B52s – Love Shack

Love Shack has to be one of the funnest songs there has ever been. The guitar part is played mostly on the top three strings and above the fifth fret, so it fits perfectly on the uke.

There are two main parts in the song. The first is the verse part which alternates between C and Bb. The rhythm of it varies throughout, but the basis of it is this:

love shack tab
Verse Midi

The most important thing is to keep the chord stabs short and funky. Do this by releasing the pressure on your fretting hand soon after strumming (but leave them touching the string). The only time you let the strummed chords ring is when you’re sliding them.

The chorus part is simply strummed chords. I play them all with down strums. After the chorus is my favorite part. It requires you to bend the E string up (by pushing it towards your head). I’ve tabbed it as being bent by half a step (so it sounds one fret higher than it actually is), but you don’t have to be that accurate in this case – it’s more important to get that little rasp into it.

ukulele tab
Chorus Midi

Requested by Jeff.

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  1. Ian June 24th, 2008 7:30 pm


    Thanks for this one! Great job.

  2. JOE June 24th, 2008 8:12 pm

    I LOVE THE B-52s!


    Rock Lobster anyone?!


    Thanks Al!


  3. Woodshed June 24th, 2008 9:53 pm

    Glad you like it guys.

  4. Brian Devitt June 28th, 2008 8:26 pm

    Too much fun

  5. Mcnilly November 5th, 2009 7:32 pm

    another vote for loveshack!

  6. Mcnilly November 5th, 2009 7:32 pm

    *rock lobster

  7. Holly May 23rd, 2011 1:40 pm

    Yes, Rock Lobster please! I can’t find a good tab anywhere!

  8. Woodshed May 25th, 2011 10:35 am

    Mcnilly and Holly: I might have a go at it sometime.

  9. Ian July 15th, 2012 1:36 am

    Strum pattern?

  10. Bobby EIschen October 15th, 2012 6:07 pm

    please woodshed, because I can’t find one myself. just the same three pages, of which none work.

  11. Wrybread April 27th, 2013 5:42 am

    I think the pattern in the verses is actually C and Gm, like this:

    (C) love shack baby (Gm)

    And chorus:

    The love(C7) shack is a (Eb) little old place where (F) we can (Ab) get (Bb) together

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