50+ Easy Rock Guitar Songs (MUST Learn)

Whether you’re just starting to learn how to play the guitar or have a few years under your belt, learning a new rock song is always fun. What’s great about rock music is that a lot of the times, the guitar riffs aren’t all that hard to play however they sound great and are perfect for impressing your friends.

There are literally hundreds of easy rock songs to chose from however I wanted to narrow this list down to what I personally believe are some of the best and easiest rock songs to learn and play. A lot of these songs use power chords. If you aren’t yet familiar with these types of chord shapes, I would recommend checking out our power chords article to learn more before you dive into the song list.

As you may have already noticed, the list of songs below contain links to the following:

  • The song title (linked to the song on Spotify) and artist
  • Tabs from Ultimate-Guitar
  • A link to a video lesson of how to play each song
  • Official guitar tabs

If you prefer to learn a new song by tab, I’d highly recommend using the Guitar Pro tabs whenever available as it can definitely help you get a better feel for the timing of each tab and provide you with more tools to learn songs much faster.

I tried to accommodate various learning styles in this post so whether you prefer to learn from a video lesson, Ultimate-Guitar/Guitar-Pro tabs, or a paperback tab book, the list below has got you covered.

This list is in no particular order so feel free to jump in wherever. Pick a song you like, and start learning how to play it with one of the options provided.

Rock on!

1. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


2. Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


3. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


4. TNT – AC/DC

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5. Iron Man – Black Sabbath

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


6. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


7. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


8. Sunshine of Your Love – Cream

Tabs // Video Lesson


9. I Love Rock and Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


10. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


11. Cocaine – Eric Clapton

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12. Beverly Hills – Weezer

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


13. Wild Thing – The Troggs

Tabs // Video Lesson


14. Blitzkrieg Bop – Ramones

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


15. Born In The U.S.A – Bruce Springsteen

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


16. Cherry Bomb – John Mellencamp

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17. You Really Got Me – The Kinks

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18. Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty

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19. All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

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20. Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd

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21. Should I Stay Or Should I Go – The Clash

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22. American Idiot – Green Day

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23. Steady As She Goes – The Raconteurs

Tabs // Video Lesson


24. 20th Century Boy – T. Rex

Tabs // Video Lesson


25. Hair Of The Dog – Nazareth

Tabs // Video Lesson


26. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ – Judas Priest

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


27. Lick It Up – Kiss

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28. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

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29. Have You Ever Seen The Rain – CCR

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30. Take it Easy – The Eagles

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31. Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers

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32. Creep – Radiohead

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33. Knockin’ on Heavens Door – Bob Dylan

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34. Harder to Breathe – Maroon 5

Tabs // Video Lesson


35. All Right Now – Free

Tabs // Video Lesson


36. Slow Ride – Foghat

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37. Song 2 – Blur

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38. Don’t Let Me Down – The Beatles

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


39. Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon

Tabs // Video Lesson


40. Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Segar

Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


41. Island In The Sun – Weezer

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


42. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

Tabs // Video Lesson


43. Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty

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44. Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


45. Highway to Hell – AC/DC

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


46. Come As You Are – Nirvana

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


47. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


48. I Wanna Rock – Twisted Sister

Tabs // Video Lesson


49. Rockin’ In The Free World – Neil Young

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50. Tush – ZZ Top

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51. Takin’ Care Of Business – BTO

Tabs // Video Lesson


52. American Woman – The Guess Who

Tabs // Video Lesson // Official Chords & Tabs


53. Paranoid – Black Sabbath

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Summary

Hopefully, you enjoyed this list of easy rock songs and it has inspired you to learn a few of them. If you’ve felt that these songs are just a bit too easy for you, you might need to take it up a notch and learn some more challenging songs. In that case, I’d recommend checking out our list of Top 25 Hard Guitar Songs – A List for Aspiring Virtuosos or 10 Extremely Challenging Guitar Solos to Learn. Finding new songs to play can sometimes be challenging so whether you’re just practicing or looking for a few songs to play at your next open mic, this list should have you covered.

If you think I may have missed any great easy rock songs in the list above, don’t forget to leave a comment below. Let us know what your favorite easy rock song is!

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