music 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
2,827 2,740
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
796 726
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
492 431
Tetsuya Komuro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Tetsuya Komuro Eurobeat, Oldschool jungle, Pop music

5
670 652
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
448 427
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
545 565
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
560 587
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
847 986
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Thomas Dolby Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

10
470 528
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

11
577 677
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
243 289
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
350 451
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
460 640
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
283 374
Nick Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
CrisTinaScordo added Nick Rhodes Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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358 496
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Jan Hammer Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

17
277 377
Kasson Crooker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Kasson Crooker Electronica

18
295 406
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
378 546
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
204 291
Keytar Bear is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
LeeMartin added Keytar Bear

21
230 341
Vangelis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
LeonardoSilvaBorges added Vangelis New Age music, Electronic music, Classical music

22
265 406
"Weird Al" Yankovic Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

23
138 188
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
199 310
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25
364 609
Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Howard Jones Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

26
182 298
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
192 323
Donald Fagen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Donald Fagen Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

28
188 317
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

29
110 178
Daniel Estrin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
JulianNichols added Daniel Estrin Melodic Metal

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161 278
David A. Stewart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
David A. Stewart Synthpop, New Wave, Folk music

31
134 229
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
68 109
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
109 204
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
58 99
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
137 268
Imogen Heap is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Imogen Heap Synthpop, Indie, Pop music

36
99 187
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
134 275
Geoff Downes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Geoff Downes Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

38
108 218
Gary Wright is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Gary Wright Rock and roll

39
79 155
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
98 197
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
57 110
Daisuke Asakura is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Daisuke Asakura Spacesynth, Synthpop, J-pop

42
94 194
Roger Powell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
TroyHeiner added Roger Powell Rock music

43
104 220
Patrick Moraz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Patrick Moraz Electronic music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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88 185
Vadim Pruzhanov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Vadim Pruzhanov Glam metal, Power metal

45
56 121
YUHKI is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
SaulBorges added Yuhki Power Metal

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5 2
Edgar Winter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
slaft added Edgar Winter Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

47
72 159
Neil Tennant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
BryanRowe added Neil Tennant Synthpop, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

48
58 130
Christopher Bowes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
IsaacFerguson added Christopher Bowes Black metal, Power metal, Folk metal - Of Alestorm, Gloryhammer and asdfgfa

49
78 181
Ryo Okumoto is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
MartinKornick added Ryo Okumoto Experimental rock, Progressive rock

50
74 173
Greg Hawkes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Greg Hawkes New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock