This compiled list of some great easy pop songs on guitar can be extremely useful for learning some new songs quickly and easily.
Likewise, you can also learn some of the most iconic chart topping pop hits very, very quickly too!
Here’s the list of the top easy pop guitar songs to learn today:
1) All Of Me – John Legend
To kick off the list we have an emotional love song “All of Me”. This ballad is primarily a song to play on the piano but it sounds great on guitar, too! You can play this track with all open chords which makes it one of the easier pop songs to learn for beginners to guitar.
2) Photograph – Ed Sheeran
This acoustic folk pop song has captured the hearts of everyone in a long-distance relationship around the globe. Many of Ed Sheeran’s songs are relatively simple to play on guitar, and “Photograph” is definitely one of them with it’s four chord structure and progressions.
3) Kids – MGMT
The biggest single off of MGMT’s 2007 album, Oracular Spectacular, “Kids” takes the cake from the album as being the most popular song to play (as well as one of the easiest for guitarists). This familiar and dance-heavy single gave MGMT extended fame and even a grammy nomination – be sure to try out the four chord version to learn it within minutes!
4) Hey Soul Sister – Train
The late 2000s radio waves were dominated by Train’s massive single “Hey Soul Sister.” Certified 6x platinum and the recipient of a Grammy – I’m almost positive you’re somewhat familiar with this track already. What’s great about learning the song for guitarists is that it only uses four chords (although, one of them is the infamous F chord). Still, a great option for guitarists to try out!
5) Ride – Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots join the Beatles and Elvis Presley as one of three groups to have three songs in the Top 5 simultaneously! The song “Ride” is definitely one of their more popular songs, and it’s easy to learn (and practice basic strumming patterns).
6) Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
This hit by Bruno Mars is one of his largest and seemed to put him “on the map” into popular music culture. Guitarists should practice playing fingerstyle or fingerpicking this tune which will really increase strumming dexterity. I also listed this song as a great overall sing along song due to the lyrics, but the guitar playing is simple and straightforward too, so it’s included here!
7) With Or Without You – U2
U2 has been around for decades but one of their first hits came from the early years! In 1987 “With Or Without You” became their first number one single (it also would become their most successful song of all time). The song itself is easy for beginners to learn, so it’s one I recommend you get under your belt if you’re into pop music.
8) Apologize – Timbaland ft. OneRepublic
This hit song snuck up on the world by dominating the music landscape unexpectedly. It received 10,000+ plays on North America radio stations within the first week of release. The song would go on to rise to the number 1 spot in 15 countries globally. With a simple strumming pattern and fingerpicking style, you can learn this song quickly and instantly start to impress your friends (who will certainly recognize the hit)!
9) I Need My Girl – The National
The National’s “I Need My Girl” only requires four chords and a simple strumming pattern to learn, which makes it a great beginner guitarist pop song to try out. Consider using a capo to play this song if you’re just starting out.
10) You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
Interesting fact: James Blunt took just a few minutes to write the lyrics for this song which would end up defining his career years later. This song quickly rose through the charts and it’s one of the most popular songs of the last 25 years.
This soft rock song plays beautifully on guitar – if you can match Blunt’s falsetto as a singer then it’s also a relatively easy song to sing too. Be sure to give it a try as you’re friends will definitely recognize it and be impressed!
11) 7 Years – Lukas Graham
This Danish pop band broke into the US market with their single “7 years” – which came from their 2015 self-titled album. This song is a bit of a sleeper pick on this list, but it’s very easy to learn and relatively popular, so be sure to give it a shot too.
That’s it! Those are the 11 picks for easy pop guitar songs to learn today. Be sure to check out more overall easy guitar songs to play from a variety of genres and practice your fundamental guitar chords.
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