Ragtime is the genuine American musical genre. Ragtime has been around for a long time, almost always popular. Ragtime is still here today with many compositions added in this genre. Ragtime compositions usually have a few distinct themes. The most known ragtime composer is Scott Joplin. Other famous names among ragtime composers are Joseph Lamb, James Scott, Artie Matthews, May Aufderheide, Charles L. Johnson, Luckey Roberts, Paul Sarebresole, Eubie Blake, George Botsford, Zez Confrey, Ben Harney Wilber Sweatman, Tom Turpin. The best known contemporary ragtime composers are Frank French, Trebor Tichenor, William Bolcom, David Thomas Roberts, Mark Birnbaum, Reginald R. Robinson.