Best Rhythm Guitarists

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21 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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22 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

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 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

26 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

27 Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ...read more.

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.
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Deplorable Frank

28 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.
29 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.

30 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!

31 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

32 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

33 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
34 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.

35 Vivian Campbell Vivian Campbell Vivian Patrick Campbell is a Northern Irish rock guitarist. He came to prominence in the early 1980s as a member of Dio, and has been a member of Def Leppard since 1992.
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37 Matthew Tuck Matthew Tuck Matthew "Matt" Tuck is a Welsh musician. He is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist in the Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine.

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

38 Rudolf Schenker Rudolf Schenker Rudolf Schenker is a German guitarist and founding member of the hard rock band Scorpions, being the rhythm/lead guitarist and one of the main songwriters of the band.

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.

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39 Richie Sambora Richie Sambora Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter who was the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years.

Richie just doesn't get enough credit. Even the heaviest of heavy metal heads will get caught listening to good ol' Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora's licks.

Richie always be the best their is, the best there was, and the best their will be...

40 Eddie Van Halen Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. V 1 Comment
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