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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
424 121
Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kevin Rogers added Blues-rock, Blues

2
235 390
Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
235 462
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
163 378
Sonny Boy Williamson II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

5
131 392
Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz blues, Jazz

6
110 360
James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues

7
118 397
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

8
111 377
Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

9
105 366
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Chicago blues

10
95 365
Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

11
93 370
Charlie Musselwhite is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Electric blues, Boogie-woogie

12
91 376
Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

13
89 367
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Blues

14
81 369
Howard Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Rock music, Swing music, Latin American music

15
74 344
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
73 375
Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues

17
61 350
Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added

18
61 363
Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Country

19
50 358
Mickey Raphael is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

20
49 351
Magic Dick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Jazz, Hard rock

21
49 352
Slim Harpo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues, Swamp blues

22
49 353
Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

23
49 362
Jerry Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

24
44 346
Carlos del Junco is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz, Blues

25
42 357
Lee Oskar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Rock music, Jazz, Blues

26
41 358
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

27
40 357
Buddy Greene is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Christian music

28
40 359
John Mayall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

29
35 335
Adam Gussow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andy Mistak added Blues, Funk

30
36 346
DeFord Bailey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Country

31
31 374
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

32
23 329
John Sebastian Sr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Sr.

33
22 329
Tommy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

34
13 193
william clarke is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added william clarke

35
18 281
John Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

36
20 315
Robert Bonfiglio is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Robert Bonfiglio

37
19 307
Cham-bar Huang is listed (or ranked) 37 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.

38
12 190
Christelle berthon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Martti Saarelma added Christelle berthon

39
17 293
Corky Siegel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Corky Siegel Blues

40
5 88
Bill Barrett is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Clayton Gary Lehmann added Bill Barrett

41
9 155
Huey Lewis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Daren Rathbun added Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

42
16 289
Jazz Gillum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues

43
15 278
Philip Achille is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Philip Achille

44
14 263
Paul deLay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Dan Phillips added Blues

45
13 251
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Ingrid Salt added Steven Tyler

46
11 213
Sigmund Groven is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sigmund Groven Folk music, Classical music -

Sigmund Groven is a Norwegian classical harmonicist.

47
12 235
rod piazza is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added rod piazza

48
12 236
William Galison is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
William Galison

49
8 156
sugar blue is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added sugar blue

50
12 243
Mike Stevens is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Mike Stevens