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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180 26
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
303 177
Jake Shimabukuro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

3
193 127
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
137 110
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

5
98 76
James Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added James Hill Pop

6
28 15
João Tostes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
janice5am added João Tostes Latin, Folk, World Music

7
53 49
Eddie Kamae is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Music of Hawaii

8
57 57
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
but chickens double d added Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

9
62 63
Cynthia Lin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
rkimball2000 added Cynthia Lin

10
46 44
Daniel Ho is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Music of Hawaii

11
39 37
Azita is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
James Delesky added

12
30 29
Roy Smeck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added Ragtime, Jazz

13
20 17
Herb Ohta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Herb Ohta

14
16 14
Tyler Joseph is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
bejjinks added

15
42 48
Don Ho is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Music of Hawaii, Traditional pop music

16
16 17
Ledward Kaapana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added

17
38 49
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

18
15 19
Tiny Tim is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Johnboi added Americana, Pop music, Outsider music

19
2 1
Larry Hinkle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
flashbaxter added Larry Hinkle Rock, Rocksteady, Virginia Folk -

Colonial Seafood. F.U.N.

20
18 25
Cliff Edwards is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time

21
1 1
Emily Barker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
flashbaxter added Emily Barker

Singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist for Eyes Like Birds

22
25 37
Ingrid Michaelson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Indie folk

23
7 13
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

24
23 39
Colbie Caillat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Country pop

25
22 38
Sara Bareilles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Adult album alternative, Blue-eyed soul

26
13 24
Julia Nunes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie, Pop music, Acoustic music

27
27 46
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Alternative country, Indie folk

28
25 43
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

29
14 26
Arthur Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Soft Rock; Jazz

30
9 19
Zee Avi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Folk music, World music

31
11 23
Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music, Rock and roll

32
4 12
Jakob Balogh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Shameless McBundy added Jakob Balogh

33
27 50
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

34
6 16
Jessica Delfino is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Folk rock, Pop rock, Comedy

35
9 21
Genoa Keawe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Genoa Keawe Pop music, Easy listening

36
13 28
Amanda Palmer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Dark cabaret, Soft rock, Alternative rock

37
5 15
Frank Crumit is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Frank Crumit Contemporary; Classical; Indie

38
8 20
Sara Watkins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

39
11 25
Danielle Ate the Sandwich is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time

40
10 24
Kina Grannis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Acoustic music

41
6 18
May Singhi Breen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
May Singhi Breen Folk music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

42
4 15
Carmaig de Forest is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music, Folk music

43
4 15
Jill Jackson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Hawaiian; Folk music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

44
4 15
Jim Boggia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Joe Mathews added Jim Boggia Pop music

45
4 15
Christine Fellows is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Folk rock

46
5 17
Patrick Wolf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indietronica, Electronic dance music, Folktronica

47
5 17
Greg Hawkes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

48
5 17
Priscilla Ahn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Folk music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

49
1 7
Victoria Vox is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
jazzflower added Victoria Vox Chanson, Pop music, Jazz

50
9 24
Tom Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music