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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52 20
Jon Lord is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Jon Lord Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
75 37
Keith Emerson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Keith Emerson Classic rock, Rock music, Classical music

3
57 28
Ken Hensley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Ken Hensley Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

4
44 29
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

5
45 30
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Rick Wakeman Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

6
40 26
Joey DeFrancesco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Joey DeFrancesco Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

7
31 18
Booker T. Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Booker T. Jones Instrumental rock, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

8
45 32
Steve Winwood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Steve Winwood Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

9
38 26
Ray Manzarek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
NikosGeorgiadis added Ray Manzarek Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

10
20 10
Brian Auger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Brian Auger Jazz fusion

11
24 14
Don Airey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Don Airey Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
27 17
Paul Shaffer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Paul Shaffer Classical; jazz; blues; easy listening

13
31 21
Tony Banks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Tony Banks Rock music, Classical music, Pop rock

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17 8
Rick DePiro is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
FredaTalberg added Rick DePiro Rock music, Jazz, Country - Jazz, Rock, Country, Blues, Pop

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19 10
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Joe Zawinul Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

16
22 13
Tom Coster is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Tom Coster Rock music, Rock en EspaƱol, Jazz fusion

17
31 22
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

18
20 12
John Evan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
John Evan Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

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20 13
Al Kooper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Al Kooper Rhythm and blues, Pop rock, Blues

20
15 9
John DeFrancesco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today

21
18 12
Pete Bardens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
NikosGeorgiadis added Peter Bardens New Age music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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22
37 33
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
John Paul Jones Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

23
29 25
Gregg Allman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Gregg Allman Rock music, Gospel music, Country

24
21 17
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Mike Oldfield Synthpop, Rock music, World music

25
10 6
Bruce Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Esavi added Bruce Hornsby Blues-rock, Musical improvisation, Heartland rock

26
13 10
Chester Thompson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Chester Thompson Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Progressive rock

27
12 9
Rod Argent is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rod Argent Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

28
8 5
Joe Sample is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Joe Sample Jazz

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11 9
Doug Ingle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Doug Ingle Acid rock, Instrumental, Psychedelic rock

30
9 7
Tony Kaye is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
BenedictStutt added Tony Kaye

31
7 6
Garth Hudson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Desiree Watson added Garth Hudson Americana, Pop music, Rock music

32
8 8
Felix Cavaliere is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Felix Cavaliere Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Soft rock

33
23 27
Tori Amos is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Tori Amos Piano rock, Dark cabaret, Electronic dance music

34
7 9
Georgie Fame is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Georgie Fame Rhythm and blues, Jazz

35
4 6
Cameron Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Cameron Carpenter Classical; jazz; blues; easy listening

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36
3 6
Olivier Latry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Olivier Latry Classical; jazz; blues

37
2 5
Ric Ianonne is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
FredaTalberg added Ric Ianonne Jazz, Popular, Classical

38
2 5
Benmont Tench is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Esavi added Benmont Tench Rock music, Country

39
10 15
Barbara Dennerlein is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today

40
3 8
Dave Greenfield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Dave Greenfield Rock music

41
3 8
Hector Olivera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Hector Olivera Classical; jazz; blues

42
2 7
Christopher Herrick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Christopher Herrick Classical; jazz; blues; easy listening

43
2 7
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
1 6
Joe Krown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Joe Krown Rhythm and blues, Blues, Funk

45
1 6
Tyrone Downie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Tyrone Downie Reggae

46
2 8
Felix Hell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Felix Hell Classical; jazz; blues; easy listening; contemporary

47
2 9
Money Mark is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Money Mark Hip hop music, Jazz

48
1 7
Judith Hancock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Judith Hancock Classical; jazz; blues; easy listening

49
0 4
James Leg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Ja Zgir added James Leg

50
0 4
Seth Justman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Esavi added Seth Justman