The Best Ukulele Songs: 7 Timeless Hits

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The Ukulele is a musical instrument that spreads cheer instantly. Most people find its notes pleasant and fun.

The Ukulele has an interesting history, it came to Hawaii with the Portuguese immigrants in the late 19th century, and from there it spread all over the world. And now many people are buying them.

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!

 

Our Top Picks for Best Ukulele Songs

These songs stand out as they are immensely popular, and they stayed that way for quite a while.

The Ukulele is easy to play, and lately, it gained more popularity as the Beatles’ song While My Guitar Gently Weeps  cover by Jake Shimabukuro went viral.

It’s actually the first song on our list!

 

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

This song is one of The Beatles’ greatest songs and George Harrison’s finest moment. Its final form came out in 1996 on Anthology 3, but before that, it had thirty years of evolving.

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.

You can listen to the song here

 

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You

Kris Fuchigami recreates an outstanding classic on his uke. This song first came out in 1967 as a single by Franki Valli. It soon topped the charts and earned Valli a golden record.

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.

You can listen to the song here

 

Don’t Worry Be Happy

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.

The first time the world heard this song was by Bobby McFerrin in 1988. It was featured in Cocktail, a movie starring Tom Cruise.

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.

You can listen to the song here

 

Count On Me

Count on me comes from the debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, by the singer and songwriter Bruno Mars. The song was released as a radio single in Australia in 2010.

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.

You can listen to the song here

 

Dream a Little Dream

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.

In 1968, The Mamas and the Papas took it to the top of the charts, as their lead singer Cass Elliot reinvented it and let the audience once again dance to its lively tunes.

Robbie Williams, the English singer-songwriter has a successful version as well. He released it in 2013 in his album Swings Both Ways.

You can listen to the song here

 

Can’t Help Falling in Love

Tyler Joseph wows his fans with this ukulele cover of the 1961 hit by Elvis Presley. It was originally a popular French song called Plaisir D’amour, composed in 1784.

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!

You can listen to the song here

 

La Vie En Rose

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.

A lovely rendering of the song is in the movie Sabrina, where Audry Hepburne sings the words softly to Humphry Bogart, who didn’t know any French at all but seemed amused.

You can listen to the song here

 

On a Final Note

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.

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