Pop is the worldwide most famous and number-one music genre currently. And hundreds of pop songs are uploaded on the internet daily. And certainly, there are millions of pop songs available and if you are a beginner guitar player then you would certainly want to play guitar in some of these famous pop songs.
However, if you are a beginner guitar player then you might find many of the pop songs hard to play so for your convenience we are here to list out the easiest pop songs that even beginners or absolute beginners can play. Furthermore, we will also add the tutorial video for each of the songs so that you can watch and learn to play the guitar on that particular song.
And the good thing is even though these listed songs are somewhat easy to play, your guitar skill will definitely get sharpened and once you learn how to play these songs then you will also have fun playing guitar, especially with your friends around.
1. Bad Guy by Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish is an American singer and she is currently one of the most popular pop artists in the world. And she got really popular because of her song “Bad Guy,” this song holds the longest-leading hit in the chart’s history. Furthermore, as famous as this song is, it is also very fun and easy to play.
This song is so easy to play because in the whole song, only three chords are used. Em, Am, and B7, are the only chords used in the song beginners can also play this song.
2. Sorry by Justin Bieber
Released back in 2015, Sorry was listed as number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 for three weeks and number one on Canadian Hot 100 for seven weeks. It was really popular and only in 2016, this song sold more than 10 million digitally. Certainly, this was a really proud moment for Beliebers. This is also a very fun song to play on acoustic guitar.
Furthermore, not only fun but this song is also one of the easiest songs you can play on guitar. Only four basic chords are used in this song F, Am, G, and Dm. Even if you are a beginner you don’t need to worry as you can play this song with little practice.
3. Cheap Thrills by Sia
Cheap Thrills is one of the easiest songs you can find to play on guitar. This song is so easy that even absolute beginners can play it. Furthermore, talking about this song was released back in 2016 by Australian singer Sia featuring Sean Paul. Moreover, there are only four chords used in this song and that too very basic ones.
Em, C, G, and D are the four chords used in this song. It was also a pretty special song for Sia and her fans because it became the first single to get to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. Watch the tutorial video above and play it with your friends and I’m sure you will have a really good time singing and playing guitar on this song.
4. Marry You by Bruno Mars
Marry You has to be one of the best songs by Bruno Mars in years. It was released back in 2010 in the album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. That album had one the best songs and Marry You was like a gift among gifts. It is one of the most covered songs on Youtube.
The chords used in this song are very simple and many beginners can focus on this song to improve their singing and guitar skills. The chords used in this song are D, Em, G and again a D. Also this song requires a capo on the third fret. This song is very simple with very simple chords, so even beginners can play and sing this song with ease.
5. Beat It by Michael Jackson
‘Beat it’ has to be one of the easiest songs to play on any guitar as a beginner and this is often one of the first songs most teenagers play when they get their hands on their guitar. The funky main riff of this song has to be the only complicated thing in this whole song but everyone can play it with very little practice.
It was included in the sixth studio album, Thriller by Michael Jackson back in 1982. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 staying there for three weeks. One year later, ‘Beat it’ received the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
There are only three chords used in this song Em, D, and C. The only complicated part in the song is the opening riff and the timing for strumming, but it can be played with very little practice so heads up, and good luck.
6. Ride by twenty-one pilots
The American duo, Twenty-one Pilots has to be one of the most popular duos in the face of the musical world. The Ride is the fifth single from the album Blurryface. It is a song that slides towards electro-pop and is one of the easiest songs to play and sing alongside.
The ride was very successful commercially as it peaked at Number five on Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number one on the Alternative Songs Chart and various other charts. It is the duo’s third highest-ranking single behind “Heathens” and “Stressed Out”.
The chords that are needed for this song are G, Am, Em, C, and D. These are beginner-friendly chords and most people can play these chords, and due to it, this song is very popular. The intro, chorus, verse, and outro all have these chords with slight variations but we believe everyone will be able to cope with it.
7. Photograph by Ed Sheeran
The photograph is still one of the most loved songs by Ed Sheeran. With one of the most beautiful lyrics, it is said that the song discusses a long-distance relationship with his then-girlfriend. It beautifully depicts his love for his girlfriend.
It is a song from Ed’s second studio album ‘X’. It peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and number 15 on the UK Single Chart. It was a commercial success.
D, Bm, A, and G are the only chords used in the whole song. This song is played with palm muting and it could be quite challenging at first but believe us it is one of the easiest songs to play and it is a lot of fun.
8. You Belong with Me by Taylor Swift
A blend of country and power pop, you belong with me has to be one of the most romantic songs out there. The appeal and emotional sentiments this song produces have led to a lot of people singing this song for their crushes. Also, the music video to this song was really loved and we also personally loved it very much.
The song is taken from Taylor’s second studio album, ‘Fearless’. The song debuted at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, which later on moved to number 2. By 2019, it has sold 4.9 million copies in the US alone.
Now, how to play the song? It is very simple and the chords that are needed are a mere D, A, Em, and G with a capo on the 4th fret. The strumming pattern is also very simple and everyone can play it with ease. We hope for the best and good luck to whoever you’re singing this song.
9. Payphone by Maroon 5
Back in 2012, the only song in everyone’s mouth was a pay phone. The song was the lead single from Maroon 5’s fourth studio album, Overexposed. The MV to this song was also very refreshing as it was like a short action movie. The song also got better with Wiz Khalifa’s rap midway through the song.
It is one of the best songs of 2012. Back then, it debuted at the number 3 spot before peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. It was the world’s fifth best-selling single of 2012 with 9.5 million copies sold.
With its popularity, the covers for this song out there are very vast. It can be learned with sets of very simple chords. The only needed chords for this song are F, C, Am, and G. Payphone is a very easy song to play and we wish you all the best, cheers.
10. I Don’t Care by Ed Sheeran ft. Justin Bieber
I Don’t Care is the lead single from Ed’s Fourth Studio Album, ‘No.6 Collaboration Project’. It was the fourth collaboration between Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber. It debuted at number one on UK Single Charts and number two on Billboard Hot 100 just behind ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X.
The chords needed for this song are E, C#m, A, and B. These sets of chords are very easy to play and ‘I Don’t Care is also a fun song. The capo can be used at the 2nd fret or to make it more easier the capo can be used at 6th fret. It is a very lovely song, with really lovely lyrics. Heads up and have fun playing the song!
11. Hey Soul Sister by Train
The train has to be one of the best bands out there in the world. ‘Hey, Soul Sister’ is the lead single from the band’s fifth studio album, ‘Save me, San Francisco’ which was released back in 2009. It is still loved by many and many of us still sing this song to this very day.
This song was very popular and successful and peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. It is their highest song on the chart to date. It was also very successful commercially and sold more than 687000 copies in 2009.
It doesn’t take that much to play this song with the exception being the F chord. But with enough practice, it is not very hard. The chords needed for this song are C, G, Am, and F. This is a fun song and once the rhythm is mastered you can also sing the song with your friends.
12. All of Me by John Legend
One of the best songs by John Legend is, ‘All of Me’. When it was released back in 2013, it took the world by storm. It is a love song that he dedicated to his wife, Chrissy Teigen. His lyrics were emotional enough to bring tears to the eyes of many youths and adults.
It was a great song and it peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. All of me was the second best-selling song in 2014. It also peaked at number two in the UK and South Africa.
You can play this song on the set of Em, C, G, D, and Am. The chords and chord progression are very simple and everyone can play this song in under one hour. The tuning is in standard tuning and capo goes on the first fret while playing this song.
13. Memories by Maroon 5
From the band’s seventh studio album, Jordi, Memories was released as the lead single. According to Adam, this song is for, “anyone who has experienced loss”. This song is a reminder of people we’ve lost over the years and their memories.
The song peaked at number 2 on Billboard Hot 100 in the US. It was both loved and criticized. Rolling Stone India listed the song among the worst songs of 2019. But despite such criticism, it is a very fun song and many people loved it.
With the blend of fingerstyle and strums, the chords used in this song are G, D, Em, Am, and C. With both fingerstyle and strums, it creates one of the best tones and it is best for exercising wrists and fingers.
14. Rolling in the Deep by Adele
It is the lead single and opening track of Adele’s second studio album, ‘21’. The song’s gospel-like starting is one of the nicest tunes and later on, the upbeat vibe is unmatchable. The cover of Jackie Chan in the movie ‘Skiptrace’ is also very wholesome and poppy.
The song peaked at number 2 in the UK. It also topped the US Billboard chart and it was Adele’s first song to peak at number 1 in the US.
The strumming pattern and the chords used in the song are really easy. The chords used in the song are Am, E7, Em, F, and G. With very little practice you guys can master this song and have fun with friends.
15. Closer by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
The song which was on everyone’s playlist back in 2019 is Closer by the Chainsmokers featuring Halsey. It is a pop song with a retro-style chorus. Closer is a song from the perspective of both guy and a girl.
Closer peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and stayed there for 12 consecutive weeks. It also peaked at number one in the UK, New Zealand, and Canada. It was very successful commercially.
To play this song, we need a capo on the first fret and only three chords are needed to sing along and play the song. The chords that are needed are Cadd9, D, and Em7. These chords are beginner friendly and very easy to play. Hope you’ll have fun!!
16. Just the way you are by Bruno Mars
Just the Way You Are defines the beauty of a woman. It was released back in 2010 as a lead single from Bruno’s debut studio album, ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’. This song was a great success and peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was also number one in the UK. It also won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.’
While the song was really successful, it has been covered by a lot of artists over the course of 12 years. The piano plays a major role in the song but we can simply play this song even with simple guitar chords and it sounds beautiful. The capo goes on the second fret and the chords you will be needing for playing this song are D, Bm7, G, and again G.
17. 102 by 1975
The song first surfaced on the Internet way back in 2013. 1975 has been in music for a very long time but gained popularity with the album, ‘The 1975’. Back in 2013, only the raw version had been released, and later on, the song was included in their third studio album, ‘A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships’ which was released in 2018.
Everyone loved the song and most people were really happy to get the studio version of the song. The capo goes on the fifth fret of the guitar and the chords needed to play this song are C, Em, Am, F, and G. Most people can have problems with playing the F chord but with little to very little practice, you guys will be able to play this song with ease.
18. You’re Beautiful by James Blunt
This has to be one of the best love-pop songs out there. The song was supposed to be in the debut album of James, ‘Back to Bedlam’ but was released a year later in 2005 as the fifth single of the album.
The song peaked at number one in the UK. And it is Blunt’s only song to reach the top 40 on US Billboard Hot 100. It is regarded as James’s greatest hit, in the US.
This is regarded as one of the most loved pop songs. This song defines and recites how someone can be so beautiful. The song is very catchy and can be played with very easy guitar chords. The chords are G/F#, G, Em7, Cadd9, and D/F#. There is also a need for capo and it goes on the 8th fret. Overall, this is an easy song to play and we wish you good luck for whomever you’re singing this song.
19. Diamonds by Rihanna
Shine bright like a diamond…. Rihanna is known for her talented songwriting and her vocals. And Diamonds is one of her best songs which is very easy to play on a guitar. It is a pop song with R&B elements to it.
Rihanna has lots of songs that peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 and Diamonds was the 12th number one song of Rihanna on the Billboard Hot 100. It was very successful commercially and debuted at number one in the UK.
The tuning is in standard tuning and the chords used to play this song are Bm, Em, and A. These three chords are the only necessary chords to play this song. Also, the strumming starts with basic down strums and is very easy to follow afterward. You guys will have a blast learning it and hope you’ll have fun!!
20. Your Call by Secondhand Serenade
This is one classic pop-rock song everyone listened to back in 2008. It is one of our all-time favorite songs and this song depicts how the guy misses his girl and wants to hear her voice on a phone call.
This song was included in two different albums ‘Awake’ and ‘A twist in my story’ all the way back in 2007 and 2008 respectively. It has millions of views on YouTube and we can see a lot of people coming back to it to listen to it every time they miss their loved ones.
This is one easy pop song to play on guitar. The chords used to play this song are G, C, D, Em, and F#. It is very easy once you try it for yourself and get acquainted with it. And if guys are looking for a beginner-level challenge, you guys can also try the intro sequence.
21. Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
From the soundtrack of the movie, ‘A Star is Born’, Shallow is one of the best songs to emerge from Lady Gaga. Also, Bradley Cooper has done a great job of singing the song. It is one of our favorite songs.
It peaked at number 1 one week after it won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 2019. Shallow continued on peaking at number one in Canada, and Ireland. In 2019, it sold 10.2 million copies.
It is a ballad-type, folk-pop song that is very easy to play on guitar. The chords which are used to play the song are Em, G, C, and D. Even beginners can play this tune and sing along with it. The only complicated part of this song is singing like Lady Gaga.
22. Wonderwall by Oasis
The song ‘Wonderwall’ by the English Band Oasis is one of the first songs beginner guitar players learn. It is the first song of many people around the globe. It was released all the way back in 1995 and was included in the band’s second studio album, ‘(What’s the story) Morning Glory?’.
The song topped the chart in Australia and New Zealand and was number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It is one of the most popular songs by Oasis.
For this song, we will be needing capo on the second fret of the guitar and the chords needed are a set of Em, G, D, A7sus4, and C. Although A7sus4 sounds very intimidating, it is a very simple chord. And most people can play it in a matter of minutes. This is one hell of an easy song, so have fun learning and playing this song.
23. Love on the Weekend by John Mayer
All the way back in 2016, the song was released as the lead single from his seventh studio album, ‘The Search for Everything’. Back then, everyone was in love with this song. And even the chords used in the songs are very simple to play along to.
It peaked at number 53 on Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and at number 5 in US Hot Rock & Alternative Songs. The song was also performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The chords used in this song are G, C, and D. These 3 chords are the only essential chords in the whole song. The intro, verse, chorus, and outro, everything is covered with these 3 chords.
24. All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
All About That Bass was released in 2014 as a debut single and voices a teenager struggling with negative body image. It was a song that tried to promote self-acceptance.
It peaked at number one a month after its release and was very successful. It was number one for eight consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. All About That Bass was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
The chords needed for the song are a simple set of A, Bm, E, and D. Those four chords are very simple to play and the difficulty is beginner-level. It is one of the easiest pop songs to play on guitar.
25. Let Her Go by Passenger
Let Her Go, is a single released by Passenger in 2013 from their fourth album, ‘All the Little Lights’. It was a huge hit and successfully topped many charts all around the world.
It peaked at number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number one in Australia, Denmark, and other countries. The song has sold over a million digital copies in the UK and 4 million in the US.
The song has very heartwarming lyrics and the chords used to play this song are G, F, Am, C, and Em. The strumming pattern is also slow so, you guys can take it slow until you guys are perfect. Have lots of fun.
26. Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia
Titanium is nowhere close to a pop song, but believe us, this is one of the best songs out there. The song is more house music and is from David’s, ‘Nothing but the Beat’.
The song was very popular and successful and Titanium gave David his 13th top 10 songs in France. In the US, it peaked at number 7 on US radio. The song was certified double platinum by RIAA.
The chords essential for the song are C, G, Am, F, Em, and Asus2. The song may sound intimidating at first as it is more of a Dance and House music but believes us, it is one of the easiest songs to play on guitar. Even with very little practice, beginners will also be able to play.