February 27, 2024
Ukulele Fever: America's Favorite Songs


Guess what? A brand-new study by the notable ukulele aficionados at Ukulele World has uncovered the ultimate songs that Americans are dying to master on their instruments. Can you imagine the anticipation? Don’t let your guard down because I’m about to reveal the thrilling results!

After carefully analyzing over 1,000 songs and diving deep into guitar, piano, ukulele, violin, and cello tutorials, this study sought to uncover the crème de la crème of musical aspirations in the United States. The question was simple: which song holds a special place in the hearts of eager learners? Well, the answer is here, and it’s sure to please.

1. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen, Judy Garland, and Israel ‘IZ’ Kamakawiwoʻole

Are you ready to take a trip to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”? Yes, indeed! This delightful tune, crafted by the talented Harold Arlen and brought to life by Judy Garland, has stolen the spotlight. It’s the numero uno choice for desiring musicians across the nation.



Just think about it—this song has everyone buzzing with excitement. Month after month, an astonishing average of 48,960.8 searches are dedicated to unraveling its melodic mysteries. Isn’t that mind-boggling? However, the ukulele steals the show, robbing the hearts of 39,296 curious minds who yearn to strum those magical chords.



And why not? It’s hard to resist the enchanting appeal of the ukulele, especially when we remember the rendition performed by the incomparable Hawaiian singer and songwriter Israel ‘IZ’ Kamakawiwoʻole. His performance masterfully played entirely on the ukulele, has left an indelible mark on the musical landscape.



2. “Riptide” by Vance Joy

Moving onto the second spot, we’ve got the super catchy tune ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy, racking up an average of 45,200.8 searches each month. Now, hold your ukuleles tight because it seems like everyone and their dog is searching for how to play this song on that adorable little instrument. We’re talking 32,085.8 searches!

Let’s not forget about the guitar fanatics out there, rocking it with 11,519.2 searches of their own. Seriously, folks, who can resist the magnetic charm of ‘Riptide’? It’s got us strumming and humming along in sheer delight. So, what’s your weapon of choice: the ukulele or the guitar? Ready to take on the challenge of mastering this excellent track? Dive into the musical whirlpool of ‘Riptide’ and make some waves!



3. “Jingle Bells’”

Coming in at a smashing third place, with an impressive 44,753.3 average monthly searches in the US, is the good ol’ classic ‘Jingle Bells’! It seems like this festive melody has struck a chord with curious intellects.

Don’t let up, however, because the jingling joy doesn’t stop there. We’ve got some insights into what Americans are yearning for. Brace yourselves, piano enthusiasts, because the piano version of ‘Jingle Bells’ is a surefire hit! With 28,330 average monthly searches, it’s clear that folks are ready to tickle those ivories and bring this merry melody to life.

Have you ever wondered what makes ‘Jingle Bells’ so irresistibly catchy? Could it be the cheerful rhythm that puts spring in our step? Or perhaps the lyrics transport us to a winter wonderland with every note? And what about that delightful chorus that gets everyone singing along? Oh, the mysteries of music!



But who knew a humble holiday song could inspire such passion and curiosity? It’s almost as if ‘Jingle Bells’ holds the key to unlocking the lively spirit within us all. So, whether you’re a piano prodigy in the making or simply looking to spread some holiday cheer, remember that ‘Jingle Bells’ is the tune that captures the hearts of millions.

And don’t just hum along—dive into the melody, embrace the festive energy, and let ‘Jingle Bells’ guide you on a musical sleigh ride like no other! The magic awaits! Are you ready to jingle all the way?

4. “Hallelujah’” by Jeff Buckley and Leonard Cohen

Moving along the ranking, behold the magnificent ‘Hallelujah’ taking its well-deserved spot at number four! This timeless masterpiece garnered an average of 32,199.2 monthly searches. Originally crafted by the legendary Leonard Cohen, this jewel has experienced a revival among the younger crowd, thanks to the soulful version by Jeff Buckley. Apparently, everyone wants a taste of this musical delight, as it reigns supreme on various instruments.



Let’s now examine the instrument breakdown in greater detail.

Drumroll, please! The piano steals the show with 13,505.8 searches, proving that its enchanting keys strike a chord with music enthusiasts worldwide. Following closely behind is the guitar, strumming its way into souls with an average of 10,541.7 searches. And let’s not forget to mention the ukulele, making its way into the mix with 6,025 searches.

Isn’t it intriguing how ‘Hallelujah’ captures people across different musical kingdoms? Whether you’re a piano expert, a guitar guru, or a ukulele fan, this song can ignite your passion and transport you to a realm of pure musical bliss. So, tell me, which instrument calls out to your soul when it’s time to unleash your inner rockstar? Will it be the piano, the guitar, or the delightful ukulele? The choice is yours! Let the music carry you away, and let your heart sing ‘Hallelujah’!

5. “Fur Elise” by Ludwig van Beethoven

In fifth place, we have the famous track ‘Fur Elise,’ a true masterpiece by the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Can you feel the excitement in the air? I certainly can!

We’ve seen the cello with a respectable 400 searches, the guitar strumming its way to 3,680.8 inquiries, and the piano pocketing the show with a whopping 24,536.7 searches! But wait because ‘Fur Elise’ has collected 30,470 searches in its quest for musical glory. Wow, just WOW!

Now, let’s acknowledge the immense popularity of this piece. It’s like a musical magnet, pulling interested minds from all corners of the internet. People are eager to learn its secrets, decipher its entrancing melodies, and conquer its technical challenges. Who can blame them? After all, ‘Fur Elise’ is a musical treasure that beckons us to uncover its inner depths.

But what is it about this piece that captivates us so? Is it the delicate dance between the high and low notes? Or perhaps the way it effortlessly transitions from calm passages to vibrant bursts of energy? Whatever it may be, ‘Fur Elise’ has incorporated its spell and trapped our hearts, leaving us craving more.

Furthermore, let’s praise ‘Fur Elise’ for its remarkable feat, securing a well-deserved spot in our top five. It’s a testament to Beethoven’s genius and the enduring power of music to touch our souls.

6. “All Of Me” by John Legend

And now, as we continue our exciting countdown, we come across the soul-stirring ballad ‘All Of Me’ by John Legend! Have you ever wondered which instruments people prefer to accompany their renditions of this romantic masterpiece? Well, let me enlighten you with some fascinating statistics!

When it comes to the cello, it adds a magical touch to ‘All Of Me,’ with 95 searches. The sweet and blue sounds of this majestic instrument perfectly complete the emotional depth of the song, taking it to a whole new level of enchantment.

Ah, the guitar, a timeless companion to heartfelt melodies. Unsurprisingly, ‘All Of Me’ has guitar lovers flocking to learn its chords, accumulating 4,386.7 searches. Strumming those strings in perfect harmony with John Legend’s soulful voice creates an intimate atmosphere that tugs at the heartstrings.

Musical Mastery Unleashed: Discovering More Instruments That Breathe Life Into “All Of Me”

Now, let’s turn our attention to the piano, again leading with 20,915 searches. This instrument takes center stage, effortlessly capturing the essence of ‘All Of Me’ with its delicate yet powerful notes. With every keystroke, pianists recreate the song’s emotional journey, impressing audiences with their skill and passion.

Additionally, the cheerful ukulele brings a unique and impulsive flair to this heartfelt tune. It’s no wonder it receives 1,027.5 searches. The ukulele’s bright and uplifting sound adds a touch of sunshine to ‘All Of Me,’ creating a fusion of romance and playfulness.

And last but certainly not least, we have the violin, with 861.7 searches. This elegant instrument lends a touch of grace and sophistication to the song. It intertwines its delicate tunes with John Legend’s heartfelt lyrics, creating a harmonious blend leaving listeners spellbound.

When we tally up these instrument preferences, we have 27,285.8 searches! It’s genuinely remarkable how music unites people from all walks of life. This inspires them to explore different instruments and techniques in their pursuit of musical mastery.

7. “Amazing Grace” by John Newton

Hang on; the musical adventure isn’t over just yet! Coming in seventh place on our list, we have the masterwork, ‘Amazing Grace.’ This iconic hymn deserves credit where credit is due. John Newton’s powerful composition continues to resonate with people across generations, inspiring hope and evoking emotions like no other.

As we transition from the complexity of ‘Fur Elise,’ we find ourselves embracing the tender cello, plucking its way into our souls with 330 monthly searches. Picture the graceful movements of the bow across the strings and the warm and rich tones that echo through the air. This is evidence of how deeply emotional the instrument can transport us.

The guitar, with 9,510.8 monthly searches, is also a brave companion. This versatile instrument has become a symbol of expression, weaving melodies and rhythms that paint the soundtrack of our lives. Whether you’re playing a gentle acoustic ballad or shredding through a fiery solo, the guitar has the power to delight and engage audiences worldwide.

Musical Fascination: Exploring The Grand Total Of 25,005 Searches

Let’s now turn our attention to the grand piano, which dominates with 11,514.2 searches per month. Its glorious presence commands attention, its keys cascading like a waterfall of musical magic. From the gentle tinkling of high notes to the rich depths of the low ones, the piano seizes the essence of musical versatility.

Now, the charming ukulele! Despite its compact size, it garnered 1,131.7 monthly searches. Its cheerful strums transport us to sunny beaches, sipping on piña coladas and swaying to the rhythm of tropical tunes. Who can resist the contagious charm of this little instrument that radiates joy with every pluck?

Lastly, we have the graceful violin, bewitching us with its haunting themes and earning 2,518.3 monthly searches. Its interesting sound carries us through a symphony of emotions, from bittersweet melancholy to triumphant jubilation.

So, my fellow music enthusiasts, as we sum up the grand total of 25,005 searches, we can’t help but marvel at the immense power of music to feel our souls. From the majestic piano to the whimsical ukulele, each instrument has its unique voice, inviting us to embark on a musical journey.

8. “Golden Hour” by JVKE

Now, party people, let’s keep this music train rolling with the fabulous eighth entry on our list, brought to you by JVKE – “Golden Hour”! Let me paint you a picture: a serene melody gracefully dancing through the air, transporting you to a realm of tranquility and bliss. Ah, what a delightful treat for the ears!

Transitioning from the exquisite piano symphony and the violin’s beautiful strings, “Golden Hour” takes center stage with its cello performance. Can you feel the gentle vibrations of each note resonating deep within your core? It’s like a warm embrace from your favorite cozy blanket, wrapping you in a symphony of relaxation.

But don’t be fooled by its peaceful nature. This cello-driven gem holds a powerful secret. It’s a skillful blend of soothing melodies and fiery passion, creating a musical journey that will leave you hypnotized.

Now, let’s take a quick peek behind the scenes. Among our beautiful contenders, the cello stands tall, scoring 201.7. Bravo, dear cello, for making your presence felt! But our other musical companions: the guitar, fingerpicking its way to 781.7, the piano, reaching an incredible 18,931.7, the ukulele, with its charming 19.2; and the violin, soaring to a majestic 1,330.8, together, they form a total of 21,265 searches. Wowza!

9. “Still Dre” by Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg

Alrighty, folks, let’s keep the party going as we dive into the ninth spot on our electrifying countdown! And who else could it be but the one and only Dr. Dre, bringing the beats with his iconic track, “Still Dre”! Can I get a “Hell yeah!”?

Here is something fascinating about this legendary tune. “Still Dre” has become a social media sensation, spreading like wildfire across platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. It’s been the go-to sound for many videos, from epic dance battles to hilarious challenges. Seriously, have you seen how many people groove to this jam? It’s practically taken over the digital realm!

Moving beyond the symphonic world of classical instruments, “Still Dre” blasts onto the scene with a bang! Driven by a catchy melody and infectious rhythm, it’s like musical adrenaline shot straight to your eardrums. And guess what? This banger has racked up an impressive 21,144.2 searches!

Groove And Bob: Getting In The Rhythm With “Still Dre”

Do not overlook those other musical sensations on our list. The cello, with its soul-stirring sound, hits a solid 28.3 searches. The guitar strums its way to 1,020 searches. And hey, don’t sleep on the piano, folks, as it proudly boasts 19,806.7 searches! That’s a whole lot of ivory-tickling action going on.

Oh, and we can’t leave out the ukulele, the little instrument that brings big smiles, with 186.7 searches. And, of course, we have the violin, serenading us with its graceful tones, coming in at a cool 102.5 searches. These numbers go to show the massive favor and diversity of musical interests out there.

Therefore, party people, as we groove through our eclectic list, let’s applaud Dr. Dre and his famous hit, “Still Dre.” Who’s ready to bob their heads to the rhythm? Who’s ready to grab a mic and rap along? And who’s tempted to record their very own viral video with this sensational sound? It’s time to get your groove on, folks! Let’s keep this musical journey rolling!

10. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

And finally, folks, we’ve reached the pinnacle of our countdown! Give it up for the spectacular ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ claiming its rightful spot as the ultimate chart-topper, the magnificent tenth wonder on our list! This iconic track was brought to life by the legendary British rock band Queen. Can you hear Freddie Mercury’s electrifying vocals and Brian May’s killer guitar solos already? I know I can!

Take some time to appreciate just how famous ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is….okay, now, get ready for some mind-blowing numbers! On the beautiful cello, this legendary tune registers 107.5 searches per month. How would it feel to try to recreate such beauty on such a magnificent instrument?



However, that is not all! The guitar, the quintessential rock ‘n’ roll companion, generates 2,846.7 average monthly searches for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ It’s like an anthem for aspiring guitar heroes, a musical quest to mimic the brilliance of Brian May’s iconic riffs. Are you ready to rock out with your air guitar?

Also, the enchanting piano fascinates us with its versatility. With 16,550 monthly searches for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ pianists worldwide are drawn to its beautiful harmonies, eager to destroy its complex melodies. Can you feel the piano keys come alive beneath your fingertips as you channel your inner Freddie Mercury?

Musical Fusion: Ukulele Players And Violinists In The Love For “Bohemian Rhapsody”

As for the Ukulele, the little instrument with a big heart, even on this fun miniature, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ remains popular, accumulating 392.5 average monthly searches. Like an enchanting island, it invites ukulele fans to pluck away and create their own version of the melody.

Lastly, the violin attracts 551.7 monthly searches, with its powerful melodies, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Having said that, let’s add up these astonishing figures. Combining the searches for all these instruments, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ towers with a staggering 20,448.3 monthly searches! Ultimately, that is what music can do – it can bring together people from all backgrounds across diverse instruments, united by their love for a classic work of art.

Unveiling The Song Preferences: A Spokesperson’s Commentary On Popular Picks

According to a spokesperson for Ukulele World, “It’s always inspiring to see people keen to learn how to play a song on an instrument, and it’s fascinating to discover which songs they want to start with or are just curious to check out. Songs like ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow,’ ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Fur Elise’ are considered classics that it’s widespread to start from, primarily for their popularity rather than their level of difficulty.

“It’s also very interesting to see a modern and fairly new song such as ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy in the top three, this is probably because the song is almost entirely played on an ukulele, and for anyone keen to play the instrument one it must a great fun to learn.”

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