In this post, I have mentioned 10 acoustic guitar songs that you can play using G, C, and D chords. These songs are simple and have the easiest strumming patterns, best for beginners. In case you haven’t heard these songs then give them a listen on youtube.
Here are 10 acoustic guitar songs with G C D
1. Free Fallin by Tom Petty
This song is one of the most popular tracks that Petty and his partner Jeff Lynne wrote in just 2 days and even recorded it. Later in 1990, it reached No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100. The original song is played using chords like D, G, and Asus4 but you can play it by using G-C-D chords.
2. Knocking On Heavens Door by Bob Dylan
Originally written by Bob Dylan, this is the easiest song on this list,. The song starts in G chord and the progression goes like G, D, and C. This song is one of the favorites that I often play. The strumming pattern goes like ‘DD DD DD’ which is very simple. After you learn this song, it will be very hard to not play it every day.
3. Come on Everybody by Eddie Cochran
The third song on the list is ‘Come On Everybody ‘ by Eddie Cochran. In the year 1958 Eddie and Jerry Capehart originally wrote and released this song and within a year it made its position in the UK Top 10 Singles chart. The chord progression of the song goes like G, C, D, C and G. The strumming part is little confusing but sounds lively when played right.
4. Louie Louie by The Kingsmen
This song was originally written by Richard Berry but the Kingsmen’s version is more popular than the original one. If you haven’t heard this one then do give it a listen on Youtube. The chord progression of the song goes like G, C, D, and C and the strumming pattern goes like DDD on G chord, DD on C, DDD on D Chord, and then DD on C.
5. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Released in 1974, this song went to set its place in the top 10 US charts. This song is very easy to play on the guitar and I recommend it to learn and master this easy song. The chord progression of this song goes like D, C, G, and the strumming pattern is also not that complicated.
6. To Be With You by Mr. Big
If you are a fan of Mr. Big then you will love this unplugged song that has the chord progression G C D G. The strumming pattern of this is also easy.
7. I’m Gonna Be by The Proclaimers
After releasing the song in 1988 it reached number 11 in the UK Singles Chart and that made the song very popular worldwide. You can play this song using G, C, and D and mess around the strumming pattern by using only down strums.
8. Release by Pearl Jam
Release is a great clean guitar song that you can play on an acoustic guitar using only few basic chords which includes G C D. Eddie Vedde wrote this song in the memory of the loss and pain he had gone through in his childhood. This is a very emotional song and I am sure you will love it.
9. The Joker by Steve Miller Band
If you have heard this song then you will agree that this song was ahead of its time. This song will surely take you back to the 70s when the music was so good and natural. After the band released the song in 1973, it went to top the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. Here is a great lesson of this song.
10. Turn The Page by Bob Seger
Bog Seger wrote and released this song in 1973 but got popular after Metallica recorded a cover version of this song. This song is all about the musician’s life on the road ( tour ) and all the things that an artist faces while touring. This song starts in the chord e minor and the progression goes like Em, D, A, and C. This song is one of my personal favorite that I play on an acoustic guitar.
Please note that the original chords for the songs listed here are different but you can play them using G C and D. I recommend you to first hear the song once if you haven’t.