If you’ve learned a few chords on guitar, you can play a ton of songs! Many well-loved country songs can be played on acoustic guitar with just a few chords. Here are some of the easiest country songs to learn on guitar:
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
This three-chord song was made popular by the Man in Black – but it was originally recorded by June Carter Cash’s sister Anita in 1963. June wrote the song with Merle Kilgore.
This song, popularized by Darius Rucker, is made up of a simple four-chord progression. The chorus and melody were written by Bob Dylan in the 1970s, and Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show wrote the verses 25 years later.
The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
In 1976, 23-year-old songwriter Don Schlitz penned “The Gambler”, a ballad about a train passenger who gets advice from a gambler. He recorded it himself and shopped it around to other artists, including Johnny Cash, but Kenny Roger’s version became a hit and crossed over into the pop charts, a rare occurrence at the time.
This simple song is one of West Virginia’s four official state anthems. It was selected to go in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in 2023.
The “wine” referenced in this song is Boone’s Farm Strawberry wine, a cheap, sweet wine preferred by teens, according to songwriter Matraca Berg. Berg wrote the song in less than four hours.
Jolene – Dolly Parton
It only takes four chords to play this Dolly Parton hit. Parton said she wrote both “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” on the same day!
“It’s Your Love” was the first duet by a married couple to make it to the top of the country charts.
You can learn to play the rhythm or the lead part of this song with this lesson!
“Friends in Low Places” – a play on “friends in high places” was the last demo Garth Brooks ever had to make!
Luke Bryan said that he and his co-writer on this song, Dallas Davidson, were inspired by hip-hop music.