Best Starter Songs for Guitarists

artist: Misc date: 08/22/2014 category: wtf?
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Best Starter Songs for Guitarists
Another Friday, another UG Top 10! As you might remember, for this week's traditional Wednesday Question we asked you guys to name the best beginner song for all the aspiring guitarist out there. You brought up quite a few classics, so the list was extended to a Top 15.

And for all you smartypants, Animals as Leaders also made the list with "CAFO," they even reached No. 4 based on votes, but no, that's not a starter riff. Anyhow, on to the list!

15. Pink Floyd - "Wish You Were Here"

"Good basic chord changes done brilliantly" is what Mr third(-)eye had to say about this one, and we couldn't help but agree. Here's the link to chords or tab.

14. Weezer - "Island in the Sun"

Very basic, yet very effective - Weezer and "Island on the Sun" are up next (chords, tab).

13. Oasis - "Wonderwall"

Not sure you knew this, but "69% of people who learn this song on guitar will only know this song." Thanks to Elegitii for the stats. Learn the tune here - chords, tab.

12. Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Californication"

Both the riff and solo are easy to pick up on this one. The lyrical content is not the topic here, but "Californication" actually deals with the dark side of Hollywood, and is not just another laid-back tune as some might think (chords, guitar tab, bass tab).

11. Blink-182 - "All the Small Things"

It's hard to get more basic than this. Works like a charm though, learn to play it here - chords or tab

10. Cream - "Sunshine of Your Love"

Simple, yet very, very tasty. Tasty enough to make rock history books. Tab here, chords here.

9. AC/DC - "Back in Black"

It's worth noting that "TNT" also took a lot of votes, but "Back in Black" it is. In general, AC/DC is just one of those awesome starter bands, whether it's for guitar players or guitar fans. Learn to chug the tune here.

8. Judas Priest - "Breaking the Law"

Simple, melodic, perfect for your first scale rundown. Tabs here

7. Green Day - "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"

Another song that caught a lot of attention was "Brain Stew," but "Time of Your Life" emerged as the Green Day representative. Check out how to play it - chords, tab.

6. Metallica - "Enter Sandman"

Maybe "Nothing Else Matters" would be a better fit, but "Enter Sandman" it is! Check out the tab.

5. Ramones - "Blitzkrieg Bop"

Back to the punk realm, it's the Ramones and "Blitzkrieg Bop." Also, funny how Sex Pistols weren't even suggested in comments. Ramones tab here.

4. Black Sabbath - "Iron Man"

"Paranoid" also fetched quite a few of your votes, but "Iron Man" still emerged as the victorious Sabbath representative. Zappo the UG user nicely pointed out this one: "The main riff yes... but as a whole song I'd recommend 'Paranoid' over 'Iron Man.'" Would you agree with Zappo? Oh yes, tab.

3. The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army"

Kicking off the Big 3, it's one of those all-time classics that just stun you with simplicity (chords, tab).

2. Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Nirvana were actually the most successful band in the vote, seeing that both "Come as You Are" and "Lithium" also scored a hefty amount of votes. However, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is No. 1 (view tab). 

1. Deep Purple - "Smoke on the Water"

We'd honestly be surprised if this wasn't the No. 1 track for this week. Here's a neat fact - Ritchie Blackmore actually got the inspiration from the opening of Beethoven's "5th Symphony." As the guitarist explained, he just took the intro and played it backwards. Anyway, tab for the songs is here.

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