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Guitar - play more than 50 rock hits with 3 easy chords

Updated on October 17, 2011

G Chord

C Chord

D Chord

So you have a guitar? Might as well learn how to use it? Below follows over 50 songs that you can play with only three cords – CDG. Now C and G is not the easiest first chords but they are still not bar chords and you need to learn them anyway.

First the easiest Chord – D This is how it looks like in real life and drawn.

Then we have C

And Finally - G

Here is a list of songs you can play with these three easy chords:

  • Alberta – Eric Clapton  
  • All apologies – Nirvana  
  • All Shook Up – Elvis Presley  
  • All Together Now – The Beatles  
  • The Ballad of John and Yoko – The Beatles  
  • Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys  
  • Be-Bop-A-Lula – Gene Vincent  
  • Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers  
  • Can’t You See – Marshall Tucker Band  
  • Chantilly Lace – Big Bopper  
  • Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann  
  • Donna – Ritchie Valens  
  • 409 – The Beach Boys  
  • Get Back – The Beatles  
  • Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman  
  • Gloria – Shadows of Night  
  • Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis  
  • Hang on Sloopy – The McCoys  
  • Hanky Panky – Tommy James and The Shondells  
  • Hound Dog – Elvis Presley  
  • I Fought The Law – Bobby Fuller Four  
  • Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison  
  • La Bamba – Richie Valens  
  • Lay Down Sally – Eric Clapton  
  • Lively Up Yourself – Bob Marley  
  • Long Tall Sally – Little Richard  
  • Love Me Do – Donovan  
  • Mony, Mony – Tommy James & The Schondells  
  • Mellow Yellow – Donovan  
  • Move it on Over – George Thoroughgood  
  • Not Fade Away – The Rolling Stones  
  • Rain – The Beatles  
  • Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets  
  • Rock This Town – Stray Cats  
  • Rockin’ Robin – Bobby Day  
  • Save the Last Dance for Me – The Drifters  
  • See See Rider – Elvis Presley  
  • See You Later Alligator – Bill Haley & His Comets  
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll - Bill Haley & His Comets  
  • Stir It Up – Bob Marley  
  • Stuck On You – Elvis Presley  
  • Surfin’ U.S.A – The Beach Boys  
  • Sweet Home Chicago – The Blues Brothers  
  • Tutti Frutti – Little Richard  
  • The Twist – Chubby Checker  
  • Twist and Shout – The Beatles  
  • Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon  
  • When Will I Be Loved – The Everly Brothers  
  • Wooly Bully – Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs  
  • Yakety Yak – The Coasters 

I though I would also write out a couple examples to make this fool proof:

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      Bruce Chamoff 4 years ago from New York

      Hey, Ellen, this is a great hub and voted up. I am a keyboardist and sax player (you can see some of my video hubs), but I am learning guitar, so your hub is very useful.

      I am voting your hub up. Also, there are tons of songs you can play with 3 chords from Em, D, C like "Rocking In The Free World" by Neil Young.

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      Fuelishness 4 years ago

      So which one do you order to get the 50 songs?

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