Best songs to play on the guitar for beginners
Three of the web’s best choose their favorite songs for beginners to play.
Justinguitar: Three Little Birds
"It’s a beatiful song, and really, really great for beginners. It’s the first song in my beginning songbook for a reason,” Justin explains.
"The chords are really simple—it’s just using A, D and E chords, and it works with really simple strumming”
- Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
Four beginner country songs
If you love country music, you probably couldn’t do any better than this video for beginners.
Not only will you learn four songs with just four chords—G, D, Em, and C—but dude recorded it in the back of his truck.
"I’m recording from the back of my truck because it is a thousand degrees outside and my generator just broke in my construction trailer so I got the air conditioning on and I brought my guitar, sitin’ in the back seat…”
If that isn’t country, what is.
- Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel
- Florida Georgia Line - Cruise
- David Nail - Whatever She's Got
- Luke Bryan - Drunk on You
Three chords, Thirty Songs
"Why play using four chords when you can use three, and play thousands of songs doing that?”
(If you like this video, be sure to check out his 4 chord series, with over 300 songs in it)
Part comedy routine, part lesson, play everything from Van Morrison to Ritchie Valens to Third Eye Blind with G, C, and D.
- The Kingsmen - Louie Louie
- Steve Miller Band - The Joker
- Shaggy ft. Rayvon - Angel
- Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire
- Ritchie Valens - La Bamba
- Happy Birthday
- Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
- Jonas Brothers - Lovebug
- Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
- The All-American Rejects - Mona Lisa
- Savage Garden - Truly, Madly, Deeply
- Sheryl Crow - The First Cut is the Deepest
- Alison Krauss - When You Say Nothing At All
- Sophie B. Hawkins - As I Lay Me Down
- Cat Stevens - Here Comes My Baby
- Ritchie Valens - Donna
- Uncle Kracker - Follow Me
- Mr. Big - To Be With You
- RipTard - Come On Baby, Make Me Some Food
- Hannes Coetzsee - Mahala
- The Cranberries - Dreams
- The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
- Third Eye Blind - Jumper
- Bryant Oden - Duck Song
- Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
- Tom Petty - Free Fallin'
- Don McLean - American Pie
- Hanson - MMMBop
- The Surfaris - Wipe Out
- The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight