When you hear a wonderful ukulele song, it can bring emotions and special feels like nothing else. What might be the reason for that? No one can say for sure, but it probably has to do with the fact that the ukulele is such a weird, sweet, rarely-used instrument. Over the past 100 years, there have only been a handful of ukulele tracks to break into the mainstream.
Let's be honest: It's quite unfortunate for that to be the case. Ukulele-based tunes can bring about feelings of nostalgia. They can bring excitement and happiness. As soon as you hear a chart-topper featuring the ukulele, you get a special, magical feeling inside. Plenty of top artists -- everyone from Jason Mraz to Never Shout Never -- have recorded timeless ukulele anthems. They deserve praise for thinking outside the box and utilizing an instrument rarely heard on the radio. Here are 15 of our favorite ukulele songs.
15. "I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz
This modern pop-rock classic stole everyone's heart in 2008. "I'm Yours" earned a Grammy nomination for "Song of the Year" because it's a simple, catchy little ditty that people absolutely couldn't get out of their head.
14. "Can't Help Falling in Love" - Elvis Presley
Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" is a dreamy cut that might be his most recognizable tune. To play it on the ukulele is fairly difficult, but it's certainly worth a try. The romance and sexiness in this one are undeniable.
13. "Trouble" - Never Shout Never
Never Shout Never did a great job introducing ukulele into the emo genre in 2007. "Your Biggest Fan" was one of his top ukulele songs. However, "Trouble" is the uke gem of his that has stood the test of time.
12. La Vie En Rose" - Edith Piaf
What can be said about Piaf's rendition of "La Vie En Rose" other than it being perfect, stunning and gorgeous? This is a timeless song that will live on forever.
11. "Riptide" - Vance Joy
Back in 2013, Vance Joy shocked the world with the wonderful "Riptide." The Aussie put himself on the map with an amazing song about finding light in the darkest of times.
10. "House of Gold" - Twenty One Pilots
Originally released as a secret bonus track from their second studio album, "House of Gold" didn't really blow up until the band added it to Vessel and released it as a single.
9. "Hey, Soul Sister" - Train
Let's be honest: Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" was one of the best songs of 2009. With memorable lyrics and a cool vibe, the tune is most def a ukulele favorite.
8. "Here Comes the Sun" - The Beatles
Here's a song that almost everyone in the world has probably heard at least once. The Beatles have a seemingly endless amount of iconic musical compositions, but "Here Comes the Sun" stands out as their finest work. For ukulele fans, it's a true standout.
7. "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran
"Shape of You" was a breakout hit for the British songwriter in 2017. The song has excellent lyrics, a soothing melody, and an elegant hook. The video is also world-class.
6. "All of Me" - John Legend
From Legend's fourth album, "All of Me" is a love song that the hit songwriter dedicated to his wife. It peaked on Billboard's Hot 100 and became a best-seller in the U.S. in 2014, moving millions of copies.
5. "Let It Go" - Demi Lovato
"Let It Go," from Disney's Frozen, can be performed a number of ways. Nothing compares to the ukulele version of the tune, it would seem. All across social media, musicians have covered "Let It Go" on the uke -- with astonishing success.
4. "Island in the Sun" - Weezer
From Weezer's smash self-titled 2001 album, "Island in the Sun" is a sing-a-long party song. Might "Island" be the most entertaining, fun song in Weezer's discography? There's little doubt about it.
3. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
A countless amount of artists have attempted "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." None have come close to the perfection of Israel Kamakawiwoʻole's version. Released in 1990, it won the Echo Award for Song of the Year.
2. "Hallelujah" - Leonard Cohen
"Hallelujah" is a soft, slow song that builds momentum as it goes along. Playing this classic on a ukulele is a great tribute to the late Cohen, a true master of the power ballad.
1. "Intentions" - Paris Ray
It's hard to believe that Ray wasn't yet in high school when she penned "Everything," a 2013 gem that has since garnered over 12,000 views on YouTube. Over the past few years, the Long Island native has branched out a bit, and "Intentions" is a fine example of the great work she's been doing. In an interview with AXS, Ray declared that "Intentions" is her best song featuring a ukulele. Paris has been making waves lately in New York, but she's well on her way to the national spotlight. Her newest record, Desert Baby Cactus Flower, is perhaps the finest album to ever emerge from Long Island's music scene.