10 Greatest Rock Keyboardists / Pianists

Keyboardists were chosen for their skill, creativity, influence,
impact, musical depth & expression, and lasting popularity in 'Rock' music.

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61 Bill Payne

Little Feat's extraordinary keyboardist and a top session musician for many years on rock albums of all sorts, including Bonnie Raitt and Bob Seger. His presence on Little Feat's Dixie Chicken as well as The Doobie Brothers' China Grove strongly influenced musicians for most of the '70s and '80s. He still plays with both bands as well as Leftover Salmon.

62 Alan Price (The Animals)

If this band was not underrated he would be in 10th place. Just listen to the solo on House of Rising Sun

63 Billy 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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64 Danny Federici

He and Roy Brittan were the greats in the keys department for The Boss

65 Dennis 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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66 Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane)
67 Jesse Carmicheal (Maroon 5)
68 Ben Folds

Best rock n' roll pianist of the last 20 years. Jerry Lee Lewis piano playing which turns into Elton John and Billy Joel for the slow songs.

69 Josh Balz (Motionless in White)
70 Andrew Dost
71 Allen Lanier
72 Madonna Wayne Gacy
73 Jason Freese
74 Billy Corgan Billy Corgan William 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.

75 Micky Lee Soule (Rainbow)
76 Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)
77 Doug Ingle (Iron Butterfly)

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

78 Brandon Flowers Brandon Flowers
79 Richard Manuel (The Band) Richard 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.
80 Brian 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.

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