bands/musicians The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time  

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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 of all time?

The ukulele has its roots in traditional Hawaiian culture and music and mastering it is a coveted skill for any musician. There are a number of famous actors and singers who have mastered the ukulele because it accompanies any voice, any style of music and many other instruments perfectly.

This list features the greatest ukulele players in history - artists who are both living and dead and come from many different genres of music.

The all time greatest ukulele players on this list have been ranked by the community's votes and include Taylor Swift, George Harrison, and Pete Townshend. Vote up the best ukulele players below or add the musician you think is best on the ukulele if he or she isn't already on the list.
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Jake Shimabukuro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Jake Shimabukuro Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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137 49
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Марат Шахгереев added Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Music of Hawaii, Reggae, Jazz

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74 27
James Hill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added James Hill Pop

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101 67
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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40 25
Eddie Kamae is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Eddie Kamae Music of Hawaii

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42 27
Cynthia Lin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
rkimball2000 added Cynthia Lin

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29 17
Azita is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
James Delesky added Azita

8
33 26
Daniel Ho is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Daniel Ho Music of Hawaii

9
43 40
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
but chickens double d added Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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35 33
Don Ho is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Don Ho Pop music, Music of Hawaii, Traditional pop music

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8 3
Ledward Kaapana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Ledward Kaapana

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19 16
Roy Smeck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added Roy Smeck Ragtime, Jazz

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7 3
Herb Ohta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Herb Ohta

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34 36
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Jack Johnson Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

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3 1
Tiny Tim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Johnboi added Tiny Tim Americana, Pop music, Outsider music

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13 13
Cliff Edwards is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time

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25 28
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pete Townshend Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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4 3
Jakob Balogh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Shameless McBundy added Jakob Balogh

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22 26
Ingrid Michaelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Ingrid Michaelson Indie pop, Indie folk

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11 13
Julia Nunes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Julia Nunes Indie, Pop music, Acoustic music

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8 10
Genoa Keawe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Genoa Keawe Pop music, Easy listening

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11 14
Danielle Ate the Sandwich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time

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3 4
Peter Moon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Peter Moon Slack-key guitar, Hawaiian

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5 7
Greg Hawkes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Greg Hawkes New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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12 16
Arthur Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Arthur Godfrey Soft Rock; Jazz

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8 11
Sara Watkins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Sara Watkins Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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4 6
Frank Crumit is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Frank Crumit Contemporary; Classical; Indie

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4 7
Wayne Federman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Wayne Federman Folk music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

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20 28
Sara Bareilles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Sara Bareilles Adult contemporary music, Adult album alternative, Blue-eyed soul

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10 15
Kina Grannis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Kina Grannis Pop music, Acoustic music

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3 6
Jim Boggia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Joe Mathews added Jim Boggia Pop music

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6 10
Zach Condon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Zach Condon Indie, Folk music, World music

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6 10
Zee Avi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Zee Avi Indie pop, Folk music, World music

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9 14
Tom Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Tom Fletcher Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

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9 14
Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Joe Brown Rock music, Rock and roll

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25 35
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Zooey Deschanel Indie pop, Alternative country, Indie folk

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12 18
Amanda Palmer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Amanda Palmer Dark cabaret, Soft rock, Alternative rock

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5 9
May Singhi Breen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
May Singhi Breen Folk music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

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21 30
Colbie Caillat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Colbie Caillat Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Country pop

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4 8
Jessica Delfino is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Jessica Delfino Folk rock, Pop rock, Comedy

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4 8
Richard Bennett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Richard Bennett Rock music, Jazz, Country

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3 7
Carmaig de Forest is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Carmaig de Forest Rock music, Folk music

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3 7
Christine Fellows is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Christine Fellows Folk rock

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6 11
Mike Campbell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Mike Campbell Rock music

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6 11
Dave Davies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Dave Davies Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

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2 6
Jens Lekman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Jens Lekman Indie pop, Pop music

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2 6
Tony Visconti is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Tony Visconti Folk rock, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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2 6
Cosmo Jarvis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Cosmo Jarvis Acoustic music, Pop rock, Indie rock

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5 10
Nellie McKay is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Nellie McKay Disco, Anti-folk, Pop music

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5 10
Donny Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Donny Hathaway Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul