The Best Songs That Use a Harmonica

After discovering the album, Not Even in July, by JBM and in particular the song, “In a Different Time,” I had the urge to hear more songs that utilized a harmonica. I just really dig the harmonica because it’s bluesy, it’s gritty and it burrows into your bone marrow, man. It’s my kinda musical instrument. I mean, I’m easy to please and like most musical instruments, but this blog post is about the harmonica, so I’m pouring on the love.

So, I thought, I’d go ahead and share some of the songs I discovered just last night in researching great songs that utilize the harmonica. And among the lists I saw and the recommendations I received, two artists stood out: Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder. Pretty much every list jut said, “Any of their songs.” And it’s true, they have a lot of great ones, but I’m gonna single out a few of them instead of showcasing their whole catalog.

Also, I’m not going to take the time to put these in any sort of order. I just like ’em and wanted to give others a chance to sample some. And since it’s a musical list, I’m going to let the music speak for itself. I don’t need to add descriptions. Let me know which ones you like! Thanks for listening.

I might as well start with the song that influenced this list…

“In a Different Time” by JBM

“All Along the Watchtower,” by Bob Dylan

“Mr. Tambourine Man,” by Bob Dylan

“Juke” by Little Walter Jacobs

“Isn’t She Lovely?” by Stevie Wonder

“Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen 

“No Woman, No Cry” by Blues Traveler (John Popper)

“Bring It On Home,” by Led Zeppelin 

“Whammer Jammer,” by the J. Geils Band

And okay, I lied, I said I wouldn’t order these, but I’m pretty certain the next one is my favorite one featuring a harmonica. The opening is so great.

“Piano Man,” by Billy Joel

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