Spytunes Song Book A-Z


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Hundreds of songs you probably should know!

The greatest asset you as a guitarist can acquire is a repertoire, it is your ticket to playing with other musicians.

The deeper you study the songs on these pages, and the more you play them live, the better you’ll get. It really is that simple.

Becoming a great player and playing gigs really is a journey that goes hand in hand.

Depending on the situation, there are so-called standards that come with the gig. This songbook aims to list these songs with lyrics and chords to help you on this journey.

If you play in an acoustic duo, there are a bunch of songs you are expected to know. Duos are a great way to get started. Since they are cheap and easy to set up, you can find weekday gigs in hotels, bars, and restaurants. 

The acoustic duo is also a great up-sell for your evening gig. For example, you could play for daytime drinks before your band plays the evening show.

I’ve recorded many acoustic songs that go with this kind of repertoire, but there are more that would suit, you’ll find them on these pages.

Another great gig is to play instrumental jazz. Traditionally, this is how musicians get good as it involves playing chords, melodies, and solos, often for many hours.

A jazz gig can, just like an acoustic duo, be on a Sunday afternoon or a weeknight. On these pages, I’ve listed many jazz standards that you simply must know.

Party bands tend to play high-energy pop, classic rock, and indie-rock songs. These gigs pay better than acoustic duos and jazz gigs and tend to happen on Friday and Saturday nights in pubs and bars but also for Birthdays, corporate events, and even Weddings.

The repertoire can stretch all the way back to the ’50s with Elvis, 60s The Beatles, 70s Classic Rock, 80s pop, all the way to the latest chart hit of today. 

If you want to learn how to write songs and play in a band that could be played on the radio, you need to play in a band like this.

Finally, my favorite is the Motown/Soul band. This style started with the 60s Motown, Chess, and Stax artists and stretch all the way to Beyonce’s RnB post the millennium.

A Motown/Soul band tends to be large, sometimes with a horn section. There’s a great market for Corporate events, festivals, and most commonly Weddings for this type of band.

I’ve recorded 13 of these types of songs with in-depth guitar lessons, on these pages you find many more.

Most successful musicians and artists have played in at least two or three of these types of bands before they write their own hits or got a gig backing up an established artist.

I’ve included youtube video playlists for these songs, should you prefer, here they all are on Spotify as well.

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones

E7 | E7 | A7 | A7 | E7 | E7 | A7 | A7 |
I can’t get no, satisfaction. I can’t get no, satisfaction.
E7 | B7 | E7 | A7 |
‘Cause I try, and I try, and I try, and I try.

Go to (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction chords.

(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley/Jennifer Warnes

E | C#m7 | D | D |
Now I’ve had the time of my life, no I never felt like this before.
E | C#m7 | D | D |
Yes, I swear, it’s the truth and I owe it all to you.

Go to (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life chords.

(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

G | B7 | C | A |
Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun, I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ comes.
G | B7 | C | A |
Watching the ships roll in. Then I watch ’em roll away again, yeah.

Go to (Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay chords.

(They Long To Be) Close To You – Carpenters

| Csus2 | Bm | Bm7 | Em Esus2 E5 Em7 |
Why do birds suddenly appear, every time, you are near?
Cadd9 | Cadd9 | G | G |
Just like me, they long to be, close to you.

Go to (They Long To Be) Close To You chords.

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin

C | G/B | Bb | F F C/E Dm |
Looking out on the morning rain, I used to feel so uninspired.
C | G/B | Bb | F F C/E Dm |
And when I knew I had to face another day. Lord, it made me feel so tired.

Go to (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman chords.

(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher – Jackie Wilson

| D | G/D | Em/D | D |
Your love, lifting me higher, than I’ve ever been lifted before.
| D | G/D | Em/D | D |
So keep it up, quench my desire and I’ll be at your side, forevermore.

Go to (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher chords.

1234 – Feist

D D/C# | Bm G |
One, two, three, four, tell me that you love me more.
D D/C# | Bm G |
Sleepless long nights, that is what my youth was for.

Go to 1234 chords.

9 To 5 – Dolly Parton

| F# |
Tumble outta bed and I stumble to the kitchen,
| B | F# | C# |
pour myself a cup of ambition and yawning, stretching, trying to come to life.

Go to 9 To 5 chords.

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

| Fm9 | Cm7 | Dbmaj7 | Gm7b5 C7#9 |
Tonight, I just want to take you higher.
| Fm9 | Cm7b6 | Dbmaj7 | Gm7b5 Gb7b5 |
Throw your hands up in the sky, let’s set this party off right. 

Go to 24K Magic chords.

A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke

G | G | Am | Em |
I was born by the river, in a little tent, oh and just like that river I’ve been running ever since.
G | Am C B7 | Em | G |
It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come chords.

A Night In Tunisia – Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie

||: Eb7 | Dm7 | Eb7 | Dm7 |
| Eb7 | Dm7 | Em7b5 A7 | Dm7 :||

Am7b5 | D7b9 | Gm6 D7b9 | Gm6 |

Go to A Night In Tunisia chords.

A Night To Remember – Shalamar

Bbmaj7 | Am7 |
When you love someone, it’s natural, not demanding.
Bbmaj7 | Am7 |
And that’s one thing I’m proud to say I’ve found in you.

Go to A Night To Remember chords.

ABC – The Jackson 5

Ab | Ab |
You went to school to learn girl, things you never, never knew before.
Ab | Ab |
(A-ha like “I” before “E” except after “C”) and why 2 plus 2 makes 4, now, now, now.

Go to ABC chords.

Africa – Toto

| 4/4 B D#m7 | G#m7 B/F# | A/E E/F# | 6/4 G#m7 A G#m7 C#m7 |
I hear the drums echoing tonight, but she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation.
| 4/4 B D#m7 | G#m7 B/F# | A/E E/F# | 6/4 G#m7 A G#m7 C#m7 |
She’s coming in, 12:30 flight, the moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation.

Go to Africa chords.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell

| Bm7/A | G#m7b5 | Gmaj7 | Em9 |
Ain’t no mountain high, ain’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough, baby.
| Bm7/A | G#m7b5 | Gmaj7 | Em9 |
If you need me, call me, no matter where you are, no matter how far, don’t worry, baby.

Go to Ain’t No Mountain High Enough chords.

Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead

| Bbm7 | Cm7 Fm7 | Bbm7 | Cm7 Fm7
Ain’t no stoppin’ us now, we’re on the move!
| Bbm7 | Cm7 Fm7 | Bbm7 | Cm7 Fm7
Ain’t no stoppin’ us now, we’ve got the groove!

Go to Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now chords.

Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers

Am7 Em G5 | Am7 | Am7 Em G5 |
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone, it’s not warm when she’s away.
Am7 | Em7 | Dm7 | Am7 Em G5 | Am7 |
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone, she always gone too long anytime she goes away.

Go to Ain’t No Sunshine chords.

Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan

Ebm Db/Eb | Ebm Db/Eb |
Captured effortlessly, that’s the way it was.
Bmaj7 Db/Bb | Bmaj7 Db/Bb |
Happened so naturally, did not know it was love.

Go to Ain’t Nobody chords.

All In Love Is Fair – Stevie Wonder

| C#madd9 | C#madd9/B | A#m7add4 |
All is fair in love, love’s a crazy game.
| Amaj7 | G#m7b5 | C#7 | F#m7 | B9 |
Two people vow to stay, in love as one they say.

Go to All In Love Is Fair chords.

All My Life – Foo Fighters

G5 | G5 |
All my life, I’ve been searching for something,
G5 | G5 |
something never comes, never leads to nothing.

Go to All My Life chords.

All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie

| Absus2 Ab | Gbsus2 Gb | Bbm | Ab |
Well, my friends, the time has come, to raise the roof and have some fun.
| Absus2 Ab | Gbsus2 Gb | Bbm | Ab |
Throw away the work to be done, let the music play on.

Go to All Night Long chords.

All Of Me – Frank Sinatra

| Bbmaj7 | Bbmaj7 | D7 | D7 |
All of me, why not take all of me?
| G7 | G7 | Cm | Cm |
Can’t you see, I’m no good without you.

Go to All Of Me chords.

All The Small Things – Blink 182

C5 | G5 | F5 | G5 |
All the small things, true care, truth brings.
C5 | G5 | F5 | G5 |
I’ll take one lift, your ride, best trip.

Go to All The Small Things chords.

All Right Now – Free

| A5 D/A | A5 | D D/A | A5 |
There she stood in the street, smiling from her head to her feet.
| A5 D/A | A5 | D D/A | A5 |
I said hey, what is this? Now baby, maybe, maybe she’s in need of a kiss.

Go to All Right Now chords.

American Boy – Estelle/Kanye West

Emaj9 | Cmaj7 |
Just another one champion sound (yea), yeah, Estelle, we ’bout to get down (get down).
Am7 | Am7 Fmaj7/D |
Who the hottest in the world right now (ha), just touched down in London town (ha).

Go to American Boy chords.

American Idiot – Green Day

N.C | N.C G | Ab Db | Gb Db Ab Gb |
Don’t wanna be an American idiot.
N.C | N.C G | Ab Db | Gb Db Ab Gb |
Don’t want a nation under the new media.

Go to America Idiot chords.

American Pie – Don McLean

| G D/F# Em | Am C | Em D Dsus4 | 2/4 Dsus2 D |
A long long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile.
G D/F# Em | Am C | Em C | D Dsus4 D Dsus2 |
And I knew if I had my chance, that I could make those people dance, and maybe they’d be happy for a while.

Go to American Pie chords.

Angel Eyes – Frank Sinatra (Matt Dennis)

Angels Eyes chords and guitar lessons

| Am Am/G Am/F# Am/F | Am/E Am/Eb |
Try to think that love’s not around,
| Am Am/G Am/F# | Bm7 E7 |
but it’s uncomfortably near.

Go to Angel Eyes chords.

Angels – Robbie Williams

E Esus4 | E | A Amaj7 | B |
I sit and wait, does an angel, contemplate my fate?
E Esus4 | E | Aadd9 Amaj9 | B |
Do they know, the places where we go, when we’re grey and old?

Go to Angels chords.

Angie – The Rolling Stones

Am Amadd4 | E7 |
Angie, Angie,
Gsus4 Fsus4 F | Csus4 C G/B |
when will those clouds all disappear?

Go to Angie chords.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet

A5 N.C |
So one, two, three, take my hand and come with me,
N. C | A5 G D5 |
because you look so fine that I really wanna make you mine.

Go to Are You Gonna Be My Girl chords.

Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz

Bm11 | A | E D E | E G E |
But what I really want to know is… Are you gonna go my way?
Bm11 | A |
And I got to, got to know.

Go to Are You Gonna Go My Way chords.

Arthur’s Theme – Christopher Cross

Dm7 G | C Fmaj13 |
Once in your life you find her, someone that turns your heart around,
Bb E7 | Aadd4 Asus2 A |
and next thing you know you’re closing down the town.

Go to Arthur’s Theme chords.

At Last – Etta James

| F | Dm7 | Gm7 | C7 | F | Dm7 |
At last, my love has come along.
| Gm7 | C7#5 | F | Dm7 |
My lonely days are over.

Go to At Last chords.

Autumn Leaves – Jazz Standard

| Am7 | D7 | Gmaj7 | Cmaj7 |
The falling leaves drift by my window.
| F#m7b5 | B7 | Em | Em |
The autumn leaves, of red and gold.

Go to Autumn Leaves chords.