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Bands/Musicians 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
660 138
Alan Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Kevin Rogers added Blues-rock, Blues

2
257 621
Little Walter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
266 698
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
180 607
Sonny Boy Williamson II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Gospel music, Blues

5
148 617
Toots Thielemans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz blues, Jazz

6
134 626
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

7
125 583
James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues

8
125 589
Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Chicago blues

9
120 603
Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

10
109 589
Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

11
103 593
Junior Wells is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Blues

12
103 598
Charlie Musselwhite is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Electric blues, Boogie-woogie

13
97 604
Larry Adler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

14
90 598
Howard Levy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Rock music, Swing music, Latin American music

15
83 570
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
78 602
Kim Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues

17
73 583
Charlie McCoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Country

18
69 574
Jason Ricci is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andrew Fryer0 added

19
48 434
Buddy Greene is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Christian music

20
53 489
Magic Dick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues, Jazz, Hard rock

21
56 521
Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues

22
57 532
Mickey Raphael is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

23
53 494
Jerry Portnoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

24
52 484
Slim Harpo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Juke joint blues, Swamp blues

25
48 447
Lee Oskar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Rock music, Jazz, Blues

26
45 428
Carlos del Junco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Jazz, Blues

27
43 408
DeFord Bailey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Country

28
44 420
John Mayall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Harmonica blues, Blues-rock, Electric blues

29
44 431
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

30
38 395
Adam Gussow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Andy Mistak added Blues, Funk

31
22 248
william clarke is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added william clarke

32
32 383
John Sebastian Sr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
John Sebastian Sr.

33
14 166
Claude Garden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Claude Garden

Claude Garden (Claude Jardin) was a Montreal classical harmonicist.

34
33 440
Mick Jagger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Dance-rock

35
25 332
John Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

36
11 149
Bernie Bray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Bernie Bray

37
11 150
Pete Pederson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Pete Pederson

38
23 347
Corky Siegel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Corky Siegel Blues

39
24 384
Tommy Reilly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time

40
18 289
rod piazza is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added rod piazza

41
22 371
Robert Bonfiglio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Robert Bonfiglio

42
21 362
Cham-bar Huang is listed (or ranked) 42 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.

43
13 209
sugar blue is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
LudwigSorrentino added sugar blue

44
18 316
Paul deLay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Dan Phillips added Blues

45
19 343
Jazz Gillum is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Chicago blues

46
14 247
Christelle berthon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Martti Saarelma added Christelle berthon

47
14 252
Sigmund Groven is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Sigmund Groven Folk music, Classical music -

Sigmund Groven is a Norwegian classical harmonicist.

48
4 71
Hook Herrera is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Marius Larsen added Hook Herrera

49
2 41
Wallace Coleman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Ed Sizler added Wallace Coleman

50
13 252
Hendrik Meurkens is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Greatest Harmonica Players of All Time
Hendrik Meurkens