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From folk, to bluegrass, and even jazz, the banjo is a popular stringed instrument used in many genres of music. These best banjo players in the world include popular musicians like Marcus Mumford as well as lesser known banjo players who are still some of the best in the world. Who are the best living banjo players today?

The banjo is a four or five string instrument, similar to a guitar, but with a circular frame. Banjos were originally played by Africans in Colonial America. Along with the fiddle, the banjo is the most common instrument used in old-time music, as well as country, bluegrass, and folk music.

The greatest banjoists living and playing today are from different genres but are all greatly adept at their instrument. These best banjoists in the world have the ability to execute flawless music whether its a rehearsed piece or something improvised. These musicians often helped define their respective musical genres, and some of the great living banjo players on this list teach banjo to a new generation of musicians as well.

The best banjo players currently active are from all over the world and include musicians like Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, Frank Fairfield, and Jimmy Mazzy. To become one of the best banjo players in the world takes great commitment, a strong work ethic, and dedication. Cast your votes for the best living banjo players below.

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Davidson Brothers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Béla Fleck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Béla Fleck Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Noam Pikelny is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Noam Pikelny Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World

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Ralph Stanley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Ralph Stanley Traditional bluegrass, Old-time music, Bluegrass

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Alan Munde is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Alan Munde Bluegrass

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Alison Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Alison Brown Americana, Jazz, Bluegrass

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Abigail Washburn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Abigail Washburn Americana, Old-time music

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Buck Trent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Buck Trent Country

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Ben Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Ben Eldridge Bluegrass

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Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Ricky Skaggs Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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Pete Wernick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Pete Wernick Bluegrass

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Lonnie Hoppers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Lonnie Hoppers Bluegrass Boy

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Peggy Seeger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Peggy Seeger Folk music

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Bernie Leadon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Bernie Leadon Rock music, Country rock, Country

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Tom Paley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Tom Paley Traditional folk

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Roni Stoneman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Roni Stoneman Bluegrass, Country

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Jenny is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Jenny Shimmin Australian Bluegrass Banjo

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Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World

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Danny Barnes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Danny Barnes Rock music, Folk music, Jazz

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Dwight Diller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Dwight Diller Bluegrass, Old time

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Emily Robison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Emily Robison Blue-eyed soul, Folk music, Country rock

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Jimmy Mazzy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Jimmy Mazzy Traditional jazz

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Eric Weissberg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Eric Weissberg Bluegrass, Country

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Enda Scahill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Enda Scahill Irish folk

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Rick Shubb is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Rick Shubb Folk

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Gillian Welch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Gillian Welch American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music

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Frank Fairfield is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World

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Todd Taylor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Todd Taylor Country rock

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Kelsey Crews is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Kelsey Crews Progressive Bluegrass and Country - Progressive Bluegrass and Country

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George Grove is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
George Grove

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Scott Avett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Scott Avett Folk music, Folk rock, Indie rock

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Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Sufjan Stevens Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

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Herb Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Herb Pedersen Folk music, Folk rock, Country rock

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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Beck Hansen Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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Cynthia Sayer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World

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Clive Palmer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World

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Cosmo Jarvis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Cosmo Jarvis Acoustic music, Pop rock, Indie rock

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Tim Weed is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Tim Weed Classical

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Otis Taylor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Otis Taylor Jazz, Blues

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Charlie Tagawa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Charlie Tagawa Ragtime, Dixieland

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Jay Munly is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Jay Munly Country, Roots

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Loudon Wainwright III is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Loudon Wainwright III Rock music, Folk music, Blues

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Marcus Mumford is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Marcus Mumford Folk rock, Indie folk

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Bob Shane is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Bob Shane Pop music, Folk music

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Chloe Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Chloe Smith Folk