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List Rules Vote up the all time best banjo players in history

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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509 168
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

3
196 101
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

4
101 42
J. D. Crowe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
duststang1 added J. D. Crowe Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

5
116 63
David

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45 9
Don Reno is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
John N Annette Egan added Don Reno Bluegrass

7
167 105
Noam Pikelny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Noam Pikelny Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

8
149 91
Tony Trischka is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Tony Trischka Roots, Bluegrass

9
303 212
Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Steve Martin Bluegrass

10
112 65
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dabowd added Jens Kruger American Folk

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100 59
Grandpa Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
MarkTimothyPierce added Grandpa Jones Old-time music, Bluegrass, Gospel music

12
65 31
John Hartford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
David Sekac added John Hartford Folk music, Bluegrass, Country

13
85 49
Alison Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Alison Brown Americana, Jazz, Bluegrass

14
93 56
Ron Block is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Ron Block Bluegrass, Alternative Country

15
139 97
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Pete Seeger Folk music

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74 44
Alan Munde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Alan Munde Bluegrass

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53 27
Eddie Adcock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Eddie Adcock Bluegrass

18
73 45
Barney McKenna is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Barney McKenna Folk music of Ireland

19
68 42
Pete Wernick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Pete Wernick Bluegrass

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49 25
Bill Emerson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Bjoe added Bill Emerson Bluegrass

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44 24
Raymond Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
roger-dvorak added Raymond Fairchild Bluegrass

22
81 62
Abigail Washburn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Abigail Washburn Americana, Old-time music

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80 66
Jerry Garcia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
evanswinington added Jerry Garcia Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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43 29
Charlie Poole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Charlie Poole Country

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30 18
Courtney Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
JBB1 added Courtney Johnson Progressive bluegrass, Bluegrass

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44 33
Uncle Dave Macon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Uncle Dave Macon Old-time music

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284 285
Kit Evans is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Gareth Cotter added 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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33 22
Danny Barnes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Danny Barnes Rock music, Folk music, Jazz

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26 15
Tony Furtado is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
cksqrd added Tony Furtado Americana, Blues, Jass

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44 36
Eddie Peabody is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Eddie Peabody Vaudeville

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24 15
Eric Weissberg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
edwardlatham added Eric Weissberg Bluegrass, Country

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33 25
Snuffy Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Snuffy Jenkins Old-time music, Bluegrass

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22 14
John McEuen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
David Sekac added John McEuen Rock music, Country

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25 19
Larry McNeely is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Larry McNeely Country

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15 9
Roscoe Holcomb is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
gnicholls added Roscoe Holcomb Folk music, Old-time music, Bluegrass

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18 14
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bill-cli added Buddy Wachter Jazz, Pop, Classical - AMERICA'S BANJO VIRTUOSO Master 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 ...

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7 3
Dock Boggs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Howard Vogel added Dock Boggs Old-time music

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30 32
Lonnie Hoppers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
ragtime added Lonnie Hoppers A Monroe Bluegrass Boy

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28 30
John Hickman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
John Hickman Ragtime

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13 12
Mean Mary James is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
BarneyTaylor added Mean Mary James

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7 5
Bernie Leadon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Jdwalther added Bernie Leadon Rock music, Country rock, Country

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6 4
Fred Van Eps is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Howard Vogel added Fred Van Eps Ragtime, Jazz

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39 45
Burl Ives is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Burl Ives Folk

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33 39
Davidson Brothers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
ragtime added Hamish Davidson Aussie Banjo Master

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19 22
Bascom Lamar Lunsford is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Bascom Lamar Lunsford Folk, Traditional

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22 26
Tommy Makem is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Tommy Makem Folk music of Ireland

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5 5
Winston Marshall is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
gnicholls added Winston Marshall

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14 17
Scott Avett is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Brian Rhoades added Scott Avett Folk music, Folk rock, Indie rock

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20 25
Herb Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
Herb Pedersen Folk music, Folk rock, Country rock

50
5 6
Buell Kazee is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Banjo Players of All Time
gnicholls added Buell Kazee Country