3-4 Chord Songs

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Below is a growing list of the most popular & easy-to-play 3-4 chord guitar songs! Perfect for beginner guitar players and playing around the campfire. Many of these songs require just the basic chords G C D Em A Am and common strumming patterns. Click any song to locate the best free guitar lesson/tutorial currently available online as curated for you by a team of expert guitarists. *Rotate phone horizontally for best viewing.

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3-4 Chord Guitar Songs
Song LessonArtist/BandChords/Lyrics
A Horse With No NameAmericaEm D6
As It WasHarry StylesD Bm E A
Back In Black
Bad Moon RisingCCRA D G
Best Day of My Life
American Authors
Blue MoonMarcels/Billie HolidayG Em C D
Brown Eyed GirlVan MorrisonG D C Em
Counting StarsOneRepublic
Am C G F
DemonsImagine DragonsC G Am F
Down on the Corner
Falling SlowlyG. Hansard, M. IrglovaC F Am G
Fast CarTracy ChapmanC G Em D
Folsom Prison Blues
Johnny Cash
E A B7
Free FallingTom PettyD Dsus4 Asus4
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)Green DayG C D Em
Have I Told You LatelyVan Morrison/Rod StewartC Em F G
Have You Ever Seen The RainCCRC G F Am
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
The ProclaimersD G A
I'm YoursJason MrazG D Em C
In Spite of OurselvesJohn Prine
It's A Big Old Goofy WorldJohn PrineG C D
I Won't Back DownTom PettyEm D G C
Johnny B. Goode
Chuck BerryE5 A5 D5 (Pwr Chords)
Jumpin' Jack FlashThe Rolling StonesE G D A
King of the Road
Roger Miller/ProclaimersA D E
Knockin' On Heaven's DoorBob Dylan/Guns N RosesG D C Am
La BambaRitchie ValensC F G
Leaving on a Jet PlaneJohn DenverG C D
Let It BeThe BeatlesC G Am F
MargaritavilleJimmy BuffetD G A D7
Me and Bobby McGeeJanis JoplinG G7 C D7
No Woman No CryBob MarleyC Am F
Peaceful Easy FeelingEaglesG C D Am
People Are StrangeThe DoorsEm Am B7 G
PerfectEd SheeranG Cadd9 D Em
Puff the Magic DragonPeter Paul & MaryG D C A
RadioactiveImagine DragonsAm C G D
Ring of FireJohnny CashG C D
RiptideVance JoyAm G C
Rocky RaccoonThe BeatlesAm7 D7 G7 C
RumbleLink WrayD E A B7
Satisfaction (I Can't Get No)The Rolling StonesE A B7 D
Seven Bridges RoadEaglesD C G
Stand By MeBen E. KingG Em C D
StitchesShawn MendesAm G C F
Sweet CarolineNeil DiamondA D E
Sweet Child O' Mine
Guns N' RosesD C G A
Sweet Home Alabama
Lynyrd SkynyrdD C G
The DanceGarth BrooksG D C Em
The First Cut Is the Deepest
Sheryl Crow/Cat StevensD A G
The WeightThe BandG Bm C D
Three Little Birds
Bob MarleyA D E
Tracks of My TearsSmokey RobinsonG C D Em
Wagon WheelDarius Rucker/Old CroweG D Em C
When You Say Nothing At All
Alison KraussG D C
Wild Thing
The TroggsA D E
Wonderful TonightEric ClaptonG D C Em
You Are My Sunshine
Johnny CashA D E

3 and 4 chord songs are a lot more prevelant than you may think. And just because they don’t have many chords makes them no less sophisticated. Truth is, some of the greatest tunes ever written require just 3-4 chords. Of course learning how to strum these songs is not necessarily easy and where some of the difficulty can arise. Fear not, however, because most songs can be played in a simple stripped-down way, meaning both the chords and strumming patterns are relatively easy.

Start Simple

So if you’re having difficuly learning to play these songs comprising only a few chords, start off with a simple single down-stroke strum for each chord. Then gradually add more strums per chord (or bar) until you reach the level of the actual strum patter required. Yes, this can take time, effort and patience, but rest assurred you’ll eventually get there. Among the most common chord progressions are: G C D, C F G, D C G, D A G and G A D.

Truth be told, some of the greatest songs ever written require no more than three or four chords. On the surface one might think that songs with very few chords are also easy to play. This, unfortunately, is not always the case because the rhythms may be somewhat complicated and require your having to learn challenging strums.