August 27, 2022

30 Sad Ukulele Songs That Will Go Straight To Your Heart

If you're a ukulele player, you know that the instrument is often associated with happiness and good times. But did you know that the ukulele can also be used to express sadness and loss? In this blog post, we'll take a look at some of the saddest ukulele songs ever written. These tunes are perfect for when you need to express your grief and sorrow. So pull out your ukulele, sit down in a quiet place, and let these songs help you deal with your sadness. 

30 Sad Ukulele Songs That Will Go Straight To Your Heart 

Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley

Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley

Song Chords: C, G, Am, F, Dm, Em 

When you fall in love, it can be easy to let your guard down and open yourself up. This is the vulnerability that Elvis captured so beautifully with his Can’t Help Falling In Love track—a song about being unable (or unwilling)to help but feel like someone else entirely when they're around us; an irresistible force meeting its deservedly gorgeous counterpart! Well I'm here today because inevitably at some point during our lives we will all face this feeling head on...but how best do we prepare for these moments? What are some things every single person should know before diving right into "love"?
Like what exactly does 'falling' mean. 

Careless Whisper by George Michael

Careless Whisper by George Michael 

Song Chords: A, Bb, C, Dm, Gm 

What can I say? The lyrics are incredible, and the way he sings them just takes my breath away. His voice sounds so vibrant in this song - not at all like some old man's raspy tones we're used to hearing from him nowadays! It really shows that even though things have changed over time; there will never be anyone better or more talented than George Michael. 

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

Song Chords: C, Am, F, G, Em 

Cohen's Hallelujah is a songwriting masterclass in sadness. It makes use of "minor falls and major lifts," but it has been covered by many artists for their own purposes - from Jeff Buckley to X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke, whatever instrument they are playing or whoever singing them can cut deep into your heart with these lines: So as you strum your ukulele while swaying back-and-forth along WITH ME—expect some tears once we've reached those last few notes! 

Mad World by Gary Jules 

Song Chords: A, D, Em, G 

If you know “Mad World”, then it's no surprise why this song made our list of sad songs. Gary Jules does an amazing job describing his feelings on the messed up world we live in and how he feels like death will inevitably take him next time; but there are also some bright spots such as being caught up with people who only want what is best for everyone else too. 

My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion 

Song Chords: C, D, Em, G 

While many people find Canadian singer Celine Dion's music difficult to listen, she has made an impact with "My Heart Will Go On." The track was featured heavily in the movie Titanic and deals mostly about loss - but also shows that there can sometimes be beauty found during sad times. It might sound complicated at first glance (it features four chords!), however when put together these elements make up one powerful message: letting go so another chance arises; finding hope even if things seem hopeless. 

Say Something by Christina Aguilera 

Song Chords: Am, F, C, G, Em7 

With a barre chord insight, this version of Say Something loops four simple chords. Even when the chord shifts and changes shape within each phrase--as it does frequently to keep things interesting for your fingers! This song only utilizes five different keys which means that you can learn these easy-to-sing/play lyrics quickly without any fuss or bother because they will be familiar territory if ever sung in tune by professionals before us. 

Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day 

Song Chords: Am, C, C7, Em, Eb, F, Fm, G 

"Wake Me Up When September Ends" is about Billie Joe Armstrong's father who passed away when he was just 10 years old. The songwriters tackle the tough challenge of processing grief with verses that include lines such as, 'I don't want to think about it/It brings me down.' Loss can be an isolating experience no matter one’s age but being young adds even more difficult because there isn't yet enough life experience under your belt which helps guide you through these moments. 

Yesterday by The Beatles 

Song Chords: F, Em7, A, A7, Dm, C, Bb, C, G7, Gm, Gm6 

When you learn to play yesterday, it’ll take some memorizing and plenty of practice. You are guaranteed a challenge but the rewards will be worth all your hard work if you master this song! It's an impressive feat that can impress anyone any time they want too - just remember: "With eleven chords under my belt…I'm not going down without fight." 

Bye Bye by Mariah Carey 

Song Chords: G, Em, Bm7, C, G/B, Am7 

With “Bye Bye,” Mariah Carey pays homage to her father who passed away from cancer. In the opening, she even dedicates this song toward those that have lost somebody close themselves-which gives off such an emotional effect when you listen!
In general, though most people would probably be crying during these lyrics because they're so touching: "I know I should've said goodbye." 

Cardigan by Taylor Swift

Cardigan by Taylor Swift

Song Chords: Em, A, G, D, Bm 

Taylor Swift's songs are known for their strong melodies and appealing sound. In one of her latest tracks, Cardigan talks about how she was able to express a tender side in writing it because this song required more patience than most others do--a great difficulty that made me want to try out my barre chords!      

Hello by Adele 

Song Chords: Em, G, D, C, Bm 

The melody in this song is very familiar to anyone who has ever played guitar. But what if you wanted more challenging chords? Well, all hope isn’t lost! You can transpose these easy songs so that they include some of those famous Adele-like powerhouse vocals we love so much from the original track "Hello." 

The Scientist by Coldplay 

Song Chords: Bb, C, Dm, G, Fsus2 

The song “The Scientist” by Coldplay may be one of the first to use an analogy for how broken hearted someone feels. This line in particular makes it sound more on-the order than just about any other type or genre out there, which could make this song perfect if you're looking into starting your own band!
"It's not hard," they say but even though I know that nothing ever will come easy again ́and we'll always feel these things together...I still want somebody who can make me whole." 

Hurt by Johnny Cash 

Song Chords: Am, C, D, G, F 

The Man In Black has never been more captivating than with this dark, yet beautiful song. Trent Reznor’s original intro is offset by Johnny Cash's version which resonated strongly among many listeners due to his death just months after filming the video and also established him as an icon for years afterward because of how simple these three chords are on ukuleles--they'll stop people in their tracks! 

Shallow by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper 

Song Chords: Em, D, G, C, Am, Bm, A 

The song “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper showcases open chords in the bridge. This track is a lot sadder than one might expect from its blockbuster sound, but it still embodies that same feel-good quality we all love about songs like these! 

All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan 

Song Chords: Am, G, F 

So many options! The three chords of “All Along the Watchtower” are enough to keep any musician happy. If you can't decide which vocal approach suits your style, try both and see what sounds best for yourself in this song by Bob Dylan/ Hendrix combo - either way we're sure that it will be an unforgettable performance on guitar no matter who recorded first (try them both!). 

Tracks Of My Tears by Smokey Robinson 

Song Chords: G, C, D, Em 

I’ve always loved this song, it's so catchy and easy to play! It only has four chords but you can't go wrong with Motown. Watch the video below for tips on howto lock down your strumming pattern:
One more reason why we love these types of tunes is because they make us feel good inside when played in context - whether driving around town or giving an impromptu dance party at home (or both). 

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2 

Song Chords: C, F, G 

There are many chords that can be used to play the ukulele, but if you're just starting out it is best not to try and learn every single one. This song has three of our most basic guitar shapes along with vocals so no matter what instrument you're playing there will always sound great! 

Society by Eddie Vedder 

Song Chords: D, A, G, Bm 

Eddie Vedder's ukulele songs are always a refreshing change of pace from the typical sad ballads. His deep voice and knack for bringing new life with his vocals make this song all yours, as well!
The chords are simple enough that you can learn them in no time at home or on your phone while driving around town-- four total measures will help release some anger towards Society without needing any outside influences whatsoever; just reflect upon what they mean before singing along together so we're sure each person feels better after listening... 

Leaving On A Jet Plane by John Denver 

Song Chords: G, C, D 

Denver wasn't too happy on board his flight, but just three chords could turn it into a vacation. G major is the key for your vocals and uku while C or D will harmonize well against them nicely in both snapped sounding bits as well as smoother melodies such that they don’t feel out of place when used together
We're not going anywhere today - we'll be right here waiting until tomorrow morning! 

You Can’t Always Get What You Want by Rolling Stones 

Song Chords: C, F, D 

Sometimes, the realization that you can never get what you want breaks your heart. But on a happier note—you might just find yourself getting exactly what's needed for now! And if three chords are all it takes to make someone happy (like myself), here I go with this song in tow ready to rock out until my fingers hurt from strumming so hard... 

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Otherside by Red Hot Chili Peppers 

Song Chords: Am, F, C, G, Em 

Otherside is a song about the dark side of life. It’s easy to think that this kind of content would be unpleasant, but it has its own beauty when stripped back and played on a ukulele with just your voice as accompaniment in order not only to show off some talents but also to provide soothing sounds for those who need them most. 

Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths 

Song Chords: D, A, F#m, G, Bm 

The Smiths are one of the most popular bands from Britain in history, and their song “Please Please Please” has become an instant classic. The lyrics detail about being down on your luck or facing hard times with the hope that someone will come to save you. 

The Night We Met by Lord Huron 

Song Chords: Am, F, C, G 

The chords used in this song are beginner-friendly, so even if you’re not an expert musician there's a good chance that with some practice and patience anything is possible. 

Southern Anthem by Iron & Wine

Southern Anthem by Iron & Wine

Song Chords: C, F, G 

The song “ Southern Anthem” by Iron & Wine is likely to be a great listen. It has that beautiful, sad sound you can't help but fall in love with! The lyrics are also interesting and offer an insight into what life may have been like for someone living during this time period. And lastly - there aren't any minor chords used that gives off such broodiness; makes me feel all kinds of things when i hear it play through my speakers at home or work (or anywhere else). 

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Three Little Birds by Bob Marley 

Song Chords: C, F, G 

The song is one of the most positive songs on Earth, but it can also provide some relief when you're feeling down.
The melody and vocals are so soothing that this may sound like an upbeat ukulele tune at first glance; however there's something about its message which resonates with everyone--whether they have been through tough times or just want a little reminder every day how great everything really will be someday! 

I Would Be Sad by The Avett Brothers 

Song Chords: G, Em, C, D 

A song by The Avett Brothers about a failed relationship between two young lovers, "I Would Be Sad" is all about what would make the characters in this story unhappy. Lyrically it's straightforward with lines like “How can't you tell when my heart will break?/Wondering where we go from here," but musically they have created something beautiful and passionate thanks to their unique soundscape of instruments including cellos that create an emotional mood while still maintaining focus on singer-songwriter emotions through vocal harmonies backed up beautifully by banjos or guitars. 

Angel by Sarah McLachlan 

Song Chords: Dm7, F, C, G, Em 

Sarah MacLachlan’s “Angel" is a classic sad piano song that can be made into an ukulele. It's inspired by the tough music industry of 1990s and how some artists often struggled with drugs to cope, but in this case Sarah herself said it was also about trying to love yourself- so give your opinion on whether or not you think she succeeded! 

If The World Was Ending by JP Saxe ft. Julia Michaels 

Song Chords:  F, G, C, Am 

What would you do if the world was ending? This song is about two lovers who are texting each other in order to figure out their fate for tomorrow. They're unsure of what will happen, but they know it can't be any worse than how things were before - so let's see where this leads! 

Lonely Day by System Of A Down 

Song Chords: Am, F, C, E7, G 

"It might not seem like it at first listen, but this song is literally about what you would do and who are with if the world ended. Saxe and Michaels do such an amazing job of playing off each other as distant lovers." 

The Middle by Zed & Maren Morris 

Song Chords: C, G, D, Em, Am 

The modern twist in this song makes it stand out from other traditional pieces. With just five chords and no complex barres, the ukulele makes for an easy first full-length tune you can learn!

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Article written by Julia
Hi, I'm Julia. I love playing the ukulele and blogging about it. I started playing the ukulele a few years ago and haven't stopped since! I've also been blogging about my experience learning to play the uke for other beginners like myself. It's been a fun way to share my journey and help others learn too.
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