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*Updated for 2018!

Most music sounds sweet when played on our favorite little stringed instrument, but there are some clear favorites. Here are 55 of the most famous ukulele songs, with plenty to choose from depending on your mood at the moment.

And hey – if you don’t see the ukulele being used in the originals, you should know that the song made its way onto the list because it sounds amazing on the ukulele. We’ve included links to chords and lyrics, so you can try these famous ukulele songs for yourself.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Year of Release: 2011
Artist: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Album: Alone in IZ Word / Facing Future

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole - YouTube

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Chords and Lyrics
You might recognize this song as the one originally sung by Judy Garland in her role as Dorothy Gale in the original 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. The ukulele version, which was popularized in the movie 50 First Dates, gained even more fame when Israel Kamakawiwo’ole released his cover in 2011.

All I Want

Year of Release: 2013
Artist: Kodaline
Album: In a Perfect World

Kodaline - All I Want (Part 1) - YouTube

All I Want Chords and Lyrics
All I Want gained fame when it was featured in The Fault in Our Stars film soundtrack. It’s an easy ukulele song to play, yet it is heart-wrenchingly beautiful.

All of Me

Year of Release: 2013
Artist: John Legend
Album: Love In the Future

John Legend - All of Me (Edited Video) - YouTube

All of Me Chords and Lyrics
All of Me was written for John Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen. This beautiful song was the third-best selling song of 2014. Give it a try and impress someone special!

Aloha ‘Oe

Year of Release: 2002
Artist: Tia Carrere
Album: Lilo and Stitch: Island Favorites

Tia Carrere - Aloha 'Oe Full Version [Lilo & Stitch Soundtrack] - YouTube

Aloha ‘Oe Chords and Lyrics
Aloha ‘Oe is attributed to Queen Lili’uokalani, who composed the song in 1878. It’s among the most famous ukulele songs ever written, and it is easy enough for newer players to perform with just a little bit of practice.

A Thousand Years

Year of Release: 2011
Artist: Christina Perri
Album: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Soundtrack

Christina Perri - A Thousand Years [Official Music Video] - YouTube

A Thousand Years Chords and Lyrics
Christina Perri and her best friend David Hodges wrote A Thousand Years for Bella and Edward. It’s as popular now as it was back in 2011 – maybe even more so!

Banana Pancakes

Year of Release: 2005
Artist: Jack Johnson
Album: In Between Dreams

Jack Johnson - banana pancakes - YouTube

Banana Pancakes Chords and Lyrics
Looking for a fun ukulele song to try? Banana Pancakes might just do the trick!

Better Together

Year of Release: 2005
Artist: Jack Johnson
Album: In Between Dreams

Jack Johnson - Better Together - YouTube

Better Together Chords and Lyrics
Jack Johnson’s “Better Together” is a fun song to play! The lyrics might take a little time to learn, but once you put the words and chords together, you might find this catchy tune becomes a favorite.

Blank Space

Year of Release: 2014
Artist: Taylor Swift
Album: 1989

Taylor Swift - Blank Space - YouTube

Blank Space Chords and Lyrics
A little bit of trivia for you: Taylor Swift’s Blank Space seems heartfelt, but it was written as a satirical statement on the media’s coverage of the artist’s relationships.

Can’t Help Falling in Love

Year of Release: 1961
Artist: Elvis Presley
Album: Blue Hawaii

twenty one pilots: Can't Help Falling In Love (Cover) - YouTube

Can’t Help Falling In Love Chords and Lyrics
Elvis Presley’s 1961 hit has been covered many times. Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots plays a fantastic ukulele version of Can’t Help Falling in Love, and it’s sure to inspire you to try this famous ukulele song for yourself!


Year of Release: 2014
Artist: Sia
Album: 1000 Forms of Fear

Sia - Chandelier (Official Video) - YouTube

Chandelier Chords and Lyrics
Sia wrote “Chandelier” with Rihanna or Beyoncé in mind, but opted to perform the song herself. Since its release, it has reached the top 5 on charts in 20 different countries!

City of Stars

Year of Release: 2016
Artist: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
Album: The La La Land Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

'City of Stars' (Duet ft. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone) - La La Land Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - YouTube

City of Stars Chords and Lyrics
If you loved La La Land, you’ll enjoy playing City of Stars! It’s not terribly challenging: Give it a try!

Count On Me

Year of Release: 2010
Artist: Bruno Mars
Album: Doo Wops & Hooligans

Bruno Mars - Count On Me (Official Video) - YouTube

Count on Me Chords and Lyrics
Count on Me has a classic island sound and easy lyrics. The song has a sweet, laid-back vibe that makes it a lot of fun to play.

Dream a Little Dream of Me

Year of Release: 1931
Artist: Ozzie Nelson
Album: Hits of the 1930s

Dream a Little Dream of Me (ukulele cover by Danielle Ate the Sandwich) - YouTube

Dream a Little Dream of Me Chords and Lyrics
Dream a Little Dream of Me has been recorded by more than 60 artists since its original release in 1931. We love this cover by Danielle Ate the Sandwich – it’s sure to inspire you to try this famous ukulele song for yourself!


Year of Release: 2001
Artist: Rufus Wainwright
Album: Shrek: Music from the Original Motion Picture

Hallelujah (shrek song) Best version! - YouTube

Hallelujah Chords and Lyrics
Hallelujah was written by Leonard Cohen, popularized by Jeff Buckley, and famously covered by Rufus Wainwright in the 2001 animated feature Shrek. Since then, it’s been a favorite with ukulele artists. Even Jake Shimabukuro, famed for his marvelous ukulele fingerpicking style, has covered it beautifully. It’s worth noting that we couldn’t find a video featuring both Rufus Wainwright and the ukulele, so we chose this one featuring Espen Lind, Kurt Nilsen, Alejandro Fuentes, and Askil Holm. Although they’re accompanied by the guitar here, you can achieve a similar effect with your ukulele.


Year of Release: 2015
Artist: Adele
Album: 25

Adele - Hello - YouTube

Hello Chords and Lyrics
Feeling nostalgic or sorry for the way things ended with an ex? Let it out! Hello is the perfect song for expressing your emotions.

Here Comes the Sun

Year of Release: 1969
Artist: The Beatles
Album: Abbey Road

Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles Tribute - YouTube

Here Comes the Sun Chords and Lyrics
Here Comes the Sun has been covered so many times, why not try this classic ukulele tune for yourself? It’s sure to become a favorite.

Ho Hey

Year of Release: 2012
Artist: The Lumineers
Album: The Lumineers

The Lumineers - Ho Hey (Official Video) - YouTube

Ho Hey Chords and Lyrics
Want a fun, catchy song to play and sing? Give Ho Hey a try! The lyrics are easy to remember, and so are the chords.

Hey Soul Sister

Year of Release: 2009
Artist: Train
Album: Save Me, San Francisco

Train - Hey, Soul Sister - YouTube

Hey Soul Sister Chords and Lyrics
No wonder “Hey Soul Sister” is such a popular ukulele song: It’s Train’s highest-charting song ever, even winning a Grammy Award! While this tune is a catchy one, it’s not at all difficult to strum. Have fun playing!

Hey There Delilah

Year of Release: 2006
Artist: Plain White T’s
Album: All That We Needed

Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah - YouTube

Hey There Delilah Chords and Lyrics
Trivia time! The Plain White T’s Tom Higgenson wrote “Hey There Delilah” in honor of American track star Delilah DiCrescenzo.

House of Gold

Year of Release: 2013
Artist: Twenty One Pilots
Album: Vessel

twenty one pilots: House of Gold [OFFICIAL VIDEO] - YouTube

House of Gold Chords and Lyrics
Have fun learning House of Gold! The rhythm is unique, and when you pair it with the lyrics, you’re sure to make quite an impression!

I Don’t Know My Name

Year of Release: 2016
Artist: Grace VanderWaal
Album (Movie): Keep Your Seats Please

Grace VanderWaal: 12-Year-Old Ukulele Player Gets Golden Buzzer - America's Got Talent 2016 - YouTube

I Don’t Know My Name Chords and Lyrics
Sweetly lyrical, “I Don’t Know My Name” was written by Grace VanderWaal, who taught herself to play the ukulele at age 11. Whatever your age, this song is a lot of fun to play.

I Make My Own Sunshine

Year of Release: 2012
Artist: Alyssa Bonagura
Album: Love Hard

"I Make My Own Sunshine" - Alyssa Bonagura (Lowe's Commercial) - YouTube

I Make My Own Sunshine Chords and Lyrics
I Make My Own Sunshine was featured in a 2012 Lowe’s commercial. The tune is easy to learn, and the lyrics are sure to put you in a great mood.

I Will Follow You into the Dark

Year of Release: 2005
Artist: Death Cab for Cutie
Album: Plans

Death Cab for Cutie "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" (Acoustic) - YouTube

I Will Follow You Into the Dark Chords and Lyrics
Feeling sentimental? Learn how to play I Will Follow You into the Dark, and you’ll have one more way to express yourself while telling someone just how much you care.

I Won’t Give UP

Year of Release: 2012
Artist: Jason Mraz
Album: Love is a Four Letter Word

Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up [Official Video] - YouTube

I Won’t Give Up Chords and Lyrics
“I Won’t Give UP” is a beautiful love song – and it’s a good reminder to keep on practicing your ukulele! Hang in there even when things get tough!

I’m Yours

Year of Release: 2008
Artist: Jason Mraz
Album: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.

Jason Mraz - I'm Yours [Official Video] - YouTube

I’m Yours Chords and Lyrics
I’m Yours offers a fantastic island sound, with plenty of strumming. This song might be famous, but it’s not at all difficult to learn and play!

I See Fire

Year of Release: 2013
Artist: Ed Sheeran
Album: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Ed Sheeran - I See Fire (Music Video) - YouTube

I See Fire Chords and Lyrics
If you’re a fan of the Lord of the Rings movies, then you’ve probably found yourself listening to I See Fire as you recall some of the Hobbit’s most memorable moments. Why stop at listening? Now you can play it, too!

Island in the Sun

Year of Release: 2001
Artist: Weezer
Album: Weezer (The Green Album)

Weezer - Island In The Sun - YouTube

Island in the Sun Chords and Lyrics
Get started with just four chords! Island in the Sun is super-catchy, and it’s such an easy ukulele song that you’ll learn it in no time.

Island Style

Year of Release: 2012
Artist: John Cruz
Album: Jack Johnson and Friends – Best of Kokua Festival

John Cruz Island Style - YouTube

Island Style Chords and Lyrics
Ready for some fingerpicking? Island Style isn’t the easiest song to play, but once you’ve mastered it, you’ll find that it’s one of your favorite tunes. Give it a try when you’re ready for a little challenge!

La Vie en Rose

Year of Release: 2014
Artist: Cristin Milioti
Album: How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother - La Vie En Rose l The Mother/Tracy McConnell (Season 9 Episode 16) - YouTube

La Vie en Rose Chords and Lyrics
La Vie en Rose was written by Edith Piaf, way back in 1945. The song has been popular on and off since then. Cristin Milioti covered La Vie en Rose in How I Met Your Mother, Season 9, Episode 16, strumming along to the soulful song on her ukulele. Try it for yourself!

Let Her Go

Year of Release: 2012
Artist: Passenger
Album: All the Little Lights

Passenger | Let Her Go (Official Video) - YouTube

Chords and Lyrics
Sweet and sentimental, Let Her Go is sure to make quite an impression on your audience. If you have friends who like to play different instruments, this song is one worth performing as a group.

Let It Go

Year of Release: 2013
Artist: Demi Lovato
Album: Frozen

Demi Lovato - Let It Go (from "Frozen") [Official] - YouTube

Let It Go Chords and Lyrics
Find your favorite little girl and let her sing along! If you’re a fan of Frozen, “Let it Go” deserves a place on your list of songs to learn.

Love Story

Year of Release: 2008
Artist: Taylor Swift
Album: Fearless

Taylor Swift - Love Story - YouTube

Love Story Chords and Lyrics
In the mood for a fairy tale? Love Story is the perfect song to play!


Year of Release: 2017
Artist: Ed Sheeran
Album: Divide

Ed Sheeran - Perfect (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Perfect Chords and Lyrics
An easygoing beat and simple chords make Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” a song worth trying, even if you’re fairly new to the ukulele. Your friends will be impressed!


Year of Release: 2013
Artist: Bastille
Album: Bastille

Bastille - Pompeii - YouTube

Pompeii Chords and Lyrics
Pompeii is technically synth pop, but the song lends itself to the ukulele so well that it’s a favorite with players who are looking for a challenge. You’ll be strumming fast: Pompeii’s tempo is 128 beats per minute.

Pumped Up Kicks

Year of Release: 2011
Artist: Foster the People
Album: Foster the People

Foster The People - Pumped up Kicks - YouTube

Pumped Up Kicks Chords and Lyrics
Ready to impress your friends? Learn how to play Pumped Up Kicks on your ukulele! There’s no need to be intimidated: We found an arrangement with only four chords to learn!


Year of Release: 2014
Artist: Vance Joy
Album: Dream Your Life Away

Vance Joy - 'Riptide' Official Video - YouTube

Riptide Chords and Lyrics
Ready to learn a fun, famous ukulele song? Give Riptide a try! This song has just a few chords, and the lyrics aren’t too difficult to remember.

Say You Won’t Let Go

Year of Release: 2016
Artist: James Arthur
Album: Back from the Edge

James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go - YouTube

Say You Won’t Let Go Chords and Lyrics
“Say You Won’t Let Go” has a sweet sound, yet it’s fairly easy to play. Once you’ve got the strumming down, you’ll be ready to add some fingerpicking in the style of James Arthur. Give it a try!

Shape of You

Year of Release: 2017
Artist: Ed Sheeran
Album: Divide

Ed Sheeran - Shape of You [Official Video] - YouTube

Shape of You Chords and Lyrics
Ready to expand your playlist? Ed Sheeran’s Shape of you has just four chords to learn, but the rhythm and lyrics make for a fun challenge.

Skinny Love

Year of Release: 2007
Artist: Bon Iver
Album: For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - Skinny Love - YouTube

Skinny Love Chords and Lyrics
Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” has been covered countless times, with a notable release by Birdy in 2011. It’s slightly challenging, making for a nice addition to your repertoire.

Someone to Lava

Year of Release: 2015
Artist: Kuana Torres Kahele, Napua Greig, and James Ford Murphy
Album (Animated Film): Disney Pixar Animated Short Film Inside Out

Lava song FULL version with lyrics Disney Pixar animated short film - YouTube

Someone to Lava Chords and Lyrics
Grab your favorite someone and have fun learning how to play Someone to Lava! You’ll love it’s classic Hawaiian sound as well as its fun, catchy lyrics.

Stay with Me

Year of Release: 2014
Artist: Sam Smith

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Today, when everything is available on the internet, an average person can learn any skill with just a click. However, the traditional way of learning through the pages of books are still standing the test of time especially with people who do not want to be distracted by the temptation of getting stuck on social media.

This list provides eight ukulele books for anyone who wants to learn how to play the ukulele whether you are an absolute beginner with little to no musical background or an intermediate player who is looking to polish their skills and strengthen their technique.

1. The Ukulele Handbook by Gavin Pretor-Pinney and Tom Hodgkinson
Both ukulele pros and amateurs have talked highly about The Ukulele Handbook which critics have lauded as the “ukulele Bible.” The Ukulele Handbook covers a quick and cohesive illustrated guide to the ukulele from the history of the instruments up to its popularity at present time. The book serves as a one-stop shop for all things ukulele as it not only provides song tabs and chords but also gives a beginner’s introduction to the anatomy of the ukulele, the kinds of ukuleles, and how to tune, pluck, and strum the instrument. The handbook, penned by writers and self-proclaimed idlers Gavin Pretor-Pinney and Tom Hodgkinson, is complete, easy, and colorful.

2. Get Plucky With The Ukulele: A Quick And Easy Guide To All Things Uke by Will Grove-White
Similar to The Ukulele Handbook, Get Plucky serves as a mini encyclopedia all about the ukulele. The book is written by ukulele musician Will Grove-White who is a member of the world-renowned Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. With 25 years of experience and counting, the author’s love and passion for the ukulele is translated into this book. More than just a teach-yourself-guide to the ukulele, this book has been known to be best enjoyed by just reading through it on a relaxing day on a comfortable couch with a cup of coffee.

3. Ukulele for Dummies by Alistair Wood
The “For Dummies” book franchise has a plethora of topics and concepts in book form, and the ukulele — of course — is no exception. In true “For Dummies” fashion, Ukulele for Dummies offers a crash course in the ukulele from picking the right kind of ukulele to learning how to play the instrument in a variety of styles including pop, folk, and Hawaiian music. The book comes with an audio CD that contains all the musical notation included in the book. To anyone who is looking for a fun and clever way to be taught how to play the ukulele, the book’s witty yet straightforward approach might just be perfect for you.

4. Ukulele Primer Book for Beginners by Bert Casey
The Ukulele Primer is both for beginners who already have an instrument but don’t know where to start and for those who want to get back to playing the instrument. The book is designed for soprano, tenor, and concert ukuleles and has 50 pages containing helpful tips, chord charts, musical notation, and picture guides. The book also comes with an 86-minute DVD that covers all the instructions in the book plus important techniques a beginner ukulele player must learn. Each lesson is played at different speeds so you can practice the lessons at your own pace until you can play at normal speed.

5. Essential Elements Ukulele Method Book 1 by Marty Gross
The Essential Elements Ukulele Method Book 1 is as beginner friendly as a ukulele book can get. You’re guaranteed to learn the basic ukulele chords in just a couple of hours even if you don’t know how to read music. Don’t be fooled by the 48 pages of the book as it already covers all you need to know about playing the ukulele including chord progressions, note reading, tab reading, and more. Go-to songs to play on the ukulele like “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “The Rainbow Connection” are featured in the book. The book also comes with an audio CD that lets you check your chords and notes and keep you on track.

6. Absolute Beginners Ukulele by Hal Leonard Corp.
Absolute Beginners Ukulele is published by Hal Leonard Corporation, one of the world’s biggest publishing houses for music. With over 50 years of publishing under their belt, Hal Leonard Corporation has made its way to the doors of music schools, orchestras, and chorale groups around the world. Absolute Beginners Ukulele is a 40-page book that is both a visual (with its picture guides for playing chords and notes) and aural guide (as the book comes with an instructional audio CD of chords and songs to play along to) for beginners. The look-and-learn approach of the book fits anyone who wants to learn how to play the ukulele without the lengthy, textual explanations.

7. Ukulele Aerobics: For All Levels from Beginner to Advanced by Chad Johnson
To master any instrument, it is always smart to practice a couple of days every week, if not every day. Exercises on an instrument will help you play more comfortably and smoothly and will also train your ears with notes. Ukulele Aerobics contains various exercises for players who have a grasp of ukulele basics to advanced ukulele players who are looking to master flawless techniques on the instrument including strumming, fingerstyle, staccato, and tremolo. Another publication from Hal Leonard Corp., Ukulele Aerobics follows an effective 40-week format that can walk you through the lessons at an appropriate pace. The lessons start with basic strumming and get progressively difficult every week but are provided with detailed explanations so as not to shock you and your fingers. This book is perfect for people who would rather learn how to play the ukulele in a methodological way rather than learning the instrument one song at a time.

8. Fingerstyle Ukulele – A Method & Songbook for Fingerpicking Backup & Solos by Fred Sokolow
The last book on our list is also for ukulele players who want to hone their skills and take it to the next level. Fingerstyle Ukulele aims to teach you how to play solos and accompaniment on the ukulele for different styles of music like folk and blues. The book is written by Fred Sokolow who is a renowned multi-instrumentalist and recording artist and has penned instructional books on a variety of instruments. The book comes with an online access to the audio guide of the lessons that will help you check your progress and your performance with each lesson.

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Happening Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28, Ashokan Music & Dance Camp’s Uke Fest is an immersive, family-friendly weekend of music workshops, concerts, and more dedicated to the ukulele. All levels are invited to join!

A sampling of the workshops that will be offered: Holding Down the Uke Groove, a rhythm-focused class for confident beginners and intermediate players; Flamenco Sevillanas, a flamenco class for intermediate musicians; Ukulele From Scratch, for total beginners; Celtic Ukulele, for adventurous beginners and above; Blues Uke; BASS-ICS for bass uke players; and more!

Uke Fest instructors and performers Heidi Swedberg, Daniel Ward, Gerald Ross, Kevin Carroll, Ben Hassenger, Fred Sokolow, and Lynn Sokolow are world-class musicians and teachers from all over the United States. In addition to teaching weekend-long workshops, the camp staff will perform in an All-Star Uke Concert for campers and the public on Saturday evening.

Uke Fest is just one of Ashokan’s annual Music & Dance Camps. Produced by celebrated folk duo Jay Ungar and Molly Mason since 1980, the Ashokan Music & Dance Camps—the first camps of their kind in America—offer weekend and week-long workshops with world-class instructors in a variety of music genres.

In addition to music, each camp offers great meals, nature hikes, and comfortable onsite lodging; work exchange opportunities and discounted youth pricing are available so people of all ages and economic levels can join the Ashokan community.

All the fun takes place at The Ashokan Center, a not-for-profit arts and environmental education center located on 385 acres of bucolic woods, fields, and streams in the beautiful Catskill Mountains in New York State.

The Ashokan Center - YouTube

To learn more or register, visit Ashokan’s website.

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You’ve got your first ukulele! Now what? Whether you’re taking lessons or teaching yourself how to play the ukulele, easy songs can speed your progress and make learning a whole lot more fun. Sure – chords are essential – so much so that we’ve got a complete chord chart for you to use as you learn. But playing chords and simple kid’s songs like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” can get pretty boring. This collection of 50 easy ukulele songs for beginners does include a few old standards, but you’ll find lots of popular songs here as well.

Have fun with these easy songs! Break them down by learning the chords first, then working on your strumming pattern. Once you can play, add in your vocals if you want to, working in small sections and just letting the songs progress until they feel natural to you. Starting with familiar songs can speed the process, and so can watching videos that feature the songs being played on the ukulele. Keep on practicing! Soon enough you’ll be taking your playing to the next level.

Achy Breaky Heart

Performer: Billy Ray Cyrus

Album:  Some Gave All

Year of Release: 1992

No list would be complete without at least one country classic! This song is a lot of fun to play, but it has just two chords.

Chords Used: A, E

Achy Break Heart Lyrics and Chords

Billy Ray Cyrus - Achy Breaky Heart - YouTube
All of the Stars

Performer: Ed Sheeran

Album:  The Fault in Our Stars

Year of Release: 2014

All of the Stars is an easy song to play, and a heartbreakingly beautiful one to sing. We love Ed Sheeran’s original version, which was recorded for the soundtrack of the film The Fault in Our Stars, and there are plenty of fantastic covers to give you some inspiration for styling the song your own way. Be sure to check out Jackie Evancho’s version: It’s beautiful!

Chords Used: F, C, Am, G

All of the Stars Lyrics and Chords

Ed Sheeran - All Of The Stars [Official Video] - YouTube
Amazing Grace

Performer: Chris Tomlin

Album:  See the Morning

Year of Release: 2006

Yes, you can play Gospel songs on the ukulele! Amazing Grace is a great one to start with – if you’re into Gospel, then you probably know all the words. This song was published in 1779 and has been reworked countless times since then.

Chords Used: C, F, G7, Am

Amazing Grace Lyrics and Chords

Chris Tomlin - Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) - YouTube
Banana Boat Song

Performer: Harry Belafonte

Album:  Calypso

Year of Release: 1957

Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) is based on a traditional Jamaican work song. Harry Belafonte made it famous, and it has been covered  by many different folk singers over the years. The song is a lot of fun to play and sing – and because it uses just two lyrics and a simple strumming pattern, it’s one of the easiest ukulele songs there is.

Chords Used: C, G

The Banana Boat Song Lyrics and Chords

Harry Belafonte - Banana Boat Song (live) 1997 - YouTube
Blowin’ In the Wind

Performer: Bob Dylan

Album:  The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

Year of Release: 1963

A classic folk song from the 1960s, Blowin’ in the Wind has wonderfully poetic lyrics that might take a little time to learn. But once you do, you’ll find yourself singing and playing a song that’s as nice to listen to as it is to perform.

Chords Used: G, C, D

Blowin’ In the Wind Lyrics and Chords

Blowing In The Wind (Live On TV, March 1963) - YouTube
Bonfire Heart

Performer: James Blunt

Album:  Moon Landing

Year of Release: 2013

When James Blunt released Bonfire Heart, he said it was about “love, life, fear, and hope.” Despite topping charts worldwide, this beautiful song is easy to play once you’ve got the chords down. It’ll take more practice than some other tunes we’ve covered here but the results are worth the effort! When you’re ready, add in some fingerpicking and percussive taps.

Chords Used: Am, C, Em, F, G

Bonfire Heart Lyrics and Chords

James Blunt - Bonfire Heart [Official Video] - YouTube
Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Performer: Deep Blue Something

Album:  11th Song

Year of Release: 1994

The lyrics to Breakfast at Tiffany’s were inspired by the film Roman Holiday, and it’s a must for any Audrey Hepburn fan! Whether you remember the film or not, you’ll enjoy playing this catchy tune; the repetitive melody makes it easy to learn.

Chords Used: D, G, A

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Lyrics and Chords

Deep Blue Something - Breakfast At Tiffany's - YouTube
Brown Eyed Girl

Performer: Van Morrison

Album:  Brown Eyed Girl

Year of Release: 1967

Yes, you can play classic rock on the ukulele – and some of the songs are easy enough for new players to cover with little bit of practice! Brown Eyed Girl calls for just five chords, and you can expect your friends to sing along to the refrain once you’ve perfected your own version.

Chords Used: G, C, D, D7, Em

Brown Eyed Girl Lyrics and Chords

Brown Eyed Girl - YouTube

Performer: George Ezra

Album: Did You Hear the Rain?

Year of Release: 2013

When talking with The Daily Telegraph about his hit song “Budapest,” George Ezra said that the song used the first three chords he ever learned, and that it was intentionally simple. If you’re looking for an easy love song to play on the ukulele, be sure to give this one  try!

Chords Used: C, F, A#

Budapest Lyrics and Chords

George Ezra - Budapest (Official Video) - YouTube
Clementine (Oh My Darling, Clementine)

Performer: Bing Crosby

Album:  Twilight on the Trail

Year of Release: 1941

With just three chords and a simple rhythm, the old classic “Clementine” is among the easiest ukulele songs on our list. This traditional American folk ballad is believed to be the work of Percy Montrose, and it dates back to about 1884. Nobody really knows who recorded it first, but Bing Crosby is credited with taking it to the Billboard charts.

Chords Used: G, D7, C

Clementine Lyrics and Chords

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Counting Stars

Performer: OneRepublic

Album:  Native

Year of Release: 2013

With an easy rhythm and just a few chords, Counting Stars makes a fun addition to your ukulele play list.

Chords Used: Am, C, G, F

Counting Stars Lyrics and Chords

OneRepublic - Counting Stars - YouTube

Performer: Owl City

Album:  Ocean Eyes

Year of Release: 2009

While Owl City’s “Fireflies” has five chords, F, C, and G carry you through most of the song, with Em and Am putting in quick appearances along the way. It’s a touch more challenging than some of the songs on this list, but still very easy to play!

Chords Used: G, C, F, Em, Am

Fireflies Lyrics and Chords

Owl City - Fireflies - YouTube

Performer: Pharrell Williams

Album:  Girl

Year of Release: 2013

Fun and upbeat, Happy can be a pretty easy song to play on the ukulele. There are more complicated arrangements available too, so you can make the song more exciting once you’ve gotten the basics down.

Chords Used: E7, C, Bm7

Happy Lyrics and Chords

Pharrell Williams - Happy (Video) - YouTube
Happy Birthday

Performer: Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill

Album:  N/A

Year of Release: 1893

Now you can accompany this favorite with your ukulele! Happy Birthday is easy to play, and it’ll make you the life of the party. We found a great ukulele cover with some fun add-ins toward the end.

Chords Used: C, F, G7

Happy Birthday Lyrics and Chords

Happy Birthday (ukulele cover) - YouTube

Performer: One Groove

Album:  Make Your Move

Year of Release: 2005

Ready to play some Hawaiian reggae? Heartache is easy thanks to a repeating chord pattern! Once you’ve got the basics down and feel ready to take the song to the next level, consider learning how to fingerpick the intro lead.

Chords Used: C, F, G

Heartache Lyrics and Chords

One Groove- Heartache - YouTube
Hey Soul Sister

Performer: Train

Album:  Save Me, San Francisco

Year of Release: 2009

The original ukulele chord structure for Hey Soul Sister is a little more complicated than this easy version, but you’ll get a similar feel and have fun playing a very popular song that lots of people know!

Chords Used: A, B, Dbm, E

Hey Soul Sister Lyrics and Chords

Train - Hey, Soul Sister - YouTube
Ho Hey

Performer: The Lumineers

Album:  The Lumineers

Year of Release: 2012

Believe it or not, the Lumineers created “Ho Hey” as a kiss-off to indifferent concert goers who failed to participate in the fun. Today, it’s one of their most popular songs.

Chords Used: Am, C, F, G

Ho Hey Lyrics and Chords

The Lumineers - Ho Hey (Official Video) - YouTube
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

Performer: U2

Album:  The Joshua Tree

Year of Release: 1987

Easily one of U2’s greatest masterpieces! I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For has been ranked as one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, yet it’s easy enough to play on our ukulele. Perfect for when you’re feeling soulful!

Chords Used: C, F, G

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For Lyrics and Chords

U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - YouTube
I’m Yours

Performer: Jason Mraz

Album:  We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.

Year of Release: 2007

If you like to sing, you’ll love playing this easy ukulele version of I’m Yours! Don’t be surprised if it ends up to be one of your favorites.

Chords Used: C, G, Am, F, D7

I’m Yours Lyrics and Chords

Jason Mraz - I'm Yours [Official Video] - YouTube
I Make My Own Sunshine

Performer: Alyssa Bonagura

Album:  I Make My Own Sunshine (Single)

Year of Release: 2012

Looking for a happy ukulele song that’s not too hard? This one might be just right!

Chords Used: G, D, Em C

I Make My Own Sunshine Lyrics and Chords

"I Make My Own Sunshine" - Alyssa Bonagura (Lowe's Commercial) - YouTube
I Won’t Back Down

Performer: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Album:  x

Year of Release: x

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Chords Used: Em, D, G, C

I Won’t Back Down Lyrics and Chords

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - I Won't Back Down - YouTube
Island in the Sun

Performer: Weezer

Album:  Weezer (The Green Album)

Year of Release: 2001

Island in the Sun uses just 5 chords, but it’s incredibly catchy. Once you’ve got the chords figured out, work on imitating Weezer’s strum pattern, and then add in your vocals. Soon enough, you’ll be playin’ and havin’ fun!

Chords Used: Am, C, D, Em, G

Island in the Sun Lyrics and Chords

Weezer - Island In The Sun - YouTube
Island Style

Performer: John Cruz

Album:  Acoustic Soul

Year of Release: 2003

Island Style is a great tune to play and sing – and it’s also one of the easiest ukulele songs for beginners!

Chords Used: C, C7, F, G7

Island Style Lyrics and Chords

John Cruz Island Style - YouTube
Just the Way You Are

Performer: Bruno Mars

Album:  Doo-Wops & Hooligans

Year of Release: 2010

“Just the Way You Are” was written in celebration of a woman’s beauty. This romantic song is a great one to play for someone special!

Chords Used: A#, Dm, F

Just the Way You Are Lyrics and Chords

Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are [OFFICIAL VIDEO] - YouTube
Ku’u Home O Kahalu’u

Performer: Olomana

Album:  Like a Seabird in the Wind

Year of Release: 1976

Play this song and you’ll feel like you’re on a beach in O’ahu. It’s a classic Hawaiian standard, with easy chords and words that might be a little bit hard to pronounce at first. Have fun!

Chords Used: C, F, G7

Ku’u Home O Kahal’u Lyrics and Chords

Olomana- Ku'u Home O Kahalu'u - YouTube
Leaving on a Jet Plane

Performer: Peter, Paul & Mary

Album:  Album 1700

Year of Release: 1969

Written by John Denver in 1966, Leaving on a Jet Plane has a cool, easygoing vibe. With just three chords and simple, memorable lyrics, this classic folk song is a fun but easy addition to your ukulele play list!

Chords Used: G, C, D

Leaving on a Jet Plane Lyrics and Chords

Peter, Paul and Mary - Leaving on a Jet Plane. - YouTube
Let it Be

Performer: The Beatles

Album:  Let it Be

Year of Release: 1970

Let it Be was released after the Beatles broke up in 1970; nevertheless, it was a top hit. The song is sweet, lyrical, and easy to play.

Chords Used: C, Am, F G

Let it Be Lyrics and Chords

The Beatles - Let It Be - YouTube
Love Yourself

Performer: Justin Bieber

Album:  Purpose

Year of Release: 2015

Love Yourself is a Justin Bieber favorite, but did you know that Ed Sheeran took part in the writing process? This song is fun and catchy, so be sure to give it a try!

Chords Used: C, G, Am, Dm, F

Love Yourself Lyrics and Chords


Performer: Front Porch Step

Album:  Aware

Year of Release: 2013

As the name of the song suggests, Lullaby is simple and sweet! Just four chords and a few easy-to-remember lyrics make it a favorite.

Chords Used: Am, C, F, G

Lullaby Lyrics and Chords

Front Porch Step "Lullaby" - YouTube

Performer: Jimmy Buffet

Album:  Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

Year of Release: 1977

Believe it or not, Margaritaville has been popular for more than 40 years! This easygoing summertime hit is fun to play, with just four chords and plenty of sing-along potential.

Chords Used: A, D, D7, G

Margaritaville Lyrics and Chords

Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville (1978) - YouTube
Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)

Performer: Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters

Album:  Merry Christmas

Year of Release: 1950

Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way to say “Merry Christmas!” This isn’t the easiest ukulele song on our list but it’s not at all difficult to play, even though there are five chords. Don’t be surprised if everyone starts to sing along!

Chords Used: G, D7, E, C, A7

Mele Kalikimaka Lyrics and Chords

Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters - Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song) - YouTube
No Tears Left to Cry

Performer: Ariana Grande

Album:  Sweetener

Year of Release: 2018

Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry” is a heartfelt tribute to the victims and survivors of the Manchester Arena Bombing. Give it a try and as Ariana mentioned in an interview, “Dance and live ya best life!”

Chords Used: C, G, F, Am

No Tears Left to Cry Lyrics and Chords

Ariana Grande - No Tears Left To Cry - YouTube
One Love

Performer: Bob Marley

Album:  Exodus

Year of Release: 1977

Believe it or not, Bob Marley’s “One Love” uses easy chords, and is a lot of fun to play. This is a great song to try if you’re interested in working on your timing and getting well-acquainted with the classic sound of reggae.

Chords Used: C, F, G, Am

One Love Lyrics and Chords

One Love Bob Marley official video (HD) - YouTube
Over the Rainbow

Performer: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Album:  Ka ‘Ano’i / Facing Future

Year of Release: 1990

One of the sweetest renditions of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World, this is a beautiful tribute to ukulele great Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Practice makes perfect! Listen to Israel’s version as you work on your own stylings, and you’ll soon be ready to show off for friends.

Chords Used: C, Em, F, G, Am

Over the Rainbow Lyrics and Chords

OFFICIAL Somewhere over the Rainbow - Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole - YouTube

Performer: One Direction

Album:  Made in the A.M.

Year of Release: 2015

While “Perfect” is a top hit, it’s also one of the easiest ukulele songs to play. With just three chords, it’s a song you can use to impress others once you’ve got the lyrics down.

Chords Used: Bm, D, G

Perfect Lyrics and Chords

One Direction - Perfect (Official Video) - YouTube

Performer: Vance Joy

Album:  God Loves You When You’re Dancing / Dream Your Life Away

Year of Release: 2013

One of the most popular ukulele songs ever written, Riptide also happens to be fairly easy to play. It’ll take more practice and memorization than some of the other songs on this list, so be patient with yourself!

Chords Used: Am, C, G, F

Riptide Lyrics and Chords

Vance Joy - 'Riptide' Official Video - YouTube

Performer: Magic!

Album:  Don’t Kill the Magic

Year of Release: 2013

If you want to learn how to play reggae on the ukulele, then Rude is a good song to start out with. Once you have the chords down, practice the strum pattern. After a while, you’ll be ready to add the..

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