Songs With Chords You Know – Updated

Here’s an update of my list of songs with beginner level chords. So no matter how few chords you know you can still bash out a few songs.

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


Mastered all those? Tackle more:

Easy ukulele songs
Beginner ukulele lessons

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  1. carreg wastad October 30th, 2012 3:23 pm

    thanks – i’ll mail that to my niece

  2. Woodshed October 30th, 2012 3:46 pm

    carreg: Thanks very much! I hope she likes it.

  3. joel March 8th, 2013 8:10 am

    i gotta ukulele about 5 weeks ago and i can already play 6 songs on it and i am only 9!


  4. Woodshed March 8th, 2013 9:02 am

    joel: Well done!

  5. DEE April 5th, 2013 7:53 pm

    How do I convert C chords to D I have a soprano uke and taking beginners and all of our ukes are tuned to D

  6. DEE April 5th, 2013 8:12 pm

    OOPS! sorry for the triple entry. Dunno how that happened. I only need one answer. lol

  7. Woodshed April 6th, 2013 6:23 am

    DEE: Use a chord chart for D-tuning to look up how to play the same chords.

  8. d April 6th, 2013 8:46 am

    Thanks, my uke is tune to D and I am learning chords just want to know where to find songs that are for a D tuned uke. Or where can I find D-tuning chord chart. My D chord isn’t the same as you have in your posted songs. I think they are for a C tuned instrument. Right?

  9. Woodshed April 6th, 2013 10:03 pm

    d: I don’t know of anywhere that regularly has stuff specifically for D-tuning.

  10. Lolly July 31st, 2013 5:46 pm

    The easiest song to play on Uke for begginers is The Adventure Time Theme Song. I had my Uke at about 2:30pm today and but 2:35, I had learnt it. Super easy and really fun and impressive! X

  11. Woodshed August 1st, 2013 7:35 am

    Lolly: I’ve been thinking about doing a beginners’ week. If I do that’ll definitely be in it.

  12. just another March 15th, 2014 9:03 pm

    this really helped, ive been having trouble finding easy songs :P thanks!

  13. Woodshed March 16th, 2014 8:22 am

    just another: Very glad it helped.

  14. huw June 22nd, 2014 3:03 pm

    Is there any more websites like this with more songs to practice?

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