10 Easy Guitar Songs Any Beginner Can Play

There’s nothing sweeter than perfecting a difficult riff, but it doesn’t happen overnight!

Every expert guitar player once began by practicing easy guitar songs.

Learning guitar can be hard enough, and finding the right song to start off with can be overwhelming. There are millions of songs to choose from.

At this point, you may be wondering: where do I start?

Don’t “fret”! We’ve got exactly what you’re looking for–resources.

We’ve compiled our expertise to bring you a list of songs that any beginner guitar player can enjoy.

Let’s delve right into our top 10 easiest guitar songs that any beginner can play!

1. Riptide by Vance Joy Is First on Our List of Easy Guitar Songs

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Riptide by Vance Joy is one of the easiest starter songs for guitar. The simple transition between chords makes this a simple joy to play.

You can increase the tempo the more comfortable you become with the chords. The entire song is an easy-to-follow Am-G-C chord progression with a capo on the 1st fret.

Don’t have a capo yet? No worries!

Try out this DIY pencil capo trick [1]. It’s a quick fix for a jam session, but you’ll want to invest in a capo over time to avoid damaging the neck of your guitar.

2. Sea of Love by Cat Power

Sea of Love by Cat Power is a sweet and gentle melody.

Played in the key of C [standard tuning], this song is a simple progression: G, B7, C, A.

The strumming pattern can be a little tricky to pick up at first. Don’t let that scare you away! Listening to Power’s version a few times will help you gain an “ear” for the strumming pattern.

Before you know it, you’ll be strumming right along!

3. Somewhere Only We Know by Keane

Somewhere Only We Know is a pop-rock hit from the early 2000’s.

It’s originally played on the piano, in the key of Am [A minor]. Still, the piece can be re-arranged and played on guitar!

For beginners, starting with the common key of C or standard tuning is the easiest. The chord progression is: C, Em, F, G for the verse, and Am, Em, F, G for the chorus.

We recommend a standard strumming pattern of: down-down-up-up-down-up.

4. Not Today by Imagine Dragons

Released in 2017. Not Today is part of Imagine Dragons’ Evolve album. It was also used in the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Me Before You.

The song uses a standard strumming pattern and easy guitar chords.

You’ll find this easy guitar song to be a pleasure to play!

5. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley

Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley is, no doubt, a classic.

This song may have a few more guitar chords to learn than the others, but it’s definitely worth it.

The verse is a simple chord progression of: C-Em-Am-F-C-G. The chorus switches up into: Em-B7-Em-B7-Em-A7-Dm-G.

There’s a lot of guitar chords to remember in this piece. It would be a great idea to keep a guitar chords chart nearby while playing this song.

The “F” chord on the guitar can be intimidating for even the experienced guitar player.

We’ve got you covered!

You can always switch up difficult chords with alternative chords [2]. Different alternatives will be easier to start off with and feel a bit more gentle on your fingers.

Stretching for an “F” can slow down your chord transitions, and make playing seem more like a chore.

Alternatives let you jump right into the fun. As you practice, you’ll continue to improve. With time, you’ll notice that the transition between guitar chords is easier.

6. Heart Like Yours by Willamette Stone

Heart Like Your by Willamette Stone was a part of the If I Stay: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

There are only four chords in the song: G-Em-C-Am. If you need a higher tune, you can slip on a capo!

The strumming pattern is also simple: down-down-up-down-up-down.

7. Flightless Bird, American Mouth by Iron & Wine

Flightless Bird, American Mouth by Iron & Wine is a gorgeous tune.

It embodies the delicious and melodic vibe of a waltz. Perfecting the 3/4 time signature can be tricky. Yet, that’s exactly what gives this song a unique and romantic twist.

The chord progression is extremely simple: C-Am-F-G with a capo on the 3rd fret. The down-up-up-down strumming pattern and timing will be the two most important factors for learning this song.

8. Youth by Daughter

Youth by Daughter is an indie folk song that is great for beginners! It’s also a fantastic choice for those looking to practice a fingerpicking on the guitar.

Whether you choose to remain with the chord progression or delve into tablature, you’ll want to start off by placing your capo on the 5th fret.

The chord progression is: Em-F-Am-G.

9. Wild World by Cat Stevens

Wild World by Cat Stevens is a 1970’s gem!

The melancholic lyrics give this song its timeless and bittersweet nature. Luckily, this treasure has an easy chord progression–Am-D7-G-C-F-Dm-E-Esus4-E.

It also doesn’t need a capo, and it is played in the key of C.

10. Send Me on My Way by Rusted Root

Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root is the ultimate acoustic guitar song. It’s bound to make you smile with its creative riff!

If you’re not at riff-playing quite, don’t worry. You can try out the chord progression: C-F-C-F for the verse, and Am-G-F-G for the chorus.

Take it one step further!

Flesh out the guitar chords to any easy song by throwing in a few of our favorite guitar tricks!

With these simple tricks, you’ll be playing like a pro in no time.

Getting Started

Our list of top 10 easy guitar songs is the perfect place to start your musical journey.

If you need an extra hand, we’re here to help!

Get a quick review on how to play guitar with our step-by-step guide. If you’re looking for more information, check out our blogs for more tips, tricks, and resources.

Remember that practice is the key to improving your guitar skills. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t nail it at first. Always remember to have fun!

Happy vibing!

Stephanie Su

Started learning music when she was four years old, Stephanie is a music teacher and a music therapist who is highly proficient in Piano, Violin, Guitar, and Ukulele. She likes to learn, teach, and share her music playing experiences.

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