Although the baritone ukulele may be larger than a soprano or concert uke, its mellower sound makes it a great choice for playing songs in a lower key. In this blog post, we'll provide some popular baritone ukulele songs to get you started. We'll also provide tips on how to practice these tunes and improve your playing skills. Keep reading to learn more!
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
Song’s Chords: Am, C, Em, F, G
The lyrics and melody of “Hallelujah” are so iconic, it's hard to find a better version than the one by Leonard Cohen. However many artists have tried their luck with this song over time - from Jeff Buckley all way down through Bon Jovi and Willie Nelson! If you're looking for an opportunity that will challenge both your vocal abilities as well chord progression knowledge then here we go: take up finger picking techniques while learning how much more than just singing can come out when working on these skills in general because there isn't any single skill involved here. Rather everything has been put together very intricately which means each part must be executed properly before anything else.
Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin
Song’s Chords: C, Dm, F
Whenever I hear "Don't Worry Be Happy," I wonder if Bobby McFerrin knew he had a hit track. The first ukulele-friendly track to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in America, this sweet and simple tune features an assortment of instruments that are being sung. Perfect for the beginner who wants something easy but still fun!
Iko Iko by James Crawford, Barbara Hawkins, Rosa Hawkins & Joan Johnson
Song’s Chords: F,C7
This song is a classic, with its simple chords that can be played on any ukulele. The story it tells about two tribes in competition has made this piece of music well known across many cultures and time periods since original release!
All Along The Watchtower by Bob Dylan
Song’s Chords: Am, G, F
Jimi Hendrix's version of "All Along The Watchtower" is often considered to be more emotive and evocative than Bob Dylan’s. There are many theories about the meaning behind these lyrics, but it doesn't matter as much in our world today because they inspired so many people after their original release date!
La Bamba by Ritchie Valens
Songs Chords: C, F, G
The chords in "La Bamba" make for an easy, catchy tune that will be stuck on your mind hours after hearing it. Uke players should learn this progression because if they can play their instrument well enough to follow along with Ritchie Valens' riffing then there are no limits as far as what kind of music you could create!
Peaceful Easy Feeling by Eagles
Song's Chords: D, G, A7, Em
It's easy to see how the Eagles became one of America’s most loved bands. They had an innovative sound that captivated audiences, but their music never got too complicated or fancy for those who wanted something simple and catchy like "Peaceful Easy Feeling."
Can't Buy Me Love by The Beatles
Song's Chords: Am, C7, Dm7, Em, F7, G7
The Beatles were the first to combine rock and roll with artistic expression. Their songs are often simple, but they contain hidden harmonies that give them depth - like in "Can't Buy Me Love," where you can hear how each singer has his own part behind top-voice melody line of this 12 bar bluesy tune! My absolute favorite parts happen right after every scream: when it becomes clear what kind if solo will come next (sometimes pedal steel), then those pedals open up on guitar...it sounds so beautiful; there really isn’t any other way around putting these details into words."
I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash
Song's Chords: C, G7, C7, F, G
Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line" is a country-roots must and serious crowd pleaser in any setting. It has simple chords, but it might be worth learning how to play this song on bass guitar--the moving melody that accompanies him during his vocals makes up for anything else you could ever need!
I Won't Back Down by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Song's Chords: C, D, Em, G
Tom Petty's ukulele playing is enough to make any songwriter proud! The man had just four chords, but he created an unforgettable hit with “I Won't Back Down." This one can be really fun for those who play it on their own instruments too.
Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
Song's Chords: Am, C, Dm, Em, F, G
What better way to make an impression than with this catchy tune? A baritone ukulele is all you need for fun and profit. Plus, it's easy enough that even beginners can play along! So turn up your amp or grab some friends--because we know how much everyone loves Sweet Caroline.
Save Tonight by Eagle-Eye Cherry
Song's Chords: Am, F, C, G
Eagle-Eye Cherry's Save Tonight is a campfire singalong favorite. It has an easy guitar melody with some dynamics that keep things interesting, but it basically follows the same pattern from start to finish so you can learn this one on your baritone uke!
Crocodile Rock by Elton John
Song’s Chords: A7, Bm, C, D, D7, E, Em, G
This pick is from a true master of music – Elton John! Crocodile Rock was published in 1973 and features more chords than most songs on this list. It can be tough to play, but with 8 baritone ukulele strings you will have no problem whatsoever (if those are your fingers).
It's really nothing fancy: just some good old fashioned rock 'n' roll that all ages will love eating up their ears while they dance around happily together at home or come perform live onstage during one of our shows... either way I'm sure nobody could ever resist getting caught up within its catchy melodies.
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2
Song's Chords: C, F, G
U2's I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For might seem complex at first listen, but it is actually built on just a few chords. The layers of atmospheric guitars give this song more sophistication than what meets the eye and make them perfect for beginners who want to learn how music should sound like!
Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Chords: D C G
Lynyrd Skynyrd released this song in 1974 as a single from their album Second Helping. This ballad has strong roots and will live for generations to come, it can be played with only 3 chords - D-G-C.
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
Song's Chords: C, D, D7, Em, G
With the opening notes of Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl, you are immediately identification. And that is what makes this song so great- it has an expertly written melody and structure which can be easily recognizable even without knowing why or how exactly these things work! As I get started on my strumming for this instrument, make sure not just focus on playing each note correctly but also tap into some guitar riffs as well.
Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver
Song's Chords: A, D, E, E7, G, Gbm
John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country Roads is a country-folk classic that despite its focus on the heavenly West Virginia also has something to offer music lovers from every cloth. With this song as one of your repertoire items you'll be able not only recognize it when played by other artists but can give them an added touch with some extra theory knowledge!
I Won't Back Down by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Song's Chords: C, D, Em, G
Tom Petty's ukulele playing is enough to make any songwriter proud! The man had just four chords, but he created an unforgettable hit with I Won't Back Down. This one can be really fun for those who play it on their own instruments too.
Hey Good Lookin by Hank Williams
Song's Chords: C D F G
'Hey Good Lookin' is a country song by Hank Williams. One of the greatest songs of all time, it was released in 1953. This legendary track was included into Grammy Hall Of Fame 2001, at rank 19th out 100 Greatest Country Music Tracks list by CMT magazine which also says that it's easy for any musician who knows only 4 chords to play!
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding
Song's Chords: A, B, Bb, C, D, E, F, G
Otis Redding is often considered one of the greatest singers in American pop music, and his legacy will forever be remembered for this iconic number – (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay. He passed away due to plane accident but his life still has some relevance because he left behind an important song about depression. It seems like there's also a bass line similar between these two tracks made by Stevie Wonder called I Just Called To Say I Love You.
Singin’ in the Rain by Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown
Song's Chords: F C7
The song I picked is from a musical film named Signing in the Rain. It was released back in the day. This song was penned by Arthur Freed and Nacio herb Brown, with its music produced by those who knew how to make things cool. And what better instrument than yours? Just play F or C7 on your baritone ukulele two chords at once for this toe-tapping classic!
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams by Green Day
Song's Chords: Am, C, G, D, F, E
Green Day has covered quite a bit of musical territory over the years. Think about songs like Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) and their nine-minute mini rock, Jesus Of Suburbia. And while it might be an interesting departure for them to experiment with some slower tempos on occasion; in most regards this song sounds nothing more than power chord driven punk similar as many other tracks written by Billie Joe Armstrong including When I Come Around. As another added bonus - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams moves along at much faster pace too!
The Remedy (I Won't Worry) by Jason Mraz
Song's Chords: Bb, Cm, Dm, Em, Eb, F, G, Gm
Jason Mraz is one of the most talented musicians in today’s world; his hits are proof. But even if you don't agree with me, I bet that after reading this article he will become your favorite songwriter too! There's just something about how each instrument sounds on ukuleles andJason knows exactly what notes to hit for every single type or situation where music can be made- whether its jazz Standards like The Remedy (I Won't Worry)or more modern tunes such as I'm Your.
I’ll Fly Away by Albert E. Brumley
Song's Chords: G C D
I'll Fly Away is a sacred hymn that has been played by many different people for decades. This tune only uses three chords- G, C and D! It's no wonder this song became so popular because of how simple yet catchy it sounds in comparison to other gospel songs out there today
Jambalaya (On The Bayou) by Hank Williams
Song's Chords: C, G7
Hank Williams' Jambalaya (On The Bayou) is a catchy song with simple lyrics that can be easily understood by anyone. His music transcends barriers and his hits don't get much more universal than this one!
Love Me Do by John Lennon & Paul McCartney for The Beatles
Song's Chords: G C D
What's not to love about The Beatles? This track is named after one of their most popular songs, Love Me Do. John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote it together for this album in 1962 but did you know that there are only three chords needed- G Am D!
Afternoon Delight by Starland Vocal Band
Song's Chords: A, Bb, C, Dm, F
What’s not to love about this 70's classic rock song? The answer is simple: nothing. Though the hit may have been created in a simpler time, there are still some impressive talent and techniques showcased by its singer/guitarist with layers of rhythm guitar that make up for their lack luster technicality when it comes down playing lead instruments on ukuleles!
Coconut by Harry Nilsson
Song's Chords: C7
Harry Nilsson's Coconut is a song that only has one chord, but it feels like you're playing an entire melody. The verses are simple enough to learn on your baritone ukulele with just C7 as needed!
Down On The Corner by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Song's Chords: C, G7, F
If you're looking for a simple song to learn, it's hard not be tempted by the irresistible charm of Creedence Clearwater Revival. That includes their upbeat and unforgettable hit Down On The Corner, which has just three chords!
Fight Song by Rachel Platten
Song's Chords: Cadd9, D, Em7, G, Gmaj7
The Fight Song by Rachel Platten is a song that many people can relate to. The lyrics speak about her struggles and journey of endurance, which has been loved by critics as well as fans alike since its release in 2015-16! This tune features 5 chords with no capos required - so even beginners need not be intimidated when playing it because they'll get the hang immediately without any complicated techniques needed first up front.
The baritone ukulele is a great way to get started in the world of ukuleles. It has a mellower sound than the soprano and concert ukes, making it perfect for those who want to start learning how to play the uke. These songs are designed to help you practice your baritone skills, so have fun and enjoy!