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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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Grace VanderWaal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Tyron Shooze added Pop, Indie pop
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Jake Shimabukuro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
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João Tostes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
janice5am added João Tostes Latin; Folk; World Music; Jazz
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Mandy Harvey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Mandy Harvey Pop, Indie Pop
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Taimane Gardner is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Elfhir added Kalei Gamiao Ukulele

Top player since 2008, fully dedicated to his instrument.


http://kaleigamiao.com/

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Tyler Joseph is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
iloveanyonewholoveTØP added
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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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Brittni Paiva is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Elfhir added Brittni Paiva Acoustic, Jazz, Pop
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Cynthia Lin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
rkimball2000 added Cynthia Lin
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Daniel Ho is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Music of Hawaii
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Eddie Kamae is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Music of Hawaii
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John King is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
John King Hawaiian; folk; easy listening
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Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Indie pop, Alternative country, Indie folk
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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music
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Ingrid Michaelson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Indie pop, Indie folk
17
Zee Avi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Indie pop, Folk music, World music
18
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat
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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
Κατερίνα added Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock
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Jakob Balogh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Shameless McBundy added Jakob Balogh
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Colbie Caillat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Country pop
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Amanda Palmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Dark cabaret, Soft rock, Alternative rock
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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
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Julia Nunes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ukulele Players in the World
Indie, Pop music, Acoustic music