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12 Easy Songs to Play on the Ukulele: Beginner Ukulele Songs

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Last updated on March 19th, 2023 at 09:52 pm

The Ukulele is an interesting instrument, but it is also a very popular instrument to learn to play. Think about it, the Ukulele is similar to the guitar but so much easier to take with you on the go, making it easy to play Ukulele no matter where life takes you.

Before you can show off to your friends, however, you will need to learn some easy songs to play on the Ukulele. The good news is there are quite a few that you can master in a single afternoon.

Read on to find out 12 easy songs to play on the Ukulele that you can use to impress your friends.

12 Easy Songs to Play on the Ukulele


1. “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King

“Stand By Me” is a favorite around the campfire since many already know the words. Plus, it only requires 4 chords, playing in the same patterns over and over.

This is literally a song you can master in a single afternoon.


2. “One Love” by Bob Marley

Bob Marley is one of our go-to artists for easy songs.

Whether you are playing the guitar or Ukulele, it’s a good idea to have a few Bob Marley tunes in your repertoire. This particular song has just four chords, and an all of them are downward strums.

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3. “Counting Stars” by One Republic

One thing people are surprised about with the Ukulele is how easy it is to learn pop songs. “Counting Stars” is one of our favorites because it includes just 4 chords (the same you used for song one and two, by the way), and you just need to vary your strums a bit to make this song sound legit.

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4. “I’m Yours” Jason Mraz

The next of our easy songs to play on the Ukulele is “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.

While the original key of the song is a bit difficult to master, it’s very easy to play this song using just C, G, Am, and F, which you have learned for the preceding three songs on this list.

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5. “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars

A crowd favorite, “Uptown Funk” is ridiculously easy to play on the Ukulele.

In fact, you just need three chords. Just be aware that the chord progression in this song is a bit more difficult to master, so you’ll need a bit of time to practice it before performing it for friends.

Related: Bruno Mars: What You Need to Know About the “Uptown Funk” Singer 


6. “Soul Sister” by Train

This list wouldn’t be complete without “Soul Sister,” one of the most well-known known songs that is frequently played on Ukulele.

This song only contains four chords, but it’s got an interesting progression, which will require some practice but also allow you to add your own flair in the future.


7. “Whistle” by Flo Rida

We know you probably weren’t thinking of rap when you grabbed your Ukulele, but “Whistle” by Flo Rida actually sounds pretty cool on this instrument.

We do recommend that you make sure you can whistle before you learn this song, though, as those parts might be a bit awkward without it.


8. “Let It Be” by The Beatles

Where would this list of easy songs to play on the Ukulele be without a Beatles song?

“Let It Be” is easy to play because it only requires 4 chords and has an easy repetition to memorize. Plus, everyone will know the words to this tune to sing along.

Related: The 15 Easiest Songs to Learn on Guitar


9. “Pokerface” by Lady Gaga

The Ukulele is incredibly adaptable, and we love the way “Pokerface” sounds when played on it.

You’ll have to learn some new chords, specifically Em, C, G, and D, plus a unique strumming pattern, but overall, you can still master it in a few days!

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10. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

If “Pokerface” has you frustrated, then grab this song by Sam Smith which only requires 3 chords, Am, F, and G.

Plus, there isn’t a specified strumming pattern, so it can help you to feel more confident while also being able to add your creativity to the song.


11. “All of the Stars” by Ed Sheeran

We love Ed Sheeran’s songs, and there’s no reason you can’t learn one to play on the Ukulele.

This song uses four chords, F, C, Am, and G, and you’ll play with all downstrokes, meaning you can have this song mastered in no time at all.

Related: 78 Interesting Facts About Ed Sheeran


12. “All the Small Things” by Blink 182

The Ukulele isn’t just for power ballads!

The last song on our list of easy songs to play on the ukulele is actually a punk song, and while it will take a minute to get used to the accent part, where you need to mute the strings, this song only takes 3 chords to master and regular strumming pattern.

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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