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Dictionary of 4-Chord Songs for Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, and Mandolin

Dictionary of 4-Chord Songs

The 4-Chord songs below are collected from some of the biggest guitar and ukulele sites on the web. And they’re now in a search engine - organized by their chords.

For example.

Click the link below to run a demo search of 4-chord tunes with C, G, Am, F.

C G Am F

(click for songs)

*Some songs appear twice if they exist in both guitar and ukulele format.

There are many more search links below - sorted by chords, genres, decades, and even by progression.

Ok. Let’s find some songs to play.


Table of Contents

If you’re a total beginner, start with 1-chord songs first. Otherwise, skip ahead to see 4-chord songs by:

  • Highest ROI
  • Genre
  • Decade
  • Progression

There’s also a Bonus and FAQ section towards the end. And in case you get stuck, there are links to beginner Chord Diagrams for banjo, guitar, mandolin, and ukulele throughout.


The 4 Chords with
the Highest ROI

There are tens of thousands of 4-chord songs in the database. But if you’re looking to cover the most ground, the chord groups below have the highest return on investment (ROI). That’s because they allow you to play the most 4-chord tunes.

Click any link to run a demo song search.

Click for Songs

C G Am F

G D Em C

C F G D

D G A C

Major chord diagrams and Minor Chord Diagrams for banjo, ukulele, guitar, and mandolin.

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4-Chord Songs
Sorted by Genre

4-Chord Songs by Genre

Using data from iTunes and Spotify, it’s possible to tag these 4-chord songs with very “loose” genres. These tags are far from perfect (see why here). But they can help you zero in on music you know and like.

Skip ahead to see four-chord songs from your favorite genre.

Rock

Pop

Soul

Latin

Country

Folk

Caribbean

Electronic

Blues


Rock Songs with Four Chords

There are more 4-chord rock songs than any other genre. And below are the chord groups that come up most often. If you’re into rock music, I’d start with these first.

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C G Am F

G D Em C

C F G D

D G A C

Major chord diagrams and minor chord diagrams for banjo, ukulele, guitar, and mandolin.

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Pop Tunes with Four Chords

Pop is the next biggest genre after rock. And if you like this style of music, below are the chord combos you should start with. Click any of the links to run a 4-chord song search within the pop genre.

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C G Am F

G D Em C

D A Bm G

G C D Am

Major chord diagrams and minor chord diagrams for banjo, ukulele, guitar, and mandolin.

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Soul Music with 4 Chords

As a genre, soul didn’t appear in the previous post (3-chord songs). There just wasn’t enough music. But when you add a fourth chord, the number of tunes goes up a lot. Below are the groups that let you play the most 4-chord tunes from this genre.

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C G Am F

G D Em C

D A Bm G

G C D Am

Major chord diagrams and minor chord diagrams for banjo, ukulele, guitar, and mandolin.

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Latin Music with Four Chords

Latin is such a broad term that it’s not very helpful. After all, you have salsa, merengue, bossa nova, bachata, and countless other styles - all of which count as “latin” music. But it’s a genre tag that keeps coming up again and again. So I’ve included it here.

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C G Am F

G D Em C

D A Bm G

A E F#m D

Major chord diagrams and minor chord diagrams for banjo, ukulele, guitar, and mandolin.

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4-Chord Country Tunes

If you’re a fan of country music, there are enough four-chord songs to keep you busy for years. Click any of the links below for a list of easy porch-strummers to pass the time.

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C G Am F

G D Em C

D G A C

A D E G

Major chord diagrams and minor chord diagrams for banjo, ukulele, guitar, and mandolin.

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Folk Songs with Four Chords

By definition, folk music is for everyone. So it’s not surprising to see so many easy songs with 4 chords from the genre. To see what tunes you can play, click any of the search links below.

Click for Songs

C G Am F

G D Em C

D G A C

A D E G

Major chord diagrams and minor chord diagrams for banjo, ukulele, guitar, and mandolin.

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4-Chord Caribbean Songs

Like latin music, Caribbean is a broad category that includes many different genres. The bulk goes to reggae (and likely deserves its own category). But there are also 4-chord songs from calypso, dancehall, zouk, and dub. And for now, they’re all grouped together.

Click any of the links below to run a song search of music from the Caribbean.

Click for Songs

C G Am F

G D Em C

G C D Am

D G A C

Major chord diagrams and minor chord diagrams for banjo, ukulele, guitar, and mandolin.

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4-Chord Electronic Songs



This post first appeared on The Definitive List Beginner Ukulele Songs, please read the originial post: here

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