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Bands/Musicians 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.

1
472 130
Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kevin Rogers added Blues-rock, Blues

2
247 434
Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
247 514
John Popper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
JohnDoe3 added Blues-rock, Alternative rock, Jam band

4
169 426
Sonny Boy Williamson II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

5
141 437
Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz blues, Jazz

6
121 404
James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues

7
129 441
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

8
116 409
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Chicago blues

9
116 423
Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

10
104 409
Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

11
97 412
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Blues

12
98 418
Charlie Musselwhite is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Electric blues, Boogie-woogie

13
92 426
Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

14
84 419
Howard Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Rock music, Swing music, Latin American music

15
78 392
Sonny Boy Williamson I is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

16
74 425
Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues

17
68 407
Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Country

18
64 399
Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added

19
52 403
Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

20
51 399
Slim Harpo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues, Swamp blues

21
51 411
Jerry Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

22
50 407
Mickey Raphael is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

23
49 401
Magic Dick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Jazz, Hard rock

24
44 394
Carlos del Junco is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz, Blues

25
42 388
DeFord Bailey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Country

26
43 403
Buddy Greene is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Christian music

27
43 407
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

28
42 404
Lee Oskar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Rock music, Jazz, Blues

29
42 405
John Mayall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

30
36 380
Adam Gussow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andy Mistak added Blues, Funk

31
20 235
william clarke is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added william clarke

32
30 370
John Sebastian Sr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Sr.

33
25 321
John Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

34
32 421
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

35
11 137
Bernie Bray is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Bernie Bray

36
11 138
Pete Pederson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Pete Pederson

37
12 156
Claude Garden is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Claude Garden

Claude Garden (Claude Jardin) was a Montreal classical harmonicist.

38
23 336
Corky Siegel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Corky Siegel Blues

39
22 374
Tommy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

40
20 352
Cham-bar Huang is listed (or ranked) 40 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.

41
20 361
Robert Bonfiglio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Robert Bonfiglio

42
17 305
Paul deLay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Dan Phillips added Blues

43
18 333
Jazz Gillum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues

44
13 236
Christelle berthon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Martti Saarelma added Christelle berthon

45
15 280
rod piazza is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added rod piazza

46
16 323
Philip Achille is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Philip Achille

47
10 200
sugar blue is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added sugar blue

48
10 201
Huey Lewis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Daren Rathbun added Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

49
8 163
Susan Sauter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Susan Sauter

Susan Sauter is a German classical harmonicist

50
13 296
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Ingrid Salt added Steven Tyler