Bands/Musicians The Best Mandolinists in the World  

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List Rules Living mandolin players only

This list has been voted on by the community to rank the absolute best mandolin players in the world today. Who are the best living mandolinists? These best mandolin players in the world include men and women who have mastered the mandolin and become the best in their respective genres. Cast your votes below for the best mandolinists living today.

The mandolin is an Italian stringed instrument with strings. It is from the lute family and comes in many varieties, but the most famous is the Neopolitan. The mandolin is used in Italian, classical, folk, bluegrass, and rock music. These best mandolin players in the world are from different genres but are all greatly adept at their instrument.

The best mandolinists on this list have the ability to execute flawless music whether its a rehearsed piece or something improvised. These musicians have helped define their respective musical times and produce entertaining, engaging music.

The best living mandolin players are from all over the world and include musicians like Chris Thile, Andy Statman, Sam Bush, and Sierra Hull. To become one of the best mandolin players in the world takes great commitment, a strong work ethic, and dedication. Who is the best mandolinist in the world? Vote up the greatest living mandolin players below.
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699 221
Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Folk music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

2
559 166
Sam Bush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

3
306 164
Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass

4
396 147
David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

5
793 401
Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

6
356 141
Ronnie McCoury is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass

7
298 136
Adam Steffey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass, Old-time

8
288 133
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Classical music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz

9
192 168
Doyle Lawson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass, Gospel music

10
261 134
Mike Compton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Country

11
315 157
Bill Monroe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
DavidJuhl added Traditional bluegrass, Bluegrass, Gospel music

12
224 152
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MichaelRamsey added Aaron Ramsey Mountain Heart Bluegrass, Americana, Blues

13
266 197
Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Rock music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

14
101 67
Tim O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
gfisher23 added Bluegrass, Country

15
164 190
Rhonda Vincent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass, Gospel music, Country

16
119 113
Andy Statman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Klezmer

17
111 130
Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

18
64 67
John Reischman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
gfisher23 added

19
111 104
Wayne Benson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Bluegrass

20
71 101
Hamilton de Holanda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Choro, Samba, Jazz

21
46 34
Frank Solivan II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
GeorgeBluegrass added

22
85 90
Caterina Lichtenberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Caterina Lichtenberg Classical

23
101 120
Carlo Aonzo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Classical, Italian

24
139 93
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bgpgc added Vitek Hanulik new acoustic, bluegrass

25
64 112
Peter Ostroushko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mandolinists in the World
Americana, Folk music