See melodica for a detailed description of the instrument.
Steve Reich composed Melodica (1966) for melodica and tape.
Augustus Pablo popularized the use of the melodica in reggae music. Multiple album covers feature Pablo playing the instrument.
Calle 13 's popular music video "No hay nadie como tú" (2009) have a Melodica in the intro of the song, and it shows the player at 3:02.
Peter Tosh played Melodica on many Wailers recordings such as "Sun Is Shining" and "Memphis", and also played on numerous sessions for other reggae artists, many of which are collected on his Arise Black Man compilation.
The band Faith No More uses this instrument as well. It is played by Mike Patton, the vocalist, during the songs "Midnight Cowboy" and "This Guy's in Love with You". Patton has also used the melodica in his band Fantomas to play the intro to the cover version of the theme to The Godfather in both a live setting and on the album The Director's Cut.
Ben Folds used a Melodica on the song "Smoke" both live and in the studio; Folds also utilized the melodica during live shows to perform the clarinet parts of "Steven's Last Night in Town." Both songs are found on the 1997 album Whatever and Ever Amen.
Jon King of the British post-punk band Gang of Four frequently played a melodica in their earlier records.
Jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette doubled on melodica on his debut recording as leader, The DeJohnette Complex from 1968. He also plays melodica on other albums, including Special Edition from 1980 with alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, tenor saxophonist David Murray and cellist Peter Warren.
The Jack's Mannequin song "La La Lie" contains a brief melodica lead during the bridge of the song.
BLACKstreet's 1997 hit "Don't leave me" from their album Another Level features a melodica solo.
The Society of Rockets feature the melodica prominently on their song, "The Flood". The band's previous incarnation, The Shimmer Kids Underpop Association, utilized the melodica frequently, most notably on "The Hangman's Come-On".
When live in concert, Jars of Clay uses a melodica for a cover of the Gerry Rafferty song "Baker Street", in which Dan Haseltine uses the melodica in lieu of the original saxophone for the chorus of the song.
Pianist Erich Overhultz plays a Suzuki melodica on "Gus", an original instrumental from his 2006 CD Music, Miscellany, and the Miracle of Life. He played the same instrument with the Magic City Rhythm Kings on their 1984 reggae gospel release "He Loves He Lives".
Shehan Nattar plays a Hohner 32 melodica frequently on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, an instrumental rock album by the Heavenly Oceans.
British Rock Band Keane used a melodica for the bridge in their b-side "Fly to Me", a fan favorite.
British rock band Clinic features a melodica frequently both live and on record.
Man Man incorporates several melodicas into their live show.
During Primus' live shows in 2003 during the song "Sathington Waltz", a friend of the band named Adam Gates would appear on stage and play a melodica in a George Bush mask. He would also appear during the last song of the Sailing the Seas of Cheese set on the song "Los Bastardos", playing one of Les Claypool's basses while Claypool himself would play drums.
The Icelandic musical group múm are well known for both recording with and using melodicas live, sometimes with the entire band playing them on stage in unison.
YouTube hit Julia Nunes uses the melodica to add complexity to many of her original songs and covers.
The melodica is the main instrument in the intro/theme song for the US version of the TV sitcom The Office.
American multi-instrumentalist and Royal Danish Ballet musician James Howard Young has transcribed and performed several Bach orchestral works for overdubbed melodicas including soprano, alto, and bass.
The San Francisco indie rock band, Girls, use the melodica in their song "Lust For Life" on their album titled Album. It is used during the outro of the song.
Benny Davis, keyboardist and vocalist for the Australian comedy band, The Axis of Awesome is commonly seen with a melodica.