The First Songs You Should Learn on Guitar

Beginner Guitar Songs to Play With Easy Chords

If you're new to the guitar, you are probably anxious to learn some songs. The following are eleven of the simplest songs you can learn to play on the guitar. Although you can play any of these songs on any kind of guitar, these were chosen with the acoustic guitar in mind.

Click the links below to learn how to play each song.

1
Free Fallin'

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This Tom Petty classic is a good place to start, as you only need to move a couple fingers around to play the entire song. Although Free Fallin' is played with a capo, you can safely play this song without one.

2
Leaving On A Jet Plane

If you can play the G major, C major and D major chords, you've got all the tools you need to tackle this John Denver classic.

3
Wish You Were Here

Although the opening acoustic guitar solo is probably too tough to tackle right away, learning the main "riff" of this Pink Floyd song should be fairly straightforward.

4
Horse With No Name

This America song was at one point a song that almost everyone knew how to play - including people who didn't know how to play guitar. About as simple as it gets.

5
Knockin' on Heaven's Door

You may know the original Bob Dylan version of the song, or the Guns n' Roses cover - both are easy to play. A few simple chords are all you'll need to strum along with this one.

6
Wonderwall

This Oasis song uses a few simple chords - the strum may be a challenge, but you should be able to learn this one pretty quickly.

7
House of the Rising Sun

If you know this very old folk song, you probably know the recording by The Animals, which features some slightly more advanced arpeggiated picking. The chords, however, are pretty straightforward, although they do include the F major chord.

8
Wonderful Tonight

The chords for this Eric Clapton song are simple, and they change slowly. Once you've mastered the chords, you might even want to try playing the lead guitar part.

9
Brown Eyed Girl

A nice and easy song by Van Morrison that you should be able to learn the chords to quickly. Once you get the hang of the chords, you can tackle the signature opening guitar riff.

10
I Should Have Known Better

This early Beatles song features a straightforward strum and a few basic chords. Beginner guitarists should be able handle this one.

11
Heart of Gold

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This legendary tune from Neil Young's classic 1972 album Harvest is simple to play on guitar, but sounds great. "Heart of Gold" mixes chords with a very single note pattern.

Looking for more songs you're not finding here?

Check out this list of the "Top 60s Songs for Acoustic Guitar" for a bunch of different simple songs to learn.