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101 Easy Ukulele Songs

September 29, 2018

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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. Therefore, 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.

 

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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