As a musician, learning songs for whichever instrument you are playing is one of the best exercises. Not only do you get to practice your chops but you also get to learn exactly how a particular song is played. As a guitar player, learning songs is all about knowing where to put your fingers on the fretboard, listening to the strumming patterns used, and taking note of any special techniques or chord combinations. Being aware of these things as you learn songs will help you become a better guitar player and composer.
However, as a new / intermediate guitar player, you may be looking for a list of easy guitar songs to learn. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the 100+ best easy guitar songs to learn.
As you may have already noticed, I’ve broken up these lists of easy guitar songs into two sections. The first section is comprised of chord songs and the second section is for tab song. For each section, I’ve included within the table the:
- Song title (linked to the song on Youtube)
- Chords / Tabs from Ultimate-Guitar
- Guitar Pro tabs
If you’re wondering what Guitar Pro tabs are, they are essentially “playable” tabs. Instead of just looking at the static tab itself, you can actually hear what each note sounds like. I personally have used these a ton both when I just started playing guitar as well as even now when learning a complex song. I’d highly recommend using a piece of software such as Tux Guitar (free) or Guitar Pro (paid, however much more comprehensive) to open these Guitar Pro tab files. Be aware that some GP tabs are for version 6 of Guitar Pro which won’t open in Tux Guitar.
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There are of course solos in many of these songs, however, if you don’t feel comfortable yet learning the solo that’s no problem. In many of the tabs for the songs below, the chords for which the rhythm guitar plays while the solo is taking place are included.
If you’re a beginner just starting to learn how to play guitar I’d highly recommend checking out these essential guides first. Not only will they help you in being able to play songs with greater ease, they will also contribute to helping you become an overall better guitar player.
- How to Play Guitar (an EASY Beginner’s Guide)
- Everything You Need To Know About Power Chords (Power Chords Chart Included)
- MOST POPULAR Beginner Guitar Chords Chart
Have fun, and happy guitar playing!
Easy Chord Songs
For this first section of easy guitar songs, the primary guitar portion of the tune consists of chords. They usually don’t have too much else in terms of riffs or picking – they are mainly strumming-based songs. Within the table, you can click on the song title to listen to the actual song, click on the Ultimate Guitar chords link for the song’s chords, or the Guitar Pro tabs link for a downloadable GP file.
Easy Tab Songs
In this second section of easy guitar songs, I’ve included a list of tab-based guitar songs. These songs primarily consist of tunes that either have important riffs / licks within them or use power chord / regular chord variations that need to be tabbed out. In this section, I have also included all the same columns as in the first section, however just substituted the song’s chords for the actual Ultimate-Guitar tab.
Easy Guitar Songs – Summary
Hopefully, this list of easy guitar songs has given you some ideas as to where to start in learning some of the best guitar-based songs I know of. Remember to try giving the Guitar Pro tab a shot if you need to get a better idea of how the actual tab should be played. Both Guitar Pro and Tux Guitar also have other important capabilities such as slowing down the tempo of the song, soloing / muting certain tracks, a ready to use chord chart available, etc.
If you have any questions or comments about any of the songs listed above or have any songs you think would fit in well, don’t forget to leave a comment below. Also, if you know of a guitar player who’s looking to learn some new songs don’t forget to share this list of easy guitar songs with them.