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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
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Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Folk music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass
2
Bill Monroe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Traditional bluegrass, Bluegrass, Gospel music
3
David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass
4
Sam Bush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass
5
Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
arizona added
6
Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music
7
Ronnie McCoury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bluegrass
8
Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Rock music, Bluegrass, Gospel music
9
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Classical music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz
10
Jethro Burns is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Country
11
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
Neil Sebree is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Neil Sebree added Neil Sebree Bluegrass
13
Andy Irvine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Paul Chalson added Folk music
14
Adam Steffey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bluegrass, Old-time
15
Andy Statman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Klezmer
16
Tim O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Barry Smith added Tim O'Brien
17
Jacob Do Bandolim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Jacob Do Bandolim Choro
18
Dave Appollon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Dave Appollon Folk, Jazz
19
Mike Compton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Country
20
Jacob Jolliff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
EthanSetiawan added Jacob Jolliff
21
John Reischman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
WesleyAutio added
22
Hamilton de Holanda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Choro, Samba, Jazz
23
Doyle Lawson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bluegrass, Gospel music
24
Raffaele Calace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Raffaele Calace Classical
25
Matt Flinner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
LeannFalkenstine added Matt Flinner