30 Easy ‘Ukulele Songs

Song Chords

3 or 4 chord easy ‘ukulele songs are hard to come by! That’s why I made this list. Here you’ll find songs that are easy to play and sound cool at the same time.

Rock/Pop Songs:

All Along the Watch Tower
Bob Dylan/Hendrix (Am, G, F)
Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival (D, G, A)
Down On The Corner
Creedence Clearwater Revival (C, F, G7)
I’m Yours
Jason Mraz (C, G, Am, F)
I Won’t Back Down
Tom Petty (Em, G, D, C)
Jambalaya
Hank Williams (C, G7)
Jet Airliner
Steve Miller Band (C, Bb, F)
Leaving on a Jet Plane
John Denver (C, F, G)
Love Me Do
The Beatles (C, F, G7)
Margaritaville
Jimmy Buffett (D, A, G, D7)
Octopus’s Garden
The Beatles (C, F, Am, G)
Whistle
Flo Rida (Am, F, C, G)

Contemporary Island Jams:

Big Ship
One Groove/Brother Noland (F, Bb, C)
Cane Fire
Peter Moon Band (Am, G, F)
Country Road
Paula Fuga and Jack Johnson (C, Dm, Am)
Heartache
One Groove (C, F, G)
Island Style
John Cruz (C, F, G7)
Shine On
John Cruz (C, G7)

Reggae:

One Day
Matisyahu (C, G, Am, F)
One Love
Bob Marley (C, F, G, Am)

Hawaiian Songs:

While probably not as familiar, Hawaiian songs are great for learning ‘ukulele because of the very simple chords they often use. There are many, many Hawaiian songs that follow the same exact chord progression (order). These songs are all standards and should be easy to look up on Youtube so you can strum along:

E Huli Makou
David Chung (F, G7, C7)
E Ku’u Morning Dew
Eddie Kamae (G, Am, D7)
Haleakala Hula
Alice Namakelua (C, F, G7)
I Kona
Ledward Kaapana and I Kona (C, G7)
Kaulana Na Pua
Ellen Prendergast (C, F, G7)
Koke’e
Dennis Kamakahi (C, F, G7)
Ku’u Home O Kahalu’u
Olomana (C, F, G7)
Maori Brown Eyes
Palolo (C, G7, F, D7)
‘Ulili E
Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole (C, F, G7)

A Tip on Learning New Songs:

Work on one aspect at a time. It really helps to break a song down by chords, strum, and vocals. If you try and do everything at once you’re going to struggle. Get familiar with the chords first – look them up, write them down, learn to finger them. Then take a look at a simple strum without trying to hold chords. Then sing through the song without trying to play. Once everything is easy separately, start adding pieces together – strum (muted) and sing or strum and hold chords. Then try and do it all at once. The idea is to get everything running on autopilot in one form or another. If you are trying to play it all at once with brute determination and thinking power, you might be able too, but it will feel way harder than it should.

More ‘Ukulele Songs
For those who want more options or a challenge, the Songs page covers all level of tunes.
Looking For Tabs?
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