Israel Kamakawiwo’ole-Somewhere over the Rainbow:
Probably the most popular song to play on the uke is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s ukulele version of this song is the best version there is. Israel, being a Hawaiian entertainer, was one of the people who popularized this kind of music. It just comes natural to BruddahIz, as he was popularly known, to play the instrument on the serene beaches of Hawaii. One of the most watched uke videos on YouTube is BruddahIz’s heart-warming performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” played over a clip of his funeral.
The Beatles-Hey Jude:
For those who are into the classics, one of the songs every uke lover wants to play is the Beatle’s “Hey Jude.” This song has great lyrics and its tune is very catchy no matter what instrument it is played on. Playing this on the ukulele just makes the song sound even cooler. Every uke player wants to learn how to strum and pluck the chords to this great song. Who would want to get to play this Grammy Hall of Famer. The Beatles’ music sounds will definitely never grow old.
Ray Charles- Hit the Road Jack:
Another Grammy Hall of Famer on the list of popular ukulele songs is “Hit the Road Jack!” This is for those who are more into the R&B genre. It was popularized by the great legend, Ray Charles.This song that gave birth to the rock and roll genre has a unique tune to it that makes listeners want to sing and dance along. Every uke player wants to master how to perfectly pluck and strum the chords to this classic.
If you are not really into the classics, the last on the list has a more contemporary sound and feel. “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes has catchy lyrics and an upbeat tune. “Stitches” has become the favorite of ukulele players from the present generation. Beginners can learn how to strum the chords and it can still sound great even without the plucking.
Playing these four popular songs on the ukulele doesn’t really require you to sing along. But according to Tan Key Boey, a ukulele enthusiast, when you learn to strum the ukulele, it will naturally lead to singing. That unique uke sound gives songs from different genres a fun and new version. Grab your ukulele, make sure it is perfectly tuned, and start learning these songs.