You’ve got to start somewhere, but you also want to sound good. If you’re looking for ukulele songs for beginners, you have come to the right place. These popular songs will impress your friends and family. Blow them away by watching one of these instructional videos to learn easy ukulele songs.
1. Stay With Me by Sam Smith, instructed by Ukulenny
Ukulenny covers not only the song Stay With Me, but also throws a little music theory into the mix. What I like about Ukulenny’s teaching is how he covers steps multiple times. The strumming patters in this song is a bit more complicated. Practicing multiple times helps you get it right without pausing.
2. Let It Go, from Frozen, instructed by The Ukulele Teacher
The Ukulele Teacher adds ukulele tabs to help you with playing the chords. His ukulele skills are great, but his singing isn’t as great. It’s actually great for a little comic relief.
3. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynard Skynyrd, instructed by Ukulele Underground
Ukulele Underground takes a fresh take on ukulele instructional videos. Expect more of a music video meets Guitar Hero meets karaoke. Enjoy a number of video clips of from different users and watch the ukulele tab on the left hand side and read the lyrics with their chords on the bottom. Try to keep up with this one!
4. Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley (original by Leonard Cohen), instructed by Brett from Ukulele Tricks.
Brett shows us how to fignerpick to Hallelujah. He starts out with the ukulele beginner basics and slowly moves into the chords of the song. This video is great if you’re learning your first song or if you’ve never fingerpicked before. Watch this video if you aren’t completely comfortable with your chords.
5. Whistle, by Flo Rida, instructed by Eric Blackmon
You wouldn’t correlate a rap song and a ukulele, but Eric shows us how the uke works well with this plunky song by Flo Rida. Eric walks you through the chords and strumming pattern for this easy ukulele song.
6. Margaritaville, by Jimmy Buffett, instructed by Tyler from Ten Thumbs
Tyler takes us down to Key West and brings a tropical vibe to our ukulele playing. He breaks down the entire song with the intro, verses, chorus, and strumming pattern. I like his quick quips to help you remember different parts of the song.
7. Love Yourself, by Justin Bieber, instructed by Tiffany C. Miglialo
Tiffany usually does ukulele covers, but reached out of her comfort zone to do an instructional video. If there are any Bieliebers out there, you’ll love this video. I like how Tiffany sings along while playing and sings the chords to remind you to switch. You may have to listen to this one a couple times to get it.
8. Over the Rainbow, by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, instructed by Jenny from 21 Songs in 6 Days
How could we create this list and NOT have Over the Rainbow on the list. Don’t worry we didn’t forget it. 21 Songs in 6 Days has a program designed to learn ukulele songs in limited time. See if their process works for you!
9. Just The Way You Are, by Bruno Mars, instructed by Ukulenny
Ukulenny covers the chords and strumming patterns needed to play this easy ukulele song. This one is great if you’re just starting out and want to play a recognizable song for your friends.
10. You Are My Sunshine, by Jimmie Davis (covered by Johnny Cash), instructed by Tyler from Ten Thumbs
Tyler teaches beginner and intermediate ways to play this song. If you feel comfortable with the easy version, you can challenge yourself to try the more difficult version. You Are My Sunshine has a simple strumming pattern that is easy to add on to.
We used a variety of artists, instructor styles and music types to suit your needs. If you find an instructor that you like we suggest taking a look at their YouTube video playlist for more easy ukulele songs to impress your friends!
You can also check out one of Coustii’s friends, Daria, who has a great YouTube Channel geared towards children learning music.