If you’ve recently developed an interest in playing the ukulele, and you want to know some wonderful tunes to play, then consider learning some of these evergreen Disney songs.
Disney is extremely popular for its musical productions like movies and Broadway productions. Often their songs are produced and written by some of the best in the music industry, such as legends like Phil Collins and Elton John, who are vastly experienced in musicals.
Stay tuned, and keep reading if you want to know some exceptional Disney songs to learn on the ukulele made easy for beginners.
Here are the top ten Disney ukulele songs
Song # 1: Let it Go by Idina Menzel (Frozen)
The song ‘Let it Go’ played anywhere and everywhere after releasing the extremely popular Disney movie ‘Frozen’ in 2013.
You are probably familiar with this song, and learning to play it on the ukulele is a great choice.
The song requires you to start playing only four chords. However, as the song progresses and intensifies, you become more experienced in the art of playing the instrument. You can also switch it up and learn a few more chords well over time.
The video tutorial will help you learn how to play the song at a beginner level and switch it up as you learn more chords.
When you start learning to play the song, it will be as easy and catchy as it is to sing it.
Song # 2: A Whole New World by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga (Aladdin)
‘A Whole New World’ is one of the sweetest and most romantic songs to come out of a Disney movie. This song features Aladdin and Jasmine. The tune and their intertwining voices make it one of the Classics.
The song has a very slow tune and is a ballad. It is generally easier to play.
To learn how to play this song, you will need to play at least six different chords on the ukulele. However, there are many different ways to learn how to play this, some with easier chords.
This song is one of the best Disney ballads to learn how to play due to its slow tune. It should definitely be there on your list of songs to learn.
Song # 3: The Bare Necessities by Phill Harris, Bruce Reitherman, and Sebastion Cabot (The Jungle Book)
Since 1967, the tune of “The Bare Necessities” has been on the lips of children and adults alike. Its catchy lyrics and upbeat tune make it fun to learn on the ukulele.
It is an overall easy song to learn, except for some swift chords that can be difficult to tackle. So, if you master those, you should be good to go!
Song # 4: Kiss The Girl by Samuel Wright (The Little Mermaid)
When released in 1989, the Little Mermaid had some exceptional and catchy songs still popular and played now.
‘Kiss the Girl’ is a classic Disney tune, which is also very easy to learn how to play. The instrumental-only requires you to know how to play four chords and is very slow in its tune, making it easier to learn.
The technique with this song is that you will need to learn the proper strumming method to know this song. However, don’t let this discourage you. This technique is one of the most basic and easiest techniques to learn to play.
Watch the video tutorial to guide yourself on playing the song perfectly.
Song # 5: You’ve Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman (Toy Story)
‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ was composed by one of our time’s best musical songwriting geniuses- Randy Newman. No wonder, so it is such a creative and skillfully crafted song.
This song has a very jazzy tune and requires a more expert hand while playing it. However, once you have learned how to play a few basic chords and know the proper strumming techniques, it becomes very easy to learn how to play.
Song # 6: I Just Can’t Wait to be King by Jason Weaver (Lion King)
Released in 1994, “I just can’t wait to be king” from the popular childhood classic Lion King took the world by force as it came into being.
With its catchy lyrics, upbeat tune, and invigorating music video, the song continues to be a popular one amongst both children and elders.
The song is a great pick for ukulele beginners: the infamous Elton John composed it so that most chords last for multiple measures, making it easier for beginners to navigate through in terms of changing chords.
One should begin slowly and then get through the most difficult chords with patience and practice. Follow this tutorial for complete guidance.
Song # 7: Do You Want to Build a Snowman (Frozen)
Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee and Katie Lopez’s most catchy tune quickly became a household favorite since it was first released in 2013? The song’s lyrics are sweet and innocent words coming out of a child’s mouth, and one cannot help but sing along to the lyrics.
The chords of the song resemble the lyrics in their simplicity. One can easily master the chords since they are just five in number and very easy to get the hang of.
Therefore, this song has made it to the list of my favorite songs!
Song # 8: Can you feel the love tonight? by Joseph Williams (Lion King)
Another personal favorite, “Can you feel the love tonight,” has transcended generations. It is a slow love song, and it now occupies the position of a classic as it is heard repeatedly inside nurseries and playrooms.
The modulation and tune in the song mean that it is a bit difficult to master the ukulele. However, patience and loads of practice always yield the desired results.
The song is worth it and would be a treasured asset for anyone who learns it.
Song # 9: Love is an Open Door by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana (Frozen)
“Love is an open door” is an upbeat and fun duet that can be enjoyable if learned on the ukulele properly. It is a fun love song accompanied by an exciting animated music video and choreography.
However, due to its numerous changes in modulation and tunes, it can be a difficult one to get a grasp of.
This video tutorial will help you get the hang of the song, but the most important part is practice!
Song # 10: Circle of Life by Carmen Twillie and Lebo M (The Lion King)
“Circle of Life” is yet another one of Lion King’s songs that have made it to the list of songs to learn on the ukulele! It embodies an extremely profound message imparted to a son by his father.
More importantly, the chords of this song are not that difficult: learning this song allows the learner to focus on their hand technique rather than the nuances of the song itself.
A great pick for someone who has mastered some beginner-level songs and is onto the next challenge!
The Bottom Line
We hope you enjoyed reading this blog on top ten Disney ukulele songs and it brought back amazing childhood memories for you.
Remember, don’t be disheartened if you find some of these chords hard at first; keep at it, and eventually, learning and practice can make you an expert over time.
Which one of these songs will you first try to learn? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Eduardo Perez is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of experience playing instruments such as piano, guitar, ukulele, and bass. Having arranged songs and produced music in a recording studio, he has a wealth of knowledge to share about analyzing songs, composing, and producing. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Musical Studies at Berklee College School of Music. Featured on Entrepreneur.com. Subscribe to his YouTube channel, or follow him on Instagram.