Here you will find the lyrics and chords for ‘ukulele songs from your favorite Hawaiian or mainstream artists. These sheets focus on the words, harmony, and basic song structure as opposed to tabs (which can be found on the ‘Ukulele Tabs page).
There are two sections of original and linked ‘ukulele song sheets. The first features tunes that you might hear in the islands – Hawaiian, Jawaiian, and Contemporary genres. The second has a few mainstream songs in the pop and rock genres. The reason I haven’t made more sheets for these popular songs is that they are widely available on many other sites (see below the mainstream songs for links).
Chords for Hawaiian ‘Ukulele Songs:
Ahi Wela/Tinkle Twinkle Little Star by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Ain’t no way by Malino
Better Together by Jack Johnson
Big Ship by One Groove
Cane Fire by the Peter Moon Band and Koa’uka
Country Road by Paula Fuga and Jack Johnson
Ehu Girl by Kolohe Kai
Fallen by Pana’ewa
Follow Me By Manoa DNA
Heartache by One Groove
Here Comes the Sun by Jennifer Perri
Hi’ilawe – Traditional
Honey Baby by 3 Plus
If I Had Eyes by Jack Johnson
Island Style by John Cruz
Kawika by the Sunday Manoa
Kiss You in the Morning by Kalaeloa
Ku’u Home ‘O Kahalu’u by Olomana
Noho Paipai - Traditional
One Foot on Sand by Justin Kawika Young
Put a Little Love by Natural Vibrations
Sweet Wahine by Donald Kaulia
Taro Patch Twist by Keoki Kahumoku
This is the Life by Kolohe Kai
You and Your Heartby Jack Johnson
Chords for Mainstream ‘Ukulele Songs:
Black Magic Woman by Carlos Santana
Daughters by John Mayer
Dreaming With A Broken Heart by John Mayer
I’m Yours (original key) by Jason Mraz
I’m Yours (key of C) by Jason Mraz
Love as covered by Julia Nunes
One Day by Matisyahu
There are so many mainstream songs out there that it would be impossible to put a dent in posting all of them, so here are some good places to look for chords to your favorite mainstream songs (the chords for guitar are the same as for ‘ukulele).
Here are my favorite beginner songs: Easy Beginner ‘Ukulele Songs.
He Mele Aloha:
Hands down, the best Hawaiian songbook is He Mele Aloha . It’s very well presented – clear font, different colored chord names, chord diagrams, and a ton of great songs.
Jumpin’ Jim’s Songbooks:
Jim Beloff, also known as “Jumpin’ Jim” has probably created the biggest selection of ‘ukulele song books. From 60′s to Christmas to country to Hawaiian (more like hapa-haole), these books are paperback and have the words, chords, and melody (music staff) for each song.
If you want something a little less cheesy than “Jumpin’ Jim’s ‘Ukulele Beach Party“, his ‘Ukulele Masters series is great. Titles include arrangements by Ohta-San, John King, and Lyle Ritz. These books are geared towards more advanced players and include jazz chords and melody plus a CD so you can hear the artist play the song.
Heeday Kimura’s Songbooks:
If you can hang in there with Heeday’s unique way of notating songs, these books hold a lot of knowledge. Mostly in a “pick and strum” style there are more Hawaiian songs presented in these books than most. When I first got one of these books it was spiral bound, but recently it looks as if Mel Bay has republished them in paperback.