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    Default Would you agree with these Top 10 ukulele songs of all time?

    I tried to pick only songs made for the ukulele, but some were just to popular to not to put on there? Did i miss any major ones that i should switch a song for? Please give me your feedback?
    http://www.numeroten.com/top10/music...ele_songs.html

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    What, no "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" by Tiny Tim?

    On a more serious note, I would think there would be at least one tune on there by George Formby...
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    Top ten to whom? Depends on your demographic. This list skews toward contemporary pop culture; in my opinion (as an Old Lady) many of these songs haven't been around long enough to prove they have staying power.

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    yes i get exactly what your saying on the path that and genre its swaying towards, but i can understand that the older generation may think different. But what would u say popular uke songs of now and this generation?

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    Really can't be "all time" since ukulele songs have been around since the 20s. How about some Cliff Edwards or Arthur Godfrey's "Little Grass Shack". Can definitely see a generation gap here.

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    Your list seems fine as a list of top 10 contemporary and popular (i.e., lots of recent airplay and other exposure) ukulele songs, although I don't understand the big whoop over "Hey Soul Sisiter," which sounds to me like a less interesting form of IZ's "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" chord progressions with different lyrics. I think any "all time" top ten list of ukulele songs has to include some Hawaiian music as well as the Tin Pan Alley music of the 1920s and 1930s that drove the ukulele's first big wave of popularity on the mainland. Many people don't even know, for example, that "Singin' In The Rain" began its life as an ukulele song in the late 1920s, but I'd put it in my "all time" top ten list for that reason. "Aloha Oe," given its great popularity and exposure for such a long time, would have to be on my "all time" list as well.

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    Sorry. Not even close. That's the problem with lists. I mean, for instance, Herb Ota Jr.'s "Sophisticated Hula" would be a fine replacement for "I'm Yours" considering the latter has no uke to speak of on the record (but sure sounds good on a uke!). No Formby, no Edwards, no Smeck? No Smeck??? Here... You need to see this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcQYt7xvA8M


    Now if you'll excuse me, I need to put my ukes away again after watching that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by numeroten View Post
    yes i get exactly what your saying on the path that and genre its swaying towards, but i can understand that the older generation may think different. But what would u say popular uke songs of now and this generation?
    Your "generation" has missed the biggest songs of ukulele history.

    "Ain't She Sweet"
    "Five Foot Two"
    "I'll See You In My Dreams"

    These and many more were written with ukulele in mind and this was in the heart of the uke craze. Martin was producing thousands of ukuleles in those years and so were other companies. Song books were churned out with these songs and many more...

    Your top-ten, including "Tonight, You Belong to Me", which was played by Lyle Ritz for Steve Martin (who played a mean banjo and not the uke) misses decades of popular tunes.

    In a couple of years, I doubt many people will care about Hey, Soul Sister and Train... Whereas Irving Berlin and Gus Kahn have been called two of the best songwriters of all time.
    TB or not TB, that is congestion.

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    Yeah, not a big fan of the ol' contemporary list. I love songs from the 20s-30s, and I think Formby and Smeck need to be represented in this list.

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    I have to agree with those that said there are generation gaps at work here (and yes there is more than one gap, since we have at least 3 to 5 generations alive at one time. In addition, we have the musical style gaps (jazz, pop, country, island, etc. etc) - the uke can play em all.

    To some degree we experience such gaps when we have regional meet-ups. Some of us old codgers recognize and love playing old songs which seem to leave the younger folks yawning, and vice versa. I have often wondered what songs I would put on my repertoire list if I ever started performing in public. I suppose that would depend on the audience.
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