Bands/Musicians The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the all time best mandolin players in history

Who are the best musicians to have ever played the mandolin? The mandolin is originally a stringed instrument from Italy. It is closely related to the lute and comes in many variations, the most famous being the Neapolitan. The greatest mandolinists ever are from different eras and genres but are all greatly skilled on the mandolin.

The mandolin is used in Italian, classical, folk, bluegrass, and rock music. These best mandolin players of all time have the ability to create flawless music, whether it's a rehearsed piece or a freestyle composition.

The greatest mandolin players of all time are from all over the world and include such musicians as Chris Thile, Dave Apollon, David Grisman, and Andy Statman. To become one of the best mandolin players in history takes great commitment and a strong work ethic.

Vote up the best mandolin players of all time below or add the mandolinist you think is the greatest if he or she isn't already on the list.

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Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Chris Thile Folk music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

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204 73
David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
David Grisman Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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201 73
Bill Monroe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bill Monroe Traditional bluegrass, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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212 79
Sam Bush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Sam Bush Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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156 63
Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Ricky Skaggs Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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136 53
Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
arizona added Sierra Hull

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Ronnie McCoury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Ronnie McCoury Bluegrass

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27 3
Neil Sebree is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Neil Sebree added Neil Sebree Bluegrass

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106 57
Jethro Burns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Jethro Burns Country

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132 77
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Mike Marshall Classical music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz

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85 45
Adam Steffey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Adam Steffey Bluegrass, Old-time

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67 32
Jacob Do Bandolim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Jacob Do Bandolim Choro

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79 42
Mike Compton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Mike Compton Country

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68 36
Dave Appollon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Dave Appollon Folk, Jazz

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67 38
Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Marty Stuart Rock music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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52 26
Hamilton de Holanda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Hamilton de Holanda Choro, Samba, Jazz

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58 31
Andy Statman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Andy Statman Klezmer

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53 27
Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
arizona added Sarah Jarosz Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

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John Reischman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
WesleyAutio added John Reischman

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50 29
Doyle Lawson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Doyle Lawson Bluegrass, Gospel music

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44 24
Jacob Jolliff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
EthanSetiawan added Jacob Jolliff

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39 24
Raffaele Calace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Raffaele Calace Classical

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Tiny Moore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Tiny Moore Western swing

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23 13
Matt Flinner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
LeannFalkenstine added Matt Flinner

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Carlo Aonzo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Carlo Aonzo Classical

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22 14
Mario De Pietro is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Mario De Pietro Jazz, Classical

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14 7
Vince Gill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Vince Gill Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Bluegrass

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13 6
John Duffey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added John Duffey Bluegrass, Country

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29 25
Peter Ostroushko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Peter Ostroushko Americana, Folk music

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25 22
Yank Rachell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Yank Rachell Blues, Country blues

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10 6
Jeff Austin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Jeff Austin Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

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13 10
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added John Paul Jones Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

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Bobby Osborne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Bobby Osborne

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Eli Wildman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
dwildman added Eli Wildman Progressive String, Neo-Traditional, Old-Time

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Wayne Benson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Wayne Benson Bluegrass

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16 17
Frank Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
stewart831 added Frank Wakefield

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Avi Avital is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Kahleb Bel added Avi Avital Chamber music, Classical music

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5 5
Ira Louvin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Ira Louvin Gospel music, Country

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4 4
Ritchie Blackmore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Ritchie Blackmore Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

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3 3
Ray Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Christian Counterman added Ray Jackson

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36 43
Caterina Lichtenberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Caterina Lichtenberg Classical

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7 8
Jimmy Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
ToshioFukuda added Jimmy Gaudreau

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21 25
Simon Mayor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Simon Mayor Folk music, Classical music

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16 19
Alison Stephens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Alison Stephens Classical

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27 33
Rhonda Vincent is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Rhonda Vincent Bluegrass, Gospel music, Country

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4 5
Ry Cooder is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Ry Cooder Americana, Rock music, Latin American music

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3 4
Detlef Tewes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
PhilippStreb added Detlef Tewes

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11 14
Donna Stoneman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Donna Stoneman Bluegrass

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2 3
Jesse Brock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Merle S. King added Jesse Brock

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3 5
Jimmy Martin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Jimmy Martin Bluegrass