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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1
3,097 1,562
Jordan Rudess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Progressive metal, New Age music, Electronic music

2
827 729
Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

3
2,840 2,765
Stephen Devassy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
KushalRSahay added Stephen Devassy World music, Classical music

4
699 653
Keith Emerson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Classical music

5
495 451
Tetsuya Komuro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Eurobeat, Oldschool jungle, Pop music

6
451 446
Henrik Klingenberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

7
577 600
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
TitusMercea added Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro

8
558 579
Jon Lord is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
LeonardoSilvaBorges added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
855 1,004
Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock

10
484 535
Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz

11
596 682
Jean Michel Jarre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
New Age music, Electronic music, Trance music

12
356 465
Nigel John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
missnovembertues added New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

13
248 303
Jens Johansson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
ManeKinnunen added Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

14
463 652
Kevin Moore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
TomislavHorvat added Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Psychedelia - Chroma Key.....ex Dream Theater keyboardist and composer

15
368 505
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion

16
285 389
Nick Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
CrisTinaScordo added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

17
297 421
Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
雷太古謝 added Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

18
248 342
Vangelis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
LeonardoSilvaBorges added New Age music, Electronic music, Classical music

19
278 392
Kasson Crooker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Electronica

20
379 559
Sean T. Drinkwater is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Sean T. Drinkwater Rock; jazz; blues; contemporary

21
208 304
Keytar Bear is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
LeeMartin added Keytar Bear

22
268 420
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

23
141 200
Tuomas Holopainen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
GarySimYenKhuan added Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

24
368 619
Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

25
201 317
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26
21 2
Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Lauren Veronese added New Age music, Electronic music, Progressive rock

27
185 304
Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

28
194 322
George Duke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Crossover jazz, Sophisti-pop, Smooth jazz

29
195 329
Donald Fagen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

30
121 192
Vadim Pruzhanov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Glam metal, Power metal

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

32
111 185
Daniel Estrin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
JulianNichols added Daniel Estrin Melodic Metal

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

34
64 104
Richard Wright is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
JohnCarter added Electronic music, Experimental rock, Jazz

35
114 209
Vince Clarke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
BryanRowe added Synthpop, New Wave, Dance music

36
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

37
101 194
Martin Gore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
BryanRowe added Synthpop, New Wave, Alternative dance

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

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

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

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

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

43
95 200
Roger Powell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
TroyHeiner added Roger Powell Rock music

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

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

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

47
72 164
Neil Tennant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
BryanRowe added Synthpop, Alternative dance, Electronic dance music

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

49
6 8
Edgar Winter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
slaft added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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