Easy Beginner Songs

As a beginning guitarist, I know you want to dive into playing songs as soon as possible.  So this is a list of fairly simple tunes you should be able to master quickly.  Don’t neglect the basics of course.  But these will give you something fun to play pretty quickly.

To find transcriptions of the chords and lyrics, do a Google search for “<song name> chords” and you’ll end up on one of the many sites offering that stuff.

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Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song
Katy Perry – Last Friday Night
Katy Perry – The One That Got Away
Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
Fun – We Are Young
Michael Jackson – Hold My Hand
Onerepublic – Good Life
Lady Gaga – You and I
Ray LaMontagne – New York City’s Killing Me
Dexter Freebish – Leaving Town

The 5,6,7,8’s – Woo hoo
3 Doors Down – Here Without You
The Axis Of Awesome – 4 Chords
The Black Eyed Peas – Where Is the Love?
Coldplay – Clocks
Coldplay – Don’t panic
Coldplay – Fix You
Coldplay – Life in Technicolor II
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Coldplay – Yellow
Counting Crows – Accidentally in Love
The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian like you
Daniel Powter – Bad Day
Enya – May It Be
Enya – Only Time
Evanescence – My Immortal
Gary Jules – Mad World
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Gorillaz – 19-2000
Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams
James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
The Killers – Human
Michelle Branch – Goodbye to You
Myslovitz – Sound Of Solitude
Oasis – Stop Crying Your Heart Out
OneRepublic – Secrets
Owl City – Fireflies
Ozzy Osbourne – Dreamer
Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks
Reamonn – Supergirl
Ray LaMontagne – Trouble
Ray LaMontagne – You Are The Best Thing
Robbie Williams – Supreme
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
Travis – Sing
U2 – Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
U2 – Walk On
Weezer – Island in the Sun
Wheatus – A Little Respect
Yael Naim – New Soul

4 Non Blondes – What’s Up
Alanis Morissette – Ironic
Anouk – Nobody’s Wife
Blind Melon – No Rain
Carter USM – The Impossible Dream (The Quest)
Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha
Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Eagle Eye Cherry – Save Tonight
East 17 – Stay Another Day
Extreme – More Than Words
Foo Fighters – Next Year
Goo Goo Dolls – Slide
Green Day – Basket case
Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
Guns N’ Roses – Don’t Cry
Haddaway – What Is Love?
Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
Lighthouse Family – High
Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This
Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
Metallica – The Unforgiven
Metallica – The Unforgiven II
Mr. Big – To Be With You
Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
Nirvava – Come as you are
No Doubt – Don’t Speak
Oasis – Wonderwall
Pearl Jam – Alive
Pearl Jam – Yellow Ledbetter
Pet Shop Boys – Go West
R.E.M – Everybody Hurts
R.E.M – Losing My Religion
R.E.M – Man On The Moon
R.E.M – Shiny Happy People
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under the bridge
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Road Trippin’
Rednex – Wish You Were Here
Robbie Williams – Angels
Seal – Crazy
Sinéad O’Connor – Nothing Compares To You
Smash Mouth – All Star
Soul Asylum – Runaway Train
Spice Girls – Viva Forever
The Connells – ’74-’75
The Corrs – Radio
The Cranberries – Animal Instinct
The Cranberries – Just My Imagination
The Cranberries – Linger
The Cranberries – Zombie
The Cure – Friday I’m in Love
The Rembrandts – I’ll Be There for You
The Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work
Tom Petty – Learning to Fly
U2 – One
Weezer – Buddy Holly
Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You

38 Special – Hold On Loosely
a-ha – Take on Me
Air Supply – All Out Of Love
Alphaville – Big in Japan
Alphaville – Forever Young
Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead or Alive
Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Bryan Adams – Heaven
Bryan Adams – Summer of 69
Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over
Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet
Europe – The Final Countdown
Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
INXS – New Sensation
INXS – Never Tear Us Apart
Journey – Any Way You Want It
Journey – Faithfully
Keith Whitley – When You Say Nothing At All
Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Men at Work – Down Under
Modern Talking – Brother Louie
Opus – Live Is Life
The Outfield – Your Love
The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
R.E.M – The One I Love
REO Speedwagon – Take It On The Run
Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
Scorpions – Wind of Change
Smiths – Panic
Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels
The The – This Is The Day
Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ Bout a Revolution
Traveling Wilburys – End Of The Line
U2 – All I Want Is You
U2 – With or Without You
Wham! – Last Christmas

10cc – I’m Not in Love
America – A Horse With No Name
America – Sister Golden Hair
Blue Öyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
Bob Marley & The Wailers – No Woman, No Cry
Bob Dylan – Knocking on Heaven’s Door
Bob Seger – We’ve Got Tonight
Boney M – Sunny
Boney M – Rasputin
Boston – Peace of Mind
Cat Stevens – Father And Son
Cat Stevens – Wild World
CCR – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Don Mclean – American Pie
Don Mclean – Vincent
Eric Carmen – All by Myself
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
Iggy Pop – The Passenger
Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
John Lennon – Imagine
Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now
Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Monty Python – Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Peter Frampton – Baby, I Love Your Way
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly with His Song
Rolling Stones – Angie
Rolling Stones – Wild Horses
Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Scorpions – Always Somewhere
Smokie – Living Next Door to Alice
Sniff ‘N’ The Tears – Driver’s Seat
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile
Supertramp – Breakfast in America
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
The Doors – Riders on the storm
The Eagles – Hotel California
The Four Seasons – December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)
The Mash – Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)
The Who – Baba O’Riley
The Who – Behind Blue Eyes
The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again

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Ben E. King – Stand By me
Chubby Checker – Let’s Twist Again
The Chiffons – One Fine Day
David Bowie – Space Oddity
Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe
Johnny Cash – Ring Of Fire
Johnny Rivers – Secret Agent Man
Little Eva – The Locomotion
The Mamas & the Papas – California Dreamin’
The Monkees – Daydream Believer
The Monkees – I’m A Believer
Marmalade – Reflections of my Life
Pete Seeger – Turn! Turn! Turn!
Petula Clark – Downtown
Ralph McTell – Streets Of London
Rare Bird – Sympathy
Sam Cooke – Wonderful World
Scott McKenzie – San Francisco
Shocking Blue – Venus
Simon & Garfunkel – Mrs. Robinson
Simon & Garfunkel – The Sounds of Silence
Skeeter Davis – End of the World
Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense and Peppermints
The Animals – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
The Animals – The House of the Rising
The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
The Beach Boys – I Get Around
The Beach Boys – Surfin’ USA
The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
The Beatles – Eight Days A Week
The Beatles – Help!
The Beatles – Here Come the Sun
The Beatles – Let it Be
The Beatles – Love Me Do
The Beatles – Yellow Submarine
The Beatles – Yesterday
The Crystals – Da Doo Ron Ron
The Moody Blues – Nights in White Satin
The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
The Shadows – Apache
The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow
The Supremes – You Can’t Hurry Love
The Temptations – My Girl
The Troggs – Love is all Around
The Turtles – You Showed Me
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl

Ozzie Nelson and his Orchestra – Dream a Little Dream of Me
The Chordettes – Lollipop
The Chordettes – Mr Sandman
The Penguins – Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)
The Platters – Only You (And You Alone)
The Rock-A-Teens – Woo Hoo
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
Doris Day – Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
Judy Garland – Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Harry Belafonte – Day-O

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