Updated: Nov 19
A new season is upon us! If you are an American we are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving. For many others, it’s CHRISTMAS! As we start cleaning up the cob webs, paper bats, and pumpkins, the sound of Christmas music fills the air. At my house we went from listening to HalloweenTown’s ”This is Christmas”, to Johnny Mathis‘ “Sleigh Ride”!
But before we turn on Pentatonix, lets learn how to play these top trending songs. Don’t worry all you Christmas lovers, my list of Christmas song tutorials will be coming out in December! But below are 5 songs that are currently trending all over the place. And all of these are songs are easy to learn. But honestly... maybe not easy to sing... haha!
Dreams by Fleetwood Mac
We’ve all seen it by now. Nathan Apodaca longboarding to work, sipping on cranberry juice, singing along to Fleetwood Mac’s ’Dreams’. Something about this clip resonated with millions around the world. For me, it was relaxing watching this guy living his best life. The joy on his face made me feel all warm inside. As soon as this clip went viral, streaming of this classic song went through the roof!
Learn this smooth song below. Be sure your not trying to learn this song as you cruise the streets on your longboard! Haha!
And if you hadn’t seen the original viral video... here it is.
Justin Bieber “Holy” Featuring Chance the Rapper
The Biebs just keeps coming back and this time he’s bringing company. This song is so uplifting and catchy. Even the music video to this song will bring a smile to your face. Not to mention Chance is lighting up the track with his smooth rhymes and vocals! What a dynamic duo. I know, I know, some of you are tired of Bieber. But just give him another CHANCE! Haha! Get it? Okay, here is the tutorial from Matt from U Can Uke!
And the music video is here!
Golden by Harry Styles
This song from Harry Styles just dropped last week! This song has an 80’s vibe to it that I can’t resist. Like Bieber’s hit above, this one is so catchy. The one issue I have is that it sounds like it should have been dropped in the summer since it has beach vibes. I mean “Golden”, like a beautiful sunset on a warm balmy day. But I guess it’s Harry’s last ditch effort to hold on to summer before the bitter cold sweeps over the Northern Hemisphere. But since I live in Hawaii, it‘s summer all year round baby!
Here’s Ricky Somborn’s tutorial! He’s in Florida so he gets my drift.
Listen to Harry's new song here!
Dynamite by BTS
In the past I didn’t get K-Pop. It was silly and I thought their fans were nuts. But now I can unashamedly declare that I’m a fan of K-Pop! It started with my sons dancing to their music video’s on YouTube. Granted BTS (the biggest group on the planet) has already been making waves since 2014, so we had many dance videos to catch up on.
The song Dynamite hit America this summer and blew away the competition. It was also their first all English language song. It's so poppy with it’s lyrics and melodic hooks. You can't help but dance along to this jam. Listen to it and see if your at least not bobbing your head to the beat.
Learn this summer sizzler below!
Dance and smile with BTS here.
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
There‘s really nothing more to write about with this next “trendy” song. Like Fleetwood Mac ‘Dream’, Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ needs no introduction. Hallelujah was recorded by the late Leonard Cohen all the way back in 1984. And it’s probably the most covered song in history! Whats even as interesting is that it’s often sung on Christmas Albums. Most recently with Pentatonix and Tori Kelly. The meaning behind the song is still debated to this day. Even though Leonard himself has given us his interpretation.
I’m not gonna debate it here, but learn this amazing “Christmas” song below with Plazi! A Christmas song huh...... yeah right!
Listen to this immortal classic here.
There it is! 5 songs currently trending and how to play them on the ukulele. I’m gonna challenge myself this week and learn them all. Maybe you too should take a crack at this challenge and see it you can play them all in a week.
Keep jamming and aloha!