104 Good But Easiest Songs For Beginner Guitarists To Play on Guitar

104 Good But Easiest Songs For Beginner Guitarists To Play on Guitar

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When you are a beginner, it is important to start with something that’s not so complicated. Just a couple of chords and a simple melody line is more than enough for someone who picked guitar for the first time a couple of weeks ago.

This may be a necessary condition but definitely isn’t enough if you don’t want to become bored quickly. Therefore, I would recommend sticking to famous pop and rock songs, as they are great to listen and play over and over.

Here is a list of some good and easiest songs for beginner guitarist:

1. Wonderwall – Oasis

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/oasis/wonderwall–2

For many guitar players, this was the first song they’ve ever learned on guitar and there are several great reasons for that. This Britpop/Rock song is very easy to play, as you need to learn just a couple of simple chord shapes. Despite the simplicity, the melody line is great, so you will definitely like to sing along, especially if we consider pretty nice lyrics.

2. Knocking On Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/bob-dylan/knockin-on-heaven-s-door–2

Bob Dylan is definitely one of the greatest songwriters of all time. He is also one of those musicians who rather rely on strong lyrics than complicated harmonies. Therefore, his songs are usually very simple, with three or four chords. Knocking on the heaven’s door is a perfect example, as it has only four chords – G, D, Am and C.

3. Let It Be – The Beatles

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/the-beatles/let-it-be

The greatest band of all time has so many spectacular songs, but this is definitely one of their trademarks. It sounds amazing, while the progression is rather simple and includes a few pretty common chord shapes.

4. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/guns-n-roses/sweet-child-o-mine

The most amazing thing about this song is that sounds amazing in both acoustic and electric versions. While the original song includes a lot of amazing guitar work, including catchy intro melody, it has practically the same effect even if you play just chords. In this case, things are super-simple, as there is just a bunch of major and minor chords.

5. Stand By Me – Ben E. King

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/ben-e-king/stand-by-me–2

This beautiful tune is probably one of the best guitar beginner songs around. Same four chords through the whole song – it can’t go any simpler than that.

6. Everybody Hurts – REM

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/r-e-m/everybody-hurts

One of the greatest songs of one of the greatest alternative rock bands of all time. Sounds great for a song that has just a couple of simple chords. One of the most popular songs among beginners and definitely for a good reason.

7. Have you ever seen the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/creedence-clearwater-revival/have-you-ever-seen-the-rain–2

Although this American rock band left several amazing songs, this one is definitely the most popular today. This band has some quite complex songs in its opus, but this one is very simple. There are just two chords in the verse and a couple more in the chorus.

8. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/eric-clapton/wonderful-tonight–2

One of the greatest guitarists of all time has so many hits in his portfolio and this one is ranked pretty high. It is a beautiful love song, which is also very easy to learn. The whole song consists of just four chords. One of then, the D/F# may look unfamiliar to beginners, but the shape is actually very easy.

9. Layla – Eric Clapton

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/eric-clapton/layla–3

Another huge song by Clapton. Although the original includes electric guitars and many other instruments, there is also a great unplugged version, which is simple and easy to play. Also, this version goes in a much slower tempo, so it is perfectly suitable for beginners.

10. Redemption song – Bob Marley

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/bob-marley/redemption-song–3

With such a powerful message, there is no doubt that the “Redemption Song” is one of the greatest songs not just of Reggae music genre, but the whole Rock culture. The beauty of the song lays in its simplicity. Amazing lines are followed by a couple of simple chords, so everyone can play it.

11. Zombie – The Cranberries

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/the-cranberries/zombie

The powerful song that talks about all the terror of war is the most famous tune of this Irish alternative rock band. It shows perfectly that you don’t need more than four chords to make a huge song. Despite the original version has tons of distortion, it sounds amazing on acoustic guitar as well.

12. Since You’ve Been Gone – Rainbow

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/rainbow/since-you-been-gone

The famous hard-rock bank is mainly known for spectacular riffs and powerful lyrics, but this cover of Russ Ballard’s original songs also sounds pretty amazing. Although some nice Blackmore’s guitar work can be heard, the song is generally simple and has a pretty catchy chorus.

13. All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/jimi-hendrix/all-along-the-watchtower

Although this is actually Bob Dylan’s song, Jimi was the one who popularized it. With blistering solo lines and fast tempo, this songs creates a lot of tension, thanks to a great combination of music and lyrics. Still, the best thing about it is that everyone can play it. There are just three chords that are repeating over and over.

14. Rockin’ in the free world – Neil Young

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/neil-young/rockin-in-the-free-world

With a super-strong political message, originally aimed to George Bush administration, this song takes a special place in the history of rock music. During the whole career, Neil Young’s work was mostly about amazing lyrics, while the music has always been rather simple. This one is no exception, as you need to know just a couple of common chord shapes to play it.

15. Snow – Red Hot Chili Peppers

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/red-hot-chili-peppers/snow-hey-oh

The intro section can be tricky even for intermediate players, but you can skip it and play the same four chords over and over. Things are that simple.

16. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/metallica/nothing-else-matters

This one also has a nice but tricky intro. However, the rest of the song is rather simple, with nothing else than basic chords and shapes.

17. Behind Blue Eyes – The Who

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/the-who/behind-blue-eyes–3

One of the band’s most famous songs. Goes in the key of E and all the chords are quite simple, despite you might be uncommon with some of them.

18. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – The Animals

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/the-animals/don-t-let-me-be-misunderstood

Although “House of the Rising Sun” is the first thing that comes to mind, this is also a huge hit from the legendary band. Things are pretty straightforward here, as there are only major and minor chords in the progression.

19. Dream On – Aerosmith

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/aerosmith/dream-on

One of the oldest, but also the most successful songs of North American hard rock icons. Chords are simple, while the lyrics are pretty amazing, so you will probably enjoy playing this tune.

20. Imagine – John Lennon

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/john-lennon/imagine–3

John Lennon’s best piece and one of the greatest songs in the history of popular music. If you’ve never seen Cmaj7 and Cadd9 chords before, don’t be afraid, these are pretty simple shapes.

21. The Passenger – Iggy Pop

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/iggy-pop/the-passenger

Am, F, C, G and E are some of the most common guitar chords and also everything you need to know if you want to play this song.

Best and Easiest Electric Guitar Songs For Beginners

Things are a little bit different with electric guitar beginner songs. It is mostly about catchy riffs and once again, it is better to stick to classics. Besides great riffs and simple progressions, it would be great if you choose a song that also has a nice but simple solo guitar part.

1. Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/deep-purple/smoke-on-the-water–2

The most important part of this song is its amazing riff, which is arguably the most famous in rock history. This riff by itself is very simple and easy to play but still sounds so powerful. The rest of the song is also easy to play, as the chord progression is simple.

2. T.N.T. – AC/DC

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/ac-dc/t-n-t

Just like “Smoke on the Water”, TNT is also pretty much all about the riff. It is even simpler and easier the play. This is arguably one of the easiest songs to play on electric guitar, so there no reason why you shouldn’t learn it.

3. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/led-zeppelin/whole-lotta-love–2

Stairway to Heaven may be the band’s most famous song, but Whole Lotta Love doesn’t lag behind at all. The core of the song lays in the catchy riff, which is also super easy to play. Definitely one of those must-know songs.

4. Iron Man – Black Sabbath

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/black-sabbath/iron-man

Classic hard rock songs are mostly about great riffs and here is another perfect example. Many consider “Iron Man” one of the first metal songs ever. Its dark riff works perfectly with lyrics but the best thing about it is that it doesn’t require much effort to play, even if you’re an absolute beginner.

5. Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/lynyrd-skynyrd/simple-man

Simple Man is a very simple song. Three chords are everything you need to know, and the same progression is repeating over and over. Verses and chorus are practically the same, so I doubt you will find many songs that are more convenient to play.

6. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/the-white-stripes/seven-nation-army

Once again, it is all about the riff, despite the fact that this is actually an alternative rock song. This is probably the most famous underlying riff, which is played throughout the whole song. The best thing is that you probably won’t get bored of playing it for a very, very long time.

7. Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/jimi-hendrix/hey-joe–3

For most guitarists “Hey Joe” is the first Hendrix’s song they ever learned. Compared to the rest of Jimi’s songs, which are full of spectacular guitar riffs, this one is all about four chords. The same progression is repeating throughout the whole song, while the guitar solo isn’t much complicated either.

8. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/nirvana/smells-like-teen-spirit

Four power chords are every you need to know if you want to play the most famous alternative rock song of all time, which practically defined the whole new genre and it is considered as the moment when alt-rock took over the scene.

9. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/lynyrd-skynyrd/sweet-home-alabama

The legendary riff is the main reason while bands from all over the world love to sing about Alabama. It could take some time to learn the riff but once you master it, you can play the whole song with ease, as there are just three chords in the song.

10. Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/blue-oyster-cult/don-t-fear-the-reaper

Like “Sweet Home Alabama”, the main riff also includes a lot of chord picking. It sounds very powerful and shouldn’t take too much time to get comfortable with playing it. The song by itself is quite simple, as there is just a couple of basic chords.

11. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/ozzy-osbourne/crazy-train

“Crazy Train” is one of the songs that established metal sound. It’s not just about the genre, but also about the guitar tone, which instantly became a reference among many hi-gain guitarists. The riff by itself is pretty catchy and definitely a must-know for every metalhead, while the whole progression of the song is quite simple.

12. Ace of Spades – Motorhead

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/motorhead/ace-of-spades

For a long time, Motorhead was the only major band that was able to gather together hard-core metalheads and punkers, due to a super-distinctive sound, which takes the best from both worlds. This song is a perfect example. It delivers an impressive amount of energy but it is very easy to play at the same time.

13. Should I stay, or should I go – The Clash

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/the-clash/should-i-stay-or-should-i-go

A quintessential punk song, with a simple and catchy riff that is actually nothing more than a couple of chords.

14. Fear of the Dark – Iron Maiden

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/iron-maiden/fear-of-the-dark

The legendary metal band has so many great songs in the opus, and this is one of those that are both popular and easy to play. Great lyrics work well in a combination with the most basic chord progression, you won’t have any trouble to play this song.

15. Back In Black – AC/DC

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/ac-dc/back-in-black

One of the greatest songs in the history of rock music. Still, it is also quite easy to play, as the main riff shapes pretty much the whole song, with some minimal exceptions. The riff by itself is nothing more than three chords combined with a couple of more notes.

16. The Trooper – Iron Maiden

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/iron-maiden/the-trooper

Another song by heavy metal gods. It seems legal to say that this is one of the quintessential songs of the genre. The fast and catchy riff is combined with some nice guitar harmonies and the best thing is that everything is easy to play.

17. Sunshine of Your Love – Cream

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/cream/sunshine-of-your-love

The legendary band left a big mark in the rock history and this is one of its most recognizable songs. A bluesy riff can be played with single notes, power chords or in any other way, but things will always remain simple. The chord progression is very simple too.

18. Tush – ZZ Top

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/zz-top/tush

Recorded more than five decades ago, this is one of ZZ Top’s most famous songs. It sounds amazing, but things are pretty simple here. Practically, things in nothing more than a typical 12-bar blues boosted with a little bit heavier, rock picking.

19. Bad Penny – Rory Gallagher

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/rory-gallagher/bad-penny

One of the most prominent blues/rock guitar players of all time left so many amazing songs to us. “Bad Penny” is one of them and the thing we like about it is that it requires just a couple of simple chords. The original song goes in the key of Dm.

20. Breaking the Law – Judas Priest

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/judas-priest/breaking-the-law

Great rock songs are usually very simple and this is a perfect example. There is a catchy but very simple riff, while a couple of power chords is all you need to play verses and chorus.

21. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/pink-floyd/comfortably-numb

The psychedelic atmosphere, amazing lyrics and Gilmours spectacular solo are things that made “Comfortably Numb” one of the greatest songs of all time. Fortunately, things are pretty simple. The tune is in the key of Hm, while the solo by itself is also quite simple and easy to play.

22. Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/lenny-kravitz/fly-away

Same chords over and over make this song very easy to play. It sounds amazing whether you play it on acoustic or electric guitar.

23. Rock You Like A Hurricane – Scorpions

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/scorpions/rock-you-like-a-hurricane

Don’t be confused by tons of guitar harmonics, things are quite simple. The riff sounds great and it is easy to play, while the chord progression is pretty common.

Best and Easy Instrumental Songs For Beginner Guitarists

Guitar instrumentals are usually very hard to play, as they are composed by virtuosos. Still, there are some amazing tunes that are also great guitar beginner songs.

1. Europa – Santana

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/santana/europa

Guitar legend has so many amazing tunes in his opus, but this is definitely the most famous. Jazzy chords in a combination with simple melody line make this song sound great. Slow tempo makes it perfect for beginners.

2. Always With Me, Always With You – Joe Satriani

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/joe-satriani/always-with-me-always-with-you

Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani is famous for his playing style that combines fast shredding and steady melodic lines. Fortunately for beginners, this tune is all about the latter one. It is rather simple and features a pretty nice melody.

3. Apache – The Shadows

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/the-shadows/apache

In many cases, less is more. This tune is a perfect example, as we are talking about one of the most famous instrumental songs of its era, which can be played by anyone who has the most basic skills. Typically for this music era, it’s all about super clean tone with tons of reverb.

4. Samba Pa Ti – Santana

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/santana/samba-pa-ti–2

Another quintessential Santana tune. It sounds quite similar to “Europa”, so won’t be hard to learn either.

5. Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/the-brian-setzer-orchestra/sleepwalk

Brian Setzer, Jeff Beck and Joe Satriani are some of many major guitar names that have their own version of the beautiful instrumental that was composed by Santo & Johnny. The tune by itself is easy. There is a typical rockabilly chord progression, while the melody is steady and has no more than a couple of notes.

6. F.B.I. – The Shadows

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/the-shadows/f-b-i–2

Like the “Apache”, F.B.I. is also simple and easy to play. The tune is in the key of A and doesn’t require any spectacular playing skills.

7. Nuages – Django Reinhardt

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/django-reinhardt/nuages

“Nuages” is one of many trademarks of Gypsy Jazz god Django Reinhardt. Do not be confused by a couple of 6th chords in the progression, things are actually pretty simple. The melody is steady and includes a little bit of chromatism. Still, there is nothing to worry about.

8. Once Upon a Time in the West – Ennio Morricone

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/ennio-morricone/once-upon-a-time-in-the-west–3

One of the main themes in the iconic movie. You may feel it doesn’t have some strong melody, compared to what we used from Ennio Morricone, but it is a great tune if you want to work on your fingerpicking technique. Several nice arrangements for guitar can be found on the network.

9. Beck’s Bolero – Jeff Beck

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/jeff-beck/beck-s-bolero

This is the first instrumental song that Beck has ever recorded. There are several nice solo sections in the song and all of them are quite simple. The rhythm is heavily inspired by the original Ravel’s Bolero, which creates such an amazing atmosphere in the song.

10. Jessica – Allman Brothers

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/the-allman-brothers-band/jessica–2

One of the best-known songs of southern rock legends is actually quite easy to play. After all, the original intention was to make a song that can be played with only two fingers, to be a tribute to Gipsy Jazz legend Django Reinhardt.

Easy Jazz Songs To Play on Guitar

Jazz is usually very complicated. This genre is pretty much all about improvisation, so you won’t find too many simple and straightforward songs, especially not for guitars. Still, some easier tunes can be found, with not so complicated chords and melodies. Some of them are instrumentals, while others are famous jazz standards. Take a look at these jazz guitar beginner songs:

1. My Way – Frank Sinatra

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/frank-sinatra/my-way

The most famous song of the legendary singer. Despite it has a lot of jazzy flavors, it is practically a pop song. In practice, this means it is great in one thing – it is simple. You won’t go too deep into jazz chords with this one. Just a couple of 7th chords is all you need to know.

2. Summertime – George Gershwin

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/george-gershwin/summertime–2

Summertime is definitely one of the greatest songs in jazz history. It has an instantly-recognizable melody line, and the great thing is that the chord progression is super simple. Seems like a perfect tune for jazz beginners.

3. Autumn Leaves – Joseph Kosma

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/joseph-kosma/autumn-leaves–2

Like “Summertime”, this song is also one of the most famous jazz standards. Compared to the previous jazz songs that feature chord progressions that are common in many music genres, this one comes in a genuine ii-V-I jazz form. The tricky part of the song are changes of major and minor keys, but shouldn’t be complicated that much.

4. Minor Swing – Django Reinhardt

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/django-reinhardt/minor-swing

Django is one of the most important musicians for the history of the guitar. Practically, he is the man who established guitar as a solo instrument. Moreover, he is one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. Still, this song is rather simple and features a super-catchy melody line.

5. Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/ray-charles/hit-the-road-jack

This is actually R&B song, but considering that there are so many jazz players who have this song in their repertoire, it definitely belongs here. The progression is super-simple and consists of four chords that are descending over and over.

6. Caravan – Duke Ellington

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/duke-ellington/caravan

Believe it or not, there are some amazing jazz songs that are actually very simple. This one has pretty simple progression, while the melody seems like a perfect reason to start learning harmonic minor scale.

7. Take Five – Dave Brubeck

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/paul-desmond/take-5

It may take some time to get used to a 5/4 time but other than that, there is nothing to worry about. Two simple sections and catchy bluesy melody definitely don’t require to much practice.

8. Room 335 – Larry Carlton

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/larry-carlton/room-335

This jazzy tune is perfect to get a little deeper into jazz progressions. If your only concern is the solo part, don’t worry. It isn’t complicated as it may sound on the first listening.

9. The Girl From Ipanema – Antonio Carlos Jobim

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/antonio-carlos-jobim/the-girl-from-ipanema–2

This may look as too many chords for a beginner, but once you memorize all of them, things will go pretty smooth.

10. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/louis-armstrong/what-a-wonderful-world

One of the greatest songs of all time. A great tune to get familiar with the most basic jazzy chords and common progression.

Good and Easy Traditional Songs For Beginner Guitarists

Traditional songs usually feature pretty basic chord progressions, which seems perfect for beginners. Also, keep in mind that you probably know most of these songs, so the learning process should be even faster.

Some of the best guitar beginner songs are well-known traditionals like:

1. Greensleeves

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/traditional/greensleeves

One of the oldest songs we know, which probably dates from the 16th century. Typically for the era, you can count on distinctive major 3rd flavor, while the rest of the song is super-easy to figure out.

2. Amazing Grace

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/traditional/amazing-grace–2

The famous Christian song has been around for centuries and it is widely popular among musicians of various genres. Three chords are everything it requires.

3. Joseph, Joseph

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/traditional/joseph-joseph

Another traditional song that has a simple three-chord progression but still sounds amazing.

4. La Cucaracha

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/traditional/la-cucaracha

This great song is also one of the easiest tunes to learn to play, as it has just two major chords that are going throughout the whole song.

5. The Star Spangled Banner

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/traditional/the-star-spangled-banner

Starting from Hendrix, many legendary guitarists played the U.S. national anthem. The melody is rather simple, so you could play it with ease.

6. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/traditional/we-wish-you-a-merry-christmas

You don’t have to play this tune only for Christmas, it can be very useful for if you want to practice chord changes. There are also numerous fingerpicking arrangements that sound very nice.

7. Oh! Susanna

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/traditional/oh-susanna

The famous American song is extremely easy to play, as it has just two chords in verses and one more in the chorus.

8. Silent Night

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/traditional/silent-night

Another famous Christmas song performed by many artists from all around the world. It has four chords only and usually goes in the key of G.

9. El Condor Pasa

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/traditional/el-condor-pasa

Allegedly, this Peruvian song has been covered by more than 4.000 artists. So, there is no reason why you shouldn’t make your own versions, especially if we consider that you need to know just three basic chord shapes.

10. Bella Ciao

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/traditional/bella-ciao

When you hear this song, the first that comes to mind is anti-fascist movement, but this song is actually much older. It has pretty simple progression but modulations after every two verses may be tricky for beginners.

Best and Easiest Classical Songs For Beginner Guitarists

You don’t need to be a trained classical guitarist to play famous pieces from legendary composers. Many of these tunes don’t require some spectacular skills, no matter if you prefer fingerpicking or solo guitar playing, or if you just want to play chords and sing along.

1. Ave Maria – Franz Schubert

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/franz-schubert/ave-maria–2

One of the most famous classical pieces of all time. Fortunately, there are several simplified versions arranged for guitar, which have nothing more than a couple of chords.

2. Symphony no.5 – Ludwig Von Beethoven

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/ludwig-von-beethoven/symphony-n-5-in-c-minor-op-67

There are tons of rock/metal versions of this symphony on YouTube, while tabs are available as well. Also, you can download backing tracks for free in many places.

3. Fur Elise – Ludwig Von Beethoven

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/ludwig-von-beethoven/fur-elise

The beauty of simplicity. This melancholic masterpiece is actually very simple, with recognizable melody and simple chord progression.

4. Hungarian Dance No.5 – Johannes Brahms

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/johannes-brahms/hungarian-dance

Just like Beethoven’s “Symphony no.5”, this piece also sounds perfect for solo guitar. The melody is easy to memorize, just like the chord progression.

5. Imperial March (Star Wars) – John Williams

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/john-williams/imperial-march-star-wars-darth-vader-s-theme

Although much younger than other classical pieces on the list, “Imperial March” definitely earns its place. You will definitely enjoy playing this song, whether you want to play its simple melody or dramatic march rhythm.

6. Capricho Arabe – Francisco Tarrega

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/francisco-tarrega/capricho-arabe

“The father of classical guitar” left numerous amazing pieces, including Capricho Arabe, which is a perfect example of the romantic period, which comes with tons of Spanish traditional flavor. The tune by itself might be tricky for those who are not so familiar with fingerpicking but generally isn’t that hard.

7. Toreador Song – Georges Bizet

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/georges-bizet/toreador-song–2

This aria from “Carmen” features one of the most recognizable melodies in classical music. No matter if you want to play solo or rhythm part, things are pretty simple. You can find nice fingerpicking arrangements as well.

8. Bridal March – Richard Wagner

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/richard-wagner/bridal-march

It is hard to imagine this song played on any other instrument than organ, but the steady tempo makes it great for those who are new in fingerpicking.

9. Moonlight Sonata – Ludwig Von Beethoven

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/ludwig-von-beethoven/moonlight-sonata–2

Another masterpiece from Beethoven and, once again, things are pretty simple. Although it was originally composed for piano, it sounds great on a guitar as well.

10. New Doll – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/pyotr-ilyich-tchaikovsky/waltz

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is one of the greatest composers of all time. He left so many amazing pieces in various forms. This one may not be his most popular piece, but it seems perfect for fingerpicking. Typically for the romantic period, the chord progression is simple, as well as the melody.

Best Love and Pop Songs to Play on Guitar For Beginners

Ballads and other pop tunes are in most cases perfect guitar beginner songs. The best thing here is that you are probably already familiar with the song, while chord progression is usually pretty simple. Also, the tempo is usually slow and songs are in many cases mostly about singing, so you only have to learn chords.

1. Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/elvis-presley/love-me-tender–3

The King of Rock and Roll has so many songs that are hugely popular even these days. “Love Me Tender” is definitely one of them. Slow tempo makes it appropriate for beginners, just like the progression, which includes only three chords in verses. The chorus may require a little bit more effort.

2. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/eric-clapton/wonderful-tonight

Eric Clapton is not just a guitar icon, but also a man who knows to make amazing love songs. This is one of them and besides it sounds wonderful, it is also quite easy to play. It has a pretty slow tempo and simple chord progression, while the solo guitar part is even easier.

3. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/jason-mraz/i-m-yours–2

There aren’t many tunes that have such a joyful vibe, especially if we talk about love songs. After more than a decade, we can say it has stood the test of time, so it definitely deserves a place on lists of best love songs. Still, the best thing about it is that you need neither great playing nor vocal skills.

4. More Than Words – Extreme

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/extreme/more-than-words

It seems pretty legal to say that this is one of the best love songs in rock history. Composed for acoustic guitar, it has so beautiful chord progression, though some of the chords could be tricky to play for beginners. Still, it shouldn’t take too much time to learn to play this song properly.

5. Don’t want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/aerosmith/i-don-t-want-to-miss-a-thing–2

Another huge love song, composed for 1998 movie “Armageddon”. Of course, Steven Tyler’s vocal dominates, but many other things about the song are great as well. You won’t find any complicated chord in it, though I’m not sure you can sing it that good.

6. Against All Odds – Phil Collins

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/phil-collins/against-all-odds-take-a-look-at-me-now

Beginners may find a couple of tricky chord changes in this tune but, generally, everything seems simple and straightforward. Like any other love song, it has a quite slow tempo, which makes things even easier. The song is usually played in the key of Am.

7. Don’t Cry – Guns N’ Roses

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/guns-n-roses/don-t-cry

This power ballad sounds great, but it is also a great song to improve your playing in many ways. Chords are simple, but most of the song is played with fingerpicking. Also, the solo part is simple and won’t take much of your time to learn it.

8. Every Breath You Take – Police

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/the-police/every-breath-you-take

This song is great in so many ways. It sounds amazing, while the lyrics are great. From the technical aspect, it features a fantastic riff that is easy to play but gives you an opportunity to learn several fancy chords that are both easy and great-sounding.

9. When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/bruno-mars/when-i-was-your-man

Bruno Mars delivers a lot of grooves, but most of his songs are actually pretty simple. This one is no exception. It is written in the key of C and the chord progression in verses goes Am–C–Dm–G–G7–C. Things are even simpler in the chorus, which has only three chords (F-G-C).

10. Purple Rain – Prince

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/prince/purple-rain

Four chords were enough for Price to write one of the most legendary songs in the history of popular music. Although there are some smaller chord variations, the progression generally goes in this way: Bb-Gm-F-Eb in verses and Eb-Bb-Gm-F in the chorus.

11. Beat It – Michael Jackson

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/michael-jackson/beat-it

Other than spectacular guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen, this song is actually pretty simple. Cathy riff is easy to memorize, while the chord progression is super-simple. The song usually goes in the key of Em.

12. Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/fleetwood-mac/don-t-stop

This is one of the most famous songs of the iconic British-American rock band. Besides great popularity, this song is also very easy to play. A couple of major chords is everything you need to learn. The song usually goes in the key of E.

13. Fields of Gold – Sting

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/sting/fields-of-gold

Typically for Police/Sting songs, there is a couple of “sus” chords, but things are generally simple in this beautiful song.

14. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/queen/crazy-little-thing-called-love

The song may seem more complicated than it is, due to a catchy rhythm, but if you listen to it for a couple of times, you will realize that the chord progression is very simple. It’s in the key of D and there is no place for minor chords in this one.

15. Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/simon-garfunkel/the-sound-of-silence

Initially, this song was pretty much a failure. However, it became a huge hit a couple of years later. These days, it is one of the most famous songs of all time. Things are pretty simple here, though some fingerpicking work is required.

16. Dust in the Wind – Kansas

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/kansas/dust-in-the-wind–2

Another song that requires a bit of fingerpicking work. The trickiest part of the song is the intro, which includes several uncommon chords, though the shapes are quite easy and actually just various forms of C and Am chords.

17. Yesterday – The Beatles

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/the-beatles/yesterday–2

A nostalgic break-up song is always welcome for guitar playing, especially if we talk about one of the most famous tunes of the worlds greatest band. The chorus has a couple of tricky chord changes but other than that, things are simple and easy to play.

18. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/jeff-buckley/hallelujah–2

Originally written by legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen, this secular hymn was popularized by John Cale and Jeff Buckley. This powerful song features a rather simple progression. If usually goes in keys of C or G, and has no more than five chords.

19. Yellow – Coldplay

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/coldplay/yellow

Most Coldplay songs are simple but this one is particularly easy to play. There chords in verses and three more in the chorus seem like a piece of cake even for beginners.

20. Get Lucky – Daft Punk

https://www.mysongbook.com/tab/daft-punk/get-lucky

This mega-hit of the legendary electronic duo is actually a pretty common disco song. It is also suitable for playing on guitar, especially for beginners, as the same chord progression is going over and over. It is super simple, with just four chords in it (Bm-D-F#m-E).

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