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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.

list ordered by

1
123 50
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
168 150
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
143 180
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
106 134
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
96 144
Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Toots Thielemans Jazz blues, Jazz

6
87 129
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
88 133
Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

8
75 128
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
79 146
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

10
69 130
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Junior Wells Chicago blues, Blues

11
66 128
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
70 137
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Paul Butterfield Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Chicago blues

13
66 139
Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kim Wilson Blues

14
60 135
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

The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time

15
51 116
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
51 131
Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

17
43 121
Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carey Bell Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

18
45 127
Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Charlie McCoy Country

19
39 114
Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added Jason Ricci

20
43 127
Jerry Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

21
40 120
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

The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

22
40 122
Carlos del Junco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carlos del Junco Jazz, Blues

23
38 124
Magic Dick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Magic Dick Chicago blues, Jazz, Hard rock

24
38 124
Mickey Raphael is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

25
30 116
DeFord Bailey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
DeFord Bailey Country

26
32 125
Lee Oskar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Lee Oskar Rock music, Jazz, Blues

27
25 109
Adam Gussow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andy Mistak added Adam Gussow Blues, Funk

28
28 126
Buddy Greene is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Buddy Greene Christian music

Famous Banjo Players

29
29 132
John Mayall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Mayall Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

30
14 81
Corky Siegel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Corky Siegel Blues

31
24 124
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
19 103
Tommy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

33
9 58
rod piazza is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added rod piazza

34
11 68
Mike Stevens is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Mike Stevens

35
11 68
Hendrik Meurkens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Hendrik Meurkens

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

36
14 82
Philip Achille is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Philip Achille

37
16 91
Cham-bar Huang is listed (or ranked) 37 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.

38
18 100
Robert Bonfiglio is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Robert Bonfiglio

39
21 113
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

40
12 73
Paul deLay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Dan Phillips added Paul deLay Blues

41
20 109
John Sebastian Sr. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Sr.

42
15 87
Jazz Gillum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz Gillum Chicago blues

The Greatest Ukulele Players of All Time

43
5 38
Claude Garden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Claude Garden Claude Garden (Claude Jardin) was a Montreal classical harmonicist.

44
5 38
Bernie Bray is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Bernie Bray

45
5 38
Pete Pederson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Pete Pederson

46
5 38
william clarke is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added william clarke

47
13 78
John Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

48
8 54
Christelle berthon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Martti Saarelma added Christelle berthon

49
10 64
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.

50
7 49
Willi Burger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Willi Burger Willi Burger is a Dutch classical harmonicist.