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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2,838 2,762
Stephen Devassy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
KushalRSahay added Stephen Devassy World music, Classical music

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823 728
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Rick Wakeman Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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695 653
Keith Emerson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Keith Emerson Classic rock, Rock music, Classical music

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494 450
Tetsuya Komuro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Tetsuya Komuro Eurobeat, Oldschool jungle, Pop music

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450 445
Henrik Klingenberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Henrik Klingenberg Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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575 598
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
TitusMercea added Herbie Hancock Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

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557 577
Jon Lord is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
LeonardoSilvaBorges added Jon Lord Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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855 1,002
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Thomas Dolby Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

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483 534
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Chick Corea Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

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593 682
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

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356 462
Nigel John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
missnovembertues added John Taylor New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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246 301
Jens Johansson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
ManeKinnunen added Jens Johansson Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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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

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365 504
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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285 386
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

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297 418
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
雷太古謝 added Gary Numan Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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278 389
Kasson Crooker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Kasson Crooker Electronica

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379 557
Sean T. Drinkwater is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Sean T. Drinkwater Rock; jazz; blues; contemporary

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246 341
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

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Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Lauren Veronese added Eloy Fritsch New Age music, Electronic music, Progressive rock

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207 303
Keytar Bear is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
LeeMartin added Keytar Bear

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268 418
"Weird Al" Yankovic Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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141 199
Tuomas Holopainen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
GarySimYenKhuan added Tuomas Holopainen Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

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368 618
Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Howard Jones Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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201 317
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185 303
Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Todd Rundgren Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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193 322
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
George Duke Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

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194 328
Donald Fagen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Donald Fagen Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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119 192
Vadim Pruzhanov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Vadim Pruzhanov Glam metal, Power metal

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163 284
David A. Stewart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
David A. Stewart Synthpop, New Wave, Folk music

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111 184
Daniel Estrin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
JulianNichols added Daniel Estrin Melodic Metal

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135 235
Janne Wirman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Janne Wirman Progressive metal, Pop music, Melodic death metal

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114 209
Vince Clarke is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
BryanRowe added Vince Clarke Synthpop, New Wave, Dance music

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63 104
Richard Wright is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
JohnCarter added Richard Wright Electronic music, Experimental rock, Jazz

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69 117
Michele Bon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
MicheleBon added Michele Bon Progressive Rock - Keyboardist, composer, arranger, prgressive rock band LE ORME

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101 193
Martin Gore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
BryanRowe added Martin Gore Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance

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114 223
Gary Wright is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Gary Wright Rock and roll

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137 277
Imogen Heap is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Imogen Heap Synthpop, Indie, Pop music

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138 282
Geoff Downes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Geoff Downes Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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83 161
Alan Wilder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
AdrianCroft added Alan Wilder Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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108 222
Patrick Moraz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Patrick Moraz Electronic music, Jazz fusion, Progressive rock

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95 199
Roger Powell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
TroyHeiner added Roger Powell Rock music

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98 207
John Avila is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
John Avila Chicano rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

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57 119
Daisuke Asakura is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Daisuke Asakura Spacesynth, Synthpop, J-pop

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61 136
Christopher Bowes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
IsaacFerguson added Christopher Bowes Black metal, Power metal, Folk metal - Of Alestorm, Gloryhammer and asdfgfa

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72 164
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

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56 127
YUHKI is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
SaulBorges added Yuhki Power Metal

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Edgar Winter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
slaft added Edgar Winter Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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79 186
Ryo Okumoto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
MartinKornick added Ryo Okumoto Experimental rock, Progressive rock