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The Best Ukulele Players in the World 

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Updated March 7, 2020 5k votes 945 voters 9.3k views 48 items

List Rules Living ukulele players only. Vote up the best musicians.

The ukulele is a popular stringed instrument that provides a higher-pitched, smoother sound than the guitar. In fact, many famous guitarists, violinists, and cellists also play the ukulele. Many rock bands, country singers, indie groups, and even orchestras use ukuleles in their music, but who are the greatest ukulele players in the world?
 
Rooted originally in Hawaiian culture, the ukulele requires great skills for any musician. The ukulele is so popular because it accompanies almost any voice, any genre of music, and any instrument in a perfect way! This list features the world’s best ukulele players in the world today. No matter what style of music you prefer, you’ll find the best ukulele players listed on this page! And be sure to check out this list of the best ukulele players of all time as well.
 
This list discusses the world’s best ukulele players. Vote up the best ukulele players below, or add a ukulele player (living musicians only) who isn't already on the list.
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Grace VanderWaal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
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Jake Shimabukuro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
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Mandy Harvey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Mandy Harvey
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Taimane Gardner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Elfhir added Taimane Gardner

Covers lots of famous tunes with sensuality and high technics.

http://www.taimane.com

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João Tostes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
janice5am added João Tostes
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Elfhir added Kalei Gamiao

Top player since 2008, fully dedicated to his instrument.


http://kaleigamiao.com/

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Eddie Kamae is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
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Elfhir added Kris Fushigami

In 2016 he was nominated for the prestigious Na Hoku Hano Hano Award in Hawaii for the Instrumental Composition of the Year category with his original composition of Moemoea, which he was inspired to write during a performing tour in Tahiti.

http://krisfuchigami.com/

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Daniel Ho is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
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Brittni Paiva is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Elfhir added Brittni Paiva
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Tyler Joseph is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
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Cynthia Lin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
rkimball2000 added Cynthia Lin
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Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
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John King is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
John King
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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
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Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
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Zee Avi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
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Ingrid Michaelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
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Zahra Lowsley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
MaxineBasset added Zahra Lowsley
Edinburgh based ukulele maestra. Currently on an epic fundraising tour for charity supplying  ukes to children in hospitals and hospices.
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Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
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Colbie Caillat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
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Jakob Balogh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Shameless McBundy added Jakob Balogh
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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
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Amanda Palmer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
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Zach Condon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World