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music Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time  

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List Rules Greatest individual players, not groups. Includes players in many genres, past and present.

This is a list of the world's greatest players of the diatonic or chromatic harmonica.

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219 74
Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kevin Rogers added Alan Wilson Blues-rock, Blues

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186 226
Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Little Walter Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
170 268
John Popper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
JohnDoe3 added John Popper Blues-rock, Alternative rock, Jam band

4
119 212
Sonny Boy Williamson II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Boy Williamson II Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

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96 202
James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
James Cotton Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues

6
104 223
Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Toots Thielemans Jazz blues, Jazz

7
94 208
Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

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81 199
Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Terry Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

9
83 210
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Paul Butterfield Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Chicago blues

10
87 227
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

11
73 201
Charlie Musselwhite is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Charlie Musselwhite Blues-rock, Electric blues, Boogie-woogie

12
73 207
Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

13
73 207
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Junior Wells Chicago blues, Blues

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69 207
Howard Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Howard Levy Rock music, Swing music, Latin American music

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67 212
Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kim Wilson Blues

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59 189
Sonny Boy Williamson I is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Boy Williamson I Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

17
50 201
Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Charlie McCoy Country

18
46 187
Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added Jason Ricci

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45 199
Jerry Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

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43 192
Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carey Bell Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

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42 194
Magic Dick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Magic Dick Chicago blues, Jazz, Hard rock

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41 191
Carlos del Junco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carlos del Junco Jazz, Blues

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41 194
Mickey Raphael is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

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40 193
Slim Harpo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Slim Harpo Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues, Swamp blues

25
37 195
Lee Oskar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Lee Oskar Rock music, Jazz, Blues

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29 178
Adam Gussow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andy Mistak added Adam Gussow Blues, Funk

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30 185
DeFord Bailey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
DeFord Bailey Country

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30 196
Buddy Greene is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Buddy Greene Christian music

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31 202
John Mayall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Mayall Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

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4 41
Huey Lewis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Daren Rathbun added Huey Lewis Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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25 185
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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27 201
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

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21 168
Tommy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

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17 143
Cham-bar Huang is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Cham-bar Huang Cham-bar Huang was a New-York-based classical harmonicist and noted teacher.

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14 124
John Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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20 170
John Sebastian Sr. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Sr.

37
11 105
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Ingrid Salt added Steven Tyler

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18 159
Robert Bonfiglio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Robert Bonfiglio

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15 137
Corky Siegel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Corky Siegel Blues

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15 137
Jazz Gillum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz Gillum Chicago blues

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12 114
Paul deLay is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Dan Phillips added Paul deLay Blues

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14 130
Philip Achille is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Philip Achille

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7 74
william clarke is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added william clarke

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7 74
Susan Sauter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Susan Sauter Susan Sauter is a German classical harmonicist

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7 74
Willi Burger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Willi Burger Willi Burger is a Dutch classical harmonicist.

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7 74
Stan Harper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Stan Harper Stan Harper was an American classical harmonicist.

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11 107
Mike Stevens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Mike Stevens

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11 107
William Galison is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
William Galison

49
11 107
Hendrik Meurkens is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Hendrik Meurkens

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mark ford is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added mark ford