Songs with Chords You Know (Updated)


I like to keep a list of songs that use just the most common ukulele chords. Arranged by the order people usually learn them in. That way you can find some songs to play no matter how few chords you know.

Songs added to the list:

Happy Birthday to You
The Libertines – Don’t Look Back into the Sun
James Bay – Hold Back the River
Eagles of Death Metal – I Want You So Hard
The Pretenders – 2000 Miles

C, F and G

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

Happy Birthday to You
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
Mungo Jerry – In the Summertime
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
Blondie/Imelda May – Dreaming
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
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 – Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Julien Dore – Cet Air-La
Kate Nash – Foundations
Kate Micucci/The Gooch – Mr Moon
Kelli Rae Powell
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
Allo Darlin’ – Space Christmas
Amanda Palmer – In My Mind
Antsy Pants/Bear Creek – Vampire
Belle and Sebastian – The Boy with the Arab Strap
Daniel Johnston – Living Life
Damon Albarn – Mr Tembo
Garfunkel and Oates – The Fade Away (you can use D instead of D7)
Gothic Archies – Shipwrecked
GUGUG/The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
Keston Cobblers’ Club – You-Go
The Libertines – Don’t Look Back into the Sun
The Little Ones – Tangerine Visions
Phredd – Elmer’s Electric Tricycle
Skinny Lister – Colours
The Dubliners and The Pogues – The Irish Rover
The Pogues – Fiesta
The Pretenders – 2000 Miles
Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma
Velvet Underground and Nico – I’ll be Your Mirror
Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London

Plus A and E7

Camera Obscura – Cock Up Your Beaver
Eagles of Death Metal – I Want You So Hard
Florence & the Machine – Kiss With A Fist (don’t panic, you can use E7 instead of E in this song)
The Pogues – Sally McLennane
Joan Jett – Bad Reputation
Junior Brown – Better Call Saul
Kate Micucci & Ted (Scrubs) – Screw You
Paolo Nutini – Pencil Full of Lead
The Pogues – Streams of Whiskey
The Weavers – Pay Me My Money Down

Plus Bb

James Bay – Hold Back the River
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
Lorde/Walk off the Earth – Royals
Lorde/WIOU – Team
Mumford and Sons – The Cave
Nevershoutnever – First Dance
Neutral Milk Hotel – King of Carrot Flowers
Noah and the Whale – Jealous Kind of Love
Sufjan Stevens – Lumberjack Christmas
The Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonight


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Easy ukulele songs
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  1. Andreas March 3rd, 2016 7:23 am

    Just chanced upon “The Last Goodbye” by The Kills, which is pretty easy to play and not quite so easy to sing convincingly. D DUDU. And a capo is helpful, too

  2. Woodshed March 3rd, 2016 11:18 am

    Andreas: I love The Kills. I’ll have to do one of their songs at some point.

  3. Mark March 4th, 2016 12:06 pm

    Bb before G7, really? And E before Gm? I am still surprised, but it’s really useful to have the songs organised this way. And just because we can play “In the summertime” doesn’t mean we have to.

  4. Woodshed March 4th, 2016 2:41 pm

    Mark: E before Gm isn’t a big surprise to me. Even if it is a pain in the arse to play.

  5. ceed March 12th, 2016 11:58 am

    I really like this approach, shows how versatile chords & chord progressions are (and is a route to a quick sense of accomplishment!)

    A few to consider:

    The 1975 – The Sound – C G Am F Em
    David Gray – “Please Forgive Me” – C G Am F Em
    Del Amitri – Nothing Ever Happens – F Bb Dm C G
    Jamie T – Sheila – C D G Em
    Courtney Barnett – Depreston – C F Dm
    Moldy Peaches – Anyone Else But You – G C (!!)

    Forgive any mistakes here, just trying to help with ideas to expand a great resource :)

  6. Woodshed March 13th, 2016 10:28 am

    ceed: Thanks! Excellent list.

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