Easiest Acoustic Guitar Songs – Top 10

When I first started playing the acoustic guitar, my parents made me play church songs. Not that there’s anything wrong with those songs, but they didn’t motivate me to pick up my guitar. It wasn’t until I developed my own musical taste, that I was able to focus on songs I really liked. Once I did that, I couldn’t put the instrument down anymore.

Still, I remember struggling to find the right songs. Nobody told me what songs to learn, considering I had no guitar teacher. When I looked online for lists, they still weren’t as easy as they were made out to be.

That’s why this list focuses on basic major and minor chords and simple variations of those. That means: (almost) no barre chords. Some of them only use the four chords I talked about in my first blog.

Without further ado, this is my top 10 easiest guitar songs list.

Top 10 Easiest Acoustic Guitar Songs

10. A Star Is Born – Shallow (Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper)

Chords: Here
Amount of chords: 7
Barre chords: one B minor in the bridge
Capo: No

There’s a lot of fingerpicking in this song. I absolutely advise you to learn to finger pick this song at one point, because it’s a simple finger picking pattern, but for now I recommend you just play the chords.

9. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

Chords: Here
Amount of chords: 6
Barre chords: No
Capo: No

There’s a clean electric guitar and an acoustic guitar solo in the intro. Really fun and relatively simple to learn. If you strum along with the chords you will sound pretty close to the original version for most part of the song.

8. Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

Chords: Here
Amount of chords: 4 + 2 variations
Barre chords: No
Capo: No

There’s no acoustic guitar in the studio version of this song. It’s mostly electric guitar. Here is a version where Clapton plays along with an acoustic guitar. You get a pretty good look of how he plays the chords as well.

7. The Fray – How To Save A Life

Chords: Here
Amount of chords: 4 (all chords used are in this lesson)
Barre chords: No
Capo: Third fret

The main instrument of the studio version is the piano. There’s some acoustic guitar in the back of the song, but not as prominent. That’s why I searched you an acoustic version.

6. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars

Chords: See below
Amount of chords: 3
Barre chords: No
Capo: No

The chord progression in this song is: A – E – D – A

There’s a picking pattern in this song, which I recommend you learn. It sounds really pretty, it’s really simple, and it will get you really close to the real version.

It goes like this:

E|------------------
B|------------------
G|-----9-----9------
D|--7-----7--------- 4x
A|------------------
E|------------------
E|------------------
B|------------------
G|-----9-----9------
D|--6-----6--------- 4x
A|------------------
E|------------------
E|------------------
B|------------------
G|-----9-----9------
D|--0-----0--------- 4x
A|------------------
E|------------------
E|------------------
B|------------------
G|-----9-----9------
D|--7-----7--------- 4x
A|------------------
E|------------------

5. Coldplay – Viva la Vida

Chords: Here
Amount of chords: 4 (all chords used are in this lesson)
Barre chords: No
Capo: First fret

The most important part of this song is the rhythm. Listen closely to what the strings in the song are doing. If you are able to replicate that rhythm, everybody will instantly recognize what song you are playing.

4. U2 – With or Without You

Chords: Here
Amount of chords: 4 (all chords used are in this lesson)
Barre chords: No
Capo: Fourth fret

It didn’t help Ross getting back together with Rachel, but learning this song will help you get better at the acoustic guitar. It uses the same four chords over and over again, which makes it really simple to learn.

3. Oasis – Songbird

Chords: Here
Amount of chords: 4 (kinda)
Barre chords: No
Capo: No

Yep, this is the Oasis song that I chose. Not Wonderwall. As simple as Wonderwall is, this one is much, much easier.

You start on a G major and you transition into an E minor. In between you hit that second fret on the lowest E string. That’s really it. The names of those chords may seem a bit complicated, but they, in fact, are not.

2. Bob Dylan – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Chords: Here
Amount of chords: 4
Barre chords: No
Capo: No

Bob Dylan’s songs have been covered over and over again. All Along The Watchtower, Make You Feel My Love, Blowin’ In the Wind, Mr. Tambourine Man… The list goes on. This song is no exception. Many years before Guns n’ Roses turned it into a stadium singalong, Dylan wrote this song for the movie “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.”

Play the first three chords at a party and you will have a singalong in no-time.

1. John Lennon – Working Class Hero

Chords: Here
Amount of chords: 3
Barre chords: No
Capo: No

There had to be at least one Beatle in this list. The studio version is mostly acoustic. This will make it really easy for you to replicate the real version. There’s a little hammer-on in the main riff. This is really the hardest part of the song if you haven’t done that before.

Outro

Let me know if this list was helpful for you. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to leave a message below.

Happy strumming,

Timo

4 thoughts on “Easiest Acoustic Guitar Songs – Top 10

  1. Hey Timo, this is an amazing post for a newbish guitar player like me.

    I’m bookmarking this page for later reference.

    Thanks a lot and keep going. 

    As a suggestion, like me, a lot of people can’t play by ear, if you could give us the chords for each song it would be extremely helpful.

    Thanks again.

    1. Hello Fran,

      There’s a link to the individual chords if you click on the “here” after chords in the article 🙂

      Thank you for visiting!

      Timo

  2. This is a great list of songs, including one of my all time favorites, Wish You Were Here. It’s a joy to be able to play along with this. Excellent resource for learners and even the more experienced. I have bookmarked your site, as I am looking forward to more articles like this.

    1. Thanks for the kind words, David!

      It’s one of my all-time favorite songs as well. It was hard not to include it 🙂

      Timo

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