105 Easy 3 Chord Guitar Songs (2024 With Tabs)

Songs with 3 chord progressions are a great place to start for any aspiring guitarist. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best to add to your repertoire. These songs will allow you to practice and master the different skills that every beginner guitarist should learn without being too complicated to learn yet giving you the satisfaction of learning a whole song.

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If you are only beginning your guitar-playing journey, I strongly recommend starting with some of the following 3 chord songs. The list covers a variety of genres and is sure to cover some songs that you know and love.

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List of 3 Chord Guitar Songs

1. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Genre Country rock
Tuning D, C, G
Tabs View Sweet Home Alabama Tabs Here

One of the greatest rock acts of all time, “Sweet Home Alabama,” is a masterpiece. One of the most exciting guitar riffs ever; you might not realize at first that this is a 3 chord song because the notes of each chord are individually picked for the intro riff. This is great to help you bridge the gap between strumming chords and picking individual notes. It forms a solid foundation for learning the licks and slides that you can incorporate into your playing later. However, it’s also possible to play the song by just strumming out the three chords as you will see in the video above. Especially on an acoustic guitar, strumming out the chords is a great starting point and sounds great once you get a catchy strumming pattern down.

Technically, the song has four chords. However, the F chord only needs to be played very briefly. You can get away with the song by ditching the F chord altogether. What you need to concentrate on is the transition between chords. As always, make sure you learn at your own pace, and you will eventually get the hang of it.

2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something

Genre Alt-rock
Chords D, A, G
Tabs View Breakfast at Tiffany’s Tabs Here

With only three chords to master, this mid-90s earworm makes a perfect addition to this list. Released by the alt-rock band Deep Blue Something, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” took the world by storm. It’s also the only hit in the band’s discography, as they parted ways soon after the success of this single.

All three chords that you’ll need to play this tune are beginner-friendly. You can either use an acoustic or electric to play it or both if you’ve got a friend to jam with you. The only part that’ll take some practice is the relatively fast 16th-note strumming pattern. Add it to your practice routine until you have it down pat.

3. Closer by Chain Smokers

Genre EDM
Chords Cadd9, D, Em7
Tabs View Closer Tabs Here

Racing all the way up to the top of the charts and sitting pretty for weeks in a row is no ordinary feat. But this 2016 EDM track by the Chainsmokers managed exactly that! Halsey’s vocal pipes, heartwarming lyrics, and one of the catchiest synth hooks in recent times bolstered “Closer” to a ubiquitous and impossible-to-miss status.

If EDM is your jam, you’ll love playing this song on your acoustic guitar. Place a capo on the first fret and play Cadd9, D, and Em7 chords over and over again. Adding accents to your strumming will make your performance sound more expressive and closer to the original. The tutorial above will show you how to get it done.

4. Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars

Genre Soft Rock, Hip Hop
Tuning Bm, D, G
Tabs View Just the Way You Are Tabs Here

Heartfelt lyrics, dreamy vocals, and beautiful melodies have made Bruno Mars the hit-making machine that he is. In his 2010 solo debut, “Just the Way You Are,” Mars is smitten with a girl and sings to her beauty. It’s one of those tracks designed to put a smile on the listener’s face. Beginners can play this song with Bm, D, and G chords. Yes, the Bm barre chord might make your smile disappear, but learning it will make a host of amazing songs accessible to you.

5. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

Genre Dance Pop
Chords Am C G
Tabs View Shake It Off Tabs Here

Shake it Off is a pop anthem that encourages self-confidence and resilience. The song has a lot of positive energy. It was released in 2014 by Taylor Swift as a single from her album “1989.”

The song has a catchy melody and empowering lyrics like “Shake it off,” which encourages you to embrace yourself and brush away any negativity in your life.

The chord progression is pretty straightforward in the key of G. Focus on creating a bouncy and upbeat rhythm; you can try different patterns and stick to the one that suits you best.

6. Free Fallin by Tom Petty

Genre Rock, Folk Rock
Chords D G A
Tabs View Free Fallin Tabs Here

Free Fallin is the first ever song released by Tom Petty. The song came out in 1989 in Tom’s first album. The song was ranked in the top 10 in 1990 and quickly became popular.

It’s an easy song to play with fun lyrics and strumming patterns. There are only three open chords with slight variations throughout the song. You’ll hear a few guitars here and there, but the main guitar rhythm is easy to play since it only has three chords.

7. Knockin’ On Heavens Door by Bob Dylan

Genre Rock
Chords G D Am
Tabs View Knockin’ On Heavens Door Tabs Here

Bob Dylan released this masterpiece in 1973 which features simple but powerful melodies and chords. “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” is a song that became Dylan’s most popular and most recognizable composition.

The song talks about themes of morality, reflection and longing for peace and has hit the heart of millions of listeners around the world.

It’s one of the first songs I learned as a beginner since it’s also easy to play and sing along at the same time.

The song features a gentle strumming pattern with smooth chord transitions that create a perfect backdrop for powerful lyrics. You should maintain a steady and consistent strumming pattern throughout the song, changing the dynamics during different parts to capture the emotion and feel of the song.

8. Times Like These by Foo Fighters

Genre Classic Rock
Chords C Em D
Tabs View Times Like These Tabs Here

“Times Like These” is a powerful rock anthem by the American rock band Foo Fighters. It was released in 2002 as a single from their album “One by One.” The Song has connected with audiences around the world and has become a sort of anthem for resilience.

The song is also one of the band’s favorite and most beloved tracks.

While playing the guitar for “Times Like These,” keep in mind the steady and driving strumming pattern and the chord changes. The chords are not hard as the whole song revolves around open chords that are very easy to learn and master.

9. All The Small Things by Blink-182

Genre Pop- Punk
Chords C F G
Tabs View All The Small Things Tabs Here

All the small things is a lively and energetic pop-punk anthem released by Blink 182 in 1999. The song was an instant hit and appealed to millions of young listeners who craved relatable lyrics and catchy tunes.

The song is mainly played on three power chords that are very easy to hold and transition to while playing. It’s a great song to play around your friends or on stage with an energetic crowd.

Keep in mind the strumming pattern while you learn the song so it sounds just like the original song when you perform.

10. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Genre Roots rock
Chords D, A, G
Tabs View Bad Moon Rising Tabs Here

I can’t think of a better song with 3 chords than this 1969 CCR classic, Bad Moon Rising. While the song has a simple and fun strumming pattern, it is the addition of arpeggiated notes on the guitar riffs that make it so fun to play.

This song is one of the most acclaimed musical pieces of 1969. It peaked at the 2nd spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in the UK. What you might not know is that at least 20 different artists have covered this song. And what’s more is the fact that many of these versions were never completely roots rock. Some were reggae, while others gave the song a more folk-like vibe. Yet, Creedence Clearwater Revival turned this song into an electrifying psychedelic rock piece.

11. Wild Thing by The Troggs

Genre Garage rock
Chords A, D, E
Tabs View Wild Things Tabs Here

Almost everyone knows that The Troggs popularized this song way back in 1966. I’ll bet you didn’t know that it was the New York City-based rock band, The Wild Ones that first recorded it a year earlier. It was a commercial flop, though.

Then came the Hampshire boys from the UK with their characteristic English charisma. I can only speculate that the growing popularity of the invading British bands on the American music scene of the 1960s had something to do with the warm reception of American ears to the Troggs’ version. After all, they came at a time when everybody was already getting hyped up to the music of British bands, like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, and The Animals, among others.

Wild Thing is a very popular song to cover and is one you should definitely consider adding to your guitar song repertoire. It is a very lively song that is meant to unleash the beast lurking inside you. That is what makes this piece so awesome. It’s a bit weird, yet it has an element of coolness to it.

12. Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash

Genre Country
Chords G, C, D
Tabs View Ring of Fire Tabs Here

Who doesn’t love Johnny Cash? I had to put him on this list. Here’s a country song that will not make you sound oversentimental; “Ring of Fire” is one of Johnny’s greatest pieces. However, he had his wife, June Carter Cash, to thank for writing the song. It has a folk-like vibe to it that will have you strumming and fingerpicking your guitar for hours on end.

The Rolling Stone magazine considers Ring of Fire as one of music history’s greatest pieces. No surprise there. What differentiated Cash’s version from the original Carter piece was the introduction of Mariachi-style horns. It would be impossible to replicate this sound with your guitar. However, it should give you a basic idea of the natural pitch of the song.

The guitar riffs involve arpeggios with an emphasis on the bass notes. It would seem as if the high notes provide the backing for the piece. Once you start with the verses, it is the strumming of the lower strings that you will focus on. Your fingers will also make occasional trips to the bass strings. It is a wonderful piece for practicing and strengthening a few basic guitar-playing techniques.

13. What’s Up? by 4 Non Blondes

Genre Alternative rock
Chords G, Am, C
Tabs View What’s Up? Tabs Here

If you are looking for an easy song to play on your acoustic guitar, I recommend this 1992 pop-rock classic from 4 Non Blondes. I think it is one of the most anthemic musical pieces to be recorded in the second half of the 20th century. While the song did not top the charts, it became a mainstay on the airwaves of radio stations all over the world.

The song has a funky beat that complimented Linda Perry’s gymnastic vocals. You should not worry about hitting the notes right. As far as I am concerned, this is a piece that even any beginner can pick up in no time.

You can be that guitarist if you like. The strumming pattern is simple for What’s Up? You won’t have to worry about any fingerstyle. It is an all-out strumming pattern. What is essential is to get the rhythm right.

14. Here I am to Worship by Tim Hughes

Genre Worship
Chords E, B, A
Tabs View Here I am to Worship Tabs Here

This slow worship ballad in the key E major, with a length of 5:16, has major themes like worship, gratitude, and Jesus’ life. When Tim Hughes wrote the song in 1999, he was taking inspiration from Philippians 2, a passage speaking about Jesus Christ who left heaven, came to earth, and later sacrificed himself for the love of humankind. He wrote it to describe how he felt after reading this passage.

However, he wasn’t satisfied with how the chorus flowed, so he struggled to come up with a better one. That is why he decided to put it aside for about six months because he’s still not confident in the chorus until he played the song at the Soul Survivor church, where his pastor told him to play it often.

Its popularity spread, and later it became one of the most popular gospel songs in the world, with different versions covered by contemporary worship artists like Michael W. Smith and Chris Tomlin. This is easily one of my 3 chord worship songs for guitar.

15. Three Little Birds by Bob Marley

Genre Roots reggae
Chords A, D, E
Tabs View Three Little Birds Tabs Here

To say that I love playing this song on the guitar is an understatement. I’m not the only one who thinks Three Little Birds is up there among the greatest hits ever. Otherwise, Karen David, Robbie Williams, and Jason Mraz would not have lent their voices in the recreation of this masterpiece.

What makes this song ideal for beginners, aside from the fact that it is a 3 chord song, is that there are no fancy fingerstyle techniques. It does require learning the technique of palm muting. This gives the song its drumbeat-like rhythm. You also get to practice a bit of a modified hammer-on. So, give it your best. This is one song you will be playing every time your buddies call for a round of booze and Jamaican-inspired party chow.

16. Bottoms Up by Brantley Gilbert

Genre Country rock
Chords Em, C, D
Tabs View Bottoms Up Tabs Here

With only three open chords that will only require about three fingers to fret, how hard can it be to play Bottoms Up? This contemporary musical piece has all the makings of a great country rock song. Bottoms Up has two distinct parts that every aspiring guitarist needs to learn.

The intro and the verse have an almost ballad-like melody that is made even more spine-tingling by the arpeggiated chords. This is the perfect opportunity for you to brush up on your picking skills. If you can’t seem to coordinate your wrist movement with the flick of the pick, hold onto your guitar. Take it slowly. You will eventually master the sequencing of the notes.

The second part, the chorus, takes on a classic rock vibe. The most crucial thing to master here is the sliding and palm muting techniques. Get it right, and you can easily nail the song. Technically, the song follows this soft fingerpicking-powerful strumming pattern. There is also the coda, where you get to create a spine-tingling arpeggio with the 1st string. It should be fun putting all these elements together. It is worth getting your buddies for a whole night of jamming in your man cave. This is one of my favorite 3 chord songs on guitar.

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17. Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen

Genre Rock
Chords E, D, A
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Here is a masterpiece that graced Hot 100’s 5th top slot when Springsteen released it in 1985. Surprisingly, Bruce recorded the song about three years earlier.

“Glory Days” is the kind of 3 chord guitar song that gets everyone stomping their feet and singing along. The best instrument for this is the electric guitar, but you can certainly cover it on your acoustic. I’m sure you will get the garage band vibe of this song. If you play it right, you might even give it a honky-tonk piano-like vibe.

18. Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen

Genre Folk
Chords A, D, G
Tabs View Nebraska Tabs Here

This hit from Bruce Springsteen’s 1982 album, Nebraska, is the perfect song to introduce you to this one-of-a-kind album. The song is a moody composition, made even more depressing by the implementation of a harmonica.

Nebraska is perfect for youngsters who want to master the fingerpicking technique. I prefer using a thumb pick as it gives a more distinct sound. The arpeggiated introduction leaves the 6th string open, focusing mostly on the numbers 3, 4, and 5 strings. It is an easy piece to learn. However, it does require the solid coordination of your playing fingers. Another point you want to learn is the rhythm. It is not that complicated unless you play it like Bruce Springsteen. You will get to that eventually. Despite the bleak message of the song, Nebraska has a beautiful melody.

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19. La Bamba by Ritchie Valens

Genre Rock and roll
Chords G, C, D
Tabs View La Bamba Tabs Here

We may already be entering the third decade of the 21st century, but this 1958 Chicano rock song still hits home with just about everyone. Still echoing throughout Honky-tonk bars and dodgy pubs, It is both a party piece and a good get-together song for rugged guys.

Ritchie Valens did not write the original song. In fact, he is one of many artists who covered it. Like all folk songs, learning La Bamba on your guitar takes patience. A lot of it. This song may have a very predictable chord pattern and rhythm. Its fingerstyle requires absolute concentration. You can strum it. That is always a good and easy way to play the song. However, if you want to give it justice, then it is the way of the fingerstyle that you must adhere to.

20. For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield

Genre Folk rock
Chords E, A, D
Tabs View For What It’s Worth Tabs Here

I am not kidding when I say For What It’s Worth is one of the easiest 3 chord songs you can learn to play. This 1960s song is a favorite of Hollywood moguls who want the modern generation to learn about what it was like to live in the 60s. I have buddies who are active in labor unions, and they always play this song whenever they have a gathering. It’s a protest song, although some people would call it an anti-war piece. Regardless, I say it’s an excellent piece to learn on the guitar.

21. Walk of Life by Dire Straits

Genre Rock
Chords A, D, E
Tabs View Walk of Life Tabs Here

A fun song for the fun activities of fun-loving people, Walk of Life is one of Dire Straits’ most popular musical creations. Of course, the British group also had Sultans of Swing and Money for Nothing, among others. Southerners will love the Cajun twist added to the song. Its extra-long introduction, which lasts a little under 60 seconds, has a recognizable melody. It is impossible to mistake it for another song.

Most guitarists play Walk of Life with an E, A, B, and an E7 chord. However, you can always simplify it to play only three chords – A, D, and E. It follows an easy-to-memorize D-DU-DU-DU strumming pattern. I suggest getting your strumming hand accustomed to the movement because the tempo of this 1985 rock piece is a blistering 172 beats per minute. Do not fret so much about the presto tempo of the song. Play it at 80 beats per minute, and you should still be fine. Pick up the pace when your wrist is already making smooth up-and-down movements without fail.

22. Hound Dog by Elvis Presley

Genre Rock and roll
Chords A, D, E
Tabs View Hound Dog Tabs Here

Would it blow you away if I told you that Elvis Presley was not the brains behind this 1950s song? That distinction goes to Big Mama Thornton, who recorded it in 1952 or four years before The King of Rock and Roll gave it his version. Here is another brain food for you. Both Thornton and Presley versions earned accolades from the music industry. Both recordings are Hall of Famers and are considered as two of the world’s 500 all-time greatest songs. Very few songs have achieved such a feat.

There are more than 250 ways you can play Hound Dog. Fans of rhythm and blues will want to play it like Big Mama’s original recording. If you are a huge Elvis fan, then it is rock and roll for you. Other artists have also covered Hound Dog through the decades. Each one of them can provide inspiration on how you want to play this piece on your guitar.

Elvis’s version is a true-blue rock and roll piece. The chords could not be simpler. Just do not forget to shorten the neck by placing a capo on your guitar’s 3rd fret. This will give your guitar a higher pitch, which should make it sound a lot closer to the Elvis recording. What is imperative is to learn the technique of totally stopping the strumming right after each verse.

23. Louie Louie by The Kingsmen

Genre Garage rock
Chords A, D, Em
Tabs View Louie Louie Tabs Here

Here is another rhythm and blues song that was given the rock and roll treatment to make it more appealing to the rock-crazed crowd of the 1960s. Richard Berry recorded the original Louie Louie in 1955. The Kingsmen gave Berry’s song a twist in 1963. It is a rock and pop standard, a Hall of Famer, and one of the most influential musical pieces of the 20th century.

The easiest method of playing Louie Louie is by strumming the open chords as is. However, I have seen some guitarists who modify the song a little bit. They use the higher frets (those closer to the guitar body) to give the song more character. The surprising thing is that they do not necessarily employ barre chords. In fact, they use the same chord shapes as in the original version.

You should try to learn to play it higher up the neck. This method has the added advantage of getting you familiar with this section of the fretboard. Most beginner guitarists focus only on the lower neck (that section of the fretboard closest to the headstock). Mind you, many rock and roll songs require guitarists to play closer to the body. This song should get you comfortable playing in this fretboard section.

24. Lord I Lift Your Name on High by Rick Founds

Genre Worship
Chords G, C, D
Tabs View Lord I Lift Your Name on High Tabs Here

This worship song was written by Rick Founds, who composed it during a morning devotion in 1989. Did you know that he wrote it while watching TV and reading the scriptures on his PC monitor?

The redemption cycle, which he compared with the water cycle, was his concept for this song that he later performed in church. Later, it was picked up by Maranatha! Music with the Maranatha! Singers recorded it first on the album “Double Praise” in 1989. It’s been one of the most known and used Christian songs since the 1990s and the most popular church song in the US from 1997-2003, according to the Christian Copyright Licensing International.

Since then, “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” has different style interpretations like rock, hip hop, R&B, and reggae, to name some. It’s also been translated into languages like Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, Slovenian, and Polish, among others. This 3 chord guitar song is one of the first songs that beginners want to learn on their guitar, not just because it’s easy but also inspiring.

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25. The Joker by Steve Miller Band

Genre Blues-rock
Chords G, Cadd9, Dsus4
Tabs View The Joker Tabs Here

Topping the Hot 100 in 1974, The Joker again topped the charts when it was reissued some 16 years later. It is proof of the song’s popularity, thanks to the unique addition of a wolf whistle that accompanies the fascinating slides on the fretboard. The song has a funky beat that will have your best buddies bobbing their heads in unison like the Troll dolls on your dashboard.

A song that requires only basic down strums to play is something that any beginner guitarist should be able to master in one sitting. That is how ridiculously easy and simple The Joker is. Well, that is if you are only going to play the verses and choruses. If it is the intro and the guitar riffs that you want to master, then you should really spend more time flexing your fingers and honing your fingerpicking abilities.

I love the bass notes of The Joker. It is what comprises the intro and the solos. There are occasional strikes on the high strings to add a nice touch to the composition. Palm muting is also a skill that will be crucial in playing The Joker. It emphasizes the breaks in between chord progressions. You can also try to hit the open chords higher up the neck.

26. The Gambler by Kenny Rogers

Genre Country
Chords D, G, A
Tabs View The Gambler Tabs Here

A favorite of Las Vegas frequenters, The Gambler is a nice song that you can play on an acoustic or even a classical guitar. Some guitarists prefer to play The Gambler arpeggio. Seasoned guitarists will forgive you for playing it as normal people do – strumming. However, there are a few critical points to keep in mind when you do decide to strum your way to The Gambler.

Start with downstrokes until you get a feel for the song. It may not sound nice at first. Do not worry. As soon as you are confident with the downstrokes, you can begin integrating upstrokes in your rhythm. The song requires a standard strumming pattern of D-D-UDU. If this is confusing, I suggest attacking it slowly. It is always easier to pick up the pace once you have already synchronized your finger and hand movements. This is another one of my favorite 3 chord guitar songs.

27. Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw

Genre Country
Chords G, Em7, Cadd9
Tabs View Humble and Kind Tabs Here

This is a phenomenal musical piece that is pleasant to the ears and gives a sense of meaning to what you have been doing with your life. Humble and Kind is perfect for beginners. Even professional guitarists play this song in their me-times. Strumming follows a D-DU-U pattern, which should be a cinch to execute. Absolute newbies can try strumming to the tune of the song at a slow tempo. This will help build their confidence in making the transition between the second downstroke and the first upstroke for each strumming pattern cycle. It is a simple technique that can be an excellent foundation for your future guitar playing.

28. Lean On Me by Bill Withers

Genre Soul
Chords A, D, E
Tabs View Lean On Me Tabs Here

Almost half a century has passed, and Lean on Me remains a favorite of well-established brotherhoods all over the world. This is a 1972 soul music that ranks high on the list of the music world’s 500 greatest songs in history. Numerous artists recorded their version of Lean on Me over the years. Two of them landed the song at the summit of the Hot 100.

While the song may not be the anthem of bikers and rugged men, Lean on Me sure is a great song for bosom buddies. Remember that friend of yours in high school? The one who either gets you always in trouble or always has your back no matter what? This is the perfect song for such friendships.

The song has a very straightforward composition. You should be okay if you get the three chords right. Technically, a greater portion of the verses only has the A and the D chords. By the time you get to the ‘lean on me’ part, that is the only time you will use the E chord. It is basic that I am sure a third-grader will never have problems playing this on a half-sized guitar.

29. You Are My King (Amazing Love) by Billy Foote

Genre Worship
Chords A, D, E
Tabs View You Are My King (Amazing Love) Tabs Here

This song is written by Billy James Foote, who’s known for his Christian worship songs. In 1990, Foote started leading worship, and initially was just him and his guitar. Later, he added a drummer, a bass player, and Cindy, his wife, on vocals. But as he developed hyper-dysphonia around 2000, Cindy became the lead vocals because his vocals were affected by the condition. He continued writing, with “Amazing Love (You Are My King) as one of his well-known songs, along with “You Are God Alone” and “Sing to the King.”

This song topped the US Billboard Christian Song charts in 2003 and was ninth in the Billboard Hot Christian Songs in the 2000s. You Are My King (Amazing Love) is a single by the Newsboys from their album “Adoration: The Worship Album,” which was released in 2003 under the Sparrow music label.

30. Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed

Genre Glam rock
Chords C, F, D
Tabs View Walk on the Wild Side Tabs Here

They say men have a natural predilection for walking the tightrope on things that society considers taboo. From substance abuse to the secret world of male sex workers and everything else in between, Walk on the Wild Side accurately sums them all up. Perhaps it is the uncomfortable truth of speaking about these things in the open that prompted Lou Reed to mask his views in a song. It is a fascinating piece with an iconic ‘doot-di-doot’ hook and a 3 chord structure that even newbies will never find intimidating.

While the chords will never prove too formidable for absolute beginners, I can foresee the strumming pattern to be a major headache for them. It has a moderately fast tempo of about 104 beats per minute. It is the correct sequencing of the downstrokes and upstrokes that can be confusing to newbie guitarists. Forget fretting the chords and focus more on learning the correct strumming pattern. It would be easy to play the song’s chords once you already memorized the strumming.

You will also need to practice palm muting and hammer-on techniques. These methods give the song its characteristic punchiness. It is a nice foundation for playing other songs, especially heavy metal ones. Put these elements together, and you are ready to rock the house with your drinking buddies.

31. Stay With Me by Sam Smith

Genre Soul
Chords Am, F, C
Tabs View Stay With Me Tabs Here

This song is perfect for people who are just starting to play the guitar. The strumming is basic. The chord shapes are easy, except for possibly the F barre chord. If you can’t position your fingers to create a barre chord, do not fret. There is an easy way to shape an F chord in a similar fashion to the G. So, give Stay with Me a try.

32. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

Genre Alternative rock
Chords A, D, E
Tabs View Chasing Cars Tabs Here

The digital era has brought on a massive jump in music consumption. Chasing Cars is proof of the power of digital technology. It also underscores the shift in preference of audiophiles from CDs to digital formats. In case you did not know, Chasing Cars is the UK’s most widely played digital music in the first ten years of the 21st century.

What I find so appealing about Chasing Cars is its catchy tune that is perfect for the guitar. It is a colossal ballad that never required anything fancy to make it work. As a guitarist, I like the song’s ever-building crescendo. The guitar’s role in the song may be as sparse as the hair on your head. However, it sure delivers a message to forlorn men.

The easiest way to play Chasing Cars on the guitar is by using a series of down strums all throughout the song. It has a moderately fast rhythm, but nothing that a quick successive flick of the wrist will not accomplish. If you’re an alternative rock song, this is one of the best three chord songs out there.

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33. Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis

Genre Rock and roll
Chords G, C, D
Tabs View Great Balls of Fire Tabs Here

I can think of 1001 reasons why Great Balls of Fire rightfully belongs to the world’s 500 greatest songs. It is a rock standard and a very easy one to play on almost any type of guitar. Bring out your electric guitar, and you can easily execute its melody. It sounds great on an acoustic, too. In fact, this is the perfect song for entertaining your buddies during the half-time break of the Super Bowl.

I did not even mention the different guitar techniques you can learn and master playing this 1957 song. One of the most important is the palm muting technique that you need to execute at certain sections of the musical piece. This requires a precision stoppage of the strings at the right moment. It takes practice to get it right.

Start with the simplest strumming pattern you know. Whatever is more comfortable for you. It is always easier to add an up strum after every few down strums than learning the whole set at the same time the first time.

Best advice? Have fun trying to learn these songs. That wraps up our list of 3 chord guitar songs. The original chords of these songs may include barre chords. However, you can always transpose them to make it easier for beginner guitarists. I’m sure some of these songs can help to provide you with a good foundation as an aspiring guitarist to build on your skills and styles.

34. Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan

Genre Folk
Chords G, C, D
Tabs View Blowin’ in the Wind Tabs Here

It’s incredible how a song that took Bob Dylan ten minutes to write became one of his most memorable compositions, lyrically and musically. But that was the genius of Dylan – writing emotionally compelling lyrics and bringing them to life through captivating acoustic melodies and his signature harmonica.

From his second album Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, “Blowin’ in the Wind” is an anti-war anthem with each verse written as a commentary on war, rights, and equality, before topping it with the iconic chorus – “the answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind.” This song is in an easily playable and common time signature of 4/4. Familiarity with G, C, and D chords is all you need to get this song going.

35. You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

Genre Hard Rock
Chords G, C, D
Tabs View You Shook Me All Night Long Tabs Here

The legendary guitarists-brothers Angus and Malcolm Young’s work in AC/DC is the stuff of dreams for aspiring guitarists. “You Shook Me All Night Long” is possibly one of their most accessible singles. It’s true that the original recording is a guitar-heavy affair teeming with blazing riffage, killer solos, and a rock-solid rhythm – not exactly for beginners. Thankfully, there’s a really simple version of this song that you can start with before leveling up your skills. Watch the tutorial and check out the tabs to learn how to play this song with only three basic chords G major, C major, and D major.

36. I Have a Dream by Abba

Genre Country Pop
Chords A, D, E
Tabs View I Have a Dream Tabs Here

ABBA’s knack for creating catchy, relatable, and timeless masterpieces catapulted them into one of pop music’s most influential icons, with over 300 million albums in sales and numerous awards. The Swedish group’s chart-busting single “I Have a Dream” still rings in the Christmas spirit. It’s all about good vibes, love, and hope – a dream for a happy, beautiful world. It’s as lovely to hear and sing as it is easy to play. If you know A, D, and E chords, all you’ll need to focus on is mastering the strumming pattern. Don’t forget to place a capo on the 1st fret before starting the lesson.

37. Wicked Game by Chris Isaak

Genre Soft Rock
Chords Bm, A, E
Tabs View Wicked Game Tabs Here

Some songs make you exclaim, “I’ve heard this before!” this one is one of them. From countless covers to getting featured in popular films and television series, Chris Isaak’s chart-shattering sultry tune “Wicked Game” has been everywhere. To play that hypnotic opening riff, you’ll need an electric guitar, preferably a Stratocaster, with a tremolo bar. But the rhythm part is absolutely no-fuss and can be played on an acoustic using just three chords in the same progression through the whole song.

38. Gloria by Them

Genre Garage Rock
Tuning E, D, A, G
Tabs View Gloria Tabs Here

Before Van Morisson became a legend, he used to be a part of a Belfast-based band Them. “Gloria” became a hormone-activating garage rock anthem widely hailed by teens and the young. The song inspired countless covers, including some more-refined ones by Patti Smith, Jimi Hendrix, and The Doors. “Gloria’s” raging success made Morisson a household name and confident of embarking on his journey as a solo artist.

Simple in melody, lyrics, and playability, this track became popular to the point of being inescapable. It doesn’t stray from a three-chord structure but with quick chord transitions. The chords you’ll be using here are E, A, and D, except for a G major chord showing up once or twice in the entire song.

39. In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins

Genre Soft Rock
Tuning Am, G, F
Tabs View In the Air Tonight Tabs Here

Phil Collins was going through a turbulent phase when he composed his most loved song, “In the Air Tonight.” An enduring classic, this melancholic soft rock gem recently got a fresh lease of life after going viral recently, bringing it on the radar of the Millenials and zoomers. Collins’ evocative drum solo powered by anger, pain, and heartbreak is mesmerizing. Guitar-wise, the song employs three chords – Am, G, and F in a straightforward chord progression. Tune in to the tutorial above to get started.

40. Royals by Lorde

Genre Art Pop
Chords G, D, C
Tabs View Royals Tabs Here

In her breakout hit “Royals,” Lorde creates a delicious cocktail of pop, electronica, hip hop, and R&B that kicks off with finger snaps. Her vocal pipes are backed by a blend of deep bass, fabulous synth sounds, and a groovy drumbeat. It’s minimalist and masterfully layered.

While self-releasing her debut single, little did the New Zealand-born musician know that she was about to create music history. “Royals” ended up becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time, turning Lorde into a bonafide superstar! With 10 million copies in sales, this song is one of the handful of singles in American music to earn a diamond certification. Learn the three chords you need to play it by clicking on the tabs and tutorial above.

41. Can’t You See by The Marshall Tucker Band

Genre Country Rock
Chords D, C, G
Tabs View Can’t You See Tabs Here

Since the mid-1970s, The Marshall Tucker Band have dominated the Southern rock scene, and if their recent sold-out tours are anything to go by, these guys are in no mood to hang up the boots soon. From the start, this South Carolina-based band is known to play around with different sounds, and their rock music is strongly influenced by country, jazz, and R&B styles.

Their 1973 “Can’t You See” begins with an acoustic accompanied by a flute, with Toy Cadwell crooning about escaping the town by jumping on a freight train to get away from his depressed state of mind. The original recording isn’t a three-chord piece. It has plenty of riffs and a short solo, but I managed to get my hands on a super easy version of this classic. The chords you’ll use here are all open chords and go in the same progression throughout the song.

42. Holy Mountain by Noel Gallagher

Genre Rock
Tuning G, D, C
Tabs View Holy Mountain Tabs Here

“Holy Mountain” might not feature in Noel Gallagher’s best-known tracks, but for the former guitarist of Oasis, it’s one of the best pieces of music he’s ever made. Recorded by Gallagher-fronted High Flying Birds, this is a bouncy, upbeat rocker guaranteed to get the crowd going. As cryptic as the lyrics are, the melody is lively and backed by impressive hooks and riffs – basically Gallagher in his element. You can play this song using a capo on the 1st fret and G, C, and D chords.

43. Havana by Camila Cabello

Genre Pop
Tuning Em, C, B7
Tabs View Havana Tabs Here

You can play many pop songs with three chords or less, and Camila Cabello’s career-defining hit “Havana” is one of them. Fuelled by the feisty salsa spirit, this dance-floor-friendly track was Cabello’s homage to her Cuban roots. She cracked the winning formula of creating a Latin-influenced pop with a universal appeal. If you want to learn something easygoing, this song is for you. A capo on the third fret and a three-chord progression in a repetitive pattern will get you through the song. Watch the video lesson to learn more.

44. Sunday Morning by Maroon 5

Genre Pop Rock
Tuning Dm7, G7, C
Tabs View Sunday Morning Tabs Here

With five singles from their debut album becoming chart sensations, Maroon 5 broke into mainstream American pop glory. As a beautifully written single off the same album, “Sunday Morning” made quite an impression. It’s like comfort food for the ears. In the guitar department, the song follows a three-chord progression around the chords of Dm7, G7, and C throughout the song.

45. The Tide is High by Blondie

Genre Reggae
Chords A, D, E
Tabs View The Tide is High Tabs Here 

Blondie’s signature song “Tide is High” is, in fact, their rendition of a 1967 rocksteady classic by the Jamaican vocals trio, the Paragons. Blondie’s version put a strong reggae spin on the original, with horns, strings, and the works. This groovy earworm became the British pop group Atomic Kitten’s most recognizable song. I, for one, find Blondie’s cover even more soulful than the original. Plus, you won’t be facing any “tides” while playing it on the guitar, that’s for sure. A capo on the 2nd fret and three easy A, D, and E chords is all you need to nail this track.

46. Common People by Pulp

Genre Britpop
Tuning A, D, E
Tabs View Common People Tabs Here

“Common People” by Pulp is often hailed as one of the catchiest anthems to hit the Britpop scene. With its electrifying indie-rock sound powered by keyboards, some really energetic guitar playing, and impactful lyrics, this song makes a strong point against class tourism. By now would’ve noticed that songs with two or three chords rely heavily on strumming nuances to elevate the overall rhythm and groove. The same goes for this song. If you’ve already got the hang of A, D, and E chords, the tutorial above will help you add some cool tricks to spice up the sound.

47. Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones

Genre Punk-rock
Chords A5, E5, D5
Tabs View Blitzkrieg Bop Tabs Here

With its fuzzy three-chord-fuelled melody, fast pace, and singalong chants, this Ramones classic won the hearts of millions across the globe. Not only did it top the charts, but it also spawned the evolution of modern-day punk by inspiring bands like Green Day.

Equal parts fun and catchy, “Blitzkrieg Bop” is a frequent feature in many best-of lists and polls. It’s also ranked 18th on Rolling Stone magazine’s Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time. Oh! And did I mention just how easy it is to play? If you know the basics of power chords, you should be able to pick this tune-up in a snap.

48. You Are My Sunshine by Jimmie Davis / Johnny Cash

Genre Country
Chords A, D, E
Tabs View You Are My Sunshine Tabs Here

Imagine a song so awesome that it wins you two terms as the Governor of Louisiana! That’s what “You Are My Sunshine” did for Jimmie Davis. A result of the songwriting partnership of Davis and Charles Mitchell, this hugely successful composition has 350 cover versions in over 30 languages, including one by country icon Johnny Cash.

Cash’s version is one of the first songs that a guitarist typically learns. You’ve got easy chord shapes, transitions, and strumming patterns. The tutorial above will help you get this tune under your belt in no time.

49. Levitating by Dua Lipa

Genre Electro-disco
Chords Am, Em, Dm
Tabs View Levitating Tabs Here

With its catchy synth hooks and a nu-disco vibe, Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” ruled the charts for a whopping 68 weeks and has been inescapable ever since. It’s not really a guitar-led track, but good-to-know if you want to get a party going.

The interesting bit is that despite being made up of only minor chords, the melody is pulsing with lively energy. To play this on your guitar, all you need are Am, Em, and Dm in a straightforward strumming pattern and repetitive chord progression. Don’t forget to place a capo on the 2nd fret to play along with the original.

50. Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel

Genre Folk rock
Chords G, C, D
Tabs View Cecilia Tabs Here

It takes only three chords to get through “Cecilia,” an undeniably catchy masterpiece by Simon and Garfunkel. The song was released as a third single off the famous duo’s fifth album, Bridge Over Trouble Water. Packed with infectious hooks and groovy rhythm, “Cecilia” became one of those oldies everyone knows, regardless of their age.

Playing-wise, this is one of the duo’s most beginner-friendly pieces, with Paul Simon’s intricate fingerpicking making way for easy strumming patterns. You can play this song using just G, C, and D chords. Don’t forget to place a capo on the 4th fret before starting the lesson.

51. Cheerleader by OMI

Genre Reggae-pop
Chords D, G, A
Tabs View Cheerleader Tabs Here

“Cheerleader” began its journey as a simple melody that Jamaican musician Omi woke up humming. From 2008-2012 the tune went through multiple transformations to become the catchy reggae-pop version that we love. By the time DJ Felix Jaehn worked his magic, Omi’s tropical original had turned it into a dancey-dancey treat, complete with trumpet, bongos, and house beat.

To play it in the most simplified form, you only need three simple chords, D, G, and A, and a capo on the second fret. The capo will help you play in the key of the original without getting into the tricky chord shapes.

52. Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Genre Southern rock
Chords C, G, Am
Tabs View Simple Man Tabs Here

Formed in Jacksonville, Florida, this Southern rock band from the ‘70s is hailed for their evocative songwriting and impressive triple-guitar attack that gave birth to classics like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.” Both these tracks came off their critically acclaimed debut album. Incidentally, this album was also home to one of their most emotionally compelling songs, “Simple Man” – a soul-stirring song about a mother telling her son to lead an honest life.

As a potent blend of gritty storytelling and beautiful guitar work, this song was quintessentially Lynyrd Skynyrd. The way the band plays involves arpeggios and down-tuned guitars. By tuning a half step down, you can strum this song using just three chords – C, G, and Am.

53. The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars

Genre Reggae-pop
Chords G, C, D
Tabs View The Lazy Song Tabs Here

Who wouldn’t relate to lyrics like “be lyin’ on the couch, just chillin’”? Everything from the reggae-tinged melody to laid-back lyrics of “The Lazy Song” celebrates “doing nothing.” It was released as the third single off Mars’ debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, fetching him his fourth chart-topper in the same year.

The guitar parts are also true to the title, made up mainly of only three chords – G, C, and D but driven by a groovy off-beat strum pattern you’ll enjoy learning. Check out the tabs and tutorial for a part-by-part breakdown.

54. Love Me Do by The Beatles

Genre Merseybeat, pop
Chords G, C, D
Tabs See Love Me Do Tabs Here

Released in 1962, “Love Me Do” is a rock and roll standard credited for skyrocketing the Beatles’ popularity in the U.S. The fun and syrupy single was a product of the legendary songwriting skills of Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

The duo often relied on vocal harmonies and relatable lyrics to create memorable hits, and this song is no different. It’s also one of the easiest guitar tracks, with only three chords. In fact, for most parts, you’ll only be using G and C chords. The D chord only shows up during the bridge section.

55. Johnny B Goode by Chuck Berry

Genre Rock and roll
Chords A, D, E
Tabs View Johnny B Goode Tabs Here

Chuck Berry’s captivating showmanship and incendiary playing style inspired many legends, including Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen. And if I had to recommend one tune from Berry’s vault to absolute beginners, it would have to be the colossally successful “Johnny B Goode.”

The enduring hit about a country boy has garnered a lot of covers over the years and is one of those songs that every guitar must learn. Now, the way Berry plays it is chock full of tricky techniques and embellishments. Thankfully, over the years, this song has been simplified down to the basics, allowing even novices to add it to their arsenal. The tabs and the video lesson above will help you get started.

56. Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins

Genre Rock and roll
Chords A7, D7, E7
Tabs View Blue Suede Shoes Tabs Here

Father of rockabilly, Carl Perkins, was born into a sharecropping family and spent his childhood picking cotton on a farm in Tiptonville, Tennessee. His humble origins played a huge role in shaping his early twangy country sound, which he later paired with bluesy solos and boogie rhythm to create a trademark style that influenced rock and roll.

“Blue Suede Shoes” is arguably Perkins’ most iconic tune and his only chart-topping single. It was later covered and made even more famous by Elvis Presley. The track is perfect for those who want to familiarize themselves with 12-bar blues chord progressions with dominant 7th chords.

57. Desire by U2

Genre Rock and roll
Chords Dsus2, A, E
Tabs View Desire Tabs Here

If this U2 track reminds you of the Stooges’ famous single “1969,” then you’re not alone. The song was indeed heavily inspired by the classic. An infectious mix of punk and rock, “Desire” became the Irish rock band’s first chart-topping hit in the U.K. and won them a Grammy. The song also taps into the famous Bo Diddley rhythm.

With the insanely talented the Edge on guitar duties, you can’t expect this track to be anything too straightforward. Let’s just say the chord shapes aren’t all that tricky, but the fast chord switching might get to you. The tutorial here will help you ace it in no time.

58. Feliz Navidad by Michael Bublé

Genre Christmas, Latin pop
Chords E, A, D
Tabs View Feliz Navidad Tabs Here

We may be a long time away from the holiday season, but it’s never too early to learn a good Christmas tune. Written and recorded by Puerto Rican singer José Feliciano, “Feliz Navidad” has found its way into pop culture and remains the most downloaded Christmas song in Northern America.

The song has also been widely covered, including by the likes of Boney M. and Michael Bublé. The Canadian singer’s version is the most beginner-friendly, in my opinion. All you need is an acoustic guitar and the knowledge of basic chords such as E, A, and D.

59. It’s a Long Way to the Top by AC/DC

Genre Hard rock
Chords A, G, D
Tabs View It’s a Long Way to the Top Tabs Here

The insanely talented guitarist duo of Angus and Malcolm Young makes most AC/DC tracks challenging for even seasoned guitarists. Thankfully, one of their tracks, “It’s a Long Way to the Top,” can be broken down into a doable arrangement for beginner guitarists.”

In this rock and roll meets hard rock, you’ve got Angus playing raw, rollicking riffage on a single chord and Malcolm backing him up with a heavily palm-muted rhythm. The original has the Young brothers tuning down for the call and response with Bon Scott’s bagpipes, but the tutorial above will show you how to play the song in the standard tuning.

60. Baba O’ Riley by The Who

Genre Hard rock
Chords F5, C5, Bb
Tabs View Baba O’ Riley Tabs Here

Weird title notwithstanding, “Baba O’ Riley,” often mistaken as “Teenage Wasteland,” is arguably the most iconic tune in the Who’s discography. It’s got everything going for it: infectious synth hooks, Roger Daltry’s unmistakable vocals, and Pete Townshend’s simple yet effective guitar work.

Since its release, this catchy rock and roll earworm has found its place in the soundtracks of movies, ad commercials, and T.V. shows. You can comfortably attempt this one if you know your power chords. The chords you’ll be tackling here are F5, C5, and Bb.

61. The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens

Genre R&B, doo-wop
Chords D, G, A
Tabs View The Lion Sleeps Tonight Tabs Here

Many of us associate this hummable ditty with either the soundtrack for Disney’s Lion King or the popular sitcom Friends. Yes, it did feature in those two, but the song’s origin can be traced all the way back to the 1930s to a South African Man by the name of Solomon Linda. It was originally written in isiZulu before being translated into English by George David Weiss.

Among countless covers that followed, the 1961 version by doo-wop group The Tokens remains the most definitive. You can play it using just three simple chords – D, G, and A with a capo on the 3rd fret. It’s incredibly easy to pick up and a riot to play!

62. Songbird by Oasis

Genre Country rock
Chords G, D, Em
Tabs View Songbird Tabs Here

“Songbird” is hands down the easiest guitar track on Oasis’ entire catalog. Two major chords, G and D, and a minor chord, Em, are all you need to get this acoustic tune under your belt. Nothing too complicated strumming-wise end as well. In fact, I suggest starting building your Oasis setlist with this track before moving on to trickier jams like “Wonderwall” or “Champagne Supernova.” Here’s a great tutorial to help you get started.

63. What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction

Genre Pop
Chords E A B
Tabs View What Makes You Beautiful Tabs Here

In 2011, One Direction was probably the most famous boy band worldwide. And if you haven’t heard “What makes you beautiful,” you might be living under a rock.

The song is known for its catchy melody, upbeat vibe, and the unique voice of each member singing. You can learn this song very quickly as it involves two open chords and just one simple barre chord. I learned the song within minutes, even when I was a beginner.

While playing, try to add some dynamic to the song by accentuating a few strums, etc. for example, you can increase the intensity of strumming during the chorus to add energy.

64. Something In The Way by Nirvana

Genre Acoustic Rock
Chords Em C G | 1st fret capo
Tabs View Something In The Way Tabs Here

“Something in the Way” recently gained fame again when it was featured in the Batman movie. However, it was released in 1991 by Nirvana as part of their iconic album “Nevermind.”

“Something in the Way” is a song that deviates from what you would typically expect out of a Nirvana song. Instead of the hard grunge rock sound, the song is primarily played on an acoustic guitar.

The song is played on the acoustic guitar using power chords and has a haunting vibe that just mesmerizes you. Take your time and immerse yourself in the melancholy of the song when you play it and enjoy the raw emotion that Kurt Cobain put into this work of art.

The song is played in Drop C tuning, meaning that the tuning on each string, starting from lowest to highest, would be C G C F A D.

It’s a pretty simple song to play with basic strumming patterns.

65. Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin

Genre Hard Rock
Chords D E A
Tabs View Whole Lotta Love Tabs Here

“Whole Lotta Love” is an iconic track by the famous English band Led Zeppelin. It first appeared in their album “Led Zeppelin II,” which was released by the band in 1969. The song was an instant success as a rock anthem among fans and played a vital role in solidifying the band’s name in rock history.

Surprisingly enough, the song is played on only three chords, showing that masterpieces can be made out of simple things. The track has one of the most famous and recognizable guitar riffs in the world, played by Jimmy Page.

Pay special attention to the timing and chord transitions while learning the song for the best and most original-sounding results.

66. Bleed It Out by Linkin Park

Genre Indie Rock
Chords F# E B
Tabs View Bleed It Out Tabs Here

“Bleed It Out” by Linkin Park is a high-octane rock song that combines high energy with powerful guitar melodies.

Released in 2007 as part of their album “Minutes to Midnight,” the song is a fan favorite during performances because of its energy and music.

The song’s chant of “Bleed it out, digging deeper just to throw it away” has become a signature moment in Linkin Park’s live performances. The chant causes audience participation, turning concerts into fun and energetic sing-along experiences.

To play the song, start by mastering the main riff, which consists of fast-paced power chords played with precision. Also, note that this song is originally played and recorded in Drop D tuning, but you can play it on standard tuning as well.

67. Riptide by Vance Joy

Genre Alternative/Indie
Chords Am G C | 1st fret capo
Tabs View Riptide Tabs Here

Riptide is one of the most famous pop-folk songs and the easiest to learn for beginners. It’s written and performed by Australian artist Vance Joy. The song was released in 2013 and gained popularity quickly. It also proved to be the breakthrough song for Vance.

The song’s catchy melody, heartfelt lyrics, and Joy’s unique vocal style combine to create an enchanting musical experience.

Pay attention to dynamics and volume levels to convey the song’s emotional range. While playing the song, use a relaxed and gentle strumming pattern to match the “easygoing” vibe of the song.

You could also try arpeggiating the chords being played to replicate the ukulele sound in the original song.

68. Beat It by Michael Jackson

Genre Hard Rock / Pop
Chords Em D C
Tabs View Beat It Tabs Here

Released as a single from his 1982 groundbreaking album “Thriller,” “Beat It” is a timeless pop anthem; the song marked a significant turning point in Jackson’s career and solidified his status as the “King of Pop.”

The song features a guitar riff by legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen which is iconic and instantly recognizable.

While playing this song on the guitar, use a slightly overdriven tone to replicate the crisp and punchy tones used in the song. Also, practice techniques like tapping and legato, which are Van Halen’s go-to techniques and will be useful for you not only in this song but a lot of other rock songs from the 80s and 90s. This is one of those 3 chord songs I recommend everyone try playing at least once.

69. All Summer Long by Kid Rock

Genre Country Rock
Chords D C G
Tabs View All Summer Long Tabs Here

“All Summer Long” was released in 2008 by Kid Rock in their seventh album, “Rock n Roll Jesus.” The song was a popular hit in Australia, and multiple countries in Europe, the UK, and the US.

It’s not a very old song, and it plays beautifully because of the interesting strumming pattern on three open chords. You can mix up the strumming patterns and add your own twist. I like to play it with some arpeggios and hammer ons on the same chords.

70. TNT by AC/DC

Genre Hard Rock
Chords E G A
Tabs View TNT Tabs Here

“TNT” is a high-energy rock song by the Australian rock band AC/DC. Released in 1975 as the title track of their second international album, “TNT,” the song showcases the band’s signature sound and their ability to deliver hard-hitting rock anthems.

The song features crazy guitar riffs, driving rhythms, and powerful vocals and is a fan favorite at the band’s live performances.

Focus on nailing the main riff of the song by practicing palm-muting. The chords are simple but you will need to play them with precision and timing if you really want to master it.

71. Little Ghost by The White Stripes

Genre Blues / Rock
Chords G C D
Tabs View Little Ghost Tabs Here

“Little Ghost” is a Rock/Blues song by the American rock duo The White Stripes. Released in 2005 as part of their album “Get Behind Me Satan,” the song showcases the band’s signature stripped-down sound and unique blend of garage rock and blues.

The song talks about a mischievous and lovable ghost who longs for a companion. It features playful lyrics and catchy melodies.

The song revolves around a basic three-chord progression played on open strings. Practice transitioning smoothly between these chords and focus on maintaining a steady and rhythmic strumming pattern. Use a mix of downstrokes and upstrokes to keep the song’s playful and bouncy feel.

72. Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver

Genre Pop / Folk
Chords D G C
Tabs View Leaving on a Jet Plane Tabs Here

“Leaving on a Jet Plane” is a folk-pop song written by John Denver in 1966. While it was Denver who popularized and wrote the song, it was originally recorded by the folk group Peter, Paul, and Mary.

The song talks about the emotions you feel while saying goodbye to a loved one before going away from them. It talks about longing, anticipation, and a mixture of excitement and sadness that you would normally feel in a situation like this.

Practice transitioning smoothly between the open chords and focus on maintaining a consistent strumming pattern. Use a gentle and flowing strumming pattern to carry the song’s mellow nature.

73. Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cirus

Genre Country
Chords A E A
Tabs View Achy Breaky Heart Tabs Here

“Achy Breaky Heart” is a fun and upbeat country-pop song that became an iconic hit for Billy Ray Cyrus. The song is a catchy country-pop song written by Don Von Tress and recorded by American singer Billy Ray Cyrus in 1992.

While playing, embrace the song’s catchy nature and have fun with the strumming pattern.

Country music is versatile, and accentuating the chords while you play them, maybe on a downstroke here and there will really help you sound more natural while singing and playing the song.

It’s also fun to groove and dance with the song, given its upbeat and catchy nature.

74. In the End by Linkin Park

Genre Alternative Rock
Chords Em D C
Tabs View In the End Tabs Here

‘In the End’ is arguably Linkin Park’s most famous song. Luckily, it’s also easy to play and learn on the guitar.

The song features rap verses as a result of a collaboration between the band’s vocalist Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda which is an element rarely seen in rock music, but this unique feature opened up a whole new library of listeners for the band.

The tuning for this song is a bit different than just Drop D; the topmost string is dropped to D while all other strings are tuned a half-step down.

Start by mastering the iconic opening guitar riff, which combines melodic picking with palm-muted power chords.

75. Sleep Now in the Fire by Rage Against the Machine

Genre Hard Rock
Chords D A Fm
Tabs View Sleep Now in the Fire Tabs Here

Rage Against the Machine’s “Sleep Now in the Fire” is a protest anthem that combines strong lyrics, explosive musicality, and a call to action. Released in 1999 as a single from their album “The Battle of Los Angeles,” the song strongly criticizes social problems in society.

The powerful and intense protest anthem is a song that demands attention with its explosive guitar-driven sound The song’s iconic main riff combines aggressive palm-muted power chords with Tom Morello’s signature “DJ scratching” technique.

Try to keep the energy of the song going by using palm-muted chugs and slides on your guitar. You can also add more dynamics to the song by using hammer-ons and pull-offs wherever you can.

76. Bottoms Up by Brantley Gilbert

Genre Country
Chords Em C D
Tabs View Bottoms Up Tabs Here

If you’re looking for a country sound with a little hint of rock, then “Bottoms Up” by Brantley Gilbert is the perfect song for you. It was released in 2013 as the lead single from the album “Just as I Am.”

The song quickly became a hit, reaching the top of the country music charts.

The chords and strumming pattern are both very simple, and you can master them in virtually no time. The trick here is to time the chord changes to match the lyrics of the song. You can also play arpeggios during the soft part, which is something I enjoy doing with a little bit of flanger effect to make it sound real and catchy.

77. Lullaby by Johannes Brahms

Genre Classical
Chords G D7 C
Tabs View Lullaby Tabs Here

Lullaby is one tune that I’m sure all of us collectively have heard at least once in our lifetime. Lullaby by German composer Johannes Brahms, written in the late 19th century, has been giving comfort and solace to generations after generations of people.

In more recent times, you can see the classical masterpiece being used as music for baby’s cradles as it is so comforting and soothing.

While you play the lullaby on your guitar, let yourself be drowned in the serenity of the classical piece and let it carry you to a place of tranquility and peace. Besides, it’s easy to play, so you can enjoy the music anywhere, anytime.

78. Wonderful by Everclear

Genre Alt Rock
Chords G D C
Tabs View Wonderful Tabs Here

“Wonderful” is a poignant alternative rock song by the American band Everclear. The song was released in 2000 as the lead single from their album “Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile.”

The song talks about the personal struggles of the lead vocalist, reflecting on his childhood and the impact it’s had on his adult life. The song also talks about searching for happiness in the middle of adversity.

The song and chords are straightforward, and all you need to do is keep a steady and driving strumming pattern throughout the song. You can switch to power chords during the chorus to add more depth to the song.

79. Wipe Out by The Surfaris

Genre Surf Rock
Chords C F G
Tabs View Wipe Out Tabs Here

“Wipe Out” is a classic surf rock song by the American band The Surfaris. Released in 1963, it quickly became a hit and an iconic surf rock anthem that continues to be recognized and enjoyed even today, especially by the surfer community who love its energy.

The song embodies the carefree and adrenaline-filled spirit you would see in surfers. Practice the main riff for the song that required fast-paced power chords and palm-muted notes. Focus on playing with precision and energy.

You also might want to check out and practice tremolo picking if you really want that surfer-like feel when you are playing the song.

80. Midnight Rambler by The Rolling Stones

Genre Rock
Chords A D E
Tabs View Midnight Rambler Tabs Here

“Midnight Rambler” is one of the most interesting songs by Rolling Stones. It’s based on the serial killer “Alber DeSalvo” who murdered 13 women in Boston in the 1960s.

Once you pay attention to the lyrics with DeSalvo in mind, you’ll listen to the song from a different perspective.

The rhythm of the song is fairly easy to play with three open chords and simple strumming patterns. You can also use a capo on the 7th fret and play arpeggios on the A D and E chords to get the intro riff.

81. Solitude by Black Sabbath

Genre Heavy Metal
Chords Gm F
Tabs View Solitude Tabs Here

You’d see a Black Sabbath song here and think that it’d be challenging to play. But I’ve got some good news for you.

Solitude by Black Sabbath is one of the easiest heavy metal songs to play. It was released in 1971 in their album ‘Master of Reality.’

The song only features two chords. The opening riff is played on the Gm and F arpeggios. You’ll be playing the opening riff and the song after practicing it for a few times.

82. Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett

Genre R&B / Soul
Chords A D E
Tabs View Mustang Sally Tabs Here

Wison Pickett popularized this soulful R&B song in 1966. Mustang Sally was originally written and recorded by Mack Rice in 1965, telling the story of a woman called Sally who was given a Mustang car by her rich boyfriend.

The song has been widely loved by car enthusiasts and soul music lovers since then. The song revolves around a 12-Bar blues progression with three main chords. Smooth transitions are also your way to playing this song perfectly.

While playing rhythms, emphasize the backbeat to give the song a bouncy feeling.

83. Babylon Too Rough by Gregory Isaacs

Genre Reggae
Chords C#m G#m D#m
Tabs View Babylon Too Rough Tabs Here

Jamaican singer Gregory Isaacs released this beautiful reggae song in 1976. It’s a powerful song that talks about the struggles and oppression faced by people who are marginalized in society.

It talks about the oppressive system that restricts freedom and causes injustice. Isaacs further conveys a message of resistance and resilience against the inequalities and oppression forces.

The song follows a reggae chord progression revolving around the “sharp-minor” chords. Practice strumming these chords in a relaxed but steady way so that you allow the song’s groove to flow naturally.

Another helpful tip while playing reggae is to strum the guitar starting with an up stroke and accentuating the down stroke on the backbeat.

84. Werewolves Of London by Warren Zevon

Genre Rock
Chords D C G
Tabs View Werewolves Of London Tabs Here

Released in 1978, “Werewolves of London” is a rock song by the American singer and songwriter Warren Zevon. It quickly became one of Zevon’s most popular and recognizable songs, showcasing his unique blend of witty lyrics and catchy melodies.

The song has an amazing piano riff and is of a very playful nature. Again there are only three chords in the key of G major. Focus on creating a strong and steady rhythm to complement the other elements of the song.

Your strumming pattern should be lively and energetic so you pull your listeners towards you, matching the rock and roll spirit of the song.

85. Surfin’ USA by The Beach Boys

Genre Pop / Rock
Chords D# A# G#
Tabs View Surfin’ USA Tabs Here

Surfin’ USA” is a classic surf rock song by the iconic American band, The Beach Boys. Released in 1963, it has become one with the California surf culture of the 1960s and represents the band’s carefree and sun-soaked sound.

The song carries the essence of a carefree day at the beach with its melodies, harmonies, and upbeat rhythms. You’ll feel relaxed and will want to bop your head to this all-time classic song.

Practice lively strumming patterns to keep the energy of the song going while you play it. Don’t be scared to experiment with your own playing style; add your own fills and strums to make this song even more energetic, lively, and fun.

86. Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett

Genre Pop / Folk / Rock
Chords G A D
Tabs View Margaritaville Tabs Here

Margaritaville” is a laid-back and tropical-themed song by the American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. Released in 1977, it has become one of Buffett’s signature songs and a regular song, absolutely adored by fans in his live performances.

The song tells the story of a person’s escape to a beachside paradise, where all his worries are left behind, and the enjoyment of life takes center stage. With its catchy chorus, memorable lyrics, and Caribbean-inspired sound, the song transports you to an idyllic beach setting.

The song is in the key of D major and uses 3 main chords. Focus on smooth transitions while playing. You can also experiment with different chord voicings so you can add more variation while playing.

87. Willie And The Hand Jive by Eric Clapton

Genre Pop / Folk / Rock
Chords A D E
Tabs View Willie And The Hand Jive Tabs Here

Originally written and recorded by Johnny Otis in 1958, “Willie and the Hand Jive” is a lively and energetic rock and roll song popularized by Eric Clapton. Clapton released his rendition in 1974 in his album “461 Ocean Boulevard” as a tribute to the joy of dancing.

The song follows a 12-Bar Blues progression and revolves mainly around 3 chords, but you can always experiment with various voicings and chord embellishments to add your own touch to the music.

To keep the energetic groove of the song, I would recommend that you keep a lively and rhythmic strumming pattern while accentuating the offbeats.

88. Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum

Genre Rock / Folk
Chords A D C
Tabs View Spirit In The Sky Tabs Here

An anthem that has definitely stood the test of time is “Spirit In The Sky” by Norman Greenbaum. The song became a hit as soon as it was released in 1969 and is considered to be an iconic rock anthem.

The song talks about spirituality and the journey to a higher place. It has an uplifting and positive vibe to it, coupled with memorable and iconic guitar hooks.

Since the song only makes use of three chords, you can create the aura with your strumming. Accentuate and emphasize down strokes to drive the song forward. You can also use power chords to give the song a more rock feeling.

89. Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley And His Comets

Genre Rock and Roll
Chords A D E
Tabs View Rock Around The Clock Tabs Here

“Rock Around the Clock” captures the rebellious and youthful spirit of the early rock and roll era. It’s an iconic rock and roll song by Bill Haley and His Comets, released in 1954.

The song is regarded as one of the pioneer tracks that helped popularize Rock and Roll music among the people.

Three main chords are used here in the key of A major. While playing this iconic song, practice strumming with a strong and steady rhythm. Your strumming pattern should also be lively and energetic to keep up with the song’s energetic tempo.

90. The Guns Of Brixton by The Clash

Genre Reggae / Punk
Chords F#m Bm G
Tabs View The Guns Of Brixton Tabs Here

“The Guns of Brixton” is a powerful and politically charged song by the British punk rock band, The Clash. It was released in 1979 and written and sung by bassist Paul Simonon. The song showcases his songwriting skills and distinctive vocal style.

It talks about the struggles and tensions in the Brixton area of London, known for its diverse and marginalized community.

When you play this song, use a relaxed and steady strumming pattern with an emphasis on the offbeat to create the song’s infectious groove. Pay attention to the timing and syncopation, as it is very important in capturing the reggae feel.

91. Dreams by Fleetwood Mac

Genre Soft Rock
Chords F G Am
Tabs View Dreams Tabs Here

Dreams is a classic soft rock song released in 1977 by Fleetwood Mac. The song reached Billboard Top 100 in US and Canada when it got released, but it gained popularity again in 2020 after a TikTok trend.

It’s a great beginner guitar song because it features two main chords with slight variations and simple strumming patterns. These variations can help a new guitarist get familiar with smooth chord changes.

92. A Horse With No Name by America

Genre Country Rock
Chords Em D6/9 Asus2
Tabs View A Horse With No Name Tabs Here

A Horse with No Name” is a classic folk rock song by the American band America. Released in 1971, the song quickly became a major hit and remains one of the band’s signature tunes. With its dreamy and soothing sound, poetic lyrics, and catchy melodies,

The song revolves around a simple chord progression that contributes to its mesmerizing quality. The main chords used are Em, D6/9, and Asus2. Strum these chords with a gentle and flowing rhythm, allowing the song’s hypnotic melodies to shine through.

You should also use a relaxed and steady strumming pattern to create a laid-back and atmospheric feel. Emphasize the downbeats and let the chords ring out to capture the song’s dreamy quality.

93. Get It On by T. Rex

Genre Hiphop / Rock
Chords E A G
Tabs View Get It On Tabs Here

Get It On” is a rock anthem by the British band T. Rex, led by the influential musician Marc Bolan. It was released in 1971 and quickly became one of T. Rex’s biggest hits and a defining track of the glam rock era.

The song’s lyrics exude a sense of sexual energy and liberation, with Bolan’s poetic and playful wordplay adding a layer of intrigue.

Learn and replicate the iconic guitar riff that opens the song first when you start learning. This riff is a key element of the song’s familiar sound and sets the tone for the rest of the track. Experiment with adding additional riffs and fills during silent periods to add your own touch to it and showcase your guitar skills.

94. Used To Love Her by Guns N’ Roses

Genre Rock
Chords D A G
Tabs View Used To Love Her Tabs Here

“Used to Love Her” is a dark and controversial song by the American rock band Guns N’ Roses. Featured on their 1988 album “G N’ R Lies,” the track is loved by fans for its catchy melody, straightforward lyrics, and gritty rock sound.

The song explores themes of love gone wrong and the complexities of relationships and follows a simple chord progression in the key of G major. Strum the chords with a steady rhythm, emphasizing the downbeats to drive the song forward.

You can use a straightforward and energetic strumming pattern to match the song’s rock and roll spirit.

Aim for a consistent and driving rhythm that gives the song its characteristic edge. To capture the raw and edgy sound of Guns N’ Roses, consider using distortion or overdrive effects on your guitar.

95. Mellow Yellow by Donovan

Genre Rock
Chords D G A
Tabs View Mellow Yellow Tabs Here

Mellow Yellow” is a delightful and nostalgic song that shows the spirit of the 1960s. “Mellow Yellow” is a psychedelic pop song by the British singer-songwriter Donovan. Released in 1966, the song became a chart-topping hit and is often associated with the vibrant and free-spirited atmosphere of the 1960s.

The main chord progression of the song follows a simple pattern of D – G – A. You can strum these chords with a gentle and relaxed rhythm, reflecting the laid-back nature of the song. Aim for a smooth and consistent strumming pattern that complements the melody and lyrics.

You can also try adding your own little licks in between to show off your guitar skills.

96. Dead Flowers by The Rolling Stones

Genre Alternative Indie / Rock
Chords D C G
Tabs View Dead Flowers Tabs Here

“Dead Flowers” is a country rock song by the legendary British rock band, The Rolling Stones. It was released in 1971 as part of their iconic album “Sticky Fingers.”

The song is a standout track that demonstrates the band’s ability to seamlessly blend different genres, combining elements of rock and roll with country music.

You can play these chords with a relaxed and steady rhythm, paying attention to the song’s groove and feel. You can experiment with different strumming patterns to find one that complements the song and suits your playing style.

To achieve the song’s country rock vibe, focus on playing with a twangy tone using an effects processor or a pedal.

97. In The Name Of Love by Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha

Genre Pop
Chords C Em D
Tabs View In The Name Of Love Tabs Here

In the Name of Love” is a dance-pop collaboration between Dutch DJ Martin Garrix and American singer Bebe Rexha. Released in 2016, the song became a massive hit, as listeners of electronic music played it virtually everywhere.

To play this song on the guitar, strum these chords with a steady and rhythmic pattern, focusing on maintaining a pulsating energy that drives the song forward. Use downstrokes to accentuate the beat and create a sense of groove.

Opt for a strumming style that complements the electronic beats of the song. Strong down strokes when the beat drops and soft picking during vocal and quieter parts will help you really put the cherry on top of the cake here!

98. Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan

Genre Folk
Chords D G A | 3rd fret capo
Tabs View Mr. Tambourine Man Tabs Here

Released in 1965, “Mr. Tambourine Man” is a folk rock song written and originally recorded by the legendary singer and songwriter Bob Dylan. The song quickly became an iconic and influential piece in the folk music genre.

The lyrics of “Mr. Tambourine Man” are rich with imagery and metaphors creating a very surreal atmosphere. The song explores themes of escapism, artistic inspiration, and the power of music to transport and uplift the listener.

The song uses three main chords played with a capo. These open chords form the foundation of the song’s folk-rock sound.

Strum them with a gentle and steady rhythm, and add your own variations in strumming according to your playing style and setting.

99. Love Is A Rose by Neil Young

Genre Folk Rock
Chords G C D
Tabs View Love Is A Rose Tabs Here

“Love Is a Rose” is a folk rock song written by the legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young. Originally recorded in 1974, the song has since become a beloved classic among fans and listeners and has even been covered by various artists.

While playing this song, you can try using a gentle and flowing strumming pattern that matches the song’s laid-back and melodic nature.

Try a combination of downstrokes and occasional upstrokes to create a rhythmic and soothing feel. Keep the strumming pattern consistent, and listen to the original recording for reference if you ever get stuck somewhere.

100. Twist and Shout by The Beatles

Genre Rock
Chords D G A
Tabs View Twist and Shout Tabs Here

“Twist and Shout” is a high-energy rock and roll song originally recorded by The Isley Brothers in 1962 and later famously covered by The Beatles in 1963.

The Beatles’ remake of the song became a massive hit and is widely regarded as one of their most iconic and energetic performances live on stage.

It’s a classic party anthem that continues to rile up and engage crowds to this day. The song revolves around a classic three-chord progression: D, G, and A.

These open chords create a driving and lively sound that propels the song forward. Strum them with a fast and rhythmic pattern keeping in mind the energetic nature of the song.

101. Not Fade Away by Buddy Holly

Genre Pop / Folk
Chords E A D
Tabs View Not Fade Away Tabs Here

‘Not Fade Away’ is a classic rock and roll song written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty. Released in 1957, it’s one of Buddy Holly’s most well-known and influential songs.

The song’s repetitive and hypnotic lyrics talk about the desire for a love that will endure and not fade away after some time.

The song is based on a simple three-chord progression: A, D, and E. These open chords create a bright and energetic sound that drives the song forward.

Strum them with a steady rhythm to keep on the song’s rock and roll spirit. Use a lively and rhythmic strumming pattern to match the song’s upbeat tempo.

102. Working Class Hero by John Lennon

Genre Alt Indie / Rock
Chords Am G D
Tabs View Working Class Hero Tabs Here

“Working Class Hero” is a thought-provoking song written and performed by the legendary musician John Lennon. The song was released in 1970 as part of his solo album “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band,”

The chords used in the song create a somber mood that complements the song’s lyrics. Play them with a moderate tempo, letting go of the intensity during vocal parts.

Use a gentle and restrained strumming pattern that matches the song’s tone. You can try a combination of downstrokes and occasional upstrokes, keeping the strumming relaxed and flowing.

Experiment with variations to find the strumming pattern that best suits you and your playing style.

103. Marry You by Bruno Mars

Genre Pop, Soul
Chords D Em G
Tabs View Marry You Tabs Here

Who doesn’t love Bruno Mars? This romantic song is ideal for date nights, proposals, and just about anything else that involves your significant other.

The song was released in the debut album ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’ in 2010 by Bruno Mars. The lyrics are incredibly beautiful, and if you want to propose to your partner while singing, this could be one of the best songs to choose from.

It’s a straightforward song to play with three open chords. The best part is that you can sing along while playing the guitar in no time. The strumming pattern is easy to get a hold of, and once you know the rhythm, you’ll be playing this song in no time.

104. Unknown Legend by Neil Young

Genre Folk
Chords G C D
Tabs View Unknown Legend Tabs Here

“Unknown Legend” is a heartfelt song by Neil Young, featured on his 1992 album “Harvest Moon.” Known for his songwriting and emotional performances, Neil Young gives us a soft and nostalgic ballad in “Unknown Legend.”

The song primarily revolves around a set of basic open chords, including G, C, and D. These chords create a gentle and melodic sound that matches the song’s introspective nature.

Strum them with a moderate tempo, allowing the lyrics to take center stage. Consider trying fingerpicking patterns to create interesting sounds that complement the mood of your listeners.

105. Seven Bridges Road by Eagles

Genre Pop / Folk
Chords D C G
Tabs View Seven Bridges Tabs Here

“Seven Bridges Road” is a beautiful and harmonious song originally written by Steve Young and later popularized by the Eagles. The song was included on their 1980 live album “Eagles Live” and has become one of their signature tracks during performances.

“Seven Bridges Road” is played in an alternate tuning called Open G tuning. To achieve this tuning, tune your guitar to D G D G B D from low to high. This tuning allows you to create the rich and resonant sound heard in the original recording.

Familiarize yourself with the chord shapes in Open G tuning and practice smoothly transitioning between them to maintain the song’s flow.

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