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BgOslicK
06-27-2010, 10:04 AM
Lately, I've been realizing that my song repertoire is complete shit and when somebody asks me to play them a song I usually don't have much to play them because I simply don't know what to play. I'm not a bad guitarist, as I spend most of my time soloing and shredding over jam tracks and playing around jimi hendrix style rhythms and such, but I simply don't know that many songs.

So this is where you come in, list your top 10 songs that you believe every decent guitarist should know. You don't need to put much thought into this, considering I'm willing to learn any song from beginner to complete advanced, as I'm a decently skilled guitarist. Any song from any genre is fine, and songs with catchy riffs and a sweet solo in the middle is a plus too.

If this is in the wrong section I apologize, wasn't exactly sure where else to post this. And before you tell me to go into the intermediate/advanced song thread, I've already been through it.

So yeahhh, post your top 10 songs, and again these can be anywhere from beginner to advanced.

Zigler9
06-27-2010, 10:08 AM
Purple Haze because you are playing hendrix but the song is really easy.

bender424
06-27-2010, 10:11 AM
Stairway to heaven
Crazy train
Paranoid
One
Canon rock
Mr. Crowley
Sultans of swing

I think the band are pretty obvious for all of them but ask me if you don't know

Gakbez
06-27-2010, 10:11 AM
Anthing by Black Sabbath

The Shroom420
06-27-2010, 10:12 AM
Hah I'm the same way, I don't know much of the "popular" songs that everybody else knows. I should, but I can just never get into it. Pretty weird when I don't even know a song like Sweet Child O Mine

These songs are pretty much standard and the typical overplayed song that a 12yr old kid will ask you. Boring songs, but embarrassing once you realize you don't know how it goes

10. Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden
9. Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
8. Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
7. Back in Black - AC/DC
6. Enter Sandman - Metallica
5. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
4. Sweet Child O Mine - Guns N Roses
3. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
1. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

EDIT: But yeah, as the guy said above, any Sabbath. Not only are they really easy, but they're really fun and always sound awesome. Even if your only playing standard, the first two albums are perfect enough

ComradSputnik
06-27-2010, 10:15 AM
Stairway to heaven
Crazy train
Paranoid
One
Canon rock
Mr. Crowley
Sultans of swing

I think the band are pretty obvious for all of them but ask me if you don't know

I actually haven't learned any of them, they don't interest me that much :confused:


(well except paranoid)

BgOslicK
06-27-2010, 10:16 AM
Pretty good lists so far guys, keep 'em comming! Classics like Sweet Home Alabama are good ones too. And to The_Shroom420, I'm pretty much the same way, haha.

Dream Floyd
06-27-2010, 10:21 AM
Mostly Dream Theater songs if you want to call yourself skilled.

bender424
06-27-2010, 10:24 AM
I actually haven't learned any of them, they don't interest me that much :confused:


(well except paranoid)
To each his own :)

Metalloy
06-27-2010, 10:27 AM
Shroom420 got it right! I have to add hotel california and nothing else matters

Enix165
06-27-2010, 10:38 AM
Well, like a lot of people here are saying, Crazy Train's, like, probably the most known song out there on guitar. =P Another few well-known, easy songs pretty much everyone I know who plays guitars knows would be:

Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine(the inter-verse solos are pretty easy too)
Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love
Black Sabbath - Iron Man and Paranoid
Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water
AC/DC - Back In Black(and to a lesser extent Hell's Bells)
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Stairway's fairly well-known too but I wouldn't call the solo easy, and the song itself might be a little hard for a newbie. =P

JoeSatrianiRule
06-27-2010, 10:43 AM
Alright, my ten songs may not be as recognized by everyone else. But if you don't know any particular song, check on YouTube and you'll understand why they're on the list. (No particular order)

1. The Trees - Rush
2. Endless Sacrifice - Dream Theater
3. Satch Boogie - Joe Satriani
4. Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
5. Over The Hills And Far Away - Led Zeppelin
6. Rock 'N' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution - AC/DC
7. The Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix
8. Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan
9. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
10. Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers

chewbaccajosh
06-27-2010, 11:21 AM
Most of the songs in the list below I learned closer to the beginning of the 8 years I've been playing guitar. They were all great in helping me teach myself as I've never taken any formal lessons. These songs are also the ones that are not easily forgotten for me. Each time I learn/write a new riff or song I seem to bump some other riff or song out of my guitar memory bank. But these are the songs that always come back to me easiest, even if just a quick glance at the tab is needed to refresh myself. There are accurate and thorough tabs for all of these songs available on ultimate-guitar.com and these songs always seem to catch an ear, even if the person doesn't recognize the song or artist. I definitely agree with the lists already posted and hope this is a helpful addition for you. Hope you have fun learning/playing because I definitely have and probably always will!

In no particular order:
Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven
Led Zeppelin - Tangerine
Metallica - Master of Puppets
Ludwig van Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata
The White Stripes - Offend in Every Way
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Elliott Smith - Angel in the Snow
Paul Gilbert - Hurry Up
The Beatles - Blackbird
The Animals - House of the Rising Sun

Enjoy!

BgOslicK
06-27-2010, 12:00 PM
You guys are fantastic, some really good lists we got here. Keep posting your lists guys, this is turning into a very interesting thread. :) Currently going through SRV's Little Wing cover then gonna move on to Satch Boogie.

macca4508
06-27-2010, 03:06 PM
Sweet Child O Mine
Sunshine of your Love
All Along the Watchtower
Wish You Were Here
Hotel California
Enter Sandman
Heartbreaker
Sweet Home Alabama
Free Bird
Iron Man

lilwill322
07-01-2010, 01:54 AM
some grunge is always nice too, metal isn't always the best thing to play. you don't have to show off, just play something that sounds good. really anything by alice in chains, nirvana may be a little too simple. if you do want to impress though, maybe try some alter bridge, mark tremonti is pretty damn good.

jnukes2
07-01-2010, 11:22 AM
+1 for this thread to keep it alive. I work at a music store and it's pretty embarrassing to shred around or play some blues licks to demo a guitar/amp, but not know how to respond when asked "Know any ________ (band)?" I've been asked Sabbath, Van Halen, Guns', Ozzy, ect ect. I don't even listen to anything of that sort, so I gotta hear these responses.

Fiddly Diddly69
07-04-2010, 05:07 AM
Master of Puppets or One by Metallica
Sweet Child Of Mine- Guns n' roses
Purple Haze- Hendrix
Smoke on the Water
Crazy Train- Ozzy Osbourne
Stairway to Heaven- Led Zeppelin
Sweet Home Alabama- Lynyrd Skynyrd(that's how you spell it right?)
Farewell Ballad- Zakk Wylde
Kryptonite- 3 Doors Down
Unholy Confessions- Avenged Sevenfold

Almost everyone would know/like one of those songs

Diek321
07-04-2010, 07:36 PM
1. Serrana (Arpeggio section) - Jason Becker
It looks impossible, but just practice practice practice practice and you will prove yourself wrong. I started learning it yesterday and it is much easier than you think.
2. Tornado Of Souls - Megadeth
3. Master Of Puppets - Metallica
4. Cowboys From Hell - Pantera
5. The Sentinel - Judas Priest
6. The Trooper - Iron Maiden
7. Glasgow Kiss - John Petrucci
8. YYZ - Rush
9. Invention No. 8 en Fminor (just saying...) - J.S. Bach
10. Canon Rock/Iīm Alright (with arpeggios) - The internetīs favorites! (:

EvilAngel93
07-07-2010, 03:06 PM
I second the Alice in Chains notion. Great riffs in addition to complex-yet-not-flashy solos, should be just right for you. Like the dude above me said, anything by AIC is good, but I'll name a few to help:
Them Bones
Rooster
Man in the Box
We Die Young
Check My Brain
Acid Bubble
Love Hate Love
Would?
Now, as for other bands, I'll list some relatively well-known songs:
Alive-Pearl Jam
The Red-Chevelle
Jars-Chevelle (if you're willing to go down to Drop B)
My Own Summer-Deftones
Fell On Black Days-Soundgarden
Creeping Death-Metallica
Heart Shaped Box-Nirvana
Vicarious-Tool

I generally like the non-singles by bands most, so if you want some that are lesser-known but still have good guitar parts, I can add more

aerosmith513
07-07-2010, 03:20 PM
1. Voodoo Child
2. Texas Flood
3. Crossroads
4. Whole Lotta Love
5. Oh Well!
6. Sweet Child of Mine
7. Freebird
8. Iron Man
9. Smoke on the Water
10. Statesboro Blues

metallica #1
07-07-2010, 10:53 PM
Hah I'm the same way, I don't know much of the "popular" songs that everybody else knows. I should, but I can just never get into it. Pretty weird when I don't even know a song like Sweet Child O Mine

These songs are pretty much standard and the typical overplayed song that a 12yr old kid will ask you. Boring songs, but embarrassing once you realize you don't know how it goes

10. Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden
9. Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
8. Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
7. Back in Black - AC/DC
6. Enter Sandman - Metallica
5. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
4. Sweet Child O Mine - Guns N Roses
3. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2. Iron Man - Black Sabbath
1. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

EDIT: But yeah, as the guy said above, any Sabbath. Not only are they really easy, but they're really fun and always sound awesome. Even if your only playing standard, the first two albums are perfect enough
You my kind sir are amazing! :golfclap: :golfclap: :golfclap: You got it spot on!

Finalconflict
07-08-2010, 07:03 AM
If you don't know Smoke on The Water you shouldn't be playing guitar. Not because it's so great and difficult or whatever...but because you'd be the one person in the world who doesn't know how to play it. Swear to god, it's instinct. Friend of mine doesn't play guitar, never has, learned the Smoke on the Water riff by ear in like 25 seconds...

Acoustic Guitar:

The Drugs Don't Work by The Verve
She Talks To Angels by The Black Crowes


Eh, I'll post more later...

Shauntheawesome
07-12-2010, 06:38 PM
I like how most of the songs are from guitar hero lol

Mainer
07-12-2010, 11:50 PM
as EvilAngel93 said. Alice in Chains have killer guitar tunes. Add Nutshell to that list.

Takin' Care of Business - Bachman Turner Overdrive
Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Mr. Jones - Counting Crows
Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
Slow Ride - Foghat
Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood
Good Riddance - Green Day
Aqualung - Jethro Tull (Epic Guitar Riff)
any CCR, Bad Moon Rising especially
Walk - Pantera

jimejames
07-13-2010, 01:15 AM
It's all very well just to list your favourite songs. But if you want to be able to jam with other dudes, it's good to know songs that a lot of other people know already, are technically fairly forgiving, and leave a lot of room for extended improvisation. ie

A basic 12 bar blues
Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top
Living After Midnight by Judas Priest
Crossroads - the Cream version
Hey Joe by Hendrix
Keep on Rockin in the Free World by Neil Young
Johnny B Goode by Chuck Berry
Sweet Home Alabama by skynyrd
Ace of Spades by Motorhead

Thedamondude
07-17-2010, 08:07 PM
in no particular order.

La Grange - ZZ Top

Crazy Train - Black Sabbath

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Black Magic Woman - Santana

Hotel California - Eagles

Crazy on You - Heart (including the acoustic intro)

Santeria - Sublime

Welcome Home - Coheed and Cambria

The Otherside - Slightly Stoopid

Snow "Hey Oh" - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Fenderof94
08-18-2010, 08:55 PM
I'd have to say that in my guitar class at my high school, my friends and I gather around and we play everything we know and everyone knows the songs we play. I'd have to say some of the top 10 songs that should be learnt are (in no particular order)
1) Over the hills and far away
2) Welcome Home
3) Hotel California
4) Blackbird
5) Paradise City
6) Master of Puppets
7) Iron Man
8) Paranoid
9) Snow (hey oh)
10) Good Riddance.
The bands should be self explanitory as they're probably mixed throughout this thread already but if they aren't let me know. ^-^

johnpjm
08-18-2010, 09:24 PM
Anthing by Black Sabbath

Very true dear sir. Very true.

social casualty
08-23-2010, 07:31 PM
agree with pretty much everything on here but would add for whom the bell tolls by metallica.

jimisatchsrv
08-24-2010, 11:25 PM
Thelonious Monk - Round Midnight
Art Tatum - Tiger Rag
Miles Davis - Blue in Green
John Coltrane - Nancy With The Laughing Face
Charlie Mingus - Moanin'
Sublime - Pawn Shop
Joe Bonamassa - Blues Deluxe
Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing
Jeff Beck - A Day In The Life
Something by Derek Trucks

Nemm
08-26-2010, 08:19 AM
I thought Wonderwall and Unholy Confessions were the obvious ones.

jillyronald
09-16-2010, 03:04 AM
These band is very covered a very good and best songs. Here are list of 5 songs.
1. Tornado Of Souls
2. The Trooper - Iron Maiden
3. YYZ - Rush
4. Acid Bubble
5. Crazy Train- Ozzy Osbourne

Brayden0015
09-21-2010, 10:58 AM
nirvana sucks

gilber>god
09-21-2010, 11:05 AM
it seems everyone trying to get laid nowadays knows how to play wonderwall

snapsleftguitar
09-22-2010, 12:37 PM
yeah its easy for people to say Nirvana suck, its such a cliche. Truth is some of their songs are great fun to play along to.aneurysm, drain you, etc

I personally have just bid on a Kurt Cobain Strat replica on that "bidding site they dont like us to mention" Hope I win :D

snapsleftguitar
09-22-2010, 12:39 PM
oh and to the guy that mentioned Fog Hat - Slow Ride?....Yes Yes YES!!! also.....

Golden Earring - Radar Love

loz4
09-24-2010, 06:13 AM
in no particular order.

La Grange - ZZ Top

Crazy Train - Black Sabbath

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Black Magic Woman - Santana

Hotel California - Eagles

Crazy on You - Heart (including the acoustic intro)

Santeria - Sublime

Welcome Home - Coheed and Cambria

The Otherside - Slightly Stoopid

Snow "Hey Oh" - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Agreed apart from maybe the Coheed and Cambria, i'd replace that with Master of Puppets. Also liked the Hotel California, quality song, also Crazy on you is a nice piece to play especially the intro once you nail it.

fumb duck
09-24-2010, 06:49 AM
horrible thread

Muffinz
09-29-2010, 08:06 AM
Here's some legendary (and some not so legendary, but still you should learn them) songs in alphabetical order:

Back in Black
Crazy Train
Eye of the Tiger
Fear of the Dark
(Freebird)
Girls Girls Girls
Highway to Hell
Hotel California
Johnny B. Goode
Knocking on Heavens Door
Living on a Prayer
(Paint It Black)
Proud Mary
Run to the Hills
(Should I Stay or Should I Go)
(Slow Ride)
Smoke on the Water (Ugh! Still, you don't want to not be able to play a song somebody who has played guitar for 5 mins can play)
Stairway to Heaven
Sultans of Swing
Sweet Child o'Mine
Sweet Home Alabama
Tears in Heaven
The Trooper
Up Around the Bend
Wonderwall (see comment on Smoke on the Water..)
Yesterday

Oh yeah, forgot about Enter Sandman and Master of Puppets, those are must-learns too :)

Tchekitchek
09-29-2010, 10:08 AM
Actually it depends on your background, I don't even know most of the songs listed.

A better thread would be "Top 10 songs from which you learned the most"

neidnarb11890
09-29-2010, 10:42 AM
Television - See No Evil
Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation
New York Dolls - Looking for a Kiss
The Smiths - This Charming Man
Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot
Brian Eno - Baby's on Fire
The Velvet Underground - Sister Ray
Can - Halleluwah
Lou Reed - Metal Machine Music, Part 3

TheLetherHed
09-29-2010, 12:20 PM
You should really just learn songs that you like and want to play. The only time I would ever recommend learning songs that other people think you should learn is when you're in a band.

weezergeek182
09-29-2010, 01:44 PM
everyone knows:

Dammit - Blink 182
Smells Like Teen Spirit - nirvana
Hash Pipe - Weezer
and something by Green Day