13 Easy Baritone Ukulele Songs For Beginners

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At some point, everyone finds themselves looking for fun songs to play. This list of 13 simple and fun baritone ukulele songs includes familiar favorites that are easy to play.

1. “Coconut,” by Harry Nilsson (1971)

1 chord – C7


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This song can be played in its entirety with just one 1-finger chord, but you may need to sing along.

2. “Singin’ In the Rain,” lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown (1929)

2 chords – F C7


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Here, the chord changes come slowly, giving you time to set up for each one. The player in the video is playing a more complicated version in the same key, and you can strum along.

3. “Iko Iko,” by James Crawford, Barbara Hawkins, Rosa Hawkins and Joan Johnson (1965)

2 chords – F C

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Especially fun in a group, this song is perfect for beginners just getting comfortable with changing chords.

4. “Jambalaya (On the Bayou),” by Hank Williams (1952)

2 chords – C G

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G is often one of the first 3-finger chords beginning players tackle, and it’s a versatile one.

5. “Draggin’ the Line,” by Tommy James Bob King (1971)

2 chords – D C

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Playing this song in this key allows you to practice the D chord, which can be tricky until you’ve got it down. Don’t try to play along with this video until you learn F and Eb; she’s playing in a different key.

6. “Lullaby” by Front Porch Step (2013)

Chords: Am, C, F, G

Year of Release: 2013

Artist: Front Porch Step

Album: Aware

7. “I Don’t Know my Name” by Grace Vanderwaal (2016)

Chords: Am, C, F, G

Year of Release: 2016

Artist: Grace Vanderwaal

Album: Perfectly Imperfect

8. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten (2015)

Chords: Cadd9, D, Em7, G, gmaj7

Year of Release: 2015

Artist: Rachel Platten

Album: Fight Song – EP

9. “Crocodile Rock” by Elton John (1973)

Chords: A7, Bm, C, D, D7, E, Em, G

Year of Release: 1973

Artist: Elton John

Album: Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player

10. “Hey Good Lookin’” by Hank Williams (1953)

Chords: C, D, F, G

Year of Release: 1953

Artist: Hank Williams

Album: Memorial Album

11. “Sweet Home Alabama,” by Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)

3 chords – D C G

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D chords can be daunting to some beginners. Experiment with playing it with one, two, or three fingers.

12. “I’ll Fly Away,” by Albert E. Brumley (1929)

3 chords – G C D

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Often played in gospel and bluegrass bands, this is a classic and beautiful choice for beginners who’ve gotten comfortable with G and are working on the D chord — or vice versa.

13. “Love Me Do,” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney for The Beatles (1962)

3 chords – G C D

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So many Beatles songs work beautifully on ukulele, and “Love Me Do” is especially well-suited to beginning players.

Which Chords do You Need to Know?

The answer to this question depends on the song you choose. Many of these songs feature familiar chords – and in case you don’t know a certain chord yet, you’ll find that learning a famous tune eases the challenge of learning something new. So, don’t stress!

Getting Started with Baritone Ukulele Songs

Lots of things in life are difficult. Playing your Baritone Ukulele shouldn’t be one of them! So pick a song that appeals to you, take a look, and start to practice one chord at a time. If you can spend about 15 minutes per day building on what you already know, you’ll find yourself strumming famous ukulele songs in just a short amount of time.

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