Looking for the ultimate list of beginner-friendly ukulele songs for kids?
Well, you’ve found it!
In today’s tech-filled world, learning the ukulele serves as a fantastic way for kids to develop their coordination, improve their focus and express their creativity.
(and…let’s face it…it sounds a heck of a lot better than its predecessor, the oh-so-squeaky recorder)
In this article, our top team of musos-slash-writers-slash-ukulele-prodigies have compiled 50+ of the best ukulele songs for kids, along with jam-packed insight into each track as well as the chords you’ll need to play along.
Let’s dive in!
All Along the Watchtower
Jimi Hendrix did a cover of this famous Bob Dylan song, and it’s an easy song to play on the ukulele. It only uses 3 chords throughout the whole song, and they’re among the first you can learn on the ukulele.
Chords: Am, G, and F.
Let It Be
This is one of the most famous Beatles classics, and it’s very easy to play on the ukulele. The song itself only uses 4 chords, and only really changes during the chorus but repeats otherwise.
Chords: C, G, Am, and F.
Three Little Birds
The classic Bob Marley protest anthem is very popular for young ukulele players. Even the singing parts are simple and lovely. The song uses 3 chords, and they can be changed out if you need them to be.
Chords: A, D, and E. Or C, F, and G.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
This song might seem hard when you first see it, but don’t panic! You can play this song easy with only 4 chords, and if those ones are tricky, then you can play other ones. There’s also a classic video that shows the famous singer Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole using his ukulele.
Chords: C, F, G, Em and Am.
This popular ukulele song by Vance Joy is great because as your little one grows in their playing, they can spice things up with more exciting strumming patterns. And it only uses 4 chords!
Chords: Am, C, F, and G.
Down on The Corner
This Credence Clearwater Revival song is awesome for young ukuleleists, and the chorus makes everyone want to sing along! It only uses 3 chords as well.
Chords: C, F, and G7 (but you can use just a normal G).
The Snail Song
This fan favorite for kids can be tricky when you first start out, but it’s simple when you slow it down and practice your finger placements. Consider this one a challenge if you’re looking for one!
Chords: Em, B, and Am.
I Love Rock N’ Roll
This iconic rock song by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is easy for the ukulele and only uses a few chords! It’s simple to play and everyone can let their rocker side out when singing the lyrics!
Chords: D, G, and A.
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
One of U2’s famous anthems is a 2-chord ukulele song, and your little one can nail it within a few minutes instead of hours.
Chords: C and F. (And they’re two of the easiest chords!)
Let It Go
The chart-topping song from Frozen is pretty easy to play on the ukulele. It only uses 4 chords, and even though one of them can be a bit tricky, the song is so fun, your young ukulele star will get it in no time.
Chords: Em, C, G, and D.
This is a classic children’s song focused on wintertime, which you can still play your ukulele in. It’s a short song and it uses 3 common chords. If you’re not familiar with this older song, you can listen to it on a lot of sites before trying it out.
Chords: Dm, G, and C.
Even major pop songs such as this one by One Republic can be easy for the ukulele! It’s fun to play and has more chords that it uses than the rest of the ones on the list so far. It’s catchy and cool, and fun to learn as well.
Chords: Am, C, G, F, and Dm. (Dm can be subbed with an F.)
This pop song by Train has a uke in the original recording, and this is one of the songs that brought the ukulele into mainstream music. The song only uses 4 chords.
Chords: Original was A, B, Db minor, and E. (easier chords are C, G, Am, and F.)
Someone Like You
This heart-breaking ballad by Adele is simple if you really look at it. The song is repetitive, and the melody is fun and easy to follow and remember. It uses 5 chords.
Chords: G, D, Em, C, and Am. (Replace Em with G and Am with C if you need to.)
Even if it may not seem like it, this song by Imagine Dragons is simple and cool to play on the ukulele. It’s pretty well loved and almost everything by them is great to play, It also only uses 4 chords.
Chords: Am, F, E, and G.
Bob Marley meant for his songs to be learned easily and sung by anyone, so this song easily makes this list. There are 4 chords to this repetitive and simple classic.
Chords: C, G, F, and Am.
Zootopia’s pop song by the iconic Shakira can be played with ease. This song is catchy and cool, and easy to find a version to listen to while practicing the 4 chords used for it.
Chords: C, F, G, and Am.
Imagine Dragons makes some great songs, and this is another one that kids can play on the ukulele. For this exciting song, your young ukuleleist can try playing it louder at different parts to really amp up the song.
Chords: Am, C, G, and D.
Just The Way You Are
Bruno Mars’ hit song only uses 3 chords. The repetition can make this song fun and very simple to learn in the span of a session or two.
Chords: Am, F, and C.
The Lumineers made this song easy to pick up on and play with, and it only has 4 chords. It’s also easy to sing along with, and can also be played in a group.
Chords: C, F, Am, and G.
Treat you Better
Shawn Mendes makes great folk-style type music that’s easy to pick up on the ukulele, and the quick tempo makes it fun to work into and practice in.
Chords: Am, G, F, and C.
This is a bit of a tearjerker, but Sam Smith’s song is slow and melodic, which makes it easier for beginners to pick up the pace and play along with.
Chords: F, Dm, Am, and G.
This popular song by Shawn Mendes was on the radio everywhere not too long ago, so your young ukuleleist will probably recognise this one and be keen to play along.
Chords: Am, G, C, and F.
With or Without You
U2’s famous pop song uses a famous progression of 4 chords that makes the track oh-so-catchy and wonderful. The chords can be tricky, but once you’ve got them, you actually know a lot more songs than you think you do.
Chords: D, A, Bm, and G. (Hint: A lot of really famous songs use these 4 chords; see which ones you can find that do!)
Apples and Bananas
This popular children’s song for younger kids is one of the best beginner songs you can learn on the ukulele. It’s a 2-chord song too!
Chords: F and C.
The folk group Of Monsters and Men have been gaining in popularity in the last few years, and their biggest hit uses 4 chords.
Chords: Am, F, C, and G.
This song uses quite a lot of chords, but it’s slow and repetitive enough to give your kid a challenge and have a lot of fun playing. It has 6 chords, but take it slow and they’ll learn it in no time.
Chords: C, F, Am, Dm, G, and E.
Sweet Home Alabama
This song by Lynyrd Skynyrd was created to be simple and to really stick in people’s heads. A sample made by Kid Rock is also very popular and you can hear the original melody underneath. With the ukulele, it only uses 3 chords.
Chords: D, C, and G. (The opening and iconic riff can be learned on the uke as well!)
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
Another classic Creedence Clearwater Revival hit that uses 5 chords and fits perfectly with the ukulele for sound and rhythm.
Chords: C, G, Em, Am, and F. (Replace Em with G if needed).
Stand by Me
John Lennon does a famous cover of this classic Ben E. King song, and it’s great to sing along to as well. It uses only 4 chords for the entire song.
Chords: C, Am, F, and G.
I Will Wait
This folk-pop song by Mumford and Sons is great to practice changing chords with while trying to sing or keep time. Once the strumming is strong and in-time, this one sounds great.
Chords: C, G, F, Am, Em
This one can be tricky, as it can alternate between chords as the song goes. But to keep it simple; it uses 5 chords predominantly. The Jeff Buckley version of Leonard Cohen’s classic is slower and better-suited to the ukulele.
Chords: C, Am, F, G, Em.
Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison’s biggest bluesy hit can be difficult to replicate on the ukulele, and it may take some practice. The “sha-la-la-la” chorus is simple, but can get tricky to start off with as it begins with a D7. This song is also great for learning how to change chords.
Chords: G, C, G, D.
‘Zombie’ is a classic 90s track by The Cranberries and was recently covered by the rock group Bad Wolves. The chords flow from one to the other and the challenge here is, again, keeping one chord as you switch through.
Chords: Em, C, G, D/F#. (If your kid play it to the heavy rock version, give it a try!)
A classic song for road trips, easy to play and easier to sing. Try not to get lost counting down and see if you can make it to zero!
Chords: A, B, E7, A. (You can swap E7 for an E.)
What list of ukulele songs for kids would be complete without Amazing Grace? This passionate song is a favorite of kids and adults alike, and the chords are super recognizable.
Chords: C, F, Am, G7.
Row your boat
Row, row, row your boat! Another classic road trip song that’s easy to pick up and master within a short time. With easy chord changes and a fun tune included.
Chords: C, F, and G.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
This one is actually two songs, as the ABC song uses this same melody. If you learn one, you learn the other! All it takes to make it different is a bit of singing.
Chords: C, F, G7.
Another childhood classic you’re sure to recognize, this has a G7 chord right in the middle, which helps learn more complex chord positioning.
Chords: C, G7, F.
Mary Had a Little Lamb
This lullaby is easier than most, with just two chords that switch to make the melody. Because there isn’t much to this song, your little one will have to do their own counting to switch the chords, which could be a good warm-up.
Chords: C, G7.
This song is easily recognizable, but it has a chord that this list hasn’t seen yet. It’s good for kids to be familiar with all sorts of chords, so they can really step up their ukulele playing when you’re ready!
Chords: D, G, A7.
Also known as “Are you sleeping, Brother John?” this is a fun and simple song to play, and a good warm up once your ukulele star has moved on to harder stuff. This one is particularly enjoyable as it’s so catchy.
Chords: C, G.
Hey Diddle Diddle
Everyone loves silly nursery rhymes, right? Well, maybe not, but this one is still fun to play and even more fun to sing along to. A cow jumping over the moon doesn’t happen every day!
Chords: G, D7, C.
The Muffin Man
Do you know the Muffin Man? You might after you learn this song! It’s a fun melody, and definitely one that’s worth starting out with.
Chords: G, C, G
Happy Birthday Song
Next time your kid is invited to a birthday party, make sure they practice this song and impress their friends as they sing and play this one to the birthday person!
Chords: G, D, C.
London Bridge is Falling Down
This is an old song about Vikings tearing down London Bridge, but it’s not too hard to learn! It only uses 2 chords, and could even be sung like a Viking.
Chords: C, G7.
Leaving on a Jet Plane
This classic by John Denver is both light and sad, and by alternating both chords and strumming pressure, you can mimic the emotion in the song. John Denver had a modern-troubadour flair, and if folk-like songs are what your kid is into, this track serves as a great starting point.
Chords: C, D, G.
While this one is sure to annoy parents and siblings alike, it’s a super catchy tune and is pretty straightforward to play. Your kid is also bound to know this one!
Chords: G, C, Em, D
This old song is from the 1500s and hasn’t changed much since it was written. It’s easy to pick up, despite there being more chords in it than you would think.
Chords: Em, G, D, Bm, B7, B, E.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
This song might be the hardest one on this list, but this Beatles’ classic is a brilliant melody and is as beautiful as it is difficult to master. It has the most chords of any on the list, but it’s worth it in the end.
Chords: Am, Am6, F, G, D, E, A, Amaj7, F#m, Bm
And there we have it! 50 awesome ukulele songs for young ukuleleists. If you enjoyed this article, why not check out our list of karaoke songs for kids next?