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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
878 146
Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kevin Rogers added Blues-rock, Blues

2
265 828
Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
280 906
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
187 801
Sonny Boy Williamson II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

5
155 653
Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz blues, Jazz

6
142 644
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

7
132 605
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Chicago blues

8
129 597
James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues

9
123 616
Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

10
115 600
Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

11
109 610
Charlie Musselwhite is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Electric blues, Boogie-woogie

12
107 605
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Blues

13
99 614
Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

14
95 610
Howard Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Rock music, Swing music, Latin American music

15
86 581
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
83 613
Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues

17
75 593
Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Country

18
73 584
Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added

19
57 495
Magic Dick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Jazz, Hard rock

20
55 485
Slim Harpo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues, Swamp blues

21
50 443
Buddy Greene is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Christian music

22
59 537
Mickey Raphael is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

23
55 497
Jerry Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

24
49 437
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

25
49 448
Lee Oskar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Rock music, Jazz, Blues