Easy songs to play on guitar (11 SONGS)

About my list of easy songs to play on guitar

With these easy songs to play on guitar all you need is a few basic chords and some simple strumming techniques and you are able to play great songs by huge artists and if you know a bit about finger picking you’ll have A LOT of opportunities when it comes to learning songs.


Even songs that might seem quite hard to learn can be easy songs to play on guitar if you’re okay with letting them sound a bit different from the original.


There are different times for different versions of a song – If you’re situated around a bonfire with an acoustic guitar it might not be the right time to play Van Halen’s solos and riffs but you can without a doubt pull of a Van Halen song like Jump in an acoustic version!


That’s why a lot of those difficult songs can be easy to play. You just play them in a slightly alternative version.


I’ve decided to create a list with easy songs to play on guitar for you. It will contain songs that are meant to be played like the chords says, but it will also contain alternative versions primarily useful for acoustic guitarists.


Some of them might contain tabs – if you’re brand new in the guitar game you can visit my guide for beginners. It covers all the basics you need to know in order to play these songs.


Oh, and actually I’ve already covered some easy guitar songs in another post, but this time I will go a bit more in-depth with every single song (Which means I will make introductions to the songs a notes about what you should know when learning these) – just to show you an idea of what kind of song we’re working with.


Okay, let’s get started!


1) All I Want – Kodaline

All I want is a beautiful song by the British band Kodaline. It consists of all acoustic sounding instruments: Acoustic guitar, piano, some very subtle synthpads, a few electric guitar sounds here and there and the drums just blend really nicely together with the lead singer’s emotional vocal.


This is a song that’s almost played exactly like the chords I link to – It’s one of my favourite easy songs to play on guitar because it sounds good whether you’re playing along with a band or just all by yourself.


2) Somebody that I Used to Know – Gotye

This song was a MASSIVE hit a couple of years ago and I think people eventually got used to the sound and forgot about the song after a while. However, some years have passed and I think we’re ready to embrace this under-compressed natural sound again.

By the way, the vocals on this track is amazing. Really amazing.

(You may want to transpose the chords from Am to Dm)


3) Love Yourself – Justin Bieber

With all the hype surrounding Justin Bieber right now I feel like it’s appropriate to dedicate a song on this list to him – also because I feel he has grown up and started making more mature music. I actually dig his new album with “I’ll show you” and “love yourself” as my favorites!


Here’s an acoustic version for you:


4) Wonderwall – Oasis

This is a classic song and one of the most famous easy songs to play on guitar. It doesn’t require years of practice to master this song – however, most people know it. Some love it, some hate it – but one thing’s sure: Most people can’t stop sing along!


5) House of the Rising Sun

This song has been played by a lot of acts – one of the most famous versions apart from Bob Dylan’s is The Animal’s from 1964. This is the perfect song for learning finger picking patterns. It’s a classic song that every guitarist should know! I’ve included a link with both tabs and chords because the finger picking in this song is so vital.


6) Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton

 This one’s is a bit more difficult if you want to play the original patterns, but you can choose to play the chords provided to make it easier. However, if you’re a beginner and in for a challenge you should learn yourself the original pattern. It is really beautiful. Clapton wrote this heartbreaking song to his son who died.


7) Here Comes the Sun – George Harrison

One of The Fab Four’s greatest creations is “Here Come the Sun”. Just like “Tears in Heaven” this song can be played with a finger picking pattern or you could just go for the chords. Even though The Beatles had their breakthrough in the early 60’s they’re still amazing today!


8) The A Team – Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran has become a huge start over the past few years – and it’s well deserved! He writes very strong pop songs. He actually wrote this list’s number 1: Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself”. His own songs are very characteristic and are great fun to play on an acoustic guitar.


9) Take Me to Church – Hozier

 This song became a massive hit in 2014-15 and Hozier is a new talented songwriter we all should keep an eye out for! The refrain in “Take Me to Church” is so strong and the fact that it’s easy to play guaranteed it a place on this list!


10) Riptide – Vance Joy 

This is a pretty new song but I could see it become a classic. Vance Joy is a singer songwriter that is very talented! I also love his song “Georgia”, which is very emotional.


11) 7 Years – Lukas Graham

 The final song is written by the Danish Lukas Graham. I recently discovered them by accident and I love this song! It’s well written and tells a good story. Lukas Graham is currently taking the world by storm – quite unique for a Danish act (Besides MØ with her Major Lazor hit “Lean On”).


That’s it! These are my suggestions for 11 easy songs to play on guitar.


Do you think I need to add more? Leave a comment and let me know.




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