I don't really have a best or a worst for river rapids rides. Instead, I split them into two categories, above average and average.
Grizzly River Run (Disney's California Adventure)
Shipwreck Rapids (SeaWorld San Diego)
Bigfoot Rapids (Knott's Berry Farm)
Rip Roaring Rapids (California's Great America)
Roaring Rapids (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
White Water Safari (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom)
I could not pick a best from the two above average ones, but if I had to pick a worst I would probably say White Water Safari. The ride gets you plenty wet, but most of it comes from water cannons the guests activate and not from the ride itself (other than the waterfall).
Top 5 Steel: Bizarro (SFNE), Tatsu, Nitro, Maverick, Banshee
Top 5 Wood: El Toro, Voyage, Boulder Dash, Goliath (SFGAm), Thunderhead
Top 3 Parks: Holiday World, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Knoebels Amusement Park & Resort
TPR Trips: IntimidaTour 2010, North East Trip 2011, LeviaTHON 2012, Mini Tours 2014 (New Hotness & East Coast)