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The Top Ten
No need for an explanation why he tops other players, just listen master of puppets and justice for all, incredibly powerful and melodical riffs at the same time, this man's music had reached out of metal music era, and make others follow his example, simply put, no other names mentioned here has more influence on rock music generally than him, and on other rock metal bands. Metallica is no non stop speeding bullet, or feelingless same satanic deppessive riffs, metallica is pure music, full of this mans artictic approach, his feelings, his troubles, his demons, his rage against corruption in every aspect, no matter what others blame them for, just listen to their music, it sums it all, they are not the people what others accuse them to be just out of them jealousy, megadeth is good slayer rocks, but to be honest even those bros not even close harmonicaly, melodicaly, neither of them could express them rage on guitar and lyrics like hetfield did, thats my opinion I have been listening ...more
This amazing person can play rhythm guitar like no other- a forerunner to the best bands happening now. Not only is his guitar unmistakable but his voice is and instrument unto its own. AND he can pull a lead solo with the best of the best. Guess I am just a major fan, but when you watch him perform, there is a transport between man and instrument that happens only with the cream of the crop. King James.
Hetfield has written some of the most famous metal riffs of all time as well as barking out his incredible vocals. He is one of the most artistic singers/songwriters we have today, a true poet. He out performs anyone I've ever watched play. Long live papa het!
Papa hetV 68 Comments
He is great, the perfect couple, not only he plays the chords, also he play the harmony with synyster gates, I like them. Also when they are playing solos or intros together, like AFTERLIFE!
Just a great Rhythm Zacky,.. specially with Synister,..
playing with your left hand,..
LOVE IT Or Die! - tirtasullivan
Combines with Gates... They are just an epic couple. - macromark
You are my hero.
I want to learn guitar from you and synyster.
Dave is definitely mor of a lead guitarist then he is a rythm guitarist, but his rythms are just wicked. not only is he a fantastic lead guitarist, he's also written some of the best metal songs in history. its rythm stuff like the wickedly hard to mimick spider chords, and snarly riffs that helped curve a new meaning to the word speed metal. not only that, but dave plays some ridiculously complicated rythms and sings at the same time! and doesn't miss a note either. songs like hangar 18, holy wars, and peace sells are absolute master pices. probobly one of the greatest guitar players of all time, extremely humble, and very underrated.
if you want to truly see what I'm talking about, check out my last words on youtube. daves rythms are wicked, and check out the guitar solo. thats definitely one of my favourite guitar solos of all time.
Dave mustaine taught james how to play guitar... Dave was lead when he was in Metallica and he's a lead rhythm switch in megadeth who also sings dave is definitely a top 3 rhythm guitarist with izzy stradlin to go with
Come on now, Dave Mustaine comes to be the best Rhythm Guitarist as well. He Guitar solos are skilled and fast but his riffs are probably toughest to play, it becomes extremely tough while singing. We have got a lot of examples for that like "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due", "Good Mourning - Black Friday", "Tornado of souls", "Take no prisoners" etc. He writes way better, complex, fast, riffs and suitable for Thrash Metal as compared to James Hetfield and other guitarists. He deserves the number one position.
Best 'riff' guitar player in the world.V 36 Comments
He is responsible for creating some of the greatest riffs in the history of rock music. Even though Angus is mistaken for writing a lot of the bands material, it is Malcolm who is the real brain behind their sound.
He is the best. people hardly know him because he is so modest and only dedicated to music. the mastermind behind huge success of AC/DC.
Malcolm have to be on the first place! ! On every top lists he is on the first place but here he is on the forth place! Nobody can play like MALCOLM YOUNG!
When I think of rhythm guitar, the first band it comes to my mind is ACDC, and that meais malcolm young.V 41 Comments
He's just got an amazing feel and groove. His style's very simplistic but that just adds to the emotional quality of his art and just goes to a whole level of elation. His songwriting is top notch, very great.. definitely underrated, though obviously he prefers the low profile, which is very respectable.. great musician, brilliant guitar player, great person.. it all comes through in the sound
Listen to any song he made with Guns N' Roses and then listen to them without him. You can definitely hear the difference. He brought much more to the band than he gets credit for. He was essential part of the band.
Also listen to his solo music. He still makes great music. It's definitely not Guns, if that's what you're looking for then don't be surprised. It's more laid back and mellow. Slash even said that if Ronnie ever quit the Stones, Izzy's the only guy cool enough to replace him.
Together with Slash, they are just a perfect match no matter how different their styles are. This guy has so much groove, he deserves to be above Zacky Vengeance. Rhythm guitar is about creativity and groove. Not just chugging and strumming power chords. Izzy can create amazing licks in between the chords and change the song so much with his tone that without him, the band will sound extremely different
He is best rhythm guitarist best of all timeV 32 Comments
Hetfield and Mustaine over Keef? , no guitarist can hold a song like Richards did, he's a genius of the guitar, he invented every Stone riff existing, he can tune his guitar to every song to get the correct tone, he's one of the rare riffers that can only challenge Hendrix or Page at riffing, and so other things
If you want to learn the essence of rhythm guitar, you need to eat, live, breathe, and listen to everything Keith plays. Do this for a few years, and you'll definitely have the feel for a good rhythm riff. Long live Keith.
Great rhythm guitar in one of the greatest rock and roll bands of the 60s, ie: Honkey tonk women, Jumpin Jack flash, Brown sugar epitomize his style.
Keith is better than all of themV 15 Comments
John Lennon made the guitar speak. Listen to Come Together, Cold Turkey, Revolution, I Want You or Yer Blues for prime examples. His solos on Get Back and The Ballad of John and Yoko are brilliantly simple and to the point. A true original and classic guitarist!
A master of time, tone and taste. Complimented George Harrison lead work. Able to play with any lead guitarist and maintain the rhythm. John and George were the first of the two guitar attack in rock music followed by Keith Richards and Brian Jones.
Just a superb solid player -unique hard playing style -one of the best ever - honed in all night German stints -drove on the best band ever and he knew it!
Don't get me wrong, I like Metallica,but John Lennon is better than Hetfield ever will be. John deserves to be #1V 14 Comments
Oh My God! The incredible amount of riffs he wrote, the fact he could sing perfectly, write an amazing amount of awesome songs...
Oh! And when it comes to playing guitar, he's a genius. Maybe he isn't the most talented (though he's damn close) but he's got something: passion! Just listen to the way he plays at Live at Leeds (and he was depressed that day! ) and Live at the Isle of Wight and let him kick your ass.
Pete Townshend is one of the greatest guitarists ever, let alone a rhythm player. He doesn't play many solos, but he could still kick the asses of lots of other people who do crazy solos.
Whoever didn't vote for Pete Townshend should listen to Magic Bus on the Live at Leeds album.
Best writer ever.V 9 Comments
This is a complete joke. Clearly whoever did this does not play guitar or have a knowledge of talent. Dimebag would crush Hetfield on rhythm guitar. Go play some Metallica riffs and then go play some Pantera riffs case closed. Anyone can cover Metallica and make it sound good. Nobody can cover Pantera like Dimebag. Just go and YouTube and type in Metallica cover by Pantera and you will see Dimebag plays it better than Hetfield and Hammet combined. If Metallica were to cover Pantera it would be an utter mess.
Dimebag should be in Top 3 along Hetfield and Mustaine! His rhythm and lead playing are out of this world. Dimebag brought the groove and all of his riffs are just crazy! Vote him up! RIP Dimebag
Awesome guitarist. And yes, he is a rhythm guitarist. But this list is mainly for rhythm guitarists. Lead guitarists also can be here. But I think it's better if the rhythm guitarists (who focuses more on rhythm guitar) come here first. - zxm
Awesomeness guitarist, but more of a lead than a rhythm.V 4 Comments
He does some great solos but it's his riffs that are more memorable
Isn't he lead guitar though?
Ray Davies the rhythm guitarist of Kinks. He should've been here since he only plays rhythm guitar. - zxm
Hey, buddy? Yeah... Brian May might not exactly be a rhythm guitarist... He might be a lead guitarist... Yeah...
Sometimes I think his composition skills are so good they distract from the credit he should get for how well he plays that guitar!
HE's so good he's songs are so emotional try to watch his Bohemian Rhapsody solo it's cool
He is a LEAD people goshV 1 Comment
3 chords won't make anyone a legend
He always play his own music or cover with full feel
Original legend...i love you kurt cobain
He was a lead guitarist.V 10 Comments
He will be my first choice. He is the rhythm guitarist kind. Most of his songs are rhythm guitar bases. Well its not like that he can't play lead guitar. But he is best at rhythm guitar. And he is very fast at it. - zxm
He was a genius and his technique saved rock n' roll. Also The Ramones were way ahead of their time.
Long live the pioneer of punk's thrashing and awesome guitar style!
Few chords but the way he plays its awesome. - zxmV 3 Comments
Looking at this list I was like where is Jim. Slipknot solos are great
Amazingly talented and the best of the best
He's not a rhythm guitarist, he's the lead guitarist - NikBruskV 2 Comments
Probably the most underrated guitarist. Period. Better at 61 than at 30. Amazing especially with acoustical..
Overlooked like all females in any category
Yeah, she's been awesome for decades...
He is the person responsible for the great anthems like rock n roll all nite, Detroit rock city, I was made for loving you etc. In 1973 he made KISS and laid down the foundation of one of the greatest band of all time.
I don't know why kiss is so underrated in every lost they are most talented band and he should be second after hetfield as hetfield is god but he is also lord
Second only to the great Malcolm Young in my opinion.
Paul stanley all the wayV 2 Comments
Unlike most rhythm guitarists you can actually, you know, HEAR whiteford on aerosmith tracks. He can keep a beat better than a lot of bassists out there. It was his rhythm guitar part in helter skelter that made it ALMOST better than the beatles' original.
omg, Brad is #1! there's not any guitarrist more underrated than Aerosmith's!
One of the few Rhythm guitarists that you can actually hear in the songs.
Brad is excellent!V 1 Comment
His triplets and galloping style writing make him among the best in heavy metal... True old school at its finest.
Jon Schaffer and Jeff Waters should be in the top 10. - Metal_Treasure
He's number 1
Jeff Waters is the Annihilator lead guitarist, extremely talented
Like the shredding guitar
He's one of those very talented guys who is equally good as rhythm and lead guitarist (he switches). His riffs are awesome - not only beautiful but also very fast and sophisticated. - Metal_Treasure
There's just not words to describe how much he means to The Quo. Not only does he has an exream feeling for rhythm but he has also written some of their best biggies and has an awesome Rock voice. In my opinion he's by far the best rhythm guitarists, in difference to others on this list who are more of "second guitars". If you haven't heard Rick play Caroline, you got no idea what a rhythm guitarist should be doing ;). He is the part of Status Quo that (musically speaking) is irreplaceable. Without him there would be no FF. Rossi being irreplaceable for other reasons, but a lot of musicians can do what Rossi does, not many can do what Rick does.
Rick Parfitt is truly the best. He is one of few real rhythm players. His solid style and sense of timing is of the highest order. People like John Lennon are only Backing Guitars. Anybody on this site should youtube "Caroline" or "Don't Waste My Time" or even "Over The Edge" and they will immediately see, hear, and even feel the guitar God that is Rick Parfitt. No-one else on the planet can play a guitar the way he does. He is Truly a Sensation.
His style is impeccable. None of this 3 chord malarky, no one can do what he does! Just watch him play the opening of Caroline live, or play his part in Down Down. How his right hand can cope, I'll never know! One of rock's greatest rhythm guitarists and criminally underrated.
This is a US site so not many would have heard of Rick Parfitt, but quite frankly his is unique.. the best Rhythm Guitarist ever. And may he RIP.V 30 Comments
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