Best Rhythm Guitaristsarmthehomeless06
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!
Great down picking and stamina. Love him. - Metal_TreasureV 80 Comments
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.
Do you know why he’s better than janes Hetfield because he was the one who created the riffs he played not to mention he didn’t just write them but he was the one who played them so I don’t wanna here James is better cause he’s not deal with it Dave is the best rhythm not to mention he was the one who created the spider technique so there you have itV 43 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!
There is no doubt when you listen to the music and are able to hear the rhythm carrying the song you will agree that Malcolm was one of the pioneers and true artists... people recognized that...that's what paved the way to new music is that constant beautiful riff...Malcom didn’t say hey pick me!...the people heard the sound and picked him...he just wanted to play. RIP Sir Malcolm you are the best!V 61 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
Zacky V. Makes me much comfortable to play with my left hand (for strumming)
And I thankfully discovered a7x
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
Izzy is a mixture of bests of rhythm. He got influenced by punk, reggae, rock n' roll, even prog. He has written damn awesome riffs and conquered a lot of Guns N' Roses songs with his playing. Trust me your most loved parts of GN'R songs but solos are Izzy's stuff. But Slash gets the credit because he is an icon. But when it comes to music Izzy destroys. He plays in so many different tones and ways. He writes great songs with great rhythm parts. He is f'in cool and makes hellova cool back vocalist. His solo stuff is very good. It's just good old rock n' roll. He kills it on acoustic too. That's a big plus for guys like Izzy, Keef, Townshend against guys like Mustaine and Hetfield. They are damn good at acoustic too. Still it's good to see him in a list like this.V 35 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.
No one was better than Keith Richards. PERIOD!
His sound was totally unique.
Young people just don't know how talented he was during his musical prime.
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!
Well. A raw talent at first, very artistic, in his own style. Driving force of the beatles.V 17 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.
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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.
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
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
He is the ultimate guitarist of all time. There's no other guitarist who is as Good as him. That's it.V 6 Comments
He does some great solos but it's his riffs that are more memorable
Isn't he lead guitar though?
Unbelievably amazing, diffidently top ten.
He�'s a masterV 1 Comment
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...
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
Umm, yes he is a very good guitarist. And sure he played both lead and rhythm guitar for Queen. But still he focused more on l lead guitar than rhythm guitar. - zxmV 1 Comment
Looking at this list I was like where is Jim. Slipknot solos are great
Amazingly talented and the best of the best
I like his guitar
Cool solos in Stone Sour
like Absolute Zero - ShahryRKnoT
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.
Anyone who plays guitar knows how underrated Brad Whitford is.
he's not flashy, but could be.
Brad is a better guitarist than Joe Perry. He is a very good technically.
he's in the top 3. Right up there with Malcolm Young, Hetfield and Stradlin.
Most best guitarist lists are a joke. It's a popularity contest.
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
I thought he was a lead guitarist. And Jeff as rhythm player. - Userguy44
Yes, but they often shared the duties. Jeff played the most difficult parts of some solos... - Metal_Treasure
This man is incredible love his playing
Very overrated. Jeff H. was better at both - lead and rhythm. - Metal_Treasure
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
Ritchie is amazing. However, as Jon Lord stated, Ritchie doesn't like playing rhythm and it's obvious when you hear him play. When he's not soloing, he doesn't play much of anything. That's my only criticism of him. If he's not in the spotlight, he'd rather not play. - RalphSaad
He was only guitarist. So he's both lead and rhythm guitarist - zxm
Why so low - his riffs are legendary. - Metal_Treasure
The most perfectionist without flaws. But he played played LEAD.
Then again, Frank Zappa was the Master of 60's 70's Rock. Saw Frank on The Tonight Show with Steve Allen, on his very 1st performance in the early 60's in Black and White T.V..
Look it up on youtube, it's there, playing drumsticks on a bicycle...hehe
I've seen most of 'em in over 50 years, and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention were the Best.
Look up Frank Zappa and Steve Allen on youtube and laugh and enjoy.
Don't Vote! It only encourages Them.
He served as both lead and rhythm guitarist. He didn't play only solos. Who the hell wrote and played the legendary riffs? Him! - Metal_Treasure
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. He's got power, speed and stamina comparable to James Hetfield's. Jon Schaffer is the King of gallops. - Metal_Treasure
The only reason he's not number one is that not enough people know who he is, which is a real shame. I've never heard a guitarist who can gallop faster than Jon Schaffer. If you haven't listened to any Iced Earth songs listen to When The Night Falls, Life and Death, Travel in Stygian, Stormrider, or Dante's Inferno.
Just listen to Travel in StygianV 2 Comments
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
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
Kurt had great lyrics, but he was nowhere near a good guitarist. He even adkitted it himself. - kk2001V 11 Comments
How did no one put him on the list? Dream Theater's got a lot of great guitar riffs, each song is loaded with genius and complex riffs, solos, and backing rhythm guitar. When you hear the guitar, there's one person playing it. Not a rhythm guitarist and two lead guitarists, John Petrucci is the ONLY Dream Theater guitarist, and what he contributes to their music never ceases to amaze me. John Petrucci is arguably the greatest guitarist of all time, but he is, no doubt, the greatest rhythm guitarist of all time. - Songsta41
I feel like his lead playing overshadows his rhythm playing. Songs like The Dark Eternal Night, Sacrificed Sons, Outcry, The Glass Prison, Change of Seasons just to name a few have some of the best riffs I’ve ever heard.
Burnley's heavy yet melodic riffs inspired me to pick up the guitar. Others may be more technically accomplished musicians but Burnley's songs are just perfect balance between heaviness and melody.
Also does amazing leads, great tone and chops. RIP King.
The mastermind of Anthrax's monstrous, infectious riff. He's THE MAN and the walking dude. His presence on stage is just awesome. Thank you for your music.
No one has written so many awesomme, unmistacable and original riffs as scott ian. You can tell right away which song Anthrax or S.O. D song you're listening too. Also a man who has mastered both the relentless down picking style of thrash and also how to play groove riffs. And you have to mention his unique guitar sound, that rly crunchy guitar sound that so many metal bands use these days!
Although a great rhythm guitarist, Charlie Benante is actually the main riff writer. Scott is the lyricist of the band. Still one of the best.
Probably the most underrated rhythm guitar playerV 2 Comments
Are you kidding me? Easily number "1" Why is he listed so low here?
Dave Murray was manly a lead guitarist. But still he can play rhythm guitar (Every lead guitarist can play rhythm guitar actually). - zxm
Yes, both of them, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith did lead guitar. But it seems like that Adrian did most of the rhythm parts - zxm
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.
Rick plays everything with down strokes... As much as I appreciate all the other players... They've had over 75 hit singles and you trying playing them all down strokes for 2-3hrs! Totally underrated until you try playing it... Also remember they wrote pretty much all of these hits as well... Amazing powerhouse player
Absolutely the greatest, John Lennon are you kidding me.V 34 Comments
He 'sold his soul for rock and roll'. This guy should be top 3, with Hetfield and Stradlin.
The very best rhythm player
He's a lead guitarist though... - Gruunge
No comments needed at all for Jimi... just listen!
A great musician in general, whether it's vocals, drums or guitar.
Dave is just a beast at everything he does. Drums, Singing, songwriting. Oh yeah, and a damn good Rhythm Guitarist!
Unbelievably good. Sometimes it sounds like there's two guitarists - a rhythm and a lead - even live!
WHY SO LOW? JIMMY PAGE IS LITERALLY THE BEST RHYTHM GUITARIST OF ALL TIME.Ever heard of immigrant song? or black dog? or whole lotta love? or heartbreaker? Pageys power was in writing legendary riffs and the ones I mentioned are just the tip of the iceberg
Creative player in a sea of sameness. He is really a good musician
THE GODFATHER who started it all!
Best rhythm guitarist and the best rapper! Linkin Park rocks, Mike Shinoda for the win!
I think LP are a pretty underrated band in terms of technique, sure, there are a milestone of bands that are more technical than LP, but I think Mike is just a great guitar player and he's the mastermind behind Linkin Park, he's my idol - Nintendonix
Mike Shinoda is at 50!
Rapper-lyricist-Guitarist- pianist of the greatest band of 00's doesn't deserve to be at 50! Come on!
Is this a joke? The Edge is one guitarist whose rhythms cannot even be imitated. His rhythms are what give all U2 songs their power. - ameentheguitarist23
I wanna scream at these idiotic ratings. He didn't;t know technically how to play, so he invented a unique style, unlike the rest. This Welsh/ Irishman is one bad ass.
He might be the coolest person on the list, but quality and polish puts him above most clearly if you listen to his playing.
Hell yes. Light years over muted power chords
Really? - zxm
One of the greatest American composers alive.
Rudolf deserves the top place! He created Scorpions and beats every single rhythm guitar players!
His awesome guitar-playing and rhythms are one thing, but the way he plays and all the energy he uses on the scene, makes him the best rhythm guitarist by miles.
just listen to those riffs! It will blow your head off!
He touches my soul and makes it weep. No one else does that.V 1 Comment
The Clash wouldn't be what they were without Joe laying down a steady beat.
Just listen to London Calling, Brand New Cadillac and Train in Vain
The dude took the name "Strummer"! Once he did that he had to be great. His abilities really shine in the Mescaleros.
Bad ass!V 1 Comment
Matt Tuck is amazing. He plays guitar, is the lead singer and does screaming as well, how much better can you get? Bullet would be lost without him, and then even though he's a rhythm guitarist, he can step up and play solo' just like Padge. Listen to the solo of Heart's Burst Into Fire by Bullet For My Valentine and you will hear Matt's talent.
What a rhythm guitarist for this generation. Without matt there is no Bullet For My Valentine
Just listen Alone and Waking The Demon;
Such a hard riffs and he sing over them
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