Top 100+ Easy Guitar Songs – BEST List For Beginners 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 chord and tab songs. 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/Artist
  • Ultimate Guitar (UG) Chords/Tabs
  • Guitar Pro Tabs
  • Official Chords/Tabs from the artists themselves

I’d highly recommend using a piece of software such as Tux Guitar (free) or Guitar Pro (paid, however much more comprehensive) to open the Guitar Pro tab files below. 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.

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

Easy Tab Songs

In this second section, 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.

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

Which Songs to Start With

As a complete beginner you might find it overwhelming that there are over 100+ easy guitar songs on this page. You might be asking yourself where you should start and whether you should try learning a chord song or a tab song first. Well, typically it’s recommended to learn a few chord songs before moving to tabs. Therefore, you’ll find below that I’ve listed 5 easy chords songs that I recommend learning first if you’re a complete beginner (of course, this may vary depending on your musical taste):

  1. Free Fallin
  2. Wagon Wheel
  3. Wonderwall
  4. Bad Moon Rising
  5. Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Additionally, if you feel that you’re ready to take on something slightly more challenging and want to move into the world of tabs, I’ve also listed 5 easy guitar tab songs that beginners can start with to work their chops. These include:

  1. Smoke on the Water
  2. Start Me Up
  3. Takin Care of Business
  4. Seven Nation Army
  5. Enter Sandman

Once you’re done learning these songs try moving on to some of the others in the list. Note that the songs above are in no particular order in terms of difficulty so have a listen to them first if you don’t already know them and decide whether you like the song and or feel that you would be comfortable playing it.

Using Tabs vs Guitar Pro Tabs vs Official Tabs

There’s no right or wrong answer here as to which version of the song’s tabs you should be using. They all come with their advantages and disadvantages for instance:

  • Ultimate Guitar Tabs
    • Pros: Easily accessible, free, community-driven so there are many different versions/comments of most tab submissions.
    • Cons: Tabs can be incorrect, Ultimate-Guitar is very persistent on showing ads which can be very annoying.Guitar Pro Tabs
  • Guitar Pro Tabs
    • Pros: You can hear how the tab should sound which is very useful, provides a complete depiction of the song, Guitar Pro software comes with many additional features and tools to help you learn songs/guitar in general.
    • Cons: Although all Guitar Pro tabs linked in the post are free, official Guitar Pro tabs are not, you either need to purchase Guitar Pro or use an inferior software: Tux Guitar.
  • Official Tabs
    • Pros: Typically very accurate, usually comes with more than just one tab from a given artist.
    • Cons: You must purchase the official tablature book from a music store or an online shop such as Amazon.

Regardless of which method you choose, they’re all great for learning new songs. I personally prefer using Guitar Pro for learning complicated songs while I usually stick to Ultimate Guitar tabs if I’m learning a simple song. Furthermore, if I’m teaching a student, I find it more convenient to simply purchase an official tab book and give it to them to study instead of having them search for tabs online.

Easy Guitar Songs – In 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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