Songs with Chords You Know

Just because you’re a newbie doesn’t mean you can’t rock the raging patootie out of a few songs. Here’s a list of songs with chords for all.

C, F and G

If you prefer, you can use G7 in the place of G or vice versa for any of these songs.

NeverShoutNever! – Your Biggest Fan/Did It Hurt?
Noah and the Whale – Five Years Time
OK Go – This Too Shall Pass
Paolo Nutini – High Hopes
SoKo – I Will Never Love You More
The Bobby McGee’s – A Dog At All Things
The Lancashire Hotpots – He’s Turned Emo
The Tiger Lillies – Start A Fire
Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra/Kings of Leon – The Bucket

Plus Am, Dm and Em

Addams Family Theme Tune
Alton Ellis – Rock Steady
Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend to Dance With You
Darren Hanlon – All These Things
Electrelane – Cut and Run
Garfunkel and Oates – Me, You and Steve
Florence and the Machine – Dog Days Are Over
GUGUG – California Sun
Israel Kamakawiwoíole/Jason Castro РSomewhere Over the Rainbow
Julien Dore – Cet Air-La
Kate Nash – Foundations
Kate Micucci/The Gooch – Mr Moon
Last Shadow Puppets – Standing Next to Me
LP – Into the Wild
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
Phosphorescent – Wolves
She & Him – Sentimental Heart

Plus D

Allo Darlin’ – Tallulah
Amanda Palmer – In My Mind
Antsy Pants/Bear Creek – Vampire
Belle and Sebastian – The Boy with the Arab Strap
Daniel Johnston – Living Life
Gothic Archies – Shipwrecked
GUGUG/The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
Keston Cobblers’ Club – You-Go
Phredd – Elmer’s Electric Tricycle
The Dubliners and The Pogues – The Irish Rover
The Pogues – Fiesta
The Little Ones – Tangerine Visions
Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma
Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London

Plus A and E7

Camera Obscura – Cock Up Your Beaver
Florence & the Machine – Kiss With A Fist (don’t panic, you can use E7 instead of E in this song)
Joan Jett – Bad Reputation
Kate Micucci & Ted (Scrubs) – Screw You
Paolo Nutini – Pencil Full of Lead
The Pogues – Streams of Whiskey

Plus Bb

Beirut – A Candle’s Fire
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (You can use C instead of C5)
Ingrid Michaelson – Be OK
Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
Mumford and Sons – The Cave
Nevershoutnever – First Dance
Neutral Milk Hotel – King of Carrot Flowers
Noah and the Whale – Jealous Kind of Love

More…

Mastered all those? Tackle more:

Easy ukulele songs
Beginner ukulele lessons

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30 Comments

  1. Herman Vandecauter August 11th, 2010 6:32 pm

    I can’t sing! Tears! Even after a bottle whiskey, no way!

  2. Tally August 11th, 2010 6:43 pm

    LOVE this list. I’m sending everyone who asks me how to learn the ukulele here. I learned making my way through lists like these. (Although “Mr. Moon” was the first song I tried to learn.)

  3. L.bo Marie August 11th, 2010 6:53 pm

    again… so smart Al!

  4. Lindy Danny August 11th, 2010 7:46 pm

    I don’t think people realize that most songs are the same chords they always heard. Hell, even Bach used ii, V, I progressions.

    ~DB

  5. Phredd August 12th, 2010 1:04 am

    This is a thing of beauty. Thank you.

  6. appleuke August 12th, 2010 5:03 am

    This is why Uke Hunt is my homepage

  7. Logan August 12th, 2010 5:58 am

    A stroke of genius, this post, truly. It’s a beginner’s dream come true.

    Perhaps you would consider linking the “Chords by Difficulty – East” page to this? I’ll always know where to find this post, but newcomers may not. Certainly not vital, just food for thought.

    Again, endless thanks.

  8. krabbers August 12th, 2010 8:10 am

    excellent

  9. krabbers August 12th, 2010 8:11 am

    ooh what about whole wide world , wreckless eric
    as featured in stranger than fiction with will ferrell

  10. shelley o August 12th, 2010 4:32 pm

    hours of fun with other people’s songs!
    thank you!

  11. winkles August 12th, 2010 6:17 pm

    I can’t thank you enough for some of the songs on this list. ‘Five Years Time’ was the first song that I attempted to play and it actually sounded something like the record (and even the wife agreed). If it wasn’t for that I probably wouldn’t have kept trying to play.

    Six months on, I’m still strumming and enjoying it more than ever.

    Thanks Al.

  12. Tony Boland August 13th, 2010 6:24 pm

    What a simply brilliant idea!
    Great List Al!
    Am posting the link on the ukeireland website, thanks
    Another UkeHunt winner!

  13. Emily August 13th, 2010 11:09 pm

    Great! I’ll be saving this post for when I get my ukulele boys over to play with me.

    Thanks, as always, Al.

  14. Woodshed August 15th, 2010 6:49 pm

    Herman: Same here. At least that has spurred us on to practice instrumentally.

    Tally: Thanks very much for spreading the word.

    Marie: Ta!

    Lindy: Yeah, but I think most people work it out when they pick up a musical instrument.

    Phredd: You’re welcome.

    appleuke: Now that’s dedication! It’s not even my homepage. Thanks!

    Logan: Excellent suggestion. I’ll do that. Thanks.

    krabbers: Love that song. May have to put it up some time.

    shelley: Hope you enjoy!

    winkles: Glad you’re still going strong.

    Tony: Thanks very much for posting about it on the UkeIreland forum.

    Emily: Have fun with your boys!

  15. Vincent August 26th, 2010 7:05 pm

    Here is a All-American Rejects song that would fit under the C-G-F-Am category. Simple strumming and sounds great on the uke. I think it sounds fine without the Cm7, but for those so inclined, its just a barre on the third fret.

    http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/a/all-american_rejects/my_paper_heart_crd.htm

  16. Woodshed August 27th, 2010 1:10 pm

    Vincent: Thanks!

  17. Roanamarie May 16th, 2011 12:14 am

    what a great site-kia ora from new zealand

  18. Woodshed May 18th, 2011 10:07 am

    Roanamarie: Thanks!

  19. Harry Chuck September 8th, 2011 5:58 pm

    I’m an old fart (75) and having access to your repertoire really brings me in line with the present generation. Thanks to you and all the young ukies who will someday become old farts.

  20. Woodshed September 9th, 2011 12:06 pm

    Harry: Glad to help. Although I’m getting a bit too old to keep in touch myself.

  21. Jane February 21st, 2012 4:34 pm

    Hiya,

    Thought you might like to hear this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLWKF3_q_jw&feature=player_embedded

    Any chance you could add this to the other songs on your website?

    Thanks

    Jane

  22. Edu March 8th, 2012 10:26 am

    THank you a lot for such a good work! I was thinking about taking some lessons b4 i discovered this site!

  23. Woodshed March 8th, 2012 12:38 pm

    Jane: Thanks. I actually featured it a while back.

    Edu: Thanks very much! I still think lessons help though.

  24. Krener June 9th, 2012 3:38 pm

    I’ve had this song going through my head for days now–it seems really made for the ukulele. Have you ever seen the chords for “Deep Purple”? (1963 version–I’ve never heard the original version from the 30′s…)

  25. yo June 18th, 2012 5:37 am

    HAHAHA cant wait to play ‘Cock Up Your Beever”!!!

  26. Jp November 8th, 2012 9:54 pm

    Got my first soprano Ukulele yesterday and loving it.
    Just learned my first notes and played Some ware Over The Rainbow and sounds good. Awesome Site Guys!

  27. Woodshed November 9th, 2012 9:59 am

    Jp: That’s great to hear!

  28. Deadendjack February 12th, 2013 7:46 am

    Thank you,its very helpfull,im addicted

  29. Woodshed February 12th, 2013 8:08 am

    Deadendjack: Glad you like!

  30. Dee April 5th, 2013 12:37 am

    Where can I find songs written for D uke I’m a total beginner

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