Ben Ratliff (born 1968 in New York City) is an American journalist, music critic and author.
Ratliff is the son of an English mother and an American father, growing up in London and in Rockland County, New York. Since 1996, he has written about pop music and jazz for the New York Times and published four books: Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty (2016), The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music (2008), Jazz: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings (2002), and a critical biography of John Coltrane (The Story of a Sound, 2007), finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His articles have appeared in Granta, Rolling Stone, Spin, The Village Voice, Slate and Lingua Franca. In 2005 he received the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for "Excellence in Newspaper, Magazine or Online Writing" from the Jazz Journalists Association. Since 2012 he has been a regular host of the New York Times Popcast.
- Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2016.
- The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music. Times Books, New York, 2008.
- Coltrane: The Story of a Sound. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2007.
- The New York Times Essential Library: Jazz. Times Books, New York, 2002.
- Official website
- Profile for the New York Times
- Interview with Steven Ward, 2002
- Interview with Pitchfork about Every Song Ever, Feb 26, 2016
- Review of Every Song Ever by August Kleinzahler, New York Times Book Review, March 3, 2016
- Interview about music algorithms on "What's the Point" podcast, fivethirtyeight.com, April 21, 2016
- Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
- Jazz Journalists Association