7 Easy Electric Guitar Songs for Rock & Metal Beginners

7 Easy Electric Guitar Songs to Play Rock Metal Music for BeginnersLooking for easy electric guitar songs? If you’re ready to start laying down some heavy riffs, keep reading.

In this article 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 the top seven easy rock guitar songs.

Easy Electric Guitar Songs for Rock & Metal Fans

1. “Iron Man” – Black Sabbath

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

Have fun trying out this fun song to play that goes at a tempo anyone can master.

2. “Whole Lotta Love” – Led Zeppelin

This is one of our favorite easy rock guitar songs with its timeless, catchy riff that doubles as the hook of the song.

It is estimated this riff made a million 14 year olds pick up the guitar for the first time in 1970, and it 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 just a few minutes.

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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.

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

Back in the day when albums ruled radio, most folks were 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 youth worldwide.

5. “Master of Puppets” – Metallica

With its simple walk down style power chords, this song 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: Another one of the best easy rock guitar songs is “Kill’ Em All,” which is on the same album. Its brutal relentless attack is a fan favorite.

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.

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 traveling by themselves on tour and watching the world fall apart.

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7. “This Means War” – Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold’s song “This Means War” includes a slow-paced riff with a fun audience singalong so it is almost an anthem. You could play this easy rock guitar song in your sleep.

A plodding guitar part played on the Sinister Gates model Schecter electric guitar evokes all the angst a metal guitarist can unleash.

Ready to master all of these easy electric guitar songs? If you need help, you can always try working with a private guitar teacher. Search for a guitar teacher today, or get started with some free online guitar classes.

james-walsh-150x150Post Author: James W. teaches guitar lessons in Jacksonville, FL. He specializes in teaching pop, rock, and modern country styles. James has been teaching for 10 years. Learn more about James here!


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15 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.

  5. Greg
    Greg says:

    Yeah MOP is not a beginner level Metallica song. For Whom The Bell Tolls, Motorbreath, Bleeding Me these are “easier” songs to learn, if your just looking for rythym guitar, now learning Hammets Solo’s, that’s a whole different animal all together. I’ve always said you don’t truly master playing a song, unless you can play all of the parts, Solo’s included..yeah good luck mastering the solo from
    ” Master” as a beginner


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