Pop Songs Lessons

Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

In this lesson we will learn Shake It Off by Taylor Swift. Easy 3 chord tune for beginners

Song Difficulty: 1

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All Of Me by John Legend

All Of Me by John Legend

This lesson requires the knowledge of movable major and minor chords.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Learn how to play Thinking Out Load by Ed Sheeran. This lesson requires knowing movable major and minor chord shapes.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Pompeii by Bastille

Pompeii by Bastille

In this lesson we will learn Pompeii by british artist Bastille.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye

Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye

The Gotye song, 'Somebody I Used to Know', was a huge international hit. Its a great song for the uke and this lesson will walk you through the chords and some of the single note lines from the record.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Black Horse and a Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall

Black Horse and a Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall

Here's the hit song from KT Tunstall - Black Horse and a Cherry Tree made famous by her performance on Jools.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Care - Bribry

Care - Bribry

Here is a simple pop song from Bribry in the key of C.
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Your Song by Elton John / Ellie Goulding

Your Song by Elton John / Ellie Goulding

In this lesson we will be learning Your Song by Elton John. This lesson also applies to the Ellie Goulding version. Both versions are in the same key and we have taught the lesson in the original key of the song.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Oh Cecilia by Paul Simon and the Vamps

Oh Cecilia by Paul Simon and the Vamps

This is an easy 3 chord tune by Paul Simon. We have taught the lesson based off of the Vamps version.

Song Difficulty: 3

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What I Got by Sublime

What I Got by Sublime

In this lesson we will learn a simple 2 chord song that uses a finger picking technique.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Rehab - Amy Winehouse

Rehab - Amy Winehouse

This is the hit song by Amy Winehouse all about Rehab.

Song Difficulty: 2

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I'm Not The Only One by Sam Smith

I'm Not The Only One by Sam Smith

A great tune from British artist Sam Smith.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Superheroes by The Script

Superheroes by The Script

In this lesson we will be learning Superheroes by the Script

Song Difficulty: 3

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Riptide by Vance Joy

Riptide by Vance Joy

In this lesson we will learn Riptide by Vance Joy. A pretty simple open chord song that translates well to uke.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People

In this lesson, I'll show you the four chords needed to play Pumped Up Kicks. This is a simple lesson that should have you playing this song in no time. Enjoy!

Song Difficulty: 3

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When Im Cleaning Windows by George Formby

When Im Cleaning Windows by George Formby

In this lesson we will be learning When Im Cleaning Windows by George Formby

Song Difficulty: 4

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The Way I Am  - Ingrid Michaelson

The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson

Here's a song from Ingrid Michaelson who plays a lot of ukulele but this song does not have a uke in the original recording. Anyhow, its a great tune to play on the uke.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Lucky - Mraz Caillat

Lucky - Mraz Caillat

In this lesson, I'll show you the duet between Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat called 'Lucky'.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Can't Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley

Can't Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley

This is a song study lesson of Can't Help Falling in Love. We will be using many barre chords and Dom7 chords.

Song Difficulty: 3

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You and I by Ingrid Michaelson

You and I by Ingrid Michaelson

In this lesson we will learn You and I by Ingrid Michaelson. This song makes use of some new chords such as a new dom7 shape, sus4, and diminished chords.

Song Difficulty: 4

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I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab For Cutie

I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab For Cutie

In this lesson we will be applying our Major and Minor Barre Chords in this tune by Death Cab For Cutie.

Song Difficulty: 3

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The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars

The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars

In this lesson we will learn the Bruno Mars song The Lazy Song. The song makes use of several major and minor chord shapes we have recently learned as well as a Dom7 chord.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

In this lesson we will be learning Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. This song makes use of a new chord called a diminished chord.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Im Yours by Jason Mraz

Im Yours by Jason Mraz

In this lesson we will be learning Im Yours by Jason Mraz in the key of C. The song requires the chords C, F, G, Am, and D.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Island In the Sun by Weezer

Island In the Sun by Weezer

In this lesson we will be learning Island in The Sun by Weezer. The song uses mostly open chords and follows a simple arrangement.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Soul Sister by Train

Soul Sister by Train

In this lesson we will be learning Soul Sister by Train. Please note that this tune requires an alternate tuning that will be demonstrated in the lesson.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson

Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson

In this lesson we will be learning Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Dr. What - Charliesocoollike

Dr. What - Charliesocoollike

In this lesson, I will show you how to play the "Dr. What" song by the youtuber Charliesocoollike. This song uses some barre chords but is fairly easy to play.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Missing - EBTG

Missing - EBTG

This lesson is on the song Missing, by Everything But the Girl from the 90's. Its a very simple set of changes that have a couple variations in each section.
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Like A Star - C Bailey Rae

Like A Star - C Bailey Rae

Here is the Corinne Bailey Rae hit, Like A Star that goes well on the uke.
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

In this lesson we will learn the classic version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow as arranged by "Iz".

Song Difficulty: 4

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What A Wonderful World

What A Wonderful World

In this lesson we will be learning What A Wonderful World, the classic Louie Armstrong tune. The lesson covers the arrangement made popular by "Iz".

Song Difficulty: 3

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Fire and Rain by James Taylor

Fire and Rain by James Taylor

In this song study lesson we will be covering James Taylor's Fire and Rain. Great tune with some sing note picking melody lines in the intro.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Rude by Magic!

Rude by Magic!

In this lesson we will be learning Rude by the Canadian band Magic! The song uses barre chords and has a reggae feel.

Song Difficulty: 3

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We Dont Believe Whats on TV by Twenty One Pilots

We Dont Believe Whats on TV by Twenty One Pilots

Lot of chords and a more difficult strumming pattern in this one. Other than that a pretty straight ahead tune.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Blame It On Me by George Ezra

Blame It On Me by George Ezra

This is a great tune by British artist George Ezra. Pretty simple tune for the uke.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Purple Rain by Prince

Purple Rain by Prince

Learn Purple Rain by Prince. The tune has just 2 sections that repeat throughout. It makes use of some major chord extensions with the 9th interval

Song Difficulty: 5

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Love Yourself by Justin Bieber

Love Yourself by Justin Bieber

Learn Lover Yourself by Justin Bieber. Good lesson for beginners. We have transcribed this from Eb to key of C so that you can use common beginner chords.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Fast Car by Tracey Chapman

Fast Car by Tracey Chapman

In this lesson learn Fast car with its ghostly introduction riff

Song Difficulty: 4

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Stand By Me by Ben E. King

Stand By Me by Ben E. King

Easy 4 chord tune with the added recognizable bass line adapted for uke.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Count On Me - Bruno Mars

Count On Me - Bruno Mars

Here's a pretty song by Bruno Mars that goes well on the uke, Count On Me.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Stay With Me by Sam Smith

Stay With Me by Sam Smith

In this lesson we will be learning Stay With Me by Sam Smith.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Parachutes by Ingrid Michaelson

Parachutes by Ingrid Michaelson

Easy uke tune. Just 4 chords and a strumming pattern.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield

Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield

In this lesson we will learn this classic Dusty Springfield song with a very recognizable intro riff.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding

Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding

Dock of the Bay requires knowing several chords including G, B,B7 C, A, E, D, and F. The challenging part about this tune is the strumming pattern and getting the pushed timing of the rhythm.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Love Me Tender - Chord Melody Version

Love Me Tender - Chord Melody Version

In this lesson we will be learning a chord melody version of Love Me Tender by Elvis.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Lips Are Moving by Meghan Trainor

Lips Are Moving by Meghan Trainor

In this lesson we will learn the ukulele version of Lips Are Moving by Meghan Trainor. The song uses 3 chords throughout the entire tune. G, Am, C. The strumming pattern is the challenging part with its use of dead notes.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Hallelujah Chord Melody Version Part 2

Hallelujah Chord Melody Version Part 2

In this lesson we will be learning a chord melody version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. Part 2

Song Difficulty: 4

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Hallelujah - Chord Melody Version Part 1

Hallelujah - Chord Melody Version Part 1

In this lesson we will be learning a chord melody version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran

Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran

Learn this easy Ed Sheeran tune using just 4 chords

Song Difficulty: 3

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Yesterday by The Beatles (Chord Melody Style)

Yesterday by The Beatles (Chord Melody Style)

In this lesson we will be learning Yesterday in chord melody style. Chord melody style is accomplished when both the melody and chords are played at the same time.

Song Difficulty: 6

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House Of Gold by Twenty One Pilots

House Of Gold by Twenty One Pilots

This tune uses basic open chords. The trick here is the fast strumming pattern.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Blank Spaces by Taylor Swift

Blank Spaces by Taylor Swift

In this lesson we will be learning Blank Spaces by Taylor Swift.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Title - Meghan Trainor

Title - Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor's debut album is called 'Title' and the title track is also 'Title' and it happens to be played on the uke when she does acoustic performances. So, here it is! Please note that this version is in a lower key than the one on her album. This is the live acoustic version.

Song Difficulty: 5

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1 2 3 4 - Feist

1 2 3 4 - Feist

In this lesson, I will show you how to play Feist's song 1 2 3 4. Originally on the banjo, it works nicely on the uke.

Song Difficulty: 5

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River by Joni Mitchell

River by Joni Mitchell

In this lesson we will be learning River by Joni Mitchell

Song Difficulty: 3

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All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor

All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor

In this lesson, I will show you how to play All About That Bass on the uke, which is an instrument that Meghan Trainor herself plays a lot. Its fairly simple and I include some of the melody for those wishing to get a bit more involved.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Pocket Full of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield

Pocket Full of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield

In this lesson we will be learning Pocket Full of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Tonight You Belong To Me

Tonight You Belong To Me

Learn this old tune re done by Eddie Vedder. Great ukulele song!

Song Difficulty: 5

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La Vie En Rose by Edith Pilaf

La Vie En Rose by Edith Pilaf

Song Difficulty: 5

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Hey There Delilah by Plain White T's

Hey There Delilah by Plain White T's

In this lesson we will be learning Hey There Delilah. We will be applying a finger style technique for this lessons

Song Difficulty: 4

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Ukulele Lady

Ukulele Lady

In this lesson we will be learning Ukulele Lady. This tune is a classic that has been performed by many artists such as Bette Mitler and Arlo Guthrie

Song Difficulty: 5

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Summertime by Ira Gershwin

Summertime by Ira Gershwin

In this lesson, we will head into the jazz territory with a great Gershwin song from show Porgy and Bess (1934). This song features more complex chords and patterns and is a great introduction to jazz on the uke.

Song Difficulty: 7

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Stitches by Shawn Mendes

Stitches by Shawn Mendes

In this lesson we will learn Stitches by Shawn Mendes. The song is in Db and uses 4 chords. Mostly barre chords.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Angel by Jack Johnson

Angel by Jack Johnson

In this lesson, learn the song Angel by Jack Johnson.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Happy - Pharrell Williams

Happy - Pharrell Williams

In this lesson I'll show you how to play the uke version of Happy, by Pharrell Williams. It has some cool chords and a riff with some more advanced strumming rythms.

Song Difficulty: 6

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Shut Up And Dance With Me by Walk The Moon

Shut Up And Dance With Me by Walk The Moon

Learn this straight ahead pop tune by Walk The Moon. To be in tune with the original recording you will need to use a capo on the 1st fret.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Best Day of My Life - American Authors

Best Day of My Life - American Authors

In this lesson you will learn the two chords and several banjo riffs for the American Authors song "Best Day of My Life." The ukulele does a fine job of imitating the banjo used in the original recording and is a fun song to play.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Love Song - Sara Barielles

Love Song - Sara Barielles

In this lesson, I'll you how to play the uke version of the love song that Sara did not want to write for her record company.... There are quite a few chords in this one. And they switch pretty quickly in the verse. You might find this a bit more challenging to make the chord changes.

Song Difficulty: 5

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You Are My Sunshine

You Are My Sunshine

In this lesson we will learn how to play the traditional song You Are My Sunshine. This is a simple song using the chords C, F, and G

Song Difficulty: 1

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La Bamba

La Bamba

In this lesson we will be learning La Bamba by Ritchie Valens. This song uses the chords C, F, and G. While the chords used in the song are simple, the strumming pattern can be a bit challenging. You can always simplify the strumming pattern by just playing simple quarter note down strums.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Breakdown by Jack Johnson

Breakdown by Jack Johnson

In this lesson learn Breakdown by Jack Johnson

Song Difficulty: 3

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