Annie’s Song – Fingerstyle #Ukulele with Chords & Lyrics

John Denver wrote “Annie’s Song” in 1974 in 10 minutes as he went up a ski lift. Go figure. Anyway, it became a #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 and also #1 on the Easy Listening chart.


It’s in 3/4 time and I played Pattern #13 from my Fingerstyle Ukulele Tutorial (link below) throughout the song. There are a lot of chord changes so you might find it quite a bit easier to just strum it instead of fingerpicking, and a nice easy 3/4 strum sounds good on this song.


Here’s a link to the Fingerstyle tutorial:

Leaving on a Jet Plane – #Ukulele Strum-Along with Chords & Lyrics

John Denver wrote “Leaving on a Jet Plane” in 1967 when he was a member of the Chad Mitchell Trio. The group recorded it but it wasn’t successful until released two years later by Peter, Paul & Mary, when it went to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it PPM’s biggest hit and their last song on the chart. I played it in the key of G and the song only uses 3 chords (G, C, and D).

Take Me Home, Country Roads – Clawhammer #Ukulele with Chords & Lyrics

One of John Denver’s biggest hits, from 1971. I played it clawhammer style in the key of F. That’s a full step down from the key of G, how it’s usually played on guitar, which makes it easier to hit the high notes when you’re singing. For this song the key of F seems easier to play than in the key of G if you’re okay with the dreaded Bb chord that gives a lot of people fits.