YouTube is a great place for artists to get discovered. Just look at Justin Bieber! It is more likely for a singer to get noticed if they can play an instrument (or instruments!). Learning to play a new instrument is hard enough, but learning to play while singing is even harder! Luckily, some popular songs are simple to play on the guitar.
1. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift songs are notorious for being extremely catchy and easy to play! Many of her hits use the same four chords repeated over and over again. Recent songs such as “Wildest Dreams,” “Out of The Woods,” and “Shake It Off” can be played by beginner level guitarists.
2. Justin Bieber
After being discovered on YouTube for his talent with multiple instruments, Bieber has come out with numerous hits that can be played very easily! “What Do You Mean,” “Be Alright,” “Boyfriend,” and “One Time” are all songs that use basic chord progressions.
The song that is most likely to get stuck in your head all day is very easy to play on the guitar! Surely, the chorus of “Work” will never leave you. This song repeats four of the easiest chords. Some of Rihanna’s other new songs are also simplistic on guitar, such as “Kiss it Better” and “Diamonds.”
4. Miley Cyrus
Many of Miley’s old songs such as “The Climb” and “Butterfly Fly Away” are lovely and easy to learn on the guitar. The chords for her new song “BB Talk” can be found online and may make for an interesting guitar cover!
5. Calvin Harris
An interesting idea is to take songs that would not normally be played on guitar and turn them into something amazing! This is possible with many of DJ Calvin Harris’s songs. “This is What You Came For,” “How Deep is Your Love”, and “Feel So Close” consist of very easy chords.
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Corinne Rivera appreciates every type of music, which stems from her experience in dance and playing the guitar and the flute. She currently resides in San Francisco where she studies electronic communications, explores the city’s art, and attends concerts of all genres.