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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.

1
397 113
Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kevin Rogers added Blues-rock, Blues

2
228 368
Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
225 435
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
155 354
Sonny Boy Williamson II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

5
126 367
Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz blues, Jazz

6
108 336
James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues

7
112 372
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

8
107 353
Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

9
98 343
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Chicago blues

10
93 342
Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

11
91 347
Charlie Musselwhite is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Electric blues, Boogie-woogie

12
89 344
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Blues

13
89 353
Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

14
81 346
Howard Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Rock music, Swing music, Latin American music

15
72 321
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
72 352
Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues

17
61 340
Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Country

18
58 327
Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added

19
50 335
Mickey Raphael is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

20
48 328
Richard Salwitz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Jazz, Hard rock

21
47 329
Slim Harpo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues, Swamp blues

22
47 330
Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

23
48 339
Jerry Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

24
44 323
Carlos del Junco is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz, Blues

25
42 334
Lee Oskar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Rock music, Jazz, Blues

26
38 333
Buddy Greene is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Christian music

27
38 333
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

28
38 336
John Mayall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

29
34 312
Adam Gussow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andy Mistak added Blues, Funk

30
33 323
DeFord Bailey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Country

31
30 347
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

32
23 306
John Sebastian Sr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Sr.

33
20 291
Robert Bonfiglio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Robert Bonfiglio

34
21 306
Tommy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

35
9 132
Huey Lewis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Daren Rathbun added Doo-wop, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

36
19 283
Cham-bar Huang is listed (or ranked) 36 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.

37
17 258
John Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

38
17 269
Corky Siegel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Corky Siegel Blues

39
16 266
Jazz Gillum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues

40
10 169
william clarke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added william clarke

41
13 226
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Ingrid Salt added Steven Tyler

42
12 213
rod piazza is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added rod piazza

43
14 255
Philip Achille is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Philip Achille

44
13 241
Paul deLay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Dan Phillips added Blues

45
12 222
Mike Stevens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Mike Stevens

46
9 166
Christelle berthon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Martti Saarelma added Christelle berthon

47
7 134
sugar blue is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added sugar blue

48
8 157
Noah Lewis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Noah Lewis

49
11 219
William Galison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
William Galison

50
11 219
Hendrik Meurkens is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Hendrik Meurkens