Top 3 Ukulele Love Songs for Valentine's Day

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:

#3 -  "La Vie En Rose" (Edith Piaf)

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.

#2 - "Thinking Out Loud" (Ed Sheeran)

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.

Learn how to play "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran on Ukulele with the official UU Tutorial HERE.

#1 - "L-O-V-E" (Nat King Cole)

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?

Be sure to learn how to play "L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole on your ukulele with the full Ukulele Underground Tutorial HERE.

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.

Aloha,
-UU Staff

Comments

  1. Ive been playing the baritone uke with my GCEA uke friends for a year now and still learning the chords. Its like learning chords and transposing in my head at same time.
    Got any baritone tips other than cranking up my strings to GCEA?
    kent t

    1. Hey Kent!

      Awesome, glad to hear you’ve been having fun with friends (even if your uke is a little different)! If your baritone is set up with normal baritone strings, then definitely keep them tuned as a baritone. Being able to transpose on the fly is a great skill to have and it will serve you well, especially if you continue to play with ukulele players. It will even help if you eventually learn guitar and use it as an ukulele-accompanying instrument.

      That said, we know this can sometimes be a challenge. Luckily a UU+ member, Jim, shared a handy Baritone Ukulele Cheat Sheet he often uses. Since you already do the transpositions in your head, it should be pretty easy to figure out. The chart works for all chord extensions, majors, minors, diminished, 7ths, etc.

      If you really would like to play GCEA, we recommend picking up a soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele and using the proper strings for GCEA tuning. If you have the means, it’s always more convenient to have multiple ukuleles for specific purposes than having to change strings every time you want to play a new configuration (baritone tuning, low G, etc.) or risk damaging your ukulele with strings that are not meant for it. Hope that helps! Let us know if you have any other questions

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