Thursday, November 16, 2017

Favorite Pop Songs for Ukulele: C, F, G & Am Edition

Earlier this week, I shared a blog post about using Pop Songs for ukulele instruction.  In case you missed it, you can read all about it here.  I love using folk tunes for younger students, but with older students, I often need to find music that is more on their level.  

If your students have the basic 3 chords: C, F, and G, then adding Am brings a whole new level of songs for your students!

The lovely thing about Am is connecting it to the F chord.  Introduce Am by having students finger the F chord, then lifting the 1st finger.  Voila!  So simple, right?  Once they have that, playing these songs will be easy-peasy!

Counting Stars by One Republic

One Love by Bob Marley

One Call Away by Charlie Puth

I'm Yours by Jason Mraz
Ok, so this one has two quick fly-by D7 chords, but basically the ENTIRE song is C, F, G, and Am.
And bonus - this is a clean version!

Hey Ho! by The Lumineers

Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer

Shake it Off by Taylor Swift
This one is just C, G, and Am!

Home by Philip Philips

YMCA by the Village People

Rise Up by Andra Day

Please note - you'll need to vet these songs for appropriate lyrics and content.  What I might choose for a 5th grade class may be different than what you choose for a 7th grade class.  It's amazing to see how many songs use 4 simple chords!

Do you have a favorite C, F, G, & Am song to use in the classroom?  Why not share it below in the comments!  I'd love to hear from you!


  1. Do you know how much I'm lovin' you right now? This was just what I needed for my uke club! Thank you!!!

  2. Thanks for sharing these! I did Counting Stars last year and it was a big hit. I love showing students this video to demonstrate how many familiar songs from all genres use those 4 chords: After we watch it I have them choose one of the songs from the video to play and sing (just the phrase that's in the video).