Kim Thayil

1960 - Today

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Kim Anand Thayil (born September 4, 1960) is an American musician best known as the lead guitarist of the Seattle-based rock band Soundgarden, which he co-founded with singer Chris Cornell and bassist Hiro Yamamoto in 1984. Cornell and Thayil remained as the original members of the band until Cornell's death in 2017, and the band's subsequent split in 2018. Thayil was named the 100th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone in 2010, and the 67th greatest guitarist of all time by SPIN in 2012. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kim Thayil has received more than 1,533,703 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Kim Thayil is the 2,286th most popular musician (down from 2,154th in 2019), the 12,166th most popular biography from United States (down from 11,296th in 2019) and the 926th most popular American Musician.

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  • 1.5M

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  • 40.83

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 18

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.33

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.27

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among musicians, Kim Thayil ranks 2,286 out of 3,175Before him are Thomas Dolby, Sharon Corr, Art Taylor, Erich Kunzel, Oksana Lyniv, and Li Yundi. After him are David Darling, Zedd, Christian Lindberg, Rui Veloso, Eicca Toppinen, and Dorothy Ashby.

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Among people born in 1960, Kim Thayil ranks 542Before him are Emir Mutapčić, Tomoyuki Kajino, Carol Yager, Peter Pišťanek, Takashi Sekizuka, and Benjamín Galindo. After him are Emma Samms, Seiko Noda, Torben Grael, Bogaletch Gebre, Kevin Doyle, and Connie Hedegaard.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Kim Thayil ranks 12,166 out of 20,380Before him are Mike Johnson (1972), Aimee Mullins (1975), Franklin Graham (1952), Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872), Aunjanue Ellis (1969), and Benny Brown (1953). After him are Beverly Cleary (1916), Patty McCormack (1945), Paula Cole (1968), John Shelby Spong (1931), Rusty Wailes (1926), and Michele Bachmann (1956).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Kim Thayil ranks 926Before him are Alison Krauss (1971), Billy Powell (1952), André 3000 (1975), Michael Romeo (1968), Art Taylor (1929), and Erich Kunzel (1935). After him are David Darling (1941), Dorothy Ashby (1932), Mike Bordin (1962), Stuart Hamm (1960), Macy Gray (1967), and Steve Khan (1947).