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21Toby "Radiation" Fox
22David GilmourDavid Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.
23Brian MayBrian Harold May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.
24Keith Moon

My favorite drummer of all time and as well an amazing drummer he is incomparable to any other drummer without a doubt. - Seventies-Music-Fan

25Ritchie BlackmoreRichard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ...read more.

@visitor - I had in mind the heavier/harder sounding spectrum of rock music! I would like to add that Ritchie started the relevant experiments in bands before Deep Purple.

Things are logical though: Ritchie Blackmore was a Jeff Beck fan and Yardbirds fan. I know that Ritchie did at least 3 different cover versions of Still I'm Sad by Yardbirds. And while the original isn't metal, Ritchie's instrumental cover is (he did it with Rainbow). Ritchie didn't only make the sound heavier but he also removed the blues elements from the original. The Rainbow versions with both Dio and D. White on vox are pretty cool, too. - Metal_Treasure

The guy from Deep Purple who started writing heavier sounding rock songs based on classical music, now known as heavy metal. Everybody else with more or less heavy sound wrote rock songs based on blues (circa 1970). So Ritchie Blackmore changed revolutionary the rock music paradigm in its heavier spectrum as well as the stylistic origins of hard/heavy rock music by adding classical music. In terms of creativity, he is #1 for me and will always be. - Metal_Treasure

Incorrect, Justin Hayward and John Lodge were including classical at least 3 years before that in 1967 for the Moody Blues, and it could be argued that huge classical fan Jeff Beck started including it in Yardbirds work as early as 1965.

26Mike PortnoyMichael Portnoy is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine.

He came up with so many of Dream Theater's signature tracks (not to put him above everyone else in DT, they're all geniuses) and created a signature drum sound. He's got to be somewhere up top. - Songsta41

27Adrian Borland
28Thom YorkeThomas Edward "Thom" Yorke is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead.
29Adam JonesAdam Thomas Jones (born January 15, 1965) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and visual artist, best known for his position as the guitarist for Tool.
30Eric ClaptonEric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.V1 Comment
31Jack BruceJohn Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce was a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter known primarily for his contributions to the British supergroup Cream, which also included guitarist-singer Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker.
32Neil YoungNeil Percival Young, OC OM is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.
33Gene ClarkHarold Eugene "Gene" Clark was an American singer-songwriter and founding member of the folk rock band the Byrds.
34Trent ReznorMichael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer. He is known for his intense music videos.
35Arthur Lee
36Todd Rundgren
37Peter GabrielPeter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis.
38StingGordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor, and philanthropist.
39John Cale
40Joni Mitchell
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