Easy Ukulele songs for beginners

Easy Ukulele songs for beginners

One way to learn how to be a pro ukulele player is to start with easy ukulele songs. The songs involve very few chords – three or four – and you can progress to more difficult songs as you become more proficient.

Learning the ukulele requires patience and consistency. The easy ukulele songs for beginners lay the foundation for more difficult songs.

Here is our list of some cool songs that you can try out as a beginner.


This is a favorite ukulele song by Vance Joy. It has received many reviews on YouTube and is a must learn song for ukulele students. The songs uses the chords – C, G, and Am. This makes it an easy ukulele song for beginners. You can always adjust the chords a little bit and create your own rendition.

Somewhere over the rainbow

You be familiar with the ukulele and not have encountered this song by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. The Hawaiian born singer died in 1993 and by this time his songs had been used in various soundtracks like Finding Forester, Meet Joe Black, Son of the Mask and 50 First Dates. The eight chords used for the song can be intimidating for any beginner, but it is an easy song. Expect to see the C, G, F, Am chords as well as C chords like E7, D, and Dm7. Once you can tackle this song, you should be able to move to more complex songs.

I’M Yours

This song simply had to be on our list considering how popular it is with ukulele players. In the song, Jason Marz takes up his simple ukulele and composes and easy to sing along song. Once you start playing this song, you should find it addictive playing the ukulele. The song uses the chords C, F, G, and Am. You experiment with the D chord. The song resembles many of the 50s songs.

Hey Soul Sister

The first time you listen to this song you will mistake it for a rendition of Jason Marz I’m Yours. While it has a similar composition, it is in no way related to Jason Marz’ song. It majors in the transposition of the G chord. Expect to do some C, D, G and Em chords.

Tears in Heaven

Our list of easy ukulele songs for beginners cannot be complete without having this song by Eric Clapton. This is a teary song, and you will find some inspiration from it if you are going through a tough time. Eric Clapton wrote this song after losing his son. The song may seem intimidating for beginners but it actually an easy song. You play the following chords A, C#m, E, F#m and D. There moments in the song that Clapton will use a G for a short time.

Upside down

The song by Jack Johnson was used in the soundtrack for the movie Curious George. You get to practice on five chords – A, B, E,       F#m and G#m. You can also play the song in G through the chords Am, C, D, G, and Bm.

Tonight you belong to me

The song by the band Prudence and Patience was made popular when Steve Martin did a rendition of it in the movie The Jerk. This easy ukulele song for beginners uses the chords A, D, E, and G. You should soon be singing along to the song once you master these basic keys.

Hey there Delilah

The song by Plain White belongs to the pop-punk and indie genre. The song was released in 2005 and soon hit the US billboards in the number one position. The band started recording songs in their basement and soon become so popular that they fill out concerts. The song uses the chords A, Bm, D, Gbm, and G.

Count on me

Bruno Mars produced this song. Born in Waikiki Hawaii Bruno Marz became an international hit when he released the single Just the way you are. The song caused him to be one most played artist in over nine countries in 2010. The song uses sic chords – Am, C, Dm, Em, F, and G.

We don’t believe what’s on Tv

This song by Twenty-one pilots has an interesting name. It comes from their album Blurryface. The duo consists of John Dun and Tyler Joseph. When it was released the song saw global success in popularity. This saw the band before various live performances. The many chords make this song a bit intimidating for beginners, but it is simple. You will need to learn the chords – A, A7, Bm, Db, D, E, and Gbm.

Love in the future

John Legend has always been a creative songwriter, and he does not disappoint in this neo-soul song. The artist started creating airwaves when he released his award-winning album called Get Lifted in 2004. His done many collaborations with other popular artists like Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, and Jay-Z. The song uses the chords – Bbm, Db, Eb, Fm, and Ab.

The Scientist

The song comes from Coldplay album A Rush of Blood to the Head. The British group has many hit singles and have done live performances across the globe. Other award-winning records by the group include Speed of Sound, Yellow, Clocks and Viva la Vida. The popular song may seem intimidating for some people, but it only uses five chords Bb, C, Dm, F, and Fsus2.

Happy Birthday

Our list cannot be complete without this popular song. The tune has been with us for centuries. You can play this song using various instruments and makes it on our list of easy ukulele songs for beginners. The song uses three chords – A, D and G. This is a must learn song for any ukulele beginner.


Learning this easy ukulele song for beginners is the first step towards building a successful ukulele career. The songs mentioned require three or four chords, and you can proceed to more chords as you become more proficient. The key to learning the ukulele is to have patience with self and to practice on a daily basis.


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