Best Rock n Roll Pianists

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21 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

Crippled Inside. Imagine. Watching The Wheels. A Day In The Life. Jealous Guy. Sexy Sadie. Face it, guys, he's awesome. What can you say? He's not just awesome, he's John Lennon.

I love John but he didn't play piano on Crippled Inside Jealous Guy & I don't think on Day In The Life

I love John Lennon but his is not the best piano player and I don't think he should be this far up on the list

I agree, John had more of an outrageous personality that folk listen for (meaningful/stories from an unbalanced mind).

22 Garth Hudson Garth Hudson Eric Garth Hudson is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist. As the organist, keyboardist and saxophonist for Canadian-American rock group the Band, he was a principal architect of the group's unique sound.

He just made the Bands songs sound even better. He was great and an integral part of their overall sound.

This guy is a genius, he should have way more votes.

Glad to see someone else appreciates one of the best, classiest, multi-talented musicians since the dawn of rock 'n' roll.

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23 Matt Bellamy Matt Bellamy Matthew James "Matt" Bellamy is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and compose most famous for being the main vocalist in alternative rock band Muse.

Butterflies and Hurricanes, Space Dementia, Sunburn... Even better, listen to Exogenesis! Simply genius compositions and unbelievable skill

If you haven't seen Bellamy's work, he is brilliant! Songs like Ruled by Secrecy, Butterflies and Hurricanes, Isolated System, Sunburn, The Globalist, Space Dementia, and Exogenesis are amazing!

Butterflies and hurricanes Piano SOLO, I am a pianist an I have searched videos of other pianist trying to play this piano solo and no one play it as Bellamy

Seriously he should in the top 5, he is clasically trained and an amazing multi instrumentalist!

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24 Donald Fagen

Fagen should be at least top 20. He is the epitome of fusion and his chops are off the charts original!

Again, unbelievable and completely original-should have way more votes

The best musician of all the
times. Nothing is to compare with him

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25 Tony Banks

He defined Genesis' innovative keyboard-based sound, creating entire musical landscapes. The most tasteful of all progressive-rock keyboardist, he was the master of the Mellotron, an ARP innovator and equally brilliant on piano and organ: Rich virtuoso passages (Firth of Fifth, Cinema Show); elaborate technical leads (In the Cage, Riding the Scree, Supper's Ready); haunting chordal structures (Watcher of the Skies, The Musical Box, Fountain of Salamacis); beautifully lush and sweeping emotional passages (Afterglow, Carpet Crawlers, Musical Box, Mad Man Moon, Home By The Sea, Follow You Follow Me), and that's just getting started. An incredibly gifted and versatile keyboardist, his music -- some of the most satisfying keys work ever recorded -- lifts you, moves you, takes you on a journey, and stays with you. He deserves to be WAY higher on this list.

Especially early Genesis, Tony's work on songs like Fifth of Firth is amazing

Firth of Fifth among many others makes him one of the best.

26 Burton Cummings

If you did this list 20 years ago Cummings would probably be top 10. Younger generations haven't had the exposure to the guess who's music. Check out stand tall (Cummings solo)

Canada's Billy Joel... What more can I say?

When you combine piano, lyrics and voice he slides up to number one.

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27 Kerry Livgren

I thought Steve Walsh did most of the keyboard stuff for Kansas?

28 Chuck Leavell

Brilliant, every time he plays. His solo in Jessica is mind blowing.

Impeccable player in a variety of settings. Allman Brothers, Sea Level, and the Stones, but still distinctive.

Makes every musician that he plays with better--the ultimate band member

Always behind the line but the BEST!

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29 Bill Payne

Should be way farther up the list! Are we talking about ability and musicianship or popularity? John Lennon, piano. Really?

Stand up and take notice-this guy should be in the top three!

Like Little Feat, one of the best you likely never heard...

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30 Dr John

At the top of the list with Johnnie Johnson, Archibald, Fess, & James Booker.

Watch last "The Band" movie - you will see!

'Such A Night' is perfection

Mac is a barrelhouse roller.
Took up where Professor Longhair left off.

31 Warren Zevon Warren Zevon

Should be higher. Great piano player and just all around musician too

32 Roy Bittan

His contribution to Bruce Springsteen' music is what makes the Boss music what is it. His skills are unquestionable, he's just the best musician in the E Street Band, and that's saying something. Just so underrated, I don't understand why: Point Black, Racing In The Street, Thunder Road, Jungleland...
And that's only his work with Springsteen, but The Professor has worked with many other like Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Celine Dion, David Bowie...

One of the key members of the E street band. Makes Bruce Springsteen who he is. AMAZING pianist. Just listen to Jungleland!

Greatest and most underrated pianist of all time. It means something that he was the only member of the esbtheat bruce kept on for human touch/lucky town. Aside from being one of the most talented and important members of the esb, he helped dire straits make their best album in making movies.

Jungleland, Backstreets, Thunder Road, Racing in the street, tunnel of love (dire Straits) to name a few

Simply put, the best musician in the band,period!

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33 Dizzy Reed (Guns N Roses)

he is one of the people who developed the epic song November Rain of Guns N Roses with Axl. He had met the original guns n roses lineup in 1985 and he joined the band in 1990s. - ronluna

Never be another song like NOVEMBER RAIN! I got married in November to that song and I still love it! The video is so awesome!

34 Billy Powell

Fast, fun, often beautiful, Billy Powell's piano brought something special to this band of remarkable musicians. Current imposters should just apologize and rename their band.

Free Bird... Call me the breeze... The musicians in Lynyrd Skynyrd are so underrated it's insane.

One of the most underrated piano players. He played for one of the tightest bands of all time. He, and, the rest of the band were a gift to the world.

Absolutely amazing

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35 Bruce Hornsby

Once familiar with his work, no other pianist is more recognizable by their sound. Even more impressive is that he is recognizable despite the diversity he has worked so hard to achieve. He can do anything. Try to prove me wrong. Do your homework and it is clear. Not only should he be on the list, but he should be at the top. My personal favorite is fortunate son with the cover of Pink Floyd's comfortably numb in the middle. Try sad moon on for size. These aren't even his hits. Come on people!

Hornsby is a far more accomplished pianist than any other on this list. His versatility and technical prowess shames both Elton John and Billy Joel - both of whom are over rated. Popularity certainly doesn't equate to a musician's true abilities, as is the case for both John & Joel.

Ask a great musician and Bruce would be at the top.

This list is a joke. When the first words of the #1 person explain away why he is not the best player...David Paich and Bruce Hornsby...

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36 Serj Tankian Serj Tankian Serj Tankian is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and political activist.

Glad to see him in the top ten! The ending of Chop Suey! is fantastic! (On piano.) - moose4life19

Simply amazing!, go listen to "The Charade" and tell me what you think.

37 Ian Stewart

Whit Ian Stuart they were a blues-based gospel and piano-led, Southern-styled rock band at its best

Rolling stone is a blues band!

38 Nicky Hopkins

How in the world is Nicky this low on the charts? "Edward the mad shirt grinder" one of the very best solos Ever. Thanks Nicky!

Nicky was the go to guy for any supergroup that wanted a Classic Rock album.
Played with the best because he was one of the best. Most of the voters probably
Are not aware of him, he should be top five.

Listen to any Blues/Rock from the 60s and Nicky is there playing away. Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Yardbirds, Stones, they all had him on their albums.

Nicky was one of THE BEST pianists and should be higher. Playing on The Stone, The Beatles, John Lennon & so many others!

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39 Axl Rose Axl Rose William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.

Axl Rose piano solo and November Rain

It's scary that someone would actually propose that he's n umber one!

One good song doesn't make a great pianist.

Maybe he is no number one, but he certainly belong to a list of the best
Rock and Roll pianist all times, not only for November Rain but for all his work.

40 Derek Sherinian
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