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This 50's song had a big comeback after the movie Beetlejuice, it is a traditional Jamaican folk song made popular by Harry Belafonte. While this song is simply C major and G major like the rest on this list, the key to playing it is to get the strum right. Jamaican and reggae type songs often have an emphasis on the 2 and 4 beat, strum with a percussive type effect on these beats as you play the Banana Boat Song.
This song by Green Day is usually played with power chords on the guitar. Power chords are not complete chords, the are only the root and fifth and are common in punk, grunge, and 90's music. However, it is still a fine song to play with regular chords.
In the hit movie There's Something About Mary , the musician Jonathon Richman is a part of a Greek chorus, the purpose being to comment on the action occurring in the play or movie. With this great song he explains the plot of the movie and gets you tapping your foot at the same time! Despite its melancholy vibe, this tune is actually fun and always a crowd pleaser. Before playing this song practice playing just E minor to D minor back and forth , this will be the intro and segue into the rest of the tune.
I hesitated to add this Doors classic in, it fits a perfect common progression of C-Bb-Eb-C . The big surprise is that the end of the song jumps up in key by half a step. However, notice that even in the slightly higher key it still follows the I-VIIb-IIIb-C pattern. As you progress in your song playing with Eb, Bb, and beyond; it is good to notice these patterns, it will help your future jamming abilities.
This last song was a hit for Paul Revere and the Raiders and The Monkees both. It is going to challenge you with one new chord and a progression that is hard to play, but worth the effort! Of all the chords we often see in rock songs along with Eb and Bb, it is common to see Ab . Before we learned that the vi chord was A minor in the key of C, well sometimes in rock they turn it to A major and flatten it! This VIb, is actually known as the Buddy Holly chord because he popularized it during the chorus of Peggy Sue . As you search for songs with the dreaded Eb and Bb you will often see this Ab thrown in the mix. So it can't hurt to learn it now on such a funky and fun song for your guitar. 2b1af7f3a8