Bands/Musicians The Best Banjo Players in the World  

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List Rules Living banjo players only

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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Earl Scruggs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
DocSwin added Bluegrass, Gospel music, Country

2
81 19
Adam Fudge is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
matthew.fudge added Adam Fudge

Bluegrass, Folk Music, Rock.

3
179 76
Béla Fleck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

4
69 25
Alan Munde is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Bluegrass

5
222 128
Davidson Brothers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
ragtime added Hamish Davidson Aussie Gun Banjo Picker

6
139 78
Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World

7
97 60
Noam Pikelny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

8
49 29
Alison Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Americana, Jazz, Bluegrass

9
49 32
Ralph Stanley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Traditional bluegrass, Old-time music, Bluegrass

10
57 42
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dabowd added Jens Kruger

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43 30
Abigail Washburn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Americana, Old-time music

12
49 36
victor furtado is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
emilioasb added victor furtado

13
29 18
Gina Clowes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
emilioasb added Gina Clowes

14
23 13
Ben Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Bluegrass

15
22 15
Pete Wernick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Bluegrass

16
18 12
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JamesGriggs added

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17 12
Buck Trent is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Country

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10 6
Adam Fudge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
matthew.fudge added Adam Fudge

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6 2
J. D. Crowe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
RobertW.Sansom added Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

20
7 4
John Hartford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
DocSwin added Folk music, Bluegrass, Country

21
5 2
Tony Trischka is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
RobertW.Sansom added Bluegrass, Country

22
17 16
Danny Barnes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Rock music, Folk music, Jazz

23
11 10
Bernie Leadon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
Rock music, Country rock, Country

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9 8
Gina Clowes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
emilioasb added Gina Clowes

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8 7
Clive Palmer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World