It doesn’t sound very confident, but Gibson’s 10 Greatest Covers if Chuck Berry Songs notes that, with the possible exception of the Beatles, no other artist has had as many of his songs covered by his peers.
Possible? How about looking it up? Or just offer an opinion, like this one: no other artist has had a bigger influence over rock and roll during the last 60 years.
And Gibson’s list proves that. The Beatles, The Stones, Bowie, The Kinks, AC/DC, Hendrix … they all paid homage to Berry’s iconic tunes. And everything that followed pretty much stemmed from that list of bands.
Add the fact that Chuck Berry’s guitar playing is even more important, and you get one colossally influential cat.
Got to agree with the comments below the article, though. Johnny Winter’s version of Johnny B. Goode should be on the list.