Guitar/Guitar chords cheat sheet of popular songs from the 1980s

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The following is a list of notable easy to learn guitar songs from the 1980s. 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


38 Special - Hold On Loosely Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


A Flock of Seagulls - Space Age Love Song Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


a-ha

a-ha - Take on Me Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Air Supply - All Out Of Love Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Alphaville - Big in Japan Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Alphaville - Forever Young Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Billy Joel - It's Still Rock and Roll to Me Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Black Sabbath - Crazy Train Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead or Alive Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Bryan Adams - Heaven Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Bryan Adams - Summer of 69 Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Dire Straits - Walk of Life Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Don Henley - The Boys of Summer Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Europe - The Final Countdown Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


George Thorogood - Bad To The Bone Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Gheorghe Zamfir - The Lonely Shepherd Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


INXS - New Sensation Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


INXS - Never Tear Us Apart Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Journey - Any Way You Want It Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Journey - Faithfully Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Keith Whitley - When You Say Nothing At All Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Koreana - Hand in Hand Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


The Korgis - Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Men at Work - Down Under Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Modern Talking - Brother Louie Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Opus - Live Is Life Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


The Outfield - Your Love Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Pat Benatar - We Belong Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open the Door Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


R.E.M.

R.E.M - The One I Love Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


REO Speedwagon - Take It On The Run Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Roxette - It Must Have Been Love Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Roxette - Listen to Your Heart Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Roxy Music - Oh Yeah (There's a Band Playing On the Radio) Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Scorpions - Wind of Change Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Smiths - Panic Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


The Romantics - What I Like About You Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


The The - This Is The Day Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Tracy Chapman - Talkin' Bout a Revolution Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


Traveling Wilburys - End Of The Line Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


U2

U2 - All I Want Is You Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


U2 - With or Without You Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


UB40 - I Got You Babe Star full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg

See also[edit]


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