Easy songs to play on the acoustic guitar include "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan, "Love Me Do" by The Beatles and "Horse with No Name" by America. For the electric guitar, easy songs include "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple, "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream and "Wild Thing" by The Troggs.
With just a few simple chords, it's easy to learn how to strum along with songs like "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," "Love Me Do" and "Horse with No Name." Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" contains only four chords — G major, D major, C major and A minor — so all a beginner guitarist has to do is learn the left hand finger positions for these chords to be able to play the song in no time.
Beginner electric guitarists might want to start with songs like "Smoke on the Water," "Sunshine of Your Love" and "Wild Thing," since the best-known recordings of these songs feature electric guitars. These songs involve simple power-chord riffs and blues patterns that are fairly easy for the novice to master. Four power chords are that are needed to play "Wild Thing," making it perhaps the easiest of these songs. To play "Sunshine of Your Love," learn a blues scale, and once this pattern is accomplished, the song will come easily.