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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.

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224 80
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
190 229
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
174 273
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
121 215
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

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107 227
Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Toots Thielemans Jazz blues, Jazz

6
96 206
James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
James Cotton Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues

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94 212
Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

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83 203
Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Terry Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

9
86 213
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
89 231
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

11
74 204
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
74 210
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Junior Wells Chicago blues, Blues

13
74 211
Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

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70 210
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

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67 215
Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kim Wilson Blues

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59 192
Sonny Boy Williamson I is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Boy Williamson I Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

17
51 204
Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Charlie McCoy Country

18
46 190
Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added Jason Ricci

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44 197
Magic Dick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Magic Dick Chicago blues, Jazz, Hard rock

20
45 202
Jerry Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

21
43 195
Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carey Bell Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

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41 195
Carlos del Junco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carlos del Junco Jazz, Blues

23
41 198
Mickey Raphael is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

24
40 196
Slim Harpo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Slim Harpo Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues, Swamp blues

25
37 198
Lee Oskar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Lee Oskar Rock music, Jazz, Blues

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29 181
Adam Gussow is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andy Mistak added Adam Gussow Blues, Funk

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30 188
DeFord Bailey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
DeFord Bailey Country

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31 199
Buddy Greene is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Buddy Greene Christian music

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32 205
John Mayall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Mayall Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

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28 205
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

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25 190
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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4 45
Huey Lewis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Daren Rathbun added Huey Lewis Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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21 172
Tommy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

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17 146
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.

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14 127
John Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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20 173
John Sebastian Sr. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Sr.

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18 162
Robert Bonfiglio is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Robert Bonfiglio

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3 39
Michael Pickett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

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8 83
Christelle berthon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Martti Saarelma added Christelle berthon

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6 66
Claude Garden is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Claude Garden Claude Garden (Claude Jardin) was a Montreal classical harmonicist.

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6 66
Noah Lewis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Noah Lewis

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12 116
Paul deLay is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Dan Phillips added Paul deLay Blues

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11 108
William Galison is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
William Galison

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11 108
Mike Stevens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Mike Stevens

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11 108
Hendrik Meurkens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Hendrik Meurkens

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14 132
Philip Achille is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Philip Achille

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15 140
Jazz Gillum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz Gillum Chicago blues

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15 140
Corky Siegel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Corky Siegel Blues

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10 100
Sigmund Groven is listed (or ranked) 49 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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10 100
rod piazza is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added rod piazza