Best Scott Joplin Compositions

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Scott Joplin was an African-American composer and pianist. He was born in the late 1860's and died in 1917. During his years alive he wrote many pieces, most of which were of the genre "rag time", for which he was known.

The Top Ten

1 The Entertainer

I play this song on my piano and love playing it and I love listening to it. In fact, I am doing a report in school about a famous musician and I chose Scott Joplin because I love this song.

The entertainer is truly a masterpiece. Although overplayed, it still holds up as an amazing piece of music that'll never die. - FrankerZ

Really catchy

2 Maple Leaf Rag

I'd be a fool not to include this piece of this list. The upbeat-ness and rapidity of this song make it amazing. The very "jumpy" feeling the song gives while still keeping it smooth is unbeatable. - FrankerZ

You're mom gay

3 Augustan Club Waltz

The first time I heard this piece, I was completely taken away. I have listened to it many times and have played it many times more, but still cannot describe my love for this piece. There is something about it that reaches out and grabs my heart and doesn't let go. It is truly a magical piece. - FrankerZ

4 Kismet Rag

Definitely an underplayed song to say the least. Like all Scott Joplin pieces it has a steady yet powerful beat which creates an excellent atmosphere for the even better melody. - FrankerZ

5 Binks Waltz

Scott Joplin was not known for his waltzes but they are truly amazing! Once you listen to this piece you'll be hooked. This song is insane how it makes you calm, yet exited at the same time. Sit back, relax and listen to Joplin at his best. - FrankerZ

The best

6 Gladiolus Rag

The third evolution of the Maple Leaf Rag following Leola, the Gladiolus Rag exemplifies Joplin's development of the ragtime genre evident in his later works through its more complex harmonies and resonating melody. This piece has a unique charm to it, and listening intently will strike a subtle but wonderful feeling of nostalgia that can't quite be explained, but indeed deeply experienced.

7 Fig Leaf Rag

It's great but it's very hard...

8 Peacherine Rag
9 Pineapple Rag

Great song, very cheery!

10 The Easy Winners

It's actually pretty catchy, but so painfully underrated.

The Contenders

11 The Cascades
12 Wall Street Rag

This rag is so catchy and from start to finish is a joy to play

13 Paragon Rag

This is possibly Joplin's most underrated piece of all time.

14 Frogs Legs Rag
15 The Strenuous Life
16 Original Rags

Underrated, but great

17 Weeping Willow

A simple but moving rag that captures the core essence of ragtime.

18 Rose Leaf Rag

One of Joplin's later rags with a really nice melody and a really great ending!

19 Palm Leaf Rag

This one is smooth and good fun!

20 Sunflower Slow Drag
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