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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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284 94
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
198 273
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
190 325
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
130 263
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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111 276
Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Toots Thielemans Jazz blues, Jazz

6
99 249
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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95 261
Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

8
98 280
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

9
87 250
Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sonny Terry Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

10
87 257
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Paul Butterfield Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Chicago blues

11
81 255
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
81 261
Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

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77 258
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Junior Wells Chicago blues, Blues

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73 256
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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62 235
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

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68 262
Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kim Wilson Blues

17
53 251
Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Charlie McCoy Country

18
48 237
Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added Jason Ricci

19
46 242
Magic Dick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Magic Dick Chicago blues, Jazz, Hard rock

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44 241
Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carey Bell Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

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45 250
Jerry Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

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44 245
Mickey Raphael is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

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41 237
Carlos del Junco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Carlos del Junco Jazz, Blues

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41 242
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

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38 244
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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1 16
Hook Herrera is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Marius Larsen added Hook Herrera

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34 249
John Mayall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Mayall Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

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31 235
DeFord Bailey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
DeFord Bailey Country

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31 237
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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29 225
Adam Gussow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andy Mistak added Adam Gussow Blues, Funk

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31 245
Buddy Greene is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Buddy Greene Christian music

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29 252
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Mick Jagger Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

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21 220
Tommy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

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18 195
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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16 179
Jazz Gillum is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz Gillum Chicago blues

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20 219
John Sebastian Sr. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Sr.

37
18 205
Robert Bonfiglio is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
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14 171
John Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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15 182
Corky Siegel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Corky Siegel Blues

40
14 172
Philip Achille is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Philip Achille

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12 155
Paul deLay is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Dan Phillips added Paul deLay Blues

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10 133
Sigmund Groven is listed (or ranked) 42 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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8 110
Christelle berthon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Martti Saarelma added Christelle berthon

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3 50
Michael Pickett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

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3 50
SharpHarp is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
TommyRobinson added SharpHarp Blues harmonica player said by many to be the best.  Controversial/argumentitive person often misunderstood. Little known but great harp player. 

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10 134
rod piazza is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added rod piazza

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11 146
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Ingrid Salt added Steven Tyler

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11 146
William Galison is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
William Galison

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11 146
Hendrik Meurkens is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Hendrik Meurkens

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11 146
Mike Stevens is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Mike Stevens