Easy Guitar Songs Everyone Knows
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Easy Guitar Songs Everyone Knows On The Acoustic Guitar

Welcome to my easy guitar songs everyone knows page where you'll find a collection of demo covers and full lesson tutorials available for purchase along with several free chord sheets in .pdf format. Help yourself to the free chord sheets where available.


Easy Guitar Songs Everyone Knows - Covering The 1950s


1. Come On Let's Go - (Ritchie Valens)

Ritchie Valens wrote and recorded this song Come On Lets Go back in the fall of 1958. Remember, he was an 17 years old kid. The song peaked at #42 on the Billboard 100. Tommy Steele was a teen in the UK and released it there reaching #10. After Valens died in Jan 1959 with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, a few others released the song in 1966 and again in 1987.  

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a down up down up pattern with a few bass notes played during each chord
  • Picking = Yes 
  • Chords = A, D, E
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2. Everybody's Tryin' To Be My Baby - (Carl Perkins)

Unknown to many, this song was actually written and recorded in 1934 by country artist Rex Griffin. It was picked up by Carl Perkins in 1956 and by The Beatles in 1964. Johnny Cash also covered the song but to my knowledge, no one released it as a single.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up but with chop and stop as you sing thru the verses
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = E, A, B7
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3. I Just Dropped In - (Jerry Lee Lewis)

This song was written back in 1967 by Mickey Newbury. Kenny Rogers and The First Edition recorded the song that same year as did Jerry Lee Lewis, by The First Edition released it as a single, whereas Lewis used it as a track on an album only. Willie Nelson and many others have covered the song over the years. 

It's no sure if Jerry Lee Lewis will perform again as he suffered a minor stroke. At age 85 in 2021, his website has not yet listed any live appearances.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = use a root down root up down up as you play thru this song
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = Dm, A7, G
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4. Sweet Little Sixteen - (Chuck Berry)

This one was recorded in Dec 1957 and was released in Jan 1958 and peaked at #2 in the US and did reach #1 in the UK. As you can see, these easy guitar songs everyone knows only have 3 chords in them.

Always focus on playing rhythm first.

  • Drop D Tuning = No 
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down up down up down up and repeat or you can play all downstrokes
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = E, A, G, D
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5. Whole Lotta Shakin' - (Jerry Lee Lewis)

In 1955 an R& B artist by the name of Big Maybelle released this song under the productive eye of Quincy Jones. But Jerry Lee had been playing a rockabilly version in his act also and finally recorded a version in Feb 1957. This was the song that launched the career of Jerry Lee Lewis and became a #1 R&B hit, a #1 country hit and a #3 Billboard Top 100 and peaked at #8 in the UK.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = an up and down rhythm but using some walking bass notes during the rhythm
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = C, F, G, C7
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