Bands/Musicians The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists  

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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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Scott Joplin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Scott Joplin Ragtime

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Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

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Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Jelly Roll Morton Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues

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Eubie Blake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Eubie Blake Popular music, Ragtime, Jazz

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Leon Redbone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Leon Redbone Ragtime, Easy listening, Jazz

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Blind Blake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Blind Blake Chicago blues, Ragtime, Piedmont blues

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Winifred Atwell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Winifred Atwell Ragtime, Classical music, Boogie-woogie

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Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Sidney Bechet Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland

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Max Morath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Max Morath Ragtime

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Buddy Bolden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Buddy Bolden Ragtime, Trad jazz, Jazz

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Asylum Street Spankers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Asylum Street Spankers Ragtime, Jazz blues, Progressive folk music

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Luckey Roberts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Luckey Roberts Stride, Ragtime, Jazz

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Blind Willie McTell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Blind Willie McTell Ragtime, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

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Archibald Scott Kanon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Archibald Scott Kanon Ragtime, Classical music

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Ross Petot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ross Petot Ragtime, Jazz

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The Ditty Bops is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
The Ditty Bops Ragtime, Folk music, Bluegrass

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Charles L. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Charles L. Johnson Ragtime, Tango, March

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Dick Rosmini is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Dick Rosmini Ragtime, Folk music, Blues

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David Bromberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
David Bromberg Ragtime, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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Bob Brozman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Bob Brozman Ragtime, Folk music, Electric blues

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Swing Sisters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Swing Sisters Ragtime, Swing music, Big band

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Peninsula Banjo Band is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Peninsula Banjo Band Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland

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The Boilermaker Jazz Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists

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Duck Baker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Duck Baker Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz

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Chris Barber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Chris Barber Skiffle, Ragtime, Swing music

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John William Boone is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists

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Terry Waldo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Terry Waldo Stride, Ragtime, Jazz

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The New Rags is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
The New Rags Ragtime, Garage rock, Pop rock

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Charlie Tagawa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Charlie Tagawa Ragtime, Dixieland

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Butch Thompson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Butch Thompson Stride, Ragtime, Jazz

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Mimi Blais is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Mimi Blais Ragtime

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Jack Rose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Jack Rose American Primitivism, Fingerstyle guitar, Ragtime

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Calvin Woolsey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Calvin Woolsey Ragtime

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Del Wood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Del Wood Ragtime, Country

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Tom and Doug is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Tom and Doug Hip hop music, Show tune, Rock music

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William Ezell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
William Ezell Ragtime, Boogie-woogie, Jazz

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Saddle River String Band is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Saddle River String Band Ragtime, Folk music, Bluegrass

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Marty Sammon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Marty Sammon Chicago blues, Ragtime, Electric blues

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Marvin Ash is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Marvin Ash Ragtime, Jazz

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Tim Sparks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Tim Sparks Klezmer, Ragtime, Jazz

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Dave Van Ronk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Dave Van Ronk Ragtime, Folk music, Blues

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Lincoln Mayorga is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Lincoln Mayorga Pop music, Ragtime, Classical music

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Mic Conway is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Mic Conway Ragtime

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Dan W. Quinn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Dan W. Quinn Ragtime

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Bill Lowrey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Bill Lowrey Ragtime, Dixieland

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J. Bodewalt Lampe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
J. Bodewalt Lampe Cakewalk, Ragtime, March

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Les C. Copeland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Les C. Copeland Ragtime

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Bruce Conforth is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Bruce Conforth Chicago blues, Ragtime, Delta blues

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Micah Smaldone is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Micah Smaldone Ragtime, Folk music, Punk rock

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Pasadena Roof Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Pasadena Roof Orchestra Ragtime, Swing music, Big band