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This list is important because conventional swing instruction is leading hitters down the wrong path, and the reason why is because they haven't identified the right models. The greatest pound for pound hitters are the hitters with the highest pound for pound score, which is career OPS+ divided by playing weight. By ranking hitters this way, we get to see which hitters most likely had the very best swing mechanics.
What you will find in examining this list is that the greatest pound for pound hitters achieved much different positions than the ones that are being taught today. Instead of taking some swing coaches word for it, let the hitters on this list be your models.