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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
927 162
Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kevin Rogers added Blues-rock, Blues

2
281 865
Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
298 953
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
165 674
Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz blues, Jazz

5
196 837
Sonny Boy Williamson II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

6
142 609
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Chicago blues

7
147 653
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

8
133 600
James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues

9
129 620
Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

10
122 604
Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

11
112 609
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Blues

12
112 614
Charlie Musselwhite is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Electric blues, Boogie-woogie

13
106 617
Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

14
101 613
Howard Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Rock music, Swing music, Latin American music

15
89 584
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
89 617
Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues

17
84 587
Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added

18
78 596
Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Country

19
62 498
Magic Dick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Jazz, Hard rock

20
55 444
Buddy Greene is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Christian music

21
49 409
DeFord Bailey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Country

22
52 445
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

23
52 449
Lee Oskar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Rock music, Jazz, Blues

24
55 486
Slim Harpo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues, Swamp blues

25
46 398
Adam Gussow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andy Mistak added Blues, Funk