Learning to Play Guitar & Bass Guitar with Pop Songs

Here’s a list of pop songs that I’ve used with students! I decided to share this publicly so you can see what kinds of music I’ve used with students before. I plan to update this to add more information about what ages students were when they studied the music and how we used it in their lessons.

In the meantime, learn more about how I use popular music and students’ favorite songs by checking out two of my recent blog posts: Teaching Pop Music: Music Theory with the Rolling Stones and Using Pop Music in Private Lessons.

A
All Time Low

  • Weightless

B
The Beatles

  • Hard Day’s Night
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • Let It Be
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps (acoustic)

Becky G

  • Shower

The Black Keys

  • Tighten Up

Bon Jovi

  • You Give Love A Bad Name

Bullet For My Valentine

  • All These Things I Hate

C
Johnny Cash

  • Ring Of Fire

Leonard Cohen

  • Hallelujah

Concrete Blondes

  • God Is A Bullet

Crosby, Stills, & Nash (& Young)

  • Our House

D
Daft Punk

  • Get Lucky

Deep Purple

  • Smoke On The Water

F
Foo Fighters

  • Stranger Things Have Happened

Frozen

  • For The First Time In Forever
  • Let It Go

Fun.

  • We Are Young

G
Selena Gomez

  • One And The Same

I
Imagine Dragons

  • It’s Time
  • Radioactive

J
Jack Johnson

  • People Watching

L
Miranda Lambert

  • Baggage Claim

John Lennon

  • Stand By Me

Demi Lovato

  • Heart Attack
  • Neon Lights
  • One And The Same
  • This Is Me

M
Bob Marley

  • Three Little Birds

Bruno Mars

  • Grenade

MKTO

  • Classic

Van Morrison

  • Brown Eyed Girl

Jason Mraz

  • I Won’t Give Up
  • I’m Yours

O
Of Monsters and Men

  • Little Talks

One Direction

  • One Thing
  • Little Things

One Republic

  • Counting Stars

Owl City

  • Take To The Sky

P
Paramore

  • Ain’t It Fun

Christina Perri

  • Jar of Hearts
  • A Thousand Years

Katy Perry

  • Roar
  • Wide Awake

Pharrell

  • Happy

Pink

  • Just Give Me A Reason
  • Try

Plain White Ts

  • Hey There Delilah

R
Rolling Stones

  • Under My Thumb

S
Star Wars

  • Imperial March

Taylor Swift

  • 22
  • All Too Well
  • I Knew You Were Trouble
  • Our Song
  • Red
  • Safe & Sound
  • You Belong With Me
  • We Are Never Getting Back Together