Neil Sedaka Songs And Chords
On The Acoustic

Neil Sedaka Songs And Chords On The Acoustic Guitar

Thanks for dropping by my Neil Sedaka songs and chords page where you can learn a few classic Neil Sedaka top songs on the acoustic guitar.

As I don't read music, you won't find any Neil Sedaka sheet music here on this page, but help yourself to the free pdf chord sheets available. If you need the full acoustic lesson, there are links below for a few bucks each, (or less with a bulk purchase) where you can make a purchase for a .mp4 video file. 


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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Calendar Girl | Happy Birthday Sweet 16
Laughter In The Rain
Next Door To An Angel | What A Surprise

Neil Sedaka Songs And Chords
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1. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Singer Neil Sedaka co-wrote this song and recorded a version in 1962 and again in 1975 with the former original release being his most successful reaching #1 on the pop charts.

Lenny Welch had success with a much slower arrangement of the song in 1970 and then Sedaka did a similar version in 1976 and hit #1 on the Easy Listening chart. The Partridge Family had a #3 hit in Australia and the UK with1972 release. 

The song is found on his "Neil Sedaka Sings His Greatest Hits" album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm =  down down up down down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Em, C, D, D7, B7, A7, Gm, Fmaj7, Fm, A#, D#
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2. Neil Sedaka Calendar Girl

Co-partner on many Neil Sedaka hits, Howard Greenfield wrote the lyrics and Sedaka wrote the music.

The song was released in Dec of 1960 and was a #1 in Canada and Japan and a #3 in Australia and a #4 in the US. It took 26 takes over a three hr period to get the final product.

The song did not appear on any album in 1961 but did appear on the "Oh Carol" album from 1970.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down up down up with some walking bass blended into the rhythm
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, Bm, G, A7, Ddim, B7
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3. Neil Sedaka Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen

Neil Sedaka and Carole King were good friends and went to high school together and in 1961, Sedaka released this song.

It was pretty close to two songs King had penned which were Take Good Care Of My Baby by Bobby Vee and One Fine Day by The Chiffons. The song reached #6 in the US and #3 in the UK.

The song is found on the "Neil Sedaka Sings His Greatest Hits" album

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Em, Am, D7, B7, G7, Edim, E7, C, E7
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4. Laughter In The Rain

Singer Lea Roberts had already released a version of this song on the radio when Neil Sedaka phoned Elton John and asked that his label, Rocket Records, put a rush on the Neil version, as they were sure the song was going to be big.

So they did and the song was a #1 hit in the US in 1974. 

Songwriter Phil Cody smoked a joint, fell asleep under a tree and awoke to write the lyrics to this song in about five minutes.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd Fret
  • Rhythm = root down up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, Gmaj7, A7sus, A7, Bm, Esus, E, Gm, C, Fmaj7, Dm, A#, Dmaj7

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5. Next Door To An Angel

Another Sedaka / Greenfield collaboration here which resulted in a #5 hit in late 1962. The song was also not placed on an album until the compilation album  "Neil Sedaka Sings His Greatest Hits" album.

Sedaka wouldn't see a top ten after this song for 12 years with Laughter In The Rain in 1974.   

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = root up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, Em, Am, D7, E7, A7, Gdim, Dm7, G7, Cmaj7
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6. What A Surprise

This song is on the 1978 album "All You Need Is The Music". It was released on two separate labels, one for the US and one for Europe.

Two singles were released from this album but neither of them charted and this particular song was not one of the singles.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 1st fret
  • Rhythm = root down up down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = D, F, Em, A, G

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