Ten Easy Acoustic Guitar Love Songs

by Laura B. Whitmore
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at 1:09am

It's that time of year when some of use might start dotting our I's with little hearts and thinking of ways to impress.

And for that I am here to help! Here are ten wonderful love songs that you can work out with ease. In fact, most of them only have three or four chords.

These may be simpler versions than the original, but trust me, the object of your affection will not care.

So pull out that guitar and take a few minutes to strum along and then let the serenading begin!!

1. "I’m Yours" - Jason Mraz

"I'm Yours" was nominated for Grammy Award for Song of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 51st Grammy Awards. It has the honor of holding the record for the most weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 at 76 weeks.

I love the easy, breezy feel of this song. Capo up if you want some easier fingerings.

With your capo on the 4th fret: G, D, Em, C
With no capo: B, F#, Gm, E

CHORUS
B..................F#
I won't hesitate no more,
.....G#m...................E
no more, it cannot wait i'm yours


2. "More Than Words" - Extreme

This one's a little more tricky, but even if you do simple strums, the melody and lyrics are so lovely, I know you can pull it off!

Nuno Bettancourt's acoustic guitar work coupled with Gary Cherone's vocals made this 1991 release shoot to number one.

Remember, actions matter too, like playing your sweetheart a love song!

G...............Cadd9........Am7..............C...........D..............G
Saying I love you, is not the words I want to hear from you
G...............Cadd9........Am7..............C...........D.......Em
It's not that I want you, not to say but if you only knew
Bm7..........Am7......D.....................G...........D/F#.........Em
How, ea – sy, it would be to show me how you feel
Bm7............Am7............D7 ..................G7................C
More than words, is all you have to do to make it real
................Cm...................... G....................Em7
Then you wouldn't have to say, that you love me,
............Am7 ............D7
'Cos I'd al - ready know


3. "Let Her Go " - Passenger

This song has been all over the airways, but I don't care. It's topped 20 charts worldwide...and counting!

So, so pretty and such a well-written sentiment.

Michael David Rosenberg, aka Passenger, sure has a way with a turn of phrase.

Rosenberg plays this way up high on the neck with a capo on the 7th fret.

So here it is if you follow suit, and also a version if you don't! Enjoy!

With capo at 7

........................F............................C
Well you only need the light when it s burning low
.......................G.............................Am
Only miss the sun when it s starts to snow
...................F.............................C .........G
Only know you love her when you let her go
..............................F............................ C
Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
.......................G............................Am
Only hate the road when you re missing home
.........................F ............................C
Only know you love her when you've let her go
G
And you let her go

Without capo

..............................C .........................G
Well you only need the light when its burning low
....................D ........................Em
Only miss the sun when its starts to snow
......................C ............................G..........D(sus4)
Only know you love her when you let her go
..............................C...............................G
Only know you’ve been high when you're feeling low
........................D.........................Em
Only hate the road when you're missing home
........................C .............................. G.........D(sus4)
Only know you love her when you've let her go
D
And you let her go


4. "Just The Way Your Are" - Bruno Mars

This is the perfect love song.

I don't care if the original has oodles of piano and is fully orchestrated.

This one stands up on acoustic.

The verse sets up the awesomeness and then Bruno hits you with a kicker of a chorus.

What more can you say after you say, "You're Amazing Just The Way You Are?"

It's a shoe-in for the start of a perfect romantic evening.

Capo at third fret

D, Bm, G, D in that order, for the whole song!

Chorus:
..........................D..............................Bm
When I see your face, there's not a thing that I would change
.........................G ....................... D
Cause you're amazing, just the way you are
.......................D ...................................Bm
And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for awhile
...............................G...................................D
Cause girl you're amazing, just the way you are


5. "The Only Exception" - Paramore

I've been singing this song in my band for years and it does have a great sing-along quality.

The idea that everyone else in the world isn't worth opening your heart for except this one special person is...well...special!

"The Only Exception" was release in 2010 as a single from the album Brand New Eyes The song received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Don't look to Paramore for a large selection of love songs, but this one fits the bill just right!

Capo at 4th fret: G, Dm, Cmaj7 (with an Am in the bridge)

VERSE1
G..................................Dm.......................... Cmaj7
When I was younger I saw my daddy cry and curse at the wind
........ G ..................................................Dm................ Cmaj7
He broke his own heart and I watched as he tried to re-assemble it
.......G.........................................Dm.................Cmaj7
And my mama swore that she would never let herself forget
...........G.............................................................. Dm
And that was the day that I promised I'd never sing of love
.................... Cmaj7
if it does not exist, but darling

CHORUS
G
You are the only exception
Dm............. Cmaj7
You are the only exception
G
You are the only exception
Dm ............. Cmaj7......... G...
You are the only exception


6. "She Will Be Loved" – Maroon 5

I always sing harmony to this one when it comes on the radio.

Can you believe it was on Maroon 5's debut album, Songs About Jane way back in 2002?

This song made it to number 4 on the U.S. charts and I still hear it all over the place.

Who doesn't want to be told that she will be loved? And the idea that you'd stand out in the pouring rain waiting for your love, well, that's gotta be love!

Capo at first fret

D5..............................A
I don't mind spending everyday
Bm...................................G5
Out on your corner in the pouring rain
D5................................... A
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Bm...............................G5
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
.............. D5......... A
And she will be loved
Bm.............G
She will be loved


7. "Your Body Is A Wonderland" - John Mayer

Sing this one after you've played through one or two of the other mushy ones here.

You don't want to jump into the hot stuff too soon!

Whatever you think about John Mayer's own love life, he sure can turn out a tune.

This one was released in October 2002 as the second single from his debut studio album, Room for Squares.

Mayer has claimed that he wrote the song about his first girlfriend at age 14. A wonderland indeed!

Capo at third fret

Chorus:
........ Asus4 ......D.........Asus4...G
Your body Is a wonderland
.........Asus4.........D
Your body is a wonder
....... Asus4......G
(I'll use my hands)
.......Asus4......... D...........Asus4 ...G ....Asus4
Your body Is a wonderland


8. "You Are so Beautiful to Me" - Joe Cocker

The simplest lyric woven into one of the most beautiful love songs of all time.

You shouldn't have any trouble remembering the words!

This song was first recorded by Billy Preston, but it's Joe Cocker who delivered it in the most amazing way possible.

Released as a single, it peaked at #5 on the Billboard charts in 1975.

I have always admired the way this song can mesmerize with its lovely simplicity. Try it!

G ...................Csus2
..You are so beautiful to me
G..................Csus2
..You are so beautiful to me
Dm
..Can't you see
C............................B7
..You're everything I've hoped for
Em.................... A7
..You're everything I need
G................ Csus2
..You are so beautiful to me


9. "And I Love Her" - The Beatles

The Beatles have a lot of great love songs! This one is fairly simple to play and don't be afraid to change the key to easier fingerings if it suits you!

The fifth track on their third album, A Hard Day's Night, it was released on July 20, 1964.

It's rumored that McCartney wrote the majority of the song, while Lennon contributed the middle section, which I personally consider to be the most romantic part of the song.

I dare you to sit down and sing this song to your lady (or guy!). Who knows what that might lead to!

F#m...........C#m
I give her all my love
F#m...........C#m
That's all I do
F#m...........C#m
And if you saw my love
A....................B7
You'd love her too

........E
And I love her

Middle:
C#m............B
A love like ours
C#m.............G#m
could never die
C#m.......... G#m............B7
As long as I have you near me


10. "My Love" – Paul McCartney

I couldn't help it. One more Beatles-related song is in order.

McCartney wrote this for his wife, Linda, and it was released in 1973 on the album Red Rose Speedway.

Released as a single in 1973, it reached number one.

McCartney is a master at saying I love you in a way that makes other songwriters think, "Why didn't I come up with that?" Luckily he did it for all of us!

My love does it good, indeed!

Bbmaj7
And when I go away
................................................ Am7
I know my heart can stay with my love
...................D9
It?s understood
.................................Gm7
It's in the hands of my love

.........Am7....... Bbmaj7.... Dm6(B)
And my love does it good
............ F..................... Gm7
Wo wo-wo wo, wo wo-wo wo,
Bb6......................F
My love does it good