Nov 01

What are the best songs to play on the ukulele?

Tag: ChordsUkuOnline @ 10:32 am

There are certain songs that work really well on the ukulele. Some of them were written on and for the ukulele, others have been adapted to the ukulele and have since become uke standards.

Old School Ukulele Songs

Aloha Oe: One of the reasons the ukulele became so successful was the support of the Hawaiian Royal family in the late 19th Century. Aloha Oe was apparently written by Queen Liliuokalani. It has since became a ukulele standard and has even been covered by Lilo and Stitch.

Ain’t She Sweet: The 1920s saw the ukulele become incredibly popular on the US mainland and this song became a ukulele standard. It was even done by the Beatles with George Harrison on uke in The Beatles documentary.

Tonight You Belong To Me: The scene The Jerk where Steve Martin plays this song on the uke made it an instant ukulele standard.

Five Foot Two: Another 20s standard that works perfectly on the ukulele.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Made a ukulele standard by Israel Kamakwiwo’ole and immortalised further by Jason Castro when he played it on the ukulele on American Idol. You can find the Jason Castro version of the Somewhere Over the Rainbow ukulele chords here.

New School Ukulele Songs

Five Years Time: Noah and the Whale’s hit ukulele song. Perfect for beginners with it being just three easy chords: C, F and G.

I’m Yours: The Jason Mraz song has been picked up my the ukulele community. You can find oodles of covers (and parodies) of this song on the ukulele.

5 Responses to “What are the best songs to play on the ukulele?”

  1. daniel valentine says:

    Excellent suggestions. Working on an all-uke music playlist and this was immensely helpful. Also Tiny Tim, Jake Shimabokuru, and many many others whilch I would love to see you post as a sequel.

  2. beardy bryn says:

    this man is the reason i got a uke and to play this is an aim.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6kWWuFEOWQ
    little known genius.

  3. Meghan says:

    Vanilla Twilight is a great song in my opinion, it flows great on the uke.

  4. tom says:

    totally……………five foot two….or is it called has anybody seen my gal…..great for uke

  5. Matt says:

    I’m very new to ukulele, in fact just got mine for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve been playing guitar for a few years. I adapted Are you Gonna be my Girl by Jet from guitar to uke, I think its a great song to play on ukulele. You can watch it here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZDIwHPrwkc, let me know what you think. :)

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