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 Everything's Gonna Be Alright - Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Cool list, thanks for making it.

2 Roadhouse Blues - The Doors
3 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

4 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!

5 Cryin' - Aerosmith

This is such a great song. - Userguy44

6 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

It may have been a rip-off since Led Zeppelin covered it from someone else and claimed it as their own for the most part, (they credited Memphis Minnie but they still didn't write the song and claimed the songwriting as theirs) but still you can't deny the harmonica sounds great. - Powerfultekin

7 Long Train Runnin' - The Doobie Brothers
8 Miss You - Rolling Stones
9 Groovin’ - The Rascals
10 Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty

The Newcomers

? School - Supertramp
? You're Gonna Miss Me - 13th Floor Elevators

Roky Erickson plays a quirky sounding harmonica solo at the end. - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 Song for Jeffrey - Jethro Tull
12 These Days - Bon Jovi

Yeah! - DaringXx

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

13 Heart of Gold - Neil Young
14 Eleven Plus Eleven - Nine Below Zero
15 Stone Fox Chase - Area Code 615
16 The Wizard - Black Sabbath

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

17 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!

18 Lonely (Amy’s Theme) - The Lovin’ Spoonful
19 Missionary Man - Eurythmics
20 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

21 I Want You - Bob Dylan
22 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

23 Hangman Jury - Aerosmith
24 Pink - Aerosmith

First thing I recognized in this song. - Userguy44

25 It Doesn't Matter Anymore - Linda Ronstadt
26 The Jean Genie - David Bowie

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

27 Piano Man - Billy Joel

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

28 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

29 Lazy - Deep Purple

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

30 Train, Train - Blackfoot

The harmonica on this song is awesome. - Gg2000

31 Running to Stand Still - U2

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

32 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

33 Railroad Song - Lynyrd Skynyrd

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

34 Whammer Jammer - The J. Geils Band
35 I Don't Wanna Go - Paul Butterfield
36 Son of Jump - James Montgomery Band
37 Kiddy Boy - James Cotton
38 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

39 Highway 28 - Paul Butterfield's Better Days
40 Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
41 Psychotic Reaction - The Cramps

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

42 Keep on Smilin' - Wet Willie
43 Vaudeville Man - Wendy Waldman
44 Runaway - Bonnie Raitt
45 Winter Time - Steve Miller Band
46 Welcome Back - John Sebastian
47 Till the Walls Come Tumblin' Down - The J. Geils Band
48 Cinderella - Firefall
49 Waitin' for the Bus - ZZ Top

There's a harmonica solo in the middle. There's also a lot of harp on "Mushmouth Shoutin'" from Rio Grande Mud. - Gg2000

50 You Turn Me on (I'm a Radio) - Joni Mitchell
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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


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