December 16, 2022 by Klaus Crow
Sometimes you want to play some fun, uptempo guitar songs that make you feel good inside, songs you can strum and sing along with in a good solid tempo that puts a smile on people faces.
The tempo of such a song will usually be somewhere between 100 and 140 bpm (beats per minute).
I selected some of the best upbeat songs with accompanying guitar lessons, chords and tabs.
Have a great time!
We Can Work it Out – The Beatles
This song has such an amazingly good vibe it will make you instantly happy listening to it. “We can work it out” is played in the key of D and consists of the following chords: D – Dsus4 – C – G – A – Bm – Bm/A – F#7sus4 – F# – Bm/G – Bm/F#. The song has not only a lot of chords in it, it also contains different rhythm / strumming patterns which makes the song really fun to play. It’s definitely worth the practice to nail this beautiful song.
Check out the chords and lyrics here: We can work it out chords
Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
Mr. Jones is a great strum and sing along tune with a good solid uptempo beat. The song consists of 5 chords: Am – F – Dm – C – G. The strum pattern is also pretty straight forward and follows the pattern: down-down-down-up-down-up, counting 1-2-3&-4&.
Check out the chords and lyrics here: Mr. Jones Chords
Brown eyed girl – Van Morrison
One of the most happy feel good songs ever is Brown eyed girl by Van Morrison. This song uses only 4 open chords: G – C – D – Em. The verse song structure follows G – C – G – D and in the chorus the Em chord is added to spice things up. For the rhythm we use a very common strumming pattern: down-down-up-up-down-up.
Check out the chords and lyrics here: Brown eyed girl Chords
I’m gonna be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
I’m gonna be 500 Miles is a really fun acoustic rock song by Scottish rock duo The Proclaimers. The song uses mainly three chords E-A-B throughout pretty much the entire song, except near the end of the song it adds two extra chords F#m and C#m for a brief moment.
Check out the chords and lyrics here: I’m gonna be 500 Miles Chords
You can go your own way – Fleetwoodmac
Fleetwoodmac’s You can go your own way has got a great feel-good rock groove to it. The song can be played with the chords D – A – G – Bm using a capo on the third fret.
Check out the chords and lyrics here: You can go your own way Chords
Yer So Bad – Tom Petty
Yer so bad is a song from Tom Petty’s first solo album Full Moon Fever. This song is a really catchy breezy song that is really fun to play. The video below is a performance by Josh Turner that is just so beautiful I wanted to share it with you. The chords for the song are Am – G – D – C – Em. The strumming part follows the pattern: down-down-down-up-down-up, counting 1-2-3&-4&.
Check out the chords and lyrics here: Yer so Bad Chords
Crazy little thing called love – Queen
Crazy little thing called love is a really cheery and happy song with a nice tempo and some cool riffs to jazz it all up. It’s start off with a D – Dus4 strumming pattern that sets the tone for the whole song. Here’s the strumming pattern: down-up-down-up up-down-up. The chords for the song are D – Dsus4 – G – C – Bb – E – A – F.
Check out the chords and lyrics here: Crazy little thing called love Chords
Bad Moon Rising – CCR
Bad Moon Rising is an mid-tempo song by the legendary band Creedence Clear Waterrevival. The song has quick chord changes with a particular rhythmic chord pattern that makes the tune so recognizable. We have 3 open chords D – G and A. Practice the transition between these chords and you’ve got it down.
Check out the chords and lyrics here: Bad Moon Rising Chords
|Cecilia||Simon and Garfunkel||Chords||Tabs|
|It’s not unusual||Tom Jones||Chords||Tabs|
|Lay down sally||Eric Clapton||Chords||Tabs|
|Me and Julio||Paul Simon||Chords||Tabs|
|Friday I’m in love||The Cure||Chords||Tabs|
|That’s alright mama||Elvis Presley||Chords||Tabs|
|She moves in her own way||The Kooks||Chords||Tabs|
|The end of the line||Traveling Wilburys||Chords||Tabs|
|She loves you||The Beatles||Chords||Tabs|
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Thanks Klaus, hope everything works out for you. Have a great Christmas and post when you can, thanks.
Very good and educational lesson.
Please keep going, don’t stop.
You are doing a good, necessary thing.
Klaus Crow says
Thanks Rich, I appreciate it.
Everything will work out. Patience is the remedy ;)
Have a great Christmas and keep your guitar singing!
Klaus Crow says
I’ll keep going.
Thanks and enjoy the songs.
Have a wonderful time!
whatever it takes you can do it!
Klaus Crow says
Thanks for the encouragement.
I appreciate it and it helps.
John MacLaren says
Klaus, I’m very sorry to hear about your turbulent times. I have been following your site for years. You give so much joy and inspiration to all of us hopeful guitarists. I wish you peace and happiness this Christmas
Klaus Crow says
Thanks for your feedback.
Have a great holiday and I wish you great health and happiness for 2023!💚