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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.
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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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Eloy Fritsch is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Rick Wakeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
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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
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Stephen Devassy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
KushalRSahay added Stephen Devassy
World music, Classical music
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Henrik Klingenberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal
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Jon Lord is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
LeonardoSilvaBorges added
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
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Herbie Hancock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
TitusMercea added
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Electro
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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
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Thomas Dolby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop rock
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Jens Johansson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
ManeKinnunen added
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
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Teddy Riley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Stephanie Whittaker added
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Edgar Winter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
slaft added
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
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Nigel John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
missnovembertues added
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock
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Jan Hammer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Synthpop, Pop music, Jazz fusion
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Nick Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
CrisTinaScordo added
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music
19
Vangelis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
LeonardoSilvaBorges added
New Age music, Electronic music, Classical music
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Gary Numan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
雷太古謝 added
Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music
21
Tuomas Holopainen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
GarySimYenKhuan added
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Black metal
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Kevin Moore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
TomislavHorvat added
Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Psychedelia
Chroma Key.....ex Dream Theater keyboardist and composer
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Kasson Crooker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Electronica
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Fingazz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
Cyprien Blz added
Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music
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Keytar Bear is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Keytarists of All Time
LeeMartin added Keytar Bear