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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1
135 19
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
295 158
Jake Shimabukuro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

3
186 109
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
132 100
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

5
97 71
James Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added James Hill Pop

6
62 60
Cynthia Lin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
rkimball2000 added Cynthia Lin

7
52 49
Eddie Kamae is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Music of Hawaii

8
38 36
Azita is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
James Delesky added Azita

9
55 57
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
20 15
João Tostes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
janice5am added João Tostes Latin, Folk, World Music

11
43 44
Daniel Ho is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Music of Hawaii

12
28 29
Roy Smeck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added Ragtime, Jazz

13
41 48
Don Ho is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Music of Hawaii, Traditional pop music

14
13 13
Tyler Joseph is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
bejjinks added

15
38 47
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

16
14 16
Ledward Kaapana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added

17
14 16
Herb Ohta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Herb Ohta

18
17 24
Cliff Edwards is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time

19
25 36
Ingrid Michaelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Indie folk

20
12 18
Tiny Tim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Johnboi added Americana, Pop music, Outsider music

21
25 41
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

22
22 37
Sara Bareilles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Adult album alternative, Blue-eyed soul

23
27 45
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Alternative country, Indie folk

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
13 24
Julia Nunes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie, Pop music, Acoustic music

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

27
9 19
Zee Avi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Folk music, World music

28
5 13
Peter Moon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Peter Moon Slack-key guitar, Hawaiian

29
11 23
Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music, Rock and roll

30
4 12
Jakob Balogh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Shameless McBundy added Jakob Balogh

31
27 49
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

32
11 24
Danielle Ate the Sandwich is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time

33
6 16
Jessica Delfino is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Folk rock, Pop rock, Comedy

34
9 21
Genoa Keawe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Genoa Keawe Pop music, Easy listening

35
13 28
Amanda Palmer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Dark cabaret, Soft rock, Alternative rock

36
5 15
Frank Crumit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Frank Crumit Contemporary; Classical; Indie

37
8 20
Sara Watkins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

38
10 24
Kina Grannis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Acoustic music

39
6 18
May Singhi Breen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
May Singhi Breen Folk music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

40
4 15
Carmaig de Forest is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music, Folk music

41
5 17
Greg Hawkes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

42
5 17
Priscilla Ahn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Folk music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

43
1 7
Victoria Vox is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
jazzflower added Victoria Vox Chanson, Pop music, Jazz

44
9 24
Tom Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop punk, Pop music, Rock music

45
6 19
Mike Campbell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music

46
6 19
Dave Davies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

47
6 19
Zach Condon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie, Folk music, World music

48
5 18
Donny Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Pop music, Chicago soul

49
5 18
Sam Brown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Jazz

50
5 18
Nellie McKay is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Disco, Anti-folk, Pop music