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

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

2 Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
3 Groovin’ - The Rascals
4 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin
5 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

6 Cryin' - Aerosmith

This is such a great song. - Userguy44

7 Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty
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

9 Long Train Runnin' - The Doobie Brothers
10 Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

The Newcomers

? Handbags and Gladrags - Chris Farlowe
? Everything's Gonna Be Alright - Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Cool list, thanks for making it.

The Contenders

11 Miss You - Rolling Stones
12 Song for Jeffrey - Jethro Tull
13 Take the Long Way Home - Supertramp
14 Heart of Gold - Neil Young
15 Baba O'Riley - The Who

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

16 Lonely (Amy’s Theme) - The Lovin’ Spoonful
17 These Days - Bon Jovi

Yeah! - DaringXx

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

18 Stone Fox Chase - Area Code 615
19 Missionary Man - Eurythmics

Great harmonica in this song: the quintessential rock harmonica solo

20 Eleven Plus Eleven - Nine Below Zero
21 The Wizard - Black Sabbath

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

22 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!

23 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

24 Missin' Yo' Kissin' - Billy F Gibbons
25 Hurry on Sundown - Hawkwind
26 I Want You - Bob Dylan
27 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

28 The Jean Genie - David Bowie

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

29 Hangman Jury - Aerosmith
30 Keep on Smilin' - Wet Willie
31 Winter Time - Steve Miller Band
32 Pink - Aerosmith

First thing I recognized in this song. - Userguy44

33 It Doesn't Matter Anymore - Linda Ronstadt
34 Roxette - Dr. Feelgood

Lee Brilleaux was a great harmonica player. - Gg2000

35 The River - Bruce Springsteen
36 Country Girl - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
37 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

38 Lazy - Deep Purple

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

39 Train, Train - Blackfoot

The harmonica on this song is awesome. - Gg2000

40 Running to Stand Still - U2

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

41 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

42 Railroad Song - Lynyrd Skynyrd

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

43 Whammer Jammer - The J. Geils Band
44 I Don't Wanna Go - Paul Butterfield
45 Son of Jump - James Montgomery Band
46 Kiddy Boy - James Cotton
47 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

48 Highway 28 - Paul Butterfield's Better Days
49 Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones

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

50 Psychotic Reaction - The Cramps

Covered by The Cramps, originally by The Count Five. - THC13

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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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