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easiest rock songs EVER (help make a list)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Matthew Bryson, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    I mean THE easiest rock songs. Not the easiest your band plays, but songs so easy you wouldn't even play them. Songs so easy that a kid who's been playing for a couple of weeks could play them. My 8 year old got a drum set for Christmas, and his 11 year old sister has had a bass for a couple of years but has just recently started playing it. They've both been jamming and we've worked on a couple of easy songs together - So I'll start the super simple, so easy a newbie kid could play it list:

    Louie Louie
    Wild Thing
    Jumpin Jack Flash
    Smells Like Teen Spirit

    (Okay, my band actually plays one of those.):bag:

    Any other super simple songs that you guys can think. BTW - The 8 year old that got the drums for x-mas plays a pretty mean (simplified version) Jumpin Jack Flash! The 11 year old bassist is getting that one down too. I was thinking maybe Louie Louie or Wild Thing next, maybe smells like teen spirit but I'm looking for lots of suggestions.
  2. Lower-Than-Low


    Jun 7, 2006
    Well, when I looked at the tab for Thunderstruck, it looked EXTREMELY simple... straight 8ths on the 2nd fret, 4th string.
    Only one part with any variation. and that stuff didnt look very hard either.
  3. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    I think the first song I learned on bass might've been Come As You Are by Nirvana. That or Good by Better Than Ezra. U2's with or without you would be a good one.
  4. Demon


    Mar 17, 2006
    Sweden, Stockholm
    AC/DC arent exactly hard.
  5. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Fire On The Mountain - Grateful Dead (two notes)
    Heroin - Velvet Underground (one note)
  6. plexibass


    Jun 30, 2005
    stepping stone-monkees
    i cant explain-the who
  7. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    I've always thought that the prize to the easiest yet effective songs should go to AC/DC's "Back In Black" and Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love".
  8. jkritchey


    Jul 23, 2002
    Northern Va.
    Wow, are we listening to different versions!
  9. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    All Day and All of the Night - The Kinks
    Give It Away - RHCP (seriously)
    Superman - R.E.M.
  10. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Breaking the Law - Judas Priest

    F# for days!

    Still a cool song though. Never fails to fill the dance floor.
  11. one


    Aug 21, 2006
    Slightly off topic, but the other day i was on a music channel and it was one of them where you text them a question and they answer, and it said that said Teen Spirit is the hardest guitar riff ever! I nearly wet myself!

    Greenday - Brain Stew, Billy Idol/Murderdolls - White Wedding, HIM - Wicked Game, Blink182 - small Things are the only ones i can think of.

    Actually, anything by pop/punk bands inc Blink182, Greenday etc are easy!! God those bands are lame!
  12. Small Things by Blink is the first that came to mind. C-G-F. Wash, rinse, and repeat.
  13. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Love me do - The Beatles
    I Used to Love Her - Guns N' Roses
  14. No love for the Scorpions?

    "Rock You Like a Hurricane" is classic and simple!
  15. No questions asked, hands down the easiest "bassline" ever - Fastway's, "Say what you will" - I can play it with my nose...
  16. jkritchey


    Jul 23, 2002
    Northern Va.
    Several songs from Creedance Clearwater Revival:

    "Down on the Corner"
    "Fortunate Son"
  17. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    Brain Stew by Green Day. It's five friggin' notes.

    Great song though.

  18. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    With Or Without You by U2 is also miraculously easy. It's that four note standard major key pattern that everyone knows.

  19. oldrocker


    Feb 13, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    "With or Without You" is easy, but some of the other ones listed aren't as easy as you might think they are.

    Green Day songs for instance. While they are mostly only a few chords, "when I Come Around" for instance, but there is usually some cool bass thing going on.

    Stones tunes in general are harder than they seem, the timing and groove is loose, but tight at the same time. The more Stones tunes I play, the more underrated I think Bill Wyman is.

    Even "Wlid Thing" while not hard is not as repetitive and as it seems and will take a few run througs to get the parts to work together and sound right, and tight.
  20. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Thanks for the suggestions guys! Lots of good stuff there.

    I'll see what interests my young rockers, but they both love the Beatles, so BlackBird's suggestion will probably be right up their alley. Time for me to go home and see of I can sort out a simplified yet recognizable arrangement of Love Me Do.

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