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Children's Songs

The Directory of 2-Chord Songs is a huge collection of easy tunes - all of which came from studio recordings. And you need a capo or the correct chords to play along with the original versions.

But some songs don’t have an official key - like nursery rhymes, gospel songs, and folk tunes. Many of these use the I and V (or V7). In the key of C major, this means C and G (or G7).

If you're on lockdown with the kids, entertain them with these 80 children's songs. Depending on your instrument (guitar vs. ukulele vs. banjo vs. mandolin), it may be easier to play the I and V with:

  • D + A (A7)
  • F + C (C7)
  • G + D (D7)
  • A + E (E7)
  1. Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'
  2. Ain't No Bugs On Me
  3. Alouette
  4. Are You Sleeping (Brother John)
  5. Beans in My Ears
  6. Blow the Man Down
  7. Bringing In The Georgia Mail
  8. Buffalo Gals (Won't You Come Out Tonight?)
  9. Cedar Swamp
  10. Charles Guiteau
  11. Clementine
  12. Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)
  13. Deep In the Heart of Texas
  14. Did You Ever See a Lassie?
  15. Don't You Hear Jerusalem Moan
  16. Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
  17. Down in the Valley
  18. Everybody Loves Saturday Night
  19. Fiddler on the Roof
  20. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
  21. Frere Jacques
  22. Get Along Little Doggie
  23. Go Tell Aunt Rhody
  24. Going Across The Sea
  25. Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here
  26. Handsome Molly
  27. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
  28. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
  29. Hey Liley, Liley Lo
  30. Hot Cross Buns
  31. How Much Is That Doggie in the Window
  32. Hush Little Baby
  33. I Ride An Old Paint
  34. I Saw Three Ships
  35. I’ll Fly Away
  36. Jambalaya
  37. Jimmie Brown the Newsboy
  38. Katy Daley
  39. La Cucuracha
  40. Little Birdie
  41. London Bridge Is Falling Down
  42. London's Burning
  43. Love Somebody, Yes I Do
  44. Marianne
  45. Mary Ann (Roaring Lion)
  46. Mary Had a Little Lamb
  47. Michael Finnegan
  48. My Dixie Darling
  49. My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains
  50. Oakie From Muskogee
  51. Old Milwaukee Runaround
  52. Pick a Bale of Cotton
  53. Pistol Packin’ Momma
  54. Polly Wolly Doodle
  55. Pretty Polly
  56. Pretty Saro
  57. Put Your Little Foot
  58. Rock Island Line
  59. Roving Gambler
  60. Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  61. Rye Whiskey
  62. Shoo Fly
  63. Shortnin’ Bread
  64. Single Girl, Married Girl
  65. Skip to My Lou
  66. Streets of Laredo (Cowboy's Lament)
  67. Sur le Pont D'Avignon
  68. Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay
  69. Ten in the Bed
  70. The Boll Weevil Song
  71. The Dreidel Song
  72. The Farmer in the Dell
  73. The Hokey Pokey
  74. The Itsy Bitsy Spider
  75. The More We Get Together
  76. The Paw-Paw Patch
  77. The Sow Took The Measles
  78. The Thinnest Man
  79. The Wheels on the Bus
  80. This Old Man
  81. Three Blind Mice
  82. Tom Dooley
  83. Where The Soul of Man Never Dies
  84. Who Killed Cock Robin?
  85. Willie Moore
  86. Working on a Building

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with the Chords I Know?

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You’ll Become Addicted to Playing Again


Learn how to overcome the biggest hurdle(s) holding you back.


Tired of playing the same songs?

Take the chords to that tune and run a search. You’ll see tons of music you could be playing instead.

For example, here's a Sample List of Classic Rock songs with G, C, D, Em.

Plug in your own chords, genres, and decades, and you'll NEVER be bored again.

It's impossible.

Better still, you'll pick up your instrument more often - and hold onto it a little longer every time.

And that's the secret to improving - i.e. time spent with your craft.


My progress is slow and painful.

When you're frustrated, it means you're trying to play music you're not ready for yet.

Here's a better approach:

  • Run a search of all the chords you're comfortable with. You'll see a massive list of songs that use those exact chords.
  • This list represents your comfort zone. But it's only a starting place. You'll eventually grow tired of those songs and be ready for slightly harder music.
  • When you're ready to "improve," try adding a Wildcard to the chords you already know. You'll see a huge collection of songs that are just outside your comfort zone. Every tune is literally one chord away.

If you can establish a baseline and add just one more chord (and then another) - you'll NEVER be frustrated again.


Playing just isn't fun any more.

In the beginning you wanted to play. Now you feel like you should play.

Music has become a chore. And it no longer brings you joy.

The secret lies in finding that Goldilocks Zone of music that rewards and challenges you.

When you have instant access to hundreds (if not thousands) of songs that all use chords you know, you won't be able to put your instrument down.

And when you add a Wildcard, you'll see thousands of songs that are well within your reach.

Follow this simple formula, and you'll become addicted to playing again - guaranteed.


I don't know enough chords yet.

You need at least 3 chords to run a search. And with those chords, you can do a LOT of damage.

For example, here are sample lists of 3-chord songs with G,C,D and A,D,E and C,F,G and DGA.

If you don't know any chords yet, start here. You'll see easy tunes with 1, 2, and 3 chords (for your instrument). And you'll be playing music in no time.

Once you know 3 (or more chords), come back here and run a search.


I don't know what to do next.

That's easy to fix.

Add whatever chords you know to the search tool above. You'll see a huge list of songs with those exact chords.

Start there and enjoy yourself.

Then, ask for the Next Best Chord and run a new search.

You'll see even more amazing songs - all of which are 1 chord outside your comfort zone.

Rinse and repeat.

To see what that looks like, here are INTERACTIVE examples for Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, and Banjo.


It really hurts when I play.

Callouses on the fingertips are normal. And your arm will get tired from strumming all day. But if you start to feel muscle or nerve pain - STOP.

Never play through pain.

In fact, using my site will only make things worse (the whole point of the Chord Genome Project is to get you addicted to your instrument).

It sounds like reverse psychology, but it isn't. I absolutely want your money and would love for you to stay onboard for a long time. But that won't happen if you're sitting on the sidelines (temporarily or permanently) nursing an injury.

Rest. Recover. Then come back.
  • Add a Wildcard Chord, and you’ll see songs slightly ABOVE your skill level.
  • This is the Goldilocks Zone - i.e. music that is both challenging and rewarding.
  • Stay in this Zone, and you’ll constantly improve (and have fun in the process).

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