It goes without saying that beginner guitarists should always have country songs in their repertoire. These are very fun songs to play, and they usually have a down to earth message that we can all relate to.
Learning to play a country song on your favorite guitar is a breeze if you start with some easy-to-play songs first. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of country songs that can qualify as great for beginner guitarists so it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start. I came up with this list of easy country songs on guitar that I believe will give you a great starting point and will help you establish yourself as a country guitarist.
Table of Contents
- Here is a List of Easy Country Songs to Play on Guitar
- 1. Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver
- 2. Okie From Muskogee By Merle Haggard
- 3. Jambalaya by Hank Williams
- 4. Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
- 5. Boys ‘Round Here by Blake Shelton
- 6. You Are My Sunshine by Jimmie Davis
- 7. I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash
- 8. Ring Of Fire by Johnny Cash
- 9. King Of The Road by Roger Miller
- 10. Jolene by Dolly Parton
- 11. Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
- 12. When You Say Nothing At All by Keith Whitley
- 13. Ocean Front Property by George Strait
- 14. Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks
- 15. There Was This Girl by Riley Green
- 16. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys by Willie Nelson
- 17. Country Girl (Shake It for Me) By Luke Bryan
- 18. A Boy Named Sue By Johnny Cash
- 19. The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
- 20. Achy, Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus
- 21. Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker
- 22. It’s Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
- 23. I’m Gonna Be Somebody by Travis Tritt
- 24. I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton
- 25. Cruise by Florida Georgia Line
- 26. Thank God I’m a Country Boy by John Denver
- 27. Hurricane by Luke Combs
- 28. I Got Away With You by Luke Combs
- 29. Ol’ Red by Blake Shelton
- 30. The Dance by Garth Brooks
- 31. Farmer’s Daughter by Rodney Atkins
- 32. Drunk on You by Luke Bryan
- 33. Somebody Like You by Keith Urban
- 34. In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young
- 35. Sixteen Tons by Merle Travis
- 36. I Wish Grandpas Never Died by Riley Green
- 37. Even Though I’m Leaving by Luke Combs
- 38. If I Die Young by The Band Perry
- 39. Everything has Changed by Taylor Swift with Ed Sheeran
- 40. Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton
- 41. On The Road Again by Willie Nelson
- 42. Guitars, Cadillacs by Dwight Yoakam
- 43. You’re Still The One That by Shania Twain
- 44. Whiskey River by Johnny Bush
- 45. Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter
- 46. He Didn’t Have To Be by Brad Paisley
- 47. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams
- 48. Independence Day by Martina McBride
- 49. Have You Ever Seen The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival
- 50. Easy by Sheryl Crow
- 51. El Paso by Marty Robbins
- 52. Act Naturally by Buck Owens
- 53. City of New Orleans by Steve Goodman / Willie Nelson
- 54. 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
- 55. Blue Ain’t Your Color by Keith Urban
- 56. Rocky Top by Nitty Gritty Dirt
- 57. First Cut is the Deepest by Sheryl Crow
- 58. Love Story by Taylor Swift
- 59. Don’t Fence Me In by Cole Porter / Willie Nelson
- 60. Broken Halos by Chris Stapleton
- 61. You Belong with Me by Taylor Swift
- 62. Ramblin’ Man by The Allman Brothers Band
- 63. Remember When by Alan Jackson
- 64. All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow
- 65. Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
Here is a List of Easy Country Songs to Play on Guitar
1. Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver
|Release Date||April 12, 1971|
|Guitar Chords||G, D, Em, C|
|Tabs||View Take Me Home Country Roads Tabs Here|
In my opinion, this is one of the greatest country songs of all time. It also happens to be the signature song of one of the world’s greatest country-folk artists. This song is also one of West Virginia’s official state anthems. And while John Denver first recorded this song way back in 1971, the song still enjoys a substantial following in terms of the sheer number of digital downloads. This Hot 100 Singles performer is a must-play for any country guitarist.
If this is your first time playing this great country song, the best way to do it is by strumming the chords. However, you can definitely try to learn it fingerstyle. It’ll be a bit trickier but it could be worth the effort. This is easily one of my favorite easy country songs of all time.
2. Okie From Muskogee By Merle Haggard
|Release Date||September 29, 1969|
|Guitar Chords||A, D|
|Tabs||View Okie From Muskogee Tabs Here|
What better way to start off your journey as a country guitarist than learning one of the genre’s most popular and most successful country singles ever? Okie from Muskogee is the perfect piece for beginning guitarists as it only has two chords. And while this pair of chords may seem boring, it is the simple fingerpicking style that will have you all pumped up. It has a very lovely melody and a lyrical story that gives you a glimpse of how a song can be a great instrument for studying character.
This 1969 Merle Haggard song topped the Hot Country Singles in less than 3 months after its release. Contemporary country artists continue to draw inspiration from the song because of Merle Haggard’s simple and phenomenal guitar playing and songwriting skills.
3. Jambalaya by Hank Williams
|Release Date||July 19, 1952|
|Guitar Chords||C, G7|
|Tabs||View Jambalaya Tabs Here|
There’s no other country song that is as iconic as Jambalaya. This is a 1952 song that many people still sing to this very day. Wannabe cowboys and rednecks love to play this piece because of its catchy tune and lyrics that are very easy to remember. One can say that Jambalaya has already achieved a standard status because of its great melody. It is interesting to note that Jambalaya’s melody resembles that of Grand Texas.
Playing Jambalaya is not only easy. It is also very interesting. What makes the song so fascinating for guitarists is its simple fingerpicking style that contains purposeful strumming. The chords allow for the easy movement of the fretting fingers. This gives you that beautiful harmonic effect that the song is known for.
4. Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
|Release Date||November 4, 2015|
|Guitar Chords||E, A, Bm, D|
|Tabs||View Tennessee Whiskey Tabs Here|
The original version of this song was recorded in 1981 by David Allan Coe, hitting the Hot Country Singles at number 77. Other artists covered the song. One of the most popular covers to date is Chris Stapleton’s version in 2015. Stapleton added elements of rock and soul into the original music to make it more appealing to contemporary listeners. The 2015 version landed on the Hot 100 at the 23rd spot.
You’ll love learning the opening basslines of this country song. While strumming is recommended, you should know that the low registers of the notes are what drives the song. Your focus here will be on the top strings of your guitar. Placing a capo on the 2nd fret can make the melody easier to sing to.
5. Boys ‘Round Here by Blake Shelton
|Release Date||March 26, 2013|
|Guitar Chords||A, D|
|Tabs||View Boys Round Here Tabs Here|
Blake’s witty banter is evident all throughout this 2013 song that topped the Canada Country and Country Airplay charts. His soulful voice blends well with the bass-like sounds of the guitar that drives the piece. It is a great song that is equally exciting to play. You’ll find the strumming to be beneficial to your wrists. The fretting movements are great for exercising your fingers, while also loosening them up for other songs to play.
The two chords of this song require only the most basic of strumming patterns. However, there are certain sections of the song where you can use the A5 and D5 power chords. This will give your piece a more pronounced tune. Have fun while playing this Shelton song. You can also get your friends to sing along.
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6. You Are My Sunshine by Jimmie Davis
|Release Date||February 5, 1940|
|Guitar Chords||A, E, B7, E7|
|Tabs||View You Are My Sunshine Tabs Here|
It all started as a song that ordinary people can sing wherever they are. Today, You are My Sunshine is one of American pop music’s most commercially programmed musical pieces. If you were to compare the song that we hear today to that of the original version in 1939, you’ll know that its country music identity has already been lost through countless renditions and covers.
Regardless, there’s no arguing the impact of this song on the growth of country music in the US. In fact, it would be very difficult to imagine American country music without this song. That’s why all country artists make it a personal objective to learn the song by heart. Accomplishing this objective using your guitar is a lot easier than it looks because of the song’s simple structure.
7. I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash
|Release Date||May 1, 1956|
|Guitar Chords||A, D, E, G, B7, E7, A7|
|Tabs||View I Walk The Line Tabs Here|
This song has one of the most playful intros for the guitar. It’s proof of Johnny Cash’s mastery of his favorite musical instrument. And while beginners can always play this 1956 country classic with a more relaxed strumming technique, only a modified arpeggio can give you the exciting basslines of the song. This is a country music song that you can expect to improve your fingerpicking skills.
Of course, absolute newbies can always focus more on the down and upstrokes of the strumming technique. The original song’s tempo has a moderate speed. However, beginners can always whittle it down until they can find the groove that works best for them. Such a country song with a hip sound is perfect for anyone who loves carefree music to while away the time.
8. Ring Of Fire by Johnny Cash
|Release Date||April 19, 1963|
|Guitar Chords||D, C, G|
|Tabs||View Ring Of Fire Tabs Here|
Here’s another Johnny Cash song that is worth including in your collection of must-learn country songs. It sits on the 27th spot of the all-time greatest country songs and is also number 87 on the all-time greatest songs of Rolling Stones. Like many songs of the 1960s, Ring of Fire only lasts about two-and-a-half minutes. This is perfect for guitar learners who may have the attention span of a preschooler.
There’s no question that the song’s chords are simple and easy. However, playing the notes will require more than a basic knowledge of the chords. This song is best played using a combination of arpeggio and strumming techniques.
9. King Of The Road by Roger Miller
|Release Date||January 1965|
|Guitar Chords||A, D, E|
|Tabs||View King Of The Road Tabs Here|
It would be a mistake to think that only diehard country fans will appreciate this 1964 song by Roger Miller. As a matter of fact, this country song is one of the very few country hits that are recognized as crossover greats. Fans of pop, rock, soul, R&B and even reggae have a special affinity for the fun melodies of the song. So popular is King of the Road that countless artists have either covered the piece or tweaked it to give the song their own interpretation.
It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if you’ll release your own version of this song in the future. You can always start by learning the song’s basics. Focus your efforts on the song’s catchy rhythm. Executing the strumming technique to perfection will come as second nature.
10. Jolene by Dolly Parton
|Release Date||February 4, 1974|
|Guitar Chords||Am, C, G, Em|
|Tabs||View Jolene Tabs Here|
Fans of Dolly Parton know this song by heart. It is one of the country superstar’s most covered songs. And even her song didn’t win her the Grammy in 1973, it went on to bring home the accolade some 43 years later. It was Pentatonix, an acapella group, that won for the song the Best Country Performance plum at the Grammys in 2016. Not too bad for a 4-decade old musical piece.
Having a capo on the 5th fret should help increase the pitch of the strings. You can always forget the capo if you don’t have the high-pitched voice of Parton. It’s the strumming of the chords that requires your absolute attention. At 110 beats per minute, the song’s tempo can push your wrists and fingers beyond their comfort zone.
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11. Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
|Release Date||July 9, 2012|
|Guitar Chords||Am, C, G|
|Tabs||View Blown Away Tabs Here|
This is a country song that has a unique, almost intriguing composition. The melody is that of a contemporary pop song with unique elements. It is the interplay of these elements that somehow muddles the country theme of the song. However, this 2012 song hits all the right marks for a great country musical piece.
Aspiring country guitarists can play this song using basic down, down-up, up, and down-up patterns. This should be easy enough to memorize since you don’t have to worry about the chords anymore. Fingerpicking would also be great. But, if this is your first go at the guitar, you might want to focus on the basics first. It is always easy to learn the more complex stuff once you have gained mastery of the fundamentals.
12. When You Say Nothing At All by Keith Whitley
|Release Date||August 1988|
|Guitar Chords||D, A, G|
|Tabs||View When You Say Nothing At All Tabs Here|
Many think Alison Krauss wrote this song in 1995. Others will point out Ronan Keating who sang the song in 1999. Well, you’re right. However, Keith Whitley was the original singer of this music piece that Don Schlitz and Paul Overstreet wrote in 1988. It was also Whitley who took the song to the top of the charts, especially the Hot Country Singles. Krauss’ version only managed the number 3 spot.
Aside from a chart-topping country song, this piece also happens to be a great choice for beginner guitarists. The progression of the chords is simple and the strumming pattern is straightforward. Its catchy tune should also make it very fun to play.
13. Ocean Front Property by George Strait
|Release Date||December 22, 1986|
|Guitar Chords||D, A, G, Dm9|
|Tabs||View Ocean Front Property Tabs Here|
This is as classic as any country music can get. It is deceptively simple. Its overall structure is clever in a very subtle way. The lyrics speak of heartaches like a very strong undercurrent. And if you pay attention to Strait’s vocals, you’ll appreciate his uncanny ability for keeping the sad undertones of the song fully intact.
Most people would not want to play this 1986 song on the guitar because of its depressing message. However, it is one of those country songs that any beginner should always play. Forget the lyrics and focus more on the strumming of the chords. You’ll find the song equally entertaining because of its midtempo rhythm. Moving through the different chords can also train your fingers, allowing you to be ready to play other songs.
14. Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks
|Release Date||August 6, 1990|
|Guitar Chords||G, Am, D|
|Tabs||View Friends In Low Places Tabs Here|
The opening parts of this song may have a dark tone to it. However, everything takes a lighter mood as soon as you hit the chorus. Such a fascinating composition can only come from one of the music industry’s most-respected songwriters, Dewayne Blackwell. Blackwell worked with Earl Bud Lee to write this country song that helped improve the popularity of Garth Brooks in 1990.
The original song calls for a different set of chords than the ones I wrote here. This is to make it a lot easier for beginner country guitarists to play the song. However, if you want to learn the arpeggio of this song, then I strongly recommend using the original chords. It should give you interesting melodies and nice harmonics that you can use to impress your friends.
15. There Was This Girl by Riley Green
|Release Date||June 29, 2018|
|Guitar Chords||G, A, D, Bm|
|Tabs||View There Was This Girl Tabs Here|
If you’re looking for a country song that is the epitome of genius storytelling in the form of music, then you should play this 2018 song by Riley Green. It is musical storytelling that any man can relate to. The composition of the song strikes a balance between the need to return to the classic sound of country music and the overarching desire of everyone to be as contemporary as possible.
The successive choruses of this song will see you playing three chords all throughout. And while this may sound boring, the song’s structure never compromises on the sing-along quality of the music piece. So, go on and learn the strumming patterns. Add a few fingerpicking here and there.
16. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys by Willie Nelson
|Release Date||November 15, 1975|
|Guitar Chords||D, G, A, E, B|
|Tabs||View Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys Tabs Here|
Not withstanding the very long title of the song, this 1975 country piece by Willie Nelson remains one of the easiest songs anyone can ever play on the guitar. I find the alternating bass notes and treble that give this song its melodic qualities very interesting.
For starters, you’ll only strum the chords on the first count of every 4 counts. You can then add a down strum on the second and third counts. Once you’ve mastered this trick, you can start adding an up strum for every down strum. To give the song its fascinating basslines, you will need to add alternating bass notes to the strumming pattern. You’re ready to tackle any song after this.
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17. Country Girl (Shake It for Me) By Luke Bryan
|Release Date||March 14, 2011|
|Guitar Chords||E, G, A|
|Tabs||View Country Girl Shake It For Me Tabs Here|
Credit goes to Luke Bryan for melting away the sexist edge of this song by layering the musical piece with a playful energy and an infectious goofiness. The song is ditty without being ashamed of its catchy vibe. It’s not surprising this 2011 country song made it all the way to the 52nd spot of the Hot Country Songs of Billboard upon its release.
While the chords are simple, I strongly recommend learning the arpeggio of the intro. It is a very neat trick that will open many doors for you. The fingerpicking technique for the song is easy enough to execute. However, you’ll need flexible fretting fingers for you to accomplish this. It goes without saying that the song is a fascinating piece to learn and very entertaining to play.
18. A Boy Named Sue By Johnny Cash
|Release Date||July 2, 1969|
|Guitar Chords||A, D, E|
|Tabs||View A Boy Named Sue Tabs Here|
While this 1969 failed to topple Honky Tonk Women at the Hot 100 in 1969, it did lord over other musical pieces in the Hot Country Songs. This is quite astonishing, considering the background of the song. First, a poet and humorist wrote the piece. Second, Cash recorded the song live at the San Quentin State Prison in California. Third, Cash was never shy about giving the song different comical variations. For him, A Boy Named Sue is how a country song can be so much fun to write and sing.
The song should also be a very entertaining piece to play on your guitar. You can also create your own lyrics to go with the peculiar AABCCB rhyming pattern. It helps that the lyrics follow a speech-like pattern, instead of the traditional singing.
19. The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
|Release Date||November 15, 1978|
|Guitar Chords||G, C, D|
|Tabs||View The Gambler Tabs Here|
This is the quintessential country song. Released in 1978, the song’s message is clear and the rhythm is something that people can swing to. It’s also one of those songs that is very easy to listen to. It has that soothing effect that is made more relaxing by the cool voice of Kenny Rogers. It would be a shame not to include this song in your collection of easy country guitar songs to play.
Don’t worry about the strumming pattern of The Gambler. With a few practice sessions, you can easily nail the piece. What you need to focus on is the correct timing of each strum, though. This should coincide with the song’s 96 BPM tempo. It would then be easy to add a few guitar playing techniques to further enhance the song.
20. Achy, Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus
|Release Date||March 23, 1992|
|Guitar Chords||A, E|
|Tabs||View Achy Breaky Heart Tabs Here|
Some of you may think this is not a true country song. It is. The only thing here is that the song has elements of rock that give it a danceable grove. There’s no denying that Achy Breaky Heart is one of the world’s finest country songs. It’s a Hot Country Songs chart-topper in 1992 and has seen substantial coverage from many artists.
You’ll have a much better chance of improving your guitar playing skills if you include this piece in your collection of must-learn songs. The power strums and the careful fretting of the strings are all you need to find guitar playing enjoyable and worthwhile. And with the song’s catchy beat, this Cyrus song is sure to turn your room into an improvised dance venue or a karaoke bar.
21. Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker
|Release Date||March 21, 2013|
|Guitar Chords||G, D, Em, C|
|Tabs||View Wagon Wheel Tabs Here|
This song has a very fascinating development story. Bob Dylan wrote and recorded the melody and chorus of Wagon Wheel in 1973. A quarter of a century later, Old Crow Medicine’s Ketch Secor added the verses. The rising popularity of the song at the time prompted different country artists to give their own version of the song. This included Nathan Carter and Darius Rucker in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Remarkably, it was Rucker’s version that gave the hodge-podge country piece the rightful accolade it deserves. The 2013 Wagon Wheel version topped the chart of Hot Country Songs.
The colorful history of the song gives it a very interesting twist when played on the guitar. It is so much fun to play, especially when accompanied by other musical instruments. For now, your guitar should suffice.
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22. It’s Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
|Release Date||May 12, 1997|
|Guitar Chords||G, C, Em, D|
|Tabs||View It’s Your Love Tabs Here|
A lot of folks love this song. If you don’t know who McGraw is, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this song is a pop ballad. The song has a great vibe that is perfect for taking your partner to the dance floor. This 1997 song not only topped the Hot Country Songs list. It also barged into the Top 10 of the Hot 100.
It’s easy to see why many guitarists love playing this song. The chords are simple and the progression is uncomplicated. You play the chords in the same progression, whether it is the verse or the chorus. It truly is a very nice way to serenade the love of your life or to simply while away your time in the company of friends.
23. I’m Gonna Be Somebody by Travis Tritt
|Release Date||May 24, 1990|
|Guitar Chords||G, C, D, Am, B7|
|Tabs||View I’m Gonna Be Somebody Someday Tabs Here|
You know how other people would dissuade you from following your dreams simply because ‘they’ know better? So, you work your butt off to prove them wrong and ‘become somebody’. It’s a storyline that almost all of us can relate to. This 1990 song delivers that message.
Beyond the less-than-unique lyrics, the song excels in providing you with a tonal structure that is pleasant to listen to. The song’s tempo is also modest enough for absolute beginners to nail its rhythm. This song can be a great exercise for your fingers. And if you decide to use a guitar pick, the midtempo should make it easy for you to strike the strings with precision.
24. I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton
|Release Date||March 11, 1974|
|Guitar Chords||G, Em, C, D|
|Tabs||View I Will Always Love You Tabs Here|
People know this song as the piece that defined the career of Whitney Houston in 1992. The song is a chart-topper at the Hot 100 and is recognized as the all-time best-selling single. However, Houston’s song is a pop version of Dolly Parton’s original country piece. You see, it was Parton who first recorded the song in 1974. Parton’s song performed well, too. Parton’s country version of this song also topped the charts of the Hot Country Songs.
Here’s the thing. You will still play the same chord pattern and progression regardless of which version of the song you decide to play. It has a slow tempo that should make it easy for beginner guitarists to execute the strumming with precision. If any, it’s the simple arpeggio in the intro that I encourage you to learn.
25. Cruise by Florida Georgia Line
|Release Date||August 6, 2012|
|Guitar Chords||G, D, Em7, C9|
|Tabs||View Cruise Tabs Here|
One of the fastest-rising country music duos on the land in the 21st century is Florida Georgia Line. They are best known for integrating elements of electronica, hard rock, and hip-hop in their music. These are the very same elements you get when you either play or listen to their 2011 bro-country hit song, Cruise. The song has a nice rhythm and the lyrics are worth singing along to.
Cruise combines the soulful rhythm of traditional country music with the electrifying rock and roll backing of stadium-show banjos, drums, and guitars. It is a feel-good song that is perfect for anyone who wants to have a good time. It also has a hint of dance music that should keep your friends on the dance floor, while you’re playing this on your guitar. All in all, if you’re looking for easy country songs to play on guitar this is a great option.
26. Thank God I’m a Country Boy by John Denver
|Release Date||March 1975|
|Guitar Chords||A, D, G, E, F#m, E7|
|Tabs||View Thank God I’m A Country Boy Tabs Here|
Country Boy will have you strumming your guitar in a very upbeat manner and gleefully tapping your boots at the same time. It has that infectious vibe that entices everyone to get up from their seats and start dancing. It is quite a tricky song to sing. However, the chords of this 1975 song are so playful that you won’t be able to help but swing to the beat.
The 132 BPM tempo of this country song makes it sound more like contemporary hard rock. It will push the abilities of your wrists and fingers. It is good that the strumming pattern isn’t that complicated. Otherwise, beginner guitarists might find this song too tricky for them to play. Country Boy is such a fun country song to play, especially if you have friends who love to dance to the groove of the guitar.
27. Hurricane by Luke Combs
|Release Date||October 3, 2016|
|Guitar Chords||G, C, D, Em, D/F#|
|Tabs||View Hurricane Tabs Here|
Many contemporary country songs already integrate elements from different music genres into their composition. This appeals more to the audience of modern times. Take Hurricane, for example. This 2016 song has elements of rock, ballad, and pop. One good thing about the song is that it doesn’t shy away from the fundamentals of a classic country piece.
Memorizing the progression isn’t that difficult either. It’s straightforward. The only thing that you need to be concerned about is getting the correct timing of the rhythm. Adding a few bass notes will also help improve the overall harmonic characteristics of the song. This is a crucial skill that all aspiring guitarists need to learn and develop.
28. I Got Away With You by Luke Combs
|Release Date||June 2, 2017|
|Guitar Chords||G, C, D, Em, D/F#|
|Tabs||View I Got Away With You Tabs Here|
This song came with Hurricane in the 2017 album that launched the career of Luke Combs as a country music artist. The melody is a lot closer to a ballad, making it a great piece to sing. I can think of many instances when you can play, I Got Away on your guitar. Most of my pals play it in their solitude, although most will play the song with their loved ones.
However, you decide to play this contemporary country song, learning it should be easy. It has the same chord pattern and progression as Hurricane. You can almost swap the two, differing only in tempo. I Got Away has a more laid-back vibe, one that will have you lying on your bed while playing the song.
29. Ol’ Red by Blake Shelton
|Release Date||August 1993|
|Guitar Chords||E, A, D, B7|
|Tabs||View Ol Red Tabs Here|
Many of the songs we have today are covers of originals. You can look at these songs as copies, although with a twist to appeal to the exacting tastes of modern listeners. One such song is Ol’ Red. This is a song that has its origins in 1990 as a George Jones recording. The catchy melodies of the song also got the attention of Kenny Rogers, who covered it in 1993. It was Blake Shelton’s 2002 cover that sent Ol’ Red to the Hot Country Songs’ Top 20, where it peaked at the 14th spot.
The song has a blues-like rhythm that should appeal to fans of the genre. More importantly, this relaxed rhythm is what’s going to help you feel at ease whenever you play this Shelton country cover.
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30. The Dance by Garth Brooks
|Release Date||April 30, 1990|
|Guitar Chords||G, C, D, Bm7|
|Tabs||View The Dance Tabs Here|
There are two ways people interpret the lyrics of this 1990 country song. The piece serves as a soulful love song for those who are still reeling from a breakup. For those who want to be more poetic, The Dance serves as an interesting piece that venerates those things in life that are worth dying for. The lyrics can be morbid and the melodies are sure to have your tissue box emptied in no time.
However, this is one fascinating country song that is not only worth listening to. It is also very playable on the guitar of an absolute beginner. Playing it is never a concern because of the slow rhythm of the piece. It is a great song to practice your basic fingerpicking techniques. Doing so gives the song great harmonic and melodic qualities.
31. Farmer’s Daughter by Rodney Atkins
|Release Date||March 29, 2010|
|Guitar Chords||G, A, D, Em, D/F#|
|Tabs||View Farmers Daughter Tabs Here|
Farmer’s Daughter contains many of the elements of a classic country music piece. The story is clear and relatable and the tonal structure is simple. It creates a very pleasant sound that will never irritate your ears. The song also has an almost catchy vibe that is perfect for those lazy, laid back summer afternoons.
I recommend using a capo for this song to raise its pitch a little bit. Place the capo on the 4th fret of your guitar and proceed on the strumming of the chords like you normally do. This will give you a nice tone that is a lot closer to the original composition of the piece. Give it a few strums at first to get your ears acquainted with both the song’s melody and tune.
32. Drunk on You by Luke Bryan
|Release Date||February 13, 2012|
|Guitar Chords||Cadd9, G, D, Em7|
|Tabs||View Drunk On You Tabs Here|
I love the way in which this song was written and composed. It has that auditory landscape and color that allows any listener to feel every word that comes out of Luke Bryan’s mouth. As some music experts say, this is one fine piece of country music that has all the makings of a great musical piece. You can call it the music equivalent of wine aging to perfection in the barrel.
While some of the lyrics can be cheesy, the chords do have a simple structure and progression that is easy for beginners to pick up.
33. Somebody Like You by Keith Urban
|Release Date||July 23, 2002|
|Guitar Chords||E, A, B, C#m|
|Tabs||View Somebody Like You Tabs Here|
The intro alone to this 2002 song is enough to get everyone around you to start to hum along to the melody. It has a catchy rhythm that is almost like chart-topping pop songs. And when Urban starts with his characteristic vocals, you’ve got a song that is sure to get everyone in the room involved.
The magic of this song is undeniable. You can feel the vibe straight from the first few strums of the strings. And if you attempt to learn the fingerstyle of this Hot Country Singles-topping musical piece, you’ll elevate the song’s natural harmonic qualities further. If arpeggio intimidates you, then a simple strumming pattern should do the trick. Do take note that the tempo for the strumming is a bit fast.
34. In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young
|Release Date||January 9, 2017|
|Guitar Chords||G, C, D, Em, Am, D/F#, G/F#|
|Tabs||View In Case You Didn’t Know Tabs Here|
I suggest grabbing a beer or two if you do decide to play this song one languid Sunday afternoon. Having a few slices of char-grilled meat would also help. Get ready to strum the song’s 4 easy chords and let the day simply pass you by. This is what playing this Brett Young song will bring you. It has an unperturbed rhythm that makes the song easy on the ears.
Recorded in 2016, In Case is not the type of country song that is sure to top the charts. However, it does have a groove that makes it very likable. Its lyrics are also easy to understand. All these things make the playing of this song on the guitar a lot easier than others.
35. Sixteen Tons by Merle Travis
|Release Date||July 1947|
|Guitar Chords||Dm, E, F, E7, Am|
|Tabs||View Sixteen Tons Tabs Here|
Musicologists consider Sixteen Tons as a folk song first recorded by Merle Travis in 1946. It is a lovely piece of music history that got covered by different artists through the years. Tennessee Ernie Ford covered this song in 1955 to give it a more country feel. Ford’s rendition of the song saw it top the Billboard charts. This same version also got inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2015.
You may not be familiar with the lyrics. However, I am pretty sure you recognize the melodies. Playing this song requires a combination of precision fingerpicking. However, it is always ideal to start with a few basic strums if you’re still not comfortable with arpeggios.
36. I Wish Grandpas Never Died by Riley Green
|Release Date||September 20, 2019|
|Guitar Chords||G, D, Em, Cadd9, D/F#|
|Tabs||View I Wish Grandpas Never Died Tabs Here|
The intro guitar riff to this song has a very familiar, very smooth melody that is made more fascinating by adding alternating bass notes. It is a very contemporary country song, having been released only in September of 2019. It remains true to the fundamentals of the genre. However, Green was courageous enough to add a few elements of pop in the right amounts to give it a more likeable vibe.
I Wish is a great song to perfect your strumming skills. It also works to get you well acquainted with basic finger styles. This is especially true for the song’s intro. I think getting the arpeggio of this section right will set you up for more meaningful adventures in the world of country music.
37. Even Though I’m Leaving by Luke Combs
|Release Date||September 8, 2019|
|Guitar Chords||D, G, Bm, A|
|Tabs||View Even Though I’m Leaving Tabs Here|
This is another contemporary song that is perfect for an easy afternoon playing the guitar. It is a soft and melodic mandolin-infused song that reaches the ears in a very nice way. You might say that the song is a certified stone-cold tearjerker. Even if you don’t sing the song, its soft and almost-sad harmonics are enough to make you reach for a tissue.
The strumming can’t get any simpler than the usual down-up combos. The chords aren’t going to put a strain on your fingers either. The rhythm is simple and can help you get in the groove in no time. The next thing you know, you’ll already be playing this 2019 song like a true country music artist. You should give it a try
38. If I Die Young by The Band Perry
|Release Date||June 8, 2010|
|Guitar Chords||G, D, A, Bm, A7|
|Tabs||View If I Die Young Tabs Here|
Nobody wants to die young. This 2010 bluegrass country song describes the unforgiving sadness and despair that young people feel when confronted with death at a young age. It is a morbid song, but one with many great elements that will still make you feel good about life in general. While the song did not top the charts, it did break into the Hot 100 and the Hot Country Songs charts.
If I Die Young sounds great on the guitar. This is even though there is a multitude of instruments used in its recording. The guitar is the perfect instrument for wannabe Band Perrys to play the song. Strumming the 4 chords is enough to give the song its characteristic sweet melody
39. Everything has Changed by Taylor Swift with Ed Sheeran
|Release Date||July 16, 2013|
|Guitar Chords||D, G, Bm, A, Em7|
|Tabs||View Everything Has Changed Tabs Here|
Many of my friends admit that they could play this song on the guitar all day long. I’m pretty sure you will, too. Having Taylor sing the song is one thing. Getting Ed Sheeran to feature in the piece is like adding more layers of goodness to an already excellent country music piece. This 2013 guitar ballad is a nice blend of pop and folk genres that should appeal to people with eclectic musical tastes.
You’ll never have issues playing this country song. Five chords may be more than what you find comfortable. However, the chords are never that difficult to play. The rhythm of the song is also slow enough to work at your own pace. It also needs only mostly down strums, with occasional up strums every now and then. That’s easy.
40. Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton
|Release Date||October 4, 1971|
|Guitar Chords||G, C, D, A, E|
|Tabs||View Coat Of Many Colors Tabs Here|
Rounding up our list of the 40 easy country songs to play on a guitar is Dolly Parton’s 1971 classic country, Coat of Many Colors. This song didn’t top any charts, although it did reach the 4th top spot on the Country Singles. It’s also a National Recording Registry inductee in 2011. Different contemporary artists have also either covered Parton’s song or given their own rendition, including Shania Twain.
A simple strumming technique is enough to play this Parton classic. However, more adventurous guitarists always play this piece using the fingerstyle. If you can will your fingers to move with precision and utmost flexibility, I strongly encourage you to do the arpeggio as well. Not only does this technique give the song a very vibrant melody, but it is also a good tool for enhancing your guitar playing skills.
It takes patience and dedication to learn how to play any song on the guitar. This is regardless of the song’s level of difficulty. As always, I recommend mastering the common guitar chords and the basic strumming patterns. This should help you get better acquainted with the other techniques of playing the guitar.
41. On The Road Again by Willie Nelson
|Release Date||August 1980|
|Guitar Chords||E, G#7, F#m, A, B7, B|
|Tabs||View On The Road Again Tabs Here|
Written by Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the movie ‘Honeysuckle Rose’, this song became one of Nelson’s most recognizable tracks. The song was rightfully showered with top spots on several country music charts, a Grammy Award for the best country song, and an Oscar nomination for the best original song.
Featuring a train beat as its rhythm, this song uses a bunch of easy chords – E, A, B7, and B, and two slightly trickier chords – G#7, F#m. But once you get a grasp of the chords, you’ll breeze through the rest of the song. Since it’s a pretty fast track, you can start with playing it on a slower tempo and work your way up. This is actually one of the first easy guitar country songs that I learned to play.
42. Guitars, Cadillacs by Dwight Yoakam
|Release Date||June 30, 1986|
|Guitar Chords||A, E, F3, G#, E7|
|Tabs||View Guitars Cadillacs Tabs Here|
You need only listen to the first few seconds of this song to realize it’s a quintessential country hit! Written by country music icon Dwight Yoakam in 1986, it went onto peak at the no. 4 spots in the US and no. 2 in Canada. The song’s twangy guitars, walking bassline, fiddle, and Yoakam’s vocals make it an evergreen gem of the South.It is exactly this quality that earned the track the Grammy nomination for the best country song and the best male country vocal performance.
You can play this song with 5 simple chords – A, E, F3, G#, and E7. The entire song doesn’t stray from this progression, and the rhythm is also pretty standard and consistent throughout the duration of the track.
43. You’re Still The One That by Shania Twain
|Release Date||January 27, 1998|
|Guitar Chords||D, G, A, Em|
|Tabs||View You’re Still The One Tabs Here|
Shania Twain blended country music with pop and brought it into mainstream consciousness – and that has been a major contribution! One of her signature and most popular tracks, ‘You’re Still The One earned her a Grammy for the best country song and best female country vocal performance.
This laidback love song is written together by Twain and Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange and is incredibly easy to play on the guitar. Just pick an easy 4×4 strumming pattern, and you’ll need to know just D, G, A, and Em. Good old classic chod progression for a good old classic song.
44. Whiskey River by Johnny Bush
|Release Date||July 1972|
|Guitar Chords||C, G, D7, A7, G7|
|Tabs||View Whiskey River Tabs Here|
Recorded and released in 1972 by Johnny Bush, Whiskey River is a timeless, upbeat, and bittersweet track – with a joyful chord progression but heartachey lyrics! The song grew further in popularity when it was covered by country music legend Willie Nelson in 1973 for his album ‘Shotgun Willie’. In fact, the song has gone on to become one of Nelson’s signature tracks and a staple at all of his concerts, even though it’s not written by him.
Guitar beginners will love this classic track because it’s really easy to play! The entire song can be played with C, G, D7, A7, and G7 chords, which keep repeating throughout the track. The rhythm pattern is also pretty straightforward and doesn’t change. A must-play song for anyone looking to play country music.
45. Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter
|Release Date||August 5, 1996|
|Guitar Chords||C, F, G, Am, Dm, G/B|
|Tabs||View Strawberry Wine Tabs Here|
Written by Gary Harrison and Matraca Berg and performed by Deana Carter, Strawberry Wine is slow, easy to play, mellow, and full of youthful nostalgia. The track was Deana’s first to reach the no.1 spot at the Billboard Hot Country Singles and was nominated for several prestigious awards, including a Grammy. Interestingly, Carter was having a hard time marketing the song before it shot to fame because most Nashville record labels called it overly long, slow, and controversial. Well, looks like the song did brilliantly anyway!
This love ballad is played on a 6/8 rhythm and needs you to know how to play the C, F, G, Am, Dm, and G/B chords. Since all of these chords are pretty easy to grasp, this track is quite popular among guitar novices.
46. He Didn’t Have To Be by Brad Paisley
|Release Date||August 30, 1999|
|Guitar Chords||G, C, D, Am, Em|
|Tabs||View He Didn’t Have To Be Tabs Here|
He Didn’t Have To Be is a heartfelt thankyou note by legendary country singer Brad Paisley to his stepfather, who treated him like his own son and never ever let him feel like anything was missing. Brad Paisley has an uncanny ability to share extremely personal and relatable human stories through his song in such an accessible manner – I guess that’s the beauty of country music. Aside from being a beautiful song both in its lyrics and melody, it’s also super easy to play on the guitar.
Paisley created pure songwriting magic using a simple chord progression using G, C, D, Am, and Em. With an easygoing, smooth strumming pattern to match, this is a lovely country song that is easy to learn and play – one that, once again, proves that some of the most memorable songs can also be easy to play.
47. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams
|Release Date||November 8, 1949|
|Guitar Chords||E, A, B7|
|Tabs||View I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry Tabs Here|
This track is about as “country” as it gets. Hank Williams is a phenomenon that has defined the country music genre as we know it, and ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ captures the melancholic emotion of loneliness emotion perfectly. Recorded by the artists back in 1949, the song has become a country classic and has been covered by several noted artists like Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Elvis Presley. Interestingly, Presley has called it the “saddest track I’ve ever heard”.
The original number of guitar chords needed to plat his song may be a little tricky for beginners, so I’ve included an easier, beginner-friendly version of the chords here that use E, A, and B7.
48. Independence Day by Martina McBride
|Release Date||May 2, 1994|
|Guitar Chords||G, C, D, Em, Em7|
|Tabs||View Independence Day Tabs Here|
Written by Gretchen Peters and performed by country music icon Martina McBride, I first heard ‘Independence Day’ on an American Idol episode, where Carrie Underwood did a brilliant rendition of it that helped her win the competition. The song tackles the dark issue of domestic violence, talking about the lengths a survivor has to go through to escape it and gain independence from it.
It’s a really well-written and personal song that won the Song of The Year award at Country Music Association in 1995. The songs also peaked at no. 12 rank on Hot Country Songs and is at #77 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Country Songs. The track is pretty straightforward to play – you’ll need your trusty bunch of basic familiar chords – G, C, D, Em, and Em7.
49. Have You Ever Seen The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival
|Release Date||December 9, 1970|
|Guitar Chords||Am, C, G, F, C/B, F/C, Am/G|
|Tabs||View Have You Ever Seen The Rain Tabs Here|
Written by John Fogerty in 1970 for his roots rock band Credence Clearwater Revival, ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain’ is a timeless country classic that continues to be an evergreen favorite even today. The track topped several charts in the US, Canada, and several other countries. Even though the song was written while the band was at the peak of their fame and success, Fogerty later revealed that it was emotionally the lowest time for the band members. And that dilemma found its way into the song itself in its iconic chorus line ‘ Have you ever seen the rainfall on a sunny day?’.
Using just C, F, G, Am, and C/B, this track is pretty easy to play, though you may want to spend a little time getting the strumming down perfectly. This easy, beginner-friendly lesson will help you do just that.
50. Easy by Sheryl Crow
|Release Date||March 12, 2013|
|Guitar Chords||A, D, E, F#m|
|Tabs||View Easy Tabs Here|
Part of Sheryl Crow’s ninth album, this track was part of her transition from being a full-on pop-rock singer to a more country vibe. This was also her first-ever release via the country music label Warner Music Nashville. A smooth, easygoing song, the arrangement of the track elevates its basic melody to make it a catchy, well-produced track.
The song talks about feeling easy and comfortable and how that special someone can make you feel at home, whether literally or in your own skin. You’ll just need to know A, D, E, and F#m to be able to sail through this one, and the strumming pattern is pretty simple as well.
51. El Paso by Marty Robbins
|Guitar Chords||D, Em, A7, G, C, D7|
|Tabs||View El Paso Tabs Here|
This 1959 classic is hailed by the fans of country music for its intense lyrics and unforgettable harmonies – it’s a straight-up Tex-Mex ballad! Released as a single on Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, “El Paso” became a resounding success and Marty Robbin’s biggest career hit. Clocking a runtime of over four and a half minutes with nine verses and three bridges, the guys at the record label promptly shaved a minute off the length and released it on side A of the album. Interestingly, it was the original, unedited length of 4:37 minutes that became a raging hit.
The melancholic track tells the tale of a cowboy’s love for a Mexican lady, followed by a gunfight and, ultimately, the protagonist’s death. It has all elements of a quintessential western flick which was also the reason behind the track’s popularity. While the Spanish guitar intro riff might take a while to get right, the rest of the song can be easily attempted by a newbie. Check out the tabs above and the video lesson to get started.
52. Act Naturally by Buck Owens
|Guitar Chords||G, C, D7, A7|
|Tabs||View Act Naturally Tabs Here|
You might know “Act Naturally” as the title of one of the Beatles’ well-known singles from the ‘60s, but did you know it was actually a cover? The track was originally written by Johnny Russell and recorded by the country legend Buck Owens’ band, the Buckaroos, in 1963. The song did pretty well, becoming a chart-topper even before the Beatles’ released their popular version. The lyrics echo a man’s self-disappointment and heartbreak and the fact he feels his life is pathetic enough to be turned into a movie.
Apart from the sad and achy lyrics, everything about the song is surprisingly upbeat. Owen’s “Act Naturally” is very honky tonk with a foot-tapping beat. To play it, you can use the key of G and play open chords. The strumming pattern is straightforward and similar to what you’ll find in many country hits. We’ve included the tabs and a link to an amazing lesson to walk you through it.
53. City of New Orleans by Steve Goodman / Willie Nelson
|Guitar Chords||G, D, Em, C, F, A, Bm|
|Tabs||View City of New Orleans Tabs Here|
American singer-songwriter Steve Goodman penned this classic during a train journey. He captured the sights and sounds of the countryside, and every word in the song took place during the train ride.
Devastated that the train he rode was soon to be decommissioned, Goodman tweaked the lyrics a little and released the song as soon as he could. The song did well and was also covered by the famous Willie Nelson after Goodman lost to cancer. Nelson’s rendition topped several charts and grabbed the coveted Grammy for the Best Country Song, becoming a fitting tribute to Goodman’s songwriting genius.
Whether you play Stever Goodman or Willie Nelson’s version, this song is perfect for getting acquainted with barre chords, as it features only one barre chord – B minor. Now, barre chords for beginners can be a bit of a workout, but there are plenty of lessons online to help you get them right. Everything else is pretty straightforward. Check out the tabs and video tutorial to get started.
54. 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
|Guitar Chords||E, A, B, F#|
|Tabs||View 9 to 5 Tabs Here|
If there’s one song that has the power to unite women across geographies and demographics against toxicities and unfair practices in the workplace, it’s Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.” Composed by Parton for a 1980 comedy flick, the single became a gender equality anthem of sorts, winning the country icon host of two Grammys as well as an Academy Award nomination.
If you listen closely, you’ll hear the sound of a typewriter, which is actually Parton clacking her acrylic nails. While not all of us would be able to recreate the typewriter beat, we can certainly give the song’s fantastic acoustic parts a shot. You’ll need a capo on the 2nd fret and knowledge of four chords- E, A, B, F#. We’ve got a lovely tutorial here to help you out with that.
55. Blue Ain’t Your Color by Keith Urban
|Guitar Chords||G, Am, C, D, Bm, Em|
|Tabs||View Blue Ain’t Your Color Tabs Here|
You won’t find many easy guitar songs in Keith Urban’s discography, but songs like “Somebody Like You” and “Blue Ain’t Your Color” are relatively within reach of beginners. Granted, the brief yet mesmerizing guitar solo in “Blue Ain’t Your Color” is hard to nail, but the rest of the track sticks to a simpler G-Am-C-D-G chord progression.
Released by Urban as a part of his Ripcord album, this popular single is a slow-tempo country ballad that steps into the blues territory with soulful singing and sparse arrangement. In this 6/8 time signature song, Urban croons to a woman struggling in a toxic relationship, encouraging her to end it and move on.
There’s the dreaded Bm barre chord which can be challenging for new learners. B minor also happens to be quite common. Learning it will make many beginner-to-intermediate level tracks more accessible for you.
56. Rocky Top by Nitty Gritty Dirt
|Guitar Chords||G, C, Em, D, F|
|Tabs||View Rocky Top Tabs Here|
Since breaking into the country rock scene with the iconic “Mr. Bojangles,” Nitty Gritty Dirt’s style, to a large extent, pioneered the sound of contemporary country and roots. Over a career span of six decades, this California-based band released 23 studio albums and won numerous awards, including three Grammys.
The song we’ve got here today for you might not be as popular as some of the other tracks on the list but if you want to add value to your guitar skills and have fun while you’re at it, give it a go. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Rocky Top” is in the key of G like most bluegrass compositions, and the chords you’ll be using are G, C, Em, D, and F.
57. First Cut is the Deepest by Sheryl Crow
|Guitar Chords||D, A, G|
|Tabs||View First Cut is the Deepest Tabs Here|
Most artists that covered this Cat Steven’s composition ended up with a major hit. The song is THAT captivating! Originally recorded by P.P. Arnold in 1967, ‘First Cut is the Deepest’ ‘ has seen around 68 versions, including country star Sheryl Crow’s 2003 popular rendition.
As the title suggests, the song talks about the narrator’s reluctance to give love another chance after being betrayed by their first love. Crow’s raspy voice and a class rhythm guitar act have made her version our favorite. It’s a perfect song for beginners, built around only three chords D major, A major, and G major. You can also attempt Rod Stewart’s cover of the same song using C major, G major, and F major chords.
58. Love Story by Taylor Swift
|Guitar Chords||C, G, Am, F, D, A, Bm|
|Tabs||View Love Story Tabs Here|
Who hasn’t heard of this insanely popular country pop ballad that established Taylor Swift as a global music icon! Whether you enjoy Swift’s music or not, you have to agree this song is pretty catchy. “Love Story” is fun to play and sing along to.
The lyrics are a contemporary take on William Shakespeare’s tragic play Romeo and Juliet and were penned down by Swift in an immersive state in twenty minutes. The melody builds up slowly on the back of a lush instrumental arrangement featuring guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin.
The single was ranked 17th by Taste of Country on its list of the Greatest Country Songs of All Time (2016). You’ll need to place a capo on the 2nd fret to play this one. For most parts of the song, the only chords you’ll need are C, G, Am, and F.
59. Don’t Fence Me In by Cole Porter / Willie Nelson
|Guitar Chords||D, A7, D7, G, B7, E7|
|Tabs||View Don’t Fence Me In Tabs Here|
In a departure from Willie Nelson’s usual style, “Don’t Fence Me In” packs in elements of both Western and country music. You can almost call it more Western than country, but it’ll still make for a superb addition to your repertoire. The song was composed way back in 1934 by Cole Porter and Robert Fletcher for a musical that unfortunately didn’t see the light of the day.
Countless versions of the song followed, including by Roy Rogers, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Ella Fitzgerald, among many others. Nelson teamed up with Leon Russell to record it as a part of their 1979 album One for the Road. Fans of country music that want to learn a track with a bit of swing in it, this song is for you!
60. Broken Halos by Chris Stapleton
|Guitar Chords||G, C, Em|
|Tabs||View Broken Halos Tabs Here|
Chris Stapleton’s“Broken Halos” is a heart-wrenching ballad recorded as a tribute to the victims of the 2016 Gatlinburg wildfire. The song’s raw emotional appeal speaks to anyone who’s lost someone dear to them. It’s no surprise this hard-hitting composition won a well-deserved Grammy for Best Country Song and the Song of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards.
“Broken Halos’” sound is genre-spanning with rock, country, folk, and gospel blended masterfully. It gives the song its broader appeal apart from the poignant lyrics. If you want to play it exactly like the recording, you’ll need a bit more advanced skills. Thankfully there’s an easier way for beginners to play this song. You’ll need a capo on the first fret, G major, C major, and E minor chords.
61. You Belong with Me by Taylor Swift
|Guitar Chords||D, A, Em, G|
|Tabs||View You Belong with Me Tabs Here|
Multi-Grammy nominated and seven times Platinum-certified “You Belong with Me” has an infectious spontaneity that made it a colossal radio anthem. Part of Taylor Swift’s massively popular and seminal Fearless album, the song navigates the complexities of high school romance and popularity contests.
Swift’s vocals are twangy, and the melody is rife with banjos and new wave electrics. Being an out-and-out country pop track, “You Belong with Me” is more suited to play for a large, musically diverse crowd than true-blue country lovers. It follows a fairly simple structure, and you can get started by setting up a capo on the 4th fret. Guitar-wise, perhaps the easiest of all Taylor Swift’s songs. If you know D, A, E minor, and G chords, you’re sorted!
62. Ramblin’ Man by The Allman Brothers Band
|Guitar Chords||C, F, D, Em, F|
|Tabs||View Ramblin’ Man Tabs Here|
Many tout Allman’s jaw-dropping guitar skills as next only to Jimi Hendrix’s. And even though, like Hendrix, Allman left too soon, his genius and breathtaking slide guitar continue to inspire a generation of guitarists to kickstart their musical journeys. “Ramblin Man’” was recorded and released by the Allman Brothers Band two years after Duane’s tragic motorbike accident. It was the band’s take on the influential singer-songwriter Hank William’s song of the same name.
With “Ramblin Man,” the band forayed into the country rock scene and to thrilling results! This 1973 single became their highest charting single to date and the only one to crack the Billboard top ten. The song’s relatively easy to play compared to their usual acts. This tutorial takes you through a beginner-friendly version where you need to master only a few open chords, a doable strumming pattern, and one slightly challenging barre chord.
63. Remember When by Alan Jackson
|Guitar Chords||G, Em, C, D; A, F#m, D, E|
|Tabs||View Remember When Tabs Here|
“Remember When” is a well-written song that should definitely be a part of your country setlist. In this 2003 single, Alan Jackson revisits life’s memories with his wife, the highs and lows, from falling in love to raising kids together. Jackson’s autobiographical song has the power to captivate even the most cynical of the audience.
The melody is weaved around tender mandolin and acoustic lines. There’s an element of both sadness and hope in the tune, elevated by Jackson’s faultless vocals. The song topped Billboard genre charts and was hailed by fans and critics as one of the most honest, heartfelt songs in contemporary country music.
Click on the tutorial and tabs above to access a super easy acoustic version of the song. For verses 1-4, you’ll be playing with four chords- G, Em, C, D and switching to the key of A and another set of chords following the instrument break- A, F#m, D, E.
64. All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow
|Guitar Chords||E, C, D, B7, A|
|Tabs||View All I Wanna Do Tabs Here|
Another Sheryl Crow gem that’s a joy to play for guitarists of any skill level. The upbeat and lightness of the song cleverly mask the sorrowful lyrics that talk about a person’s defeated state of mind – the vibe’s bittersweet despite the perky tune. As a listener, you can make out that the singer’s trying hard to overcome despair by livin’ it up.
This 1993 country-pop track turned out to be a breakthrough hit for Crow’s career and earned her two Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The chord progression is pretty straightforward, with the exception of the B flat major (Bb) and B7 chord. We’ve linked a brilliant tutorial that’ll handhold you through the challenging and the easy bits.
65. Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
|Guitar Chords||E, A, B7|
|Tabs||View Folsom Prison Blues Tabs Here|
As a musical genius who, at the peak of his career, produced two chart-toppers a year, Johnny Cash’s influence on shaping the country music landscape has been staggering. This Grammy-winning “Folsom Prison Blues” had two elements that defined most folk-country ballads and also featured in many of Cash’s songs – train and prison.
In this track, he captures the POV of a murder convict who watches trains pass by while he is lodged in prison, year after year. The single became a mainstream sensation, prompting Cash to open most of his concerts with this song. You can play this four-chord wonder by slapping a capo on the first fret. If you’re an absolute beginner, we suggest attempting the trickier solo and electric riffs after you’ve perfected the strumming.
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