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Amazing Grace

3. 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

4. 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

Bonfire Heart

6. 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

Brown Eyed Girl

8. 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

9. 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)

10. 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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Fireflies

12. 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

13. 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

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

18. 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

Island in the Sun

22. 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

Let it Be

27. 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

Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)

31. 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

One Love

33. 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

34. 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

35. 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

36.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

37. 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

Save Tonight

39. Save Tonight

  • Performer: Eagle Eye Cherry
  • Album:  Desireless
  • 3Year 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

You Are My Sunshine

48. 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

22 by Taylor Swift

50. 22 by Taylor Swift

  • 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

All of the Stars

2. 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