Bands/Musicians The Best Banjo Players in the World  

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

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Davidson Brothers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
ragtime added Hamish Davidson Hamish Davidson Aussie Gun Banjo Picker

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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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victor furtado is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
emilioasb added victor furtado

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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World

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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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Gina Clowes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
emilioasb added Gina Clowes

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Ralph Stanley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Ralph Stanley Traditional bluegrass, Old-time music, Bluegrass

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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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Pete Wernick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Pete Wernick Bluegrass

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Abigail Washburn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Abigail Washburn Americana, Old-time music

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The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time

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Earl Scruggs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
DocSwin added Earl Scruggs Bluegrass, Gospel music, Country

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Buck Trent is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Buck Trent Country

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Lonnie Hoppers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
ragtime added Lonnie Hoppers Bluegrass Boy

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Danny Barnes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Danny Barnes Rock music, Folk music, Jazz

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Bernie Leadon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Bernie Leadon Rock music, Country rock, Country

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Enda Scahill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Enda Scahill Irish folk

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Peggy Seeger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Peggy Seeger Folk music

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Gina Clowes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
emilioasb added Gina Clowes

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John Hartford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
DocSwin added John Hartford Folk music, Bluegrass, Country

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Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Ricky Skaggs Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

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Scott Avett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Scott Avett Folk music, Folk rock, Indie rock

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Clive Palmer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World

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Eric Weissberg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Eric Weissberg Bluegrass, Country

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Tom Paley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Tom Paley Traditional folk

Famous Banjo Players

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Rick Shubb is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Rick Shubb Folk

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Adam Fudge is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
1525982582879 added Adam Fudge

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Adam Fudge is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
1525982582879 added Adam Fudge Bluegrass, Folk Music, Rock.

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Robbie Robertson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Mary Thiery Blackwell added Robbie Robertson Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

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Ronnie McCoury is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Mary Thiery Blackwell added Ronnie McCoury Bluegrass

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Peer van Mladen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Lara Bonnert added Peer van Mladen

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Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World

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Jimmy Mazzy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Jimmy Mazzy Traditional jazz

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Dwight Diller is listed (or ranked) 37 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) 38 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Emily Robison Blue-eyed soul, Folk music, Country rock

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

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Roni Stoneman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Roni Stoneman Bluegrass, Country

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Sufjan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Sufjan Stevens Christian music, Alternative country, Baroque pop

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Cosmo Jarvis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Cosmo Jarvis Acoustic music, Pop rock, Indie rock

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Beck Hansen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Beck Hansen Alternative hip hop, Anti-folk, Country rap

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Frank Fairfield is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World

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Todd Taylor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Todd Taylor Country rock

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Tim Weed is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Tim Weed Classical

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Gillian Welch is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Gillian Welch American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music

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Herb Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Herb Pedersen Folk music, Folk rock, Country rock

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Kelsey Crews is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Jamie Nehasil added Kelsey Crews Progressive Bluegrass and Country - Progressive Bluegrass and Country

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Jay Munly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Jay Munly Country, Roots