Most popular harmonica songs (With Tabs)

The harmonica, also known as a mouth organ or French harp, is a small wind instrument that anyone can play. It's as simple as blowing or drawing air through reed chambers while blocking or opening holes with the mouth and lips. It consists of a series of reed plates mounted in a comb-shaped body, each hole containing a reed tuned to a specific pitch. The harmonica's versatility and portability make it popular in various musical genres, including blues, folk, rock, and jazz. Our easy-to-follow tablature will help you master classic and modern hits. Unleash your musical talent and thrill your friends and family with your harmonica skills!

1. House of the Rising Sun by The animals

5   -6  -7   7    8   -8   -6  -6 

There is  a  house  in  New Orleans,

-10  -10 -10   9  8   8

They call the Rising Sun.

-10 -10  -10  -7   7   8  -8-6 -6 -6   -6

And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy,

 -6  -6  -6  6 5  6   -6

And God, I  know  I'm one.

 -10 10 -10  9  7  -8 -6 

My  mother was a tailor,

 -10  -10  9    8    8

Sewed  my new blue jeans.

-10 -10 -10   9  7   -8  -6 -6  -67

My   fa-ther was a  gam--bl-in' man,

-6  -6  6 5 6  -6

Down in New Orleans.

-10 -10 -10 -10    9   7  -8  -6  -6 

Now the onl--y   thing a gambler needs,

-10 -10 -10 -10   9  8   8

Is   a  suitcase and a trunk,

-10 -10 -10 -10   9    7   -8-6

And the   o-nly time he'll be,

-6  -6  7   -6  -6   -6  6 5 6   -6

Sa-tisfied, is when he's a-ll a drunk.

-5  -6 -7   7    8   -8  -6 

Oh mother tell your  children,

-6  -10 -10 -10  9  8     8

Not  to do what  I have done.

10   -7    7    8  -8  -6 -6-6-6

Spend your lives in sin and misery,

-6 -6    -6  -6  6   5  6   -6

In the house of the rising sun.

{Word's}   -10 -10  -10  9  7   -8  -6 

Well I've  got one foot on the platform.

-10 -10   -10   9  8    8

The other foot on the train.

-10 -10 -10   9   7 -8   -6 -6  7 

I'm go--in' back to New  Orleans,

7  -6   -6  6   5  6    -6

To wear that ba-ll and chain.

-10   -10 -10 -10   9    7 -8  -6 -6

Well there is   a house in New Orleans,

-10  -10 -10   9  8   8

They call  the Rising Sun.

-10 -10   -10 -10   9   7 -8-6 -6 -6   7 

And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy,

-6  -6 -6 6   5  6  -6

And God, I kn-ow I'm one.

2. Take Me Home Country Roads by John Denver 

6  6    -6   6  -6   6  -6   7

AL-MOST HEAV-EN,WEST VIR-GIN-IA

ALL MY MEM'-RIES GATH-ER 'ROUND HER

-8   -8     8   -8   -6  -6  -6    6  6 -6 7

BLUE RIDGE MOUN-TAINS,SHEN-AN-DOAH RIV-ER

MIN-ER'S LA-DY,STRAN-GER TO BLUE WA-TERS

6   6  -6   6    -6  7    7   8    8

LIFE IS OLD THERE,OLD-ER THAN THE TREES

DARK AND DUST-Y,PAINT-ED ON THE SKY

-8   -8  -8  -8    8  -8

YOUNG-ER THAN THE MOUN-TAINS

MIST-Y TASTE OF MOON-SHINE

-6   7    7 -8   7

GROW-IN' LIKE A BREEZE

TEAR-DROP IN MY EYE

7  -8    8     8  7   -8    8 -8    7   8  9 -10

COUN-TRY ROADS,TAKE ME HOME  TO THE PLACE I BE-LONG

-10  -10  9  8    8   -8   7  -8

WEST VIR-GIN-IA,MOUN-TAIN MOM-MA

8   -8   7   7   -8    7

TAKE ME HOME,COUN-TRY ROADS

7  7    7    -7    7 -8   8    8    8    8    8    7

I HEAR HER VOICE, IN THE MORN-ING HOURS SHE CALLS  ME.

7 -9  -9  -9   -9 -9  8  -8   7 -8 8  8  -8

RA-DIO RE-MINDS ME OF MY HOME FAR A-WAY

-8   8   8    8   8   -8 -8 -8 -8  7    7

AND DRV-IN' DOWN THE ROAD I GET A FEEL-IN'

7  7    7     7   7   7

THAT I SHOULD HAVE BEEN HOME 

-8  8   -8  -8   8  -9

YES-TER-DAY,YES-TER-DAY 

3. Heart Of Gold

 

4 6 -5 5 -4 4 3

6 7 -6 6 -6 6 5

4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 -5 5 4

Em        C     D         G

4  4   4   -6   6  6   -4  5

I want to live, I want to give,

Em          C           D        G

4    4   4 -6-6  -6 -6  6    -4  5

I've been a miner for a heart of gold.

Em           C          D       G

4     4   4  -6  -6    6 6 -4   5

It's these expressions, I never give,

Em7                         G

-4    5   -4  5  -4    4 -4  5    -6 6  5

that keep me searchin for a heart of go-ld.

C                      Am7  G

3   3   4  4   4

And I'm gettin old.

Em7                    G

5   5   5   -4   4 -4  5    -6 6  5

Keep me searchin for a heart of go-ld, 

C                      Am7  G

3   3   4  4   4

and I'm gettin old.

SOLO 1:

4 6 6 -5 5 -4 4 3

7 8 -6 6 -6 6 -6 6 5

7,8 7,8 7,8 6,7 6,7 4,5 4,5 4,5 

4 -4 4 -4 5 5 -4 4

Em           C

4    4   4  -6 -6 -6

I've been to hollywood,

D            G

6    6   -4  5  5

I've been to redwood,

Em            C           D        G

4    4     4  -6-6  -6 -6  6    -4  5

I crossed the ocean for a heart of gold.

Em              C

4    4   4  -6  -6

I've been in my mind,

D           G

6    6  -4  5    5

it's such a fine line,

Em7                          G

-4    5    5   5  -4    4 -4   5   -6 6  5

that keeps me searchin for a heart of go-ld.

C                         Am7  G

3   3   4  4   4

And I'm gettin old.

Em7                     G

5    5   5  -4   4  -4   5   -6 6  5

keeps me searchin for a heart of go-ld.

C                         Am7  G

3   3   4  4   4

And I'm gettin old.

SOLO 2:

6 6 7 -6 6 7 -6 6 -6 -6 6 5

6 6 4 6 6 4 6 4 5 -5 5 -5 5 4 4 4

7 6 7 6 -6 6 -6 6 5 -4 4

Em                     D        Em

5  5   5   5    5  5  -4   -3  3

Keep me searchin for a heart of gold.

Em                      D        Em

3    3   3 3  3   3  3  -4   -4  4

I've been a miner for a heart of gold.

Em                     D        Em

4   4   4   4    4  4  -4   -2  3

Keep me searchin for a heart of gold.

Em                         G

3   5   5   5   5   -4  5  -6   6  -4  5

You keep me searchin for a heart of go-ld.

Am7  G

4. Hallelujah

5    6     6     6  6 -6 -6   -6

I've heard there was a secret chord

5    6 6    6      6  6    -6    -6   -6

That David played, and it pleased the Lord

6  -6   -6   -6 -6   -6   6  6  -5  6   6

But you don't really care for music, do you?

5   6    6    6     6   -6     -6   -7

It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth

6    7     7    -6   7 7   -8

The minor fall, the major lift

7   -8  -8   -8   -8 8 8    8  -8 -8 7  7

The baffled king composing Hal-le-lu---jah

5  6  -6 -6   -6  6  5   5

Hal-le-lu-jah, Hal-le-lu-jah,

5  6  -6 -6   -6  6  5 -5 5 -4 4 -3 4

Hal-le-lu-jah, Hal-le-lu------------jah

5    6     6     6   6   6   -6 -6   -6

Your faith was strong but you needed proof

5   6   6   6  6   -6 -6   -6

You saw her bathing on the roof

6  -6 -6  -6  -6  -6   6    6 -5  6     6

Her beauty and the moonlight over-threw you

5   6    6  6  6 -6  -6   -7

She tied you to a kitchen chair

6   7     7     7     -6   7   7    -8

She broke your throne, she cut your hair

7   -8  -8   -8   -8   8    8   8  -8 -8 7  7

And from your lips she drew the Hal-le-lu---jah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah,

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

6  6  6  6    6    -6  -6 -6

Maybe I have been here before

5  6    6    6    6    -6     -6   -6

I know this room, I've walked this floor

6  -6  -6  -6  -6 -6  6  6  -5  6    6

I used to live alone before I  knew you

5    6    6    6   6   6  -6 -6  -7

I've seen your flag on the marble arch

7   7   7 -6  7  7   -8

Love is not a victory march

7   7 -8   -8  -8  -8  8  8   8  -8 -8 7  7

It's a cold and it's a broken Hal-le-lu---jah 

5. Happy Birthday Song

6  6   -6    6   7 -7

Hap-py birth-day to you, 

6  6   -6    6  -8  7

Hap-py birth-day to you, 

6  6    9    8   7 -7  -6

Hap-py birth-day to ___ ___ 

-9  -9   8    7  -8  7

Hap-py birth-day to you.

6. I Can't Help Falling In Love With You by Elvis Presley 

4   6   4  -4  5  -5    5   -4

wise men say on-ly fools rush in

 3 -3 -4     4

but i can't help

-4     5 -5  5   -4    4

fall-ing in love with you

4   6  4    -4   5  -5 5  -4

shall i stay would it be a sin

3 -3  -4    4

if i can't help

-4    5  -5  5   -4    4

fall-ing in love with you

-3   5  6  -7  -6

like a riv-er flows

-3   5  6  -7  -6

sure-ly to the sea

-3    5  6 -7   -6

darl-ing so it goes

6    6     5    6    5  -5

some things were meant to be

4    6    4

take my hand

-4    5  -5    5   -4

take my whole life too

3    -3 -4      4

cause i can't help 

-4    5  -5  5   -4     4

fall-ing in love with you

7. Cowpoke by Colter Wall

Intro: 7 -6 6 -6 6 -6 6 5 (45)                

Solo: 456 7 -6 6 -6 6 -6 6 5 (45)

7 -6 6 -6 7 -6 6 5

7 -6 6 -6 7 -6 6 5

5 6 -6 7 -6 6 -6 7 -6 6 5 

7 -6 6 -6 7 -6 6 5 (45)

8. Bella Ciao by Pietro Gori

+5 -6 -7 +7 -6 

+5 -6 -7 +7 -6 

+5 -6 -7 +7 -7 -6 +7 

-7 -6 +8 +8 +8 

+8 -8 +8 -9 -9 

-9 +8 -8 -9 +8 

-8 +7 -7 +8 +7 -7 -6

(repeat for each verse) 

9. Piano Man by Billy Joel

6 -6 6 -5 5 -5 5

4 -4 5 -4

5 -5 6 -6 6 -5 5 -5 5

4 -5 5 -4 4

Making love to his tonic and gin

5 -5 6 -6 6 -5 5 -5 5

4 -5 5 -4 5

-4 5 -5

You've got us feeling alright

5 -5 6 -6 6 -5 5 -5 5

4 -5 5 -4 5

And probably will be for life

5 -5 6 -6 6 -5 5 -5 5

4 -5 5 -4 5

(Piano solo)

-4 5 -5

You've got us feeling alright

5 -5 6 -6 6 -5 5 -5 5

4 -5 5 -4 5

-4 5 -5

You've got us feeling alright

5 -5 6 -6 6 -5 5 -5 5

4 -5 5 -4 5

10. Amazing Grace by John Newton 

3 4  5   4     5        -4        4       4       3

Amazing  Grace, how sweet the sound,

3          4       54          5      -456   6

That saved   a      wretch  like  me.

56    65    65     4   5-4    4     4      3

I     once was lost but now am found,

3           4     54         5  -4  4

Was blind, but    now I see.

6  7 8-87         8        -8        7      -6       6

Amazing  Grace, how sweet the sound,

6          7      8-87       8       -889    9

That saved   a      wretch  like   me.

89      98     98     7  8-8   7     -6      6

I     once was lost  but now am found,

6-6       7     87     8  -8     7

Was blind, but  now I   see.

6    7  8 7      8        -8        7     -6       6

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,

6           7    8 7         8     -8     9 

That saved a__ wretch like me.

8   9 8   9 8    7     6   -67    7 -6        6

I once was lost but no-w   am__ found,

6           7    8 7     8  -8   7

Was blind, but now  I see.

11. Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland

 4    7   -7  6   -6 -7     7

some-where o-ver the rain-bow

some-where o-ver the rain-bow

4  -6  6

way up high

skies are blue

4    -6  6

there's a land

and the dreams

5  -5  6    -6

that i heard of

that you dare to dream

-4   -3 4  -4  5  4

once in a lull-a-by

real-ly do come true

6    5   6    5   6   5 6    5

some-day i'll wish up-on a star

6   -5   6  -5

and wake up where

6   -5     6  -5 6 -6 -7

the clouds are be-hind me

6     5    6   5    6   5   6    5

where trou-bles melt like le-mon drops

6 -5  6  -5   6   -5   6   -5

a-way a-bove the chim-ney tops

6     -5    6      -6  -7

that's where you'll find me

4    7   -7 6   -6  -7   7

some-where o-ver the rain-bow

4   -6     6

blue-birds fly

5    -6  5  4  -4    5  -5

birds fly o-ver the rain-bow

-4   -3   4   5    4

why,then why,can't i ?

6  5   6  5   6   5    6    5

if hap-py lit-tle blue-birds fly

6  -5   6   -5   6

beyond the rain-bow

-5   6 -6  -7    7

why,oh why,can't i?

Popular Harmonica Songs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the most famous harmonica solo?

Billy Joel's song "Piano Man" has remained a hit for decades since its release as a single in 1973. Initially considered unfit for an album, its catchy melody and memorable harmonica solo proved otherwise.

What is the easiest songs to play on harmonica?
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb.
  • Jingle Bells.
  • Amazing Grace.
  • Happy Birthday.
What songs can I play with a harmonica in C?

To mention a few popular titles, they are: The Beatles – Let it Be, Billy Joels Piano Man, Oasis – Don't Look Back in Anger and John Lennons Imagine.

Who popularized the harmonica?

Matthias Hohner brought the harmonica to America in the 19th century, marking the start of its modern history. The harmonica's affordability and portability made it ideal for a country constantly on the move, such as America at that time.

What music genres use harmonica?

The modern harmonica, also known as the harp, has been in use since the early 19th century. It's commonly found in blues, country, rock and roll, and folk music. These genres share similarities in structure and often draw inspiration from one another.

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