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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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
311 190
Jake Shimabukuro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

3
197 139
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

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143 115
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

5
105 80
James Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added James Hill Pop

6
33 17
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
61 59
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
but chickens double d added Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

8
54 51
Eddie Kamae is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Music of Hawaii

9
47 46
Daniel Ho is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Music of Hawaii

10
62 66
Cynthia Lin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
rkimball2000 added Cynthia Lin

11
39 40
Azita is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
James Delesky added

12
31 31
Roy Smeck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Chasbo added Ragtime, Jazz

13
21 19
Herb Ohta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added Herb Ohta

14
19 17
Tyler Joseph is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
bejjinks added

15
43 50
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
38 51
Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Tropical rock, Pop music

17
16 19
Ledward Kaapana is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
KoKuaHawaii added

18
15 21
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
18 27
Cliff Edwards is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time

20
3 4
Larry Hinkle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
flashbaxter added Larry Hinkle Rock, Rocksteady, Virginia Folk

Colonial Seafood. F.U.N.

21
25 39
Ingrid Michaelson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Indie folk

22
2 3
Emily Barker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
flashbaxter added Emily Barker

Singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist for Eyes Like Birds

23
26 45
Pete Townshend is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Rock music, Pop rock, Merseybeat

24
23 41
Colbie Caillat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Ballad, Blue-eyed soul, Country pop

25
27 48
Zooey Deschanel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time
Indie pop, Alternative country, Indie folk