10 Easy Songs to Learn on Acoustic Guitar

The first question to ask is “what is the definition of an easy guitar song?” followed by, “is it something I want to play?” and, finally, “should each song on the list stretch me further than the previous one” Let’s take each one of these questions in turn.

An easy guitar song should, primarily, use open chords and have a relatively simple structure so that there should be concentration on the playing and not becoming side-tracked by attempting to analyse and re- learning a complex structure that is difficult to break down into manageable trunks. Probably best leave out the prog rock songs!!! Having said that, basic barre chords can be used that can, sometimes, be played in a simpler way than the full chord.

If you want to keep up your motivation levels, it is best to learn songs you want to play. The end goal will be even more important to accomplish if you are desperate to understand how to play it; this will encourage you to keep on trying. Don’t really want to learn something? It could well lead to you not being bothered and, ultimately, giving up.

Once you have learnt an “easy guitar song” it is definitely beneficial to try and stretch yourself further with each new one you attempt. This may not necessarily mean an increase in complexity or level of difficulty, but could be a new chord, a different strumming pattern, individual notes or melodies that link parts of a song, more chords, or maybe a song with a high paced sped with quick chord changes.

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It maybe that your definition of an easy song, or set of easy songs, is completely different, but here are 10 suggested songs you may like to start off with:


  1. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
  2. The One I Love – REM
  3. Proud Mary – Credence Clearwater Revival
  4. Imagine – John Lennon
  5. The River –Bruce Springsteen
  6. Sister Golden Hair –America
  7. Tequila Sunrise – The Eagles
  8. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
  9. Catch the Wind – Donovan
  10. Lola –The Kinks


Whilst scanning this list, your first observations maybe, where are The Beatles and Rolling Stones tracks? What about some Elvis or rock ‘n roll? And “what? No Van Morrison?”

Well, as you probably know, some beginners try to run before they can walk and others believe that nursery rhymes and a single strum happy birthday are their limits. So, with that in mind, here are a few other suggestions you might like to take on board. These songs are, mostly, at the very beginner end of the spectrum, so you may like to choose three or four of these before embarking on the suggested songs above:

  1. Brown-Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  2. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  3. Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen
  4. A Girl Like You – Edwyn Collins
  5. Lyin’ Eyes – The Eagles

Whatever your preference, just make sure you enjoy learning the songs of your choice to keep those motivation levels as high as possible. The joy of learning a new song brings with it, the desire to learn more and keep progressing your guitar-playing.

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