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20 Beginner Electric Guitar Songs to Learn Today

Today we’ll be looking at a few beginner electric guitar songs to give you some inspiration. If you’re a beginner, you will need some extra inspiration to have more of a motivation to play your guitar every day. Luckily, there are many beginner electric guitar songs to help you become more motivated. Even though these beginner songs are very simple, you can still practice your technique.

Let’s jump right into these easy electric guitar songs for beginners:

Best Songs For Beginner Electric Guitar

Cherub Rock – Smashing Pumpkins

This song, by the Smashing Pumpkins, is perfect for beginners. The strumming pattern in this song sounds complicated and difficult at first but it’s actually quite simple. The rhythm starts low and slow and then becomes faster. Anyone can learn this song within 15 minutes. Sometimes we may feel like the guitar gets boring. Sometimes we may feel like we’re not going to be able to learn any new songs. But, in this case, you’re wrong. Just follow these simple guitar notes and you’ll learn how to play Cherub Rock in no time.

Creep – Radiohead

This is another beginner song that you can learn fairly quickly. The guitar pattern starts with open chords that are played along with the beat. As you move further into the song, the chords become more intricate and faster. The strumming pattern is similar and easy to learn. Beginners should find the rhythm and follow it. It won’t take you long to master the song. This is a fun, easy, beginner song to learn, so give it a shot!

Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty

Here is a nice mellow song to try on electric guitar , or acoustic guitar for that matter. This song has very simple chords, and is easy to play. The chords aren’t too tough, but the rhythm does get faster as you play along. This is a fun song to play, but make sure you keep your finger placement and rhythm accurate.

Iron Man – Black Sabbath

Now, let’s live things up a bit and work on some full chords. This, of course, is Black Sabbath’s hit Iron Man, and a full guitar chord version is certainly easy enough to play. The rhythm of the song is fairly simple, and once you’ve practiced it a few times, you should be able to play it very quickly.

Last Nite – The Strokes

This song is from the 2001 album Is This It, and is a fun and easy one to learn. The rhythm is quite repetitive, so you should be able to play it fairly easily with just a little bit of practice.

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Ready for a classic rock staple? This song actually won a Grammy and made it to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1976. The rhythm is a bit more complex, but play along with the video to get the hang of it.

Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple

Here is another classic song that is based on a chord shape. The rhythm is quite complex, so you’ll have to keep count as you play along with it. The song is a lot of fun to play and is easy to learn.

Sunshine of Your Love – Cream

Here is one from the 60’s that you will recognize . Cream is an all time favorite group, and this song epitomizes their sound. It is a really easy song to play, and it’s fun to sing along with it as well.

You Really Got Me – The Kinks

Sometimes you want something fun and familiar. The Kinks were a rock group from the 60’s and 70’s, and this song is on a classic Kinks album. Enjoy this one! Learning this song is a great way to start learning how to play electric guitar.

Come As You Are – Nirvana

Ready for some 90’s grunge? this Nirvana song is sure to make you feel old and ‘grunge’ at the same time. It has a simple, repetitive riff that is very easy to play and to memorize.

Enter Sandman – Metallica

This song has many parts that are simple to learn . There are also parts that require some advanced rhythm skills. The riff that begins the song is a blast to play! The solo found here in this song is absolutely incredible. From its eerie, drooping tones, to its low keys and partial skips, to its overall tone, the solo takes this song to the next level.

Otherside – The Red Hot Chili Peppers

The solo in this song is very challenging because of the changes in dynamics between the harder parts of the lick, and the easier parts. The guitar picking technique learned in this song will teach you how to use different types of picks, and how to hold your hand so that each pick sounds clear and distinct.

Zombie – The Cranberries

This song has a lot of cool musical rhythm mechanics. The solo starts out with chords, then shifts into a more rocking section. There is an awesome guitar lick in the middle of the solo. The technique for the lick will be very useful for you in the future.

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

Who doesn’t know this song? This is a classic that you should not overlook. It has a very fun solo, and you will learn a lot about right-hand technique and muting strings.

Wild Thing – The Troggs

You have probably heard this riff many times. Although it sounds simple, it’s actually quite complicated. The good thing is that once you’ve mastered the riff, you’ll be able to apply it to many different songs.

Ace of Spades – Motorhead

This is another classic hard rock riff. Although you may not be able to play it perfectly after practicing it for a while, just keep practicing and it will just come naturally.

Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones

Ready for a bit of punk? The Ramones were known for their fast-paced rock that got them featured in many music videos. This song is a great one to start with, because once you learn it, you can apply it to many other songs.

You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ – Judas Priest

The riff is repetitive and fairly simple, but the effect is quite dramatic. It’s going to make a great first impression on your audience, since many people will recognize it even without reading the lyrics.

Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Guns N’ Roses

Guns N’ Roses is known for their varied riffs. This tune is a good example of that. It has a very catchy riff that soon becomes an earworm.

Reptilia – The Strokes

This fun song will get your audience moving. It also focuses on a motif that you can easily reproduce yourself, so you’ll get a great warmup for your bigger songs.

Final Words on These Best Beginner Electric Guitar Songs

This list of basic electric guitar songs for beginners are an excellent starting point to learning songs on electric guitar. The riffs are easy to learn and you can play them if you practice them. It’s also a good exercise for your strumming and rhythm playing technique.