Best Songs to Learn on Guitar: Top 101 for Beginners Upwards


Best Songs to Learn on Guitar: Top 101 for Beginners Upwards

Stuck for inspiration and fancy learning a new song to play on your acoustic or electric guitar? Get your teeth into these bad boys...

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As a musician and guitar tutor, you can imagine how many songs I've taught pupils to play over the years I've taught.

From pop to rock to folk, from strumming guitar songs to gorgeous fingerpicking songs (and pretty much everything in-between) it's bags of fun learning to play a new song on your guitar. 

Some guitar students know what songs they want to learn, while others want help and guidance from me to choose the right pieces to learn that will help them play the guitar the best.

Either way, I encourage all my guys and gals (beginner guitarists or experienced guitar players) to tell me about songs they love. 

Who wants to learn Ba Ba Black Sheep if you're more into Black Sabbath? Stuff that.

To help inspire you to grab your guitar and add a new song to your repertoire, here's an epic list of some of the most popular songs for people of all ages and abilities to learn on their acoustic and electric guitar.

So, here it comes. In no particular order, the juicy list of 101 most popular songs to learn on the guitar.

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Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

Ed Sheeran - Small Bump

The Eagles - Hotel California

Extreme - More Than Words

Goo Goo Dolls - Iris

The Beatles - Blackbird

Oasis - Wonderwall

Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven

Jimi Hendrix - Hey Jo

Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven

Foo Fighters - The Pretender

AC/DC - Back In Black

The Beatles - Hey Jude

Coldplay - Yellow

Bob Marley - Redemption Song

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising

James Blunt  - You're Beautiful

Jimi Hendrix - Red House

Free - Alright Now

Katy Perry - Firework

Avril Lavigne - I'm With You

The Troggs - Wild Thing

Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californiacation

Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb

Fleetwood Mac - Big Love

Metallica - Nothing Else Matters

The Beatles - Mother Nature's Son

Joni Mitchell - Little Green

Nirvana - Come As You Are

Green Day - Wake Me Up When September Ends

Nickelback - Rockstar

Guns n Roses - Sweet Child Of Mine

Don Mclean - American Pie

Leonard Cohen / Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

Rod Stewart - Handbags and Gladrags

Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are

The Police - Every Breath You Take

Bob Dylan - Knocking On Heavens Door

Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody

Doobie Brothers - Long Train Running

Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama

Aerosmith - Walk This Way

Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode

Catavina - From The Deer Hunter

Sting - Shape Of My Heart

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride and Joy

Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine

Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead or Alive

Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love

David Bowie - Space Oddity

Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze

Steely Dan - Reelin' In The Years

Neil Young - Heart Of Gold

James Taylor - You've Got a Friend

Queen - Don't Stop Me Now

The Rolling Stones - Angie

The White Stripes - 7 Nation Army

Johnny Cash - Hurt

James Bay - Hold Back The River

Radiohead - Creep

Adele - Someone Like You

Foo Fighters - Best Of You

Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah

Rihanna - Umbrella

Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love With You

The Script - The Man Who Can't Be Moved

Jason Mraz - I'm Yours

Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

AC/DC - Hells Bells

Blur - Song 2

Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry

Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon

Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats

Joe Satriani - Satch Boogie

Muse - Plug In Baby

Passenger - Let Her Go

Soundgarden - Fell On Black Days

The Beatles - Day Tripper

Tom Petty - Free Fallin'

The Animals - House Of The Rising Sun

Free - My Brother Jake

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Black Sabbath - Paranoid

Chic - Le Freak

Radiohead - Just

Red Hot Chilli Peppers - My Friends

Adele - Rolling In The Deep

America - Horse With No Name

Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away

Prince - Gold

Skunk Anansie - Picking On Me

Nickelback - Remind Me

Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over

Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man

Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing

Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger

Keane - Somewhere Only We Know

Jessie J - Nobody's Perfect

Charlene Soraia - Wherever You Will Go

Damien Rice - Cannonball