Greatest Keyboard Player Of All-Time

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81 Trent Reznor Trent Reznor Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.

the founder and only lasting member of Nine Inch Nails, and How To Destroy Angels. He deserves a spot on here for his inspiration to other musicians in the dark, industrial, electro, community and bands. - xaxismusic

82 Benmont Tench

Probably the most underrated keyboard player anywhere. The reason? He doesn't overplay. Just plays what is needed for the song and nothing more.

Listen to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and tell me this guy isn't top 5

83 Richard Clayderman

I can't believe it... ! There are great piano players in here, it's my opinion Richard Clayderman is at the top of all them, my respect for the classics of course.

Are you kidding me? Laugh out loud

My my.. the most successful pianist on guiness record don't have the justice here

84 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.
85 Oscar Peterson

Yeah, I know... Most of you are going "who? " laugh out loud @ some of the people on this list, thanks for the laughs

Without a doubt, he was a major influence to most everyone on this list. In his time, for the style of music he mastered, there is no better piano player.

I would be surprised if anybody else on this list could play as Oscar did. Art Tatum is the only other one I can think in that class.

Putting "Pete" on this list, and then at 75, is an absolute insult. Pure virtuosic genius.

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86 Romel Ali

He is from Bangladesh. Played piano with Air Supply and many other renown bands of the world.

None comes even close when it comes to natural playing...

Magical romel Ali

87 Jan Hammer

Jan belongs in the top three, along with Chick and Keith -- what's wrong with you people?!

The deepest solos ever played on a minimoog in the 70's The master of the minimoog and a fantastic Rhodes Comping and voicings. by the way Don't forget Herbie in the top 4

88 James Gilmour

One of the best Keyboarder I have seen, studied music and plays the most complicated music parts perfectly live, often on 2 keyboards at the same time.

Saga's keyboardist extraordinaire is one of the most talented of all them on this list. He definitely should be in the top 10!

89 Gary Numan Gary Numan Gary Anthony James Webb, professionally known as Gary Numan, is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer and artist.

The greatest exponent of the keyboard in musical history.

Why is Gary no 78, he should be in the top 10.

90 Rick Davies (Supertramp)

This is insane.. Davies' subtleties set him apart from most, and his hooks are insane.

Listen to "Another Man's Woman" live and you will hear.

91 Kate Bush Kate Bush

What a shame she's below Tori Amos, who probably wouldn't even be on this list I'd not for Kate Bush.

Her beautifully rhythmic playing of keyboards also showed with other instruments as well as her programing prowess. Not to mention a 4 1/2 octive vocal range!

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92 Kevin Codfert (Adagio)

Listen to anything on the album underworld and you will understand. - deadgrass27

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93 Bill Paine

Bill Paine of Little Feat has to be one of the top five rock piano players of all time. Incredible virtuosity.

Great keyboard player and band leader. If only you can spell his name correctly. Billy Payne

94 Brian Eno Brian Eno Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, writer, and visual artist.
95 Greg Phillinganes

He is just amazing. Created many riffs for Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Toto, George Benson, and many others. He has a creativity to develop sounds. His techinique comes from clássica piano. Great feeling, swing time. He is complete!

96 Page McConnell

Page, if anyone doesn't know, plays all the keys for Phish. He can play just about everything and is absolutely amazing. Just listen to any Phish song - Dukebags

Page side.. Rage side.

97 Billy Ritchie

Billy Ritchie was not only one of the great Keyboard players, he has been well attested by history, he was the first to play a leading role in a Rock band, replacing guitars. When Keith saw 1-2-3 at the Marquee, early in 1967, it pointed the way that The Nice and ELP would follow. There is no such thing as "the best" - all leading players who are good have something of their own to offer, and have deficiencies that others do not have, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But obviously quality is something tangible, and something that can be applauded. Lists like these tend to be 'fame' lists, not people placed there on merit alone. Many fine keyboard players appear here on this list, but it has to be said that only Billy Ritchie and Keith Emerson held the power of the band alone without guitars, that was at least one of their shared strengths.

Practically none of the keyboard players on this list would be doing what they do but for Billy Ritchie, who was the first to put keyboards at the front of the band.

The best of all - should be number one. Was certainly the first lead Rock keyboard player, copied by Emerson and many others.

From Sky T.V. - "In those days, keyboard players usually sat at the side of the stage, letting lead singers take all the glory. Billy was having none of that". The first player to take a leading role, he changed the dynamic of keyboard playing completely, and set the template for what was to follow.

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99 Ray Charles Ray Charles Raymond Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.

92? Really? Top 15, maybe 10...

Mixed differend styles in his soul. He influenced a lot of musicians like Joe Cocker (Unchain my heart, let's go get stoned), Beatles an so on...
Best is hear his music and enjoy...

100 Amy Lee Amy Lee Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.
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