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List of famous organists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top organists in the world? This includes the most prominent organists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable organists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic organists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned organists.

This list features people like David Bowie and Elton John.

From reputable, prominent, and well known organists to the lesser known organists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the organist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous organists ever?" and "What are the names of famous organists?" then you're in the right place. 
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Organists
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Organists
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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Organists
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James Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Robert Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Gregg Allman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Antonín Dvoř&aacu... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Organists
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James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Greg Graffin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Barbara Harbach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Anton LaVey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Sun Ra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Edward Elgar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Camille Saint-Saëns... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Organists
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Hugh Paddick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Organists
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