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The Greatest Keytarists of All Time 

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Updated June 14, 2019 45.4k votes 9.2k voters 107.7k views 110 items

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
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Stephen Devassy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Keith Emerson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Tetsuya Komuro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Jon Lord is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Henrik Klingenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Jean Michel Jarre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Jens Johansson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Nigel John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Nick Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Vangelis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Kevin Moore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Chroma Key.....ex Dream Theater keyboardist and composer
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Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Kasson Crooker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Tuomas Holopainen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Keytar Bear is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Sean T. Drinkwater is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Edgar Winter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
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Richard Wright is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time