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Who are the best musicians to have ever played the banjo? The banjo is a four or five string instrument. Early versions of the banjo were created by Africans in Colonial America, but today it is most closely associated with bluegrass, folk, country, and traditional Irish music. A mainstay of old-time American music, the banjo is a popular instrument, even today.

The greatest banjoists ever are from different eras and genres but are all hugely talented on their instrument. These best banjo players have spent years honing their skills to become the best. These musicians often helped define their respective genres, and many teach others to play the banjo as well.

The greatest banjo players of all time are from all over the world and include musicians such as Charlie Poole, Bela Fleck, Earl Scruggs, and Pete Seeger. Even comedian Steve Martin plays the banjo!

Vote up the best banjoists in history on the list below, or add a musician who you think is the best banjo player ever, if he or she isn't already on the list.
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Earl Scruggs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Earl Scruggs Bluegrass, Gospel music, Country

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Béla Fleck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Béla Fleck Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Ralph Stanley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Ralph Stanley Traditional bluegrass, Old-time music, Bluegrass

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J. D. Crowe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
J. D. Crowe Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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Noam Pikelny is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Noam Pikelny Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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David

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Tony Trischka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Tony Trischka Roots, Bluegrass

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Jens Kruger American Folk

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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Steve Martin Bluegrass

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Don Reno is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Don Reno Bluegrass

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Ron Block is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Ron Block Bluegrass, Alternative Country

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John Hartford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
John Hartford Folk music, Bluegrass, Country

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Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Pete Seeger Folk music

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Grandpa Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Grandpa Jones Old-time music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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Alison Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Alison Brown Americana, Jazz, Bluegrass

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Alan Munde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Alan Munde Bluegrass

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Barney McKenna is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Barney McKenna Folk music of Ireland

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Bill Emerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Bill Emerson Bluegrass

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Pete Wernick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Pete Wernick Bluegrass

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Eddie Adcock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Eddie Adcock Bluegrass

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Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Jerry Garcia Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Raymond Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Raymond Fairchild Bluegrass

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Charlie Poole is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Charlie Poole Country

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Courtney Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Courtney Johnson Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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Abigail Washburn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Abigail Washburn Americana, Old-time music

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Kit Evans is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Kit Evans Bluegrass, Folk, Jazz Metal -  Kit Evans (Gentlemen of Few) shot to fame through his primary school talent show back in 2002 when he opted to perform 'Let The Bodies Hit The Floor' on the banjo, his talented musical display was described as "not ...

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Eddie Peabody is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Eddie Peabody Vaudeville

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Tony Furtado is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Tony Furtado Americana, Blues, Jass

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Uncle Dave Macon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Uncle Dave Macon Old-time music

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Snuffy Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Snuffy Jenkins Old-time music, Bluegrass

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Danny Barnes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Danny Barnes Rock music, Folk music, Jazz

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Eric Weissberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Eric Weissberg Bluegrass, Country

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Roscoe Holcomb is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Roscoe Holcomb Folk music, Old-time music, Bluegrass

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John McEuen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
John McEuen Rock music, Country

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Larry McNeely is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Larry McNeely Country

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Lonnie Hoppers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Lonnie Hoppers A Monroe Bluegrass Boy

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John Hickman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
John Hickman Ragtime

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Fred Van Eps is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Fred Van Eps Ragtime, Jazz

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Buddy Wachter Jazz, Pop, Classical - AMERICA'S BANJO VIRTUOSOMaster of the four string banjo, the uniquely American instrument, Buddy Wachter is acknowledged to be America's greatest virtuoso banjo player. Andrew John "Buddy" Wachter was born on February ...

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Bernie Leadon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Bernie Leadon Rock music, Country rock, Country

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Dock Boggs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Dock Boggs Old-time music

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Davidson Brothers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Hamish Davidson Aussie Banjo Master

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Mean Mary James is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Mean Mary James

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Tommy Makem is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Tommy Makem Folk music of Ireland

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George Grove is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time

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Bascom Lamar Lunsford is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Bascom Lamar Lunsford Folk, Traditional

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Herb Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Herb Pedersen Folk music, Folk rock, Country rock

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Burl Ives is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Burl Ives Folk

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Winston Marshall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time

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Buell Kazee is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Buell Kazee Country