Folk Music The Best Ukulele Players in the World  

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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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João Tostes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
janice5am added João Tostes Latin; Folk; World Music; Jazz

2
115 40
Jake Shimabukuro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

3
45 26
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Elfhir added Kalei Gamiao Ukulele -

Top player since 2008, fully dedicated to his instrument.


http://kaleigamiao.com/

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26 11
Tyler Joseph is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
iloveanyonewholoveTØP added

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29 19
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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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39 33
Taimane Gardner is listed (or ranked) 6 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

7
25 18
Daniel Ho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Music of Hawaii

8
9 1
João Tostes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
janice5am added João Tostes

9
47 46
Cynthia Lin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
rkimball2000 added Cynthia Lin

10
19 16
Eddie Kamae is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Music of Hawaii

11
22 21
John King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
John King Hawaiian; folk; easy listening

12
23 25
Brittni Paiva is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Elfhir added Brittni Paiva Acoustic, Jazz, Pop

13
28 32
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Indie pop, Alternative country, Indie folk

14
5 6
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Κατερίνα added Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

15
9 13
Jakob Balogh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Shameless McBundy added Jakob Balogh

16
18 27
Zee Avi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Indie pop, Folk music, World music

17
19 29
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

18
11 19
Zahra Lowsley is listed (or ranked) 18 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.

19
9 17
Amanda Palmer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Dark cabaret, Soft rock, Alternative rock

20
19 31
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

21
6 13
Julia Nunes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Indie, Pop music, Acoustic music

22
6 13
Zach Condon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Indie, Folk music, World music

23
6 13
Ingrid Michaelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Indie pop, Indie folk

24
8 16
Colbie Caillat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Country pop

25
3 9
Wayne Federman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Folk music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

26
5 12
Greg Hawkes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

27
5 12
Sara Bareilles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Adult contemporary music, Adult album alternative, Blue-eyed soul

28
5 12
Tom Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

29
2 8
Thomas Fersen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Rock, Jazz, Blues

30
2 8
Stefan Raab is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

31
2 8
Danny Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

32
2 8
Patrick Wolf is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Indietronica, Electronic dance music, Folktronica

33
3 10
Dave Davies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

34
3 10
Mike Campbell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Rock music

35
1 7
Carmaig de Forest is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Rock music, Folk music

36
1 7
Sara Watkins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

37
1 7
Cosmo Jarvis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Acoustic music, Pop rock, Indie rock

38
1 7
Sam Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Jazz

39
1 7
Priscilla Ahn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Folk music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

40
9 23
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

41
1 8
Roger Greenawalt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Pop music, Rock music, Reggae

42
1 8
Nellie McKay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Disco, Anti-folk, Pop music

43
0 6
Kina Grannis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Pop music, Acoustic music

44
0 6
Jens Lekman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Indie pop, Pop music

45
0 6
Tony Visconti is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Folk rock, Pop rock, Alternative rock

46
0 6
Christine Fellows is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Folk rock

47
0 6
Jessica Delfino is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Folk rock, Pop rock, Comedy