63 Easy Ukulele Songs for Beginners

easy ukulele songs

The most fun thing about learning to play the ukulele is just how quickly you can start learning songs. Once you have mastered a few chords, you can then start playing literally hundreds of songs. We’ve gathered a list of easy songs to help you do just that.

To make things simple to learn for beginners, all songs in the list meet the following criteria:

  • No need for barre chords or a capo    
  • 5 or less chords    
  • Simple strumming patterns

Blues & Jazz                    

1. Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerren

Chords: C, Am, F, G

You can whistle along to this one.

2. Hound Dog by Elvis Presley

Chords: C, F7, G7

Who doesn’t love the King? Just try and keep your hips still while learning this fun tune.

Country

3. Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash

Chords: G, C, D

Like so many other classic country songs, this three chord tune still holds a lot of soul.

4. Hey Good Lookin’ by Hank Williams

Chords: C, D, G, F

TenThumbs Production will help you learn this old times country tune.

Folk

5. Horse with No Name by America

Chords: Em, D

With only two chords, this tune is the ultimate starting point.

6. Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver

Chords: C, F, G

Who hasn’t sang this tune while packing their suitcase?

7. Knocking’ on Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan

Chords: G, D, Am, C

No list is complete without a Dylan tune. Just four chords makes this a simple tune to learn.

8. Ho Hey by the Lumineers

Chords: C, F, G, Am

This tune is quickly become a folk classic. Cynthia Lin Music goes over the unique strumming pattern in this video tutorial.

9. Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley

Chords: C, Am, F, G

This tune is a singer’s dream and what a beautiful tune to learn.

10. Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan

Chords: G, C, D

We had to add another Dylan tune to the list.

Pop / Rock

11. I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

Chords: C, G, Am, F

This cutesy love song is a favorite for beginner ukulele players. You can find loads of YouTube tutorials and covers of this tune.

12. Riptide by Vance Joy

Chords: Am, G, C

Another modern favorite on the ukulele, Riptide has only 3 chords. The strumming pattern is totally achievable for beginners while still providing a bit of a challenge.

13. UpTown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars

Chords: Dm, G, F

Few songs are as fun to play as UpTown Funk. It can offer a nice little break from some more traditional ukulele songs you may have been practicing.

14. Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett

Chords: D, G, A

Learn this classic tune and you’ll soon be a hit at parties.

15. The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens

Chords: F, Bb, C

Another instantly recognizable classic that will have your friends and family singing along.

16. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Chords: A, D, G

Beginners will find many of the legendary CCR’s catalog approachable. Bad Moon Rising has just three chords and a fun, but simple strumming pattern.

17. Octopus’ Garden by the Beatles

Chords: C, F, Am, G

You can’t be sad and play this song.

18. I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Chords: Em, G, D, C

This tune with simple chords and a fun strumming pattern is approachable for beginners while helping you grow in your practice.

19. Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2

Chords: C, F, G

Another great tune to belt out when the mood strikes. With just three chords, you’ll learn this in no time.

20. Float on by Modest Mouse

This alt-rock anthem from indie superstars Modest Mouse is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

21. What’s Up by Four Non-Blondes

Chords: G, Am, C

This instantly recognizable anthem from the nineties only has three common chords.

22. Hand in My Pocket by Alanis Morrissette

Chords: G, C, F, D

Both hands will have to be on your uke, but you’ll still enjoy playing this nineties hit.

23. What I Got by Sublime

Chords: D, G

Another great song with just two chords.

24. Dreams by Fleetwood Mac

Chords: F, G

With just two chords, you can be playing one of the best songs of all time.

25. Photograph by Ed Sheeran

Chords: C, Am, G, F

Sheeran is known for his guitar skills, but this song translates well to ukulele.

26. Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars

Chords: C, Am, F

What’s more romantic than strumming a love tune on the uke?

27. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynard Skynard

Chords: C, F, G, Am

A go-to tune for acoustic guitar players, surprise listeners by learning it on the ukulele.

28. Let It Be by the Beatles

Chords: C, G, Am, F

It’s ok to have more than one Beatles tune in your repertoire.

29. She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5

Chords: Am, G, A, G

Another fantastically romantic song for the uke.

30. Whistle by Flo Rida

Chords: Am, F, C, G

Has there ever been a tutorial as soothing as this from EricBlacmonGuitar

31. Shake it Off by Taylor Swift

Chords: Am, C, G

Shake it off is bound to get your feet moving.

32. Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles

Chords: A,D

The Uke Revolution will help you surprise people with this funky tune.

33. We’re Going to Be Friends by Jack White

Chords: G, C, D, A

Serenade your friends with this fun tune by showing off your strumming and picking patterns.

34. You’re Beautiful by James Blunt

Chords: C, G, Am, F

A love song that is easy to follow.

35. Hey Soul Sister by Train

Chords: G, Em, C, D

Learn this fun and fresh tune.

36. What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction

Chords: C, F, G

Learn this boy band platinum hit.

37. Island in the Sun by Weezer

Chords: Em, Am, D, G, C

Learn this jumpy song and feel your body bobbing along.

38. Roar by Katy Perry

Chords: C, Am

A pop princess classic that is super fun to play. You can learn how to play this tune with just two chords.

39. Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

Chords: C, G, Am, F

No song has ever pleased a crowd more.

40. Paparazzi by Lady Gaga

Chords: C, Bm, D, Em, G

We’ll be your biggest fan after you learn this tune.

41. Pompeii by Bastille

Chords: C, Am, F, G

Four simple chords that are easy to learn for beginners.

42. Sex and Candy by Macy’s Playground

Chords: B, G, F#, D, A

Another nineties classic tune.

43. Taylor by Jack Johnson

Chords: Am, C, F

This is the perfect song for playing in the sunshine.

44. When I Come Around by Greenday

Chords: G, D, Em, C

Full video tutorial from punk superstars available at

45. Complicated by Avril Lavigne

Chords: Bb, C, Dm, F, Gm

Learn this bratty pop star hit.

46. Counting Stars by One Republic

Chords: Am, C, G, F

Lovely pop song.

47. Cut My Lip by Twenty One Pilots

Chords: Em, D, A

As the band says, ukulele is punk rock.

48. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol

Chords: G, D, C

Fantastic emo song that you can learn.

49. I’m Gonna B (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers

Chords: D, G, A

This one hit wonder has become a karaoke classic. Start a sing along when you’ve mastered these 3 simple chords.

50. Run Around by Blues Traveler

Chords: G, C, Am, D

Pair up with a harmonica-playing friend and learn this song.

51. Surfin’ USA by the Beach Boys

Chords: C, F, G

What’s more ukulele than a beach?

52. Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry

Chords: Am, F, C, G

Wonderful pop tune with those magic four chords.

53. Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon

Chords: D, C, G

Howl along to this one.

Punk

54. All the Small Things by Blink 182

Chords: C, G, F

A child of the pop punk era? Try out this favorite.

Soul

55. Stay with Me by Sam Smith

Chords: A, F, C, G

Looking for a tune to belt while you play? Stay with Me is a fantastic beginner tune that will have you singing your heart out in no time.

56. Stand by Me by Ben E King

Chords: C, Am, F, G

Learn this timeless singalong.

57. Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles

Chords: Am, G, F, E7

A tune for the ultimate road trip.

Reggae

58. One Love by Bob Marley

Chords: C, F, G, Am

A Classic and timeless song. One love from Project Instrument.

59. Rude by Magic

Chords: Bb, C, F, Dm

Have fun learning this reggae influenced song.

Odd ones / special occasions

60. Happy Birthday

Chords: C, F, G7

A song every ukulele player should know, because someone is going to ask you for it!

61. Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano

Chords: G, A7, D

Every ukulele player should have some holiday tunes in their back pocket.

62. Lava from the Pixar Short Lava

Chords: C, G7, F

If you have seen this animated short film, you’ll understand why the song is appealing for beginner ukulele players and seasoned pros alike.

63. Coconut by Harry Nilsson

Chords: C7

The only song on the list with just one chord.

Found A Song You’d Like to Play?

Now that you have explored and noted some favorites that you’d enjoy playing. If you’re also a guitar play you can check out our list of easy guitar songs.