50 Easy Bass Guitar Rock Songs For Beginners

Bass Guitar Rock Songs

The problem that most beginners on the bass guitar have is that transitioning from novice to being able to play their favourite songs can take a long time. In this post, I’m going to solve this problem by providing a list of rock songs for bass guitar that are:

  • Fun to play
  • Easy to learn
  • Famous and popular

This list represents years of teaching simple songs that are fun and easy to play while also being recognizable to the average listener. Many band members, including Mark from Observe Effect band, started by learning these simple songs. I’ve avoided the temptation to list a load of obscure blues and folk tunes that are easy but unknown to most people.

The songs are presented in alphabetical order by the artist name and are all ones that have been requested by former students at one time or another, and scribbled in my manuscript book.

That being said, have fun and happy learning. Make sure your roommate has the best ear plugs for sleeping if you will be practicing some of the songs in the dorm room.


  1. AC/DC – Highway To Hell
  2. AC/DC – Shook Me All Night Long
  3. Albert King – Born Under A Bad Sign
  4. Alice Cooper – Schools Out
  5. Another One Bites The Dust -Queen
  6. BB King – Woke Up This Morning
  7. Ben E King – Stand By Me
  8. Black Flag – White Minority
  9. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
  10. Blink 182 – All The Small Things
  11. Blink 182 – What’s My Age Again
  12. Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved
  13. Bob Marley – Easy Skanking
  14. Bob Marley – Get Up Stand Up
  15. Bob Marley – Jamming
  16. Bob Marley – One Love
  17. Bob Marley – Stir It Up
  18. Bobby Fullerton – I Fought The Law
  19. Bon Jovi – Bad Medicine
  20. CCR – Down On The Corner
  21. CCR – Fortunate Son
  22. Green Day – Longview
  23. Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl
  24. Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
  25. Jimi Hendrix – Third Stone From The Sun
  26. Limp Bizkit – Re-Arranged
  27. Micheal Jackson – Billie Jean
  28. Nirvana – Dive
  29. Nirvana – In Bloom
  30. Nirvana – Lithium
  31. Nirvana – Lounge Act
  32. Nirvana – Sliver
  33. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow (Hey Oh)
  34. The Beach Boys – California Girls
  35. The Beach Boys – Surfin Usa
  36. The Beatles – 8 Days A Week
  37. The Beatles – Ballad Of John And Yoko
  38. The Beatles – Birthday
  39. The Beatles – Can’t Buy Me Love
  40. The Beatles – Come Together
  41. The Beatles – Come Together
  42. The Beatles – Day Tripper
  43. The Beatles – From Me To You
  44. The Beatles – Get Back
  45. The Beatles – Hard Day’s Night
  46. The Beatles – She Loves You
  47. The Beatles – Twist And Shout
  48. Weezer – I Swear It’s True
  49. Weezer – Only In Dreams
  50. Weezer – Tired Of Sex

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