Fun Songs To Play On Guitar: 9 Epic Songs That Will Make You Sound Great

So you’re looking for some fun songs to play on guitar? Then you’re in the right place! We’re going to show you 9 of our favourite songs to play on guitar.

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In this free lesson you will learn:

  • 9 fun songs to play on guitar that your audience will love.
  • 4 essential chord and strumming hacks that will turbo-charge your playing.
  • The top-secret tip that will allow you to learn songs quickly and easily.

So you want some fun songs to play on guitar…

If you are like most guitarists, at some point you go through your entire collection of songs to find nothing that seems gratifying.

Maybe you’ve mastered everything in your song pile, or maybe you’re just looking for something different.

Plateauing, struggling, and getting sick of everything you are playing is a natural part of progressing on the guitar, but you can snap out of it with one of these fun songs to play on guitar.

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Fun Songs To Play On Guitar #1 – ‘Up Around the Bend’ by Creedence Clearwater Revival

If you’re looking for fun songs to play on guitar then this happy little tune from Creedence Clearwater Revival is going to make your day.

The song is in the key of D and the chords are simple.

D chord

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A chord

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G chord

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To play the intro riff, just follow the easy tab. When you pick the open string, try to let it ring. Then slide your middle finger from a few frets back to the destination fret to get that great sound!

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The rhythm in this song is part of CCR’s signature sound. To get it, keep a consistent down-up strum going and mute the strings on beats 2 and 4.

Need help getting your strumming game going? Check out this handy lesson: How To Strum A Guitar

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Fun Songs To Play On Guitar #2 ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream’ by Tom Petty

For another easy but satisfying intro riff, check out Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream.”

“Runnin’ Down a Dream” was the second single from Full Moon Fever. Petty’s 1989 album is packed with fun songs to play on guitar.

He wrote this one with Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra.

This song is in E, and the chords in the verse and chorus are pretty simple:

E chord

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Dsus2 chord

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G chord

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A chord

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The chords in the break and the outro are a little more interesting. But all you have to do here is keep the same chord shape and move up the neck from C to D to E:

Cmaj7 chord

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D6/9 chord

E chord

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Those up-the-neck chords make “Runnin’ Down a Dream” fun to play, especially if you have someone who can play the solo whilst you play the chords.

However, one of the best parts of this is the intro riff. Here’s the tab:

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Pro-tip: When you are picking single notes quickly, at first it may seem easier to pick downward. Try picking the “Running Down a Dream” riff up-down-up-down.  That’s called alternate picking and it will help you to develop speed without sacrificing accuracy!

Fun Songs To Play On Guitar #3 ‘Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys’ by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

Sometimes the best fun songs to play on guitar are the ones that you can lay back and just play and sing, especially with a guy like Willie Nelson.

Here he is singing with Waylon Jennings.

The song was written by Ed and Patsy Bruce, but when Waylon and Willie sang it, it went to the top of the country charts in 1978.

This is a great one to add to your setlist of fun songs to play on guitar.

The song begins in the key of D and then changes key to E halfway through, to keep things interesting.

D chord

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G chord

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A chord

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E chord

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B7 chord

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This is a country waltz in 3/4. Pay close attention to the rhythm in the song and do your best to play along with Waylon and Willie.

Fun Songs To Play On Guitar #4 ‘Highway to Hell’ by AC/DC

If you are a beginner to intermediate guitar player, you’ll want to add this satisfying guitar riff to your pile of fun songs to play on guitar.

Although Bon Scott passed away soon after the song’s release, sparking speculation about the meaning of the song “Highway to Hell” refers to the relentless touring schedule AC/DC maintained to promote their first few albums.

“Highway to Hell” is in the key of A, but everything is tuned down a half-step, however don’t worry about this for now. Let’s get right to the important part: the riff!

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  • There is something magical about Angus Young’s guitar tone, but you don’t need to run out and buy an SG and a Marshall stack.
  • This is one of AC/DC’s most fun songs to play on guitar, even on an acoustic.
  • The chords are standard-issue rock chords. Honestly, it’s a mystery what makes this song so satisfying to play, but it is magic.

A chord

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G chord

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D chord

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E chord

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Listen carefully to the riff, although it sounds simple at first. The timing is tricky, so listen to the gaps and you’ll be strumming along with Angus and coin no time!

  • In the video, Angus is famously marching around the stage in a school uniform. What he is really doing is keeping time with his body.
  • You can do the same to make sure your rhythm is tight. If you don’t have a stage to march around on, tap your foot or nod your head.

Find some way to keep the beat with your body to help your rhythm stay steady.

 

Fun Songs To Play On Guitar #5 ‘House of the Rising Sun’ by The Animals

Although minor chords are sometimes associated with melancholy, heartbreak, or anger.

Fun songs to play on guitar can also be in minor keys. Check out The Animals’ iconic arrangement of this traditional folk tune.

This tale of a young man heading directly into a life of regret is one of the most enjoyable and fun songs to play on guitar.

  • The chords in this song are arpeggiated. This means that you play the notes individually, one after the other.
  • In “House of the Rising Sun,” the arpeggio is played with a flatpick for more bite, but it works equally well with fingerpicking.

To play the arpeggio, let your pick sweep down the strings quickly. It’s easy to hear how it’s done in the recording. The arpeggio looks like this.

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Theory Hack!

This song is in 6/8 time, which means that there are six beats in a measure and beats 1 and 4 are the strong beats.

The chords are here:

Am chord

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C chord

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D chord

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F chord

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E chord

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Pro-tip: Share the joy of your fun songs to play on guitar by leading a singalong! When you lead a song, sing the chorus first. This allows you to teach the song to anyone who doesn’t already know it. That way everyone is included.

Fun Songs To Play On Guitar #6 ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana

If you’re exploring power chords, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is one of the best fun songs to play on guitar.

This 1991 hit introduced grunge rock to the world outside Seattle, Washington, and it is the opening track from Nirvana’s second album, Nevermind.

  • It changed the way a lot of people heard music, and it is one of the most fun songs to play on guitar.
  • Power chords work like barre chords, so to play “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” all you have to do is take one chord shape – the power chord shape – and move it around the neck.

Here are those chords:

F5 chord

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Bb5 chord

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Ab5 chord

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Db5 chord

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Fun Theory Fact!

Power chords are also known as ‘5’ chords. These chords have a strong bassy tone with more ‘power’.

Within the chord, there’s no third note, which means that the chord is neither major or minor. This gives the chord more sustenance and drive when played in a rock context.

Music theory aside, this is one of the heavily rocking fun songs to play on guitar.

Fun Songs To Play On Guitar #7 ‘Picture Book’ by The Kinks

This may be a bit of a deep cut, but it is one of the most deeply satisfying and fun songs to play on guitar.

“Picture Book” came from the album The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, an album full of fun songs to play on guitar including the title track, “Johnny Thunder,” and “Last of the Steam Powered Trains.”

However, “Picture Book” earned its spot on this list for its repeating riff, played in the recording on a 12-string.

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“Picture Book” also features some great chords. Here is the chord progression for the song.

E chord

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A chord

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D chord

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G chord

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C chord

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F chord

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Play this through the verses and chorus and you’ll be rocking in no time.

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Fun Songs To Play On Guitar #8 ‘Blue’ by The Jayhawks

If you’re looking for mellower fun songs to play on guitar, then ‘Blue’ by the Jayhawks is a fantastic choice.

This songs features a beautiful sliding E chord which sounds amazing and is not too hard to play either. Here are the chords for the verse and chorus.

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Here are the chords for the bridge. Notice how we use the A shape and move it around the fretboard to create new chords within the song:

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If you want to put the finishing touches to this song, take a look at this sweet little riff which appears after the chorus:

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Stringing moving chord shapes together with a riff makes this song A LOT of fun to play.

Fun Songs To Play On Guitar #9 ‘Girl From Ipanema’ by Antonio Carlos Jobim

When learning fun songs to play on guitar, it would be rude not to include some jazz chords.

Although jazz chords get a bad rep for being difficult, this Antonia Carlos Jobim tune should help you turbo-charge your guitar progress. Here’s the song:

If you are an intermediate to advanced guitarist, spend a little time with the two progressions and revel in the beauty of your very own guitar playing.

Here are the chords for the A section. This is the section which starts with the words, “Tall and tanned and young and lovely.”

Fmaj7 chord, G7 chord and Gm7 chord

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Gb7b5 chord

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And here are the chords for the B section. This section starts with the words, “Oh, but I watch her so sadly.”

F#maj7 chord, B7 chord and F#m7

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D7 chord, Gm7 chord and Eb7 chord

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Am7 chord, D7b5 chord and C7b5 chord

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Work those chord changes and you will have an amazing Brazilian standard to add to your pile of fun songs to play on guitar.

Technique Taster!

Jobim is picking the chords claw-style, which gets you that samba sound. If you would like help with your fingerstyle, here is a lesson for you.

Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons – 5 Easy Ways To Sound Amazing

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