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Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time 

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Updated August 1, 2020 34k votes 3.2k voters 40.7k views

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
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Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kevin Rogers added Genre: Blues-rock and Blues; Nationality: United States of America
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Cliff Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Cliff Martin added
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Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Chicago blues, Rock music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America
4
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul & Chicago blues; Nationality: United States of America
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John Popper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
JohnDoe3 added Genre: Blues-rock, Alternative rock & Jam band; Nationality: United States of America
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James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Chicago blues, Rock music & Memphis blues; Nationality: United States of America
7
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America
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Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Jazz blues and Jazz; Nationality: Belgium
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Sonny Boy Williamson II ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Harmonica blues, Gospel music & Blues; Nationality: United States of America
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Hans Olson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
NamRangerVet added
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Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues & East Coast blues; Nationality: United States of America
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Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Blues; Nationality: United States of America
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Charlie Musselwhite is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Electric blues & Boogie-woogie; Nationality: United States of America
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Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Chicago blues and Blues; Nationality: United States of America
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Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
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Howard Levy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Rock music, Swing music & Latin American music; Nationality: United States of America
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Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added
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Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America
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Sonny Boy Williamson I ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Harmonica blues, Chicago blues & Electric blues; Nationality: United States of America
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Magic Dick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Chicago blues, Jazz & Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America
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Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Blues; Nationality: United States of America
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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America
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Buddy Greene is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Christian music; Nationality: United States of America
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Lee Oskar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Genre: Rock music, Jazz & Blues; Nationality: Denmark
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sugar blue is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added