Easy Guitar Songs You Can Play With Only a Few Chords

If you’re learning how to play guitar, there’s nothing more satisfying than learning a song.

Whether you’re gorging on free YouTube tutorials, or subscribed to one of the best online guitar schools, the first couple of songs you learn will stay with you for the rest of your life.

The secret is to start with easy songs. Ones with two, three, or a maximum of four chords are the best.

In this article, we share our favorites. For each song, we’ve included a video of the original song so you can hear how it’s supposed to sound, along with a simplified guitar chords chart. By the time you’re done, you should have added a couple more songs to your collection.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something

We’re going to start with a simple three-chord song called Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The great thing about this one is you play the same three chords for the verse, then just switch the order for the chorus, making it super easy to play.

Have a quick listen to familiarise yourself with it.

So the verse goes like this, D – G – A:

 

breakfast at tiffanys

When you get to the chorus, just switch the final two chords, D – G – A:

breakfast at tiffanys chorus

That was easy, wasn’t it!


Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Next, we’re going to introduce a new chord, the C.

First, take a listen:

Here’s how you play it:

sweet home alabama


Stand By Me – Ben E. King

Here’s another classic using a simple four-chord progression. Check out this INCREDIBLE version:

To play it, just hit these four chords and you’re good:

Stand By Me


The Joker – The Steve Miller Band

Another super simple on from the Steve Miller band, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hadn’t heard this song already.

The verse goes like this:

The Joker chorus

Then the chorus is the same chords, in a slightly different order:

The Joker chorus


Horse With No Name – America

Three chords too much for you, how about two? The chart-topper Horse With No Name is as simple as it gets.

Here’s how it sounds:

Here’s how you play it – you can’t get easier than this:

horse with no name


Get Lucky – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

Let’s get our funk on with this modern classic, Get Lucky.

Here’s the progression:

Get Lucky


Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Staying with modern stuff, here’s another super straight-forward tune.

 

shake it off


Pompeii – Bastille

Here’s one from UK indie rockers Bastille. Take a quick listen:

You can play this in open tuning, but it’s better with a capo at the 2nd fret. If you’re not sure what a capo is, or you want to buy a capo, check out our review.

Play all four chords throughout the entire song. Easy!

Pompeii


Knockin’ on Heavens Door – Bob Dylan

Another simple song that any beginner guitarist ought to know is Bob Dylans Knockin’ on Heavens Door. You may be more familiar with Guns & Roses version. Either way, it’s the same song.

It goes G – D – A minor, the G – D again, but add a C instead of the A minor.

Knockin on heavens door

 

Summary

This list should give you plenty to work on 🙂

If you’re wondering how to solo over one of these tracks but not sure what key it’s in, check out our song key finder tool which will help you identify the key it’s in.

Ged Richardson

Ged is the Founder of Zing and guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band Django Mango. When he's not writing or noodling on a guitar, he's tinkering with his vintage Campervan.

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