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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259 114
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

2
160 61
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

3
85 35
James Hill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added James Hill Pop

4
109 75
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

5
55 34
Cynthia Lin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
rkimball2000 added Cynthia Lin

6
48 30
Eddie Kamae is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Eddie Kamae Music of Hawaii

7
21 7
Grace VanderWaal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
TomGordon added Grace VanderWaal Pop, Indie pop - Winner of America's Got Talent at age 12. 

8
33 24
Azita is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
James Delesky added Azita

9
38 33
Daniel Ho is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Daniel Ho Music of Hawaii

10
47 46
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
but chickens double d added Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

11
12 7
Ledward Kaapana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Ledward Kaapana

12
37 38
Don Ho is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Don Ho Pop music, Music of Hawaii, Traditional pop music

13
11 8
Herb Ohta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Herb Ohta

14
36 39
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

The Best Ukulele Players in the World

15
21 21
Roy Smeck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added Roy Smeck Ragtime, Jazz

16
5 2
Tyler Joseph is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
bejjinks added Tyler Joseph

17
7 6
Tiny Tim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Johnboi added Tiny Tim Americana, Pop music, Outsider music

18
24 29
Ingrid Michaelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Ingrid Michaelson Indie pop, Indie folk

19
14 17
Cliff Edwards is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time

20
25 32
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pete Townshend Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

21
5 8
Peter Moon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Peter Moon Slack-key guitar, Hawaiian

The Best Drummers of All Time

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4 7
Jakob Balogh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Shameless McBundy added Jakob Balogh

23
12 18
Julia Nunes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Julia Nunes Indie, Pop music, Acoustic music

24
13 20
Arthur Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Arthur Godfrey Soft Rock; Jazz

25
11 18
Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Joe Brown Rock music, Rock and roll

26
21 32
Sara Bareilles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Sara Bareilles Adult contemporary music, Adult album alternative, Blue-eyed soul

27
26 39
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Zooey Deschanel Indie pop, Alternative country, Indie folk

28
5 10
Frank Crumit is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Frank Crumit Contemporary; Classical; Indie

The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time

29
11 19
Danielle Ate the Sandwich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time

30
13 22
Amanda Palmer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Amanda Palmer Dark cabaret, Soft rock, Alternative rock

31
8 15
Sara Watkins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Sara Watkins Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

32
5 11
Greg Hawkes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Greg Hawkes New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

33
7 14
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

34
21 34
Colbie Caillat is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Colbie Caillat Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Country pop

35
4 10
Carmaig de Forest is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Carmaig de Forest Rock music, Folk music

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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6 13
May Singhi Breen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
May Singhi Breen Folk music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

37
8 16
Genoa Keawe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Genoa Keawe Pop music, Easy listening

38
10 19
Kina Grannis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Kina Grannis Pop music, Acoustic music

39
5 12
Jessica Delfino is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Jessica Delfino Folk rock, Pop rock, Comedy

40
5 12
Priscilla Ahn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Priscilla Ahn Folk music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

41
6 14
Zach Condon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Zach Condon Indie, Folk music, World music

42
6 14
Mike Campbell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Mike Campbell Rock music

The Greatest Tuba Players of All Time

43
6 14
Dave Davies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Dave Davies Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

44
3 10
Christine Fellows is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Christine Fellows Folk rock

45
3 10
Jill Jackson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Jill Jackson Hawaiian; Folk music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

46
3 10
Jim Boggia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Joe Mathews added Jim Boggia Pop music

47
5 13
Sam Brown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Sam Brown Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Jazz

48
5 13
Donny Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Donny Hathaway Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul

49
5 13
Nellie McKay is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Nellie McKay Disco, Anti-folk, Pop music

50
9 19
Tom Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Tom Fletcher Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music