Here are guitar chords to “Summer of 69” as performed by Bryan Adams. What a great song to rock out to on your electric or acoustic guitar!

Since it was released in 1985, “Summer of 69” has become a classic American song, topping the charts and returning to the radio airwaves when the weather gets hot. The song was named one of the “The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born” by Blender and has inspired many a guitarist to turn up the amp.

There are some barre chords in this song, making it better for a more experienced beginner or intermediate guitar player. Don’t be discouraged – with some practice, you’ll be bringing those summer vibes any time of year.

Summer of 69 Guitar Chords

The chords you’ll need to play this song are below:

  • C major
  • G major
  • F major
  • D major
  • A major
  • B minor (Bm)
  • Bb major

C major

C major

G major

G major

F major

F major

D major

D major

A major

A major

B minor
B minor

bb major

Bb major

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to remember these and 25+ other essential chords, check out our free guitar chord flashcards.

How to Play Summer of 69

For this song, make sure your guitar is in standard tuning. For strumming pattern, you can use D DU UDU. No capo is needed for this song.

 

Intro

D

Verse

D
I got my first real six string
A
Bought it at the five and dime
D
Played it ’til my fingers bled
A
It was the summer of 69

Verse

D
Me and some guys from school
A
Had a band and we tried real hard
D
Jimmy quit, Joey got married
A
I shoulda known we’d never get far

Chorus

Bm              A
Oh when I look back now
D                                          G
That summer seemed to last forever
Bm         A
And if I had the choice
D                           G
Yeah I’d always wanna be there
Bm                        A                         D
Those were the best days of my life

Instrumental

D      A

Verse

D
Ain’t no use in complainin’
A
When you got a job to do
D
Spent my evenin’s down at the drive-in
A
And that’s when I met you

Chorus

Bm                         A
Standin’ on your mama’s porch
D                                        G
You told me that you’d wait forever
Bm                           A
Oh and when you held my hand
D                               G
I knew that it was now or never
Bm                       A                         D         D
Those were the best days of my life
A
Oh yeah
                                            D      A
Back in the summer of ’69

Bridge

F                       Bb
Man we were killin’ time
C
We were young and restless
Bb
We needed to unwind
F            Bb                        C
I guess nothin’ can last forever, forever no

Instrumental

D A
D A

Verse

D
And now the times are changin’
A
Look at everything that’s come and gone
D
Sometimes when I play that old six string
A
I think about you, wonder what went wrong

Chorus

Bm                         A
Standin’ on your mama’s porch
D                                        G
You told me that you’d wait forever
Bm                           A
Oh and when you held my hand
D                               G
I knew that it was now or never
Bm                       A                         D         D
Those were the best days of my life
A
Oh yeah
                                            D      A
Back in the summer of ’69

 

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