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.

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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.

  1. Achy Breaky Heart

  2. 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

     

  3. All of the Stars

  4. 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

     

  5. Amazing Grace

  6. 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

     

  7. Banana Boat Song

  8. 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

  9. Blowin’ In the Wind

  10. 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

  11. Bonfire Heart

  12. 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

     

  13. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  14. 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

     

  15. Brown Eyed Girl

  16. 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

     

  17. Budapest

  18. 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

     

  19. Clementine (Oh My Darling, Clementine)

  20. 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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  21. Counting Stars

  22. 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

     

  23. Fireflies

  24. 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

     

  25. Happy

  26. 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

  27. Happy Birthday

  28. 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

     

  29. Heartache

  30. 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

     

  31. Hey Soul Sister

  32. 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

     

  33. Ho Hey

  34. 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

     

  35. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

  36. 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

     

  37. I’m Yours

  38. 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

     

  39. I Make My Own Sunshine

  40. 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

     

  41. I Won’t Back Down

  42. 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

     

  43. Island in the Sun

  44. 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

     

  45. Island Style

  46. 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

  47. Just the Way You Are

  48. 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

     

  49. Ku’u Home O Kahalu’u

  50. 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

     

  51. Leaving on a Jet Plane

  52. 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

     

  53. Let it Be

  54. 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

     

  55. Love Yourself

  56. 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

     

     

  57. Lullaby

  58. 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

     

  59. Margaritaville

  60. 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

  61. Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)

  62. 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

     

  63. No Tears Left to Cry

  64. 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

  65. One Love

  66. 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

     

  67. Over the Rainbow

  68. 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

     

  69. Perfect

  70. 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

     

  71. Riptide

  72. 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

     

  73. Rude

  74. 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

     

  75. Saturday Sun

  76. 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

     

  77. Save Tonight

  78. 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

     

  79. Shine On

  80. 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

  81. Someone Like You

  82. 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

     

  83. Something Just Like This

  84. 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

     

  85. Stand By Me

  86. 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

     

  87. Stay with Me

  88. 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

     

  89. Sweater Weather

  90. 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

     

  91. Sweet Home Alabama

  92. 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

     

  93. Thinking Out Loud

  94. 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

     

  95. You Are My Sunshine

  96. 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

     

  97. You’re Beautiful

  98. 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

     

  99. 22

  100. 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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    2 Comments


    1. You have not mentioned that some of your “easy ” chord versions are not as sung by the artist . So accompanying the original recordings would require a CAPO! or not so easy chords.

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    2. Great list. I’ve just bought a uke. Will give a try on some of songs in this list and tell you which are easy to me. Thanks for sharing!

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