30) "Crumblin' Down" John Mellencamp - Joshua had trumpets to bring down the walls of Jericho. Mellencamp has these much more powerful guitar chords.
31) "Sister Morphine" The Rolling Stones - Simple, quietly played acoustic guitar chords never carried more drama.
32) "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" AC/DC - You couldn't very well have a list of rhythm guitar greats without some AC/DC, could you?
33) "Hot Stuff" The Rolling Stones - Ah, this is what disco was SUPPOSED to sound like.
34) "Rockin' the Suburbs" Ben Folds - Ben Folds plays keyboards, so this guitar oriented song is the rarity. These straightforward hard rock guitar chords provide the critical underpinning of sincerity to the "white boy pain" that he's sheepishly and comically describing.
35) "Jumpin' Jack Flash" The Rolling Stones - Those opening chords give the fullest expression of just what overwhelming determination possessed Keef to push his way through that crossfire hurricane.
36) "Jolene" Dolly Parton - The taut rolling guitar lick under the song communicates her desperate plea perhaps even more than the elegant vocal melody.
37) "Revolution" The Beatles - Raw, primal and powerful
38) "Not Fade Away" Buddy Holly - The staccato guitar pulse of this most classic of Buddy Holly jams the rock and the roll in an irresistable of righteous rocking daddiness.
39) "Old" Paul Simon - There's nothing particularly cutting edge or experimental about this record. It's just a pitch perfect advancement on Buddy Holly that shows the continuing viability of his basic sounds. I only regret not being able to include numerous other Paul Simon acoustic jams, including "Cecilia" and "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard."
40) "I Hate Myself for Loving You" Joan Jett - These simple chords constitute the best hook of any kind in her whole career. Meat and potatoes. Mmmm.
41) "Let It All Hang Out" The Hombres
42) "Let It All Hang Out" John Mellencamp - It's so hard to pick just one of these performances, so why not take both? Mellencamp has had one of the best dozen or so bands in rock history, not sufficiently appreciated. His version is razor sharp, with them guitar chords cutting with James Brown level precision. The Hombres original, on the other hand, doesn't charge quite as hard, but it has its own unique casual, informal front porch charm.
43) "Neighborhood Bully" Bob Dylan - The chord changes here are simple, but they carry great purpose, like the pulse of a telegraph carrying one of Dylan's most urgent and direct messages. I'm not sure of exactly what musicians played what parts on this album, but the main guitar here probably comes from Mark Knopfler.