Bands/Musicians The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today  

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List Rules Living organists only. As long as they are still playing live, they are eligible, even if they haven't made a great album for awhile.

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. They are among some of the most famous organists in popular music today. This list has been ranked by the community's votes to determine the absolute best organists alive. Feel free to add an organ player you think is great if he or she isn't already on the list.
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1
77 41
Keith Emerson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Classic rock, Rock music, Classical music

2
55 25
Jon Lord is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

3
57 34
Ken Hensley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

4
49 34
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

5
43 31
Joey DeFrancesco is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

6
47 35
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

7
47 35
Steve Winwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

8
31 23
Booker T. Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Instrumental rock, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

9
33 25
Tony Banks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rock music, Classical music, Pop rock

10
34 26
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

11
21 14
Brian Auger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Jazz fusion

12
22 15
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

13
28 21
Paul Shaffer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Classical; jazz; blues; easy listening

14
38 31
Ray Manzarek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
NikosGeorgiadis added Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

15
24 18
Don Airey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

16
33 28
Gregg Allman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rock music, Gospel music, Country

17
17 12
Rick DePiro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
FredaTalberg added Rock music, Jazz, Country - Jazz, Rock, Country, Blues, Pop

18
22 18
Tom Coster is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rock music, Rock en EspaƱol, Jazz fusion

19
21 17
Al Kooper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rhythm and blues, Pop rock, Blues

20
20 16
John Evan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

21
16 13
John DeFrancesco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today

22
38 36
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

23
18 16
Pete Bardens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
NikosGeorgiadis added New Age music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

24
9 7
Olivier Latry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Olivier Latry Classical; jazz; blues

25
22 21
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Synthpop, Rock music, World music

26
14 14
Chester Thompson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock

27
13 13
Rod Argent is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

28
10 10
Bruce Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Esavi added Blues-rock, Musical improvisation, Heartland rock

29
9 9
Joe Sample is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Jazz

30
11 13
Doug Ingle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Acid rock, Instrumental, Psychedelic rock

31
9 12
Tony Kaye is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
BenedictStutt added Tony Kaye

32
8 11
Garth Hudson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Desiree Watson added Americana, Pop music, Rock music

33
8 13
Felix Cavaliere is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Soft rock

34
2 6
Benmont Tench is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Esavi added Rock music, Country

35
2 6
Tyrone Downie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Reggae

36
23 31
Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

37
1 5
James Leg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Ja Zgir added James Leg

38
5 10
Cameron Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Classical; jazz; blues; easy listening

39
3 8
Ric Ianonne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
FredaTalberg added Ric Ianonne Jazz, Popular, Classical

40
7 13
Georgie Fame is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rhythm and blues, Jazz

41
3 9
Hector Olivera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Hector Olivera Classical; jazz; blues

42
11 19
Barbara Dennerlein is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today

43
2 8
William Smiddy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
William Smiddy Classical; jazz; blues; easy listening

44
4 11
Dave Greenfield is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rock music

45
3 10
Christopher Herrick is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Christopher Herrick Classical; jazz; blues; easy listening

46
2 9
Felix Hell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Classical; jazz; blues; easy listening; contemporary

47
1 7
Joe Krown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rhythm and blues, Blues, Funk

48
2 10
Money Mark is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Hip hop music, Jazz

49
1 8
Judith Hancock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Judith Hancock Classical; jazz; blues; easy listening

50
0 5
Seth Justman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Esavi added