25 Easy Beginner Songs To Play On Acoustic Guitar (+CHORDS)

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If you’re searching for some easy beginner songs to play on guitar, you’ve come to the right place! In today’s article, we’re going to highlight 25 of the most famous and easiest tracks suitable for absolute amateurs.

Becoming a master guitarist requires a lot of patience. Nevertheless, you don’t have to be skilled or incredibly talented to have fun while playing music! In fact, there are a lot of songs that even complete beginners can play and enjoy.

I prepared a list of 25 easy guitar songs which are perfect for those who are just starting out. It doesn’t matter whether you have an acoustic or an electric guitar – you can use any kind of gear. I’m sure that you’re going to enjoy today’s list!

For those who don’t like learning on their own, I gathered 25 video lessons – they’re available right under the table. Grab your guitar and let’s practice!

25 Easy Songs For Beginners – List

Ed Sheeran – PerfectCHORDS
Vance Joy – RiptideCHORDS
Plain White T’s – Hey There DelilahCHORDS
Coldplay – Viva La VidaCHORDS
Harry Styles – Watermelon SugarCHORDS
Oasis – WonderwallCHORDS
Eric Clapton – Tears In HeavenCHORDS
The Animals – House Of The Rising SunCHORDS
The Eagles – Hotel CaliforniaCHORDS
Jason Mraz – I’m YoursCHORDS
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen SpiritCHORDS
Eric Clapton – Wonderful TonightCHORDS
The Beatles – BlackbirdCHORDS
Justin Bieber – Love YourselfCHORDS
Post Malone – CirclesCHORDS
AC/DC – Highway To HellCHORDS
Coldplay – The ScientistCHORDS
Green Day – American IdiotCHORDS
Bob Marley – No Woman No CryCHORDS
Seal – Kiss From A RoseCHORDS
Metallica – Nothing Else MattersCHORDS
Paramore – Only ExceptionCHORDS
Red Hot Chili Peppers – CalifornicationCHORDS
Amy Winehouse – ValerieCHORDS
Neil Young – Heart Of GoldCHORDS

1. Ed Sheeran – Perfect

Perfect is one of the biggest hits by Ed Sheeran. I’m sure that you all heard it on the radio! The version above requires using a capo, but don’t worry if you don’t have it – you can play the same chords without it.

Most of songs written by Ed are pretty easy to learn and play, so if you like his music, you should definitely check out this list of easiest tracks by Ed Sheeran.

2. Vance Joy – Riptide

Riptide by Vance Joy is another really successful radio hit. This song is really important for this Australian artist – it made him really famous worldwide. And what’s interesting, it’s actually really easy to play! So if you’re searching for easy songs suitable for a beginner, you should definitely check out the lesson above.

3. Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah

Hey There Delilah by Plain White T’s is perfect for anyone who wants to practice fingerpicking rather than strumming. The song may seem challenging for absolute beginners, but it’s actually really straightforward. The tutorial above explains everything very thoroughly, so you’ll definitely learn something new.

4. Coldplay – Viva La Vida

Viva La Vida is one of the most famous songs written by Chris Martin and the rest of the band from Coldplay. The acoustic version may not sound as extravagant and royal as the original version, but it’s still a really great song to practice.

I highly recommend learning that song. A lot of people recognize it, so if you decide to play it in front of your friends, they’ll definitely join you to sing along!

5. Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar

Watermelon Sugar is a really simple song by Harry Styles. The track features only four chords – Dm, Am, C and G. If you know how to play this selection, you’re ready to go! The strumming pattern is pretty simple as well, so if you know the basics, you shouldn’t experience too many problems. In addition, it’s so fun to play and it has that really nice summer vibe.

6. Oasis – Wonderwall

Although Wonderwall by Oasis became a meme in the guitar community, it’s actually a really good song to learn. It features a really cool sounding chord progression and it’s not that complicated to learn.

I think that knowing how to play this track is an absolute must for any guitarist. Especially if you want to play in front of your family and friends from time to time! The lesson above will definitely help you learn it, because it explains everything in a lot of detail.

7. Eric Clapton – Tears In Heaven

The history of Tears In Heaven is really sad, but it’s still a really interesting song to learn. If you’re a fan of Eric Clapton, you should definitely check out the guitar tutorial above. The version above is really basic and it doesn’t sound the same as the original, but it’s really easy.

The real version involves a bit more of fingerpicking and it may be too difficult for absolute beginners. If you feel comfortable enough to learn the original version, you should move on to the more difficult lesson by this teacher!

8. The Animals – House Of A Rising Sun

House Of The Rising Sun is a classic and legendary track. Undoubtedly, any guitar player should know how to play that iconic intro! It’s not too difficult, so you shouldn’t experience too many issues while learning it. Even if you’re a complete amateur guitarist! I highly recommend checking out the lesson above.

9. The Eagles – Hotel California

Another legendary song that most of us know and love. Hotel California by The Eagles may be challenging for beginners, but it’s definitely worth it. Once you learn how to play it from start to finish, you’ll see that a lot of songs in popular music use the same chord progression and the same strumming techniques. Undoubtedly, it’s a really important track to learn if you want to become a better guitarist.

10. Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

I’m Yours by Jason Mraz is a really cool and fun song to play. As you can imagine, it’s really simple – it requires knowing only four chords (G, C, D, Em)! If you know these basics, you should be totally fine with learning it very quickly.

Moreover, you’ll also notice that this chord progression is used in a huge amount of pop songs. I definitely encourage you to check out the lesson above!

11. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit

Smells Like Teen Spirit is one of these songs that are suitable for every beginner. I think that knowing this track is crucial for any lover of rock, grunge and metal music! The vast majority of songs by Nirvana are actually pretty easy to play, so if you like that kind of vibe, check out my list of 10 easy Nirvana songs.

12. Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

Wonderful Tonight is one of the most popular songs by Eric Clapton and it’s actually really easy to learn for any beginner. In addition, this song is absolutely beautiful! Whether you want to play it in front of your crush or not, you should definitely take some time and learn it from start from finish.

13. The Beatles – Blackbird

Blackbird by The Beatles is one of the more challenging songs on today’s list. It’s still not extremely complicated, but there’s a high chance that you’ll need a few hours of free time to successfully learn it. Still, it’s an absolute classic and it features a really interesting chord progression.

Undoubtedly, it’s a perfect choice if you want to train your fingerpicking skills. The tutorial above will definitely help you to achieve that.

14. Justin Bieber – Love Yourself

Love Yourself can be played in lots of different ways, but the truth is that it sounds best when you’re using an electric guitar on a clean channel. Of course, you can still play it on an acoustic guitar! Whether you have that equipment or not, you will enjoy the guitar lesson shared above. This song by Justin Bieber is actually really easy to learn.

15. Post Malone – Circles

Circles by Post Malone can also be considered as one of the easy songs suitable even for a complete beginner. This massive hit received millions of streams worldwide – I’m sure that you heard it before on the radio. It’s really easy and it features some of the most basic chords and strumming techniques, so you shouldn’t have any problems to learn it from start to finish.

16. AC/DC – Highway To Hell

Highway To Hell by AC/DC is one of the most iconic rock songs of all time. Not many people are aware that it’s actually not that complicated. Whether you have an electric or an acoustic guitar, I highly recommend checking out the guitar tutorial above. It’s one of these songs that are definitely considered as easy songs suitable for absolute beginners.

17. Coldplay – The Scientist

There is a few different ways to play The Scientist by Coldplay, but I think that the version above features one of the easiest ways to do it. Bear in mind that you may need a capo to make it sound the same as in the original. The track is pretty easy to learn, so you shouldn’t experience too many problems while learning it.

18. Green Day – American Idiot

One of the most popular pop-punk songs of all time! Undoubtedly, American Idiot is a really easy track and it’s suitable even for amateurs. If you like this kind of music, you should definitely check out my list of 25 easy emo and pop-punk songs. The list includes a lot of easy songs by such bands as Green Day, Blink-182 or Paramore.

19. Bob Marley – No Woman No Cry

No Woman No Cry is one of the most popular songs written by Bob Marley. A lot of us know that song, but not many people know that it’s actually really easy to play on the guitar. Undoubtedly, it’s one of these easy songs that any beginner is going to love!

20. Seal – Kiss From A Rose

Kiss From A Rose is one of the biggest hits by Seal. This beautiful ballad is actually pretty easy to play, so you shouldn’t experience too many problems while learning it. It’s definitely a good choice for anyone who’s looking for easy songs suitable for complete beginners.

21. Metallica – Nothing Else Matters

Many people think that Nothing Else Matters by Metallica is complicated, but the truth is that it’s actually not that bad. I think that it’s one of the easy songs that any beginner has to learn in order to become a way better guitarist.

I remember that when I started my musical journey back in 2008, I considered learning this song as a huge milestone. It was a big deal for me and I felt really proud, so I’m sure that you’ll feel the same way. I highly recommend checking it out, even if it seems really difficult at the beginning.

22. Paramore – Only Exception

If you like Paramore, you will definitely enjoy this quick lesson of one of their biggest hits called Only Exception. The song is not that complicated but it involves the use of barre chords, so if you don’t know how to play them, you may struggle a bit. Still, it’s a really cool track to practice!

23. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

The style of John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is really difficult to imitate. He’s an incredibly talented guitarist and that’s why a lot of RHCP songs may be too difficult for amateurs. Still, Californication is one of the easy songs that any beginner can try to learn. Undoubtedly, it’s an absolute must for any lover of this legendary rock band!

24. Amy Winehouse – Valerie

Valerie is an incredible song popularized by Amy Winehouse. Not many people know that it’s actually a cover of a song written by The Zutons. Still, the track is really fun and easy to play. I highly recommend checking out the tutorial above!

25. Neil Young – Heart Of Gold

Heart Of Gold is a truly iconic song written by Neil Young. Undoubtedly, whether you like his music or not, you’ll definitely enjoy learning this legendary track. The song features a really simple chord progression and a few basic chords, so you shouldn’t experience too many issues while learning it, even if you’re a complete beginner.


As you can see, there are a lot of really easy songs that you can practice even if you’re a complete beginner. Don’t worry if you’re not an amazing guitarist yet. These things take time. You’ll get there, but you have to practice regularly and stay patient. That’s the key to success!

Which song from today’s list is your favorite? And are there any other songs that should be included in here? Let me know in the comments below, I’m really interested to hear your thoughts!

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