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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.
list ordered by
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Jordan Rudess is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Progressive metal, New Age music, Electronic music
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Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
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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
Keith Emerson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Classic rock, Rock music, Classical music
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Tetsuya Komuro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Eurobeat, Oldschool jungle, Pop music
6
Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
TitusMercea added Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro
7
Jon Lord is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
LeonardoSilvaBorges added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
8
Henrik Klingenberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal
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Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock
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Chick Corea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Kozmigroov, Fusion, Avant-garde jazz
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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
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
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
Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion
15
Kevin Moore is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
TomislavHorvat added Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Psychedelia
Chroma Key.....ex Dream Theater keyboardist and composer
16
Nick Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
CrisTinaScordo added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music
17
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
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
Kasson Crooker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Electronica
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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
Keytar Bear is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
LeeMartin added Keytar Bear
22
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music
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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
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Howard Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music
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Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music