18 Must Learn Songs on Guitar from the Past 6 Decades

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Check out the top 18 tracks for the past 6 decades to learn on guitar! (Includes links to tabs)

Top guitar tracks from the 50s

Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry

An amazing guitar riff and awesome sing-a-long song!

Tabs for Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry


Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly

A central figure to mid-1950s rock and roll you need to be able to play at least one Buddy Holly song on guitar!

Tabs for Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly


Hound Dog – Elvis Presley

One of the most iconic songs from the 50s!

Tabs for Hound Dog – Elvis Presley


Top guitar tracks from the 60s

Hey Jude – The Beatles

One of my favorite songs by The Beatles and a must learn song on guitar.

Chords for Hey Jude – The Beatles

Check out our tutorial!


House of the Rising Sun – The Animals

A surprisingly easy yet beautiful tab.

Tabs for House of the Rising Sun – The Animals


Good Vibrations – Beach Boys

A must learn for all those campfire sing-a-longs!

Chords for Good Vibrations – Beach Boys


Top guitar tracks from the 70s

Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

All guitarists should learn how to play this absolutely iconic song by Led Zeppelin.

Tabs for Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin


Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynrd

Another extremely recognizable riff, be warned it is quite hard to learn!

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynrd


Heroes – David Bowie

Simply a beautiful song!

Tabs for Heroes – David Bowie


Top guitar tracks from the 80s

Under Pressure – Queen

The renowned riff from this song has been reused in multiple different songs and is a classic to learn on the guitar.

Tabs for Under Pressure – Queen


Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

Another great crowd pleaser!

Tabs for Billie Jean – Michael Jackson


Purple Rain – Prince

A classic rock song to learn on guitar.

Tabs for Purple Rain – Prince

Check out our fingerstyle guitar tutorial!


Top guitar tracks from the 90s

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

If you’ve been playing guitar for a few years but have not learnt the tab for this song, WHY NOT?!! Get on it!

Tabs for Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

Wonderwall – Oasis

Another must learn song for the campfire sing-a-long moments!

Chords for Wonderwall – Oasis


Enter Sandman – Metallica

This riff is really good fun to play and sounds epic!

Tabs for Enter Sandman – Metallica


Top guitar tracks from the 00s

Hey Ya – OutKast

Really great fun song to play with friends.

Chords for Hey Ya – OutKast


Seven Nation Army – White Stripes

Simple and repetitive riff that sounds impressive!

Tabs for Seven Nation Army – White Stripes


Let Her Go – Passenger

A beautiful melody for the guitar with powerful lyrics that resonate with many.

Tabs for Let Her Go – Passenger

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