Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. He is ranked as one of the world's greatest guitarists, and one of the most influential rock guitarists of the 20th century. In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Van Halen #8 in the list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists. In 2012, he was voted in a Guitar World magazine reader's poll as the #1 of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" over Brian May of Queen and Alex Lifeson of Rush.