One of the most gratifying things about playing electric guitar is the fact that you learn to play your favorite songs by your heroes or favorite artists. Of course there are certain levels that will match your current abilities. But no matter what level you find yourself on, you should always strive to learn some of the songs that inspire you now, or even inspired you before you ever picked up the guitar in the first place.

In this article, we will look at the top 10 songs on electric guitar. The levels will very, so be sure to keep this in mind.

1. Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

This song is a classic for sure. The beauty of this song is the fact that the whole song is simply 3 chords, D, C and G. It can be played by even a beginner. Of course there are technical elements involved that a beginner may not be able to execute. However, the song in its simplicity is very simple indeed.

Tabs: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/l/lynyrd_skynyrd/sweet_home_alabama_tab.htm

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2. Knocking On Heavens Door. (Bob Dylan)

This is another basic song. Simple chords, but a classic. It is also a real crowd pleaser when playing live.

Tabs: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/b/bob_dylan/knockin_on_heavens_door_crd_1099254id_11102011date.htm

3. Let It Be (The Beatles)

This timeless classic should be a song that every guitar player should be able to play. Simple structure, yet super melodic and a very good song for a beginner who is finally beginning to master all the chords in first position.

Tabs: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/b/beatles/let_it_be_crd.htm

4. Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple)

Although you rarely hear bands or guitarists play the whole tune, that intro riff is pretty much the most iconic rock riff ever composed.

Tabs: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/d/deep_purple/smoke_on_the_water_tab.htm

5. Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)

This song has everything. Finger picking, basic chords, barre chords, solos, and great melody. This is a song that will keep you busy for quite a long time. There is a lot of timing involved so you must be extremely patient when learning this song from beginning to end.

Tabs: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/m/metallica/nothing_else_matters_tab.htm

6. Layla (Derek And The Dominos)

The intro riff to Layla is almost as well known and recognizable as that of Smoke On The Water. This song is great because it is a bit challenging. It jumps in and out between an almost Jazz-like chord structure in the verse, and back into a simple Rock progression in the chorus.

Tabs: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/d/derek_and_the_dominos/layla_tab.htm

7. Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)

So, we have two Clapton tunes in a row. And why not. Clapton is God right? This song is another one of those crowd pleasers, but a really cool tune that has an extremely clever story, structure , flow and great melodic lines.

Tabs: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/e/eric_clapton/wonderful_tonight_album_tab.htm

8. Pride and Joy (Stevie-Ray Vaughan)

We need some Blues on our list. And who else to turn to but Mr. Stevie-Ray Vaughan. This song is basically a12 bar blues progression, but the guitar playing is full of detailed riffs and the song has that super cool Texas Blues feel that truly is a must know for all Blues guitar players.

Tabs: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/s/stevie_ray_vaughan/pride_and_joy_ver2_tab.htm

9. Another Brick In The Wall (Pink Floyd.)

This song is actually simple, yet difficult. How is that? Well, the chords in it are simply Dminor, F, G and C. But there is a funky feel to the groove combined with Rock elements in the chorus. And of course there is that awesome solo by David Gilmour.

Tabs: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/p/pink_floyd/another_brick_in_the_wall_tab.htm

10. Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses.)

This is one of the modern classics of newer times. It is one of those songs that has the same “magic” intro as songs like Smoke on The Water, Layla and Sweet Home Alabama. You instantly recognize it. Probably after the first two notes. The song is extremely dynamic and builds up to an awesome solo by Slash which is guaranteed to keep you busy for days, weeks, months, and for some, years to come.

Tabs: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/g/guns_n_roses/sweet_child_o_mine_tab.htm

*** BONUS ***
Sultans Of Swing (Dire Straits.)

This song is so fun. There are almost an infinite number of things to get out of learning this tune. In terms of chords, there are not any difficult ones to play as long as you master your barre chords. But the structure of the song is quite unique and interesting. Mark Knopfler only finger picks, so to get a full grasp of this song, you need to spend some time practicing fingerpicking in order to be able to come close to the original version. Playing with a pick will actually make it sound different.

Tabs: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/d/dire_straits/sultans_of_swing_tab.htm

One Response

  1. Nale

    – Either everyone you shoot is good lkioong or you capture their beauty with your lens. Both? More good music recs- thanks! He’s got heart throb good looks a la James Dean.

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