Oh the 80s! What a great time to be alive and what a great time for music! In this post I will show you a few easy 80s songs to play on guitar. They will be acoustic guitar lessons since that is the focus of this website.
Men at Work – Land Down Under – Easy 80s Acoustic Guitar Song
This first of the easy 80s songs to play on guitar “Land Down Under” by Men at Work. This lesson is from Marty Schwartz with Guitar Jamz. Visit his youtube channel for more awesome acoustic guitar lessons.
From wikipedia: The hit song went to number one in their home country of Australia in December 1981, and then topped the New Zealand charts in February 1982. The song topped the Canadian charts in October 1982. In the United States, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on 6 November 1982 at No. 79, and reached No. 1 in January 1983 where it spent four non-consecutive weeks. It eventually sold over two million copies in the US alone. Billboard ranked it at No. 4 for 1983.
The next of the easy 80s songs to play on guitar, also from Marty Schwartz with Guitar Jamz is “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen released in 1980.
From Wikipedia: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” is a song by the British rock band Queen. Written by Freddie Mercury in 1979, the track is included on their 1980 album The Game, and also appears on the band’s compilation album, Greatest Hits in 1981. The song peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart in 1979, and became the group’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in 1980, remaining there for four consecutive weeks. It topped the Australian ARIA Charts for seven weeks.
How to Play Every Rose Has It’s Thorn by Poison
This third song “Every Rose Has it’s Thorn”, is from PapastachePop. Visit his youtube channel here for more great lessons!
From Wikipedia: “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” is the title of a power ballad song by American glam metal band Poison. It was released in October 1988 as the third single from Poison’s second album Open Up and Say… Ahh!. The band’s signature song, it is also their only number-one hit in the U.S., reaching the top spot on December 24, 1988, for three weeks (carrying over into 1989) and it also charted at #11 on the Mainstream Rock chart.  It was a number 13 hit in the UK. “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” was named number 34 on VH1‘s “100 Greatest Songs of the 80s”, #100 on their “100 Greatest Love Songs” and #7 on MTV and VH1 “Top 25 Power Ballads”.