The Top Ten Bluegrass Banjo Songs


This post was going to be easy, or so I thought, the top ten banjo songs – simple, get a pen and start writing them down. What makes them the top ten? Is it the most requested song, the most recognized, my favorite?, I don’t know. This list is a combination of two criteria : Number One – It has to be a good banjo song -Players and listeners alike have an appreciation for these songs. Number Two – How well is the song known. This list has to have songs that are familiar to most people. This top ten is a solid list of songs that are appreciated by listeners and at the same time,are fun to perform as a banjo player. Go to a bluegrass jam, you’ll hear a few from this list.

Enough criteria and justification: Here it is Banjoblogger’s Top Ten Bluegrass Banjo Songs:

  1. Foggy Mountain Breakdown – People love to hear this one.
  2. Cripple Creek – Defines the banjo sound to some people.
  3. Ballad of Jed Clampett – Brought bluegrass to a wider audience.
  4. Clinch Mountain Backstep – Ralph Stanley – Cool and fun to play.
  5. Wildwood Flower – Listeners favorite.
  6. Flint Hill Special – Players favorite.
  7. Blackberry Blossom – Melodic style is neat on this song.
  8. Lonesome Road Blues – Bill Monroe version is amazing.
  9. Will the Circle Be Unbroken – Good sing-a-long.
  10. I’ll fly away – Everyone knows this song.

There it is – My Top Ten. I’m sure there ‘s a few songs that should have been on the list and a couple that some of you would take off, but this is the best I can do. Oh, by the way, Please help support the Banjoblogger and buy me a beer – check out the left sidebar. Thanks for visiting, Happy New Year 2008.


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13 Responses to “The Top Ten Bluegrass Banjo Songs”

  1. mame on March 6th, 2009 6:45 am
  2. charlie kucharski on November 24th, 2009 8:52 pm

    Hey, what a great listing. I agree on about every one and you could probably have done a list of around twenty or thirty. Thanks for posting!

  3. dave on November 2nd, 2011 7:56 pm

    the great remember(for nancy)perfomed by steve martin deserves honorable mention, even if steve martin isnt strictly a musician

  4. daniel amann on December 31st, 2011 10:58 am

    Does anyone know the banjo song from scrubs?
    Session 3 episode 16.

    Please answer if you know.

  5. Bobby bob Strut on January 3rd, 2012 9:22 am

    I have never heard of I’ll fly away so your assumption is wrong.

  6. Kelly on July 28th, 2012 6:36 pm

    I’ll Fly Away is a classic! Great list!

  7. Jim on February 21st, 2013 11:22 pm

    I can’t believe no one said Dueling Banjos. It’s the most famous banjo song of all time. Steve Martin has a bit about it and may others have played it on TV and movies.

  8. connie on March 22nd, 2013 9:38 am

    My sons looking for an older banjo song, he said he remembers the video of it on dish or direct TV before he moved out of home 7-8 years ago. Most parts of video are of sad situations and one verse that stands out is ” I play a banjo, I play a banjo, I play a banjo”. Any insight to who sings it and the name of it. Any help will b greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  9. African Roots of the Banjo | Making Multicultural Music on August 19th, 2013 3:59 pm
  10. Brent Small on November 14th, 2013 4:28 pm

    Thought Rocky Top would have made the list, but I guess most banjo players and bluegrass bands are sick of it? Wagon Wheel will be one to be tired of too soon. Thanks for your list though. All great tunes!

  11. beachgal on July 4th, 2014 1:27 pm

    Cumberland Gap is one I always get huge audience response with and I love playing it.

  12. Betty duncan on July 28th, 2014 6:57 am

    Does anyone know where I can. Y music for these songs

  13. Evangeline Tudor on August 21st, 2014 3:02 pm

    I’m only thirteen and I can play each and everyone of these with speed and accuracy.

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