Favorite Crime Guitar Chords And Best Video Lessons

Favorite Crime might be the least favorite of Olivia Rodrigo’s songs among critics (1). But there’s no doubt it’s still very popular among her fans and guitar players alike!

So, if you want to learn the guitar chords of this gorgeous little ballad, you’re in the right place. Here you’ll find all you need to know to play it.

Favorite Crime Guitar Chords — Fingerpicking Version

The original version of the song features fingerpicked guitar lines using the following chords:

Favorite Crime Chords — Intro and Verse 1

A barre chord diagram
F sharp minor barre chord diagram

Favorite Crime Chords — Chorus

E open chord diagram
D major 7 barre chord with root in 5th string diagram
E open chord diagram

The chords for the second verse are exactly the same as for the first verse:

A barre chord diagram
F sharp minor barre chord diagram

Favorite Crime Chords — Bridge

B minor barre chord diagram with root on 5th string
D major 7 barre chord with root in 5th string diagram
A barre chord diagram

Favorite Crime — Final Chorus Chords

E open chord diagram
D major 7 barre chord with root in 5th string diagram

The chords for the outro session are the same as for the first verse of the song.

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Strumming Version Chords

If you find the fingerpicking version too difficult to play, you can play an easy strumming version of the song with the following chords, using a capo on the second fret of your guitar:

Intro and First Verse chords

Open G chord diagram
E minor open chord diagram

Chorus chords

D open chord diagram
C open chord diagram

Bridge chords

A minor open chord diagram
E minor open chord diagram
D open chord diagram
C open chord diagram
Open G chord diagram

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Chords And Lyrics

In case you also wanted to learn to simultaneously sing and play this Favorite Crime, here’s how the chords go together with the lyrics:

First verse

  A

Know that I loved you so bad

A

I let you treat me like that

F#m

I was your willing accomplice, honey

        A

And I watched as you fled the scene

  A

Doe eyed as you buried me

F#m

One heart broke, four hands bloody

Chorus

                       E
The things I did
                                       Dmaj7
Just so I could call you mine
                            E
The things you did
                                                       Dmaj7
Well, I hope I was your favorite crime

Second verse

  A
You used me as an alibi
A
You crossed my heart as you crossed the line
        F#m
And I defended you to all my Friends
                   A
And now everytime a siren sounds
A
I wonder if you’re around
           F#m
’cause you know that I’d do it all again

Second Chorus

                           E
Oh, the things I did
                                        Dmaj7
Just so I could call you mine
                             E
The things you did
                                                       Dmaj7
Well, I hope I was your favorite crime

Bridge

       Bm
It’s bittersweet to think about the damage that we’d do
            F#m                                             E
‘Cause I was goin’ down, but I was doin’ it with you
             Bm
Yeah, everything we broke and all the trouble that we made
      F#m                                            E                 Dmaj7
But I say that I hate you with a smile on my face
                                 Dmaj7
Oh, look what we became

Final Chorus

                             E
Oh, the things I did
                                        Dmaj7
Just so I could call you mine
                            E
Oh, the things you did
                                                       Dmaj7
Well, I hope I was your favorite crime

Outro

                          A
Your favorite crime
                        F#m
Your favorite crime
N.A.
’cause baby you were mine

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Best Video Lessons

As is often the case, chord diagrams aren’t enough for learning the nuances of playing a song. Video, on the other hand, is much more likely to do the trick when it comes to learning the chords of any tune.

Here are a few of my favorite YouTube lessons for learning this awesome ballad:

GuitarZero2Hero

Dave Trans’s lesson goes through both the fingerpicking and easy-strum versions in a detailed, step-by-step fashion that will please both beginners and intermediate players.

He uses the chords exactly as shown earlier in this article. And the video displays the tablature and chord names in the lower part of the screen while you see him play the song on the upper part of the screen.

Make sure you watch until the end of the video because Dave finishes up with an excellent full playthrough, accompanying Nadda Mercenary on Lyrics. It will give you a huge motivational boost to learn it!

Easy2PlayMusic

If you want to focus on an easy-strumming version perfect for a campfire or similar settings, this lesson is all you need.

It uses the same chords we show above for playing the song with a capo on the second fret, but the C is replaced with a Cmaj7, which is actually more accurate:

Open G chord diagram
E minor open chord diagram
D open chord diagram
D open chord diagram
C major 7 open chord diagram
A minor open chord diagram

A cool feature of this lesson is that it shows the lyrics in the upper part of the screen at the same time it shows the instructor playing the song, providing a karaoke-like experience.

JoelleOCampo

In this perfectly-executed cover with tabs, Joelle plays the A and F#m chords pressing the root note with her thumb. If you struggle with playing chords with your thumb, you can learn this version of the song as an exercise for improving your thumb skills:

A barre guitar chord using thumb to press the root note
F minor barre guitar chord using thumb to press the root note
E open guitar chord
D major 7 guitar chord

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What’s the next song you Want to learn?

If you want to keep growing your repertoire, make sure to check out these articles on our site:

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References:

  1. Larisha Paul, “Every Song Ranked on Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’: Critic’s Picks,” as published here: https://www.billboard.com/music/pop/olivia-rodrigo-sour-review-tracks-ranked-9576109/

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