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Here is a collection of 5 easy beginner bass songs. These are all songs that are great if you are just getting started on bass guitar. Some of them are slightly more difficult than others.

when starting out on bass it can be tough to know which songs to learn first. Often you have an idea of songs you want to play but when you go to learn them you find they are currently beyond your skills level.

These songs are all pretty simple if you already know how to pluck and fret notes on your bass guitar.

It’s a good idea to just take your time with them and have fun playing them. So here they are, my top 5 beginner bass songs:

Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right (To Party)
Green Day – Brain Stew
Radiohead – Creep
America – A Horse with No Name
Rush – YYZ <—-( See comments below)

I hope you find learning these songs fun! I’d love to know how you get on, so leave me a comment below. Also if you have any suggestions of some good beginner bass songs you can leave those in the comment section too.

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38 Responses so far.

  1. Jodie Aitken says:

    Hey:) I have learnt a little bluesy tune. I don’t know if it is anywhere on the Internet so I will try and post the tabs here. The thickest string goes on the bottom right? That’s how I’ve been learning it…

    and then you just move everything down one string and repeat. That’s the only bit I learned.

    Oh and by the way, Zombie by The Cranberries is an easy song. It was the first one I played :)

  2. paul wolfe says:

    Hey Tom

    YYZ – you’re having a laugh right? To see if anyone’s reading?


  3. Tom Boyd says:

    Yup! I wondered how long it would take someone to notice…

  4. steve boos says:

    “sharp dressed man” by ZZ Top, and “Bad Moon Rising” by CCR are pretty easy songs on bass. Also, “With or Without You” by U2.

  5. The Boss Stinks says:

    “Blitzkrieg Bop” is one of the easiest bass/guitar songs I know of. Also “Seven Nation Army”, even though it’s only played on a guitar with a pedal.

  6. jake says:

    thickest string is on the top, thinnest goes to the bottom

  7. Louise says:

    Baba O’Riley by The Who is pretty easy! i’m still a beginner but that was the first song I learnt, and if I can do it then anyone can! haha :L

  8. Dylan says:

    Sunshine of Your Love? of course I don’t know much bout what I’m talking about, I just picked up this bass and that’s the song i tried to play, and it seems simple.

  9. David says:

    Stand by me is a very simple song

  10. Jared says:

    I found ” Money ” by Pink Floyd easy and also Highway to hell by AC/DC

  11. Roach says:

    I lol’d at YYZ =P
    Your website is REALLY helping me!!! THANK YOU!!!

  12. Funky Mo Fo says:

    Stevie Wonder – I Wish is great fun to learn…the bassline is quite relentless but you can get quite decent at it quite quickly :-)

  13. Rockka says:

    Sure Know Something is an easy song to learn, been trying that out recently!!

  14. Daniel hembree says:

    the first song i learned was smoke on the water it seemed like it doesnt get any easyer

  15. papawheels says:

    Hey Jodie, that’s the first part (basically) of “woo hoo” by the 5, 6, 7, 8′s. It’s played with a guitar in the song but boy it’s a fun bass tune. I started playing your little diddy and it reminded me woo hoo, which I’ve been playing for the last 20 minutes :)

  16. Kolter says:

    “Let It Be” by The Beatles, was the first one i learned, and i got it perfect within an hour!

  17. Subut says:

    yea yyz a beginner song ty for advice i will try it as my first song =) really accurate advice for beginners you should also try pulling teeth by metallica

  18. Drew says:

    “London Dungeon” by The Misfits is a really easy song. Picked up my bass for the first time and played it. Fun too.

  19. Brandon says:

    Another fairly easy one is “The God That Failed,” by Metallica. That was one of the first ones I have learned.

  20. Leonardo Postacchini says:

    YYZ just made my day!

  21. Ty says:

    Anethesia (pulling teeth) cliff burton.

  22. glittersixx says:

    I just started playing bass yesterday I learned AC/DC highway to hell and Eagles hotel california also the bass solo in motley crue saints of los angeles is hard but can be made easy and its fun to play

  23. Jack says:

    Don’t stop believing is an easy one that’s fun to play.
    Its my first real song on the bass.

  24. rachel says:

    hey i play bass and the first song i lernd was seven nation army its realy easy

  25. Michael says:

    Feeling this by blink 182 is easy

  26. Danielle says:

    I just got my bass on 7-20-12 and I already know some songs. (I read tabs)

    Seven Nation Army
    What Makes You Beautiful
    Smooth Criminal
    Feel Good Inc.
    Pumped Up Kicks
    Smoke on The Water

    All of these songs I have memorized within 10 minutes of playing each.
    This is my 3rd day with my bass (7-23-12) and I love to play it.

  27. Matt says:

    Seven nation army is fairly simple, its the first song ive learned within a week of having my bass