Honestly speaking, most music sounds soothing and mellow when played on everyone's favorite little stringed instrument, called ukulele.
What should we know about the ukulele?
Dating back to the 19th century, the ukulele, also called uke, is part of the guitar family of instruments and it ordinarily uses four courses of strings.
The best part is that it can be used and listened in a wide assortment of musical genres, such as pop, jazz, rock, country music, world music, and many more.
Moreover, the uke is known as the instruments of the surfers (we've included a bunch of surfing in our list below).
Which are the best ukulele songs?
For your convenience, we have prepared a list of 110+ of the most popular ukulele songs, offering you a plentiful of pleasing options depending on your mood at the moment.
1. Israël Kamakawiwo'ole - "Over The Rainbow"
Starting our collection of ukulele songs with one of the most beloved musicians in the history of Hawaiian music. Almost 22 years after his death, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", performed by Israël Kamakawiwo'ole, is a favorite song of any generations around the world.
2. Ed Sheeran - "Shape Of You"
3. Adele - "Hello"
4. Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"
The Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody", written and performed by the legendary Freddie Mercury, is definitely one of the greatest uke songs of all times (and one of the longest as well - 6:06 minutes).
Since it was released in 1975, there has been plenty of speculation as to the lyrics meaning. However, Freddie never explained them in public.
Have you watched the movie "Bohemian Rhapsody" starring Rami Malek?
5. Vance Joy - "Riptide"
6. Ed Sheeran - "Thinking Out Loud"
7. Jason Mraz - "I’m Yours"
8. Twenty-One Pilots - " Can’t Help Falling In Love"
9. Colbie Caillat - "Bubbly"
You've got me feelin' like a child now
'Cause every time I see your bubbly face
I get the tingles in a silly place..."
10. The Beatles – “Let it Be”
11. Demi Lovato - Let It Go"
12. Weezer - "Island in the Sun"
13. Gotye - "Somebody That I Used To Know" (feat Kimbra)
14. Eddie Vedder – “Sleepless Nights”
15. Twenty-One Pilots - "House Of Gold"
16. Leonard Cohen - "Hallelujah"
17. Bruno Mars - "Count On Me"
"If you tossin' and you're turnin' and you just can't fall asleep
I'll sing a song
And if you ever forget how much you really mean to me
Every day I will
18. Train - "Hey, Soul Sister"
19. Justin Bieber - "Love Yourself"
20. Passenger - "Let Her Go"
21. John Legend - "All Of Me"
"What would I do without your smart mouth
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
Got my head spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down
What’s going on in that beautiful mind
I’m on your magical mystery ride
And I’m so dizzy, don’t know what hit me, but I’ll be alright..."
22. The Lumineers - "Ho Hey"
23. Cristin Milioti - "La Vie En Rose"
24. Misc Cartoons - "Someone To Lava"
25. Grace VanderWaal - "I Don’t Know My Name"
26. Plain White T's - "Hey There Delilah"
27. Twenty-One Pilots - "The Judge"
28. Camila Cabello - "Havana (feat. Young Thug)"
30. Twenty-One Pilots - "We Don't Believe What's On TV"
31. Radiohead - "Creep"
"But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo.
What the hell am I doing here?
I don't belong here."
32. Hozier - "Take Me To Church"
33. Ed Sheeran - "The A Team"
34. Coldplay - "The Scientist"
35. John Legend - "All Of Me"
"All Of Me" is an all-favorite ukulele song, written and performed by John Legend.
However, it surely is one of those songs you should avoid listening to all costs after a break-up. Do you agree with us?
36. Ingrid Michaelson - "You And I"
"You And I" is definitely one of the most cheerful and lovely uke songs. Have a look at the lyrics:
"Oh, let's get rich and buy our parents
Homes in the South of France
Let's get rich and give everybody nice sweaters
And teach them how to dance
Let's get rich and build our house on a mountain
Making everybody look like ants
From way up there, you and I, you and I..."
37. Ed Sheeran - "Perfect"
38. Sam Smith - "Stay With Me"
39. The Neighbourhood - "Sweater Weather"
"Use the sleeves of my sweater
Let's have an adventure
Head in the clouds but my gravity's centered
Touch my neck and I'll touch yours
You in those little high waisted shorts, oh!"
40. Ed Sheeran - "Photograph"
41. Alessia Cara - "How Far I’ll Go"
"See the line where the sky meets the sea it calls me
And no one knows, how far it goes
If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me
One day I'll know if I go there's just no telling how far I'll go..."
42. Twenty-One Pilots - "Ride"
43. Christina Perri - "A Thousand Years"
44. Imagine Dragons - "Demons"
45. The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun"
46. Oasis - "Wonderwall"
47. Ruth B - "Lost Boy"
Nowhere to go and no place to call home
My only friend was the man in the moon
And even sometimes he would go away, too..."
48. David Guetta - "Titanium (feat. Sia)"
49. Bon Iver - "Skinny Love"
50. Twenty-One Pilots - "Tear In My Heart"
51. Mariah Carey - "All I Want For Christmas Is You"
Since its release in 1994, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is one of the most listened holiday tunes around the globe.
In fact, Mariah Carey has already made over $60 million from this ukulele song.
52. Bruno Mars - "When I Was Your Man"
53. Steve Martin - "Tonight You Belong To Me"
54. Death Cab For Cutie - "I Will Follow You Into The Dark"
"Love of mine, someday you will die
But I'll be close behind and I'll follow you into the dark
No blinding light or tunnels to gates of white
Just our hands clasped so tight, waiting for the hint of a spark..."
55. Foster The People - "Pumped Up Kicks"
56. Bob Dylan - "Blowin’ In the Wind"
57. Van Morrison - "Brown Eyed Girl"
58. George Ezra - "Budapest"
59. Pharrell Williams - "Happy"
60. Kodaline - "All I want"
61. Bastille - "Pompeii"
"But if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like
Did nothing change at all?
And if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like
You've been here before?"
62. Adele - "Someone Like You"
63. Maroon 5 - "She Will Be Loved"
64. Coldplay - "Viva La Vida"
65. Twenty-One Pilots - "Stressed Out"
66. Ben E. King - "Stand By Me"
67. Louis Armstrong - "What A Wonderful World"
"I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world"
68. Kodaline - "All I Want"
69. Frank Sinatra – “Fly Me to the Moon”
70. Christina Perri - "Jar Of Hearts"
71. Amy Winehouse - "Valerie"
72. Bruno Mars - "The Lazy Song"
73. Eagles - "Hotel California"
74. Taylor Swift - "Blank Space"
75. Jason Mraz - "I Won’t Give Up"
"When I look into your eyes
It's like watching the night sky
Or a beautiful sunrise
So much they hold
And just like them old stars
I see that you've come so far
To be right where you are
How old is your soul?"
76. Adele - "Make You Feel My Love"
77. Shawn Mendes – “Stitches”
78. Billie Eilish - "Party Favor"
79. Ingrid Michaelson - "The Way I Am"
"If you were falling, then I would catch you
You need a light, I'd find a match
'Cause I love the way you say good morning
And you take me the way I am..."
What a better way to say 'I love you" to your beloved one?!
80. Of Monsters And Men - "Little Talks"
81. A Great Big World - "Say Something"
82. Eddie Vedder & Cat Power - "Tonight You Belong to Me"
83. Bette Midler - "Ukulele Lady"
We couldn't do anything but share the playful lyrics of Bette Midler's uke song!
"If you like a ukulele lady,
Ukulele lady likes you.
If you want to linger where it's shady,
Ukulele lady lingers too.
If you kiss a ukulele lady
While you promise ever to be true,
And she sees another ukulele lady fool around with you.
Maybe she'll sigh, maybe she'll cry,
Maybe she'll find somebody else
By and by-why-why
To sing to when it's cool and shady,
Where the tricky wicky wackies woo woo woo.
If you like a ukulele lady,
Ukulele lady likes you."
84. Avicii - "Wake Me Up"
85. Sam Smith - "I’m Not The Only One"
86. Owl City – “Fireflies”
87. Olomana – “Ku'u Home O Kahalu'u”
88. Soul Sister – “Train”
89. Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone - "City Of Stars"
This lovely ukulele song is the soundtrack to the award-winning movie "La La Land"(2016), starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.
Have a look at the whole lyrics:
Are you shining just for me?
There's so much that I can't see
Is this the start of something wonderful and new?
Or one more dream that I cannot make true?
90. Anna Kendrick - "Cups"
91. Panic! At The Disco - "Death Of A Bachelor"
92. James Arthur - "Say You Won’t Let Go"
93. Maroon 5 - "Sunday Morning"
94. Dodie Clark - "Would You Be So Kind?"
Be in my book
You’ve got to join me on my page
At least take a look!"
95. Coldplay - "Yellow"
96. Jason Mraz - "Lucky"
97. Paramore - "The Only Exception"
98. Ed Sheeran - "I See Fire"
"Now I see fire, inside the mountain
I see fire, burning the trees
And I see fire, hollowing souls
And I see fire, blood in the breeze
And I hope that you'll remember me..."
99. Birdy - "Skinny Love"
100. Bruno Mars - "Just The Way You Are"
101. Misc Cartoons - "Adventure Time Theme"
102. Taylor Swift - "Love Story"
103. Jack Johnson - "Banana Pancakes"
Halaka ukulele mama made a baby
Really don't mind the practice
Cause you're my little lady
Lady lady love me
Cause I love to lay here lazy..."
104. Meghan Trainor - "All About That Bass"
105. Sia - "Chandelier"
106. Karen O - "The Moon Song"
107. Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive"
108. Idina Menzel - "Let It Go"
109. Twenty-One Pilots - "Screen"
110. The Foundations - "Build Me Up Buttercup"
However, this uke song stands at the end of our collection, it surely deserves to go into your everyday songs playlist.
Why do you build me up (build me up) buttercup, baby
Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around?
111. Fun. - "We Are Young"
112. Santo & Johnny - "And I love her"
Which is your favorite ukulele song? Is there any we've missed and should include to our list? Let us know in the comment section below. Cheers!