90 Glen Buxton
of Alice Cooper
Buxton was a gifted mimic whose ability to unlock the guitar secrets of his Stones and Yardbirds 45s gave a Phoenix garage band the breathing room to develop into Alice Cooper. His dirty, elemental leads wrapped around Michael Bruce's meaty riffs to create a legacy of exemplary hard rock.
Essential Recording: "Eighteen," Love It to Death (1971)
91 Robby Krieger
of the Doors
Krieger's strengths are flexibility and self-effacement. A broad stylist whose influences extend to country, flamenco and raga, he could also get as nasty as he needed to, but he understood that instrumental interplay was what mattered.
Essential Recording: "Peace Frog," Morrison Hotel (1970)
92 & 93 Wayne Kramer, Fred "Sonic" Smith
of the MC5
In the MC5, Kramer and Smith funneled Sun Ra's sci-fi jazz through twin howitzers. Together they staked out a vision for hard rock that felt ecstatic, giddy, boundless.
Essential Recording: "Kick Out the Jams," Kick Out the Jams (1969)