Why Prince is the Greatest Guitarist EverOne of the most common comments we get basically reads as follows.
"Your list sucks and you are an idiot. There is no way Prince is better than [Insert Guitarist Here]. You're so stupid. Prince is the biggest [Insert Expletive Here] ever. You [Insert 2nd Expletive Here] suck.
We see this same general comment almost daily from visitors to the list of greatest guitarists ever and delete it each time as it goes against our policy of only publishing comments that support a particular item in a list.
Of course, even if we didn't have that policy, we may still be inclined to press the delete button on comments like these. Something about being insulted on our own site seems to illicit that sort of response.
But getting back to the topic of why Prince is listed at number one, it isn't because it is our belief that he should be listed there. We did not add him to the list, did nothing to push him to the top of the list, and in fact did not even add the list to the site.
Prince is listed as the greatest guitarist of all time because more people have voted for him than any other guitarist on the list. It's that simple. Granted, the results are skewed by the fact that the list received significant traffic as a result of a link placed in a forum for Prince fans just as is the Buckethead ranking, but it is still based purely on the numbers
So instead of wasting time crafting accusatory, insulting, and often times profane comments, when you see a list where the results seem screwy (the list of greatest singers of all time comes to mind), vote on the people or things that you think should be higher on the list and add convincing comments so others will do the same.
The lists on this site are subject to bad statistics and non-representative samples. That's a given. Voting is how the problem gets fixed. So while Prince is listed number one as of the time we are writing this, enough people are voting that he will soon be knocked from that pedestal.