5 Greatest Keith Emerson Songs

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Keith Emerson had a fair share of ups and downs in his life, but the most important thing was how he channeled that persisting energy to create some of the finest songs ever known to man. It’s wrong to just base Emerson’s talent inside his tenure from his supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but given the group’s status and the wonders they’ve shared in the progressive genre, it’s best to include it. Below, we compiled these 5 greatest Keith Emerson songs to represent how much of a musician this man was.


“Jerusalem” – Brain Salad Surgery (1973)

Among the many things that Keith Emerson did first was Moog Technology. The company that creates it made sure that Keith would get the best and the newest models. Among the many models is the Apollo in which the musician lovingly uses inside the ELP’s “Jerusalem.”


“Take a Pebble” – Emerson, Lake and Palmer (1970)

The song made use of Emerson’s piano techniques throughout, which makes it among the highlights of this gem of an album. He’s also highly creative about the sounds he ought to make and was even reported that he punched the piano to make musical tones.

“Rondo” – The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack (1967)

An interpretation from Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” Keith made sure to demonstrate the entire 8-minute track and be included inside The Nice’s album, a bold move that would eventually evolve into the progressive genre.

“Fanfare for the Common Man” – Emerson, Lake, and Palmer (1970)

Emerson never shied away from telling the world how he admires Aaron Copeland’s works. This dramatic song of ELP shows how the band made their version an intense one but equally legendary with the original.

“Karn Evil 9: 2nd Impression” – Brain Salad Surgery (1973)

This is the song you should listen to in case you’re in serious need of a genius Keith Emerson moment. “Karn Evil 9: 2nd Impression” is fierce and delicate at the same time, and it goes to show how awesome this musician was in his career.