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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56 8
Scott Joplin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime

2
31 11
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

3
27 8
Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues

4
19 6
Eubie Blake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Popular music, Ragtime, Jazz

5
20 8
Leon Redbone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Easy listening, Jazz

6
22 11
Blind Blake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Ragtime, Piedmont blues

7
17 7
Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland

8
18 8
Winifred Atwell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Classical music, Boogie-woogie

9
11 4
Buddy Bolden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Trad jazz, Jazz

10
11 4
Max Morath is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime

11
9 5
Asylum Street Spankers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Jazz blues, Progressive folk music

12
8 4
Ross Petot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Jazz

13
6 2
Luckey Roberts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Stride, Ragtime, Jazz

14
9 6
Blind Willie McTell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues

15
7 4
The Ditty Bops is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Folk music, Bluegrass

16
7 4
Charles L. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Tango, March

17
7 4
Archibald Scott Kanon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Classical music

18
6 3
David Bromberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

19
6 3
Dick Rosmini is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Folk music, Blues

20
5 2
Peninsula Banjo Band is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland

21
5 2
Bob Brozman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Folk music, Electric blues

22
5 2
The Boilermaker Jazz Band is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists

23
5 2
Swing Sisters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Swing music, Big band

24
7 5
Duck Baker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz

25
6 4
Chris Barber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Skiffle, Ragtime, Swing music

26
5 3
Terry Waldo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Stride, Ragtime, Jazz

27
5 3
John William Boone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists

28
4 2
Charlie Tagawa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Dixieland

29
4 2
Mimi Blais is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime

30
4 2
Jack Rose is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
American Primitivism, Fingerstyle guitar, Ragtime

31
4 2
Calvin Woolsey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime

32
4 2
Butch Thompson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Stride, Ragtime, Jazz

33
4 2
The New Rags is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Garage rock, Pop rock

34
3 1
William Ezell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Boogie-woogie, Jazz

35
3 1
Saddle River String Band is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Folk music, Bluegrass

36
3 1
Marty Sammon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Ragtime, Electric blues

37
3 1
Del Wood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Country

38
3 1
Marvin Ash is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Jazz

39
3 1
Tom and Doug is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Show tune, Rock music

40
5 4
Dave Van Ronk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Folk music, Blues

41
5 4
Tim Sparks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Klezmer, Ragtime, Jazz

42
3 2
Lincoln Mayorga is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Pop music, Ragtime, Classical music

43
2 1
Bruce Conforth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Chicago blues, Ragtime, Delta blues

44
2 1
Bill Lowrey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Dixieland

45
2 1
J. Bodewalt Lampe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Cakewalk, Ragtime, March

46
2 1
Les C. Copeland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime

47
2 1
Micah Smaldone is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Folk music, Punk rock

48
2 1
Pasadena Roof Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime, Swing music, Big band

49
2 1
Dan W. Quinn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime

50
2 1
Mic Conway is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ragtime Bands/Artists
Ragtime