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
433 134
Chris Thile is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Folk music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

2
221 81
Bill Monroe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Traditional bluegrass, Bluegrass, Gospel music

3
228 85
Sam Bush is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

4
217 80
David Grisman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Americana, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

5
174 66
Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

6
154 57
Sierra Hull is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
arizona added

7
114 52
Ronnie McCoury is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bluegrass

8
116 59
Jethro Burns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Country

9
139 80
Mike Marshall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Classical music, Progressive bluegrass, Jazz

10
81 43
Marty Stuart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Rock music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

11
87 48
Adam Steffey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bluegrass, Old-time

12
70 36
Jacob Do Bandolim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Jacob Do Bandolim Choro

13
63 31
Sarah Jarosz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
arizona added Folk music, Old-time music, Progressive bluegrass

14
80 48
Mike Compton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Country

15
62 34
Andy Statman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Klezmer

16
27 5
Neil Sebree is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Neil Sebree added Neil Sebree Bluegrass

17
69 40
Dave Appollon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Dave Appollon Folk, Jazz

18
49 25
Jacob Jolliff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
EthanSetiawan added Jacob Jolliff

19
54 30
Hamilton de Holanda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Choro, Samba, Jazz

20
40 18
John Reischman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
WesleyAutio added

21
52 30
Doyle Lawson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Bluegrass, Gospel music

22
41 25
Raffaele Calace is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Raffaele Calace Classical

23
35 23
Tiny Moore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
Tiny Moore Western swing

24
25 15
Matt Flinner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Mandolinists of All Time
LeannFalkenstine added Matt Flinner

25
20 11
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