The Ukulele is a musical instrument that spreads cheer instantly. Most people find its notes pleasant and fun.
In just a few years the ukulele melodies found their way into family gatherings, songs, comic TV-sketches, and movies.
Here are some of the best ukulele songs, enjoy!
These songs stand out as they are immensely popular, and they stayed that way for quite a while.
It’s actually the first song on our list!
The idea started with Harrison’s opening a book and thinking that everything is there for a reason. He decided to write a song about the first words he saw in the book, and as it happened they were: “gently weeps”.
In the late 60s, Harrison invited his friend Eric Clapton to play the guitar part of the song. Clapton was reluctant, but eventually agreed, and became forever a part of the song.
In 2006, Jake Shimabukuro, the Ukulele player who was born in Hawaii, revived the song when he posted his cover on youtube.
It was an instant hit, and a massive number of people wanted to play the ukulele as beautifully as Shimabukuro.
The lyrics and tune of this song are incredibly sincere and cheerful, and that’s why it has hundreds of covers. This one is absolutely unique.
I bet you’re humming the tunes right now, right?
This is an amusing and upbeat song. It goes nicely with the accompanying ukulele, a match made in musical heaven.
It became a hit single the next year and topped the charts for two weeks straight. McFerrin found the inspiration for that song in a poster at his friends’ apartment.
This A Cappella song doesn’t have any instruments at all, it’s just human voices overdubbed. McFerrin also affected an accent as he sang, maybe for a lighthearted touch.
It’s an amazing song with a simple theme, and the appearance of these lovely kids in it is priceless. It’s the kind of song one dances to, or at least moves his head a little with its snappy beat.
This song was a hit from the day it was released in 1931 up till today. It has more than 60 covers and countless instrumental presentations.
Elvis featured it in his film Blue Hawaii, and later in an album by the same name. Numerous artists had presented their interpretation of it since that time.
Somethings are forever!
This is an interesting take on the classic from the TV show How I Met Your Mother. The actress has such a mellow voice, and the ukulele plays an integral part in the drama.
The song is clearly French, and the title translates to Life in Pink, which is what happens when people fall in love.
It’s the signature song for the French icon Edith Piaff. She released it in 1945, and it hasn’t stopped being recreated since then.
The ukulele is exploding in popularity nowadays, and old songs are getting a makeover with its cheerful chords.
You might be learning how to play music, so the ukulele would be a nice place to start, and these songs would be great, as they sound familiar and their chords are uncomplicated.
These are the best ukulele songs I came across. I hope you’ve enjoyed their tunes.