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Can you suggest some songs with the ukulele in them?

Asked by AshLeigh (14953 points ) October 3rd, 2012

I’m going to be getting a Ukulele soon, but I don’t know many ukulele songs. I would like to have a few to listen to before it gets here.
Thanks! :)

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gailcalled's avatar

Here’s the most famous song in the history of the world with a uke accompaniment.

You can play most folk songs on the uke. The chords are straightforward.

Here’s another one.

Here’s a tutorial on the chords C. F. and G

marinelife's avatar

Over the Rainbow by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo╩╗ole

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Look up Ukulele Underground:. Aldrine Guerrero gives on-line classes on Wednesday. Also the classes are archived for later.
He covers music theory and playing techniques.

jonsblond's avatar

Eddie Vedder from his recent album- Ukulele Songs

amujinx's avatar

There’s a cover band of the band Neutral Milk Hotel called Neutral Uke Hotel who does the entire album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea with ukes.

rojo's avatar

@marinelife Thank you for mentioning this. This is a song I would play at my own funeral.

Sunny2's avatar

“Tiny Bubbles” a la Don Ho.
“Blue Hawaii”
etc.

_Whitetigress's avatar

Beirut-Elephant Gun

YouTube Link

If you’re into Polynesians rhythms this song is probably not for you. If you’re into European Gypsy ukulele style this song might work for you.

Also I recommend Ryan Gosling

Ok one more Beirut song Postcards From Italy

ucme's avatar

Listen to this gormless bugger, rare footage captured from around 1542 I believe.

Bellatrix's avatar

LOL @ucme. The first song I thought of when I saw “ukelele” was George and When I’m Cleaning Windows. Also… Tiny Tim. Once saw a very disturbing interview with him where he admitted to using paper underwear. It was just so wrong.

ucme's avatar

@Bellatrix His “windows” song was on a playstation eye-toy game a few years back, wishy-washy it was called. You had to wipe an increasing amount of suds off a window before the timer ran out, my kids loved that daft little song.
Paper underwear!?! No currys for you George me lad!

harple's avatar

Do a google search for “Ukulele Hunt” – it’s a really good website. Many many songs can be played using the ukulele, you’ve just got to be brave and give them a try. (Basically, just about any song you would consider okay played on just a guitar and sung to can also be done on a uke.) :-) Enjoy, it’s great fun! Get really comfortable with the G chord and moving to and from it, and you’ll find it a doddle.

AshLeigh's avatar

@harple that sounds way cool! I’ll check it out!
@Everyone else, thanks! I haven’t listened to any of the songs yet, but I will as soon as I can. :)

Bellatrix's avatar

George Harrison loved the ukulele. Here is a Paul McCartney with a ukulele tribute to him. Great photos too.

AshLeigh's avatar

I got my Ukulele two days ago, and I’m proud to say that I can play Mr. Brightside by the killers, already :)

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