SRV is without a doubt one of the best. It has to be admitted even if you aren't a fan. Of course, "the best" is subjective. It is all about preference. My personal favorite is Eric Clapton. He's absolutely AMAZING!! To me he is without a doubt the best, and on my personal fave list he's followed very, very closely by Bruce Springsteen and Pete Townshend. Later on comes Tony Iommi, Jonny Lang, Angus Young, and others.
SRV makes my top 10 personal fave list, and I would say he is on the list of top 10 of all time. He really is great.