10 Greatest Rock Keyboardists / Pianists

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61Manfred Mann

Being so long into the music business, one of the first to use minimoog synth and still playing. listen to Mighty Quinn with the Earth band

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62Billy CorganWilliam Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.

If there is one thing that gets me mad, it's how under appreciated Billy Corgan is. Just listen to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and Adore, and you'll see how great Corgan really is.

63Micky Lee Soule (Rainbow)
64Janne Wirman (Children of Bodom)
65Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)
66Brian Auger

This guy is awesome. Should be ranked higher

67Doug Ingle (Iron Butterfly)

Doug and his organ were the mind, heart and soul of Iron Butterfly

68Christian Lorenz (Rammstein)
69Brent Mydland
70Keith Godchaux

How the heck can Keith Godchaux not be in the top 10?

And how the hell is he lower than Brent Mydland? That's just criminal negligence there.

71Brandon Flowers
72Greg Hawkes

Crazy-talented keyboardist for the Cars!

73Richard Manuel (The Band)Richard George Manuel was a Canadian composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the pianist, regular lead singer, and occasional drummer of The Band.
74Brian Eno (Roxy Music, David Bowie, Talking Heads)

One of the most innovative and influential musicians in Rock since the 70s. He invented a way to use the synthesizer in rock music, and has been involved in creating the sound of so may experimenting bands through the 70s and 80s and so on.
Including Roxy Music (start of his career as keyboardist, he left), The Velvet Underground, Talking Heads, David Bowie (making the sound for the Berlin-trilogy and others) and many more. He also made lots of great experimental soloalbums.

75Jan Hammer
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77Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Axl Rose, and Eddie Van Halen above Billy Powell? Obviously fans, not musicians are making this list. Nobody played honky tonk piano like Billy. Nobody.

How is it that this great musician is #70. Give me a break. Billy was the best! R.I.P. my brother.

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78Billy Joel

Are you kidding me? Should be in top ten. Axl Rose is a better keyboardist than Billy Joel? Who made this list? Probably a bunch of stoner kids, who never touched an instrument.

I voted for Emerson, but it needs to be said that this guy is a monstrous keyboard. Everybody's aware of his stunning song writing talents, but one listen to his playing on songs like "Prelude/The Angry Young Man", "Root Beer Rag", "The Entertainer", "Travelin' Prayer", "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant", "Stilleto", "Great Suburban Showdown", "Los Angelenos", "James", "New York State of Mind" and... man, the list is endless!

79Dennis DeYoung (Styx)

Truly one of the most underrated and overlooked keyboardists and singer/songwriters in rock music. Organ solo in "I'm OK", keyboard solo in "Angry Young Man", etc. His keyboard compositions helped define the sound of Styx.

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80Jesse Carmicheal (Maroon 5)
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