through you can sing along with the chords.

Just take a look at Axis of Awesome and their 4 Chord Song (You probably know it already) and see how 4 simple chords can turn in to hundreds of hit songs!

Haha, I always get amazed when I see this performance even though i completely understand the theory and idea behind it!

Back on track:

This is what playing easy guitar songs does for you:

  • It gives you a fun time practicing
  • It helps you speeding up your chord-changes
  • You can practice your singing at the same time as well
  • It gives you an idea of how hit songs are made
  • This one’s obvious: You learn to play guitar.
  • And finally, it expands your repertoire

Basic chords for beginners

So what should you learn first?

Well, a good place to start would be learning some of the most common chords used on guitar.

I’m talking about chords like C, D, G, E, Em, A, Am, F, Bm, etc.

Here are chord boxes for the chords – If you don’t know what chord boxes are you should head over to my beginner’s guide and read it first.

The songs on the list will often use these chords, but chords like Bb, Gm and Dmaj7 might appear as well. Leave a comment if you need any help on those!

81 easy guitar songs - questions

You got that covered?

Then let’s move on!


Learn strumming patterns for the easy guitar songs

It’s fine to begin playing some songs at this point, but you might wanna spice it up a bit.

To be able to play easy guitar songs and make them sound like a million, you wanna learn yourself some strumming patterns first. Grab your pick and get ready!

On of the most recognizable strumming patterns is definitely the pattern in Oasis’ Wonderwall.

This song is well-known for it’s simple chords and effective strumming. And of course the brilliant melody connecting it all.

To learn this pattern, you will have to choose a random chord (I chose Em7 – the start-chord in the original song).

Now, play a down stroke on that chord on every 1 & 2 & 3 &4. It looks like this:

Wonderwall strumming Pattern - 81 easy guitar songs

When you think you got that down, you should practice some simple chord changes. I will use the three other chords of the verses in Wonderwall, G, Dsus4 and A7sus4.

Then change chord on every 1 and 3.

The pattern now looks like this:

Wonderwall strumming Pattern - 81 easy guitar songs

Okay, now you have gained the skills to change chord while keeping in rhythm. Let’s spice it up like I talked about.

Add an upstroke on every 16th (Those notes between the ones you down stroked before).

This pattern looks like this with the chord changes:

Wonderwall strumming Pattern - 81 easy guitar songs

Keep in mind, that it should be a bit harder to play now since you’ve added more notes to the beat. If you struggle with it, try lowering down the BPM and give yourself some space.

Finally, let’s mix the things we practiced together to create the Wonderwall pattern.

Here’s what the pattern looks like:

wonderwall strumming pattern - 81 easy guitar songs

It’s pretty straight forward except when you reach the A7sus4 chord. This part is syncopated which means that you hit the 32nds. If it’s to difficult, you can easily copy the first two chords’ pattern and paste it onto the last two.

Your right hand (If you’re right-handed) should be strumming up and down at a steady pace the whole time. The way you shape the pattern is just by deciding which notes you hit. In other words, your right hand should go up, down, up, down, up, down, etc. the whole time.

You should fool around with the different up and down strokes and try to develop your own patterns or copy ones you’ve heard somewhere else.


81 easy guitar songs

Now you know the basics for playing easy guitar songs – and most of you probably just wanted the list anyway, so let’s get to it. By the way, a capo is useful to transpose the song if it’s to high or low for your voice.

Here’s my complete list of 81 easy guitar songs that will make you learn guitar AND make you a living jukebox:

  1. Wonderwall – Oasis
  2. Knockin’ on Heavens Door – Bob Dylan (or Guns’n’Roses)
  3. Love Me Do – The Beatles
  4. Leaving on a Jet Plane – John Denver
  5. Stuck in the middle with you – Steelers Wheel
  6. Wonderful tonight – Eric Clapton
  7. Stay with me – Sam Smith
  8. With or without you – U2
  9. Zombie – The Cranberries
  10. Clocks – Coldplay
  11. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  12. Let Her Go – Passenger
  13. She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
  14. Your Body is a Wonderland – John Mayer
  15. Jingle Bells
  16. Hello – Adele
  17. Sorry – Justin Bieber
  18. What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber
  19. Riptide – Vance Joy
  20. Halo – Beyoncé
  21. Give Me Love – Ed Sheeran
  22. Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis
  23. Valerie – Amy Winehouse
  24. Viva La Vida – Coldplay
  25. Magic – Coldplay
  26. Smoke On the Water – Deep Purple
  27. Hey Soul Sister – Train
  28. Blank Space – Taylor Swift
  29. Bad Blood – Taylor Swift
  30. Let it Be – The Beatles
  31. Imagine – john Lennon
  32. Fix You – Coldplay
  33. All I Want – Kodaline
  34. Lost Stars – Adam Levine
  35. Rolling in the Deep – Adele
  36. The Scientist – Coldplay
  37. Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye
  38. Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People
  39. The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars
  40. Grenade – Bruno Mars
  41. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
  42. Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
  43. A Hard Days Night – The Beatles
  44. All My Loving – The Beatles
  45. All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
  46. Lean On – Major Lazor, MØ
  47. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
  48. All of Me – John Legend
  49. Hotline Bling – Drake
  50. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
  51. Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
  52. Half the World Away – Oasis
  53. Sweet Child O Mine – Guns’n’Roses
  54. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  55. Titanium – David Guetta
  56. All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
  57. House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
  58. Sweater Weather – The Neighborhood
  59. Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
  60. Marvin Gaye – Charlie Puth
  61. Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  62. Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  63. Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  64. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  65. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
  66. Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
  67. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
  68. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
  69. Ho Hey – The Lumineers
  70. Let It Go – Idina Menzel (Frozen song)
  71. Chandelier – Sia
  72. Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons
  73. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
  74. Mad World – Gary Jules
  75. Can’t Help Falling in Love with You – Elvis
  76. Have You Ever Seen the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  77. Breakeven – The Script
  78. Redemption Song – Bob Marley
  79. Rude – Magic
  80. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
  81. Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash

 

Every single song on the list is worth learning for everyone though they’re easy guitar songs. Some are more difficult than others, but hang in there – If you can play some of the songs now you can soon play all 81 songs on the list!

 

Oh, and after I compiled the list I noticed that it includes a lot of tabs alongside the chords – if you don’t know how to read them then you should look at my ultimate beginner’s guide.

 

Have fun!

 

You’re ready to shine with 81 perfect songs for the bonfire with your friends
Let me know in the comments below if I should include other songs!


2 thoughts on “81 easy guitar songs for beginners (HUGE LIST)

  1. First of all I would like to say excellent blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if
    you don’t mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing.
    I’ve had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there.
    I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the
    first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out how
    to begin. Any ideas or tips? Many thanks!

  2. Hey, nice page you set up here.
    I’ve been playing since 1980, and I was just searching for some fresh easy ‘campfire’ songs to learn, that’s how I got here 😉
    I think the first three sections are great for people who really are just starting, nice job.
    HST, some of those songs you listed on the 81 songs list are serious rockers, man… you really think a newbie is gonna pull off ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ or ‘Crazy Train”..? lol.. Are you trying to be cruel?? lolol..
    Anyway, nice job on the beginner pointers. Cheers 🙂

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