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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.

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Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Little Walter Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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64 33
Sonny Boy Williamson II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Boy Williamson II Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

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61 32
Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

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55 29
James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
James Cotton Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues

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50 30
Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Terry Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

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55 37
Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Toots Thielemans Jazz blues, Jazz

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Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Junior Wells Chicago blues, Blues

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53 38
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Paul Butterfield Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Chicago blues

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50 39
Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kim Wilson Blues

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Sonny Boy Williamson I is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Boy Williamson I Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

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John Popper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
JohnDoe3 added John Popper Blues-rock, Alternative rock, Jam band

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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

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Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added Jason Ricci

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Charlie Musselwhite is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Charlie Musselwhite Blues-rock, Electric blues, Boogie-woogie

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Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carey Bell Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

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40 38
Howard Levy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Howard Levy Rock music, Swing music, Latin American music

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Adam Gussow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andy Mistak added Adam Gussow Blues, Funk

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31 30
Jerry Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jerry Portnoy Blues

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Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Charlie McCoy Country

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

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24 26
Magic Dick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Magic Dick Chicago blues, Jazz, Hard rock

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29 33
Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

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DeFord Bailey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
DeFord Bailey Country

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

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Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kevin Rogers added Alan Wilson Blues-rock, Blues

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24 29
Carlos del Junco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carlos del Junco Jazz, Blues

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

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

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Christelle berthon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Martti Saarelma added Christelle berthon

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

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14 25
Cham-bar Huang is listed (or ranked) 31 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.

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15 29
Tommy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Tommy Reilly

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John Mayall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Mayall Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

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8 21
Jazz Gillum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz Gillum Chicago blues

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14 31
Robert Bonfiglio is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Robert Bonfiglio

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8 22
Mike Stevens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Mike Stevens

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10 26
Philip Achille is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Philip Achille

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9 25
Hendrik Meurkens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Hendrik Meurkens

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8 24
Sigmund Groven is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sigmund Groven Folk music, Classical music - Sigmund Groven is a Norwegian classical harmonicist.

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John Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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5 19
Pete Pederson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Pete Pederson

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5 19
Bernie Bray is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Bernie Bray

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7 24
William Galison is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
William Galison

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7 24
Corky Siegel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Corky Siegel Blues

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Susan Sauter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Susan Sauter Susan Sauter is a German classical harmonicist

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5 20
Willi Burger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Willi Burger Willi Burger is a Dutch classical harmonicist.

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7 25
Stan Harper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Stan Harper Stan Harper was an American classical harmonicist.

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4 19
Claude Garden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Claude Garden Claude Garden (Claude Jardin) was a Montreal classical harmonicist.

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8 31
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Guest_f39ab5ed-d5d7-4ae5-a0e8-395844f75821 added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Michael Pickett is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time