The 10 best songs to play on guitar will depend on the type of music that you like. If you are a beginner at playing guitar, play some simple songs instead of trying to play like a rock star overnight. Take some lessons if you are able, or teach yourself some songs to play on guitar. The more time you spend practicing, the easier it will be to master your favorite songs.
- “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry. This classic tune is #7 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time, and is one of the best songs to play on guitar. It may take you awhile to learn to play, especially if you are still a novice guitarist.
- “Panama” by Van Halen. Eddie Van Halen is widely recognized as one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time. This song was from the group’s album ‘1984’, appropriately released in 1984.
- “Wipeout” by The Surfaris. This surfing tune released in 1962 is one of the more fun songs to play on guitar. There are no lyrics, except for the laughter and uttering of “Wipeout” at the beginning of the song.
- “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath. In 2006, VH1 named this hit #1 in their list of the 40 Greatest Metal Songs. Released in 1971, this song was written by Ozzy Osbourne and the other three members of Black Sabbath.
- “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple. In 2005, Q magazine put this song at #12 on a list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. Even a novice guitarist can easily play the opening of this song.
- “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones. This hit by the Stones was listed as the #2 song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2004. Guitarist Keith Richards wrote the guitar riff after waking up in the middle of the night.
- “Wild Thing” by the Troggs. This song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966. While it is only 2 minutes and 30 seconds long, it is still a great song for guitarists to try and play.
- “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana. Released in 1991, this song was Nirvana’s biggest hit and is still one of the best songs to play on guitar. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed this tune as the #9 song of all time.
- “Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood & The Destroyers. This song was released in 1982 on an album of the same name. It is easily one of the best songs to play on guitar, and most guitarists have probably tried to pull off this song at one time or another.
- “Heartbreaker” by Led Zeppelin. Jimmy Page’s guitar solo on this song got him the #16 spot on Guitar World magazine’s list of the greatest guitar solos of all time. Released in 1969, all four band members received a writing credit for this hit.
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