beginner guitar songs

LOOK! 20 Super Easy Best Beginner Guitar Songs

Have you been practicing the beginner guitar chords chart and have them mastered?  If so, you are now probably itching to actually play something that sounds like a song that you probably have heard before.  Luckily, there are a ton of different beginner guitar songs that any beginner that has their chords for beginners and intermediate hand worked in to learn on guitar and play on either the acoustic guitar or electric guitar.

Since everyone has different musical tastes, I wanted to categorize this list of songs by genre of music in order to help you choose the right beginner guitar song for you to start out with.  Feel free to click inside the table of contents below to help you choose whichever easy guitar songs you want in the genre of your liking.

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Easy Beginner Guitar Songs

When I started playing guitar (and up to now almost 30 years later), and taking guitar lessons, my main genre of music to play is rock.  As you will see, I am going to be stepping into the classic rock guitarist guitar riffs of the 70’s and 80’s and all the way to to the 2000’s and today.  I tried to pick out easy acoustic guitar songs for beginners with simple guitar chord progression from a number of different time frames and decades.

Also, you may want to check out these guitar effects pedals for beginners to help you get the right tone for each of these tunes.

Looking for slightly harder songs, we will be putting together a best intermediate acoustic guitar song list too.  Check out these video lesson options for easy rock and country popular songs:

The Eagles – “Take it Easy”

Steve Miller Band – “The Joker”

ZZ Top – “Tush”

Van Morrison – “Brown Eyed Girl”

Nirvana – “Heart Shaped Box”

Pearl Jam – “Black”

Tom Petty – “American Girl”

Audioslave – “Like A Stone”

Poison – “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”

The Cars – “You Might Think”

Billy Ray Cyrus – “Achy Breaky Heart”

Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”

John Denver – “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”

Willie Nelson – “On the Road Again”

Luke Bryan – “Country Girl”

Keith Urban – “You’ll think of me”

Taylor Swift – “Teardops On My Guitar”

Traditional – “Pay Me My Money Down”

Patsy Cline – “Crazy”

Dolly Parton – “Jolene”

Not a beginner guitarist?  Farther along in your guitar journey?  Looking for some other non simple song choices?  Take a look at these hard guitar songs.  Or here are some more quick picks to play on guitar (looking to get sheet music, strumming pattern, chord chart and guitar tabs added for all these):

  • Smoke On The Water
  • 3 Little Birds – Bob Marley
  • Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
  • Count On Me – Bruno Mars
  • House Of The Rising Sun
  • Mr Jones – Counting Crows
  • Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  • Iron Man – Black Sabbath
  • Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
  • Horse With No Name – America
  • Sweet Caroline
  • Seven Nation Army
  • Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  • Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles
  • Heart Of Gold – Johnny Cash
  • Have You Ever Seen The Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Knockin On Heavens Door – Guns N Roses

Final Words

Practice until you can do it right, and then practice some more. Practice makes perfect, even if it’s simple stuff at first. Play the same thing ten or more times each day. Playing the same song over and over will help your guitar skills improve and strengthen your muscle memory. You will find that over time you can make small mistakes that you made time and time again before, but you will be able to correct them quickly. Surround yourself with performers or friends who can teach you how they play and suggest new styles that you may want to try. Allow yourself to explore different playing styles, but remember that your goal is to be the best guitar player you can be. Remember to practice a lot and pay attention to your progress over time.

Next, you need to learn how to practice efficiently. Learning how to play a guitar takes practice, and in order to get the most out of it you need to put in a lot of effort and patience. Don’t practice for longer than about an hour at a time without taking a break; your brain needs a break, too.

And most important of all. Have fun!