The ukulele might be famous for creating a classic Island sound, but there’s a whole lot more to this fantastic instrument! Grab your uke and start strumming, because we’re about to share 15 easy country songs for ukulele. Give them a try!
1. “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” by Joe South
7 chords – A. B, C, D, Em, F, G
Many country artists have covered the 1970 hit “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.” This version is Martina McBride’s, and it’s perfect for singing along to while you strum your ukulele.
2. “Amazed” by Lonestar
9 chords – Bbm, B, Db, Eb, E, Fm, Gb, Ab, Abm
You might need to learn a few new chords to play Lonestar’s “Amazed” on ukulele, but the slow tempo and easily-remembered lyrics make this song a fairly simple one to learn.
3. “Beautiful Mess” by Diamond Rio
6 chords – Bbm, Db, Ebm, F, Gb, Ab
Just six chords and a fairly slow tempo make Beautiful Mess a great ukulele country song for beginners. Don’t skip this one if you’re more advanced – it’s a lot of fun to play.
4. “Blame it on Mexico” by George Strait
4 chords – Am, C, F, G
This simple country song is a karaoke favorite that’s perfect for playing on your ukulele while everyone sings along. Tequila, salt, and lime are optional.
5. “Cheeseburger in Paradise” by Jimmy Buffet
5 chords – A, Bm, D, E, G
Jimmy Buffet tunes and the ukulele might not be a traditional pairing, but they go together like pineapple and coconut. With just five chords, it’s easy to play “Cheeseburger in Paradise” while everyone sings along.
6. “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks
3 chords – A, B, E
Ukulele country songs don’t get much easier than Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” – particularly if you already know the words! Expect lots of requests for this one once you’ve mastered it.
7. “Hey Good Lookin’” by Hank Williams
4 Chords – C, D, F, G
Here’s an oldie but a goodie – and it’s one just about everybody knows: Hank Williams’ “Hey Good Lookin’” has just four easy chords, so it’s a fast study even if its new to you!
8. “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry
4 chords – A, B, Dbm, E
Here’s a sad, slow country ballad that’s hauntingly beautiful. With four easy chords, it’s the perfect country song for ukulele beginners.
9. “It’s Five o’ Clock Somewhere” by Alan Jackson
5 chords – A, Bm, D, Em, G
Probably one of the most popular and most requested favorites of all time, “It’s Five o’ Clock Somewhere” also happens to be one of the easiest country songs to play on your ukulele. Get your friends to join in!
10. “Love Story” by Taylor Swift
7 chords – A, Am, Bm, C, D, F, G
Lovely lyrics and seven simple chords make Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” perfect for playing on your ukulele. Enjoy!
11. “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffet
4 chords – A, D, D7, G
Here’s one of the best ukulele country songs ever! Even though Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” talks about strumming a six-string, it’s easy to get by with only four.
12. “Mud on the Tires” by Brad Paisley
4 chords – A, Bm, D, G
See more on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6nxHNrIwJA
Here’s a great one: “Mud on the Tires” is easy to play on your ukulele, and the lyrics are fairly slow, too, so singing along will come fairly easy once you’ve got the chords down. Have fun!
13. “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith
6 chords – A, B, Bm, Dbm, E, Gb
See more on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKZqGJONH68
You’ll be the most popular person at the next party if you bring your ukulele along and play “Red Solo Cup” for everyone to sing along to. Have fun with this one: It’s easy to make your own!
14. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver
6 chords – A, D, E, E7, Gbm, G
See more on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vrEljMfXYo
Another popular country tune that most people love to sing along with, this old John Denver song is easy to play on your ukulele. “Take Me Home Country Roads” was first recorded in 1971, but it remains a favorite.
15. “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash
5 chords – A, A7, D, B7, E7
See more on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It7107ELQvY
You might not think it’s possible, but you really can play Johnny Cash songs on your ukulele! “Ring of Fire” is a favorite – and with only three chords to play, it’s one of the easiest there is.
Playing Easy Country Ukulele Songs
Thanks to slower tempos, compelling lyrics, and familiar tunes that lots of people know and love, country songs are ideal for playing on your ukulele. Take these covers and make them your own!
With patience and practice, you’ll be ready to treat friends to fun sing-alongs. Aloha, and happy strumming!