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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.
list ordered by
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Ken Hensley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock
2
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
3
Steve Winwood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music
4
Joey DeFrancesco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz
5
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion
6
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
Rick DePiro is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
FredaTalberg added Rock music, Jazz, Country
Jazz, Rock, Country, Blues, Pop
8
Paul Shaffer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Classical; jazz; blues; easy listening
9
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
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
Booker T. Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Instrumental rock, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues
12
Tom Coster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rock music, Rock en EspaƱol, Jazz fusion
13
Gregg Allman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rock music, Gospel music, Country
14
Don Airey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
15
Brian Auger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Jazz fusion
16
John DeFrancesco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
17
John Evan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock
18
Al Kooper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rhythm and blues, Pop rock, Blues
19
Olivier Latry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Olivier Latry Classical; jazz; blues
20
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock
21
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Synthpop, Rock music, World music
22
Pete Bardens is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
NikosGeorgiadis added New Age music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
23
Rod Argent is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock
24
Chester Thompson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock
25
Joe Sample is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Jazz