Best Rhythm Guitarists

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21 John Petrucci John Petrucci John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater.

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

22 Robbin Crosby

Also does amazing leads, great tone and chops. RIP King.

23 Scott Ian Scott Ian Scott Ian is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing and additional lead vocalist, and the only remaining original founding member of the thrash metal band, Anthrax.

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 player

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24 Kerry King Kerry King Kerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer.
25 Adrian Smith Adrian Smith Adrian Frederick "H" Smith is an English guitarist, best known as a member of Iron Maiden, for whom he writes songs and performs live backing vocals on some tracks.

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

26 Chad Kroeger Chad Kroeger Chad Robert Kroeger is a Canadian musician and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Canadian rock band, Nickelback.
27 Robert Johnson Robert Johnson
28 Rick Parfitt

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

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.

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29 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters.

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!

30 Jimmy Page Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

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

31 Chuck Berry Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry was an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He died on 18 March 2017.

THE GODFATHER who started it all!

32 Don Dokken
33 K. K. Downing K. K. Downing Kenneth "K. K." Downing, Jr. is an English semi-retired Grammy Award winning guitarist, songwriter and founding member of the British heavy metal band Judas Priest.
34 The Edge The Edge

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.

35 Dave Murray Dave Murray David Michael Murray is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the earliest members of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

Dave Murray was manly a lead guitarist. But still he can play rhythm guitar (Every lead guitarist can play rhythm guitar actually). - zxm

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37 Paul Simon Paul Simon Paul Frederic Simon is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel.

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

38 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more. V 1 Comment
39 Tom Petty Tom Petty Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist and record producer.

One of the greatest American composers alive.

40 Sam Totman
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