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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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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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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Grace VanderWaal is listed (or ranked) 4 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. 

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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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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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52 35
Eddie Kamae is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Eddie Kamae Music of Hawaii

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37 29
Azita is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
James Delesky added Azita

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53 48
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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Daniel Ho is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Daniel Ho Music of Hawaii

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Don Ho is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Don Ho Pop music, Music of Hawaii, Traditional pop music

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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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Ledward Kaapana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Ledward Kaapana

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Tyler Joseph is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
bejjinks added Tyler Joseph

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13 10
Herb Ohta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Herb Ohta

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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Jack Johnson Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

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

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10 10
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

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25 29
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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Victoria Vox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
jazzflower added Victoria Vox Chanson, Pop music, Jazz

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Julia Nunes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Julia Nunes Indie, Pop music, Acoustic music

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25 34
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pete Townshend Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

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Arthur Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Arthur Godfrey Soft Rock; Jazz

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Peter Moon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Peter Moon Slack-key guitar, Hawaiian

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Jakob Balogh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Shameless McBundy added Jakob Balogh

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Zee Avi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Zee Avi Indie pop, Folk music, World music

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Sara Bareilles is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Zooey Deschanel Indie pop, Alternative country, Indie folk

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23 34
Colbie Caillat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Colbie Caillat Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Country pop

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11 18
Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Joe Brown Rock music, Rock and roll

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5 10
Frank Crumit is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Frank Crumit Contemporary; Classical; Indie

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11 19
Danielle Ate the Sandwich is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time

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Sara Watkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Sara Watkins Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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5 11
Greg Hawkes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Greg Hawkes New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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13 24
Amanda Palmer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Amanda Palmer Dark cabaret, Soft rock, Alternative rock

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6 14
Zach Condon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Zach Condon Indie, Folk music, World music

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6 14
Mike Campbell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Mike Campbell Rock music

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6 14
Dave Davies is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Dave Davies Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

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3 10
Christine Fellows is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Christine Fellows Folk rock

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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

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3 10
Jill Jackson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Jill Jackson Hawaiian; Folk music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

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5 13
Sam Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Sam Brown Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Jazz

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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

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5 13
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