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The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists 

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Updated June 14, 2019 870 votes 189 voters 29.1k views 52 items

Ragtime artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good ragtime 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 ragtime bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Ragtime 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 ragtime bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest ragtime bands of all time, since the most famous ragtime artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best ragtime music.

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

List artists include Blind Blake, Sidney Bechet and many additional artists as well. Upvote your favorites to see them rise to the top of the list. Are you one of those people that doesn't like Blind Willie McTell or Jelly Roll Morton? Then vote those things down to have your voice heard.

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

The list includes all new ragtime 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 ragtime, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into ragtime 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 ragtime bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent ragtime bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best ragtime bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest ragtime 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 ragtime bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Scott Joplin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Eubie Blake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Blind Blake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Leon Redbone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Winifred Atwell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Buddy Bolden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Luckey Roberts is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Asylum Street Spankers ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Blind Willie McTell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Max Morath is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Ross Petot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Dick Rosmini is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Charles L. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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The Ditty Bops is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Archibald Scott Kanon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Dave Van Ronk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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David Bromberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Bob Brozman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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John William Boone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Micah Smaldone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Swing Sisters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
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Terry Waldo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists