Top Ten Songs Featuring a Banjo

The banjo has been a staple of western music since the nineteenth century. It is mainly known for its high presence in bluegrass and, to a lesser extent, country music. Note: As I mentioned on my list about the pedal steel guitar I am not a devoted fan to country music or bluegrass as I am to rock and roll. Most of these songs are country rock songs, with the exception of the song Genius in France, which I added for a little weirdness. Therefore I encourage all banjo players who are on the site to add what they think are the best songs with a banjo. And even if you're not, feel free to vote and add to this list.

The Top Ten

1 Dueling Banjos - Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell

Love this song it's from the movie "Deliverance".

2 Midnight Flyer - Eagles

Bernie Leadon was a great banjo player. Another song with a notable use of banjo is Journey Of the Sorcerer (the theme from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). - Gg2000

3 Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Flatt & Scruggs

Ah, yes, I forgot about Earl Scruggs. I feel terrible about that. Thanks for adding this to the list. - Gg2000

4 Squeeze Box - The Who

The song features a banjo solo in the middle. It's the last thing you'd expect on a Who song. - Gg2000

5 Gallows Pole - Led Zeppelin

Jimmy Page added a banjo part. Listen carefully to the right channel and you will hear it. - Gg2000

6 Bluebird - Buffalo Springfield

The banjo comes in at the end, after all the other instruments have dropped out. - Gg2000

7 I Am a Pilgrim - The Byrds

Roger McGuinn played banjo on this one. He first started learning banjo in 1957. That explains why he uses fingerpicking whenever he plays guitar - he learned it on banjo first. - Gg2000

8 Cumberland Blues - Grateful Dead

Jerry Garcia played banjo here. He was notorious for playing the banjo all his life and was well versed in bluegrass. - Gg2000

9 Listen to the Music - The Doobie Brothers

You can hear the banjo throughout most of the song. - Gg2000

10 Money - The Lovin' Spoonful

Jerry Yester (the band's new guitarist at the time) played the banjo. - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 Hello Mr. Banjo - The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers

A bluegrass song with a conversation between a man and a banjo. It's cute. - Crwth

12 Stone - Faces

Rod Stewart apparently played the banjo on this one. You can hear it most prominently in the intro. - Gg2000

13 Take It Easy - Eagles

I actually miss this song. - ParasN2000

Just haven't listened to it in a while. Almost like I forgot about it. - ParasN2000

14 All You Need is Love - The Beatles
15 Southern Nights - Glen Campbell
16 Genius in France - Weird Al Yankovic

The banjo comes in at the 6:32 mark, when the song spontaneously turns into a bluegrass style two step. It's not a large portion of the song, but it sticks out enough that I think it's worth mentioning. - Gg2000

17 Say You Love Me - Fleetwood Mac
18 Bring Back That Leroy Brown - Queen

This one was technically done on a banjo ukulele; I'm not sure if it's considered part of the banjo family. - Gg2000

19 Born Lonesome - Cadillac Sky
20 Old Man - Neil Young
21 Losin' Your Mind - Pride and Glory
22 Myr - Taake
23 Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
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Top Remixes

1. Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Flatt & Scruggs
2. Midnight Flyer - Eagles
3. Dueling Banjos - Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell


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