SUMMER VOLUME 1: Thirty Songs to Learn for Your Next Party

There are undoubtedly decades of popular songs we all know and love, but the songs you most adore probably vary depending on where you live, what time of year it is, what generation of artists you grew up rocking out to, and so on. Most music lovers have a diverse taste in music, appreciating everyone from Johnny Cash, Hank Sr., and Louis Armstrong to the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix to Peter Tosh, Ed Sheeran, Metallica, Chick Corea, and Ice Cube. Also, let’s not forget the ever-popular EDM artists and modern DJs with remixes! The musicscape is so vast that it can feel unreal, and new generations are constantly opening themselves up to even more new music and fusion-based musical styles.

What do all these disparate artists have in common, though? A unique musicality—and a song. It might not even be a particularly unique song. In fact, many, many popular songs are relatively simple and don’t have anywhere near twenty chords. (This excludes fusion and prog groups.)

Music is our business—all day, all the time—and we want you to love playing music with confidence. The Fret Zealot staff members, in addition to being music lovers, have been to more than a fair share of concerts, local music events, and (dare we say) shindigs. Some of our “professional affiliates” even perform for a living. Using that expertise, as well as a healthy dose of deliberation, we have compiled VOLUME ONE of songs you should learn to play and sing at your next party:

1) What I Got, by Sublime

2) Come as You Are, by Nirvana

3) Folsom Prison Blues, by Johnny Cash

4) Stairway to Heaven, by Led Zeppelin

5) Pride & Joy, by Stevie Ray Vaughan

6) Hotel California, by The Eagles

7) Roadhouse Blues, by The Doors

8) Friends in Low Places, by Garth Brooks

9) Rambling Man, by The Allman Brothers Band

10) Landslide, by Fleetwood Mac

11) Burn One Down, by Ben Harper

12) My Girl, by The Temptations

13) The Joker, by Steve Miller Band

14) Proud Mary, by Creedence Clearwater Revival (or Tina Turner)

15) Brown Eyed Girl, by Van Morrison

16) Hey Joe, by Jimi Hendrix

17) I’m Yours, by Jason Mraz

18) Crazy Train, by Ozzy Osbourne

19) Fast Car, By Tracy Chapman

20) 3 AM, Matchbox 20

21) American Girl, by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

22) Take Me Home Country Roads, by John Denver

23) Purple Rain, by Prince

24) Crash Into Me, by Dave Matthews Band

25) The Cave, Mumford & Sons

26) You Shook Me All Night Long, by AC/DC

27) One Love, by Bob Marley & The Wailers

28) Gravity, by John Mayer

29) Set Fire to the Rain, by Adele

30) Simple Man, by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Including these songs, we now have over 50,000 songs available to learn in our app. If you want to learn something specific for your next shindig, please request it here, and we will do what we can to get it up in the app. Stay tuned to our social channels, and check out our newsletter to find out which songs have been added each month.

We want to hear from you! What are the most popular songs you like to sing, to hear, and to sing along to at a party?

As always, if you want any help learning the tunes or performing them with epic LED lights on your frets, then we’ve got you!

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