Popular Monkees Songs On Guitar

Popular Monkees Songs On Guitar

Welcome to my popular Monkees songs on guitar page. View my acoustic demos, download the free .pdf chords and lyrics sheets and if you need to purchase any full lesson video, that option is here also. 

I'm using The Monkees album covers images below so you know where each song originted.

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A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You
Daydream Believer | I'm A Believer
Last Train To Clarksville
Papa Genes Blues | Valleri

Popular Monkees Songs On Guitar
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1. A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You

This number was written by Neil Diamond and was recorded by The Monkees way back in 1967 and was the first single where Davy Jones sang lead. 

The song reached #1 on the US Cash Box chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song can be found on the "I'm A Believer" album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 3rd fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down -- up up up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = A, D, G, D/Gb, Em
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2. Daydream Believer

John Stewart from The kingston Trio wrote this song and got plenty of airplay in 1967 when The Monkee's released their version.

With Davy Jones singing lead the song went to #1 in the US and #5 in the UK. This was The Monkee's last #1 hit in the US.

John Stewart did record a version in 1971 and Anne Murray had a #3 hit on the US Country chart in 1979 with her cover. The song can be found on their "The Birds, The Bees, And The Monkee's" album.


  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = mainly downstrokes in the beginning ... then a steady down up down up and repeat and some shuffle drum roll rhythm
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = G, C, Am7, G6, Em, D, D7, Bm, A7
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3. I'm A Believer

Another Neil Diamond creation which The Monkees recorded in 1966 with drummer Mickey Dolenz singing the lead. The song topped the US Billboard Chart in Dec of 1966 and was the biggest selling single of that year. It also hit #1 in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Less that 40 singles have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and this song was in that category. 

Neil Diamond did record the song as did The Fifth Estate.  The song is on the "More Of The Monkees" album.

  • Drop D Tuning = Yes
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down up down up with a riffs
  • Picking = Yes and a few riffs
  • Chords = D7, G, D, C, G/F, F
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4. Last Train To Clarksville

This song appeared the most during the TV Series of The Monkees and for good reason. It reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart in Nov 1966.

The song was written by the duo Boyce & Hart and was sung by drummer Mickey Dolenz. You'll find it on their debut album "The Monkees".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat with a built in riff
  • Picking = just a few riffs in the rhythm
  • Chords = G, D7, C7, F
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5. Papa Genes Blues

Michael Neasmith wrote this number that can be found of their debut album from 1966 entitled "The Monkees".

The song was never released as a single and oddly enough, the Monkees used mostly session musicians on the album and did mostly just vocals. This was some arrangement they had in their management contract.

Last Train To Clarksville was the only big song of the 12 on the album.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Gb, E7, Am, D7, C, D#
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6. Valleri

Boyce & Hart contributed this song for The Monkees which was another US hit for the group reaching #1 on Cash Box, #3 on Billboard, #1 in Canada and #12 in the UK.

Due to some contract stipulation Boyce & Hart could not be listed as producers, so the song was re-recorded a brass section was added. So the original is a bit different then the final version heard on radio.

The track can be found on "The Birds, The Bees And The Monkees album".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat will work for this one
  • Picking = a few riffs with arpeggio
  • Chords = Gm, F, A#, D7, G, C, Em
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