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At present, ~30 or so easy to play songs that I continue to use to learn to play the guitar. I've been learning for about 6 months or so now so all of the songs listed are considered to be 'easy'. Most are open chords only but there are a few requiring Bm, F, F#m which are the barre chords that I have started to learn first. It's a varied mix of artists from R.E.M., The Offspring, some UK 90s indie and an assortment from the 60, 70s and 80s. I grew up in the 80s and after that have favoured sounds influenced by alt folk/country; that should give you a clue without this just being a band list! I like to think they are all good ones to sing (in my case, under my breath!) along to which has helped me developed decent variety in my strumming patterns.
  1. Mad World (Tears For Fears)
  2. The young ones (Cliff Richard)
  3. A Little Respect (Erasure)
  4. Accident Waiting To Happen (Billy Bragg)
  5. All I Want Is You (U2)
  6. All The Small Things (Blink 182)
  7. Always look on the bright side of life (Monty Python)
  8. American Girl (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
  9. Another First Kiss (They Might Be Giants)
  10. Arms of love (R.E.M)
  11. Baby Can I Hold You (Tracy Chapman)
  12. Because I Got High (Afroman)
  13. Big gay heart (Lemonheads)
  14. Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell)
  15. Blowing in the Wind (Bob Dylan)
  16. breakfast at tiffanies (Deep Blue Something)
  17. Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
  18. Crash (Primitives)
  19. Dancin In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
  20. Down Easter Alexa (Billy Joel)
  21. Down Under (Colin Hay)
  22. Dysentery Gary Acoustic (Blink 182)
  23. Echo Beach (Martha and The Muffins)
  24. Electrolite (R.E.M)
  25. Electrolite (R.E.M)
  26. Englishman in New York (Police)
  27. Everybody Knows (Leonard Cohen)
  28. Falls To Climb (R.E.M)
  29. Fat Bottomed Girls (Queen)
  30. Forever Young (Alphaville)
  31. Free Fallin (Tom Petty)
  32. Friday I'm In Love (The Cure)
  33. Froggie went a courtin (Bob Dylan)
  34. Gardening At Night (R.E.M)
  35. Good Riddance (TOYL) (Greenday)
  36. Hard Candy (Counting Crows)
  37. Hey Man (Eels)
  38. Hold me now (Thompson Twins)
  39. I dont like mondays (Boomtown Rats)
  40. I'm A Believer (Monkees)
  41. Ill be your mirror (Velvet Underground)
  42. Ill Find My Way Home (Jon and Vangelis)
  43. Imitation Of Life (R.E.M)
  44. In Between Days (Cure)
  45. Irish Rover (Pogues)
  46. Its The End Of The World As We Know It (R.E.M)
  47. Joy Division Oven Gloves (Half Man Half Biscuit)
  48. Just Like Heaven (Honeybrowne)
  49. Karma Chameleon (Culture Club)
  50. Leaving On A Jet Plane (John Denver)
  51. Leaving On A Jet Plane (Peter, Paul and Mary)
  52. Light At The End Of The Tunnleis The Light Of An On Coming Train (Half Man Half Biscuit)
  53. Little Respect (Erasure)
  54. Living Next Door To Alice (Smokie)
  55. Lookin' out my Backdoor (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  56. Losing my religion (R.E.M)
  57. Love Of The Common People (Indigo Girls)
  58. Lucky Ball And Chain (They Might Be Giants)
  59. Marys Prayer (Danny Wilson)
  60. Mr. Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan)
  61. Mrs Potters Lullabye (Counting Crows)
  62. New England (Billy Bragg)
  63. New Test Leper (R.E.M)
  64. Nothing Ever Happens (Del Amitri)
  65. Olivers Army (Elvis Costello)
  66. On The Turning Away (Pink Floyd)
  67. Presidents Dead (Okkervil River)
  68. Rain King (Counting Crows)
  69. Restless Legs (Half Man Half Biscuit)
  70. Ring the bells (James)
  71. Ring The Bells (James)
  72. Rudolph Red-Nosed Reindeer (Misc. Christmas)
  73. RUNNIN' DOWN A DREAM (Tom Petty)
  74. San Dimas High School Football Rules (Ataris)
  75. She Bangs The Drums (Stone Roses)
  76. Sit down (James)
  77. St Robinson In His Cadillac Dream (Counting Crows)
  78. Stay Another Day (East 17)
  79. Still haven't found what I'm looking for (U2)
  80. Sweet Child O Mine Acoustic (Guns N'Roses)
  81. Sylvia's Mother (Dr. Hook)
  82. Take it easy (Eagles)
  83. The Drugs Dont Work (Verve)
  84. The Joker (Steve Miller Band)
  85. The Kids Arent Alright (Offspring)
  86. The Times They Are A Changin (Bob Dylan)
  87. The Universe Song (Monty Python)
  88. tide is high (Blondie)
  89. Walk Of Life (Dire Straits)
  90. Welcome to Paradise (Green Day)
  91. Wendell Gee (R.E.M)
  92. When I Come Around Acoustic (Green Day)
  93. With or without you (U2)
  94. Yellow (Okkervil River)
  95. Yer so Bad (Tom Petty)
  96. You Are Everything (R.E.M)
  97. You are the everything (R.E.M)
  98. You can call me al (Paul Simon)
  99. You Woke Up My Neighbourhood (Billy Bragg)
  100. Zombie Zoo (Tom Petty)



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