Top 100+ Easy Guitar Songs (BEST LIST For Beginner and Intermediate Players)

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 beginner/intermediate 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 songs to learn. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the 100+ best easy guitar songs to learn.

As you’ll notice below, I’ve broken up these lists of 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 the:

  • Song title (linked to the song on Youtube)
  • Artist
  • 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) orGuitar 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.

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.

Song Artist Ultimate Guitar Chords Guitar Pro Tabs
1. T.N.T AC/DC Chords GP Tabs
2. Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival Chords GP Tabs
3. Free Fallin Tom Petty Chords GP Tabs
4. Stuck In The Middle With You Stealers Wheel Chords GP Tabs
5. Have You Ever Seen The Rain? Creedence Clearwater Revival Chords GP Tabs
6. Love Me Do The Beatles Chords GP Tabs
7. Time Of Your Life Green Day Chords GP Tabs
8. Ring Of Fire  Johnny Cash Chords GP Tabs
9. Ho Hey The Lumineers Chords N/A
10. Summer of 69 Bryan Adams Chords GP Tabs
11. Hey, Soul Sister Train Chords N/A
12. Let it be  The Beatles Chords GP Tabs
13. Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen Chords GP Tabs
14. I’m Yours Jason Mraz Chords GP Tabs
15. Little Talks  Of Monsters And Men Chords N/A
16. Born In The U.S.A.  Bruce Springsteen Chords GP Tabs
17. Walk Of Life Dire Straits Chords GP Tabs
18. Cecilia Simon & Garfunkel Chords N/A
19. Yellow Coldplay Chords GP Tabs
20. No Rain Blind Melon Chords GP Tabs
21. Closing Time Semisonic Chords GP Tabs
22. All Right Now Free Chords GP Tabs
23. Times Like These Foo Fighters Chords GP Tabs
24. 3AM Matchbox Twenty Chords GP Tabs
25. Run-Around Blues Traveler Chords N/A
26. Mr. Jones Counting Crows Chords GP Tabs
27. She Moves In Her Own Way The Kooks Chords GP Tabs
28. Rolling in the Deep Adele Chords GP Tabs
29. Sitting, Waiting, Wishing Jack Johnson Chords GP Tabs
30. Three Little Birds Bob Marley Chords N/A
31. 500 miles The Proclaimers Chords N/A
32. Walking On Sunshine Katrina & The Waves Chords N/A
33. Should I Stay or Should I Go The Clash Chords GP Tabs
34. Pumped up Kicks Foster The People Chords GP Tabs
35. Otherside Red Hot Chili Peppers Chords GP Tabs
36. Creep Radiohead Chords GP Tabs
37. A Horse with No Name America Chords GP Tabs
38. Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond Chords GP Tabs
39. Band On The Run Wings Chords GP Tabs
40. Simple Song The Shins Chords N/A
41. Take It Easy Eagles Chords GP Tabs
42. Let It Go James Bay Chords N/A
43. Hey Ya! OutKast Chords GP Tabs
44. Jumper Third Eye Blind Chords GP Tabs
45. Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil Chords GP Tabs
46. Wagon Wheel Old Crow Medicine Show Chords N/A
47. Stay With Me Sam Smith Chords N/A
48. The Lazy Song Bruno Mars Chords N/A
49. Rockin’ In The Free World Neil Young Chords GP Tabs
50. Wonderwall Oasis Chords GP Tabs
51. Lick It Up Kiss Chords GP Tabs
52. I’m a Believer  The Monkees Chords GP Tabs
53. Comfortably Numb Pink Floyd Chords GP Tabs
54. Drive Incubus Chords GP Tabs
55. Mother Pink Floyd Chords GP Tabs

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.

Song Artist Ultimate Guitar Tabs Guitar Pro Tabs
1. Are You Gonna Be My Girl Jet Tabs GP Tabs
2. Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd Tabs GP Tabs
3. Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison Tabs GP Tabs
4. Cocaine Eric Clapton Tabs GP Tabs
5. Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash Tabs GP Tabs
6. Waiting On the World to Change John Mayer Tabs GP Tabs
7. Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana Tabs GP Tabs
8. Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd Tabs GP Tabs
9. Start Me Up The Rolling Stones Tabs GP Tabs
10. Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran Tabs GP Tabs
11. Smoke on the Water Deep Purple Tabs GP Tabs
12. Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin Tabs GP Tabs
13.  House of the Rising Sun Animals Tabs GP Tabs
14. Walk This Way Aerosmith Tabs GP Tabs
15. You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC Tabs GP Tabs
16. Seven Nation Army The White Stripes Tabs GP Tabs
17. Do I Wanna Know? Arctic Monkeys Tabs GP Tabs
18. Taking care of business  Bachman Turner Overdrive Tabs GP Tabs
19. Sunshine Of Your Love Cream Tabs GP Tabs
20. Where Are You Going Dave Matthews Band Tabs GP Tabs
21. Hair of the Dog Nazareth Tabs GP Tabs
22. Sharp Dressed Man ZZ Top Tabs GP Tabs
23. Slow Ride Foghat Tabs N/A
24. You Could Have Been A Lady April Wine Tabs N/A
25. Here It Goes Again OK Go Tabs GP Tabs
26. Island In The Sun Weezer Tabs GP Tabs
27. Harder To Breathe Maroon 5 Tabs GP Tabs
28. Heartbreaker Led Zeppelin Tabs GP Tabs
29. You Really Got Me The Kinks Tabs GP Tabs
30. My Sharona The Knack Tabs GP Tabs
31. Runnin’ Down A Dream Tom Petty Tabs GP Tabs
32. Day Tripper The Beatles Tabs GP Tabs
33. Just What I Needed  The Cars Tabs GP Tabs
34. The Joker Steve Miller Band Tabs GP Tabs
35. Sixteen Saltines Jack White Tabs GP Tabs
36. Mama, I’m Coming Home Ozzy Osbourne Tabs GP Tabs
37. My Generation The Who Tabs GP Tabs
38. Sweet Child O’ Mine Guns N’ Roses Tabs GP Tabs
39. We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister Tabs GP Tabs
40. Rock You Like A Hurricane Scorpions Tabs GP Tabs
41. Beat It Michael Jackson Tabs GP Tabs
42. Iron Man Black Sabbath Tabs GP Tabs
43. Wild Thing The Troggs Tabs N/A
44. 20th Century Boy T.Rex Tabs GP Tabs
45. Communication Breakdown Led Zeppelin Tabs GP Tabs
46. Back In Black AC/DC Tabs GP Tabs
47. Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne Tabs GP Tabs
48. Pretty Woman Roy Orbison Tabs GP Tabs
49. Paranoid Black Sabbath Tabs GP Tabs
50. Joker and the Thief Wolfmother Tabs GP Tabs
51. Enter Sandman Metallica Tabs GP Tabs

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.

Additionally, if you’re a beginner just starting to learn how to play guitar I’d highly recommend checking out the essential guides in the “Additional Resources” section as you learn through your first couple of songs. 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.

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.

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