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Easy Ed Sheeran on Guitar: 22 Songs (+CHORDS!)

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If you’re searching for some easy Ed Sheeran songs to learn and play on your guitar, you’ve come to the right place! In today’s article, we’re going to highlight 22 simple tracks written by the famous singer-songwriter. Whether you’re an advanced musician or an absolute beginner, you will definitely enjoy that selection.

Songs written by Ed Sheeran are catchy and really simple to play. Generally, they only require the basic knowledge of guitar chords. His strumming patterns can sometimes be tricky for amateurs, but they’re not too difficult either. Most importantly, his tunes are absolutely fun to play!

Grab your guitar and feel free to check out the list of 22 easy Ed Sheeran songs below. It doesn’t matter whether you have a classical, an acoustic or an electric guitar – you can use any gear that you have. Nevertheless, since Ed always plays on an acoustic guitar, playing on that type of guitar will definitely be the best choice. For those who don’t like learning on their own, we included the video lessons in the next section.

22 Easy Ed Sheeran Songs (+ CHORDS!)

Ed Sheeran – Afire LoveCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – AfterglowCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – Bad HabitsCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – BarcelonaCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – Beautiful PeopleCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – Castle On The HillCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – DiveCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – DrunkCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – Galway GirlCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – Give Me LoveCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – HappierCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – I See FireCHORDS
Ed Sheran – I’m a MessCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – Kiss MeCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – OneCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – Overpass GraffitiCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – PerfectCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – PhotographCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – Shape Of YouCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – Small BumpCHORDS
Ed Sheeran – UNICHORDS
Ed Sheeran – You Need Me I Don’t Need YouCHORDS

For Biggest Fans Of Ed Sheeran

1. Ed Sheeran – Afire Love

A really cool and simple song to play. The Afire Love comes from Ed’s second album called X (2014). This track may not be as popular as some of his biggest hits, but it’s a truly beautiful and meaningful track.

Learning that song requires a basic knowledge of such chords as Bm, G, Em and A. If you know how to play and change these chords smoothly, you won’t experience any problems while learning it from start to finish! The lesson above involves using a capo, but don’t worry if you don’t have it – you can play it in a lower key anyway.

2. Ed Sheeran – Afterglow

One of Ed’s newer songs, which is absolutely fun and easy to play on guitar! Again, it’s only a few basic chords and an extremely simple strumming pattern. There’s just eight down strums followed by a quick up strum. I’m sure that any beginner can figure it out! I highly recommend checking out the lesson above, it explains everything very thoroughly.

3. Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits

Another fresh track by Ed! This one features a really cool and repetitive fingerpicking pattern which you can play on both acoustic and electric guitars. Using barre chords may be the only problem here – I know that absolute beginners often struggle with that. But if you know how to play these chords, I’m sure that you’ll be able to learn Bad Habits from start to finish!

4. Ed Sheeran – Barcelona

A guitar lesson of Barcelona recorded in actual Barcelona – how cool is that? I think that it’s one of my favorite songs by Ed – it’s fast, fun and really easy to play. In terms of progressing as a guitar player, the Barcelona will definitely help you with practicing your strumming techniques. The pattern used in this song is not that simple, but it’s not too complicated either. I’m sure that you’ll be able to figure it out in a matter of a few minutes!

5. Ed Sheeran – Beautiful People

A really simple song recorded by Ed Sheeran and Khalid. Whether you want to learn the rhythm or solo guitar section, the lesson above will be definitely a valuable resource for you. There’s a few ways to play this track – you can play it with or without a capo. It’s just a few reasy chords and you’re ready to go.

6. Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill

Another great song that consists of basic chords and simple strumming technique. This way of strumming is used in quite a lot of Ed’s songs. Once you learn how to play it, you will be able to use it in multiple tracks.

The Castle On The Hill is a great example of a song by Ed Sheeran that’s fun and easy to play on guitar at the same time. If you’re a fan of this singer-songwriter, you absolutely need to know how to play it!

7. Ed Sheeran – Dive

Dive features a really cool and unusual strumming technique which is used in a lot of pop ballads. Again, there’s a few ways to play that song – you can use either electric or acoustic guitar. The version above requires a capo, but there’s also a lot of lessons on YouTube that show how to play it without it. Undoubtedly, knowing how to play Dive is a must for any lover of Ed Sheeran!

8. Ed Sheeran – Drunk

Another really easy song by Ed! Just a few basic chords such as G, C and Em and you’re ready to go. If you’re not familiar with this song, it comes from his debut album. I highly recommend checking out the lesson above – you’re going to love it!

9. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl

Similarly as before, this tune is extremely catchy and easy to play. In fact, it’s mainly consists of four basic chords: C, G, D, Em. As you can imagine, it’s not complicated at all and you should be able to learn it very quickly. You’ll need a capo to play this version, but if you don’t have it, you can always play it in a lower key.

10. Ed Sheeran – Give Me Love

Absolutely amazing track from Ed Sheeran’s first album. In fact, it’s one of the songs that made him significantly more famous around the world. I have to admit that it’s one of my favorites! This track may not be as simple as some other songs on today’s list, but it’s shouldn’t cause you too much trouble either. I highly recommend checking out the guitar lesson above.

11. Ed Sheeran – Happier

If you’re tired of songs that only require strumming, you should definitely try Happier instead. This track is perfect for practicing your fingerstyle techniques because instead of using the guitar pick, you’ll be using only your fingers. The song is not too complicated and it will definitely contribute to your growth as a guitarist. I highly recommend checking it out – the tabs are included!

12. Ed Sheeran – I See Fire

Another good song to practice playing with your fingers. Although I See Fire may be challenging for absolute beginners, learning it from start to finish is definitely worth it. And even if you’re a more advanced players, you’ll admit that playing this catchy melody is really enjoyable!

13. Ed Sheeran – I’m A Mess

I’m A Mess is a really cool song which is great for practicing your strumming techniques. The track itself is pretty easy and it consists mainly of a few power chords and fast rhythm. Nevertheless, the track is really fun to play so you’ll definitely need to check it out. It’s one of the older songs of Ed Sheeran, but it’s still awesome!

14. Ed Sheeran – Kiss Me

Kiss Me is an amazing love song written by Ed Sheeran at the beginning of his music career. Undoubtedly, playing this track for a loved one is a beautiful experience. If you’re in love and you want to impress your other half, you should definitely learn to play that song on your guitar. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful songs by Ed!

15. Ed Sheeran – One

Another example of a really beautiful song that consists of something more than just a few basic chords. This track is not as easy as other songs on today’s list, but it’s definitely worth it to spend some time and figure out how to play it.

I remember that when I first heard this song a couple years ago, I was particularly impressed by Ed’s playing. But the truth is that anyone can learn it from scratch – and so do you!

16. Ed Sheeran – Overpass Graffiti

Overpass Graffiti comes from Ed’s new album and it’s absolutely amazing! The song is fun and easy to play and it features a classic acoustic rock and folk music strumming pattern. To be honest, the acoustic version actually reminds me of Bruce Springsteen. I wonder if you’ll get the same impression after checking out the lesson above!

17. Ed Sheeran – Perfect

I’m pretty sure that we all know this song and we can all agree that it’s a masterpiece. A lot of people think that this song is complicated to play, but the truth is that it’s pretty simple. You should definitely spend some time and figure out how to play it from scratch.

A lot of people choose this song for their weddings, but maybe instead of dancing to Ed’s version you can try to just sing that song on your (or someone else’s) wedding? Who knows!

18. Ed Sheeran – Photograph

Another massive hit which is actually not that difficult to play. There are multiple ways to play this song, but the version above doesn’t require a capo, so it’s suitable for any guitar player. The strumming pattern is also really easy so you shouldn’t experience too many problems while learning that track.

19. Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You

If you enjoy the Shape Of You and it’s dance beat, you should definitely try to play it on your acoustic guitar. It’s only a few basic chords but at the same time, it’s so fun to perform! I highly recommend checking it out. I’m sure that when you play it while partying with your friends, everyone will be having a good time. It’s a great song especially for live performances, because everyone knows it!

20. Ed Sheeran – Small Bump

Small Bump is a not a new song – it comes from Ed’s first album. Still, it’s a really good and meaningful track. I think that it will be perfect for players who want to improve their ability of playing with fingers. The song is fairly simple to learn, so you shouldn’t experience too many problems with it.

21. Ed Sheeran – UNI

Another easy song by Ed Sheeran! Similarly as Small Bump, the UNI comes from his first album. To be honest, you only need two chords to play that track – how cool is that? If you know E and A, you’re ready to go!

22. Ed Sheeran – You Need Me I Don’t Need You

You Need Me I Don’t Need You was a massive hit back in the days, but even today’s fans like coming back to it – it’s still relevant and popular. The song is not that difficult to play and it definitely deserves to be added to your own personal setlist. In addition, it’s so enjoyable to play! I highly recommend checking out the guitar lesson linked above.


Undoubtedly, most of songs by Ed Sheeran are really easy to play on guitar. It’s really inspiring to see how his simple and acoustic songs quickly become worldwide famous hits! And it’s also great that even absolute beginners are able to play and enjoy his music after a little bit of practice.

Which Ed Sheeran song is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below! In addition, if you want to learn more songs, make sure to check out the following articles with tabs and chords included:

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