Top Ten Rock Songs Which Feature Harmonica

Britgirl
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 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!

4 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

5 Cryin' - Aerosmith

This is such a great song. - Userguy44

6 Groovin’ - The Rascals
7 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

8 Long Train Runnin' - The Doobie Brothers
9 Miss You - Rolling Stones
10 Song for Jeffrey - Jethro Tull

The Contenders

11 Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty
12 Heart of Gold - Neil Young
13 These Days - Bon Jovi

Yeah! - DaringXx

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

14 Eleven Plus Eleven - Nine Below Zero
15 Lonely (Amy’s Theme) - The Lovin’ Spoonful
16 Stone Fox Chase - Area Code 615
17 The Wizard - Black Sabbath

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

18 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!

19 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

20 Missionary Man - Eurythmics
21 Piano Man - Billy Joel

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

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

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

26 The Jean Genie - David Bowie

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

27 Hangman Jury - Aerosmith
28 Pink - Aerosmith

First thing I recognized in this song. - Userguy44

29 It Doesn't Matter Anymore - Linda Ronstadt
30 Roxette - Dr. Feelgood

Lee Brilleaux was a great harmonica player. - Gg2000

31 The River - Bruce Springsteen
32 Country Girl - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
33 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

34 Lazy - Deep Purple

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

35 Train, Train - Blackfoot

The harmonica on this song is awesome. - Gg2000

36 Running to Stand Still - U2

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

37 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

38 Railroad Song - Lynyrd Skynyrd

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

39 Whammer Jammer - The J. Geils Band
40 I Don't Wanna Go - Paul Butterfield
41 Son of Jump - James Montgomery Band
42 Kiddy Boy - James Cotton
43 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

44 Highway 28 - Paul Butterfield's Better Days
45 Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones

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

46 Psychotic Reaction - The Cramps

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

47 Keep on Smilin' - Wet Willie
48 Vaudeville Man - Wendy Waldman
49 Runaway - Bonnie Raitt
50 Winter Time - Steve Miller Band
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