Ukulele Spotify Playlists

Judging by the amount of ‘I’m listening to’ stuff clogging up Facebook, Spotify has really caught on. And it’s now available in the countries the blog is most popular in (sorry Canada, Singapore and Brazil). Which is good because I’m a big Spotify fan and am forever fiddling with playlists. And I’ve put together a bunch of ukulele playlists.

If you’re not familiar with Spotify, it’s an app that will let you listen to most music released for free (if you’re willing to put up with ads – I pay for it to get rid of them). You can download it here.

For each playlist I’ve included a link to the playlist, a plain list tracklist and the fancy-dan Spotify doodad. If you’re reading by email or reader you might need to visit the blog to see the doodads.

If you’ve made a ukulele Spotify playlist let me know in the comments and I’ll add a link to the post. And leave a comment if there’s something I’ve egregiously left out of one of the lists.

Ukulele 2017

Spotify link

Ukulele 2016

Spotify link

Ukulele 2015

Spotify Link

Ukulele 2014

Spotify link

Ukulele 2013

Spotify link

Ukulele 2012

The ukulele highlights of the year so far.

Spotify link

UK Ukulele

British ukulelists including the famous ones (George Formby, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain), YouTube stars (Sophie Madeleine, Krabbers), bands and solo acts.

Spotify link

Ukulele Ladies

Spotify link

Ukulele Facial Hair

Acts who correctly pair ukulele playing with facial hair.

Spotify link

Indie Ukulele

Let’s not get into a debate over the word “indie”, I just threw stuff in here that seemed to fit.

Spotify link

On Finding the Studio Ukulele

Tracks from people not normally associated with ukulele playing including The Who, Queen, The Fall, Gorillaz, Trent Reznor (How to Destroy Angels) and Portishead.

Spotify link

Ukulele Instrumentalists

Unlike the other lists, I’ve included many tracks from some of the acts. The playlist includes the usual suspects (James Hill, Jake Shimabukuro), the classy bastards (John King, Lyle Ritz, John Kavanagh), occasional instrumentalists (Ukulele Bartt, Lil Rev) and newcomers (Elof and Wamburg, Matt Dahlberg).

Spotify link

Ukulele 2011

The top ukulele tunes from last year.

Spotify Link

Christmas Ukulele

Some of these are great, some are pretty cheesy. But it’s Christmas, what do you expect?

Spotify link

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  1. Darrel September 26th, 2012 8:56 pm

    I think I added you without remembering that I did a while back and it was pretty strange when I was at work and your name started popping up with what you were listening to! A lot of sun kil moon of which I very much approve!

  2. Woodshed September 26th, 2012 10:34 pm

    Darrel: I certainly have been listening to a lot of Sun Kil Moon. The last album was incredible.

  3. krabbers September 27th, 2012 10:42 am

    thanks for the mention Al, i am in with some great people, cheers
    i will be looking into this Spotify thing,
    i am trying to finish of my next cd at the moment, so hopefully will have something new for you soon.


  4. frank weir September 27th, 2012 4:38 pm

    Hi all…can someone help me with how to get access to Al’s playlists on Spotify? I just downloaded it to an iPad and friended Uke Hunt but I don’t get how the playlists will get onto my Spotify account. I USED to feel like I had a handle on technology but I’m falling behind. If anyone can help, i would appreciate it. I Googled it but what I found made no sense to me….

  5. Woodshed September 27th, 2012 6:32 pm

    krabbers: It’ s a pleasure to include you. Looking forward to the next album.

    frank: I’m not sure about the iPad but on the iPhone if you click where it says “Spotify Link” you should be taken to a page that’ll either redirect you to the playlist or you can select to open it in Spotify.

  6. frank weir September 27th, 2012 7:12 pm

    thanks al! thats all i needed….subsribed to all…slowly working through your dummies book…trying to keep enthusiasm up when i discovered it doesnt happen overnight!

  7. Woodshed September 28th, 2012 10:35 am

    frank: Thanks! Hope the book works well for you even if I couldn’t convey superpowers!

  8. banter October 1st, 2012 7:27 pm

    And sorry the Czech Republic too.

  9. Woodshed October 2nd, 2012 7:35 pm

    banter: Sorry, Czech Republic!

  10. Oscar October 3rd, 2012 10:28 pm

    Missing Vetusta Morla’s “Maldita dulzura” at 2011 list and also at Indie list. A MASSIVE pop/rock band from Spain, using in this song an uke trying to imitate andean charango rhythms.

  11. Woodshed October 4th, 2012 12:44 pm

    Oscar: Thanks! Added it to the 2011 list.

  12. Koy October 9th, 2012 3:15 pm

    Great Uke lists, but your African guitar list is fantastic – reminds me of many a dance venue in Nairobi, Dar, Accra. Have you ever thought of transcribing something for the Uke – African fingerstyle or strum?

  13. Woodshed October 9th, 2012 10:17 pm

    Koy: Thanks very much! Glad you like it. I have considered it. I’ve also considered making an entire blog tabbing that stuff for guitar.

  14. Oscar October 13th, 2012 7:37 pm

    Thanks for including my last recommendation (remember to update your txt playlist! ;) )

    I also must refer you also this spanish folkish band singing in english called “Ukulele cland band” ( ): they made an album this same year and maybe you wish to include it at your 2012 spotify list (give a listen to “Everybody’s Talking” or to “The Sun”)

  15. Woodshed October 14th, 2012 10:35 am

    Oscar: Sorry, not going to be updating the txt playlists. Thanks for the link.

  16. Tom Cunliffe March 2nd, 2013 8:09 am

    Excellent stuff – very useful playlist which I shall definitely use over and over again. Thanks

  17. Woodshed March 2nd, 2013 1:41 pm

    Tom Cunliffe: Glad you like.

  18. booksniffer June 29th, 2014 1:59 pm


    Is there a reason the Indie playlist is not public?
    I’ve been playing about with different Spotify accounts (my default name, booksniffer, was already taken so now that I want to upgrade my account to paid, I have to decide on a good name that I can live with, instead of the placeholder I initiall signed up with) and every time I want to find that particular playlist, I have to go back to this post…

  19. Woodshed June 29th, 2014 2:10 pm

    booksniffer: Sorry about that. Don’t know how it became secret. Should be public now. Thanks for letting me know.

  20. booksniffer June 29th, 2014 2:19 pm


    I am immensely enjoying your Blues Ukulele playlist at the moment.

  21. Shakira September 4th, 2015 10:52 am

    thanks al! thats all i really needed. I just save all the list. Good work i saw here. Thanks.

  22. Woodshed September 5th, 2015 8:14 pm

    Shakira: I’m glad you enjoyed them.

  23. Paul July 29th, 2016 12:46 am

    Hi, really appreciate your site, thought I’d take you literally and share a list of some folk ukulele. Caveat: Some of the songs might have a mandolin or a guitar played really high up on the frets, I included what sounded like a uke to my ear.

  24. Woodshed July 29th, 2016 9:45 am

    Paul: Excellent playlist! Thanks.

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