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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624 51
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
324 326
Jake Shimabukuro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
3
228 248
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
150 235
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock
5
107 194
James Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added Pop
6
63 173
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
63 178
Cynthia Lin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
rkimball2000 added Cynthia Lin
8
54 158
Eddie Kamae is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Music of Hawaii
9
40 117
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music
10
48 143
Daniel Ho is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Music of Hawaii
11
40 120
Azita is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
James Delesky added
12
44 132
Don Ho is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Music of Hawaii, Traditional pop music
13
33 101
João Tostes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
janice5am added João Tostes Latin, Folk, World Music
14
31 96
Roy Smeck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added Ragtime, Jazz
15
23 74
Tyler Joseph is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
bejjinks added
16
23 75
Herb Ohta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Herb Ohta
17
27 94
Ingrid Michaelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Indie folk
18
29 103
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Alternative country, Indie folk
19
28 101
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat
20
29 107
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
21
19 75
Tiny Tim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Johnboi added Americana, Pop music, Outsider music
22
24 95
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
24 96
Colbie Caillat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Country pop
24
19 82
Cliff Edwards is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
25
17 75
Ledward Kaapana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added