20 Easy Beginner Guitar Songs (That'll Impress Your Friends)

Easy acoustic and electric beginner friendly songs with links to FREE Tab - hardly any barre chords guaranteed

20 Easy Beginner Guitar Songs To Learn Easy Acoustic Guitar Songs

You're looking for the best easy beginner guitar songs you can learn aren't you? That's a smart move.

Why? Because it doesn't matter if you're a total beginner or if you're simply looking for some fresh inspiration and motivation - learning some easy songs is the way to go.

Easy Should Mean Easy

Here's the bottom line - we will only include songs in this list that are genuinely beginner friendly. That's a relief I can almost hear you thinking. This is because we'd never want to kid you that a song containing a boatload of barre chords, complicated fast chord changes or tricky technical playing  is 'easy'.

You see, from years of experience teaching guitar players of all abilities, the main thing beginners say they get aggravated with are the endless "Top Easy Guitar Songs" lists online that contain, well, not easy guitar songs!

So rest assured you won't find songs like Stairway To Heaven (which is actually very technical and requires layers of playing skill to play decently) anywhere near this list.

Easy beginner guitar songs to play on acoustic or electric guitar

Before we reveal the best easy beginner guitar songs you should start to learn, here are 3 practice tips for the total beginners out of you reading this. Follow these steps and prepare to impress.


3 Essential Practice Tips 

Tip #1. Make sure you know the important beginner chords

Hands-up if your knowledge of the essential open chords is a bit dodgy...Never fear, click the button below to grab your free PDF "Epic Smart Guitar Chord Chart" below. Here you'll find twelve chord diagrams showing the beginner chords every player needs to know.

Tip #2. Practice the chord changes over and over

You need to learn how to play guitar to be able to play songs properly. This is one crucial fact you need to know about learning to play guitar.  Further reading: a valuable indepth step by step guide revealing the 10 Step How To Change Chords Faster, Easier Smoother Formula.

Tip #3. Play along with the song recordings

Once you start to get the chords sounding clean, the only way you'll learn to play a song well is to play along with it. If you miss this vital (and fun) step out, how will you ever know you have the timing, rhythm and phrasing right?

Now you are armed with the know-how you need to help you learn these easy songs the best way, let's get to the list.


Top 20 Easy Beginner Songs To Play On Guitar

1. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol

Song key: A 

Chords or Picking: Both

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

2. Wild Thing - The Troggs

Song key: A 

Chords or Picking: Chords

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

3. The Beatles - Eight Days a Week

Song key: D 

Chords or Picking: Chords

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

4. Three Little Birds - Bob Marley

Song key: A

Chords or Picking: Chords

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

5. A Horse With No Name - America

Song key: Em

Chords or Picking: Chords

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

6. Creep - Radiohead

Song key: G

Chords or Picking: Chords (inc 2 x barre)

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

7. Imagine - John Lennon

Song key: C

Chords or Picking: Chords

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

8. Son Of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield

Song key: E

Chords or Picking: Both

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

9. Oasis - Live Forever

Song key: G

Chords or Picking: Chords

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

10. Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers

Song key: Am

Chords or Picking: Both

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

11. Sing - Travis

Song key: F#m (capo fret 3 using key of Em chords)

Chords or Picking: Chords

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Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

12. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars

Song key: F (G capo fret 3)

Chords or Picking: Chords ( inc 1 x barre)

Useful Accessory: Capo - amazon.co.uk | amazon.com

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

13. Use Somebody - Kings of Leon

Song key: C

Chords or Picking: Chords

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

14. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Song key: Fm

Chords or Picking: Chords (power chords)

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15. Small Bump - Ed Sheeran

Song key: Gm (Em capo fret 3)

Chords or Picking: Chords

Useful Accessory: Capo - amazon.co.uk | amazon.com

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

16. Knocking On Heavens Door - Bob Dylan

Song key: G

Chords or Picking: Chords

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

17. What's Up - Four Non Blondes

Song key: A (G capo fret 2)

Chords or Picking: Chords

Useful Accessory: Capo - amazon.co.uk | amazon.com

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

18. Pink - What About Us

Song key: Fm (Em capo fret 1)

Chords or Picking: Both

Useful Accessory: Capo - amazon.co.uk | amazon.com

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

19. Handbags And Gladrags - Rod Stewart

Song key: G

Chords or Picking: Chords

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

20. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's

Song key: D

Chords or Picking: Both

Official tab/chord book | Ultimate Guitar tab/chords

Summing It Up

There you have it. Some brilliant easy acoustic and electric guitar songs for you beginners and beyond to get learning.

Which songs do you already know how to play? Which are you going to start learning today? Let us all know in the comments below. We'd love to know! 

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