Rolling Stone assembled a panel of guitarists and noted music critics to rank the 100 Top Guitarists of All Time. Topping the list are Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards and Jeff Beck. Clapton, Page and Beck are all alums of The Yardbirds, one of the key bands that came out of England in the 1960s. Eddie Van Halen - who placed 8th in the list - writes of Clapton (#2), "Eric Clapton is basically the only guitar player who influenced me – even though I don't sound like him. There was a basic simplicity to his playing, his style, his vibe and his sound.