Easy Guitar Songs You Can Play With Only a Few Chords

Woman playing black acoustic guitar sat on bed

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

But here’s the thing:

Way too many beginners start with songs that are too difficult for their level.

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

Want to know which we’d pick? Here goes then.

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.

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

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sweet Home Alabama is one of the best songs about home ever recorded, so popular in fact that the State of Alabama uses the phrase ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ as the official slogan on car license plates!

First, give it 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 simple song from the Steve Miller band, The Joker is one of those foot tappers that is fun to play.

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.

And here are the chords:

shake it off

Pompeii – Bastille

Now for something a bit more alternative, from UK indie rockers Bastille. Take a quick listen:

You can play this in open tuning, but it’s better with a guitar capo at the 2nd fret.

Play all four chords throughout the entire song. Easy!

Pompeii

Knockin’ on Heavens Door – Bob Dylan

What list of easy guitar songs would be complete without a song from the bard of our generation, Bob Dylan. Knocking on Heaven’s Door is one of those numbers that every beginner guitarist ought to know. You may be more familiar with Guns & Roses version.

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.

Good luck!