Whether you have mastered the art of playing guitars or just learned a few chords you probably might want to impress the crowd or just have a fun time right?
Now, learning to play the guitar is itself a difficult task, and playing songs on it is equally hard. But imagine you are at a party or a fun gathering with your friends and someone hands you a guitar to play some songs for them.
What kind of songs would you go for? Obviously the fun ones right? You can’t just pick up the guitar and go, “Never mind, I’ll find someone like you”, I mean- yes we do love Adele but clearly, you don’t want to upset your friend by reminding him of his ex, do you?
Don’t know any fun songs to play on your guitar? Well, worry not because we’ve got you covered. In this article, we have managed to list 30 fun songs that you can easily play on your guitar and have fun with.
Let’s get right into it.
1. I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
Who would not have heard this song before? this is a very famous song and it is really fun to play and sing with yourself or with your friends. So how hard is it to play this on guitar? I’m Yours is one of the easiest songs you can play on your guitar.
However, if you are a beginner you may find its strumming pattern slightly but you should be able to catch it after a few tries.
While the original guitar chords for this song are G, D, Em, C, A7, Dsus4, and Bm, there is also a simple version that only includes four chords and if you are a beginner you might want to stick with the easy or simple version that requires including chords G, D, Em, and C. Above you can also watch the tutorial video if you don’t know how to play on this song. Oh, and by the way, this song is on standard tuning.
The Grammy-nominated 2008 hit song, I’m Yours by Jason Mraz has to be on top of our list. Not only was it Mraz’s most successful song, but also managed to reach 6th place in the Billboard Hot 100 and continued charting for a total of 76 weeks, making it a record breaker at that time.
The song was mainly about the singer addressing his love interest and his wish to give himself fully to his significant other. However, even the singer himself stated that the main meaning behind the song was to embrace the moment and fully enjoy it.
2. Can’t help falling in Love, by Elvis Presley
Surely, this is another very popular song that everyone has heard at least once but I’m pretty sure that we have heard this song more than once. And it is quite understandable why this song is so popular, after all, it is the song by none other than the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley.
So is this song hard to play on guitar? if you are a beginner then absolutely you will find it somewhat challenging like every other song but this is one of the easiest songs you can play on your guitar. This song is on standard tuning and it only has six simple chords C, G, Em, Am, F, and B7. If you don’t already know how to play this song on guitar, then watch the simple and easy tutorial video above and learn how to play.
Marked as one of the greatest romantic songs in history, that song was able to peak at No.2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 behind Joey Dee and the Starliters’ “Peppermint Twist”.
The song depicted the singer’s feelings towards a girl for whom he was falling in love uncontrollably. With such beautiful words and sweet melodies, this lullaby of a song was capable of sweeping anyone off their feet.
The original songs sound wonderful and you know what else would make it sound heavenly? The songs are being played on the guitar.
It is surely a beautiful song to be played on guitar. So get that guitar and play some Elvis Presley, and just like the song said, people can’t help but fall in love with you.
3. Stand By Me by Ben E. King
This might have been the favorite song of many teenagers when they fell in love for the first time. This song is really catchy and this is also one of the most popular as well as sampled songs out there. Furthermore, this song is also regarded as one of the most important pieces of music from the 20th century.
In fact, this is one of the best tracks that even various music artists have covered this song including John Lennon
. Now is it hard to play on guitar? nope, this is also one of the easiest songs you can play on guitar although beginners may find the original chords A, F#m, D, E, and A, a bit challenging, there is also a simple version that includes four easy chords G, Em, C, and D. You can simply find the chords on google or you can also watch the tutorial video above to learn.
4. Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver
This evergreen masterpiece was released back in 1971 by famous singer John Denver. And it is very unlikely for someone to not have heard this song. Personally speaking, this song is one of my favorites and many might relate to this song. As as popular this song is, it is also fun to play this on guitar very much.
If you are a beginner then stick to these four easy chords G, D, Em, and C. However, if you are an intermediate guitar player then you can also play the original chords.
Furthermore, you can also play fingerpicking style to make it more fun and pleasing. Beginners can learn if they don’t already know how to play the guitar on this song by watching the tutorial video above.
5. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
I don’t think I will have to say how big Red Hot Chili Peppers is and if you don’t know who they are then what are you even doing with your life? Anyways back to the topic, Californication is the song by Red Hot Chili Peppers that was released back in 1999.
Certainly, if you are a beginner then you might find it a bit challenging, however, you will not improve until you push your limit. Moreover, if you don’t know guitar plucking then this is a good song for you to practice plucking.
The good thing is you don’t need to be intermediate to play this song, you can play this even if you are a beginner however, you will have to practice.
6. Hotel California by Eagles
Certainly, it is fun to play classical and pop songs on a guitar but rock music is more fun to play. Hotel California is a very popular song and this is so much fun for a guitar however, if you are a beginner then it might be hard for you to play this one.
However, for intermediate players, this might not be much challenging. The chords used in this song are Bm, F#7, A, E7, G, D, and Em.
However, I think even beginners can play the chords mentioned above if they practice hard enough. But if you still find it hard then you can search for the easy chords available for this song. Furthermore, I feel like Hotel California is a must-learn song to play on guitar.
7. Let Her Go by Passenger
Let Her Go is undoubtedly one of the most popular songs out there with more than three billion views on YouTube.
Moreover, what is so amazing is that this song is really easy to play so even beginners can play this song however, if you are a beginner then you might find the plucking intro really challenging. But with practice, you will get the hang of it in no time.
Moreover, if you don’t feel like learning the plucking intro then you can just learn the rhythm of the song to play.
There are simple and basic five chords you need to play this song and they are Fmaj7, C, G, Am, and Em. And if you need help with playing this song, you can find the tutorial for this song above.
8. Can’t Take My Eyes off You by Frankie Valli
Frankie Valli was one of the legendary musicians in the world and one of his greatest hits is can’t take my eyes off you. This song was released back in 1967 however, it is still so popular, we can also see its popularity on social media platforms like TokTok. This romantic song is enough to melt anyone’s heart and it is also very lovely and fun to play on guitar.
So how hard is it to play on guitar? well, it is pretty easy however, there are various chords beginners complain about but with practice, you will start playing it in no time. Furthermore, for your assistance, you can find the tutorial video above.
9. Zombie by The Cranberries
Zombie is one of my personal favorite songs to play on guitar. Moreover, this is a really popular song with more than a billion views on YouTube. It was released back in 1994 however, it is still very relatable and fun to play and sing with your friends. And the good thing is this song is not that hard to play. However, if you are a beginner then you might find it a bit hard.
However, there is also a version for beginners. Originally the guitar chords for this song are Em, C, G, and D/F# but if you find it hard to play F# then you can only play the D chord instead, that way it will be really easy and even a beginner can play really well in this guitar.
10. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams by Green Day
I Walk a lonely road, yes that’s the song and it is really beautiful. In fact, this song is a masterpiece, and it’s also really fun to play on guitar. However, I must say that beginners will have a hard time playing the original chords so they can just play the easy version.
These are the easy chords you can use to play this song, Em, G, D, A, C, and B7. Moreover, if you are confused then you can watch the guitar tutorial video given above.
11. Summer Of 69 by Bryan Adams
I don’t know about it now but when I started playing guitar, this was one of the first songs that every guitar learner would play. Released back in 1984, this song is really popular, and yes it is one of my favorite songs.
This is also a really good and fun song to play especially with your friends. So is it hard to play? are you kidding me? back in my time, we used to learn how to play this song when we were beginners so no this song is not that hard to play.
There are seven chords in this song and they are D, A, Bm, G, F, Bb, and C. However, if you are a beginner then you will definitely find strumming patterns a bit challenging especially if you are playing an acoustic guitar cause it is kind of complicated, watch the tutorial video above and you will get it.
12. Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses
Sweet Child O’ Mine is a very hit song and it was released back in 1987. It is so popular that it has more than a billion views on YouTube.
Furthermore, this not only is a popular song but also a very fun song to play on guitar and if you are into rock music then after you learn to play this you will not be able to stop playing this song.
Furthermore, this song is not that hard to play so even if you are a beginner, you will eventually learn how to play on this song. Originally there are eight chords used in this song and they are D, C, G, A, Em, B7, Am, and E.
13. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan
Knockin’ on Heaven’s door is certainly one of the most iconic songs of all time and why wouldn’t it be? After all, it’s a song from one of the greatest songwriters in history.
Moreover, many popular icons have covered this song including the popular rock band Guns N’ Roses. It’s a really fun song and you don’t need to be a pro guitarist to play this song.
There are only four basic chords used in this song G, D, Am, and C. As you can see they are pretty easy chords and beginners will have no problem playing this song.
14. Thunderstruck by AC/DC
Thunderstruck is one of the most iconic and popular rock songs of all time. It was released back in 1990 but it is still very popular to this day and this song has more than a billion views on YouTube.
However, as much as fun this song is to play on guitar, I have to say that it’s not for beginners as it is hard to play. But hey, practice makes a man perfect.
However, intermediate players will have no problem playing this song. The chords used in this song are B5, E5, A5, and D5. If you are having a problem playing this song, you can watch the guitar tutorial video above.
15. Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits
This song is one of my favorites and for me, this is one of the most fun songs to play on guitar. However, I must say that this is not for beginners because this song is really complicated to play not only do we have to use a power chord on this song, but the strumming pattern itself is also very complicated.
So what chords are used in this song? Dm, C, Bb, A, F, and A7. These are the chords used in this song. Although beginners will have a hard time playing this song, with enough practice you will definitely be able to play this legendary iconic song.
16. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody is a hit song by the popular rock band Queen, in fact, this was the first song that made the band popular.
It was released back in 1975 and became an instant hit. Moreover, this is also a very entertaining and fun song to play on guitar. However, it might be hard for beginners to play this song as they have used a few complicated chords.
However, this is one of the coolest songs to play guitar on. So are you up to taking the challenge and learning to play guitar in this song? well if you are then you can learn by watching the tutorial video given above.
17. Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd
Since this song made it out on this list, it’s very obvious that this song is also really fun to play on guitar. Released in 1979, this song is really chilling and that is what makes it so much fun to play. Furthermore, this song is not that hard to play but of course, if you are a beginner then it will be hard for you.
There are only six chords used in this song and they are Dm, G, F, C, D, and Bb. You can find the tutorial video above, watch and learn how to play guitar in this song.
18. War Pigs by Black Sabbath
One of the greatest hits of the popular rock band Black Sabbath, war pigs talks about the truth of rich, politicians, and poor people.
However, even though it talks about a serious matter there is so much power in guitar playing, and that makes this song so much fun to play.
Although this song does not have many complicated chords, it’s still hard to play for beginners, so I will say that this song is not for beginners. The chords used in this song are E, D, G, Gb, and F.
19. We Are The Champions by Queen
This is another really hit song by Queen and many guitar players find this song very fun. This song was so hit back when it was released but this is still a really popular track of all time.
Sadly, this is a hard track to play guitar on for beginners and even intermediate players may find it a bit challenging.
There are a number of chords used in this song and mostly bar and power chords so it is obvious that beginners will have a really hard time learning this song. But if you still want to learn, then you can watch the tutorial video given above.
20. One Last Breath by Creed
One last breath by Creed is one of my favorite tracks of all time, and this masterpiece was released back in 2001, and I remember learning to play guitar to this song as soon as I heard it. And back then we did not get a tutorial video so we had to learn it on our own.
Anyways, I somehow learned to play it and I still play this on guitar because this song is really fun to play. It is not that hard to play this song, you just need six chords D, A, Bm, G, F#, and Em.
21. Highway to Hell by AC/DC
If you have ever listened to this track then I guarantee that this track had you jumping because this song has so much great music and listening to its guitar is just whole another experience. I still keep listening to its guitar cover to this day. This is one of the must-learn songs to play on guitar.
Obviously, beginners will have a hard time playing this but it’s worth all the hardship and challenge because once you learn to play this, you will not stop playing the song.
22. Master of Puppets by Metallica
Master of Puppets is really a masterpiece and one of a kind. This track will definitely pump you up and I know you got all worked up when you heard this in season four of stranger things.
This is a really hard song to play so beginners should just skip this one because it will give a hard time even for intermediate players. However, if you still want to learn it then the tutorial video is right up there.
23. Wake Me Up by Avicii
First of all rip Avicii, and secondly it is one of the greatest hits and it has more than two billion views on YouTube. The song is titled wake me up and the title already gives us energy so it is a very energetic song and it will remain in your head forever.
There are only basic chords used in this song so it’s not that hard to play. Furthermore, there are two different versions of this song, and above in the tutorial video, you can learn both the studio and capo versions.
The song received huge success and was considered the Summer Anthem. The hit song is a folktronica tune that mixes E.D.M., soul, and country music elements altogether.
It is a dancy and fun song with a high tempo and a basic progression of 5 chords. There are two barre chords in the progression, but it sounds better if you also play the G chord with the barring position.
24. It’s My Life by Bon Jovi
It’s my life is a very popular song and one of the greatest hits of the rock band Bon Jovi. This song has very good guitar playing and this is really a great song to learn and play guitar on.
It really is a great song which is why it was even nominated for the Grammy award. Although this song will be hard for beginners, intermediate players can learn and play this song easily.
25. Blackbird by the Beatles
Before writing anything, this song is not for beginners. However, this song is so good that I had to mention it.
The picking is really hard for beginners but intermediate guitar players might not find it that hard or challenging. Keep practicing the song and you will certainly be able to play. Moreover, you can find the tutorial video above.
26. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
Even from the title, you can certainly guess just how fun the song is going to be. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana is one of the songs that you are bound to like on the first listen.
The song has been credited with transforming the 90s rock landscape, which had been previously mainly dominated by hair bands and polished pop.
Smells like Teen Spirit was definitely the most famous song of the grunge pioneers Nirvana, who ushered in a new sound for rock and rock.
Although Cobain, the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of Nirvana, himself said that the song had no specific meaning and was just a piece of poetry with very little sense, many people believed it was about the teenage revolution.
Well whatever the song meant, it was a very popular song and an entertaining one as well. It is a very upbeat song and also very easy to play on guitars.
Released in 1991, it is one of the most played songs by beginner electric guitar players. It does require some techniques such as palm mutes and power chords to play the tune, but once you have mastered that you are good to go. So, have fun playing and feel like a rockstar.
27. The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars
As we know, we all have days where we just don’t feel like doing anything, right? Like literally we just want to do nothing and then there’s Bruno Mars who just wrote a song about not wanting to do anything when he wanted to do nothing.
Released in 2010, Bruno Mars’s The Lazy Song was the perfect song for describing the times when you just feel lazy and like doing absolutely nothing.
The Lazy Song was a reggae-influenced pop tune and was released along with his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans and became immediately popular after its release.
The song is played with 7 open chords and a reggae-style strum pattern, which is very easy to follow. To play the song on your guitar you just follow a muted strum and an open strum for each upstroke, creating an off-beat strum pattern for each downstroke. Quite easy right?
To this date, the song has garnered about 2.4 billion views on youtube, making it one of the most listened-to and watched songs on the platform. So, what are waiting for? Go grab your shades and a few monkeys and have fun playing the song. And don’t forget your guitar.
28. Losing My Religion – R.E.M
One of the most popular tunes in rock history is the 1991 track Losing My Religion by R.E.M. The song won several awards and topped the charts becoming a fan-favorite tune with the help of its incredible music video and great lyrics as well as melodies.
The song is a great one to play with a friend. Originally the acoustic guitar strums the chords while the mandolin plays the lead melody. Still, you can quickly adapt it to guitar, enjoying playing the tune alone or with a fellow guitarist.
29. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
Next on our list is Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. Released in the late October of 2012, Radioactive that song was a massive hit right after its release and shot Imagine Dragons to fame.
The song, Radioactive became popular because of its addictive and catchy beats. As explained by the band themselves, the very masculine and powerful-sounding song was about an awakening.
The song had lots of personal stories behind it; like waking up one day and deciding to do something new and see life in a fresh way.
The song may sound difficult to play but surprisingly it is a really great and easy song for beginners to play.
The very strong sound may intimidate you at first but because it has basic chords and an easy strumming pattern throughout the whole song, it won’t be much difficult to play the song on a guitar.
So, go ahead and play this banger on your guitar, enjoy it, and probably be awakened.
30. Summer of ‘69 by Bryan Adams
When we think of fun times, we probably think of summertime and when we combine these two we get the song, Summer of ‘69 by Bryan Adams.
Summer of ‘69 is a song recorded by the famous Canadian musician Bryan Adams. The song was a hit from his album, Reckless. The summer of ‘69 was not just a song but also an eventful summer as the era-defining moon landing.
Written by Bryan and his longtime songwriting collaborator Jim Vallance, Summer of ‘69 was bout a dilemma between the singer’s wish to settle down or to become a rockstar. The rock-pop hit song was one of those songs that just screamed summertime.
This popular hit is not only fun for summertime, but also quite popular among guitarists as it is very easy to play. To play this song on your guitar, all you need is seven simple chords and a simple strumming pattern.
From start to end, using the seven chords; D major, A major, B minor, G major, F major, Bb major, and C major, you can easily play this song on your guitar.
All these chords can be easily played except for the barre chords, which you can easily pick up with some practice.
So if you want to have that nostalgic summer vibes along with some fun, what‘s greater than a classic Bryan Adams, right?
31. The one that got away by Katy Perry
There are lots of Katy Perry songs that you could play on your guitar and have fun but for this list today we have brought one of her hits, The One that got away.
Released in 2010, the popular song, The One that got away was a mid-tempo pop ballad song about lost love. With the pop, and dance electronic genre, and Katy’s powerful vocals, the song reached the top of Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs.
Being crowned the top of dance club songs you can just take guess how fun the song might be and being played on a guitar can also be a fun song.
The song told the story of someone in their old age reminiscing the love that they shared when they were younger. However, some believe the song is more about losing the people you love because of simple mistakes.
So, whether you are missing someone special and want to dedicate them to a song or just want to have fun playing the tunes to have some fun, we suggest you give this Katy Perry’s number a go.
32. Cake By the Ocean by DNCE
The best music is usually the simplest thing to play. Seems like the average listener leans that way too. We all like a hooky intro. Take for example “Cake By the Ocean,” by DNCE, a more current song.
Make sure you get the edited radio version for language purposes, but man what a sweet guitar riff in the beginning. You do want to have something new and something old in your bag of tricks. Talk to me, baby.
If you love slow acoustic tempo tunes and sing along with them, this one is great to learn and master for beginners as well as intermediate players.
What are some fun songs to play on the guitar?
- Some fun songs to play on the guitar, are:
- “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
- “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
- “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
- “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver
- “Californication” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- “Hotel California” by Eagles
- “Let Her Go” by Passenger
- “Can’t Take My Eyes off You” by Frankie Valli
- “Zombie” by The Cranberries
- “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” by Green Day
What song should I start with on guitar?
For beginners, the content suggests starting with “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, as it is one of the easiest songs to play on the guitar.
What is 1 easy song to play on a guitar?
One easy song to play on the guitar is “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, which uses four basic chords: G, Em, C, and D.