7 Easy Metal Songs to Play on Guitar

7 Easy Metal Songs to Play on GuitarReady to start laying down some heavy riffs? Keep reading. Here, we’ll share seven easy metal songs on guitar that even beginners can learn to play.

You may not be a Randy Rhoads or a Zak Wylde yet, but if you have something to say then there’s plenty of room on the Ozzfest stage! Let’s start with some easy metal songs on guitar.

7 Easy Metal Songs on Guitar

1. “Iron Man” – Black Sabbath

This may very well be the coolest, heaviest guitar song ever, yet it’s also just about the easiest thing to play. With this simple song, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath virtually invented this style of guitar playing for the masses!

Not only does it go at a tempo anyone can master, but it is genius because it sounds big without a lot of flash lead guitar playing.

2. “Whole Lotta Love” – Led Zeppelin

Can it get any easier than this simple, timeless, catchy riff that doubles as the hook and supports the vocal without getting in the way?

Yes, you guessed it: “Whole Lotta Love” by Jimmy Page and Led Zep. It is estimated this riff made one million 14-year-olds pick up the guitar for the first time in 1970 and made believers out of 38 million fans. It made Page a force to be reckoned with and it can do the same for you at band practice.

It doesn’t even matter if you can play fast lead guitar like Jimmy because you can learn this opening riff in one minute flat.

3. “Back In Black” – AC/DC

From the epic opening power chords of this song to the distinctive climbing riff played by Angus Young of AC/DC, this song has it all: simplicity, power, driving beat, and Gollum-like vocals by lead singer Brian Johnson.

The A major, D major, and E major chords comprise the foundation, and it is instantly recognizable. Talk about talent! BTW: Power chords are a Perfect 5th and you can’t hit a wrong note if you tried.

4. “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” – Judas Priest

Back in your parents day when albums ruled radio, most folks were still strumming their acoustic guitars to the country rock sounds of Laurel Canyon Blvd and Newport Beach.

Then came the aggressive stance of English rockers Judas Priest and their incredible power chords played on Les Paul’s and Stratocasters and Marshall Amps turned up as loud as possible. When Rob Halford sang about fighting to get out of poverty in the UK Midlands you knew he meant every word. It was a battle cry for youths worldwide.

One million new American made Fender electric guitars were sold in a matter of weeks.

5. “Master of Puppets” – Metallica

Metallica has the unique distinction of touring and calling other metal and rock bands “wimps” for playing blues rock less heavy than them and then incorporating the same blues rock into their sound. Strange? Not at all.

With its simple walk down style power chords it is reminiscent of AC/DC chord choices. And even if you dislike James Hetfield’s wild vocals, you will love his rhythm guitar playing. This song begs for no mercy.

Bonus: The song “Kill’ Em All” on the same album with its brutal relentless attack is also notable. Both are easy to play.

6. “Lonely Day” – System of a Down

System, or SOAD as they used to be called, play “Lonely Day” in a cool Db tuning, one and a half steps below standard tuning.

The song sounds heavier and darker as a result, even though it is a metal ballad.

Modern metal arrived with this band. Anyone can play this one by using fingerpicking on the simple intro parts and letting loose on the power chords. It evokes the utter sadness of men travelling by themselves on tour and watching the world fall apart and burn. Yet the singer is glad he survived.

This song can also be played unplugged.

7. “This Means War” – Avenged Sevenfold

This band, not unlike like metal masters Korn, moms and dads either love or hate. There’s no in-between with these metal monsters.

Fortunately for us their music is not hard to grasp. Their song “This Means War” is a slow paced riff that has the fun audience singalong part attached to it so it is almost an anthem. You could play this in your sleep.

A plodding guitar part played on the Sinister Gates model Schecter electric guitar evokes all the angst a teenager can unleash. This song speaks to teens around the world!

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james-walsh-150x150James W. teaches guitar, singing, and acting lessons in Jacksonville, FL. He specializes in teaching pop, rock, and modern country styles. James has been teaching for 10 years and joined the TakeLessons in 2010. Learn more about James here!



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10 replies
  1. fsbgfskfjs
    fsbgfskfjs says:

    Kill ‘Em All is the name of the first Metallica album, not a song…

    Also, MOP is not an easy song…it is played very fast. A better “beginner” song would b “Enter Sandman.”

    Get it right people…

  2. Simon
    Simon says:

    Lonely Day is about the Armenian Genocide and about all the people were killed and split up from families.

  3. Mark P
    Mark P says:

    Kill ‘Em All is the title track from the album Kill ‘Em All. Master of Puppets is the title song from the album…..you guessed it Master of Puppets….they are not on the same album. Kill ‘Em All is slightly easier than Master of Puppets for a beginner guitar player….I’m sure every true Tallica fan who found this cringed like I did…the other songs should be on this, Metallica should not

    • bret
      bret says:

      Uhhh Master of Puppets an easy metal song???? NOT EVEN CLOSE!! That is an insanely difficult song to play not to mention its all downpicked FFS

      • Paul T
        Paul T says:

        I wouldn’t call it “insanely difficult” by any means. As metal guitar playing goes, it’s an intermediate level song. It’s certainly not “easy” based solely on the fact that it takes a lot of practice to play it all the way through using downstrokes the way it’s supposed to be played. If you wanted to cheat and play it using alternate picking (like John Petrucci from Dream Theater plays it.. though I’m sure he could downpick it if he wanted to) then the song really isn’t that difficult at all.

  4. Ben
    Ben says:

    Yeah MOP is an advanced song like most Metallica songs. Would not be able to really play Metallica until advanced level. I can play the intro to One by Metallica but thats it as a beginner.


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