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  • Writer's pictureIvan Cardozo

25 Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners to Learn

Picking up guitar takes time and effort - one thing that will help is to practice easy songs that you love and inspire you to play. If you’re looking for some great songs to practice, there are many well-known songs that are easy and fun to learn.


A staggering 90% of people who learn guitar will quit within the first year. Finding some easy-to-learn songs will help keep you engaged and motivated to continue playing as you develop your skills. 


In this article, I share my top 25 songs for beginners to learn on guitar that are easy to learn and fun to play.


The Best Songs for Beginners to Learn

What makes an ideal song for beginners to learn on guitar? These are songs that:

  • Are fun to play

  • Are easy for beginners to learn 

  • Have simple chord progressions which do not require complicated finger positioning

  • People recognize and enjoy listening to


So what are some of the best songs for beginners? Here’s my list:

The Classics

  1. Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd

  2. Paranoid, Black Sabbath

  3. Iron Man, Black Sabbath

  4. Blackbird, The Beatles

  5. Sweet Child O’ Mine, Guns N’ Roses

  6. Landside, Fleetwood Mac

  7. Hey Joe, Jimi Hendrix

  8. Stir It Up, Bob Marley

  9. Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd

  10. Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival

  11. Tangerine, Led Zeppelin 

  12. Free Fallin, Tom Petty

80s and 90s Songs

  1. Fast Car, Tracy Chapman

  2. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), Green Day

  3. Come as You Are, Nirvana

  4. Closing Time, Semisonic

  5. Creep, Radiohead

  6. Where is My Mind, Pixies

  7. Oasis, Wonderwall 

New Age Hits

  1. I’m Yours, Jason Mraz

  2. Hey Soul Sister, Train

  3. Valerie, Amy Winehouse

  4. Collide, Howie Day

  5. Circles, Post Malone

  6. Yellow, Coldplay

Closing Out: Beginner Songs Will Help Develop Your Guitar Skills & Styles

Learning easy songs that you love is a great way to build your confidence and skills. Soon, you’ll be able to master these songs and move onto different songs. 


If you want to improve at a quick pace, you may consider taking guitar lessons from an experienced instructor. Ivan Cardozo is a Boston-based guitar instructor providing in-person lessons, as well as virtual lessons globally. 

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