101 Easy Ukulele Songs

February 5, 2018


101 Easy Ukulele Songs

These ukulele songs have just the right melody with the right amount of key changes and can be played by anyone regardless of age.

These are also great for talented players who want to try out new songs to teach. Most of the songs are popular and well-known.

Most people from all walks of life should be able to recognize them. They are easy to learn, and so, you should consequently be able to play them for your friends in no time.

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Iz Zamakawiwoʻole


Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton


Let It Be by The Beatles


I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

Tonight You Belong to Me by Steve Martin


All I Want is You by Barry Louis Polisar


I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking for by U2


Soul Sister by Train


One Love by Bob Marley


Stay with Me by Sam Smith


Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan 


Mele Kalikimaka by Bing Crosby


Twist and Shout by The Beatles


Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival


Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver 


City of New Orleans by Steve Goodman


Love Me Do by The Beatles


The Lion Sleeps Tonight by the The Tokens


Island Song by Ashley Eriksson


Run to You by Pentatonix


Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars 


It’s My Life by Bon Jovi 


Don’t Stop Believing by Journey


Leaving on A Jet Plane by John Denver 


You Are My Sunshine by Johnny Cash 


Happy Birthday 


This Land Is Your Land by Woody Gurthie


Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus 


Amazing Grace 


Banana Boat Song by Harry Belafonte


Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something


Fireflies by Owl City


Happy by Pharell Williams


Ku’u Home o Kahala’u by Olomana


Someone Like You by Adele


Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd 


Down on the Corner by Creedence Clearwater Revival 


I’ve Been Working on the Railroad by John Denver


Away in a Manger


Jingle Bells


Let It Snow


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star


All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix


Ho Hey by The Lumineers


Losing My Religion by R.E.M. 


Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye 


Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra


Father and Son by Cat Stevens


Can’t Keep It Inside by Benedict Cumberbatch


Home by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros


The Stable Song by Gregory Alan Isakov 


Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Andy Williams


Last Christmas by Wham! 


Daylight by Maroon 5 


Everything by Michael Bublé


Royals by Lorde


The Wind by Cat Stevens


Sunshine by Jonathan Edwards


Lean On Me by Bill Withers


Better Together by Jack Johnson


Stand by Me by Ben E King


I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons


Hey Mama by David Guetta 



Goodbye My Lover by James Blunt


Let Her Go by Passenger


Rude by Magic

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Sober by Childish Gambino 


Colors of the Wind by Vanessa Williams


If I Were a Boy by Beyoncé


Everything Stays by Rebecca Sugar 


Livin’ On a Prayer by Bon Jovi


I’ll Be There for You by The Rembrandts


New York, New York by Frank Sinatra 


Have It All by Jason Mraz


Silent Night


Elastic Heart by Sia 


How Deep is Your Love by Bees Gees 


Missing You by All Time Low


Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison 


Youth by Daughter


Gravity by John Mayer


Count On Me by Bruno Mars


Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People 


All My Loving by The Beatles


Chasing The Sun by Sara Bareilles 


Monster Mash! by Bobby Picket


Shadow Days by John Mayer 


Spongebob Squarepants Theme Song


Breakdown by Jack Johnson


Hey Stephen by Stephen Jerzak 


We Could Happen by AJ Rafael 


Do You Believe in Magic by The Lovin’ Spoonful


Give Love a Try by Jonas Brothers


For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield 


House of the Rising Sun by The Animals


Edelweiss by Julie Andrews


Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked by Cage the Elephant


Payphone by Maroon 5


Mad World by Gary Jules 


M.C.A by Village People

There are so many ukulele songs to choose from if you are starting out as a beginner player. Sometimes what you would want to play is difficult and you cannot follow along.

In order for you to choose the right song, you should consider the following: adaptability, genre and themes, tempo, key changes, and melody.

Key Considerations When Choosing an Easy Ukulele Song

If you are a beginner ukulele player who does not know many songs to play, do not fret.

The following things are worth considering when choosing an easy ukulele song to play.

  • Adaptability – Some songs are great to hear on guitars or when sung by singers, but sound dreadful on other instruments. You should first think about whether or not you can play a song on your instrument of choice before you choose it. This is because if there are chords in the song that you cannot play, it will not sound good even if you try to improvise.
  • Genre and Themes– Some songs are not meant to be played on some instruments because they are specific to one genre. Ukuleles are versatile instruments, and nowadays they can play in almost any genre. However, you should not choose a song that contains violence and gore to a child audience. In other words, pick a song that has the appropriate genre and themes to the audience who will listen to you.
  • Tempo – As a beginner, you should pick songs with tempos that you can keep up with. As you go along, you should be able to pick a song with a faster tempo depending on your skill level. If you find that a song is too slow for you, you can change to a faster one instead. Also, do not pick songs that have a tempo that is too fast.
  • Key Changes – If you are starting out in playing ukuleles, you should watch out for key changes in your music. This is crucial in any form of music because it is what makes a song distinct from the rest. Look at the frequency of the changes of a certain song. As a result, it will determine whether or not you can play the song based on your skill level.
  • Melody – The melody of the song should be a key factor as to how you should choose. Even if the ukulele only has four notes, the way a song is structured may determine a song’s difficulty. This is because some people may have a harder time playing a certain song because of conditions like arthritis. It is best that you pick a song that just has the right melody for your skill level so you can play it easily.
  • Length – A good tip would be to make sure that you are able to play the full length of a song. Playing songs while stopping at the middle because your fingers hurt from playing too long is embarrassing. Also, the same could be said for songs that are too short. 
  • Connection – Sometimes it is best that you are able to pick a song because you can connect to it. This will make learning an easier process for you because you are no longer afraid of making too many mistakes when singing along. Any performer that connects with the song they are playing with will be able to express the emotions better. 
  • Techniques – Keep the techniques that you will use in mind once you establish the basics of the song. This will help you make a decision about whether it is easy enough for your level or requires a little practice.

Also Read: Best Ukuleles for Kids

Final Thoughts

In the end, learning the ukulele can be easy as long as you put enough effort into it. Moreover, these songs can help tremendously. Therefore, it is better than you find a song that you can relate to so that you can feel the music. This list is only a guide to finding the right song for your next performance. If you feel that you cannot play any of them because they are too old or not suitable to your tastes, there are other options to try. Remember, these are merely recommendations for what most people voted as most popular.

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