6 Easy Beginner Lead Guitar Songs to Learn in 2020 [Updated]

As a new guitarist, you might be looking for some easy beginner lead guitar songs.

I completely understand – being able to play something easy is better than sitting around for weeks trying to learn a hard piece. 

Electric guitars (often referred to as lead guitars) have unique features making them the right fits for beginners to play a bunch tunes with only hours of practice.

These include thinner strings for easier leads and slimmer neck for better handling.

All these make using an electric guitar fun and fascinating (and great for learning some simple lead pieces).

Here are some of the easy beginner lead guitar songs you can try (that also happen to be my favorites).

“I Can’t Quit You Baby” by Willie Dixon

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This catchy guitar tune was first recorded and released in 1956 by Otis Rush.

“I Can’t Quit You Baby” was written and composed by Willie Dixon in an expression of the heartbreak for his friend, Otis Rush, who found himself in an unhealthy relationship.

This is the blues standard version of the music.

He used the chords G, C, and D to harmonize the blues tunes.

Led Zeppelin and other legendary blues artists mastered the notes and played the song over the years (and still do).

Many experts see it as the foundation for learning how to play the blues.

It features the twelve-bar blues chord series.

With this song, beginners can learn how to play a quarter note strum including the G, C, and D chords.

“It Hurts Me Too” by Elmore James

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“It Hurts Me Too” features changes in conventional blues chords.

This song magnifies feelings of sorrow and hurt.

In 1940, Tampa Red was the first American blues musical artist that recorded this song.

It made a debut in the blues musical genre.

A beginner can learn how to down strum, including the shuffle model, by playing this song with an electric guitar.

The song has standard blues lyrics and can help you in practicing simple blues chords.

The chords you will learn are E5 and E6. Others include the 8th note strum and chords such as A5, A6, D5, and D6.

“Last Nite” by The Strokes

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Enjoy the upbeat rhythm of this lead guitar song by The Strokes.

This song reintroduced garage rock and punk into the American charts.

You will learn the sixteenth note strumming patterns.

Also, you will get a better understanding of the term “chord anticipation.”  

This song will help you to learn alternate strumming and syncopated strumming.

Other skills you can master include single note downpicking, 8th note strum, and strum hand muting.

The chords you can learn by practicing The Strokes song are C, C5, Dm, Em, F5/C, and G.

“Low” by Cracker

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This is one of the easiest lead songs for beginner guitarists.

“Low” by Cracker is a hit song in 1993.

The sound is rich with elements of blues, folk, and punk.

You can master how to play the lyrics using a consistent strum pattern.

The musical skills you will learn include how to play chords such as D, C, E, and G.

With this song, you can practice and master the half note strum.

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones

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“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is a lead guitar song by The Rolling Stones.

In 1972, this musical piece earned them the prestigious award of ‘the greatest and best rock ‘n’ roll band in the world’.

It features one of the best guitar riffs in the musical industry.

As a new guitarist, playing this song will help you to learn chords such as A and B7.  

Another chord you will learn easily is the E chord.  

“Don’t Fear The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult

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This lead guitar song was released in 1976 by the Blue Oyster Cult.

“Don’t Fear The Reaper” is an expression of the thoughts of Buck Dharma, who was a lead songwriter.

He pondered on eternal love, death, and after-life experiences.

This rock music features dark and riff lyrics.

A new guitarist can learn how to handle the chords and riffs using an electric guitar with this piece-of-art composition.

This involves a refrain or repeated chord sequence.

Playing this rock classic requires a practical approach.

You will become proficient in switching your hands between the strings or chords.

The musical skills you will learn while playing this song include syncopated picking, arpeggiated picking, and palm muting.

Other techniques are how to play the G, G5, G7, and Fsus2add6 chords.

You will also master the A5, E5, F5, and Fm chords.


Remember – the beginning is always the hardest.

However, with these pieces, it doesn’t take more than a few hours to find yourself getting better at playing leads.

Beginners and intermediate players find it difficult to master these skills but consistent practice will help you to become efficient.

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