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
289 120
Jake Shimabukuro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

2
178 71
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Марат Шахгереев added Music of Hawaii, Reggae, Jazz

3
95 42
James Hill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added James Hill Pop

4
50 18
Grace VanderWaal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
TomGordon added Pop, Indie pop - Winner of America's Got Talent at age 12. 

5
122 83
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

6
62 41
Cynthia Lin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
rkimball2000 added Cynthia Lin

7
52 36
Eddie Kamae is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Music of Hawaii

8
11 1
João Tostes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
janice5am added João Tostes Latin, Folk, World Music

9
37 30
Azita is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
James Delesky added Azita

10
53 49
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
but chickens double d added Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

11
42 37
Daniel Ho is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Music of Hawaii

12
27 24
Roy Smeck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added Ragtime, Jazz

13
41 41
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
11 7
Tyler Joseph is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
bejjinks added

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

16
13 11
Herb Ohta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Herb Ohta

17
38 42
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

18
12 12
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
17 19
Cliff Edwards is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time

20
25 30
Ingrid Michaelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Indie folk

21
1 1
Victoria Vox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
jazzflower added Victoria Vox Chanson, Pop music, Jazz

22
13 19
Julia Nunes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie, Pop music, Acoustic music

23
25 36
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

24
14 21
Arthur Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Soft Rock; Jazz

25
5 9
Peter Moon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Peter Moon Slack-key guitar, Hawaiian

26
22 33
Sara Bareilles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Adult contemporary music, Adult album alternative, Blue-eyed soul

27
4 8
Jakob Balogh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Shameless McBundy added Jakob Balogh

28
27 40
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Alternative country, Indie folk

29
9 15
Zee Avi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Folk music, World music

30
23 35
Colbie Caillat is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Country pop

31
11 19
Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music, Rock and roll

32
6 12
Jessica Delfino is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Folk rock, Pop rock, Comedy

33
5 11
Frank Crumit is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Frank Crumit Contemporary; Classical; Indie

34
9 17
Genoa Keawe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Genoa Keawe Pop music, Easy listening

35
11 20
Danielle Ate the Sandwich is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time

36
8 16
Sara Watkins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

37
5 12
Greg Hawkes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

38
4 11
Carmaig de Forest is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music, Folk music

39
6 14
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
10 20
Kina Grannis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Acoustic music

41
5 13
Priscilla Ahn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Folk music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

42
13 25
Amanda Palmer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Dark cabaret, Soft rock, Alternative rock

43
6 15
Dave Davies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music, Pop rock, Hard rock

44
6 15
Mike Campbell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music

45
6 15
Zach Condon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie, Folk music, World music

46
26 45
Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

47
3 11
Jill Jackson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Hawaiian; Folk music, Acoustic music, Soft rock

48
3 11
Christine Fellows is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Folk rock

49
3 11
Jim Boggia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Joe Mathews added Jim Boggia Pop music

50
5 14
Sam Brown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Jazz