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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58 25
Jon Lord is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
79 41
Keith Emerson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Classic rock, Rock music, Classical music

3
58 35
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
52 35
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
50 35
Steve Winwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

6
45 31
Joey DeFrancesco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Hard bop, Post-bop, Jazz

7
49 36
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

8
25 15
Joe Zawinul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
slaft added Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

9
34 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
35 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
29 21
Paul Shaffer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Classical; jazz; blues; easy listening

12
31 23
Booker T. Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Instrumental rock, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues

13
40 32
Ray Manzarek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
NikosGeorgiadis added Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

14
19 12
Rick DePiro is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
FredaTalberg added Rock music, Jazz, Country - Jazz, Rock, Country, Blues, Pop

15
21 15
Brian Auger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Jazz fusion

16
24 18
Tom Coster is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rock music, Rock en EspaƱol, Jazz fusion

17
35 29
Gregg Allman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rock music, Gospel music, Country

18
24 19
Don Airey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

19
21 16
John Evan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

20
18 13
John DeFrancesco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today

21
22 19
Al Kooper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Rhythm and blues, Pop rock, Blues

22
39 37
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
23 22
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Synthpop, Rock music, World music

24
18 17
Pete Bardens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
NikosGeorgiadis added New Age music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

25
9 8
Olivier Latry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Organists in Rock and Jazz Today
Olivier Latry Classical; jazz; blues