Three chord songs, three of the best to me....

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    Green onions - already mentioned

    Louie Louie
     
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    "I Fought the Law" with a lean towards the Bobby Fuller Four version. Acknowledging the sus, I'll say it is "fundamentally" a three chord song.

    "2000 Miles" by the Pretenders.
     
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    Yes, this is such a good one. And blessings and peace to you, Puddin...
     
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    OK maybe today I'll learn some thing new a song.
    :oops:I never learned any songs.
    I play slide in an open e tuning
    what are three barred chords in open.
    yes it is ok not to know,
    it is ok to ask for help.;)
     
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    Yep....
     
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    Clay Pigeons - Blaze Foley
    If I needed You - Townes Van Zandt
     
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    Not the three chords you were expecting.....

     
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    Can’t You See
     
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    I was gonna post Dead Flowers but it's already here. Great song to jam on when you're playing with people you've never met before.
     
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    Okay you have to ignore the key change, but it's still a 1-4-5 song. Check out Mr Albert Lee on the high, lonesome first harmony; he's such a bad*ss.

     
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    Buddy Holly had the uncanny ability to not only write a seemingly endless supply of unique three chord songs, but he could also sneak an alien fourth chord in a simple song that would transform it into something miraculous. The best example comes to mind in "Peggy Sue". He creates this charming melody working with A, D, and E, and then out of nowhere we hear a rogue F chord in the bridge ("Pretty pretty pretty pretty Peggy Sue"). He could have so easily gone to a D major chord in that same spot, but instead opts for the F chord which sets up more tension and gives a more satisfying release than the D chord provides. Simply genius.
     
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    Also - My submission for a great three chord song is this oft overlooked gem from Bill Withers.
     
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    Ku'u Lei Awapuhi by the Hawaiian band, Hapa, in 1992. Some nice guitar work in here.

     
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    Three for me...





     
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    Ignore the embellishments and yet another key change; it's just another 3-chord song. From a tribute to the Louvin Brothers, Livin, Lovin, Losin.

     
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    When you look up “what is a three chord rock song?”, this is what you find.

     
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