music The Greatest Keytarists of All Time  

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Who are the world’s greatest keytarists? Playing an instrument that isn’t as common as one like the piano, guitar, drums, or violin can be a daunting task. The notable individuals featured on this page are the absolute best keytarists in the world. They come from many different genres of music, including rock, blues, jazz, swing, J-pop, and new age.

Who are the greatest keytarists of all time? The keytar is a unique and not often used instrument. A keytar is much like a standard keyboard, but is worn around the neck with a strap, similar to a guitar. Since the keytar can be worn, it offers the player mobility on stage.

This list features the all time greatest keytarists, ranked by the community. It includes famous musicians such as Todd Rundgren, Weird Al, Donald Fagen, Imogen Heap, Jean Michel Jarre, and Rick Wakeman. Vote up the best keytarists of all time below.
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Jordan Rudess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Jordan Rudess Progressive metal, New Age music, Electronic music

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Stephen Devassy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Stephen Devassy World music, Classical music

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Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Rick Wakeman Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Tetsuya Komuro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Tetsuya Komuro Eurobeat, Oldschool jungle, Pop music

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Keith Emerson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Keith Emerson Classic rock, Rock music, Classical music

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Henrik Klingenberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Henrik Klingenberg Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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Jon Lord is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Jon Lord Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Thomas Dolby Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

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Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

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Jean Michel Jarre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Jean Michel Jarre New Age music, Electronic music, Trance music

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Jens Johansson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Jens Johansson Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Nigel John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
John Taylor New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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Kevin Moore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Kevin Moore Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Psychedelia - Chroma Key.....ex Dream Theater keyboardist and composer

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Nick Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Nick Rhodes Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Jan Hammer Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

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Kasson Crooker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Kasson Crooker Electronica

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Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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Sean T. Drinkwater is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Sean T. Drinkwater Rock; jazz; blues; contemporary

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Keytar Bear is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Keytar Bear

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Vangelis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Vangelis New Age music, Electronic music, Classical music

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"Weird Al" Yankovic Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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Tuomas Holopainen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Tuomas Holopainen Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Howard Jones Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Todd Rundgren Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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George Duke is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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Donald Fagen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Donald Fagen Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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Daniel Estrin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Daniel Estrin Melodic Metal

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David A. Stewart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
David A. Stewart Synthpop, New Wave, Folk music

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Janne Wirman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Janne Wirman Progressive metal, Pop music, Melodic death metal

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Michele Bon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Michele Bon Progressive Rock - Keyboardist, composer, arranger, prgressive rock band LE ORME

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Vince Clarke is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Vince Clarke Synthpop, New Wave, Dance music

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Richard Wright is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Richard Wright Electronic music, Experimental rock, Jazz

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Imogen Heap is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Imogen Heap Synthpop, Indie, Pop music

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Martin Gore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Martin Gore Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance

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Geoff Downes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Geoff Downes Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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Gary Wright is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Gary Wright Rock and roll

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John Avila is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
John Avila Chicano rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Alan Wilder is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Alan Wilder Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Daisuke Asakura is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Daisuke Asakura Spacesynth, Synthpop, J-pop

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Roger Powell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Roger Powell Rock music

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Patrick Moraz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Patrick Moraz Electronic music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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Vadim Pruzhanov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Vadim Pruzhanov Glam metal, Power metal

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Edgar Winter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Edgar Winter Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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YUHKI is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Yuhki Power Metal

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Neil Tennant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Neil Tennant Synthpop, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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Christopher Bowes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Christopher Bowes Black metal, Power metal, Folk metal - Of Alestorm, Gloryhammer and asdfgfa

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Ryo Okumoto is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Ryo Okumoto Experimental rock, Progressive rock

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Greg Hawkes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Greg Hawkes New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock