Valentine's Day is just around the corner and so many of you have been asking: "What are the best LOVE songs to play on ukulele?" Don't fret! We've got you covered.
Here are our TOP 3 Valentine's Day Ukulele Love Songs for you to strum along to:
This love song is a timeless classic. Originally released in 1947 as a recording by Edith Piaf, "La Vie En Rose" has somehow reinserted itself into the cultural fabric of every generation since. The song (along with its many covers) has appeared in countless movies, commercials, video games, print, and television. It may be the simple, catchy melody that gives the song its allure. Or maybe its romantic connection to the French language. Whatever it is, this love song will undoubtedly be remembered and played for years to come.
Learn the chords, strumming, and picking with the full "La Vie En Rose" Ukulele Underground Tutorial HERE.
When you imagine the perfect love song, what elements come to mind? Soft, romantic sounding chords? A steady, perfectly slow-danceable rhythm? Sweet, hopeful lyrics professing love that will stand the test of time? (Check, check, and check!)
There's a reason why "Thinking Out Loud" remains Ed Sheeran's top selling single of all time and it most likely has to do with the fact that it is, quite possibly, the perfect love song. That said, we've left one spot on our Ukulele Love Songs countdown for the top dog.
Aside from the fact that LOVE is literally spelled out in the title of this song, the Ukulele Love Songs top spot has to go to "L-O-V-E" mainly because it's so freaking fun to play on ukulele. The chords are outlined in a fairly simple progression, with just enough variation in there to keep things fun and interesting. The lyrics follow the classic, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways ..." format to make it the ultimate song about being in love.
Throw in the fact that we got to film the Play-Along video with our favorite ukulele lovebirds, Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel, at sunset, AND was able to make a *snappy* throwback reference to the 1994 movie, The Little Rascals (where Waldo and Darla sing "L-O-V-E" at the talent show). How could we NOT give this one the gold?
BONUS: Romance d'Amour (Solo Ukulele Arrangement)
If you're a UU+ Member, be sure to check out the ukulele solo instrumental arrangement of the classical piece "Romance d'Amour" and take your uke skills to the next level!
Happy Valentine's Day, UUers! Have fun learning these ukulele love songs - take them and be sure to profess your LOVE to those you care about most.