Best G Minor Songs to Learn to Play on Guitar or Piano

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G minor songs are great to learn. They sound similar to a lot of popular songs, they sound dark and mysterious, and with the right chord changes they can create an awesome sense of tension and release. There is a lot you can do with G minor. If you are working your way down your chord chart and looking to beginning practicing your g minor chords, you’ve come to the right place. 

Welcome to our rundown of the best songs from the key of g minor. Each song comes with its own YouTube video tutorial that will help you better understand how to play the song (most instructions are with the g chord on piano and guitar). The goal is for everyone to be able to learn enough to play their favorite songs that are in this less popular, but fun minor key.

Hey Brother | Avicii

Hey Brother Sheet Music: This 2013 song by Avicii was originally published in the key G Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Country feel with a metronome of q = 125.

Lyrics begin: Hey, brother, there's an endless road to rediscover.
Instruments: Piano + Voice

Turn Back, O Man | Godspell

Turn Back, O Man Sheet Music: This 1971 song by Godspell was originally published in the key G Minor the tune tempo is to be played  A la Mae West with a metronome of q = 96.

Lyrics begin: Turn back, O man,
Instruments: Voice, range: D3-D5 + Piano

Queen of Mean | Descendants 3

Queen of Mean Sheet Music: This 2019 song by Descendants 3 was originally published in the key G Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Moderately with a metronome of q = 88.

Lyrics begin: I'm so tired of pretending.
Instruments: Voice, range: G3-F#5 + Piano + Backup Vocals

On Days Like These | Quincy Jones

On Days Like These Sheet Music: This 1969 song by Quincy Jones was originally published in the key G Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Andante Moderato with a metronome of q = 94.

Lyrics begin: Questi giorni quando viene il bel sole.
Instruments: Voice, range: Bb3-Eb5 + Piano + Guitar

Long Train Runnin’ | The Doobie Brothers

Long Train Runnin' Sheet Music: This 1973 song by The Doobie Brothers was originally published in the key G Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Moderately with a metronome of q = 116.

Lyrics begin: Down around the corner a half a mile from here, you see them old trains runnin' and you watch them disappear.
Instruments: Voice, range: G3-Bb4 + Piano + Guitar

He Shall Reign Forevermore | Chris Tomlin

He Shall Reign Forevermore Sheet Music: This 2015 song by Chris Tomlin was originally published in the key G Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Joyfully, with praise with a metronome of q = 122.

Lyrics begin: In the bleak midwinter all creation groans, for a world in darkness frozen like a stone.
Instruments: Voice, range: F4-G5 + Piano

I Hope You Dance | Lee Ann Womack

I Hope You Dance Sheet Music: This 2000 song by Lee Ann Womack was originally published in the key G Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Moderately slow with a metronome of q = 80.

Lyrics begin: I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.
Instruments: Voice + Piano + Guitar

Shackles | Mary Mary

Shackles Sheet Music: This 2000 song by Mary Mary was originally published in the key G Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Moderately with a metronome of q = 100.

Lyrics begin: Take the shackles off my feet
Instruments: Voice, range: G3-F5 + Piano + Guitar + Backup Vocals

Do I Wanna Know? | Arctic Monkeys

Do I Wanna Know? Sheet Music: This 2013 song by Arctic Monkeys was originally published in the key G Minor the tune tempo is to be played  Moderately with a metronome of q = 85.

Lyrics begin: Have you got colour in your cheeks?
Instruments: Voice, range: C4-A5 + Piano

Love Runs Out | OneRepublic

Love Runs Out-OneRepublic-sheet-musicLove Runs Out" is a song recorded by American pop rock band OneRepublic for the 2014 reissue of their third studio album Native (2013).The song was used in promotions for the ABC drama How to Get Away with Murder and The X Factor. It is also featured in the film Terminator Genisys, the television show Pretty Little Liars and the soundtrack for the video game NBA 2K15.

Love Runs Out Sheet Music: This 2014 song by OneRepublic was originally published with the chord progression of a Gm chord. (while this song would be played well in a few different pentatonic scales. The tune tempo is to be played Moderately fast with a metronome of q = 120.

Lyrics begin: I'll be your light, your match, your burning sun.
Instruments: Voice, range: D3-D5 + Piano + Backup Vocals

Praying | Kesha (g minor chord)

This 2017 song by Kesha was originally published in the minor chord progression of G Minor. The tune tempo is to be played Moderately slow with a metronome of q = 74.

Lyrics begin: Well, you almost had me fooled; told me that I was nothing without you.
Instruments: Voice, range: D3-Eb5 + Piano

Looking for other chord progressions? Take a look at our other major scale guides. C Major | D Major

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