229 Easy Guitar Songs You Can Play with Just 4 Chords

229 Easy Guitar Songs You Can Play with Just 4 Chords

Did you know that you can play thousands of easy guitar songs with just 4 chords? It’s pretty incredible. You may have even see that Axis of Awesome YouTube video in which they use the 4 chords to play a bunch of popular songs.

In fact, many guitar players and musicians have made millions with songs using different combinations of just 4 easy guitar chords (see the list of 229 easy guitar songs at bottom of this post). Let us show you what we mean.

The chords are the I, IV, V and vi chords in any key. For example, the I, IV, V, vi chords in the key of C Major are:
I = C chord
IV = F chord
V = G chord
vi = A Minor chord

In any key you can make chord progressions using the I, iV, V, iv chords. Here is the list of all the guitar chords in every key:
C, F, G, Am
G, C, D, Em
D, G, A, Bm
A, D, E, F#m
E, A, B, C#m
B, E F#, G#m
F, Bb, C, Dm
Bb, Eb, F, Gm
Eb, Ab, Bb, Cm
Ab, Db, Eb, Fm
Db, Gb, Ab, Bbm
Gb, Cb, Db, Ebm

To give you some inspiration, below is a list of popular songs that use 4 chords. Be sure to check out our free guitar chord chart and download it for your reference!

List of Easy Guitar Songs with Just 4 Chords

“Let It Be” The Beatles I-V-vi-IV
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” John Denver I-V-vi-IV
“Tuesday’s Gone” Lynyrd Skynyrd I-V-vi-IV
“No Woman, No Cry” Bob Marley I-V-vi-IV
“’39” Queen I-V-vi-IV
“Peace of Mind” Boston vi-IV-I-V
“So Lonely” The Police I-V-vi-IV
“Don’t Stop Believin'” Journey I-V-vi-IV
“Down Under” Men at Work I-V-vi-IV
“Skulls” Misfits I-V-vi-IV
“Africa” Toto vi-IV-I-V
“Forever Young” Alphaville I-V-vi-IV
“Sleepwalking” Canton I-V-vi-IV
“Still Loving You” Scorpions vi-IV-I-V
“Take On Me” A-ha I-V-vi-IV
“Tonight She Comes” The Cars I-V-vi-IV
“Higher Love” Steve Winwood IV-I-V-vi
“Hearts of Olden Glory” Runrig 1987 vi-IV-I-V
“With or Without You” U2 1987 I-V-vi-IV
“Like a Prayer” Madonna 1989 IV-I-V-vi
“Right Here Waiting” Richard Marx 1989 I-V-vi-IV
“Fall at Your Feet” Crowded House I-V-vi-IV
“Once in a Lifetime” Gregorian I-V-vi-IV
“Little Baby Nothing” Manic Street Preachers I-V-vi-IV
“Please Play This Song on the Radio” NOFX I-V-vi-IV
“Under the Bridge” Red Hot Chili Peppers I-V-vi-IV
“Butterfly” The Pale I-V-vi-IV
“Cryin'” Aerosmith I-V-vi-IV
“When I Come Around” Green Day I-V-vi-IV
“Soul To Squeeze” Red Hot Chili Peppers vi-IV-I-V
“Today” The Smashing Pumpkins I-V-vi-IV
“Tears of the Dragon” Bruce Dickinson vi-IV-I-V
“Glycerine” Bush I-V-vi-IV
“Silverflame” Dizzy Mizz Lizzy vi-IV-I-V
“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” Elton John I-V-vi-IV
“Farmhouse” Phish IV-I-V-vi
“Zombie” The Cranberries vi-IV-I-V
“Self Esteem” The Offspring vi-IV-I-V
“Con te partir” Andrea Bocelli I-V-vi-IV
“Good” Better Than Ezra I-V-vi-IV
“Baby Baby” Corona vi-IV-I-V
“Freedom” DJ BoBo vi-IV-I-V
“China Roses” Enya I-V-vi-IV
“One of Us” Joan Osborne vi-IV-I-V
“Hurt” Nine Inch Nails V-vi-IV-I
“Bullet with Butterfly Wings” The Smashing Pumpkins vi-IV-I-V
“Head over Feet” Alanis Morissette I-V-vi-IV
“Roses Are Red” Aqua vi-IV-I-V
“Hand in Hand” Dune vi-IV-I-V
“Acha” Khaled vi-IV-I-V
“All I Want” The Offspring vi-IV-I-V
“Dammit” Blink-182 I-V-vi-IV
“Love Is on the Way” Celine Dion I-V-vi-IV
“Save Tonight” Eagle Eye Cherry vi-IV-I-V
“Just Ace” Grinspoon I-V-vi-IV
“High” Lighthouse Family I-V-vi-IV
“Sex and Candy” Marcy Playground I-V-vi-IV
“Torn” Natalie Imbruglia I-V-vi-IV
“That Was a Crazy Game of Poker” O.A.R. vi-I-V-IV
“Building a Mystery” Sarah McLachlan vi-IV-I-V
“Black Widow” Children of Bodom vi-IV-I-V
“Life” Des’ree I-V-vi-IV
“Hands” Jewel vi-IV-I-V
“What’s My Age Again?” Blink-182 I-V-vi-IV
“The Kids Aren’t Alright” The Offspring vi-IV-I-V
“It’s My Life” Bon Jovi vi-IV-I-V
“Two Story Town” Bon Jovi vi-IV-I-V
“I Hope You Dance” Lee Ann Womack vi-IV-I-V
“What About Now” Lonestar I-V-vi-IV
“Otherside” Red Hot Chili Peppers vi-IV-I-V
“The Rock Show” Blink-182 I-V-vi-IV; vi-IV-I-V
“Superman (It’s Not Easy)” Five for Fighting vi-IV-I-V
“Crawling” Linkin Park vi-IV-I-V
“Suteki da ne” Rikki I-V-vi-IV
“Whenever, Wherever” Shakira vi-IV-I-V
“Fuck Her Gently” Tenacious D vi-IV-I-V
“Wherever You Will Go” The Calling I-V-vi-IV
“Complicated” Avril Lavigne vi-IV-I-V
“Don’t Forget Me” Red Hot Chili Peppers vi-IV-I-V
“Electrical Storm” U2 vi-IV-I-V
“Feeling This” Blink-182 I-V-vi-IV
“What I Go to School For” Busted I-V-vi-IV
“Quelqu’un m’a dit” Carla Bruni I-V-vi-IV
“Numb” Linkin Park vi-IV-I-V
“Dragostea din tei” O-Zone IV-I-V-vi
“So Far Away” Staind vi-IV-I-V
“Where Is the Love?” The Black Eyed Peas I-V-vi-IV
“The Artist in the Ambulance” Thrice vi-I-V-IV
“Whiskey Girl” Toby Keith I-V-vi-IV
“Air Hostess” Busted I-V-vi-IV
“Miracle” Cascada vi-IV-I-V
“Taylor” Jack Johnson I-V-vi-IV
“Behind These Hazel Eyes” Kelly Clarkson vi-IV-I-V
“She Will Be Loved” Maroon 5 I-V-vi-IV
“Scar” Missy Higgins vi-IV-I-V
“Wagon Wheel” Old Crow Medicine Show I-V-vi-IV
“Run” Snow Patrol I-V-vi-IV
“Madre hay una sola Bersuit Vergarabat I-V-vi-IV
“In This River” Black Label Society vi-IV-I-V
“Hide and Seek” Imogen Heap I-V-vi-IV
“You’re Beautiful” James Blunt vi-IV-I-V
“When God Made Me” Neil Young I-V-vi-IV
“Love and Memories” O.A.R. V-vi-IV-I
“Ever the Same” Rob Thomas I-V-vi-IV
“Pieces” Sum 41 vi-IV-I-V
“From Yesterday” Thirty Seconds to Mars I-V-vi-IV
“Fantasma” rbol I-V-vi-IV
“Don’t Matter” Akon I-V-vi-IV
“Mardy Bum” Arctic Monkeys I-V-vi-IV-V
“Scenic World” Beirut I-V-vi-IV
“Where’d You Go” Fort Minor I-V-vi-IV
“Apologize” OneRepublic vi-IV-I-V
“U + Ur Hand” P!nk vi-IV-I-V
“Snow (Hey Oh)” Red Hot Chili Peppers I-V-vi-IV; vi-IV-I-V
“Gomenasai” t.A.T.u. vi-IV-I-V
“Canvas Bags” Tim Minchin vi-IV-I-V
“No One” Alicia Keys I-V-vi-IV
“Afterlife” Avenged Sevenfold I-V-vi-IV
“The Story” Brandi Carlile I-V-vi-IV
“This Is My Now” Jordin Sparks I-V-vi-IV
“Daybreak’s Bell” L’Arc-en-Ciel I-V-vi-IV
“Happy Ending” Mika I-V-vi-IV
“Nobody’s Perfect” Miley Cyrus vi-IV-I-V
“Stand” Rascal Flatts vi-IV-I-V
“Umbrella” Rihanna IV-I-V-vi
“Don’t Trust Me” 3OH!3 vi-IV-I-V
“All I Ever Wanted” Basshunter vi-V-I-IV
“If I Were a Boy” Beyonc vi-IV-I-V
“This Is Me” Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas vi-IV-I-V
“I’m Yours” Jason Mraz I-V-vi-IV
“Hot n Cold” Katy Perry vi-IV-I-V
“Poker Face” Lady Gaga vi-IV-I-V
“Too Cool” Meaghan Jette Martin vi-IV-I-V
“You’re Not Sorry” Taylor Swift vi-IV-I-V
“You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” The Offspring vi-IV-I-V
“Breakeven” The Script IV-I-V-vi
“The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” The Script vi-IV-I-V
“Pork and Beans” Weezer I-V-vi-IV
“Replay” Iyaz vi-IV-I-V
“In My Head” Jason Derlo vi-IV-I-V
“Down” Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne IV-I-V-vi
“Love Me” Justin Bieber vi-IV-I-V
“Already Gone” Kelly Clarkson I-V-vi-IV
“Paparazzi” Lady Gaga I-V-vi-IV
“Ave Mary A” P!nk I-V-vi-IV
“Nothing is Impossible” Planetshakers I-V-vi-IV
“Hey, Soul Sister” Train I-V-vi-IV
“Grenade” Bruno Mars vi-IV-I-V
“Enter the Ninja” Die Antwoord vi-IV-I-V
“Not Afraid” Eminem vi-IV-I-V
“Love the Way You Lie” Eminem feat. Rihanna vi-IV-I-V
“Don’t You Wanna Stay” Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson I-V-vi-IV; vi-IV-I-V
“One Day” Matisyahu I-V-vi-IV
“Just a Dream” Nelly vi-IV-I-V
“Good Life” OneRepublic vi-IV-I-V
“Fuckin’ Perfect” P!nk I-V-vi-IV
“The Island” Pendulum vi-IV-I-V
“Favorite Distraction” SuperSpy I-V-vi-IV
“Dynamite” Taio Cruz vi-IV-I-V
“Double Rainbow Song” The Gregory Brothers vi-IV-I-V
“For the First Time” The Script I-V-vi-IV; vi-IV-I-V
“If We Ever Meet Again” Timbaland feat. Katy Perry I-V-vi-IV
“Written in the Stars” Tinie Tempah vi-IV-I-V
“Someone like You” Adele I-V-vi-IV
“Kaze wa Fuiteiru” AKB48 vi-IV-I-V
“I Was Here” Beyonc vi-IV-I-V
“Brighter Than the Sun” Colbie Caillat vi-IV-I-V
“Paradise” Coldplay vi-IV-I-V
“Skyscraper” Demi Lovato vi-IV-I-V
“Lost in Paradise” Evanescence vi-IV-I-IV
“Bullet” Hollywood Undead I-V-vi-IV
“On the Floor” Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull vi-IV-I-V
“Price Tag” Jessie J I-V-vi-IV
“Who You Are” Jessie J vi-IV-I-V
“Hair” Lady Gaga I-V-vi-IV
“The Edge of Glory” Lady Gaga I-V-vi-IV
“Ai Se Eu Te Pego” Michel Tel I-V-vi-IV
“Little Talks” Of Monsters and Men vi-IV-I-V
“Bridge of Light” P!nk I-V-vi-IV; vi-IV-I-V
“International Love” Pitbull feat. Chris Brown vi-IV-I-V
“Give Me Everything” Pitbull feat. Ne-yo, Afrojack, and Nayer vi-IV-I-V
“California King Bed” Rihanna I-V-vi-IV
“We Found Love” Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris vi-IV-I-V
“Sparks Fly” Taylor Swift vi-IV-I-V
“I Just Had Sex” The Lonely Island feat. Akon vi-IV-I-V
“Jack Sparrow” The Lonely Island feat. Michael Bolton vi-IV-I-V
“Science & Faith” The Script vi-IV-I-V
“No Me Toca” Anselmo Ralph vi-IV-I-V
“Ready or Not” Bridgit Mendler vi-IV-I-V
“Raindrops” Cillo I-V-vi-IV
“Whistle” Flo Rida vi-IV-I-V
“Cruise” Florida Georgia Line I-V-vi-IV
“Demons” Imagine Dragons I-V-vi-IV
“Adagio in D Minor ” John Murphy vi-IV-I-V
“Eu Quero Tchu, Eu Quero Tcha” Joo Lucas & Marcelo vi-IV-I-V
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” Kelly Clarkson vi-IV-I-V
“Come Over” Kenny Chesney vi-IV-I-V
“Rise” McClain Sisters vi-IV-I-V
“The Light Behind your Eyes” My Chemical Romance vi-I-IV-V
“When Can I See You Again?” Owl City I-V-vi-IV
“Good Time” Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen IV-I-V-vi
“All Too Well” Taylor Swift I-V-vi-IV
“Come Back… Be Here” Taylor Swift I-V-vi-IV
“Six Degrees of Separation” The Script vi-IV-I-V
“Hall of Fame” The Script feat. will.i.am vi-IV-I-V
“Drive By” Train IV-I-V-vi; vi-IV-I-V
“Say Something” A Great Big World vi-IV-I-V
“Uh…a song played with a nipple ring” Andrew Huang I-V-vi-IV
“Contact” Daft Punk vi-IV-I-V
“Heart Attack” Demi Lovato IV-I-V-vi
“Only Teardrops” Emmelie de Forest vi-IV-I-V
“Let It Go” Idina Menzel I-V-vi-IV
“All of Me” John Legend vi-IV-I-V
“Unconditionally” Katy Perry vi-IV-I-V
“Wrecking Ball” Miley Cyrus I-V-vi-IV
“Boomerang” Nicole Scherzinger I-V-vi-IV
“Let Her Go” Passenger IV-I-V-vi
“Song for Zula” Phosphorescent I-V-vi-IV
“Walks Like Rihanna” The Wanted I-V-vi-IV
“Cliche Love Song” Basim I-V-vi-IV
“The Last Goodbye” Billy Boyd vi-IV-I-V
“All of the Stars” Ed Sheeran I-V-vi-IV
“Bailando” Enrique Iglesias vi-IV-I-V
“Forever” Kari Jobe I-V-vi-IV
“Final Masquerade” Linkin Park IV-I-V-vi
“Flashlight” Jessie J I-V-vi-IV
“Are You With Me” Lost Frequencies vi-IV-I-V
“El Perdn (Forgiveness)” Nicky Jam ft Enrique Iglesias vi-IV-I-V
“Coming for You” The Offspring vi-IV-I-V

What other easy guitar songs do you know that can be played with just 4 chords? Let us know in the comments!

Source: GuitarSix