bands/musicians The Greatest Keytarists of All Time  

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Who are the world’s greatest keytarists? Playing an instrument that isn’t as common as one like the piano, guitar, drums, or violin can be a daunting task. The notable individuals featured on this page are the absolute best keytarists in the world. They come from many different genres of music, including rock, blues, jazz, swing, J-pop, and new age.

Who are the greatest keytarists of all time? The keytar is a unique and not often used instrument. A keytar is much like a standard keyboard, but is worn around the neck with a strap, similar to a guitar. Since the keytar can be worn, it offers the player mobility on stage.

This list features the all time greatest keytarists, ranked by the community. It includes famous musicians such as Todd Rundgren, Weird Al, Donald Fagen, Imogen Heap, Jean Michel Jarre, and Rick Wakeman. Vote up the best keytarists of all time below.
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Jordan Rudess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Jordan Rudess Progressive metal, New Age music, Electronic music

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2
2,830 2,748
Stephen Devassy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
KushalRSahay added Stephen Devassy World music, Classical music

3
803 727
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Rick Wakeman Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

4
493 436
Tetsuya Komuro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Tetsuya Komuro Eurobeat, Oldschool jungle, Pop music

5
675 653
Keith Emerson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Keith Emerson Classic rock, Rock music, Classical music

6
448 430
Henrik Klingenberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Henrik Klingenberg Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

7
551 566
Jon Lord is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
LeonardoSilvaBorges added Jon Lord Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
564 588
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
TitusMercea added Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

9
848 989
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Thomas Dolby Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

10
475 529
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

11
583 677
Jean Michel Jarre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Jean Michel Jarre New Age music, Electronic music, Trance music

12
243 291
Jens Johansson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
ManeKinnunen added Jens Johansson Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

13
350 453
Nigel John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
missnovembertues added John Taylor New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

14
460 642
Kevin Moore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
TomislavHorvat added Kevin Moore Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Psychedelia - Chroma Key.....ex Dream Theater keyboardist and composer

15
363 497
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Jan Hammer Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

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283 378
Nick Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
CrisTinaScordo added Nick Rhodes Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

17
277 381
Kasson Crooker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Kasson Crooker Electronica

18
295 410
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
雷太古謝 added Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

19
378 549
Sean T. Drinkwater is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Sean T. Drinkwater Rock; jazz; blues; contemporary

20
235 341
Vangelis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
LeonardoSilvaBorges added Vangelis New Age music, Electronic music, Classical music

21
205 295
Keytar Bear is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
LeeMartin added Keytar Bear

22
265 409
"Weird Al" Yankovic Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

23
138 191
Tuomas Holopainen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
GarySimYenKhuan added Tuomas Holopainen Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

24
365 611
Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Howard Jones Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

25
199 311
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26
182 299
Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Todd Rundgren Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

27
191 318
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

28
192 324
Donald Fagen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Donald Fagen Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

29
161 279
David A. Stewart is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
David A. Stewart Synthpop, New Wave, Folk music

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110 179
Daniel Estrin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
JulianNichols added Daniel Estrin Melodic Metal

31
134 230
Janne Wirman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Janne Wirman Progressive metal, Pop music, Melodic death metal

32
68 110
Michele Bon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
MicheleBon added Michele Bon Progressive Rock - Keyboardist, composer, arranger, prgressive rock band LE ORME

33
111 205
Vince Clarke is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
BryanRowe added Vince Clarke Synthpop, New Wave, Dance music

34
60 100
Richard Wright is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
JohnCarter added Richard Wright Electronic music, Experimental rock, Jazz

35
137 269
Imogen Heap is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Imogen Heap Synthpop, Indie, Pop music

36
99 188
Martin Gore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
BryanRowe added Martin Gore Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance

37
112 218
Gary Wright is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Gary Wright Rock and roll

38
136 276
Geoff Downes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Geoff Downes Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

39
80 156
Alan Wilder is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
AdrianCroft added Alan Wilder Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

40
98 199
John Avila is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
John Avila Chicano rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

41
94 195
Roger Powell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
TroyHeiner added Roger Powell Rock music

42
105 220
Patrick Moraz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Patrick Moraz Electronic music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

43
57 112
Daisuke Asakura is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Daisuke Asakura Spacesynth, Synthpop, J-pop

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88 187
Vadim Pruzhanov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Vadim Pruzhanov Glam metal, Power metal

45
56 122
YUHKI is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
SaulBorges added Yuhki Power Metal

46
72 160
Neil Tennant is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
BryanRowe added Neil Tennant Synthpop, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

47
5 3
Edgar Winter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
slaft added Edgar Winter Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

48
3 0
Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Lauren Veronese added Eloy Fritsch New Age music, Electronic music, Progressive rock

49
58 132
Christopher Bowes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
IsaacFerguson added Christopher Bowes Black metal, Power metal, Folk metal - Of Alestorm, Gloryhammer and asdfgfa

50
78 182
Ryo Okumoto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
MartinKornick added Ryo Okumoto Experimental rock, Progressive rock