Top Ten Rock Songs Which Feature Harmonica

See? I don't just have Blues Harmonica on the brain - I also have Rock; some which feature some of the best Harmonica playing. So...if you know of any more which deserve to be here, feel free to add or vote for an existing item.

The Top Ten

1 Love Me Do - The Beatles

"Love Me Do" IS a rock song. Early rock, pop rock. 'Pure pop' in the early 60's consisted of singers with backup musicians; the Beatles had a rock band line-up. - Crwth

I love this song! :3 - Misfire

"Love Me Do" is NOT a rock song! It's pure pop!

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2 Roadhouse Blues - The Doors UListen to Sample
3 Groovin’ - The Rascals
4 Everything's Gonna Be Alright - Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Cool list, thanks for making it.

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5 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin UListen to Sample
6 On the Road Again - Canned Heat

I really would, at some point, love to be able to play this on the harmonica. This is my goal. - Britgirl

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7 Cryin' - Aerosmith

This is such a great song. - Userguy44

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8 Piano Man - Billy Joel

Surprised this isn't Top 5. - truckturner

I'm just as surprised I forgot it! But with so many other great ones... You're right though - it does deserve to be much, much higher. - Britgirl

Not really blues harp, but the harmonica riff is an essential hook. - Gg2000

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9 Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty UListen to Sample
10 Long Train Runnin' - The Doobie Brothers UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Song for Jeffrey - Jethro Tull UListen to Sample
12 Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin UListen to Sample
13 Take the Long Way Home - Supertramp UListen to Sample
14 Miss You - Rolling Stones UListen to Sample
15 Heart of Gold - Neil Young UListen to Sample
16 Baba O'Riley - The Who

When they did it live, yes. But the studio version has a violin solo at the end. - Gg2000

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17 These Days - Bon Jovi

Yeah! - DaringXx

Towards the end you can hear a harmonica faintly playing with the guitar. It’s epic - DaringXx

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18 Lonely (Amy’s Theme) - The Lovin’ Spoonful
19 Stone Fox Chase - Area Code 615 UListen to Sample
20 Missionary Man - Eurythmics

Great harmonica in this song: the quintessential rock harmonica solo

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21 Eleven Plus Eleven - Nine Below Zero UListen to Sample
22 The Wizard - Black Sabbath

A rarity in that Ozzy Osbourne actually plays an instrument on a Black Sabbath song. - Gg2000

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23 Back to Get Ya - The J. Geils Band

Thank you to the person who added this - good choice! You reminded me of another great J. Geils Band song I should have added sooner; Whammer Jammer; another example of excellent harmonica playing. - Britgirl

Magic Dick is THE man!

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24 High Above My Head - Ray Thomas

From Moody Blues member Ray Thomas. This song is 1 of 2 with my favorite harmonica of all time. (The other is George Martin and His Orchestra's version of the Beatles' "Don't Bother Me") - Crwth

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25 Country Girl - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young UListen to Sample
26 Missin' Yo' Kissin' - Billy F Gibbons UListen to Sample
27 Hurry on Sundown - Hawkwind UListen to Sample
28 I Want You - Bob Dylan UListen to Sample
29 I'm Eighteen - Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper himself plays the harmonica. I think he cut his teeth on harmonica by imitating Mick Jagger and Keith Relf. - Gg2000

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30 The Jean Genie - David Bowie

This song is awesome. I think it's better if you listen to it. - Gg2000

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31 Hangman Jury - Aerosmith UListen to Sample
32 Keep on Smilin' - Wet Willie UListen to Sample
33 Winter Time - Steve Miller Band UListen to Sample
34 Pink - Aerosmith

First thing I recognized in this song. - Userguy44

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35 It Doesn't Matter Anymore - Linda Ronstadt UListen to Sample
36 Roxette - Dr. Feelgood

Lee Brilleaux was a great harmonica player. - Gg2000

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37 The River - Bruce Springsteen UListen to Sample
38 Keep on Chooglin' - Creedence Clearwater Revival

This one's a really solid rave up. I'm sure you're familiar with it. - Gg2000

Yes, familiar with it. And I do like it a lot. There are a few good songs added here that I wish I'd included. - Britgirl

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39 Lazy - Deep Purple

This song (relatively speaking) is the most bluesy thing they did. - Gg2000

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40 Train, Train - Blackfoot

The harmonica on this song is awesome. - Gg2000

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41 Running to Stand Still - U2

Bono plays a soft harmonica solo at the end. - Gg2000

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42 Obviously Five Believers - Bob Dylan

This is different from most of Dylan's work in that famed session musician Charlie McCoy played harp, not Bob. - Gg2000

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43 Railroad Song - Lynyrd Skynyrd

The harmonica is played by outside musician Jimmy Hall. - Gg2000

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44 Whammer Jammer - The J. Geils Band UListen to Sample
45 I Don't Wanna Go - Paul Butterfield UListen to Sample
46 Son of Jump - James Montgomery Band
47 Kiddy Boy - James Cotton
48 Hoy! Hoy! Hoy! - King Biscuit Boy with Crowbar

I wanted to vote for this AND Butterfield's Highway 28, which are both so good! You don't make it easy do you - ha! Anyway, I flipped a coin and guess what... Hoy! Hoy! Hoy! I'm happy with its choice. - Britgirl

49 Highway 28 - Paul Butterfield's Better Days UListen to Sample
50 Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones

Brown Sugar doesn't have a harmonica on it. - Gg2000

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List Stats

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Top Remixes

1. Everything's Gonna Be Alright - Paul Butterfield Blues Band
2. Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
3. On the Road Again - Canned Heat
1. Piano Man - Billy Joel
2. Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty
3. Love Me Do - The Beatles


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