Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest electric guitarist of all time.

The 'All Along The Watchtower' star topped a list compiled by Time magazine, beating renowned musicians including Slash, Bb King, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Chuck Berry.

Explaining why the left-handed rocker topped the list, Time's music critic Josh Tyrangiel said: "No one merged the blues, rock and psychedelia with as much ease or wielded a guitar with as much charisma."

While former Guns N' Roses star Slash came second in the list, the magazine admitted he placed so highly because of his fashion sense, as well as musical ability.

Josh explained: " A remarkably precise player who had to put up with more crap from his lead singers than any other guitarist on this list. Does he make the cut partially because of the hat? Yes. Yes he does."

Blues legend BB King was named third in the list, followed by Keith, with Eric taking the final slot in the top five.

Time magazine's greatest electric guitarists

1. Jimi Hendrix

2. Slash

3. B.B. King

4. Keith Richards

5. Eric Clapton

6. Jimmy Page

7. Chuck Berry

8. Les Paul

9. Yngwie Malmsteen

10. Prince