Bands/Musicians The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time  

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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
456 141
Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Folk music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass
2
234 85
Bill Monroe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Traditional bluegrass, Bluegrass, Gospel music
3
226 82
David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass
4
234 88
Sam Bush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass
5
182 70
Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music
6
160 60
Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
arizona added
7
120 53
Ronnie McCoury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bluegrass
8
121 62
Jethro Burns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Country
9
142 81
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Classical music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz
10
86 45
Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Rock music, Bluegrass, Gospel music
11
68 33
Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
arizona added Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass
12
89 51
Adam Steffey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bluegrass, Old-time
13
72 38
Jacob Do Bandolim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Jacob Do Bandolim Choro
14
72 40
Dave Appollon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Dave Appollon Folk, Jazz
15
52 26
Jacob Jolliff is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
EthanSetiawan added Jacob Jolliff
16
80 50
Mike Compton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Country
17
62 35
Andy Statman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Klezmer
18
27 6
Neil Sebree is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Neil Sebree added Neil Sebree Bluegrass
19
55 31
Hamilton de Holanda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Choro, Samba, Jazz
20
41 19
John Reischman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
WesleyAutio added
21
53 31
Doyle Lawson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bluegrass, Gospel music
22
42 25
Raffaele Calace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Raffaele Calace Classical
23
36 24
Tiny Moore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Tiny Moore Western swing
24
25 16
Matt Flinner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
LeannFalkenstine added Matt Flinner
25
21 12
Vince Gill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Lone Star Scott added Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Bluegrass