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Every Member of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ranked Best to Worst 

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May 11, 2017 2.3k votes 479 voters 4.2k views 11 items

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Who is the best member of Red Hot Chili Peppers? It's a question only a diehard fan could answer. Luckily, this list lets you do just that. It has every member of Red Hot Chili Peppers, ranked best to worst by music-lovers like you. There are many factors to consider in your ranking. All of these musicians are talented, but do you prefer guitar players or bassists? Drummers or songwriters?

Flea is definitely one of the most beloved members of the band. The funky bassist is often considered the heart and soul of the legendary rock group - his riffs drive many of their biggest hits. Flea and front man Anthony Kiedis are the only founding members still playing with the Chili Peppers. Longtime guitarist John Frusciante's solos and back-up vocals added depth to the the band's music. Other popular members of the band include Hillel Slovak, Josh Klinghoffer, and Dave Navarro.

Which Red Hot Chili Peppers musician deserves the top spot on this list? Give the best band members a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and share some of your favorite RHCP songs in the comments section.

John Frusciante is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Every Member of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ranked Best to Worst
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Genres (Music): Rock music, Electronic dance music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion, Noise music, + more

Albums: Demo & Acoustic Shadows Collide With People, The Empyrean, To Record Only Water for Ten Days, Curtains, Omar Rodriguez Lopez & John Frusciante, + more

Nationality: United States of America

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Flea is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every Member of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ranked Best to Worst
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Genres (Music): Fusion, Jazz-funk, Experimental rock, Alternative rock, Punk rock, + more

Albums: Helen Burns

Nationality: United States of America, Australia

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Chad Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every Member of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ranked Best to Worst
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Genres (Music): Jazz-funk, Rock music, Experimental rock, Funk metal, Heavy metal, + more

Albums: More Meat

Nationality: United States of America

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Anthony Kiedis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every Member of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ranked Best to Worst
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Genres (Music): Rock music, Rap rock, Funk metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock, + more

Nationality: United States of America

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