50 Easy Acoustic Guitar Songs for Beginners (with Video Lessons)

An acoustic guitar produces one of the most amazing and most natural music you can ever listen to. If you get your fingerstyle right, you could even hit the individual notes pretty much like a piano. The beautiful and unadulterated sound it produces is something that no electric guitar can ever replicate.

An electric guitar is a phenomenal instrument. However, it is an instrument that is best for live performances. I believe that the acoustic guitar is the preferred personal instrument of many artists because of its versatility and amazing natural sounds.

Blake Shelton Playing an Easy Acoustic Guitar Song
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So, if you picked an acoustic guitar as your first musical instrument, congratulations! You have a tool that can make girls swoon and your loved one fall for you. You have a guitar that can accompany you in your moments of solitude.

What is crucial now is to pick the right songs to begin your acoustic guitar journey. Luckily, below I have 50 easy acoustic guitar songs for beginners that are also fun to play!

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Here is a List of Easy Songs to Play on Acoustic Guitar

1. Born in the USA By Bruce Springsteen

Guitar Chords: A, E
Genre: Heartland rock

Let’s start this list with this 1984 Bruce Springsteen classic. This song incorporated the different electronic textures we have all come to associate with rock and roll in the 1960s. You’ve got to admire Springsteen for keeping these essential elements at the heart of Born in the USA.

Playing this Springsteen song shouldn’t be that difficult. After all, there are only two chords to worry you. The strumming requirement of the song is not also that complicated. The progression of the chords is also easy picking. The best part is that you get to enjoy learning how to play one of America’s most iconic tunes that people still sing or chant today. This should jump start your acoustic guitar playing adventures.

2. Boys ‘Round Here By Blake Shelton

Guitar Chords: A, D
Genre: Country

Blake Shelton has some of the most amazing songs today. Most of his songs are very easy to play on the guitar, too. Take this 2013 country song, for instance. Boys ‘round Here only has two chords, a pretty basic downstrum pattern, and a beat that is very easy to memorize. Now, that’s easy.

Want to make this song more colorful? Try playing it with the power chords of both A and D. The resulting A5 and D5 will give you a nice twang that should give the piece a more beautiful sound. You can always stick to the basic strumming, of course. At the very least, this song is going to get you well acquainted with your acoustic guitar.

3. Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus

Guitar Chords: A, E
Genre: Country rock

Go to any Western country dance house and you will still hear them play this 1991 song by Billy Ray Cyrus. The song has a very captivating tune and it would seem as if it was written specifically for the line dance. It would be cruel to think that the song is mediocre. This is a chart-topping song that also happens to be a Hot 100 item.

Fancy hammers-on? You’ve got to give this song a try. The upbeat tempo is perfect for striking the chords with wild abandon. If you get the two basic chords right, you should still be producing the kind of rock music that Cowboys and Southerners love. Get ready to line dance with this song.

4. Eleanor Rigby By the Beatles

Guitar Chords: Em, C
Genre: Baroque pop

You’ll love playing this song. It has a lovely tune and an easy-to-memorize strumming pattern that also doubles as a finger and wrist exerciser. You can play the pair of chords as softly as you want. Or you can strum it with all you might to give it a live performance-like characteristic. It should be very fun playing this song on your acoustic guitar, regardless of how you intend to play it.

This 1966 Beatles song is important because it highlighted the continuing transformation of the Liverpool group at the time. No longer were they a mere pop-oriented, rock and roll group. They already started experimenting with different songs in a studio setting to produce fascinating art rock music.

5. Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton

Guitar Chords: A, Bm
Genre: Country

I love the smooth groove of this song. First-time listeners will often think that the song is blues or even soul. However, Tennessee Whiskey is as country as any other song in that genre. It has a waltzy tempo that’s perfect for quiet and lazy afternoons with a bottle of whiskey in hand.

While the chord pair is perfect for grade schoolers, I suggest trying to master the fingerstyle of the intro. This will give you a different tone that is a lot closer to what you’ll get if you play the piano. The fingerstyle is a great guitar playing technique that creates a more beautiful and more defined set of notes. This leads to the song becoming more harmonic and melodic.

6. Fallin’ By Alicia Keys

Guitar Chords: Em, Bm7
Genre: Neo soul

This is the perfect beginner acoustic guitar song for those who are fans of rhythm and blues. This 2001 song has a melody that will make you sway your body like the bamboo tree dancing in the wind. You could close your eyes whenever playing this song to get a feel for the groove.

The pair of chords progress in a very predictable manner. It also helps that the tempo is that of moderate blues. If you decide to play the song with a capo on the 7th fret, you will be playing the Am7 and Em7 chords. This is equivalent to the basic Em and Bm7 chords without the capo. It is an interesting song to learn basic fingerstyle, too.

7. A Horse with No Name by America

Guitar Chords: D6add9/F#, Em
Genre: Folk rock

If you’re looking to learn and master the art of a hammer-hook, then A Horse with No Name is for you. America recorded this folk-rock classic in 1971 and released it in the following year. From then on, the song has been a favorite piece in many watering holes. Personally, me and my friends love playing this song over some beer and barbecue.

There’s the usual strumming pattern that will get everyone else singing along. And if you fancy a hammer-on, by all means, do it. The song offers enough versatility that you can play it with almost any technique. It is a fun way to both develop your beginner guitarist skills and brushing up on those dormant fingering techniques.

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8. Moves Like Jagger By Maroon 5

Guitar Chords: Am, Dm
Genre: Disco

People love the throbbing synth of this 2011 song by Maroon 5. It has an excellent combination of electronic drums and fast-paced beats that are a very bold statement. Most people like the whistle-driven melody, which is light and loose. It’s very funky, too.

The actual chords for this song are Bm and Em. However, I know some people may have difficulty with the Bm barre chord. If you’re one of these folks, you can transpose the chords to Am and Dm. It should be a lot easier to play this way. Focus on the correct strumming pattern to get the groove of the song right. Get ready with your house because your friends won’t be able to help themselves dancing to the beat.

9. Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen

Guitar Chords: E, A, D
Genre: Rock

Fans of musical oddities will find Glory Days to their liking. Bruce Springsteen wrote this 1982 song using a hodge-podge of ideas. You get a honky-tonk piano, a rinky-dink organ, and an explosive pattern from the tom-toms. You’d also get a kick from the garage-band guitar providing the framework for the song.

This is just the song you need if you want to impress your friends with something that they may have never heard before. Three chords shouldn’t be a problem for most people. Paying attention to the song’s groove will set you up for the performance. It also has a slow rock tempo that beginner guitarists will find easy to follow. And the strumming technique will never strain your wrists.

10. Sweet Home Alabama By Lynyrd Skynyrd

Guitar Chords: G, D, C
Genre: Country rock

I cannot help feeling like dancing whenever I play this Lynyrd Skynyrd song. This song is already more than 46 years old. However, people still sing it. I also see a lot of films and commercials using a part of the song. That’s how catchy this country rock is. And because it never fails to captivate any audience, Sweet Home Alabama remains as a must-learn for anyone who aspires to become a guitarist.

This song is a nice material for learning to play the guitar using a pick. Using a guitar pick can provide the song with a very different tone compared to using the fingers. It is also a good way to train your fingers to be precise in picking. All in all, Sweet Home Alabama is one of my favorite easy acoustic guitar songs because pretty much everyone knows it and it’s fun to play.

11. La Bamba By Ritchie Valens

Guitar Chords: C, F, G
Genre: Rock and roll

I beg you to try playing this 1958 rock and roll song on your acoustic guitar. The song may have a folk song origin, but no can deny its fantastic groove. The first few notes of the song are already sufficient to get you dancing. The vibe is upbeat and the song tends to give you that overall feeling of positivity.

Beginner guitarists can learn at least two things from playing this song. First, there’s the fingerstyle for the intro. Master this part and you can hypnotize any lady into your arms. Second, the strumming technique will test your finger and wrist coordination. The fast tempo of this song (144 BPM) is going to push your hands to the hilt.

12. You Are My Sunshine by Jimmie Davis

Guitar Chords: A. D, E
Genre: Country

You’re not a guitarist if you don’t know how to play this American country standard. This is a song that is as timeless as the masterpieces of 17th century composers. This 1939 song is one of the most recorded and most covered songs. I know of very popular musicians who still play this song during their free time. And if they can find satisfaction in this song, you should, too.

Beginners find the relaxed tempo of the song to be useful. The predictable chord progression and the very simple strumming pattern also help in introducing people to the joyful playing of the acoustic guitar. This is a piece that is worth adding to your collection of must play fun songs.

13. I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash

Guitar Chords: A, D, E
Genre: Country

Most of us have not been born yet when this song hit the Billboard charts in 1956. You can think of the song as a vintage number. However, there’s no denying its impact on the careers of many contemporary musicians. The song has a unique chord progression. Cash drew inspiration from the backwards playback of the different guitar runs on his 1950’s tape recorder to give the song a very distinct characteristic.

Playing I Walk the Line is as easy as walking in the park with your partner. The strumming techniques don’t demand too much focus. You can be as carefree as you like in the playing of the chords. This is a fascinating song worth playing on any acoustic guitar.

14. Old Time Rock n’ Roll by Bob Seger

Guitar Chords: G, C, D
Genre: Rock and roll

You’ll fall in love with the memorable guitar riff intro of this song. This 1979 rock and roll song is now considered a standard because of its catchy tune, very appealing groove, and continuing popularity. The song has a very uncanny way of soothing the soul. This is despite of its rock and roll roots. Credit goes to the rough-edged vocals of Seger and the amazing display of power-charged instrumentation.

You can get that same feel, too. Start with the chord basics of the song. You can then move on to the progression and the strumming. To make your lessons worthwhile, I suggest mastering the fingerstyle of this song. It gives the song the depth and color that it needs.

15. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Guitar Chords: D, A, G
Genre: Roots rock

The dance-like groove of this 1969 song is perfect for beginner guitarists looking for a piece that their friends can swing to. The song has the perfect combination of country rock elements and swamp rock characteristics. You can also hear hints of blues somewhere in the overall structure of the song.

Even if you don’t know the lyrics of the song, you’ll still find yourself humming to the wonderful melodies created by your acoustic guitar. Tune your instrument very well, so that it will be a lot easier to hit the right notes. Don’t worry about fingerpicks and complicated fretting patterns. There’s none of that in this roots rock song. Mastering this song in less than 30 minutes is possible.

16. Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver

Guitar Chords: G, C, D
Genre: Folk

Forget Ben Affleck when he sang this song in the Hollywood film Armageddon together with some of his fellow oil driller-turned-earth-saving-astronauts. The voice was awful, but you really can’t blame A.J. for belting this song. After all, this is a song that has become a staple of many folk and country guitarists. Even seasoned artists still play this 1966 John Denver classic as an important part of their repertoire.

I laud you if you do decide to also include this in your must-learn and must-play lists. Fretting the chords is never an issue. Strumming it is also not a problem. The predictable rhythm lends the song an air of ease that is crucial to building your confidence as a beginner acoustic guitarist.

17. Shake It Off By Taylor Swift

Guitar Chords: Am, C, G
Genre: Dance pop

If you’re looking for easy songs to play on acoustic guitar, Taylor Swift has a ton of great songs. She is best known for her country pop style, and that’s why many would consider Shake It Off as a breath of fresh air. It gives Swift fans a different taste of what the pop star can offer. This 2014 song has an upbeat vibe that makes it an excellent piece on the dance floor. It is also easy to execute on an acoustic guitar.

With only three chords forming the song, nailing this piece like a rising pop icon should be easy for any beginning guitarist. Do remember that the song’s tempo is quite fast. What is more important is to master the correct strumming pattern. It may take a few sessions before you get the pattern to perfection.

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18. Wild Thing by The Troggs

Guitar Chords: A, D, E
Genre: Garage rock

It’s easy to bring the house down if you’re going to play Wild Thing. It is an all-time favorite and an all-time great, allowing many musicians to either cover the song or give it their own take. The song combines proto punk and hard rock elements. It’s the perfect piece for anyone who would like to learn more about garage rock. The sensational groove is something worth playing all day long.

Power strums work best in this song by The Troggs. However, I have also seen guitarists who employ toned down strumming patterns. What’s amazing is that the song never loses its charm, regardless of how people play it. It makes for a great piece to include in your guitar playing journey.

19. I Wanna Be There by Blessid Union of Souls

Guitar Chords: G, C, D
Genre: Alternative rock

Listening to this song is like listening to a soft and mellow rock number. One can easily relate to the message of the lyrics. However, it is in the overall structure of the song that can convey a warm feeling that is very characteristic of pop rock. I find this song to be perfect for the acoustic guitar. It’s ideal for those alone times or when serenading a loved one at a campfire.

People think that I Wanna Be There is difficult to play because it’s rock. It isn’t. The chords cannot be more complicated than a simple G, C, and D. I have a neighbor whose 6-year old kid can play this song after only listening to it twice.

20. Love Me Do by The Beatles

Guitar Chords: A, D, E
Genre: Merseybeat

This is one song you’ll want to include in your list of easy acoustic guitar songs. The Liverpool rock band released this song in 1962. It remains a favorite of many artists and musicians. It is also one of the very first songs that Paul McCartney wrote. In fact, McCartney wrote most of Love Me Do between 1958 and 1959. That’s a full 3 to 4 years before the Beatles began recording their very first recordings as a band.

Who doesn’t like Love Me Do? It has that characteristic beat we’ve all come to love about the Beatles. The original chords are only G7 and C throughout the song, except for D in the bridge. The strumming is very straightforward, too.

21. Marry You by Bruno Mars

Guitar Chords: D, Em, G
Genre: Doo-wop

If you want to impress the girl of your dreams or is planning to propose to her, I suggest doing it the Bruno Mars way. You’ve got to be suave and you need to know how to play this 2011 pop song that launched the career of Mars. The style of music is very reminiscent of the pop songs that our grandmas and grandpas love to swing to in the 60s.

Playing Marry You isn’t difficult either. Three simple chords can keep your fingers busy and the simple strumming pattern will keep your focus on the song. If you want to up the ante, you’d better get acquainted with the song’s fingerstyle. Girls dig it when a guy can dance with his fingers.

22. Hound Dog by Elvis Presley

Guitar Chords: A, D, E
Genre: Rockabilly

Most of us associate Hound Dog with the King of Rock and Roll. While his song may be the most popular, it isn’t the only version of this popular song. In fact, there are more than 250 different covers and versions of this 1952 original song by Big Mama Thornton. Another thing you didn’t know is that the original was a blues song. Elvis Presley gave it a more contemporary feel by turning the song into a rock and roll legend.

So, when you do play this song on your acoustic guitar, be very mindful of the power strums and the groove. It should feel as solid as a rock star performing on stage instead of a blues master belting in a pub.

23. What’s Up By 4 Non Blondes

Guitar Chords: G, Am, C
Genre: Alternative rock

This is one of the biggest surprises in 1993. What’s Up seemingly came out of nowhere. Before other artists could react, radio stations all over the world are already giving substantial airtime to the song. People everywhere are already humming or bobbing their heads to the catchy rhythm. The bar rock blues of the song make a perfect partner for the high-range, breathy, gymnastics vocals.

What’s Up is a surprisingly interesting song. Some critics even call it naggingly memorable. Whatever the case, this is one song worth strumming on the acoustic guitar. It has a predictable chord progression and a beat that will not make you dizzy. You and your friends will have plenty of fun playing this song and dancing to its infectious groove.

24. Bye, Bye Love by The Everly Brothers

Guitar Chords: D, A, E
Genre: Rockabilly

If this song cannot get anyone to stand up and dance to its rhythm, no other song would. With its almost magical song structure and a feel-good vibe, Bye Bye Love is the quintessential piece for aspiring rock and rollers, country artists, and wannabe rockabillies. It’s so popular in 1957 that even the Beatles covered the song in 1969.

Get ready with the strings of your acoustic guitar because it will be subjected to power strums throughout the song. I have seen some people giving the song a fingerstyle. Unfortunately, I cannot say that I liked the resulting sound. There’s something in the harmonics of a strummed version of the song that makes it so much more enticing than playing the individual notes.

25. All about that Bass by Meghan Trainor

Guitar Chords: A. Bm, E
Genre: Bubblegum pop

I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t feel moved by the power of bass. And since this song venerates the importance of bass in our modern lives, I found it proper and fitting that I also include this Meghan Trainor song in this list. The tune is catchy and the bass can drive people crazy. However, it is the simplicity of the chords and the overall song structure that I found just right for absolute beginner guitarists.

While the chords are easy picking, it would be best to drive it by focusing more on the lower registers of the individual chords. This will give the song its powerful oomph that is almost like having a high-end subwoofer glued next to your acoustic guitar.

26. Three Little Birds by Bob Marley

Guitar Chords: A, D, E
Genre: Roots reggae

I always find myself smiling every time I play this 1977 song. It is a popular roots reggae song that even music industry legends play it for fun. The song is one of the most covered numbers of the 20th century. Artists today also give the song a more modern 21st century vibe.

People debate about the origin of the song title, but there is no debating about the simplicity of this song. The chords, progression, tonal structure, and the rhythm are all very simple and relaxed. It somehow gives credence to the notion that there is a spiritual side to the song when Bob Marley recorded it in the late 70s. This is a lovely song to play on the acoustic guitar.

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27. Hot Legs by Rod Stewart

Guitar Chords: G, C, D
Genre: Rock

Feeling like a rock star? You don’t have to wait for a live audience anymore. All you need is to master one of Rod Stewart’s most popular rock songs and you will be rocking your makeshift stage. Hot Legs is a popular song in the late 1970s, having been released in 1977. Many musicologists consider the song as a blistering blues rocker that can go toe-to-toe against the best of The Rolling Stones.

Whereas most rock songs are tricky to play, Hot Legs will not burn your seat. You can play this song like a pro in a matter of minutes. The chords aren’t tricky at all. And the progression is as systematic as any beginner guitarist can hope for.

28. You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim) By Rod Stewart

Guitar Chords: G, D, A
Genre: Pop rock

Here’s another Rod Stewart song that I know you will love playing on your acoustic guitar. Most people think of it as a love song. They may be right because of its sweet melodies. However, this is a pop rock kind of song that is very pleasant to listen to. Even if you cannot relate to the lyrics, the song’s groove is sure to have you snapping your fingers to its beat.

One nice thing about You’re in My Heart is that it is a lot easier to play than it seems. There are no barre chords that will strain your fingers. There’s no worrying about the strumming pattern, either. This is good rock music that you can have fun playing.

29. Sweet Caroline By Neil Diamond

Guitar Chords: A, D, E
Genre: Country pop

This is a favorite of the Boston Red Sox and the Carolina Panthers as well as other professional and amateur sports organizations all over the country. The catchy tune is enough to get everyone on their feet and clap to the beat. Its rhythm will have you swaying and feeling good about everything else. This is the magic of Sweet Caroline. A phenomenal song straight from 1969 that is still very relevant in the third decade of the 21st century.

Newbies will never have problems playing Sweet Caroline. While the tempo is upbeat, it is not fast enough to confuse the brain. What you’ll need to pay attention to is the strumming pattern to get the song’s correct rhythm.

30. Twist and Shout by The Beatles

Guitar Chords: D, G, A
Genre: Rock and roll

Let’s get this straight, The Beatles didn’t write Twist and Shout. It was Bert Berns and Phil Medley who wrote the song in 1961. And even before the Beatles covered the song, the Isley Brothers already covered it in 1962. It was only in 1963 when the Liverpool boys covered Twist and Shout in their Please Please Me album.

Twist and Shout is one of the most fascinating songs ever to come out of the rock and roll era of the 60s. The vibe is very contagious. You only need to play it once and the whole city block will already be dancing. Just be prepared for such a reaction if you’re going to play this piece on your acoustic guitar.

31. Songbird By Oasis

Guitar Chords: G, D, Em
Genre: Britpop

Songbird lets you look at the world as a very beautiful place. It is a very simple song, but has a message that connects directly to the song. Not many people appreciate this Britpop song. For those who do, it is a piece that is as meaningful as the Sunday stroll, they have with their loved ones.

Not surprisingly, the simple structure of Songbird also makes it very easy to play. Two major chords and a minor chord are all that your fingers will be busy shuffling. The wrists can also rest easy as the strumming is not that very taxing. This is a good song to play on the acoustic guitar, while you’re lazing off on your bed.

32. Let It Be by The Beatles

Guitar Chords: G, D, Em, C
Genre: Pop rock

One of the Beatles’ most popular songs, Let It Be also happening to be the harbinger of the rock group’s breakup in 1970. Many people say that Paul McCartney wrote the song as an allusion to the growing rift among the band members. What they don’t know is that McCartney wrote the song in memory of his mother who died of cancer.

Notwithstanding the background, the song remains a very popular choice of aspiring musicians and artists. Many have come to give the song a unique take. However, I believe there can only be one Let It Be in the world. And if you can play this on your acoustic guitar, then you’re on the right track in your musical career.

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33. Take Me Home, Country Roads By John Denver

Guitar Chords: G, D, Em, C
Genre: Country

If there’s one song that best defines the musical ingenuity of John Denver, it would be this 1971 song. It’s true that Denver wrote Leaving on a Jet Plane. However, it was Peter, Paul, and Mary who first recorded the song that Denver wrote. When it comes to singing his own song, Take Me Home would be it.

Many guitarists find the chords of this country song very easy. I’ve seen preschoolers playing their toy guitars to the tune of this song. It shouldn’t be that difficult for beginner adult guitarists to learn the few tricks of the song. Learning this song is as important as learning how to ride your bicycle. It’s a nice way to begin your guitar playing journey.

34. Heart of Gold by Neil Young

Guitar Chords: Em, C, D, G
Genre: Folk rock

Better let a friend play a harmonica if ever you want to play this 1972 song on your guitar. The rich melodies of the harmonica should greatly complement the wonderful natural sounds of your guitar. And if your friend doesn’t have a harmonica or no one in your gang knows how to play one, just let them whistle along.

You’ll love the soft acoustic pieces of this Neil Young song. What is great about this song is that the original version used an acoustic guitar. This is in addition to the harmonica that is quite prominent in the intro. As I said, if you don’t have a harmonica, then you should be ready to accompany your guitar with a whistle.

35. Stand by Me by Ben E. King

Guitar Chords: G, Em, C, D
Genre: R&B

Whenever we talk about rhythm & blues or even soul music, it is almost always necessary that we talk about one of the most influential and most iconic bass riffs of the second millennia. The basslines of Stand by Me boom like a huge subwoofer delivering deep punches straight to the soul. The effect is the same even if you play the piece on a guitar.

It goes without saying that your focus on playing this song is mastery of the fingerstyle. If you’re not yet ready for that, then your focus should be on the rhythm. Work on this first and the rest should follow. Don’t fret about the guitar chords as these are for school-age children.

36. Brown Eyed Girl By van Morrison

Guitar Chords: G, C, D, Em
Genre: Soft rock

It’s easy to fall in love with the crazy intro guitar riff of this song. The way the strings are picked produce harmonics that sound a lot like a bandurria or a mandolin. Another way of looking at it is having several acoustic guitars playing the same notes at precisely the same time. You get an earful of beautiful melodies that set you up for a vibrant first verse.

Beginner guitarists should always focus on knocking the intro straight up. This is the song’s most recognizable part. Nailing this should make it very easy to complete the song. Strumming isn’t that complicated. The progression isn’t confusing either. However, you may need to employ a few fingerstyles to give the song added character.

37. Knockin on Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan

Guitar Chords: G, D, Cadd9, Asus4
Genre: Folk rock

There are two versions of this very popular song. If you’re into folk music, then you should always pick Bob Dylan’s 1973 original piece. However, fans of hard rock can always go for the more electrifying version of Guns n’ Roses that the band recorded in 1990. My suggestion is to pick whichever song you are more confident and comfortable playing.

The Bob Dylan version is perfect for beginners as the tempo is a little bit mellower and the song doesn’t require too many fingerstyles. On the other hand, if your principal aim is to polish your fingerpicking skills, then the Guns n’ Roses version is for you. This is a song that is perfect for all guitarists across the skill range.

38. You Belong with Me by Taylor Swift

Guitar Chords: D, A, Em, G
Genre: Country pop

This is a nice pop song that has a very vibrant rhythm that will have you on your feet in no time. You can find a lot of pop elements throughout the song that give this piece a catchy structure. It is a country pop that has the characteristic love interest theme people have come to associate with Swift’s songs. It’s the poppy rhythm that is almost infectious. Playing it on the acoustic guitar will have everyone else around you grooving to the beat.

While the song’s rhythm is quite fast, beginner guitarists can still play You Belong with Me with relative ease. You only need to acclimatize your wrists in playing the correct sequencing of the downstrums and upstrums of the song.

39. Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars

Guitar Chords: D, Bm7, G, D
Genre: Pop

There was one song in 2010 that was more controversial than any other song. Just the Way You Are not only won the hearts of many. It also topped the charts in multiple countries. However, there were also many detractors of the song. They say that the lyrics are too sappy. Forget the lyrics. Focus on the beautiful melody instead.

This is exactly what I recommend to people who would like to learn this song on their acoustic guitar. It’s easy enough without getting distracted by its cheesy lyrics. At least, you’ll improve your guitar-playing skills. Focus on the rhythm of the song, the progression of the chords, and its basic strumming to create a beautiful sound from an otherwise corny song.

40. I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

Guitar Chords: G, D, Em, C
Genre: Reggae

The lyrics are as beautiful as any other sweet love song. The melody is also as fun as any other Jamaican-inspired rhythm. When you combine the two, you get a funky piece. It’s a 2005 song that is as beautiful to sing as it is easy to play on the acoustic guitar.

Learn to play this song and you’re ready to make every encounter with your loved one worthwhile. The patterns for strumming the chords are simple, although you can always add a few fingerpicking techniques later. Newbies will like the fact that the song can be transposed to only four easy chords. However, I strongly recommend playing the original chords of the song once you’ve developed your guitar playing confidence.

41. More than Words by Extreme

Guitar Chords: G, C, Em, D
Genre: Acoustic rock

This is one of the trickiest songs you can ever play. That is if you do decide to play it arpeggio. However, it is worth noting that Extreme wrote this 1990 song specifically for the acoustic guitar. It makes perfect sense that aspiring acoustic guitarists learn to play this song, even if it means playing it using conventional strumming techniques.

Strumming More than Words is easy enough. However, it will not give you the beautiful harmonics that you can get from the song if you play it fingerstyle. That is why I suggest building your confidence in playing the rhythm first. Once you get the hand of it, you should be able to execute the iconic slap-hook of the original song.

42. Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution by Tracy Chapman

Guitar Chords: G, Cadd9, Em7, D
Genre: Contemporary folk

Not many people know this song because it did not do well in the US charts. Internationally, however, this 1988 Tracy Chapman song was a huge hit. While it did not top the charts, the song did break into the Top 40 of several countries. The song is also a favorite of different political figures, drawing inspiration from the song’s politically-aware lyrics.

This is also a good learning material for fans of the acoustic guitar. You can never complain about the chords as Chapman kept them as simple as possible. Strumming is as effortless as a downstrum-upstrum combination. It has a casual tempo that is also perfect for those who are still trying to figure out the acoustic guitar.

43. Hand in My Pocket by Alanis Morissette

Guitar Chords: G, F, C, D
Genre: Pop rock

This is one of the very few contemporary songs that employ a unique lyrical structure. Morissette drew inspiration from a poetry technique to write the lyrics that have become the unofficial anthem of many in the mid-1990s. Musicologists call it rhyme juxtaposition. I’d like to call it an uncanny method of creating a perfect balance between the song’s melody and its lyrical message.

However, you look at Hand in My Pocket, this is a song that is sure to have your friends singing and clapping along with your guitar playing. To say that the song’s rhythm is infectious is an understatement. It is the driving force of the piece that can only be justified by a well-executed guitar strumming pattern.

44. Perfect by Ed Sheeran

Guitar Chords: G, Em, C, D
Genre: Pop

I’ve yet to attend a wedding reception where they don’t play Ed Sheeran’s 2017 hit wonder. Perfect is as perfect as the vows that couples make in front of the altar. In terms of its lyrics, the message goes right to the heart. The melody is the vessel that delivers beautiful notes that only a person with a stone-cold heart cannot appreciate.

Perfect is also ‘perfect’ for absolute newbie guitarists because of its basic four-chord structure. Strumming is the most practical way of delivering the beautiful melody of the song. However, if you’re ready for a challenge, I urge you to master the fingerstyle. This is one of the best ways to make the song as harmonically elegant as possible.

45. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

Guitar Chords: G, D, C, Em
Genre: Soft rock

It is the guitar solo of this 1977 song that is precious. Very few soft rock songs can stir the soul in the way that Wonderful Tonight’s fascinating guitar riff can. The key is to get the correct bends and slides that give the song its true harmonic character. It is an easy song that can become the source of many foundational skills in guitar playing.

Mastering the fingerstyle of Wonderful Tonight is tricky. You need flexible fingers and the uncanny ability to fingerpick the right strings. If this is too much for you, then the more familiar strumming technique should be your go-to. Don’t worry as the song will still sound very beautiful.

46. Purple Rain by Prince

Guitar Chords: G, C, D, Em
Genre: Rock

You might not agree with Prince’s outlandish fashion sense. There’s no arguing that this musician is one of the greatest of his generation. Prince is not only outstanding at vocals. He also happens to be a virtuoso of the guitar. It makes perfect sense that we pay homage to this artist’s phenomenal showmanship by learning one of his most popular songs: Purple Rain.

This 1984 hit song kicks off with a guitar solo that should be a wonderful introduction for any beginner. Strumming can be as straightforward as you can imagine. It would be very interesting for you to play this on your acoustic guitar. Pay attention to the rhythm of the song, though.

47. House of the Rising Sun by Animals

Guitar Chords: C, D, F, Am, E
Genre: Folk rock

Without a doubt, this Animals song is one of the easiest you can ever play on the acoustic guitar. It teaches you a thing or two about how you should play a folk-rock song on a string instrument. There’s the characteristic strumming pattern that starts with the bass strings and terminates with the high strings. It’s a great sound that will make you want to play the song more often than you initially imagined.

Absolute beginners to the acoustic guitar can always choose to play the song with a more traditional strumming method. This should be fine, if you stay faithful to the rhythm of the song. There are many versions and covers of this song. It wouldn’t hurt if you could add your own.

48. Passenger Seat by Stephen Speaks

Guitar Chords: G, Em, Cadd9, D
Genre: Pop rock

While Passenger Seat was not commercially successful in the US, it is one of the songs that topped the charts in other countries in 1999. It also found success in digital streaming platforms, enjoying a large following that the song did not have when it was released as a single. The song has a very captivating melody that anyone can hum to.

Passenger Seat is an easy piece to play on an acoustic guitar. Beginning guitarists should do well learning the basic strumming techniques. More advanced guitarists can execute several fingerstyles to give the song better harmonics. You can play this song during your alone time or on those special occasions where you must be with your loved one.

49. Let Her Go by Passenger

Guitar Chords: Am, F, G, Em, C
Genre: Folk rock

It’s not difficult to see why Let Her Go was such a chart-topper way back in 2012. The lyrics are both melancholic and poetic. The message resonates for almost anyone who has ever experienced the heartbreaks of ending a seemingly beautiful relationship. And if you listen intently to the lyrics, you’ll somehow feel that the song is about you.

What makes Let Her Go more fascinating is the fact that it is easily playable on the acoustic guitar. This is even though the song is instrumentally diverse. You can do justice to the song by learning the arpeggio technique of playing the notes. And if that is too much to ask, then you can always strum the chords and the song will still turn out beautiful.

50. All of Me by John Legend

Guitar Chords: Em, C, G, D, Am
Genre: R&B

It’s easy to fall in love all over again if you play this 2013 hit song by John Legend. It has interesting elements of soul meshed into an R&B rhythm with a love theme for its lyrics. It is a masterpiece, regardless of how people look at it.

Acoustic guitarists will find the chords to be simple enough that even a 5th grader can play the song with his or her eyes closed. You just feel the strings under your fingers and let the groove of the song dictate your finger movements. It’s a song that is as lovely to sing to your loved one as it is interesting to play on your guitar.

These songs are not only easy to play. They can be amazing stepping stones in the development of your acoustic guitar playing skills. So, pick a few at a time. Learn the basics and get ready to play your heart out.

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