Top Ten Simple Songs that are Really Good

There are many simple songs to choose from, this is just a starting point. Simple guitar, simple lyrics, simple arrangement, it doesn't matter. What's your favorite Simple song(s)?:

The Top Ten

1 You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

A lot of simple AC/DC guitar riffs, but they are really good. - Ned964

2 Good - Better Than Ezra
3 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan

It's simple and yet so good. I think that's the reason why so many people sing it round campfires and such. - Gg2000

Great song, simple guitar - Ned964

4 Nights Are Forever Without You - England Dan and John Ford Coley

Loved this as a child - Ned964

5 Lay Lady Lay - Bob Dylan

Another artist with many simple cords, but there all his and they are great - Ned964

6 I'd Really Love to See You Tonight - England Dan and John Ford Coley

These guys put out a string of top 40 pop hits in the 70's, pretty basic stuff. My personal favorites by them are included in this list, at least originally. - Ned964

7 Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond

Everyone knows it, most like it. - Ned964

8 Have You Ever Seen the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival

I don't think I've ever heard a bad song by this amazing band. Love them. - Britgirl

Again, CCR has a lot of simple guitar riffs to choose from. I went with this - Ned964

9 Zombie - The Cranberries

Great vocals. Simple arrangement - Ned964

10 With or Without You - U2

Still my favorite U2 song. - Ned964

The Newcomers

? King of the Road - Roger Miller
? Head Over Heels - Tears for Fears

The Contenders

11 Sing a Simple Song - Sly & The Family Stone

Sing a simple song that is really this one! - Britgirl

12 Whatever - Godsmack
13 Prove It All Night - Bruce Springsteen

Many simple cords from the Boss. - Ned964

14 Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
15 Is She Really Going Out with Him - Joe Jackson
16 Beds are Burning - Midnight Oil
17 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

Good one, whoever put this in. It's exactly the type of song I was trying to think of when creating this list. Very simple, very good. - Ned964

18 Bang a Gong (Get It On) - T. Rex
19 We Will Rock You - Queen

Simple beat, but good vocals and guitar solo. - Userguy44

20 Imagine - John Lennon

Yep - Ananya

21 Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) - The Hollies
22 That'll Be the Day - Buddy Holly
23 Love Kills - Joe Strummer
24 Always Saturday - Guadalcanal Diary

One of my favorite "pick me up" tunes. A break from the monotony of the daily grind. A hidden gem. - Ned964

25 I Should Have Known Better - The Beatles
26 The Letter - The Box Tops
27 Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder

I also like the RHCP cover - Ned964

28 Sing a Song - Earth, Wind & Fire
29 Cruel to Be Kind - Nick Lowe
30 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple

The riff itself is fairly simple but the song itself is more complex than you would think. - Gg2000

31 Baby, I Need Your Lovin' - Johnny Rivers
32 Hey There Delilah - Plain White T'S
33 My Way - Limp Bizkit
34 Child of Burning Time - Slipknot
35 Daddy - Korn
36 Pretty - Korn
37 Expose Yourself to Kids - GG Allin


38 Qwerty - Mushroomhead
39 Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John and Kiki Dee
40 Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
41 California - Joni Mitchell
42 Hey Jude - The Beatles
43 Lower Brinstar - Kenji Yamamoto
44 Clocks - Coldplay
45 Tush - ZZ Top
46 Aspirations - Gentle Giant

In a sense, it's simple compared to their other material. Yet still, amazing tune. - isaaonrtdmtr

47 You're a God - Vertical Horizon
48 By the Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers
49 Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
50 Rocket Man - Elton John
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