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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
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
5
James Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added Pop
6
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
but chickens double d added Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock
7
Tyler Joseph is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
bejjinks added
8
Herb Ohta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Herb Ohta
9
Cynthia Lin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
rkimball2000 added Cynthia Lin
10
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music
11
Roy Smeck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added Ragtime, Jazz
12
Azita is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
James Delesky added
13
Daniel Ho is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Music of Hawaii
14
Eddie Kamae is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Music of Hawaii
15
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
Tiny Tim is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Johnboi added Americana, Pop music, Outsider music
17
Ingrid Michaelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Indie folk
18
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Alternative country, Indie folk
19
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat
20
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
21
Cliff Edwards is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
22
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
Ledward Kaapana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added
24
Colbie Caillat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Country pop
25
Arthur Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Soft Rock; Jazz