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C'mon, when he plays "Wake Up" of RATM... the bass line is just mind blowing
He is THE best bass on the planet. Why he isn't #1 I don't know
Time should definitly be in top ten because he's in on of the few bands that you can actually hear the bass on, and it a seriously kickin' bass line
ShadowdoodMore comments about Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave)
justiceriethMore comments about Robert Trujillo (Metallica)
Excellent. As mentioned before... extremely underrated.
"Coda" gets me every time. His slap bass fill in "Come Original" is downright sick as well. "What Was I Thinking, " and "Don't Dwell" intros are dope; I could go on. Underrated.
P-Nut has the all around technique.More comments about P-nut (311)
Tim's awed the 30 Seconds To Mars fans since he joined as their touring bassist. He's super talented and more people should also check out his own band My Darling Murder - they are going places!
Tim is an amazing person, very devoted to what he does, deeply in love with music and watching him on stage is like a dream come true. He and his bass quitar one is!
Tim is my lovely bassist! He's a great man too! So like to watch at the concerts how he play and sing with Jared Aw!More comments about Timothy Kelleher
ballaboi17More comments about Paul Gray (Slipknot)
Seriously the most underrated bassist ever. Whoever says they're a Smiths fan without appreciating Andy Rourke isn't truly a Smiths fan. Andy Rourke is so good, but hardly ever gets any credit for making The Smiths as amazing as they are.
Definitely one of the most underrated bassists in all of music. I've often heard that the drums and bass playing in The Smiths is poor and only Marr is worth anything, completely and utterly untrue.
Note that I voted with my heart and not my head, James Jamerson should be much, much higher, top five really. Andy Rourke in the top 30, for sure.
Most Underrated Bassist ever, listen to Queen is dead single, Barbarism begins at home, Still ill, and Headmaster ritualMore comments about Andy Rourke (The Smiths)
He could be higher if his bass were more audible, I can't even talk and play my bass, tom sings (yells) and plays very fast lines. Tom might not be stanley clarke, but I doubt stanley can do what tom does.
The only reason why Tom isn't in the top 10 is because of his genre. There are too many people that consider themselves metal heads because they listetn to metallica, and don't recognize a true (original) thrash metal band, and the best bassist in metal
how isn't this guy in the top ten in raining blood this guy plays the same solo as the guitar do you know how hard that is as a bassistMore comments about Tom Araya (Slayer)
Ross uses simple fluid bass lines that really carry the harmony of all of Journey's timeless songs. I love the way his tone on all on most of there tracks as well. Very solid player!
I think ross is one of the best bass player... He's awesome. The sound of his bass lines Are not the common... He makes many techniques that give their sound on bass much power! Is simply one of the best
Miguel31More comments about Krist Novoselic (Nirvana)
Eero ansaitsee ensiksi epäilemättä... on paras!
he's so great and also good person...
He's so great! he should be in the top ten at less, omg I can belive he is in the 31 he deserves the first place Eero I love you! and I love The RasmusMore comments about Eero Heinonen (The Rasmus)
He's good.. Watch their videos and notice how his bass sound, very skilled and awesome..
While I think Taiji is a much better bassist, Heath does have his own flair in the mix. Just my thoughts, though I may be a bi bias.
Heath - San is great bassist with an awesome style. His solos are amazing and not only, that he is a great bassist, also he's a fantastic singer. For me Heath - San is one of the best bass - player in the world. He's really the best to replace Taiji - San and I'm very glad, that he's with X now but also hope, to hear some more solo - works from him.More comments about Heath (X Japan)
Are you lot on bubbles? Mani is one of the best bassists of our generation man! All you 4string thumpers should be ashamed. Up Mani, Up the Roses. City til I die! Matt 77p-bassxx
lukestheman4More comments about Dave Pheonix Farrell (Linkin Park)
Vayne90More comments about Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne)
Marco Hietala is the most amazing bass player and singer I ever heard, so I don't understand why is he here, cause I can say he's better than for example Georg from TH...
Listen to the bass parts of London Calling and SISOSIG and you'll c y he is so great
Paul Simonon - great bass lines at London Calling, Police and Thieves, The Magnificent Seven.
Sam is way better than Dave Farrell. It's unfortunate nobody gives him the credit he deserves just because a lot of people hate Limp Bizkit.
Why everybody hates them? Sam in one of the greatest bassist of all time
sam is the best I don't now why he is 84 on this list he should be in the top 10.
Just because everybody hates fred that does not mean that he should be hated to he is defenetly the best
arpanhmrMore comments about Shavo Odajian (System of a down)
He is the best bassist ever but bing rank 88 is not enough for this man. He's being a vocal in Goon Moon is awesome. Also he's a girl when he wears a girl clothes. But I think this is popularity contest.
Amazing. Obviously under-rated on this list. Guess it's just a popularity contest.
Cant beleive hes so low he was a great bassist who was in many great bandsMore comments about Jeordie White A.K.A Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson, NIN, A Perfect Circle, and Goon Moon)
mikefordMore comments about Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone + Graham Central Station)
I say he is good bassist, but when he playing on ACDC, he will get some problems, because acdc playing basic rhytm blues, so he will playing steadly, but I say when we playing it, it feels easy, but when you being a cliff and try to make a song with basic rhytm blues, I am sure, you will shut up your big mouth, cliff is not a greates but he must in top 20
Seeing as it's blues, he really does just kill it when he's on stage. Also he always looks like he's enjoyyiyng himself when he's onstage.
he's an awesome bass player!, in my opinion his rhythm is really awesome!More comments about Cliff Williams (AC/DC)
unclejoe1917More comments about Dee Dee Ramone
Many people don't really know this but before Sid was a junkie he could play alright. He was and will always be the king of punk
In the little that Sid did play, he was a natural while still constantly practicing... What a sad end.
This man plays with so much rhythm. Remember music is about what sounds best not who can play the fastest or craziest
Not only can he play, but he can also sing too. He's a better player and is always in command of his instrument.
I love the way he plays a 12-string. Nobody can do it like TP.More comments about Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick)
pauler94More comments about Noel Redding (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
One of the best girl bassists out there. Just listen to Gish and Mellon Collie...you'll see.
Ahhh! I looove her, I was so gonna add her if she wasn't! yaaaay!
Yup.. he's supoosed to be in the top tens... just listern to In pieces.. mesmerizing song! Simply awesome!
Phoenix is good!
Must have been in top 10..
Never mind.. Many great artists are there!
Every Bassist rock! Even him!
Have You Ever Seen Phoenix Performing Live? No? Well YOU SHOULD! Phoenix is just transcendence on bass. He is the Best Bassist in My opinion, Well, Second Best Actually, Falling just short of Sting.More comments about Phoenix Farrell
Sting rules!!! IMHO - he`s number one!!! Love him and his unique play technic.
He is the best.The best and the most talented bassist of all time
I think Sting is the best bassist everMore comments about Sting
Listen to "Crazy on You"... great bass line!
sarsh0603More comments about Dougie Poynter (McFly)
The original bass player for rock legend Alice Cooper, this guy was responsible for many of the early Alice songs. Listen to his bass playing on stuff like "Dead Babies." He also put out a solo album a few years ago called "Bones From the Yard" that is unbelievable. Very underrated.
A very inventive player and true original. His bass parts are songs within the song.
Founding member of the Hall of Fame inducted Alice Cooper group. Innovative bass lines and a stage presence that vaulted the rock bass player out of the shadows to the front of the stage. His writing contributions (incl. Black Juju) provided much of the eerie lyrical and musical underpinnings of the development of the Alice Cooper character and sardonic stage show. Along with drummer Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway is one half of the most dramatic "bottom end" in rock... Ever.More comments about Dennis Dunaway
Listen to the bass lines on Jeremy and Present Tense.
this guy is the reason i play bass if youve ever seen 'Animal' or 'spin the black circle' live you'll understand.
I bass line on Jeremy is amazing! Suprised he's not higher on the list!More comments about Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam)
He may not be an offical replacemet of Alec John Such, but he is still amazing. The work on Livin' On a Prayer and Keep the Faith... Pure Genius
Rudy is amazing and should be at the top of the list!
Look up some of his bass solos in "Godzilla" from 2007-present with Blue Oyster Cult
this man is a freakin amazaming bassists, he was a great friend of randy rhoads and was taughte by that genuis of music and with rudys own experiance and his teachings of others he achieved amazingness, he should be in the top 50,
Kodou1496More comments about Taiji Sawada
just listen to the riffs he pulls off in Caught In A Mosh. nuff said
he's awesome. got his own fender signature model and everything
"The B-lines that Eric dropped reminded me of hip hop. " -Believe, The Dirty Heads. Recognized by new age artists over a decade after Bradley's death. Eric is so smooth in his delivery, and his riffs are top-notch. One of the most recognizable and respected bassists of his time.
Yes I would most deffinitely have to agree. He is the first bassist I was ever inspired by, he has the coolest style and most originality... I think He should be right up there at the top
Best bassist ever for proof listen to the song STP. Its crazy. Sublime is the best band in the worldMore comments about Eric Wilson (Sublime)
You just have to hear 21st century Schizoid Man
Nick's heavy sound added a lot to Queens music. Queens arent the same without his sound and his infulence. Still an awesome band nonetheless.
Screechy Queens of the Stone age ex-bassist
One of the only metal bassists who plays a fretless bass, he has a great unique tone and feel to his play you never hear in metal usually, plus he's fast and technical and does everything from thrash metal to jazz fushion. Godly!
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