GlassD...you're right on Eddie, he took the stagnant quitar playing world and turned it on its head. It needed a good kick in the butt. I don't like most of their stuff either, but top ten for sure.
SuperT...I understand what your saying, there are more factors (mostly hype) contributing to his fame than just guitar playing, I just don't see him in the top 10 "Greatest Guitar Players". He's been stuck in the same pentatonic mode for 30 years and his playing sounds the same today as it did 20 years ago, blues based riffs. I'd like to see a top ten player stretching themselves a bit more than Clapton did or has. IMHO