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100 Greatest Rock Keyboardists/Pianists

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Criteria: - These keyboardists were chosen for their skill, creativity, influence, impact, musical depth & expression, and lasting popularity in 'Rock' music. (Keyboards include - Organ, Synthesizer, Mellotron, Electric and Acoustic Piano)

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Last Updated: 09-26-2012

100 Greatest Rock Keyboardists
Keith Emerson
Rick Wakeman
Jon Lord
Ray Manzarek
Jerry Lee Lewis
  1. Keith Emerson (ELP)
  2. Rick Wakeman (Yes)
  3. Jon Lord (Deep Purple)
  4. Ray Manzarek (The Doors)
  5. Richard Wright (Pink Floyd)
  6. Tony Banks (Genesis)
  7. Billy Preston
  8. Rod Argent (Zombies, Argent)
  9. Steve Winwood (Traffic)
10. Al Kooper (Blood Sweat & Tears)
11. Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum, Solo)
12. Booker T. Jones
13. Ian Underwood (The Mothers Of Invention)
14. Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers Band)
15. Tony Hymas (Jeff Beck)
16. Jan Hammer
17. Nicky Hopkins (Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck)
18. Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey)
19. Brian Eno
20. Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater, The Dregs)
21. Richard Tandy (ELO)
22. Dennis De Young (Styx)
23. Jens Johansen (Yngwie Malmsteen)
24. Kerry Livgren (Kansas)
25. Barry Goldberg (Bob Dylan, Electric Flag)
26. T. Lavitz (The Dregs)
27. Don Airey (Rainbow, Ozzy, Deep Purple)
28. Garth Hudson (The Band)
29. David Sancious (Springsteen, Santana, Sting)
30. Ian McLagan (Rolling Stones, Faces)
31. George Duke (Frank Zappa/Solo)
32. Allan Zavod (Frank Zappa)
33. Steve Nieve (Elvis Costello)
34. Max Middleton (Jeff Beck)
35. Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
36. Kevin Moore (Dream Theater)
37. Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater)
38. Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night)
39. Jon Carin (Pink Floyd, Roger Waters)
40. Tony MacAlpine
41. Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep)
42. Benmont Tench (The Heartbreakers)
43. Stevie Wonder
44. Jonathan Cain (Journey, Solo)
45. Geoff Downes (Yes, Asia)
46. Leon Russell
47. Isaac Hayes
48. Patrick Moraz (Moody Blues, Yes, Solo)
49. Roy Bittan (E Street Band)
50. Mike Pinder (Moody Blues)
51. Matt Bellamy (Muse)
52. Allen Ravenstine (Pere Ubu)
53. Alan Price (The Animals)
54. Michael Mcdonald (Doobie Borothers)
55. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
56. Bob Mayo (Frampton)
57. Tony Kaye (Yes)
58. Bill Payne (Little Feat)
59. Richard Tee (Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, James Brown)
60. Lee Michaels
61. Bernie Worrell (Talking Heads, Funkadelic)
62. David Rosenthal (Rainbow)
63. Roddy Bottum (Faith No More)
64. Robert Lamm (Chicago)
65. Claudio Simonetti (Goblin)
66. Michael Pinella (Symphony X)
67. Chuck Leavell (Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones)
68. Michael Brown (Left Banke, Stories, Montage)
69. Jools Holland (Squeeze)
70. Bobby Whitlock (Derek & The Dominos)
71. Mike Ratledge (Soft Machine)
72. Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon)
73. Mike Garson (David Bowie)
74. Larry Knechtel (Bread, Smith)
75. Peter Bardens
76. Paul "Wix" Wickens (Paul McCartney)
77. Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (Grateful Dead)
78. Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)
79. Burton Cummings (Guess Who)
80. Gary Wright
81. Jeff Chimenti (Rat Dog, The Dead)
82. John Evan (Jethro Tull)
83. Chris Stainton (Joe Cocker's Grease Band)
84. Dick Sims (Eric Clapton, Bob Seger)
85. Rick Davies (Supertramp)
86. Roger Powell (Todd Rundgren, David Bowie)
87. Mark Mancina (Yes)
88. Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge)
89. Felix Cavaliere (Rascals)
90. Page McConnell (Phish)
91. Edgar Winter
92. Art Neville
93. Vincent Crane (Arthur Brown)
94. Roger O'Donnell (The Cure)
95. Mark Kelly (Marillion)
96. Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart)
97. Janne Warman (Children of Bodom, Warmen)
98. Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf)
99. Manfred Mann
100. David A. Stewart (Eurythmics)
honerable mentions
Doug Ingle (Iron Butterfly)
Geddy Lee (Rush)
Howard Jones
Rose Stone (Sly & the Family Stone)
David Greenfield (The Stranglers)
John "Rabbit" Bundrick (The Who)
Tony Carey (Rainbow)
Steve Walsh (Kansas)
Brent Mydland (Grateful Dead)
Donald Fagen (Steely Dan)
Stephen Stills
Eddie Jobson (UK, Roxy Music)
Greg Hawkes (Cars)
Kerry Minnear (Gentle Giant)
Serj Tankian (System of a Down)
Reese Wynans (Double Trouble)
Gene Taylor (Fabulous Thunderbirds)
Pete Townshend (The Who)
Eddie Van Halen
John "Jojo" Herman (Widespread Panic)
Keith Tippett (King Crimson)
David Bryan (Bon Jovi)
Andrew Fletcher (Depeche Mode)
Mick Talbot (Dexys Midnight Runners, Style Council)
John Herndon (Tortoise)
Alan Fitzgerald (Night Ranger)
Simon House (Hawkwind)
Alan Pasqua (sessions - Damn Yankees)
Oliver Palotai (Kamelot, Sons of Seasons)
greatest rock pianists
  1. Jerry Lee Lewis
  2. Professor Longhair
  3. Ray Charles
  4. Elton John
  5. Billy Joel
  6. Little Richard
  7. Fats Domino
  8. Randy Newman
  9. Keith Emerson
10. Rick Wakeman
11. Dr. John
12. Huey "Piano" Smith
13. Tony Banks (Genesis, Solo)
14. Leon Russell
15. Bruce Hornsby
16. Ian McLagan (Small Faces)
17. Stevie Wonder
18. Nicky Hopkins (Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck)
19. Esquerita
20. Ben Folds
21. Gary Brooker (Procol Harum)
22. Ian Stewart (Rolling Stones)
23. Spooner Oldham
24. Amos Milburn
25. Roy Bittan (E-Street Band)
26. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
27. Carole King
28. Joe Jackson
29. Steve Nieve (Elvis Costello)
30. Paul McCartney
31. Laura Nyro
32. Neil Sedaka
33. Tori Amos
34. Jack Nitzsche
35. Alan Price (The Animals)
36. David Sancious (Springsteen, Santana, Sting)
37. Jools Holland (Squeeze)
38. David Foster
39. Larry Knechte (Bread, Smith)
40. John Cale (The Velvet Underground)
41. Warren Zevon
42. Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople)
43. Paul Carrack (Squeeze)
44. Jim Dickinson
45. Tom Waits
46. Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys)
47. Carly Simon
48. John Legend
49. Mark "Moogy" Klingman (Utopia)
50. Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac)
51. Van Dyke Parks
52. Chris Martin (Coldplay)
53. Pete Wingfield (The Olympic Runners)
54. Matt Rollings
55. John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting)
56. Russ Conway
57. Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane)
58. Sarah McLachlan
59. Dan Fogelberg
60. Ed Harcourt
61. Sheldon Miller (This Is Me Smiling)
62. Delta Goodrem
63. Alicia Keys
64. Brenda Russell
65. Rufus Wainwright

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