music The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time  

3.5k votes 847 voters 21.0k views 67 items Embed

List Rules Vote up the all time best mandolin players in history

Who are the best musicians to have ever played the mandolin? The mandolin is originally a stringed instrument from Italy. It is closely related to the lute and comes in many variations, the most famous being the Neapolitan. The greatest mandolinists ever are from different eras and genres but are all greatly skilled on the mandolin.

The mandolin is used in Italian, classical, folk, bluegrass, and rock music. These best mandolin players of all time have the ability to create flawless music, whether it's a rehearsed piece or a freestyle composition.

The greatest mandolin players of all time are from all over the world and include such musicians as Chris Thile, Dave Apollon, David Grisman, and Andy Statman. To become one of the best mandolin players in history takes great commitment and a strong work ethic.

Vote up the best mandolin players of all time below or add the mandolinist you think is the greatest if he or she isn't already on the list.
list ordered by

1
287 84
Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Chris Thile Folk music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

The Best Mandolinists in the World Which Republican Candidate Do You Trust the Most?

2
165 48
Bill Monroe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bill Monroe Traditional bluegrass, Bluegrass, Gospel music

3
166 49
Sam Bush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Sam Bush Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

4
158 50
David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
David Grisman Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

5
126 40
Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Ricky Skaggs Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

6
94 26
Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
arizona added Sierra Hull

7
92 31
Ronnie McCoury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Ronnie McCoury Bluegrass

8
93 43
Jethro Burns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Jethro Burns Country

9
73 30
Mike Compton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Mike Compton Country

10
75 32
Adam Steffey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Adam Steffey Bluegrass, Old-time

11
55 20
Jacob Do Bandolim is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time

12
62 26
Dave Appollon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Dave Appollon Folk, Jazz

13
115 65
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Mike Marshall Classical music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz

14
47 17
Hamilton de Holanda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Hamilton de Holanda Choro, Samba, Jazz

15
52 22
Andy Statman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Andy Statman Klezmer

Rock Stars Who Died at Age 29 16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

16
32 9
John Reischman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
WesleyAutio added John Reischman

17
55 28
Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Marty Stuart Rock music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

18
36 13
Jacob Jolliff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
EthanSetiawan added Jacob Jolliff

19
40 19
Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
arizona added Sarah Jarosz Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

20
35 18
Raffaele Calace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Raffaele Calace Classical

21
38 22
Doyle Lawson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Doyle Lawson Bluegrass, Gospel music

22
31 16
Tiny Moore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Tiny Moore Western swing

23
22 9
Matt Flinner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
LeannFalkenstine added Matt Flinner

24
44 30
Carlo Aonzo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Carlo Aonzo Classical

25
20 9
Mario De Pietro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Mario De Pietro Jazz, Classical

26
26 20
Peter Ostroushko is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Peter Ostroushko Americana, Folk music

27
7 1
Jeff Austin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Jeff Austin Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

28
21 17
Yank Rachell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Yank Rachell Blues, Country blues

29
19 15
Wayne Benson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Wayne Benson Bluegrass

Rock Stars Who Died at Age 30 Being a Novelist Is. . .

30
6 2
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added John Paul Jones Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

31
4 1
John Duffey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added John Duffey Bluegrass, Country

32
4 1
Vince Gill is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Vince Gill Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Bluegrass

33
3 1
Bobby Osborne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Bobby Osborne

34
3 1
Jimmy Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Jimmy Martin Bluegrass

35
6 5
Jimmy Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
ToshioFukuda added Jimmy Gaudreau

36
12 12
Frank Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
stewart831 added Frank Wakefield

37
2 1
Ira Louvin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Ira Louvin Gospel music, Country

38
2 1
Ritchie Blackmore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Ritchie Blackmore Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

39
2 1
Ry Cooder is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Ry Cooder Americana, Rock music, Latin American music

40
1 0
Ray Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Christian Counterman added Ray Jackson

41
1 0
Ray Jackson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Christian Counterman added Ray Jackson

42
1 0
Curly Seckler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Curly Seckler

43
1 0
Detlef Tewes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
PhilippStreb added Detlef Tewes

21 Musicians Who Are (Supposedly) in the Illuminati The Best Ford Trucks of All Time

44
2 2
Avi Avital is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Kahleb Bel added Avi Avital Chamber music, Classical music

45
1 1
Charles O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
bri-gri added Charles O'Connor

46
14 16
Alison Stephens is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Alison Stephens Classical

47
2 3
David Gilmour is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added David Gilmour Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

48
24 29
Rhonda Vincent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Rhonda Vincent Bluegrass, Gospel music, Country

49
2 4
Jimmy Page is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Jimmy Page Blues-rock, Folk rock, Heavy metal

50
18 23
Simon Mayor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Simon Mayor Folk music, Classical music