Buy that guitar you’ve always wanted, put on these songs and get learning! Just maybe wait a bit before you try the solos.

“All The Small Things” – Blink 182
Thank the pop-punk overlords for giving us a few chords that we could all learn.

 

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana
Nirvana led us out of the dark days of hair metal and into the flannel-clad grunge era. Who needs to shred when we can just play as hard as we can?

 

“Brain Stew” – Green Day
Simple, heavy and angry. Mosh in your bedroom and smash your guitar (if your parents let you).

 

“Where Is My Mind?” – Pixies
Recreate that feeling when you watched Fight Club by holding someone’s hand while you watch a city burn to the ground—or play this song instead to save yourself a lot of time, legal fees and emotional distress.

“My Hero” – Foo Fighters
Some youngins would say this “epic” song gives them “the feels.” Well, learn these few chords and the two-string riff and you too will be able to give others those feels, dude.

 

“Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes
The second you play this, everyone in the room will know exactly what it is. Single notes, catchy and easy to learn.

“Song 2” – Blur
Woo-hoo!

 

“Smoke On The Water” – Deep Purple
Learn this opening riff to impress your parents—or nobody at your local Guitar Center.

 

“Iron Man” – Black Sabbath
This band is the beginning of metal, so maybe that’s why they called the song “Iron Man?”

 

“I Wanna Be Sedated” – The Ramones
You know that first band we mentioned? They were probably playing this when they got their first guitars, too.