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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.

1
353 101
Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kevin Rogers added Alan Wilson Blues-rock, Blues

2
216 326
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
205 389
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
146 313
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

5
119 327
Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Toots Thielemans Jazz blues, Jazz

6
103 296
James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
James Cotton Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues

7
103 312
Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

8
107 331
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

9
92 304
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
90 301
Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Terry Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

11
85 308
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
85 312
Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

13
83 304
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Junior Wells Chicago blues, Blues

14
78 306
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

15
68 282
Sonny Boy Williamson I is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Boy Williamson I Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

16
68 312
Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kim Wilson Blues

17
58 300
Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Charlie McCoy Country

18
55 287
Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added Jason Ricci

19
47 289
Richard Salwitz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Richard Salwitz Chicago blues, Jazz, Hard rock

20
46 290
Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carey Bell Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

21
45 290
Slim Harpo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Slim Harpo Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues, Swamp blues

22
46 299
Jerry Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

23
43 282
Carlos del Junco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carlos del Junco Jazz, Blues

24
45 295
Mickey Raphael is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

25
39 294
Lee Oskar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Lee Oskar Rock music, Jazz, Blues

26
36 294
Buddy Greene is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Buddy Greene Christian music

27
33 272
Adam Gussow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andy Mistak added Adam Gussow Blues, Funk

28
36 296
John Mayall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Mayall Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

29
34 289
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

30
33 283
DeFord Bailey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
DeFord Bailey Country

31
30 304
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

32
21 266
John Sebastian Sr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Sr.

33
21 266
Tommy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

34
19 243
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.

35
19 252
Robert Bonfiglio is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Robert Bonfiglio

36
16 218
John Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

37
16 226
Jazz Gillum is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz Gillum Chicago blues

38
6 92
Huey Lewis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Daren Rathbun added Huey Lewis Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

39
15 230
Corky Siegel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Corky Siegel Blues

40
13 202
Paul deLay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Dan Phillips added Paul deLay Blues

41
14 217
Philip Achille is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Philip Achille

42
12 188
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Ingrid Salt added Steven Tyler

43
11 176
rod piazza is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added rod piazza

44
8 134
william clarke is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added william clarke

45
8 135
Stan Harper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Stan Harper Stan Harper was an American classical harmonicist.

46
6 106
sugar blue is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added sugar blue

47
3 60
SharpHarp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
TommyRobinson added SharpHarp Blues harmonica player said by many to be the best.  Controversial/argumentitive person often misunderstood. Little known but great harp player. 

48
5 91
Bernie Bray is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Bernie Bray

49
5 91
Pete Pederson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Pete Pederson

50
11 187
William Galison is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
William Galison