40 Easy Guitar Duet Songs (2024 With Videos & Tabs)

Part of the magic of being a guitarist is getting to jam and collaborate with our fellow musicians! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned guitar player, playing guitar duels is a great way to polish your skills while having some fun.

The Eagles Playing a Guitar Duet
Photo by Manouel Roman

If you’re a guitar novice, don’t worry – there are plenty of famous guitar duet songs that can be played by two people at a time. And this blog will share all those songs with you! Scroll down for our list of famous and easy guitar duets that can be played by beginners. Let the jamming begin!

Here is a List of Easy Guitar Duets

1. Hotel California by Eagles

Genre Rock
Tuning E A D G B E
Lead Tabs See lead tabs for Hotel California
Rhythm Tabs See rhythm tabs for Hotel California

Song Overview: The quintessential rock anthem that every guitarist should have under his belt! And the unbelievably fantastic eclectic interplay between Joe Walsh and Don Fender makes “Hotel California” one of the most iconic guitar duet songs in rock history. In fact, with eight guitars at work in this one, you should call over your guitar buddies, learn it together and make a day of it.

This song is a gold mine for earnest guitar players. With the flamenco intro, stacked arpeggio licks, and 2 minutes and 20 seconds long dueling between Walsh and Fender, there’s plenty of skill and technique to explore in this ‘70s classic. The recorded version is a masterpiece that’ll take time and patience. If you’re looking for a version that’s kinder to novices, go with the live one. You can play it a capo on the 2nd fret and a few easy chords.

Both critically and commercially, “Hotel California” was a resounding success. It reigned supreme on several charts and won the Eagles’ Grammy for Record of the Year. According to frontman Genn Frey, this song took shape out of the group’s desire to create something strange. Interpretation varies from coming of age to something symbolic of America’s socio-political landscape to self-destruction. Whatever the cryptic lyrics may stand for, they sure leave a lasting impression on the listener’s mind. If you’re looking for songs with two guitars this is an awesome one.

2. Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Genre Southern Rock
Tuning Ab Db Gb Bb Eb
Lead Tabs See lead tabs for Simple Man
Rhythm Tabs See rhythm tabs for Simple Man

Song Overview: Every once in a while, a song comes along that is not just a treat to listen to and play but also leaves you with a life lesson you’ll never forget. That’s the beauty of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s emotional track ‘Simple Man.’ The song is a beautiful one that celebrates the mother-son relationship. The lyrics share lessons on living a simple life that the mother wants her son to learn and use in his life. From talking about love, success, failure to values, the lyrics show how a mother’s love can guide her child as he goes through various stages of life.

This song is a brilliant choice for a guitar duet that’s not too tough to play. Whether you’re playing electric guitars or acoustic, one can play the rhythm, while the other can play the solos or unison lines. The track also has an easy, but moving guitar solo played in unison by two guitarists. Check out this fabulous acoustic version of the song where two guitarists are doing a great job of playing in harmony!

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

Genre Hard Rock
Tuning E A D G B E
Lead Tabs See lead tabs for You Shook Me All Night Long
Rhythm Tabs See rhythm tabs for You Shook Me All Night Long

Song Overview: If you’re looking for crowd-pulling guitar duets, look no further than AC/DC’s rich repertoire of rock classics. Together, bandmates and brothers Angus Young and Malcolm created impressive guitar-fueled masterpieces one after another. “You Shook Me All Night Long” is one such gem that every guitarist must hear and learn. This 1980 song from the band’s best-selling Back in Back album boosted their popularity to phenomenal heights and earned them quite a fan following.

Angus’s energetic, intense solos and hyperactive riffing in Pentatonic scales went brilliantly with Malcolm’s powerful rhythm work that put them in the league of the most iconic guitar duo in the history of rock.

For this track, you and your guitar mate should ideally be well versed in open power chord shapes, arpeggiated strumming. Angus’s killer solo in G minor pentatonic scale is a work of art and will take time to master. Just keep at it. We promise it’ll be well worth the effort!

4. The Trooper by Iron Maiden

Genre Heavy Metal
Tuning E A D G B E
Lead Tabs See lead tabs for The Trooper
Rhythm Tabs See rhythm tabs for The Trooper

Song Overview: An Iron Maiden track in an easy guitar song list? Sounds surprising, yet here it is! “The Trooper” is a catchy ballad that features the band’s best dual guitar work. It can be played in a beginner-friendly version using Em, D, and C chords or similar to the recorded version with two guitarists. We pick the latter.

Since we are talking about playing something by the phenomenal guitarist duo of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, don’t expect a very smooth ride. This Maiden classic is brimming with adrenaline-pumping guitar riffs and a mind-blowing duet solo that’ll require a fair amount of practice to get right. Fun but challenging.

The track became so popular that the band decided to launch a beer and name it after the hit single. “The Trooper” was written by the band’s bassist Steve Harris based on a pivotal event in the Crimean War. To create Iron Maiden’s signature galloping guitar rhythm, you might need a metronome. By the time you are done with this song, you’ll have a fair knowledge of power chords, dynamics, and harmonizing a melody.

5. Wild Thing by The Troggs

Genre Pop/Rock
Tuning E A D G B E
Lead Tabs See lead tabs for Wild Thing
Rhythm Tabs See rhythm tabs for Wild Thing

Song Overview: Who doesn’t know this classic hit by UK rockers, The Troggs, that still sounds as cool and fresh as when it first came out! “Wild Thing” was written by Chip Taylor, an American songwriter, and originally recorded by an American rock band called the Wild Ones. But their version did not do so well, and the song pretty much fizzled out until the Troggs came along and turned it into an iconic chart-topper.

It’s extremely fun and easy to play – whether you’re on stage with your band or strumming your heart for a sing-along with your friends at a party. While this may not be technically a duet track, it can be easily turned into one.

The song follows a repetitive A – D – E – D pattern throughout, with interesting pauses in the middle, making it very easy for beginners to follow. While you get going on the rhythm, your friend can recreate the famous Ocarina solo on the guitar. Check out this brilliant version where the legendary Queen guitarist Brian May joins The Troggs onstage to play a fabulous solo over the rhythm!

6. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Genre Rock
Tuning E A D G B E
Lead Tabs See lead tabs for Bad Moon Rising
Rhythm Tabs See rhythm tabs for Bad Moon Rising

Song Overview: A 1969 smash hit by Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Bad Moon Rising,” was featured on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list in 2010. The song is so popular that over 20 artists have covered it in fascinatingly different styles ranging from folk to reggae to psychedelic rock. Written by the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist, John Fogerty, “Bad Moon Rising” is apparently about an apocalypse waiting to happen.

With a steady and repetitive strumming pattern, it is an excellent pick for those looking to learn basic chords and transitions. Beginners can breezily get through the entire song using just three chords D, G, and A. The more proficient among you and your guitar mate can explore the song’s amazing bank of rockabilly guitaring to jazz up the performance. From hybrid picking to barre chords, there are some cool techniques you can pick up here.

7. Twist And Shout by The Beatles

Genre Pop/Rock
Tuning E A D G B E
Tabs See tabs for Twist and Shout

Song Overview: With their delightful and relatable music, the Beatles cemented their place in rock and roll history. Most of their overwhelmingly popular tracks are light-hearted sonic marvels that are also superbly beginner-friendly. Their 1963 hit “Twist and Shout” is a wonderful song to add to your setlist. Fun fact- this peppy classic is actually a cover done by the band. Originally written by Phil Medley and Bert Berns and recorded by the Top Notes, it was made famous by the Isley Brothers and then covered by the Beatles.

”Twist and Shout” is super fun to play because of its solid rhythm strum pattern that uses a bunch of chords in a simple progression. But for us, the fascinating part is the solo, hands down! John Lennon and George Harrison put together a heartwarming dual lead, creating an engaging, soaring sound.

If you want to work on some of the embellishments that feature in the song, go right ahead. Beginners will pick up some useful guitar skills like double stops, open chords, and strumming patterns. Here’s a cool duet version of the song that will give you a great blueprint as to how to play it as a guitar duo!

8. Dead Flowers by The Rolling Stones

Genre Rock, Country
Tuning E A D G B E
Lead Tabs See lead tabs for Dead Flowers
Rhythm Tabs See rhythm tabs for Dead Flowers

Song Overview: This 1971 classic was released by the versatile Rolling Stones when they were embarking on their country music journey. “Dead Flowers” has a lovely country vibe, and though the lyrics are dark, on the whole, the song sounds sweet. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and inspired numerous covers, including Townes Van Zandt’s rendition, which featured in The 1998 crime comedy The Big Lebowski.

You’ll need at least two guitarists to play in “Dead Flowers.” It’ll sound even more authentic if you have a third player to help you out. The easiest part is the acoustic rhythm which is nothing but a basic 3-chord progression D-A-G throughout the song. But it is anything but monotonous. Even though it has just three chords, they are played in such a brilliant, folky way that the verse, chorus, and pre-chorus all sound different from one another.

The electric parts are more suited for intermediate players. Richards and Taylor’s guitar playing lends a honky-tonk quotient to the song. All in all, an excellent track for guitar enthusiasts who wish to work on getting country-style playing right.

9. Halo by Machine Head

Genre Groove Metal
Tuning B F# B E G# C#
Tabs See rhythm and solo tabs for Halo

Song Overview: “Halo,” a powerful ballad that voices concerns about organized religion, was jointly written by all four members of the band, Machine Head. A rough draft of this track was first included in a 2005 demo of the band’s. Later, the band spent six months reworking the song, from lyrics to the instrumental arrangement.

What was unveiled as the final version was well worth the wait. Nine minutes of intense, thought-provoking lyrics and formidable guitar playing by Robert Flynn and Phil Demmel is capable of triggering hypnosis!

The blistering main solo is epic and true to the classic Machine Head style. After all, we expect nothing less from this great band! The dueling guitars, both tuned to drop B, showcase masterful techniques that’ll enhance your skill level.

10. Dream On by Aerosmith

Genre Rock
Tuning E A D G B E
Tabs See lead and rhythm tabs for Dream On

Song Overview: This is one power ballad that is still very much a favorite, 50 years after its release! “Dream On” was first released in 1973, and it was Aerosmith’s very first hit – peaking on the 59th rank at the Billboard Hot 100. This track starts off with a memorable opening riff, and it’s a fantastic guitar duet to play – there are double guitar solos flying about through the track and a steady rhythm throughout the verses.

You can choose to play the original solos or give it your own twist! Let your accompanying guitarist hold the rhythm pattern while you play a blistering solo. The chords and rhythm pattern are not hard to master, though the chords may seem like a handful at first.

11. Master of Puppets by Metallica

Genre Thrash Metal
Tuning E A D G B E
Lead Tabs See lead tabs for Master of Puppets
Rhythm Tabs See rhythm tabs for Master of Puppets

Song Overview: Released in 1886, ‘Master of Puppets’ was part of Metallica’s album by the same name. And did you know that the track is the first metal song to be selected for preservation by the Library of Congress for its cultural and aesthetic significance? This blistering track features a delicious mix of crunchy aggressive riffing that is punctuated with clean, meandering parts as well – making it perfect for a guitar duet.

James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett both hold down the rhythm through the track, and there’s an iconic melodic solo in the middle that has a clean arpeggiated picking in the background. So as you can see, there’s plenty in this song for two guitarists to collaborate over. Check out the iconic band itself performing a pretty clean version on the Howard Stern show.

12. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

Genre Art Rock, Acoustic
Tuning E A D G B E
Lead Tabs See lead tabs for Wish You Were Here
Rhythm Tabs See rhythm tabs for Wish You Were Here

Song Overview: “Wish you were here” is the kind of song that you’ll never stop being your go-to choice, no matter how many other songs come and go on your favorites playlist. This poignant and expressive acoustic tribute to Floyd’s late founder Syd Barett is a journey in itself. Guitar beginners – this is a super easy song to master and play! And while it can be played by a single guitarist, too, it makes for the perfect easy guitar duet to play with a fellow musician. Doing so will add more depth to the song for sure.

Its wonderful chord progression is pretty straightforward and repeats throughout the song. If you’re playing this as a duet, then one of you can do rhythm duties, while the other plays the iconic intro solo as well as the expressive longer outro solo. This track is a must-have on your guitar duet repertoire. Here’s a lovely guitar duet version of the track where both musicians are playing the guitar and singing too! This is one of my personal favorite easy guitar duet songs.

13. While My Guitar Gently Weeps by the Beatles

Genre Blues/Rock/Pop
Tuning E A D G B E
Lead Tabs See lead tabs for While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Rhythm Tabs See rhythm tabs for While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Song Overview: This legendary track by The Beatles is as powerful as it is melancholic because it was recorded during a time when the band was going through a bit of a rough patch internally. But from that tension rose this gem of a track – which lends itself beautifully to a guitar duet arrangement!

The song has two distinct chord progressions for the verse and chorus, which cycles throughout the song – getting that down perfectly is not too much of a challenge. But best of all is the fact that the song has snippets of expressive guitar licks played by the second guitarist over every other line. Whether you’re a Beatles fan or not, this is one song you’d love to jam onto with your fellow guitarists. In fact, here’s a fabulous guitar duet arrangement of this song!

14. Sweet Child o’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses

Genre Glam Rock, Hard Rock
Tuning Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb
Lead Tabs See lead tabs for Sweet Child O’ Mine
Rhythm Tabs See rhythm tabs for Sweet Child O’ Mine

Song Overview: Guns N’ Roses’ top-hat and sunglasses donning Slash and Izzy were an undeniably popular duo that cranked up the ‘80s and ‘90s rock scene with their jaw-dropping guitars. Understandably, as the lead guitarist, Slash got the lion’s share of the adulation, but the band’s sound wouldn’t have been quite the same without Izzy’s solid rhythm parts.

Almost all of the band’s compositions are powered by this fantastic guitar duo, so feel free to pick up any track and play. Although, we recommend you start with the band’s biggest and most ubiquitous song- “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” This song from the band’s debut album Appetite for Destruction became their signature track, topping all charts and fetching them many accolades.

Slash’s solo in this one, rated as one of “100 Greatest Guitar Solos” by Guitar world, was spell-binding and backed impressively by Izzy’s powerful riffs.

15. Walk Of Life by Dire Straits

Genre British Rock
Tuning E A D G B E
Tabs See rhythm tabs for Walk Of Life

Song Overview: Formed in 1977, UK rock band Dire Straits catapulted to fame thanks to Mark Knopfler’s virtuosic guitar skills as well his superb songwriting. And while Dire Straits tracks may sound deceptively simple, there’s a whole lot going on with Knopfler’s fingerpicking that’s quite hard to emulate – a technique you can hear in all its glory in Sultans of Swing.

But, fear not, the band’s worldwide hit ‘Walk of Life’ from their 1985 album ‘Brothers in Arms’ has just three chords and is super easy to play. It’s a great guitar duet song, and the more skilled player can take on Mark’s part.

The rhythm, played by Mark’s brother David Knopfler is your typical bluesy, rock and roll fare. The primary chords of the song are E, A, and B. If beginners are looking to play a simplified version of the song, they’ll need to recreate the main riff with these chords throughout the song. Mark’s superhuman fingerstyle is not everyone’s cup of tea. But don’t be disheartened! You can learn the fingerpicking pattern – and slowly work your way up. Here’s a great find we came across on Youtube – a great vocal AND guitar duet of the song!

16. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Deep Something Blue

Genre Alternative Rock
Tuning E A D G B E
Lead Tabs See lead tabs for Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Rhythm Tabs See rhythm tabs for Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Song Overview: This one is one of the lesser-known tracks on the list but perfect for a pair of beginner guitarists as it can be played with three simple chords- D, A, and G.

Alt-rock band Deep Something Blue’s most recognized and the only hit single “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was released in 1995 in their debut album 11th song. The track became an instant success charting remarkably well in many countries. The band tried to follow up on the song’s success but eventually fizzled out as a one-hit-wonder.

The song’s pleasing tune can be strummed in an easy-to-follow pattern. Moreover, it’s devoid of any tough techniques, so you and your friends can really have fun while learning it. The rhythm player would just have to focus on chord progressions while the lead plays the solo riff that repeats throughout the song.

17. Times Like These by Foo Fighters

Genre Rock
Tuning E A D G B E
Tabs See tabs for Times Like These

Song Overview: A lovely song about hope and compassion, “Times Like These” by Foo Fighters keeps listeners enthralled from start to finish. The famous rock band was started as a one-man project by Nirvana’s former drummer Dave Grohl, slowly becoming a colossally successful musical entity in its own right. Over the course of their journey, Foo Fighters won 12 Grammys and sold more than 12 million albums in the U.S. alone.

In “Times Like These,” you’ll hear Grohl on vocals and playing the rhythm for the track with Chris Shiflett playing the lead. This song was also released in a stripped-down acoustic rendition by Grohl. So if you want to play it solo, that version is perfect for you.

The track has been covered by many. In fact, more recently, a star-studded charity supergroup Live Lounge Allstars performed it as a fundraiser. The song’s message of love and kindness has become all the more relevant in these trying times.

18. South of Heaven by Slayer

Genre Thrash Metal
Tuning Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb
Tabs See tabs for South of Heaven

Song Overview: Next up is a treat for the Metalheads! “South of Heaven” by thrash metal band Slayer is a killer riff-fueled marvel that should be banked in your repertoire if it isn’t already! It kicks off with a beast of a riff that’ll blow your mind. The overall vibe of the song is eerie, ominous, gloomy, and a significant departure from their ferociously paced, loud, and angry thrash fest.

The song’s foreboding theme and insane riffs make for a fitting opening to their fourth album of the same name. The entire album is teeming with some of the band’s best tracks, especially from a guitar point of view, showcasing the duo of King and Hanneman at their finest.

To give you an idea of how fantastic the track will sound in a duet, check out this EPIC cover by these two amazing ladies!

19. Jessica by the Allman Brothers Band

Genre Country, Blues, Rock
Tuning E A D G B E
Tabs See tabs for Jessica

Song Overview: We simply cannot have a list featuring guitar duets and not have Allman Brothers Band on it! The legendary Duane Allman and Dickey Betts gave us some of the best guitar-propelled gems of the 20th century. Even after Allman’s untimely demise, the band’s legacy continued, this time by Warren Hayes and Derek Trucks.

From the band’s 1973 album, “Jessica” is a tour de force, a rock instrumental piece that’s full of jaw-dropping embellishments and techniques. It’s played using only two fingers on the left hand! You’ll miss Allman’s presence in this track as it was created two years after his passing. The song was Bett’s ode to Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and has him playing an electric with session guitarist Les Dudek on acoustic.

Running just shy of 6 minutes, “Jessica” is a breathtaking composition with the duo harmonizing through the length of the song. If this sound appeals to you, do check out the band’s extended instrumental masterpiece “Mountain Jam.” It’s a 34-minute long ride brimming with some of the best guitar harmonies and awe-inspiring solos by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. This is one of my personal favorite easy guitar duets to play.

20. Hangar 18 by Megadeth

Genre Progressive Metal
Tuning E A D G B E
Tabs See solo and rhythm tabs for Hangar 18

Song Overview: Conspiracy theory-inspired lyrics aren’t the only thing that stands out about this track by thrash metal giants Megadeth. “Hangar 18” rose to prominence for its monster riffs and using a different tuning for bass than the lead guitars.

It begins with a speedily strummed D minor arpeggio that sets the floor for what’s to come. After some relatively laid-back playing, frontman Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman jump into a two-minute-long intense, mind-boggling guitar duet. The song is bursting with complex harmonized riffs and killer solos by the two. It’s a masterclass in legato, bends, speed picking, wide stretches, sweeping, and other exciting techniques more suited for proficient guitarists.

“Hangar 18” was nominated for Best Metal Performance and became a permanent feature in all of the band’s live shows.

21. Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake

Genre Pop
Tuning E A D G B E
Tabs See tabs for Can’t Stop The Feeling

Song Overview: This sunny, feel-good track by Justin Timberlake was released in 2016 and has an upbeat vibe with elements of soul-pop, disco-pop as well as influences of funk in it. Featured in the movie ‘Trolls,’ the song was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe as well as a Grammy – which it won!

The song is incredibly popular and can be an instant hit with the crowd for a sing-along. It’s easy to adapt this song into a duet as it mainly uses the C, Am, and F chords in a C – Am – F – Am progression throughout the verse as well the chorus. It’s perfect for guitarists with beginner skill levels. The F chord might seem a little tricky at first, but once you get the barre technique right, you’ll be able to play it effortlessly in the future.

22. Everybody Needs a Friend by Wishbone Ash

Genre Rock
Tuning E A D G B E
Tabs See tabs for Everybody Needs a Friend

Song Overview: In many ways, this ‘70s British prog-rock band changed the course of rock and metal history by influencing several greats of the 20th and 21st centuries. From Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Lynrd Skynrd, Metallica to Opeth, Wishbone Ash’s sonic masterpieces have inspired a whole generation of musicians to embark on their respective journeys.

All of Wishbone Ash’s songs are tailor-made for two guitarists. The twin lead guitarists duo of Andy Powell and Ted Turner were famed for their harmonizing lines and dueling solos that put them in Rolling Stone’s league of “Top 20 Guitarists of All Time.”. You can catch some of their virtuosic duet work in the 1973 classic “Everybody needs a friend.”

This track, in particular, has its roots in classical music. According to the band’s vocalist Martin Turner, the composition was heavily influenced by the second movement of Ravel’s G Major Piano Concerto. Not really a surprise, as Turner is classically trained and started his musical journey as a choir boy.

23. Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus

Genre Country
Tuning E A D G B E
Tabs See tabs for Achy Breaky Heart

Song Overview: For a kid growing up in the 90s, “Achy Breaky Heart” can trigger some soppy memories! Written by Don Von Tress, the song became a rage after it was sung and released by Billy Ray Cyrus in his debut album. The record-breaking track went on to become Cyrus’ signature song and topped the charts in several countries. Despite its incredible success, the song drew criticism for being too cheesy and lacking the spirit of country music.

Negative reviews aside, Ray’s Achy Breaky Heart is a great beginner song and can be easily arranged as a duet. You only need two chords, A and E, and the chorus and verses follow the same pattern. The rhythm is simple, and so is the chord sequence. It goes three bars of A, then four bars of E, followed by one last bar of A. When it comes to strumming, you can do the basic one strum per bar or show more skill by doubling up with two chords per bar.

24. Three Little Birds by Bob Marley

Genre Reggae
Tuning E A D G B E
Tabs See tabs for Three Little Birds

Song Overview: A beautiful, endearing song, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” is a three-chord wonder that can be adapted into a breezy guitar duet. Although it did not rule the charts at the time of release, the song slowly won hearts for its joyful, heartfelt lyrics and uplifting tune.

“Three Little Birds” was inspired by Marley’s feathered friends who often stopped by at his porch in Jamaica. To Marley, it seemed they were carrying a message for him. The song’s famous refrain, “Don’t worry ‘bout a thing, “Every little thing is gonna be alright,” is what the singer thought the birds wanted him to know.

There are just chords in the song: A, D, and E, making it easy for new learners to play. It’s easy for two guitarists to collaborate on this one. One of you could play the simplified rhythm using 3 or 4 down strums per chord. The more experienced player can take up the reggae strum by playing on the up strums of each chord.

25. Victim of Changes by Judas Priest

Genre Heavy Metal
Tuning E A D G B E
Lead Tabs See lead tabs for Victim of Changes
Rhythm Tabs See rhythm tabs for Victim of Changes

Song Overview: For more than two decades, the revered guitarist duo of Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing of Judas Priest ruled the hard rock and metal scene with their captivating twin guitar work. One song, in particular, is said to have had a groundbreaking influence on metal music. Rob Halford’s powerful vocals and earth-shattering guitar riffs and solos by the Tipton and Downing have made “Victim of Changes” one of the band’s greatest works ever.

From the word go, you know you’re in for a sonic treat. The intro begins with fade-in dueling by the pair before the drums kick in. The entire song is bursting with hard-hitting riffs that are the stuff of every guitarist’s dreams!

The best part is there are not one but two solos played in a distinctive fashion. The first one by Downing is mellow and intensifies slowly. The second one is way heavier and unleashed by Tipton towards the end of the track.

26. Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie

Genre Rock
Chords D, A, G, C, F
Tabs View Under Pressure Tabs Here

Released in 1981 by the British rock band Queen and English singer-songwriter David Bowie. The track was a collaboration between Queen’s lead vocalist Freddie Mercury and David Bowie, who added his unique style to the song. It was one of Queen’s most popular and enduring hits, a huge success. Not only does the song feature amazing vocals, but it also includes a combination of guitar, piano, drums, and synthesizers, creating a layered and massive sound.

The song is known for its distinctive bassline and a very recognizable guitar riff in the key of D major that everyone knows by heart. The chord progression is I-V-IV-V, which makes it really groovy and brings more harmony into the track. If you’ve always wanted to learn iconic songs, this one would definitely be a great choice!

27. Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder

Genre Soft Rock
Chords Bm/A, F#m/A, G/A, Em/A, Em7, C6, Cdim, B7, B7/D#, Emaj7, A/B, Gmaj7/A
Tabs View Ebony and Ivory Tabs Here

Recorded by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder and released in 1982, the song quickly became a global hit and remains one of the most well-known collaborations between these two iconic artists.

Melodically, “Ebony and Ivory” features a catchy and melodic piano-driven arrangement and also a light and pleasant guitar solo, gently played over the progression in the key of E Major. Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder take turns singing the verses, showcasing their distinctive vocal styles. The vocals in the chorus are particularly notable, as McCartney and Wonder’s voices blend seamlessly, creating a powerful and harmonic sound, referring to the meaning of the song.

28. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me by George Michael and Elton John

Genre Rock
Chords C, C/Bb, F/A, C/G, F, G, D7/F#, Gsus4, Dm7, Em, Gsus2, Ab, Bb
Tabs View Don’t Let the Sun Go Down Chords Here

It is a famous duet song performed by George Michael and Elton John. Originally, it had been written and recorded by Elton John in 1974, but the song gained its popularity after being re-recorded as a live duet between Elton John and George Michael in 1991.

The song’s instrumentation is centered around the piano, but it also incorporates many different, interesting and distinctive sounds add up to the original depth and grandeur of the arrangement. The song is centered around a stinging and poignant atmosphere that grabs your heart and soul. As you can see, there’re many inversions used in it that make it sound more cohesive and smoothen the transition between chords. To play it faster, you may like to use your thumb to press the bass strings.

The duet version of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” remains a beloved classic, cherished for its dominant vocals, stinging lyrics, and the collaboration between two artists that everybody still considers to be iconic.

29. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

Genre Progressive Rock
Chords Em7, G, A7sus4, C, D/F#, Am/E, Am
Tabs View Wish You Were Here Tabs Here

“Wish You Were Here” was released in 1975 as the second single from the eponymous Pink Floyd’s ninth studio album. The song was written by the band members Roger Waters and David Gilmour and is considered to be one of Pink Floyd’s most recognizable compositions.

“Wish You Were Here” explores themes of absence, alienation, and mental health issues. It serves as a very vivid reflection on the band’s experience dealing with the absence of their former band member, Syd Barrett, who had left the band due to mental health issues.

In terms of the instrumental part, it features a mellow and atmospheric sound, characterized by David Gilmour’s emotive vocals and his signature guitar work in the key of G Major, soothed by the unstrained chord progression used in this particular track, which many musicians truly appreciate and look up to. If you’ve ever wanted to explore psychedelic classic rock songs, this one is going to be a perfect fit for you.

30. ​​I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher

Genre Folk Rock
Chords D, G, C, A, Asus4, Em7, Bb, Eb, Ab, Dd, Bbsus4, B
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This classic folk rock song by the American husband-and-wife duo Sonny & Cher was released in 1965, becoming their biggest hit, and was considered one of the most iconic duets of all time.

“I Got You Babe” features a catchy and melodic sound that was popular in the 1960s. The song is characterized by a simple and catchy chord progression, an upbeat tempo, and the distinct vocal chemistry between Sonny and Cher. The song starts with a gentle acoustic guitar strumming, followed by the introduction of other instruments, such as drums, bass, and keyboards, creating a full and engaging sound.

It’s pretty simple, and if you are a beginner and a huge fan of vintage songs, the sound of which can warm up your soul no matter what’s going on around you, this choice is amazing to try yourself out in performing, for example, at a coffee shop or any other sort of place where people gather together to have some rest after a hard working week.

31. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty

Genre Rock
Chords E, A, D, G, B, Csus2, G/B, Em, C
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This classic rock duet performed by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty was released in 1981 as the lead single from Stevie Nicks’ debut solo album, “Bella Donna.” It was a memorable and powerful collaboration between two iconic artists that many people still know to this day.

The song demonstrates the unique vocal styles of Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty, blending their voices in a captivating manner. It is considered to have a gritty and bluesy sound, driven by strong guitar riffs, incorporating Csus2 chord that brings openness to the sound, a pulsating rhythm, and a powerful melody.

Lyrically, the song delves into themes of heartbreak, longing, and the desire to break free from a toxic relationship. It expresses the frustration of being held back by a destructive love, with Nicks and Petty trading verses and harmonizing on the chorus to convey the emotional intensity of the lyrics.

“Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” was a commercial success, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song remains a beloved classic, and that only means that it’s one of the possible reasons to learn it and impress your friends with your ability to play it.

32. Tornado of Souls by Megadeth

Genre Metal
Chords B, D, C, F#, G, E, A, F
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“Tornado of Souls” is an intense and technically impressive thrash metal song by the American band Megadeth. It was released in 1990 as part of their acclaimed album “Rust in Peace.” Widely regarded as one of Megadeth’s finest compositions because of its insanely meticulous guitar solos.

The song begins with a haunting guitar intro, immediately setting a dark and atmospheric tone. The song then bursts into a frenzy of aggressive guitar solos and riffs that mostly use B Natural Minor mixed with B Dorian scale, rapid drumming, and nifty bass lines, showcasing the band’s technical precision and virtuosity.

The lyrics paint a vivid picture of a toxic relationship filled with deceit and manipulation; therefore, the melody conveys the feelings that might be awakened in such a tough situation.

This is your pick if you want to get your guitar-playing skills to the top and develop mind-blowing finger agility.

33. Dust in the Wind by Kansas

Genre Rock
Chords C, Cmaj7, Cadd9, Asus2, Asus4, Am, G/B, G, Dm7,D
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The song is a poignant and introspective song by the American rock band Kansas, which was released in 1977 as a single from their album “Point of Know Return.” It has become one of the band’s most well-known and enduring hits.

“Dust in the Wind” is characterized by its interesting and acoustic sound, featuring delicate fingerpicking patterns on the guitar and a soothing vocal line looming over the sections using C Major and A Dorian scales. It’s also evident that the song uses extended chords, such as Cmaj7 and Cadd9 because this is the thing that truly enriches the general tone. Its lyrics contemplate the transient nature of life and the inevitability of mortality. It reflects on the fleeting nature of existence, likening it to dust that eventually dissipates in the wind.

The melancholic and reflective tone of it is accentuated by the haunting harmonies and the emotive lead vocals and guitar part, which make you reflect on the meaning of life, which is probably what the authors wanted you to experience.

34. Don’t Look Back by Boston

Genre Rock
Chords D, A, E, F#m, G, C, Am, F, Dm
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The song is a classic rock song by the American band Boston. Released in 1978 as the title track and lead single from their second studio album, “Don’t Look Back.”

“Don’t Look Back” features powerful guitar riffs, soaring combined vocals, and melodic hooks, which are signature elements of Boston’s sound. The song exudes a sense of determination and resilience, urging the listener to keep moving forward. It gives you a formidable amount of energy and charges you for the rest of the day.

The song opens with a memorable guitar part that uses a series of full bends, instantly grabbing your attention. The driving rhythm section and energetic guitar solos contribute to the song’s dynamic and uplifting nature and encourage you to grab your guitar and learn it.

The harmonies and backing vocals add depth and texture to the overall sound, creating a rich and layered listening experience.

35. Wasted by Def Leppard

Genre Hard Rock
Chords E5, D5, C5, B5, A5, G5, C, D
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“Wasted” is a hard rock song by the English rock band Def Leppard. It was released in 1979 as the opening track of their debut studio album, “On Through the Night.”

The song kicks off with a powerful riff based on power chords (chords consisting of two notes of the Ionian Major Scale (1st-5th)), typically used in such genres as hard rock, metal, etc., and driving guitar section, instantly engaging the listener and not letting him think of anything except the driving force of it. The song embodies the youthful energy and rebellious spirit of the late 1970s rock scene with its fast-paced tempo and aggressive instrumentation.

Joe Elliott delivers a very good vocal performance, demonstrating his voice range and rawness by singing rebelliously and the lively lyrics of the song.

36. Detroit Rock City by Kiss

Genre Hard Rock
Chords A, B, C#5, E5, F#, C#, A5, E, G#
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It is a high-energy rock song by the American rock band Kiss. Released in 1976 as the opening track of their album “Destroyer,” it has become very popular among hard rock songs’ lovers of that time.

The song starts with a guitar melody that combines regular triads with the famous power chords, making it more open to soloing over and immediately giving you the understanding that the band you’re listening to is Kiss, especially when the vocals kick in. The song is driven by its fast tempo, energetic drumming, and cool guitar solos, creating a sense of urgency and excitement from the very beginning.

Have you ever fallen in love with Kiss’s music? Well, maybe this one will be a good choice for you to try yourself out as a hard rock musician! Grab your guitar and immerse yourself in the story of a young fan’s journey to attend a Kiss concert in Detroit, which the lyrics of the song are about.

37. Hold the Line by Toto

Genre Rock
Chords F#m, C#m, D, E, Esus4, Cm, Bm, Dmaj7
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This one is a classic rock song by the American rock band Toto. Released in 1978 as their debut single and the opening track of their self-titled debut album that was called by the same name (“Hold the Line”).

The song is characterized by its catchy melody, driven by a powerful combination of guitar and keyboard lines, and a cohesive rhythm section. If you listen to the song carefully, you can hear some sort of the “stair effect.” It is here because the track doesn’t use inversions that might have smoothened the chord transitions. Toto have a distinctive sound that can be clearly seen or discovered in this track.

Lead vocals give a soulful and commanding performance, showing impressive note range and emotive delivery, according to the lyrics.

The guitar sound here is really groovy and makes you nod to its rhythm.

38. Don’t Let Me Down by the Beatles

Genre Rock
Chords E, F#m, F#m7, Amaj7/B, Esus4, F#m/B, B, B7
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The song is a soulful and emotionally charged song by the iconic British rock band that probably every single person alive knows – The Beatles. Originally released in 1969 as the B-side to the single “Get Back,” the song has since become a beloved and influential track in the band’s extensive catalog.

“Don’t Let Me Down” includes the raw and heartfelt vocals of lead singers John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The song’s lyrics express vulnerability and the fear of being let down in a relationship.

Melodically, “Don’t Let Me Down” features a captivating blend of rock, blues, and soul elements. Its distinctive bassline and steady drumbeat provide a solid foundation, while the guitar and piano lines create a rich and textured sound, harmonized by the inversions using the B note, so beloved by the band. The vocal harmonies between Lennon and McCartney are what make this duet so amazing and memorable.

39. Round and Round by Ratt

Genre Rock
Chords Em, G, A, D, A/C#, E, Esus4, B, C, Am, F, G/B
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The song is a hard rock anthem by the American rock band Ratt that was released in 1984 as the lead single from their album “Out of the Cellar.” It has become one of Ratt’s biggest hits and a staple of the glam metal genre.

It follows the most beloved structure of such songs: a perfectly distorted guitar riff and catchy chorus, which make it instantly recognizable and eligible to memorize great progressions.

Lead vocals deliver a charismatic and gritty performance, while the distorted and powerful guitar sound supports it perfectly. The engaging vibe adds to the song’s repertoire and makes it a fan favorite in Ratt’s catalog.

“Round and Round” features tight guitar harmonies, courtesy of guitarists Warren DeMartini and Robbin Crosby, that worked amazingly in duet.

40. All Down the Line by Rolling Stones

Genre Rock
Chords G, C, D, Csus4, Dsus4
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It is a spirited rock and roll song by the legendary English rock band, The Rolling Stones. Released in 1972 as a track on their critically acclaimed, though very distinctive album “Exile on Main St.”

The song has a vibrant and infectious tone, created in the raw style of The Rolling Stones, which every fan loves them so much for. With its driving rhythm section, featuring Charlie Watts on drums and Bill Wyman on bass, and a flawless guitar duet of Keith Richards and Mick Taylor, the track takes a special place in your heart, where it might stay for a long period of time.

To learn the song, you have to nail a famous basic guitar trick called “hammer-on,” featured in the riff.

It also represents the well-known vibe of rock songs of that time that most people are familiar with because of, for example, old vinyl record collections of their parents, etc.

Final Thoughts

While perfecting one’s guitar abilities in solitude is something every guitarist does, the real magic happens when we collaborate and jam with other fellow musicians onstage! Collaborating on iconic guitar duet songs like the ones we’ve listed out is a great way to not only polish your own guitar skills but master the art of performing in harmony with other musicians too.

We hope this blog gives you lots of ideas to jam on with your fellow guitarists! If you’re looking to learn more beginner-friendly songs, here’s our ultimate guide to 23 folk guitar songs. Happy playing!

1 thought on “40 Easy Guitar Duet Songs (2024 With Videos & Tabs)”

  1. Chris, this is one excellent curation effort.

    I am currently practicing electric guitar with a guitarist singer songwriter. We performing as a duet now and really need to tighten up.

    Your page provides some great ideas on the approach to guitar duets. Keep up the good work. Tom

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