11 Easy yet Awesome 2 Chord Guitar Songs for Beginners

Playing guitar can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be quite challenging for beginners.

One of the best ways to make learning guitar easier is to focus on songs that have only 2 chords. In this article, we will discuss how to play 21 easy 2-chord guitar songs for beginners. We'll cover the basics of guitar chords, and how to switch between them. We'll also provide a list of popular songs that you can practice with.

With a little practice, you'll be playing guitar like a pro in no time!

What are guitar chords and how do they work?

Guitar chords are one of the most important aspects of guitar playing. A chord is simply 3 or more notes played together. Chords form the basis for most popular songs. In order to play guitar like a pro, you must first learn how to master guitar chords.

Here is a list of the most common beginner guitar chords.

How to switch between guitar chords?

Switching between guitar chords can be one of the most challenging aspects of guitar playing for beginners. In order to switch chords quickly and smoothly, you must first practice at a slow tempo. As you become more comfortable with the chord changes, you can then increase your speed.

Practicing the following 2 chord guitar songs is a great way of learning to switch between chords!


Because you only have 2 chords to concentrate on, of course 🙂

Now that you know the basics of guitar chords and how to switch between them, it's time to start learning some guitar songs! Here is a list of 21 easy 2-chord guitar songs

Achy Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus

“Achy Breaky Heart” is a song that pretty much every person knows the words too. It's an easy 2 chord tune you can learn quickly if you are into country music or just want something simple for around campfires at parties since nearly everyone knows this classic hit from Billy Ray Cyrus!

This will be beneficial because it opens up our possibilities when playing different genres such as rock & pop.

Chords: C - G

Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke

The hit song “Blurred Lines,” by Robin Thicke is an incredibly simple tune to play. Utilizing the common and versatile D – G chord progression will allow you to learn how to make many more tunes like this one!

The strumming throughout also makes it easy for beginners because pretty much anywhere people hear their music playing they are familiar with what comes up next in terms of chords so there's no need to struggle through trying to figure out which note goes where on your guitar neck just yet.

Chords: D – G

Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen

The Boss of Rock ‘N' Roll, Bruce Springsteen has a hit song that will make you want to strum away on your guitar.

"Born In The USA" is one of the easiest 2 chord songs for beginners and experts alike! It's perfect if what we're after are basic skills with an instrument or vocal training in order to sing along too - no matter how novice our playing skills might be at first glance (trust me; I had plenty).

Chords: B - E

Dance The Night Away – The Mavericks

Dance The Night Away by The Mavericks is a hit song released in 1998. This catchy tune features some of the best musicianship for beginner guitarists. With two easy chords (D and A7) and a straightforward strumming pattern of one chord per bar, this simple yet vibrant song will have you up on your feet long enough to learn all about being judged dancing while singing along with every word.

Chords: D - A7

Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles

The Beatle's song “Eleanor Rigby” is a great song for guitar players who are just starting out. The song only uses two chords, and it is easy to play. In addition, the strumming pattern is very simple, and it is easy to follow. If you are a beginner guitar player, be sure to check out this song.

Chords: C – Em

Horse With No Name – America

America's “Horse With No Name" is a hit from the 1970s, famously known for being an easy two-chord beginner guitar song. It can be tricky at first but with some tricks, it will sound more professional than you ever thought possible!

Chords: D6 - Em

Jane Says - Jane’s Addiction

The late ’80s and early '90s saw the rise of an interesting style called “alternative rock,” which was characterized by very simplistic songwriting with guitar playing that utilized major/minor tonality progression. One perfect example is this popular hit from 1988 - Jane Says!

This song has been a favorite of mine for years and I'm glad that it's finally getting some recognition. The simple progression from A major to G makes this an easy practice, while also being fun! 

Chords: A – G

Lively Up Yourself - Bob Marley

Reggae music is fairly simple to play and perform. This makes Reggae songs a great starting point for new players or those who have just picked up their instrument in recent years; Bob Marley’s “Lively Up Yourself" won't disappoint! The song has two chords that transition between D major and G minor (one common among many genres). 

Chords: D - G

Paperback Writer - The Beatles

The pop music classic "Paperback Writer" by The Beatles is more widely known for its catchy guitar riff than its chord progression, but this easy beginner song will teach you how to play an E Minor Chord that has much less melodic sound than most other chords on our list. That said - the simplicity of these three notes makes them incredibly versatile and they can be found in many major keys as well!

Chords: C – Em

What I Got – Sublime

Sublime’s “What I Got,” from their album 40 Caliber Hate in 1997 was number 1 on the Billboard charts. The song has an acoustic structure that is beautiful with two simple chords- D major and G Major; these are common enough to be easy for beginners but still provide depth when needed! It's played slowly at first then faster towards its end which makes sense because of how difficult it can seem initially.

Chords: D - G

Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

One of the most famous guitar riffs in rock history, “Whole Lotta Love” is an absolute classic from mythical Led Zeppelin. The song is made up of 2 power chords: a D power chord picked twice as separate notes A+D and the E power chord. It also has some tricky fast strumming with mutes between each pair to create that solid sound you remember so well!

Chords: D5 - E5

Now that you know how to play guitar chords and switch between them, it's time to start practicing! These 21 easy 2-chord guitar songs are the perfect place to start. With a little practice, you'll be playing guitar like a pro in no time!

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