3 Chord Ukulele Songs: Easy 25 Beginner Songs

Learning a new musical instrument can be intimidating, and the ukulele is no different. With so many techniques and songs to learn, it can be hard to know where to start.

Luckily for you, this list will break down some easy-to-learn songs that sound great on ukulele. And to make things a bit simpler, all of these songs only use 3 chords! Whether you’re starting out on ukulele, or just looking for something new to learn, this list has something for everyone.

3 Chord Ukulele Songs Easy 25 Beginner Songs

So let’s get to it, and you’ll be jamming on your uke in no time.

The Songs

1- Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Chords: A, D, G

This classic from Creedence Clearwater Revival is a great way to kick off this list. A simple song with some simple chords, Bad Moon Rising is an easy song to learn while still sounding great. The strumming pattern also won’t take too long to pick up, and works really well on the ukulele.

2- Just The Way You Are (Bruno Mars)

Chords: C, Am, F

One of the songs that catapulted Bruno Mars into success in the early 2010s, Just The Way You Are is as catchy as it is simple. The basic chords follow a repetitive pattern, so jamming out to this hit is a breeze.

3- All The Small Things (Blink 182)

Chords: C, G, F

The 3 chords in this song are some of the simplest. While a bombastic pop-punk song might not seem like the first choice for a ukelele song, the bouncy rhythm and easy-to-follow strumming makes this 2000s classic perfect for beginners.

4- All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix)

Chords: Am, G, F

One of the most celebrated folk-rock songs of all time, as well as one of the most celebrated covers, All Along the Watchtower is one of several songs on this list that sounds much more complicated than it is. The addition of a minor chord gives an added layer of complexity, and can be slowed down if you’re struggling to keep up with the fast tempo. 

5- Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol)

Chords: G, D, C

Chasing Cars is a slow and simple song, with a very basic and repetitive chord progression. You don’t need to spend months learning this song – just break out the same few chords and you’re guaranteed to have everyone around you joining in!

6- Surfin’ USA (Beach Boys)

Chords: C, F, G7

A surf-rock classic, Surfin’ USA values its energy over complexity. The G7 chord is a bit more complex than the rest, but it doesn’t stop this song from being a cakewalk to master.

7- Riptide (Vance Joy) 

Chords: Am, G, C

This song has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, and is one of the most popular songs to learn for the ukulele currently.  

8- Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)

Chords: C, F, G 

Another classic rock song that has a straightforward formula, this energetic track is great for jamming out to on your ukulele. Just bear in mind that the tempo can be a bit fast – but there’s nothing that practice won’t sort out.

9- Love Me Do (The Beatles)

Chords: G, C, D

The Beatles have plenty of catchy hits, and part of this comes down to the low amount of chords. Love Me Do is one of The Beatles’ most well-known tracks, and uses 3 of the easiest chords on a ukulele.  

10- Float On (Modest Mouse)

Chords: C, Em, Am

Possibly Modest Mouse’s most famous song, Float On sounds great on ukulele. While the minor chords are a bit more complicated than some of the songs on this list, it’s still an easy enough song to learn.

11- Red, Red Wine (UB40)

Chords: G, C, D

Reggae tracks tend to work well on ukulele, while the slow rhythm and un-demanding chords of Red, Red Wine make it a breeze to play. 

12- Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Chords: D, C, G

This legendary rock song is most notable for its riff. Luckily, it’s not hard to translate that over to a ukulele. Again, you just need to learn the chords and strumming, and repeat with occasional variations. Nice and easy!

13- Blowin’ in the Wind (Bob Dylan)

Chords: G, C, D

One of the more subdued songs on this list, Blowin’ in the Wind is meant to focus on the vocals a bit more. Nevertheless, this straightforward song sounds great when it’s done right, and there’s plenty of room for you to switch things up a bit.

14- Happy (Pharrell Williams)

Chords: E7, C, Bm7

While some of the chords here look daunting, Happy is simple and repetitive enough that you can learn the progression in no time. One of the reasons for this song’s popularity is how catchy it is, and that comes from simplicity.

15- Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)

Chords: G, C, D

This classic song is really fun to learn, with a bouncy rhythm and a more complicated chorus that feels really satisfying to master. 

16- What’s Up (4 Non Blondes)

Chords: A, Bm, D

4 Non Blondes knew what they were doing when writing this track. A nice slow ballad, its minimalist sound works fantastically on a ukulele.

17- Shake It Off (Taylor Swift)

Chords: G, Am, C

Shake It Off has a nice minor chord to help break the song up, so you can break this Taylor Swift hit out any time and sound good doing it.

18- Lean On Me (Bill Withers)

Chords: C, F, G

Lean On Me is a timeless classic beloved by all, and is a great song to play for other people. And with 3 simple chords and an easy-to-learn pattern, Lean On Me is the perfect song for beginners wanting to impress.

19- I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas)

Chords: C, Em, G

The Black Eyed Peas created the soundtrack for every night out in 2009. Now, you can play it too. You’ll be able to get the hang of it in no time, as the uncomplicated chords can be learned and repeated.

20- I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (U2)

Chords: C, G, F

The guitar effects that The Edge uses in this track make the 3-chord pattern in this track sound complicated. However, it’s one of the easier songs to learn. And if you have the right gear, you can get the same sound as the original.

21- The Middle (Jimmy Eat World)

Chords: A, D, F

This pop-punk classic translates perfectly to the ukulele. The fast strumming pattern makes it sound more complex than it is, and the chorus allows for some great power-strumming. 

22- Dangerous Woman (Ariana Grande)

Chords: Em, G, C

Dangerous Woman is one of the more difficult songs on this list because it’s a hard sound to emulate on a ukulele. However, if you can adapt the style to work on a uke, this song has a memorable strumming pattern that repeats throughout the whole track.

23- Three Little Birds (Bob Marley)

Chords: A, D, E

Another great reggae song, Bob Marley’s iconic sound can be recreated perfectly on ukulele. Three Little Birds remains one of the reggae legend’s more simple songs, and its gently bouncing tune is catchy and repetitive.

24- I Love Rock ‘n Roll (Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

Chords: D, G, A 

If you haven’t figured it out by now, a lot of classic rock tunes only use 3 chords. I Love Rock ‘n Roll is another one of these tracks and follows a similar structure to other songs like Sweet Home Alabama and Bad Moon Rising. This formula isn’t a bad thing though – it just makes it easier to jam out!

25- Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Deep Blue Something)

Chords: D, G, A

Finally, rounding off this list is another fun pop-rock song. A great solo song, Breakfast at Tiffany’s takes no time to learn but is sure to cause a stir when you play it.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it! 25 of the best ukulele songs for beginners, which not only sound great but only use 3 chords. Have fun learning these tracks – while some of these songs are more challenging than others, practice makes perfect and you’ll be able to get the hang of them in no time. Good luck, and enjoy!

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