The Greatest Organists in Rock and Jazz History Bands/Musicians

The Greatest Organists in Rock and Jazz History

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Similar to the harpsichord and piano, but more grand and beautiful, the organ can create a louder, richer sound with a deep bass. The sound that comes out of an organ is often projected through large, steel pipes, especially in a setting that requires the sound to project through an entire room, such as in a symphony hall or large cathedral. The organ is also trickier to master than similar instruments. Who are the greatest organists of all time?

The musicians listed here are known for being the absolute best, and have received a place of prominence in the world of music because of their incredible talent on the organ. This list has been ranked by the community's votes to determine the absolute best organists of all time, living or dead, from all periods of music history.
 
This list includes top organists like Tori Amos, Steve Winwood, John Paul Jones, and Mike Oldfield. Vote up the best organists in history below or add an organ player you think is great if he or she isn't already on the list.
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Classical music

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    added by HerbertHöpfl
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Jazz fusion

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  4. 4
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    added by MarySSpiegel
    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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  6. 6
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    Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

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  7. 7
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  8. 8
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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Jazz fusion

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    Instrumental rock, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

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    Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

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  14. 14
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    Rock music, Classical music, Pop rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Contemporary; Jazz; Blues

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    Electronic music, Experimental rock, Jazz

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    Rock music, Jazz, Country

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    Avant-garde jazz, Classical music, Smooth jazz

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    Rock music, Rock en Español, Jazz fusion

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

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    Jazz-funk, Hard bop, Rhythm and blues

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    Electronic music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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    Rhythm and blues, Pop rock, Blues

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    Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

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    Hugh Banton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Organists in Rock and Jazz History

    Hugh Banton Classical; Soul; Jazz; Blues

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    Christian music

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    Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

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    Rock and roll, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Smooth jazz, Jazz

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    Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Blues-rock, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    John Evans is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Organists in Rock and Jazz History

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    John Evans

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    Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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    Acid rock, Instrumental, Psychedelic rock

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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    Progressive rock

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    Rock music, Gospel music, Country

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    Country; Jazz; Blues

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    added by slaft
    New Age music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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    added by slaft
    Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by slaft
    Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    Opera, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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    added by slaft
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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