10 easy rock songs to learn on the guitar

By Saige Miller on June 15, 2020
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By: Saige Miller

Quarantine is inspiring people to pick up new or abandoned hobbies. People all around the globe are reconnecting with their instruments in the corner that have been collecting dust for years. Getting back in the swing of playing music after taking an extended hiatus can be discouraging. So, to get you back to the swing of things… here are 10 classic rock songs to play on the guitar, for either those just picking up a guitar or trying to fall back in love with playing.

House of the Rising Sun by The Animals

To learn this song, all you need is 5 chords. Am, C, D, F, E7. Check out this tutorial for further assistance.

Elenore Rigby by The Beatles

I learned how to play this song on the cello and to this day, it’s still one of my favorites to jam to. On the guitar, it’s quite simple. You’ll need two chords– Em and C. Here’s a tutorial on how to play the famous song.

The Joker by The Steve Miller Band

Ahh yes, a classic banger. It’s even better when you realize it’s not that difficult to master. All you need to play the song is G, C, and D. Learn to play it here.

Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones

You’ll gain satisfaction by learning how to play this on the guitar. You’ll need to learn the chords E, A, B7, and D. Watch this for some help learning the song.

I Love Rock N’ Roll by Joan Jett

Only of the best karaoke songs of all time. And to make it even better, you only need to know 5 chords to play this classic. E, A, B, G and D. For extra help, check out this tutorial.

Steady As She Goes by Raconteurs

This catchy tune will have you strumming along in no time. You’ll need to know chords B, G, A, E and D. Watch this if you need someone to walk you through the strokes.

You Really Got Me by The Kinks

You probably already have the song stuck in your head after just reading the title. It’ll be even better once you learn the song. The song requires only three chords, D, A, and E. Here’s a tutorial for the song.

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

Honestly, probably the only song you need to know. And it’s very simple! E, A, D, G, B, e are the chords used. It’s also a perfect song to play with someone else who is learning to play guitar. Learn the song here. 

Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple

I think everyone knows how to play the most iconic part of this classic… but what about the rest of it? You’ll need to know a little more chords, but there’s a tutorial for that here.


It’ll be dynamite once you perfect this song on the guitar. Learn the song here. 

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