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The Best Songs for Beginners to Learn

 by Autumn Huerter

Musical instruments, guitar, keyboard, microphone, drum sticks

Learning is always a process, even in music. Choosing which song to start with might be a bit hard for beginners, especially if you are still trying to know your potential. One key to determining which song is the best for beginners is understanding your vocal strengths.

The first step in developing your skills is to find out what song suits you best. After that, you will be confident enough to move forward.

You have to consider different aspects when you want to learn about singing or playing instruments. That includes your rhythm, vocal techniques, lyrics, pitch, breathing, and posture. Besides that, you have to be very determined and motivated because things will get even more difficult when you lack one thing - and that’s interest.

Let’s identify which song best suits singers, guitarists, pianists, and drummers who want to learn and develop their potentials:

 Two young girls singing into microphone in front of yellow background

Best Songs for Beginner Singers

One of the factors that you need to consider when selecting a song is to know which song is easy to sing. The process of learning starts from the basics and then stepping forward to another level. Here’s a list of catchy songs that might suit you and emphasize your strong points as an aspiring vocalist:


1. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

2. Beautiful by Christina Aguilera

3. The Climb by Miley Cyrus

4. Stay with Me by Sam Smith

5. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

6. Sign of the Times by Harry Styles

7. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

8. Shotgun by George Ezra

9. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper

10. One Call Away by Charlie Puth

11. Nothing Breaks Like a Heart by Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson

12. Hometown Glory by Adele

13. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

14. Stay by Rihanna and Mikky Ekko

15. Mr. Brightside by The Killers

 Young woman playing guitar in front of laptop sitting on couch

Best Guitar Songs for Beginners

To further your progress on the instrument, here’s a list of guitar songs that are simple to learn. These songs can be played whether you are using an electric or acoustic guitar. Coming from multiple genres, each song makes excellent singalong tunes.

Start from the basics and work your way up in any of these songs. You’ll become more proficient this way. You can also choose your favorite song on the guitar to continue growing as a guitarist because the more you like the song, the more you will get motivated to play. As for which songs are good for a beginner, you can use this assembled list as your reference.


1. Stay with Me by Sam Smith

2. Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix

3. Stand by Me by Ben E. King

4. Die Young by Kesha

5. Time of Your Life by Green Day

6. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

7. Imagine by John Lennon

8. Complicated by Avril Lavigne

9. Times Like These by Foo Fighters

10. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond

11. Perfect by Ed Sheeran

12. Dance the Night Away by The Mavericks

13. Let It Be by The Beatles

14. Miss You by The Rolling Stones

15. That’s All Right Mama by Elvis Presley

Young boy playing drums in classroom and reading music

Best Drum Songs for Beginners

Are you inspired by great players to play drums? Why not start with songs that are playable by beginners (where the tempo is not that fast and rhythms are not too complex)? This does not mean that these songs are not as great compared to others. These songs are actually among the most popular songs and are continually inspiring aspiring drummers to get their hands on drum sticks.

Focus on what is important about the song. Choose a song that has a consistent drumbeat. All that being said, consider this list that will help you get directed to the right song for you.


1. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson

2. Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day

3. Live Forever by Oasis

4. All Right Now by Free

5. The Jean Genie by David Bowie

6. Sit Down by James

7. Come As You Are by Nirvana

8. Imagine by John Lennon

9. Hotel California by The Eagles

10. Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison

11. Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

12. What I’ve Done by Linkin Park

13. She Will be Loved by Maroon 5

14. Like A Virgin by Madonna

15. Another One Bites the Dust by Queen

 Young boy and teacher sitting on piano bench playing piano and reading music

Best Piano Songs for Beginners

Beginners need easy piano songs that don’t move around on the notes too much. It’s best to choose songs that would allow you to use only one hand. Each of your hands must separately learn how to play the piano and then afterward, start playing using both of your hands.

The list below has good songs to boost your confidence. Any of these can be your song of choice when you need to play for an audience and show off your skills. In this situation, you should have a few pieces that you know very well. Take note and add these to your list:


1. Imagine by John Lennon

2. Prelude in C by Johann Sebastian Bach

3. The Heart Asks Pleasure First by Michael Nyman

4. River Flows in You by Yiruma

5. Claire De Lune by Claude Debussy

6. Solfeggietto by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach

7. Havana by Camila Cabello

8. Twinkle twinkle

9. Happy Birthday

10. Jingle Bells

11. Let It Be by The Beatles

12. Yesterday by The Beatles

13. Lean on Me by Bill Withers

14. Clocks by Coldplay

15. All My Life by KC and Jo Jo


Getting started is always the hardest part. But when knowing the best songs, you will eventually become as good as you want yourself to be. Choose any of the above songs. Start by repeatedly playing them when practicing. One day, you’ll be surprised that you were able to master these pieces - all because of your hard work and dedication to learn.

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Written by Autumn Huerter
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