Bands/Musicians The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists  

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Dixieland artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good dixieland bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top dixieland bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Dixieland groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all dixieland bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest dixieland bands of all time, since the most famous dixieland artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best dixieland music.

You can click on the dixieland band names to see more information about that particular notable dixieland group. If they're near the top of the best dixieland artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top dixieland bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the dixieland band names themselves.

Artists here include everything from Bing Crosby to Jimmy Dorsey. Every time you vote for your favorite artists, they get a better chance of making it to the top of the list. Downvote the artists you hate (Gene Krupa, Louis Armstrong, etc.) or show them some love by voting them up if you like them.

All important, significant and iconic names in dixieland music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new dixieland bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of dixieland, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into dixieland music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good dixieland bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent dixieland bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best dixieland bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest dixieland musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular dixieland bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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88 15
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz
2
40 9
Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues
3
41 10
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Stride, Ragtime, Swing music
4
33 9
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band
5
29 7
King Oliver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Jazz, Dixieland
6
27 8
Bix Beiderbecke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
White jazz, Jazz, Dixieland
7
34 15
Pete Fountain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Dixieland
8
25 9
Chris Barber is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Skiffle, Ragtime, Swing music
9
17 5
Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland
10
17 5
Kid Ory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Jazz, Dixieland
11
14 3
Bobby Hackett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
12
19 8
Jimmy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Swing music, Big band, Dixieland
13
12 2
Johnny Dodds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Dixieland
14
12 3
Muggsy Spanier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Jazz, Dixieland
15
14 5
Eddie Condon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
16
11 3
Pee Wee Russell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Post-bop, Jazz, Bebop
17
19 11
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz
18
11 4
Buddy Bolden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Trad jazz, Jazz
19
7 1
Firehouse Five Plus Two is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Rick Comer added Jazz, Dixieland
20
9 4
Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
21
8 3
Matty Matlock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Swing music, Dixieland
22
7 2
James P. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Stride, Jazz, Dixieland
23
6 1
Bob Haggart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Dixieland
24
7 3
Freddie Keppard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Jazz, Dixieland
25
6 2
Paul Whiteman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dixieland Bands/Artists
Jazz, Dixieland