50 Easy Ukulele Songs for Beginners

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Budapest

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

 

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

 

Fireflies

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

 

Happy

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

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

 

Heartache

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Lullaby

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

 

Margaritaville

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Perfect

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

 

Riptide

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

 

Rude

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 lyrics!

Chords Used: F, G, C, Am

Rude Lyrics and Chords

 

Saturday Sun

Performer: Vance Joy

Album:  Nation of Two

Year of Release: 2018

Sweet lyrics and simple chords make Vance Joy’s Saturday Sun a great ukulele song for beginners. With just a little effort, you’ll put it all together.

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

Saturday Sun Lyrics and Chords

 

Save Tonight

Performer: Eagle Eye Cherry

Album:  Desireless

Year of Release: 1997

Save Tonight is a romantic song with just four chords and an easygoing strum. It moves at a slower pace than some other tunes, and you can play at a relaxed pace until you’re ready to pick up the tempo. Have fun with this one!

Chords Used: Am, C, F, G

Save Tonight Lyrics and Chords

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nntd2fgMUYw

 

Shine On

Performer: John Cruz

Album:  Acoustic Soul

Year of Release: 1996

With just two chords, Shine On is one of the easiest ukulele songs you’ll ever play. It’s beautiful, too – particularly if you can find a friend to sing harmony.

Chords Used: C, G7

Shine On Lyrics and Chords

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bkyjqF-PT0

Someone Like You

Performer: Adele

Album:  21

Year of Release: 2011

If you’re in the mood for a sad breakup song, try playing “Someone Like You” on your ukulele. Just five chords and a slow tempo add up to a song that’s easy to learn and play.

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

Someone Like You Lyrics and Chords

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLQl3WQQoQ0

 

Something Just Like This

Performer: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

Album: Memories Do Not Open

Year of Release: 2017

One of the most popular songs of 2017 – and pretty easy to learn, with just three chords. Something Just Like This makes you realize that you really don’t need superhuman gifts to play the ukulele!

Chords Used: C, D, Em

Something Just Like This Lyrics and Chords

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM7MFYoylVs

 

Stand By Me

Performer: Ben E. King

Album:  Don’t Play that Song!

Year of Release: 1961

Simple, repetitive chord patterns and a slow, easygoing tempo make this classic easy to learn. The vocals are beautiful, but not at all difficult to add.

Chords Used: C, Am, F, G7

Stand By Me Lyrics and Chords

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTd2ylacYNU

 

Stay with Me

Performer: Sam Smith

Album:  In the Lonely Hour

Year of Release: 2014

While Stay with Me is Sam Smith’s most popular song to date, it’s an easy one to play on your ukulele. The gospel-inspired tempo

Chords Used: Am, F, C, G

Stay with Me Lyrics and Chords

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB-5XG-DbAA

 

Sweater Weather

Performer: The Neighbourhood

Album:  I Love You

Year of Release: 2012

Ready for a change of scene and a fun song to play? Sweater Weather might be just the thing. This one requires some practice! Be sure to listen to the strum and percussion so you can get the tempo right.

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

Sweater Weather Lyrics and Chords

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCdwKhTtNNw

 

Sweet Home Alabama

Performer: Lynyrd Skynyrd

Album:  Second Helping

Year of Release: 1974

Since its release in 1974, Sweet Home Alabama has been covered countless times. Once you learn the main riff, you’ll find that the rest of the song comes together pretty quickly.

Chords Used: D, C, G

Sweet Home Alabama Lyrics and Chords

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izDF26wqI0M

 

Thinking Out Loud

Performer: Ed Sheeran

Album:  X

Year of Release: 2014

Despite its sweet, romantic sound, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is a simple song to play. The slow tempo and easy chords make it perfect for newer players who want to build confidence while playing a popular song!

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

Thinking Out Loud Lyrics and Chords

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp-EO5I60KA

 

You Are My Sunshine

Performer: Pine Ridge Boys

Album:  Bluebird: You Are My Sunshine

Year of Release: 1939

One of the easiest ukulele songs ever! You are My Sunshine isn’t just a tune for beginners…it’s been covered by famous performers including Johnny Cash! Add your own vocal stylings once you’ve got the chords figured out, and you may just have a hit on your hands. Yodeling is optional.

Chords Used: C, C7, F, G

You Are My Sunshine Lyrics and Chords

 

You’re Beautiful

Performer: James Blunt

Album:  Back to Bedlam

Year of Release: 2004

You’re Beautiful is James Blunt’s most popular US single, despite its easy tempo and simple chords. Practice the vocals carefully and you’ll have a hit on your hands.

Chords Used: C, G, Am, F

You’re Beautiful Lyrics and Chords

 

22

Performer: Taylor Swift

Album:  Red

Year of Release: 2013

Taylor Swift’s “22” celebrates the wonders being a 22-year-old with your whole life ahead of you. Whatever your age, be sure to give this song a try! Once you get the lyrics and chords down, work on adding percussive taps.

Chords Used: G, D, Dsus4, C

22 Lyrics and Chords

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