50 Easy Beatles Songs on Guitar (2024 With Tabs)

The music of The Beatles lives on in every seasoned performer, aspiring artist, and even ordinary people who draw inspiration from the Fab Four’s countless songs. Their songs continue to be streamed and downloaded from online platforms, giving contemporary listeners a taste of the music that defined an era.

Paul McCartney Playing an Easy Beatles Song on Guitar
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Any Beatles song is an essential part of music history and a testament to man’s undying love affair with music. I wouldn’t be surprised if you also want to include some of the Fab Four’s songs in your repertoire. Do keep in mind that some Beatles songs are quite difficult to play. As such, it would be best to start with these easy Beatles songs to play on guitar.

List of Easy Beatles Guitar Songs

1. Eleanor Rigby

Tabs: See Eleanor Rigby Tab Here

Most people would be surprised to learn that this 1966 song did not require any Beatle member to play any musical instrument during the song’s recording. However, both John Lennon and George Harrison lent their vocals to the composition to give the song much-needed harmony. This song used a string ensemble that consisted of violins, cellos, and violas. There were no guitars, drums, pianos, or any other instrument. The song employed staccato chords that featured beautiful melodic embellishments.

Just because The Beatles didn’t employ any standard music backing for this song doesn’t mean you can no longer play it on your guitar. You still can. Your guitar can still be an excellent alternative to the classical string ensemble. What makes this song extra special for beginners is that it only has two very simple and easy chords: C major and E minor. And if that is not enough to convince you that this is an easy piece to execute, then the simplicity of its strumming pattern should. You’ll also get an introduction to palm muting, a technique that you will use in many of your rock and roll guitar songs.

2. Paperback Writer

Tabs: See Paperback Writer Tab Here

This is one of the most unusual songs ever written by the Beatles at the time. The Fab Four were especially known for writing love songs and other love-themed pieces. Paperback Writer is different in that it focuses more on the aspirations of a budding author. Another thing that made this song quite unique from the Beatles songs prior to 1966 is the single static chord that backed the song’s melody. This was also one of the first Beatles creations that have substantially boosted bass. McCartney had to use a Rickenbacker for the bass, and he played it with more melody.

Beginner guitarists will like the fact that Paperback Writer only needs two easy chords: E major and A major. I have seen guitar sheets that have more chords. However, you should still get a very decent melody of the song using only these two chords. Just don’t forget to put a capo on the guitar’s 3rd fret. You might also want to spend some time learning the fingerstyle of the song’s intro guitar riff. That should get your fingers all warmed and ready for other Beatles songs.

3. Don’t Let Me Down

Tabs: See Don’t Let Me Down Tab Here

Satisfy your cravings for a bluesy soul from the Fab Four with this song from their last year together as a band. True to the artistic inclinations and the counterculture mindset of the Fab Four, Don’t Let Me Down has instrumental touches that are very unusual. There’s the counterpoint melody that George Harrison and Paul McCartney played in octaves. This gave the alternate verse of the song a very surprising melody. In turn, it gave the song its characteristic bluesy feel and soul vibe that some people at the time were already beginning to forget.

With only F# minor and E major forming the chords of the song, any beginner guitarist will have this in the bag in less than an hour. If you want it easier, put a capo on the 2nd fret and play the Em and D chords. Learning to play the fingerstyle will be tricky as this musical piece has a few instrumental techniques that were deemed unconventional in the late 1960s. Don’t worry. Strumming the chords will still produce a lovely sound.

4. All Together Now

Tabs: See All Together Now Tab Here

This musical piece is one of the most fun Beatles songs anyone can ever play. It’s the perfect piece to play in get-togethers. I have seen companies use this song in their team-building activities. Picnics and other informal gatherings are made livelier with this song, encouraging everyone to sing along and even dance to the beat. It doesn’t even matter if you don’t know the lyrics of the verses. You can always join in the fun when everyone is already shouting, “all together now.” The fun nature of the song is unmistakable because McCartney wrote it as a musical piece that children can sing-along to. And if kids can have fun singing this song, I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t have fun playing it on your guitar, too.

The light-spirited nature of this skiffle is made even easier by the three simple chords that people can play. There is the G major, the D major, and the C major to keep the fingers of the novice guitarist busy. And if you think this is very elementary, then you can always venture into the fingerstyle of this piece. However, the best way to play this Beatles great is by simple strumming. It wouldn’t hurt to have everyone clapping to the groove, too. As far as easy Beatles songs on guitar go, this is easily one of my favorites.

5. She’s a Woman

Tabs: See She’s a Woman Tab Here

Here’s a very nice 3-chord song that any guitarist can play, especially the newbies. The Fab Four’s She’s a Woman is what many would consider the perfect blend of rock and roll, pop rock, and rhythm and blues. One of the song’s most important characteristics is the writing of the notes in the high register. Many believe that McCartney purposely wrote the song this way to imitate Little Richard’s vocal style. This music piece also has a unique countermelody produced by the backing piano and bass. And you’ve got to commend George Harrison for playing an ingenious solo in the song’s middle-eight.

There are two ways guitarists can play the three chords of this 1964 song. One is by using barre chords to give the music piece its harmonic qualities. Beginners can always opt for the open chords of the song if they feel that fretting near the body of the guitar is difficult. The strumming style of the piece is easy. Now, I do recommend learning the famous guitar solo of George Harrison. It’s tricky but achievable.

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6. Love Me Do

Tabs: See Love Me Do Tab Here

Not many people know that the very first lyrics of this Merseybeat song were written several years before Paul McCartney and the rest of the Beatles got together and establish the band. John Lennon did add his music genius to the bridge to give the song its characteristic lively vibe. The original song only features the G7 and C major chords. The bridge has an additional D major chord that makes this song as easy to learn for beginners as possible. It is also one of the most fun and engaging Beatles songs, too. People can’t help dancing to the beat and even singing along.

Love Me Do is great for folks who are more confident about strumming songs than using the fingerstyle technique. It is a song that I often recommend to friends who want a music piece that they can play during informal gatherings. Add a harmonica in the mix, and you’d get that iconic dockside harmonica lick that made this song very popular in 1962. While this piece is a love song, one can never deny its dance-pop rhythm.

7. Twist and Shout

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Contrary to what many people think, the Beatles did not write this song. They were only one of several artists who covered this 1961 rock and roll piece by the Top Notes. The Isley Brothers also covered this song in 1962, as well as The Who in 1970, Salt-N-Pepa in 1988, Chaka Demus in 1993, and The Orchestra in 2001. There have been other artists who covered this Phil Medley-written song. However, the version of the Fab Four remains the most popular, peaking at the 2nd spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

I’m not saying you should also consider covering this song. But, if you look at the hundreds of guitar covers on YouTube, you know that you’d want to do the same. It’s easy. With only three easy chords to strum and a chord progression that even an 8-year-old kid can memorize, this is a song worth playing on your own YouTube channel. What is so exciting about this music piece is its lively beat. It is a quintessential rock and roll piece that can bring life to any party.

8. Yellow Submarine

Tabs: See Yellow Submarine Tab Here

Kids love this song. Adult music-lovers also like it. The Beatles penned this 1966 song as a children’s musical piece. Not only does the song very easy for children to sing along. It also has a structure that is simple enough to be played by young hands. I don’t see any reason why a grownup guitarist cannot play this pop song from the Fab Four. It is Billboard’s 2nd best Hot 100 song and was also the recipient of the UK’s Ivor Novello Award. It is proof of the song’s remarkable songwriting and phenomenal composition. This is a Beatles song that is as pleasant to young ears as it is to the mature ones.

Being a kiddie song makes Yellow Submarine a cinch to play. I have yet to see a guitarist play this piece using the arpeggio. It should still sound beautiful with the fingerstyle. However, it is the harmony of the 6 strings that makes the song more fun to play when strumming. While there are 5 chords to play, your fingers won’t have problems fretting. It is a great exercise for mastering basic finger positioning and movements.

9. Get Back

Tabs: See Get Back Tab Here

An all-time favorite of party-goers, Get Back has that warm and exciting vibe that is an important characteristic of blues rock. Unfortunately, this 1969 song also has very strong anti-immigration sentiments. It became an anthem of anti-immigration personalities in both the US and the UK. If you analyze the lyrics closely, you’d get hints of the artists telling ‘unwelcome’ immigrants to go back to wherever they came from. You can always brush this aside and focus more on the pulsating rhythm and the lovely upbeat melody of the song instead.

I have a 6-year-old neighbor who plays this song on his ukulele like a pro. That’s why I believe Get Back is also an easy piece for adult beginner guitarists to learn. The only aspect that is quite tricky with this song is its rhythm. At 126 beats per minute, you will find yourself furiously strumming the chords. This can prove challenging for people who have difficulty coordinating the movements of their fingers and wrists. Nevertheless, like I already said, a kid can play this song. You should, too.

10. Here Comes the Sun

Tabs: See Here Comes the Sun Tab Here

In my opinion, this is one of the Beatles’ most exciting songs. Not only is it fun to sing along. This song is also one of the most ideal pieces for any beginner guitarist to learn. You get to brush up on your basic strumming skills if you feel you’re still not confident about it. And if you think you’re ready to take your guitar playing to the next level, this 1969 Beatles folk-pop song is also a great piece. The intro is where you will be practicing your beginner fingerstyle skills. There are a few breaks in the piece that you can turn into guitar solos if you like.

Unlike most Beatles songs, George Harrison penned this piece that continues to dominate digital streaming platforms of the 21st century. Music experts also consider Here Comes the Sun to be one of Harrison’s best compositions. The lyrics convey hope and a welcome respite from the many stresses that we all face. It is the promise of a new dawn that is especially appealing. And if you add the warm melody and the upbeat tempo, you’ve got a song worth playing on the guitar and dancing to.

11. Come Together

Tabs: See Come Together Tab Here

This is a good song for learning and mastering the art of hammer-ons. This Lennon-McCartney composition has one of the most fascinating guitar riffs that incorporate two of the most important playing techniques any aspiring rock artist needs to have. You also get to learn and develop your proficiency in the slide technique. If you find this technique to be very uncomfortable, then you might want to buy a guitar slide. You can put this small cylindrical device over one of your fretting fingers. When you perform the slide technique, you will not hurt your finger. It’s a simple device that any serious rocker will want to have.

It wouldn’t hurt to start playing this 1969 blues rock using a more traditional strumming technique. The pattern is mostly D-DU-U-DU. I suggest practicing this pattern first before you try playing it with the chords. Speaking of the guitar chords, Come Together is not as difficult as some people may want you to think. Four chords are hardly the type of song construction that will tire your brain or even stress your fingers. So, go and have fun playing this Beatles classic.

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12. I Saw Her Standing There

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If you’re looking for a Beatles song that people around you can dance and clap to, then this 1963 rock and roll music is the one to play. While it did not top the Hot 100, I Saw Her Standing There did manage to gain Rolling Stone’s 139th spot for the all-time greatest musical pieces. What some people may not realize is that this song is the Beatle’s take on a 1912 English folk song, Seventeen Come Sunday. McCartney also drew inspiration from Chuck Berry’s 1961 hit, Talkin’ About You. He used Berry’s signature bass riff to give the song very punchy guitar licks.

Beatle fans love to play this song during parties because of its very vibrant feel. The song can easily transport you to an era where teens and young adults flocked to dance halls whenever they could. The strumming pattern couldn’t be easier, and it is what gives the song its dynamic vibe. Hit the strings right, and you will be rocking the floor. You’ll be enticing everyone else to join you.

13. The Ballad of John and Yoko

Tabs: See The Ballad of John and Yoko Tab Here

While this is a very popular and easy Beatles song to play on the guitar, The Ballad was a bit controversial. Some radio stations in the US banned the song because of some questionable lyrics that pertain to Christ and his crucifixion. Despite the ban, this 1969 rock and roll piece still managed to land on Billboard Hot 100’s number 8 spot in the US. It also topped the charts in the UK. It is not difficult to see why this song remains very popular. The beat is very catchy, and the songwriting essentially chronicles the relationship between Lennon and Ono.

The song uses open chords and none of the power and barre chords that can intimidate first-time guitarists. You will also find the suggested strumming pattern to be very easy, using a predictable pattern. The time signature also helps in making the song easy to play. There’s also a portion of the song where guitarists will execute an abrupt stop to the strumming. It is a neat trick that takes a few sessions to get right. If you feel uneasy about the lyrics, then don’t sing it. Play this song and immerse yourself in its wonderful springtime groove.

14. Eight Days a Week

Tabs: See Eight Days a Week Tab Here

We all love this song, don’t we? It is the epitome of a rock classic that will make contemporary songs sound like wimps. It is a Hot 100-topper and a chartbuster in many countries upon its release. This 1964 song also happens to be the very first pop studio recording to use the fade-in technique for opening the track. This technique gave listeners the unique feeling of hearing the wonderful sounds of the Beatles piece even before the actual song.

One tricky aspect of playing this song is the high register notes of the guitar intro. Beginners might find it very awkward to play the chords very near the body of the guitar. Once you get through this part, however, playing this Beatles rock and roll classic should already be a breeze. It is as easy as fretting the major chords of D, E, G, and A, plus a B minor chord. These guitar chords won’t confuse you, nor will they make your fingers feel strained afterward. I strongly encourage you to try the intro because it is what will get the attention of anyone around you to start clapping and dancing to the rhythm. This is one of those fun and easy Beatles songs on guitar that I recommend any Beatles fan learn.

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15. I Should Have Known Better

Tabs: See I Should Have Known Better Tab Here

You’ve got to admire the Fab Four’s musical ingenuity. Most contemporary songs add a lot of embellishments in their songs to make them very appealing. And while the Beatles are also known for adding color to their music, they do so in a subtle way so that the song will never sound trashy. Take this 1964 rock song, for example. It has a very exciting vibe, melodic instrument backing, and the lovely vocals of the boys from Liverpool. That’s all there is to it. It’s so simple, yet it can get an entire city block to dance along.

Absolute beginners may find the verses of this song to be challenging. It is not because of the complexity of the chords but rather the fast changes between chords. You might also think that the 120-BPM tempo of this song is beyond the reach of the average newbie guitarist. I know what you mean. And I’m sure you also know that beginners can always choose to play this Beatles song in a reduced tempo first. Get yourself and your fingers acquainted and familiar with the finger movements. Sooner or later, you’ll be zipping across the fretboard like a superstar.

16. Norwegian Wood

Tabs: See Norwegian Wood Tab Here

This 1965 Beatles song is one of the Fab Four’s most critically-acclaimed works. It was the very first rock and roll song ever to incorporate the sound coming from an indigenous Indian sitar. This paved the way for other rock stars at the time to use other non-mainstream music instruments in their compositions. The song had an ingenious innuendo and just enough ambiguity to satisfy even the most avid of Bob Dylan fans. The song is also a testament to the Liverpool band’s growing creativity and increasing artistic and musical awareness.

Strumming Norwegian Wood is easy since the song only has about 6 or so chords to keep your fingers busy. Unfortunately, strumming alone will not give you a melody that is as beautiful as adding a few fingerstyles to the strumming technique. Most beginners will find this pushing it too far. I’d say it’s worth the effort. You may feel like you’re stretching your fretting ring finger and pinkie to the hilt. However, the melody that you will produce is enough to get everyone humming and singing along to your guitar playing. I urge you to learn to use both the strumming and the fingerstyle technique in playing this song. You’ll thank me later if you do decide to make guitar playing more than just a hobby.

17. Can’t Buy Me Love

Tabs: See Can’t Buy Me Love Tab Here

Some people think that this 1964 song has something to do about a prostitute. Others believe that the message has something to do about the fact that material possessions can never supplant what many people truly crave for genuine love. Regardless of how you interpret this song, Can’t Buy Me Love remains one of the Fab Four’s most significant contributions to the development of pop rock. The music piece has a very distinctive hook that people can sing at any time. The guitar riff is not that bad, either. In fact, this is a Beatles song that has a unique verse structure. It utilized classic twelve-bar blues that highlight the phenomenal progression of the chords.

The only thing that some beginner guitarists may find daunting about this song is its tempo. The recommended number of beats per minute is 180. What I can say is for newbies to approach the song like a true novice. Play it slow. Master the transitions between chords. Learn the basic strumming pattern. Don’t worry so much about the tempo as everything will fall into place once you’ve got a feel for the basics.

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18. A Hard Day’s Night

Tabs: See A Hard Day’s Night Tab Here

One of the most remarkable things about the Beatles is that they were able to produce multiple chart-topping songs in a single year. This 1964 rock song happens to be the Beatles’ 5th of 7 creations that topped the charts within one year. The intro guitar riff is also unmistakable. It would make you want to buy for yourself a 12-string Rickenbacker 360/12, too. The song’s opening is already impressive. Add to this the phenomenal reverberation of Paul McCartney’s high bass notes, and you get a song with very wavy and colorful harmonics. Harrison also added his unique arpeggios to give the song greater depth.

The original song has about 18 different chords. However, I have seen seasoned guitarists play the song using only 6 basic chords. Beginners can choose to learn the song using this set of chords first to help develop their confidence. The tempo is also more forgiving than the Beatles’ other hit, Can’t Buy Me Love. At 140 BPM, strumming the chords should not feel complicated.

19. All You Need is Love

Tabs: See All You Need is Love Tab Here

Take a stroll down memory lane with this 1967 Beatles pop song. It has a carefree vibe that can transport you to the flower power movement of the late 1960s. And even if you don’t really care about what happened during that time, the song’s beautiful melody and harmony will have you rocking your body like a baby getting a lullaby. Musicologists consider the song another milestone for the Beatles. It is cool, contagious, and very calculated. The message of hope and love is something that anyone gets right away.

The intro of the song can be a bit challenging for the neophyte guitarist. It requires a fingerpicking technique to get individual notes. What may surprise you is that the arpeggio is not that difficult. Plus, it only lasts several seconds. You can easily learn this part in a matter of minutes. It’s basic strumming after that, following a typical D-DU pattern for the G chord. The D major chord will have a D-DU-U-DU pattern and the E-minor chord will have an easy D-DU-DU style. Easy, right?

20. Let it Be

Tabs: See Let it Be Tab Here

Personally, I believe that Let It Be is the Beatles’ most significant and beautiful song. It may not be an all-time great. However, this 1970 song remains in the heart of many music lovers, both Beatle fans and not. I guess the appeal has something to do with the fact that this is one of the last songs that the band ever recorded together. I also think that the guitar solo of this song is more aggressive than those found in other Beatles songs. The orchestral sections of the music piece were also mixed substantially higher than in prior songs.

You’d be wrong to think that these characteristics of Let It Be will make it unplayable by beginner guitarists. There is one thing that some neophyte guitarists may have a problem learning – executing the 3-chord ending to each verse. Like all beginner songs, you can always learn this part of the song at your own pace. Get the confidence to play it. Before you know it, you are already ripping the guitar licks and arpeggios of this piece.

21. Helter Skelter

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Genre Hard Rock
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Beatles meet hard rock in this killer track from their ninth studio album, “The White Album.” “Helter Skelter” is bold, raucous, and intense, packed with riffs, overdriven guitars, and screaming vocals. What started off as a light bluesy acoustic jam with falsetto vocals ended up being the first-ever attempt at heavy metal by any band.

The song has been widely covered by several iconic bands, including Aerosmith, Oasis, and U2. A riff-driven song isn’t exactly known for being kind to beginners, but not in the case of this one. Chords G, E, and A are all you need to rock out a simple yet potent version of this classic. So go on, grab your electric guitar, and get started!

22. She Loves You

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Genre Pop, Rock ‘n’ Roll
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This is one of the most joyful and heartwarming compositions by the Beatles. It was meant as a hat-off to their burgeoning female fan base. Not only was it received well by the female fans, but it also marked the start of Beatlemania. “She Loves You” is still the band’s biggest-selling hit and occupies the 64th spot on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Ah! the flamboyant “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah,” simple arrangement and delicious harmonies – this song is pure pop perfection! Watch the tutorial and learn to play it with easy chord shapes and a straightforward strumming pattern.

23. Rocky Raccoon

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Genre Country, Ragtime
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McCartney wrote the country-folk piece “Rocky Raccoon” while on a spiritual retreat in Rishikesh, India. With a title inspired by a well-known Marvel Comics character, this 1968 classic chronicles a love triangle, complete with Western-style melodramatic twists. It’s instrumentally lavish, with George Martin’s honky tonk piano leading the way and Lennon adding harmonica and harmonium into the mix.

McCartney plays a catchy chord progression on an acoustic that repeats through the entirety of the track. Guitarists of all skill levels will enjoy playing this fun tune. True, the chords might seem intimidating and new to beginners, but keep at it – the chord sequence is repetitive, and the chord switches are not that hard.

24. I’ve Got a Feeling

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Genre Blues Rock
Tabs View I’ve Got a Feeling Tabs Here

The Lennon-McCartney songwriting team produced many immortal gems, including this one. From the Beatles’ final album, Let it Be, “I’ve Got a Feeling” is a combination of two unfinished tracks and one of the three live songs recorded by the band at a rooftop concert.

It certainly isn’t their most refined and structured song and parts of it feel too spontaneous, but that’s also what makes it so special and raw. The song leans towards blues-rock and has a rather simple chord progression compared to some of their earlier works. Beginners can play a simplified version by strumming the intro with just an A and D chord. Check out the tutorial for more tips.

25. Birthday

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Genre Alternative/Indie
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Not a lot of people rate “Birthday” on the band’s top tracks, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t awesome. The song was written by Lennon-McCartney around a riff that McCartney came up with during one of their jam sessions. Once they had the riff figured out, the duo wrote the song, and the band recorded it, all in a day’s work. In fact, the members were such pros by then that they found the time to watch a movie AND record the song the same day.

The simple yet memorable tune kicks off with drums and that catchy distorted riff that was conceived before the song. The riff follows a blues progression. It’s an excellent song for beginners to build pinky strength and dexterity.

26. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

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Genre Pop Rock, Ska
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This song has one of the most interesting titles in the band’s discography, but that isn’t the only remarkable thing about it – “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da” has been scientifically established as the finest example of a perfect pop tune! Surprisingly this Jamaican ska-influenced track ended up annoying the band members, most of all John Lennon. Nevertheless, I, like millions of Beatles fans, find it catchy and fun.

Here’s the thing – there are four chords in this song, but one of them is a barre chord. It’s tricky but can be mastered with a little practice. Don’t believe us? Check out the tutorial above and see just how easy this song is to play, even for beginner guitarists.

27. You Won’t See Me

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Genre Pop, Country
Tabs View You Won’t See Me Tabs Here

“You Won’t See Me’s” lyrics echo sentiments that were deeply personal to McCartney. It’s about a couple in the throes of a messy breakup. The overall melody and harmonies mirror the sadness or, shall I say, the bitterness of the words, and Macca’s piano skills certainly don’t let down.

The song was a part of Rubber Soul, often touted as the album that marked the beginning of the band’s transition from spunky to more mature themes. It’s written in the key of A with a chord progression inspired by Four Tops, a famous Motown quartet from the ‘60s. It does have a bunch of chords that might seem handful at first but will get easier the more you play.

28. Hey Jude

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Genre Pop Rock
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Paul McCartney’s greatest contribution to the Beatles’ catalog, “Hey Jude,” is undoubtedly not a beginner-level song, that is, if you want to play exactly as in the recording. However, a much simpler way of tackling this song requires a capo on the first fret and a few relatively easier chords than the ones in the studio version.

The seven-minute-long anthemic ballad was written by McCartney to comfort Lennon’s son Julian during his parents’ divorce and was originally titled “Hey Jules.” With its heartfelt lyrics, three-note riff, and bluesy licks, this crowd-pleaser is enough to tempt even the toughest of the crowd to “Na-na-na” along.

29. We Can Work It Out

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Genre Folk Rock
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Many songs describing McCartney’s dynamics with Jane Asher made their way into the Beatles’ discography. “We Can Work It Out” is another one of them but a more optimistic take on the relationship than “You Won’t See Me.” This folk-pop tambourine-driven track from Day Tripper became UK’s 7th best-selling record in the ‘60s.

The collaboration between Macca and Lennon is clear as day in this one. The McCartney verses, and chorus are uplifting, while Lennon’s bridge slows things down, giving the song more depth. It’s a fabulous piece to play in any setting with easy verses and chorus but a slightly tricky bridge that you should be able to nail with some practice.

30. I Wanna Hold Your Hand

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Genre Pop, Rock ‘n’ Roll
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“I Wanna Hold Your Hand” is, all in all, a simple and fun ditty except for the bits that require a key change and some riff-based blues shuffles. The actual recording has multiple guitars building on a layered effect, but with a couple of liberties, you can strum it on a solo acoustic. The intro is tricky and kicks off with two chords, C and D chords. You might want to spend a little time nailing the chord switches in the intro and chorus. The tutorial and tabs above will break it down for you.

In a matter of two minutes and half minutes, this joyful and upbeat acoustic-led ballad builds a connection with the listeners that leaves us craving for more. As a beginner guitarist, if you’ve had this lovestruck earworm on your wishlist but didn’t know how to go about it, here’s your chance! If you’re looking for easy Beatles guitar songs, definitely try playing this song.

31. Taxman

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Genre Rock
Tabs View Taxman Tab Here

Taxman was born out of George Harrison’s protest of the rising taxes in the United Kingdom. The Beatles were getting taxed on 90% of their earnings. Meaning they were working hard with nothing to show for it. Harrison even claimed that the taxes would probably lead to their bankruptcy. With some help from John Lennon, they wrote and recorded the song in 1966. It’s written from the perspective of the “relentless taxman.” The lyrics have a satirical yet angry feel. “If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat,” and “If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.”

This rock song was one of their first political statements in their music.

It sounds great with electric guitar but can be played on acoustic as well. To play the song exactly like the original is a little more advanced, but anyone can use a simple strumming pattern and set of chords to make a more beginner version. The chords to use are D7, D7+9, C7, and G7. The slower rhythm of the strums makes the transition from chord to chord a little easier if you are just starting out.

32. Rock and Roll Music

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Genre Rock and Roll
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The inspiration for this song came from the burn-out the Beatles felt from the constant touring and churning out of original material. Their response to this was to record covers of some of their old rock favorites. This included the hit song “Rock and Roll Music,” written and released by Chuck Berry in 1957. The Beatles’ version features energetic guitar riffs and lively vocals by John Lennon. I’d say this is one of the best songs to dance to, no matter how many left feet you have.

The Beatles bring so much pep and enthusiasm that it’s not hard to carry that energy through to the guitar. Start with learning the chords G, C, and D and practice listening to the rhythm of the original track. Use this rhythm for your strumming. You can keep a quick up, down, up, down pattern to get the hang of it.

33. Help!

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Genre Folk Rock
Tabs View Help! Tab Here

This folk rock song came from the Beatles’ fifth album and was released in 1965. “Help!” was a hit in the U.S. and the UK as it topped the charts at #1 for three weeks. John Lennon did most of the writing with some help from his bandmate, Paul McCartney. Lennon’s inspiration came from feeling overwhelmed by how fast the Beatles rose to fame. The sudden attention, pressure, and magnitude of the band became hard for him to digest. He expressed that he felt depressed and wanted to call out for help, hence where the keyword in the song was born. Lennon felt this song was one of the most honest and genuine ones he’s written. It was a pivotal moment for him to be vulnerable in his songwriting.

“Help!” has a pretty fun yet simple strumming pattern. In the verses, start each chord with a base pluck, switching between the low E and A string and then strum down. The chords you need to know include A, C#m, F#m, D, G, Bm, and E. The strumming pattern for the chorus is faster-paced, with a couple of walks thrown in every once in a while. I would say this song is a good mix between beginner and intermediate. It has a balance of basic and more difficult chords and some different yet easy-to-learn strumming patterns.

34. Tell Me What You See

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Folk Rock
Tabs View Tell Me What You See Tab Here

At first glance, the lyrics seem to illustrate a ploy to get a potential lover to fall in love and realize how good a relationship could be. The inspiration for the song is unknown, but Paul McCartney describes it as a “filler track” they used for the album “Help!” in 1965. McCartney is said to have written most of “Tell Me What You See,” but he cannot recall the writing process and believes that John Lennon helped him. Lennon believes it was written mostly by McCartney, but the second verse does draw from a religious quote hung up in Lennon’s childhood home.

This is a great beginner folk rock song to learn for anyone who wants to jump right in. The pace is slower with mellow, almost monotone vocals. The only chords you need to know are G, Cadd9, and D. Keep the strumming open and light with an up-and-down pattern. Don’t stress too much about the “right rhythm.” Just listen to the track a couple of times to get your feel for the beat. Go ahead and put your spin on it. If you want to learn something more intermediate, try adding the piano lick at the end.

35. Money (That’s What I Want)

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Rock and Roll
Tabs View Money Tab Here

This rhythm and blues hit was originally written by Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford in 1959. The writers improvised a majority of the song at a spontaneous recording session in a Detroit studio. It soon became a success for Mowtown and was later covered by The Beatles and The Flying Lizards. The Beatles added their rock and roll spin to the song in 1963. They recorded it in just seven takes and performed the song six times for BBC radio. George Harrison explained that they discovered the song in Brian Epstein’s record store.

“Money” is a fast-paced, spunky song for someone ready to tackle fast transitioning between chords. The chord progression in this tutorial is inspired by both George Harrison and John Lennon’s guitar parts in the song. Get familiar with the chords E, A, A7, E7, B7, and B for this one. Since this is a rock song, add some power and energy to the strums.

36. Something

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Soft Rock, Pop
Tabs View Something Tab Here

“Something” is a song that takes you on a journey through its melody and pace. It plays as a story that evokes emotion and brightness simultaneously. George Harrison is said to have written this love song about his then-wife, Pattie Boyd. Harrison himself debated this point after the split from his wife. He claimed he wrote the song about the Hindu deity, Kirshna, and explained, “When you love a woman, it’s the God in her you see.”

The tune for “Something” came so easily to Harrison that he thought he had stolen it from a melody of another song. It was released in 1969 as a part of the Beatles’ iconic album. “Abbey Road.” The intro begins with the chords F, Eb, and G and flows right into the first verse with some fingerpicking. The strumming pattern entails repeating down, down, and up strums throughout the verses. The chorus strumming utilizes elements of percussion and palm muting. This song has a plethora of chords to add to your repertoire, including C, C7, F, E, D7, Am, and Amaj7.

37. Good Day Sunshine

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Pop Rock
Tabs View Good Day Sunshine Tab Here

The band member, Paul McCartney, is credited for this pop-rock hit. His inspiration came from a sunny day in Surrey, writing with John Lennon at his house. McCartney expressed that he drew influence from the upbeat song “Daydream” by the Lovin’ Spoonfuls. A similar carefree, grateful, and confident melody shines through in both songs. “Good Day Sunshine” was released in 1966 on the Beatles’ album ‘Revolver.” It has been adored and covered by many artists, including Claudine Longet, Robbie Williams, and The Tremeloes. Interestingly enough, it played as the wake-up song for the space mission STS-135.

To play a beginner-friendly version on the guitar, start with the capo on the second fret. This way, the song is in the same key without the use of tricky bar chords. “Good Day Sunshine” utilizes quite a few riffs and runs. If you don’t feel comfortable with those yet, find a simple strumming pattern that goes along with the melody. You will want to be familiar with the chords A, E, D7, D7sus2, Bm, and G.

38. In My Life

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Pop Rock
Tabs View In My Life Tab Here

“In My Life” has a broad appeal and is enjoyed by many from different generations and music tastes (as most Beatles’ hits are). The nostalgic and introspective lyrics draw from John Lennon’s childhood. Written by the classic McCartney-Lennon duo, Lennon expressed that he felt it was his “first real major piece of work.” It was the first time Lennon had written about his life. The song started as a lyrical poem describing detailed moments from Lennon’s youth, which he felt to be boring. He later reworked the poem by adding generalized insights from his past.

This song uses standard tuning and is in the key of A major. The intro starts with a beautiful bout of fingerpicking and continues to the verse with a down, down, up strumming pattern. Each chord is held for two beats. There are many chords to learn, including A, E, F#m, A/G, D, Dm, G, and B. The outro contains a riff that’s just a variation of the intro.

39. Penny Lane

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Psychedelic Pop
Tabs View Penny Lane Tab Here

“Penny Lane” is an ode to all familiar places that are etched in our memories and will never fade. Lennon and McCartney utilize playful and vivid imagery to capture the essence of everyday life on the roundabout at Penny Lane in Liverpool. This was a place that Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison frequented as school kids. They often hung out at the terminal throughout those years, collecting the memories illustrated in the lyrics. This is a song for all the nostalgic “people watchers” out there that love to witness the world around them come to life.

The song was released as a single along with “Strawberry Fields Forever” in 1967. It has a cheery and upbeat strumming pattern of up, down, up, up, down, up. The Beatles showcase their genius capabilities by switching between three different keys in the first forty seconds of the song. The key seamlessly travels from B major to Bm and then to A major. Despite this key change, it’s still easy to learn and consists of open and bar chords.

40. Nowhere Man

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Folk Rock
Tabs View Nowhere Man Tab Here

“Nowhere Man” portrays a character who feels lost with no real direction. This is John Lennon’s philosophical exploration of wondering where one is in life and feeling disconnected from the world. Lennon and McCartney wrote this song together in 1965. After Lennon had spent hours upon hours trying to conjure up a “good and meaningful” track for the album “Rubber Souls,” he decided to give up and lie down. As soon as he did, the entire song came to him. “Nowhere Man” peaked at number three on Billboard’s Hot 100 list in the U.S. At the time it was popular in the counterculture with people who questioned societal norms and identity.

This song can be played just about anywhere on electric or acoustic guitar. It has seven chords in total, consisting of E, B, A, F#m, Am, B7, and G#m. The version in the tutorial is transcribed for one guitar since the original track contains multiple guitar parts. You can repeat the same strumming pattern throughout the entire song of down, down, up, up, down, up. The track sounds slightly down-tuned (not even a half-step), but playing in standard tuning shouldn’t be a problem.

41. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Folk Rock
Tabs View You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away Tab Here

“You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” is a departure from the upbeat and energetic songs that the Beatles are known for. The song’s structure and instrumentation are reminiscent of folk music in the 60s. John Lennon stated that Bob Dylan was a major influence in the writing of this song. He quotes, “That’s me in my Dylan period again. I’m like a chameleon, influenced by whatever is going on.” There is much speculation about the meaning of the song, but Lennon himself has never revealed the real inspiration. He claimed he was trying to whip out pop songs for the album “Help” and drew from Dylan’s introspective writing style.

This is a slow-paced song which makes it good for practicing transitions between chords. The simple strumming pattern of down, down, up, down, up allows you to focus on the shapes of the chords you haven’t gotten down yet. If you want to spice things up, throw in some small riffs and a walk between the G and the C chords in the chorus. The only chords you need to know are G, C, D, Fadd9, and Dsus4.

42. Yesterday

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Chamber Pop
Tabs View Yesterday Tab Here

The iconic song “Yesterday” remains popular today and is one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music. Not only was it polled as the best song of the 20th century by BBC radio, but it was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. This ballad was the band’s first experience with solo performing with Paul McCartney on acoustic guitar and vocals and a string quartet in the background. The inspiration for the melody supposedly came from one of McCartneys’ dreams in his then girlfriend’s house. He immediately ran to the piano to record the tune before he could forget. In McCartney fashion, he thought he had stolen the melody from someone else. After nobody in the music business claimed it, he decided it was his to keep. The lyrics came along a little later on a trip to Portugal after playing around with easy rhyming.

The original track is down-tuned an entire step. This makes it difficult to play due to how far the strings rise off the fretboard. To play beginner style, use standard tuning. The chords you’ll want to know are G, F#m, B, C/B, Em, C, D, and A7. To match the dynamics of the song, pluck the sixth string first, up-strum, and repeat for the strumming pattern.

43. Two of Us

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Folk Rock
Tabs View Two of Us Tab Here

The song “Two of Us” spurred from McCartney and his soon-to-be wife, Linda’s, trips driving in the countryside. The lyrics describe companionship and enjoying each other’s company as they travel home. McCartney explains that one of the great things about Linda was that he would say, “Oh my God, I think I’m lost,” and she would reply, “Great!” This sweet song expresses love as having a companion to make life fun, even when you’re lost in the middle of nowhere.

This song uses a simple and rhythmic strumming pattern. You can emulate this by repeating up-and-down strums throughout the entire song. There are ten simple chords found in this track and two bridges. The verses utilize a slower strum while the chorus picks up speed by switching to 3/4 time.

44. Across the Universe

Tuning Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb
Genre Psychedelia
Tabs View Across the Universe Tab Here

“Across the Universe” adds a cosmic and psychedelic feel to the Beatles’ repertoire. The first line came to Lennon subconsciously as he was lying next to his first wife, Cynthia. He had felt irritable as she was going on and on about something before she fell asleep. The phrase “words flowing out like an endless stream” kept repeating in his head until it drove him out of bed to write the song that eventually became a fan favorite. The Sanskrit line in the song “Jai Guru Deva” means Hail to the Divine, which was born from the Beatles’ interest in Transcendental Meditation.

This song uses flat tuning, which means you just need to down-tune a half step. The intro riff uses a hybrid pick, where you pluck two notes simultaneously. Continue a strumming pattern of eight down strums and one up strum throughout the entire song. You’ll need the chords D, Bm, F#m, Em7, A, Gm, A7, and G for this one. This is one of my personal favorite easy Beatles guitar songs.

45. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Hard Rock
Tabs View While My Guitar Gently Weeps Tab Here

This moody song, written by George Harrison after his return home from India, showcases the sadness he felt that the world didn’t know universal love. The Beatles had been in India studying Transcendental Meditation. Harrison had fully embraced the experience, while Lennon and McCartney wanted to get back to work. The inspiration came from a book called “I Ching.” The book explains the difference between Eastern and Western philosophical ideas. The Western idea believed in coincidences, and the Eastern idea stated that everything is relative. To fully embrace this Eastern idea, Harrison decided to base a song on the first words he would flip to in the book. Those words are now famously, “gently weeps.”

This acoustic version doesn’t need a capo. There are many versions you can play of this song, but this one is good for jamming or even soloing over. The chords you’ll need are Am, Am/G, D7/F#, F, C, D, and E. For the strumming pattern, start with a down strum on the thicker strings for two beats. After strumming the lower notes, strum in a down, up, down, up pattern. You can repeat this throughout the entire song.

46. Oh, Darling!

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Hard Rock, R&B
Tabs View Oh, Darling! Tab Here

“Oh, Darling!” is a powerful combination of rock and soul that showcased McCartney’s edgy and raw vocal performance. This was the fourth song on the iconic Beatles album, “Abbey Road,” and was written by the McCartney and Lennon duo. McCartney felt his vocals sounded too clear and instead wanted them to sound raspy, “like he had been performing on stage for a week.” To achieve this, he would practice in the studio alone before recording. Lennon claimed he probably could have done it better but gave props to Paul for the vision.

This song is in 6/8 time and is a great one to incorporate a variety of chords such as F#m, Bm, E7, A, E, D, Fmaj7, D, F, and B7 into your skillset. You’re going to use six quick-down strums for the strumming pattern. Continue this pattern throughout the entire song. Notice a contrast between the verse and chorus because of a sly key change by the Beatles. Another ode to their skill as songwriters.

47. I Wanna Be Your Man

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Rock and Roll
Tabs View I Wanna Be Your Man Tab Here

This song was written by Lennon and McCartney and given to The Rolling Stones to record and release in 1963. The songwriting duo thought the rock and roll song and simple lyrics would fit with The Rolling Stones. The Beatles then recorded their version, sung by Ringo Starr, and also released it in 1963 on the album “With the Beatles.” Lennon called “I Wanna Be Your Man” a throwaway song claiming that is why they gave it to the Stones and had Starr sing it.

This tutorial version of “I Wanna Be Your Man” is arguably the easiest Beatles song to learn on guitar. This is due to its repetition of everything from the lyrics to the chords. They usually feature a wide variety of complicated and intermediate chords, but this one consists of one chord for all the verses (C) and four chords for the chorus (Dm, G, C, and Am). The strumming pattern is just as simple. Just use an up, down, up, down pattern consistently throughout the song.

48. Lady Madonna

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Rock and Roll
Tabs View Lady Madonna Tab Here

“Lady Madonna” is an up-tempo and infectious track. It also showcases the band’s ability to incorporate diverse musical influences into their songs, such as R&B and “Boogie-Woogie.” Primarily written by McCartney in 1968, this song was an attempt to return to their songwriting roots after the bout of psychedelia that followed their trip to India. Lennon helped with the song and gained inspiration from a picture of a woman breastfeeding on the cover of National Geographic Magazine. The title read, “Mountain Madonna.” This spurred Lennon to write about the Virgin Mary, which then turned into a relatable working-class woman.

This song has some of the fastest chord transitions I have seen on this list, so it is best for someone who is up for a challenge and a finger workout. There are a whopping twelve chords you’ll need to know, including A, D7, F, G, Dm, G7, C, G/B, Bm, Esus4, and E. If you want to play this song and don’t want to bother with the fingerpicking, play around with a swift and simple strumming pattern that mirrors the original tempo and melody of the track.

49. Blackbird

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Folk
Tabs View Blackbird Tab Here

“Blackbird” was written by both Lennon and McCartney, but was performed solo only by McCartney. He explains that the blackbird is a symbol of black people who were fighting for their rights and finding a voice during the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. in the 1960s. The idea of using a blackbird came up for McCartney in India when he heard a Blackbird singing during a meditation. This also leads people to believe there are many interpretations of the song. Some think the meaning points to the beauty of nature and McCartney’s fascination with birds.

This is commonly played as a fingerpicking song, but this tutorial is for beginners who want to start with a strumming pattern. There are still quite a few chords to learn, but most of the shapes aren’t too difficult. You’ll need to know the chords G, Am7, G/B, G/D, C, A7, D, B7, Em, Em7, E and D7. Use a four-beat strumming pattern of down, up, up, down, with pauses in between each strum.

50. All My Loving

Tuning E A D G B E
Genre Pop Rock
Tabs View All My Loving Tab Here

The swift, steady rhythm of “All My Loving” drives the song forward and creates a sense of anticipation for the listener. This mirrors the lyrics of the song, as they anticipate seeing their long-lost lover again. This was the first time Paul McCartney had ever written lyrics before a melody. Supposedly he thought of the words while shaving one day and crafted a poem. Later on, he added the music to go with it. McCartney has not given away the meaning of the song or revealed if there are any personal ties to it. There is speculation that it’s about a woman he had to leave behind when the band traveled around on tour.

To play this on guitar, start with your capo on the second fret. There are only six simple chords to know including A, Em, G, D, A7, and Bm. There are two ways to strum. The first is more beginner-friendly. It utilizes a four-beat pattern for each chord that goes down, down, up, down, down. The second option is for people who want more of a challenge or want to sound more like the original track. Try the pattern down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down up in the same amount of time as the first pattern. This one is much quicker but is interesting to try.

Wrap Up:

Some songs by the Beatles are easy in that they only require basic strumming. Other music pieces may require skilled and deft finger movements. There are also songs that may only have 2 or 3 chords, while others can have as many as 12 chords and more. What’s important here is to have patience whenever learning any of these songs. Remember, what I may consider to be easy may not really be easy for some. Everything is subjective. What is true is that no song is ever difficult to learn if you are focused and determined to learn it.

1 thought on “50 Easy Beatles Songs on Guitar (2024 With Tabs)”

  1. Hi and well done, a great concept. One niggle – I immediately discard any teaching video that doesn’t start with a runthrough of the song or riff or teaching point being taught. You can spend an age waiting for the teacher to go through ultimately relevant but frustrating detail, e.g. the guitar used, the structure of the song, details of the artist – all this can come later. Unless you’ve had a demo you have litttle idea of the level, the the expected outcome, if it’s for you… and more.

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