Guitar/Guitar chords cheat sheet of popular songs preceding the 1960s

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The following is a list of notable easy to learn guitar songs from the 1970s. These are informal chords to songs which represent many different authors' own interpretations of the original songs. Most of the chords on the list are relatively easy to learn, and would be a great start for novice guitar players who are interested in improving their playing abilities.

The technical difficulty and skill level required to play each of the songs is defined with a star rating system:

  • Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg - Easy Song
  • Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg - Intermediate Song
  • Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg - Difficult Song


1950's[edit]

Bill Haley & His Comets

Bill Haley & His Comets - (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Bill Haley & His Comets - Shake, Rattle and Roll Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Bobby Darin - Dream Lover Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Bobby Day - Rockin' Robin Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Domenico Modugno - Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Elvis Presley - Hound Dog Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Guy Mitchell - Singing the Blues Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Harry Belafonte - Day-O Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares for Me Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Perry Como - Magic Moments Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Phil Phillips - Sea of Love Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Ray Charles - What'd I Say Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Ricky Nelson - Lonesome Town Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


The Champs - Tequila Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


The Chordettes - Lollipop Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


The Chordettes - Mr Sandman Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg The Chordettes - Mr Sandman

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Capo 5

Intro: C - Am - Dm - G (x2)
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Verse 1: C - B - E7 - A - D - G - C - G# - G
C - B - E7 - A - Dm - Fm - C - D - G - C
Bridge: F - Dm - A#- C (x2)
Verse 2: F - E7 - A - D - G - C - F - C# - C
F - E7 - A - D - Gm - A#m- F - G - C - F
Bridge: F - Dm      - Dm - G      - Dm - G - C - G
Verse 3: C - B - E7 - A - D - G - C - G# - G
C - B - E7 - A - Dm - Fm - C - D - C - D - C - C - D - G - C

The Everly Brothers - All I Have to Do Is Dream Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg The Everly Brothers - All I Have to Do Is Dream
Capo 4

Intro: C - Am - F - G (x2)
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Verse 1: C - Am - F - G (x4)
Verse 2: C - Am - F - G (x3)
C - F - C - C7
Chorus: F - Em - Dm-G - C-C7
F - Em - D - Dm-G
Verse 3: C - Am - F - G (x3)
C - F - C - C7
Verse 4: C - Am - F - G (x5)
C

The Penguins - Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg The Penguins - Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) Marvin Berry & The Starlighters - Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)
Capo 8 (Original), Capo 5 (Marvin Berry & The Starlighters cover)

Intro: C - Am - F - G (x2)
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Verse 1: C - Am - F - G (x2)
C - Am - F - G - C - Am - F - G
Verse 2: C - Am - F - G (x2)
C - Am - F - G - C - F - C - C7
Chorus: F - C - F - C - C7
F - C - D - D7 - G - G7
Verse 3: C - Am - F - G (x2)
C - Am - F - G - C - F - C - C7
Chorus: F - C - F - C - C7
F - C - D - D7 - G - G7
Outré: C - Am - F - G (x2)
C - Am - F - G - C

The Platters - Only You (And You Alone) Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg The Platters - Only You (And You Alone)
Capo 3

Verse 1: C - E       Am - C       F - G - E - Am       D - D7 - G
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Verse 2: C - E       Am - C       F - Fm - C - A       D - G7 - C - F C
Repeat verse 2

1900–1949[edit]

Édith Piaf

Édith Piaf - La Vie en rose Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg Edith Piaf - La Vie En Rose
capo 1

Intro: G - Bm - Em - C - Am - G - D
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Verse 1: G - Am - C - G - E - C - Am - D
Chorus: G - Bm - Em - Am - D

D7 - D - G - D
G - Bm - Em - C
Am - G - Am - C - Am - D - D7
G - Bm - Em - C - Am - D - G

Verse 2: G - Am - C - G - E - C - Am - D
Repeat chorus
Outré G - Bm - Em - C - G - Am - D - G


See also[edit]

Guitar
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