Ukuleles Gone Wild: The Best Rock Covers
  • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 07, 2013

  • Posted by: Owen Reuther

If the ukulele is the instrument of friendship, love, and peace, then why are people using it to sing "Number of the Beast?" The ukulele is one of the most lighthearted, festive, and sweetest sounding instruments out there. This is why we were so intrigued by all of the uke covers of metal and rock songs that we've found on YouTube. Most people can recall Eddie Vedder's all ukulele album from a few years back, and Israel's ukulele cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is possibly the most popular rendition of the childhood classic. But surfing through the internet you can find ukulele covers of any song imaginable. Now these uke enthusiasts are not all on par with virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro (check out a recap of his performance here at Baeble here), but they all show the versatility of the instrument, and in some cases pull a few chill vibes out of some hardcore tunes. Here are ten of the most surprising and awesome uke covers we could find.

Iron Maiden - "Number of the Beast"



Reckon the number of the beast... But let him know it comes with a Hawaii area code.

Metallica - "The Unforgiven"



I'd love to see Hetfield head-bang and shred a uke solo.

Black Sabbath - "War Pigs"



Who knows, the "evil minds that plot destruction" may have worn hula skirts.

Sex Pistols - "Anarchy in the U.K."



More like Anarchy in the UKe'.

Metallica - "Seek and Destroy"



Our good friend who covered "Number of the Beast" also graced us with his laid back island version of this hard rocking Metallica classic.


NOFX - "All Outta Angst"



I remember laughing to this song when I was in 5th grade. NOFX's punk sound is something I never thought could be replicated by a ukulele of all instruments.

Alt- J - "Breezeblocks"



Alt-J's signature sound is definitely not conducive for the four-stringed uke, but with some powerful vocals this cover works out well. Some of the sounds on "Fitzpleasure" were probably too hard to capture with the small piece of wood.

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TV On The Radio - "Wolf Like Me"



It was truly striking the first time I heard this dark, emotional TV On The Radio classic done by two girls and a ukulele.

Radiohead - "No Surprises"



This is probably one of the few Radiohead songs that can be covered by only a ukulele, and this girl's voice is incredible.


Wheatus - "Teenage Dirtbag"



First of all, I had no idea that it was okay for a group of tuxedo-wearing middle-aged men (and two women) to play ukuleles as an orchestra, but for the record I really dig it. Secondly, that woman couldn't have chosen a better song to sing.

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