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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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Grace VanderWaal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
TomGordon added Pop, Indie pop

Winner of America's Got Talent at age 12. 

2
Jake Shimabukuro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
3
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Марат Шахгереев added Music of Hawaii, Reggae, Jazz
4
Craig Chee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
tess.s.smith added Craig Chee
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Sarah Maisel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
tess.s.smith added Sarah Maisel
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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
7
James Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added Pop
8
Tyler Joseph is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
bejjinks added
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Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
but chickens double d added Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock
10
Herb Ohta is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Herb Ohta
11
Cynthia Lin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
rkimball2000 added Cynthia Lin
12
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music
13
Azita is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
James Delesky added
14
Daniel Ho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Music of Hawaii
15
Roy Smeck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added Ragtime, Jazz
16
Don Ho is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Music of Hawaii, Traditional pop music
17
Eddie Kamae is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Music of Hawaii
18
Tiny Tim is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Johnboi added Tiny Tim Americana, Pop music, Outsider music
19
Ingrid Michaelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Indie folk
20
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Alternative country, Indie folk
21
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat
22
Cliff Edwards is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
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Ledward Kaapana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added
24
Sara Bareilles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Adult album alternative, Blue-eyed soul
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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Country, Pop, Rock