10 Songs to learn if you wanna play in Nashville

January 9, 2018    

This is a list of the ten songs you should know how to play if you come to Nashville. Now, I know there are a lot of great country standards and tunes that will be left off of this list, but after hanging around the honky-tonks on broadway I have compiled this list of songs that I hear almost every time I walk into one:

Eric Church – Drink In My Hand

An instant classic you will definitely hear at every honky-tonk. Check out a video lesson via Epic Guitar Instruction Below:

Alan Jackson – Chattahoochee

A great song with Chickin’ Pickin’, this is definitely a song you should have in your toolbox. Check out this video tutorial via Six String Country:

Garth Brooks – Friends In Low Places

SO many great Garth Songs, I prefer to play Callin’ Baton Rouge, but Friends in Low Places is deffintly a fan favorite. Check out the tabs via Ultimate Guitar below:


Florida Georgia Line – Cruise

A popular song with the younger crowds. Check out this video tutorial via PapastachePop

Journey – Don’t Stop Believing

It doesn’t have to be country to hear it in every honkey-tonk, Check out how to play this classic rock song via Guitar Zoom Songs:

Lynyrd Skynyrd –  Sweet Home Alabama

Being so close to Alabama you can guarantee this song will be played at some point in the night check out the tabs here:


Shania Twain – Man! I feel like a woman

Nashville is full of bachelorette parties and this is one you can bet will get requested. Check out this video lesson via Paulo Casta:

Darius Rucker – Wagon Wheel

From Bob Dylan to Old Crow Medicine Show to Darius Rucker, this upbeat fun song is easy to learn and gets the crowd singing along. Check out this lesson from Guitar Jams

Alabama – Dixieland Delight

This Alabama classic is another great sing a long aone that I hear frequently. Check out the lesson via Guitar Made EZ

George Straight – Write This Down

Of course you are going to get requests for the King of Country and this is a good one to get the crowd singing along. Check out the chords via Ultimate Guitar:


Bonus! Extra Credit! Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird

The bands here in Nashville play for tips, typically they ask for $20 for a request, but for this song they ask for $100!! So it’ll pay off if you learn this song in its entirety.