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.
list ordered by

1
419 130
Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Folk music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

2
222 81
Sam Bush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

3
211 76
Bill Monroe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Traditional bluegrass, Bluegrass, Gospel music

4
211 77
David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

5
164 63
Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

6
145 54
Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
arizona added

7
111 50
Ronnie McCoury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bluegrass

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

9
109 58
Jethro Burns is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Country

10
135 78
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Classical music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz

11
86 46
Adam Steffey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bluegrass, Old-time

12
68 33
Jacob Do Bandolim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Jacob Do Bandolim Choro

13
80 44
Mike Compton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Country

14
74 40
Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Rock music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

15
59 29
Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
arizona added Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

16
61 32
Andy Statman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Klezmer

17
68 38
Dave Appollon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Dave Appollon Folk, Jazz

18
53 27
Hamilton de Holanda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Choro, Samba, Jazz

19
47 24
Jacob Jolliff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
EthanSetiawan added Jacob Jolliff

20
38 17
John Reischman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
WesleyAutio added

21
50 29
Doyle Lawson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bluegrass, Gospel music

22
40 24
Raffaele Calace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Raffaele Calace Classical

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

24
32 21
Tiny Moore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Tiny Moore Western swing

25
47 37
Carlo Aonzo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Classical

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

27
16 8
Vince Gill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Bluegrass

28
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

29
10 4
Bobby Osborne is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added

30
29 25
Peter Ostroushko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Americana, Folk music

31
26 22
Yank Rachell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Blues, Country blues

32
12 7
Jeff Austin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

33
9 6
Avi Avital is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Kahleb Bel added Chamber music, Classical music

34
13 11
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

35
20 20
Wayne Benson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bluegrass

36
2 0
Eli Wildman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
dwildman added Eli Wildman Progressive String, Neo-Traditional, Old-Time

37
6 5
Ira Louvin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Ira Louvin Gospel music, Country

38
16 17
Frank Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
stewart831 added

39
29 33
Rhonda Vincent is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bluegrass, Gospel music, Country

40
22 25
Simon Mayor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Folk music, Classical music

41
37 43
Caterina Lichtenberg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Caterina Lichtenberg Classical

42
5 5
Ritchie Blackmore is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Rock music, Heavy metal, Neo-Medieval music

43
5 5
Ry Cooder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Americana, Rock music, Latin American music

44
3 3
Jesse Brock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Merle S. King added Jesse Brock

45
12 14
Donna Stoneman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bluegrass

46
7 8
Jimmy Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
ToshioFukuda added Jimmy Gaudreau

47
16 19
Alison Stephens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Alison Stephens Classical

48
3 4
Ray Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Christian Counterman added Ray Jackson

49
13 17
Danny Roberts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Danny Roberts Bluegrass

50
3 5
Detlef Tewes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
PhilippStreb added Detlef Tewes