Best Bassists Ever

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21Krist NovoselicNirvana's bassist for the entirety of their lifespan before the group was disbanded in 1994. Nowadays, Krist is a humanitarian and a human rights activist.

Awesome bassist! Should be at least in the top ten! - Miguel31

He's Krist... Obviously. Listen to sliver, and the whole In Utero album it's fantastic!

Krist should be higher on the list than he is. I'm not saying number 1, but he deserves more credit than he gets. He had some awesome basslines that sounded great with Kurt's guitar playing. Krist keep great rhythm and threw in some nice fills in between lines. He is very talented and is often overlooked in my opinion. If you don't know much about Nirvana and Krist's bass playing, then listen to Lounge Act, Love Buzz, Stay Away, Lithium, and The Man Who Sold the World.

Nirvana would be nothing withing Krist

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22Nikki SixxNikki Sixx is an American musician, songwriter, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter of the band Mötley Crüe.

On top of his work as an amazing bassist, he's also the main songwriter for Motley Crue. He is the twisted mind of the Crue and should be respected accordingly. For those that turn up their noses at "80's hair bands" please remember this. The most played song of 2008 was "Life is Beautiful" by Sixx:A. M. Now, where do you think they got part of the band's name? That would be from their hair band veteran bassist.

Nikki is the best bass guitarist ever, hands down! And I don't know of anyone who can out-play Nikki on the bass guitar. He's very dedicated, and anyone who can survive what he has, and be in two bands that kick ass, plus do everything else he does, deserves to be in the #1 spot! This man has been giving everything he's got for over 30 years! Come on people! Nikki deserves much more than to be 39th on this list! Let's help put him in the #1 spot!

What the hell? How is Nikki only number 39?
I'm sorry, but this is just not right. Nikki is AMAZING as a bassist, I'd kill to be able to play like him. And looking up the list, I mean, My Chem is my favourite band ever, but there is no way Mikey is a better bassist than Nikki.
Move Nikki UP! - ExesAndErin

Crue's older songs were the best

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23David EllefsonDavid Warren "Dave" Ellefson is an American bassist and co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Megadeth from 1983-2002 and again from 2010-present.

Put him up, man!
His solos live are the best!
Please listen to Symphony of Destruction, Trust, Peace sells, Hangar 18.

What the hell he should be at least in top 5 bass guitarists
I am sure you will change your opinion by listening to the song peace sells... But whose buying

I think he deserves my vote. He is my favorite bass player. My favorite being one I listen to. I'm sure the majority can agree that one particular person is good. However, I can not agree to that if I don't actually listen to the music. I listen to David, and that is why he deserves my vote. I respect his work

An absolute BEAST on the bass! Vote him up!

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24Robert TrujilloRoberto Agustin Trujillo, better known as Robert Trujillo, is an American musician known for his role as the current bassist of heavy metal band Metallica.

Robert is WAY better than most of the people on this list. In my opinion only Cliff can beat him. He is the most skilled of all of metallica's members these days, but no one seems to realize that (C'mon, Lars isn't that good at all, he just gets the job done, but everyone seems to love him). C'mon, this guy can fingerpick fight fire with fire at LIVE speed! That is something most of the guys in this list can't say. And, come on, Tokio Hotel? Seriously, thats the biggest crap out there, by far. Be smart people, and if you don't understand anything of music, get out!

He deserves to be number two. As good as he is nobody can replace Cliff Burton. - aman28

Whats is wrong with the world!
Number 30 seriously!
He is way better than most of the people before him on the list.
He is the only one who doesn't struggle in playing with Metallica.
He just seems to be perfect in playing any song.

Robert Trujillo is awesome! Better than Jason newsted but not better than cliff burton!

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25Justin ChancellorJustin Gunnar Walter Chancellor is an English musician formerly in the band Peach but best known as the bass player for rock band Tool. Chancellor is of English and Norwegian descent.

Oh my God! The best, the most creative and the unique quality of rare breed of talent is standing alone at 29! I can't believe that in the lamest ever joke. There's no match TOOL and there's no match of Justin. He is the alien bassist of extra ordinary philosophy and bass grooves. HE IS THE BEST and should be there at the number one position. I do understand why is he so much behind because of the looser listeners who has no sense of music and will never be able to comprehend the logic and philosophy of TOOL.

Laugh out loud Justin at #30... I have always listened to the detail in music... two years back I heard tool for the first time. And it was really annoying at first because I was new to metal, but NOW... I don't believe that their is a single Musician or band who has worked so beautifully ever... The Bass and the drums in tool are just too much... You know when You are really really inside music like living in it... in the beats there is a silent beat that is parallel to the music and that Pattern of that music is extremely beautiful. and they have actually achieved those patterns in their music.. And Justin gets a #30 - valee.akhter

This is the only bassist that made me some goosebumps. I think he is a very under rated, I honestly believe that deserves to be at least in the top 10... Just listen to "schism" there is no one plays bass like that.. I mean who does that?! Not to mention "The Pot", "Vicarious", "Lateralus".. And many more. I am profoundly disappointed with the 31st rank for this guy! MOVE HIM UP FOR GOD'S SAKE. It is a shame

Can any of the above besides ged, Burton, and entwistle play the pot? No.

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26John Ro MyungJohn Ro Myung is a Korean-American bassist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Dream Theater. He is one of the two longest-serving members of Dream Theater along with John Petrucci.

Technically PERFECT! He's the best, no doubt about it... I'm surprised they put him in 23rd position. Why is metal always be number one?

It's surprising why the LORD of technical bass playing has a really low vote. He deserves to be on the TOP! Guys we need to open up our ears and listen to every note he nails.

Not every bassist actually firmly nails their notes right at this speed. Listen up peeps

I'm surprising to rush member at top of the list.. The old like fool playing of all rush member.. Myung is just perfect.. Instrumental is all about technical playing.. Thus myung should be top position of the list.. The list is just about fan or listeners biased made..

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27Bill WymanWilliam George Wyman, known professionally as Bill Wyman, is an English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer best known as the bassist for the English rock and roll band the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993. Since 1997, he has recorded and toured with his own band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm ...read more.

I have played bass for 40 years and I am OK but I can tell you Bill Wyman is far and above 90% of the people on this list. ---This man is pushing 80 and he still rocks out on the road most nights!

The greatest rock n' roll band ever's bassist on #92? Guys, you make me laugh...

im ashamed of all you Rolling Stones fans..Bill diserves more credit then this - landonlee

So good he couldn't even play the bass line on sympathy for the devil and the 'non bassist' Keith Richards played it. Looked cool but please, get a grip!

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28Jason NewstedJason Curtis Newsted is an American metal musician, known for being the third bass guitarist with the band Metallica from November 1986 until his departure in January 2001, he was also a part of Voivod and Flotsam and Jetsam.

Personally I think Jason is one the best bass players ever, he just didn't get chance to show that in Metallica or Flotsam etc. Also in my opinion he is better than Cliff Burton as a "Metallica" bass player. Not take anything away from cliff his solos are amazing but his actual bass lines sounded a little sloppy for example listen to the isolated bass track for ride the lightning and compare that to say the isolated track for Wherever I may roam and you'll see what I mean. GOD BLESS JASON!

Remember his spooky performance in fade to black 1991 in Moscow can't forge that

and he also knows how to make one heck of a show

Always loved his high energy and he's a red head what's not to love

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29Mike StarrMichael Christopher "Mike" Starr was an American musician, best known as the original bassist in Alice in Chains, which he played with from the band's formation in 1987 until 1993.

Mike was one of the kindest people in the world. He was the most distinguished and talented bassists of the 90's and his impact upon Grunge as well as Hard Rock will always be his legacy!

The Best Bass player in the world... May his sweet soul rest in peace...

Amazingly talented bassist. The music world, and his fans miss him always. Rest in peace.

Miss him so much...

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30John Taylor

I'm young enough to like some of these more pop punk bassists, though, the guy that put Pete wentz on here needs to re-educated. John Taylor has a great sound- he's been playing his unique style for years, he's from my hometown and he plays a signature peavey, my favorite gear. Mark hoppus is the reason I play bass. But I'm probably more gifted than him. The bassists of today just sit back, play some root notes and enjoy the lifestyle, go JT!

All you have to do is close your eyes and carefully listen to the awesome bass lines on RIO and most recently "All you need is now" to know that John Taylor puts the FUNKINESS in Duran.

John Taylor talent as a fantastic bass player has been grossly underrated for far too long. His brilliant and complex bass line in "Rio" is pretty extraordinary for a then-early-twenty-something self-taught bass player. The rest of the Rio album, and many more showcase his amazing talent. It is a shame that Duran Duran was labeled as a "pretty boy" fluff band through the 80's and continues to be largely ignored for their true talent. Not many bands from the 80's have had this staying power.

Just here New Religion.

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31Mike DirntMichael Ryan Pritchard, known professionally as Mike Dirnt, is an American musician best known for being the co-founder, bassist, backing and occasional lead vocalist of the American punk rock band Green Day.

LONGVIEW bass line how the hell is Mike not at position #1 he is freaking awesome!

Mike drint the best we love him but I am surprised to see him in position 11
He is supposed be in number 1 please vote for him

Green Day is known for the bassist longview, warning, and in American eulogy he sings great... Best bassist ever.

VOTE 4 MIKE he deserves it

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32Mark HoppusMark Allan Hoppus is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and television personality best known as the bassist and co-lead vocalist for the pop punk band Blink-182. Born in Ridgecrest, California, Hoppus spent his childhood moving back and forth between his mother and father's ...read more.

Mark's bass lines are creative and original. His style of playing is very raw, which makes him the kind of bassist that can be respected because of the fact that he plays like its from the heart, not from a dollar sign in his eyes. On stage, he likes to jump around while playing, which is both amusing and entertaining. And, despite the fact that he uses a jazz bass guitar he still shreds as a rock bassist.

Mark's bass lines aren't creative, he's just playing the tones that the guitar follows, only in a few songs he plays something different.

Few people realize just how revolutionary Hoppus's style is. Nobody composes like he does. I would argue that the intro to "Carousel" is the greatest bass solo ever written. The speed at which he plays at live shows is incredible. He often carries songs with two-string chords, which is almost unheard of. Say what you will about him being a sell-out and a popstar, but there is no denying his abilities.

Mark Hoppus can play alongside all these other guys, he just keeps it simple in his music. As he stated in an interview: "when it comes to the music we play, I feel that simpler is better. Why is Hoppus below the Tokio Hotel guy? Hell, for that matter: why in God's name is the Tokio Hotel guy at number three?! Hoppus should be higher.

He is a really good bass player, he has made some of the best bass solo off all punk music history like Carousel, Man Overboard,... He is also a really good singer... Mark Hoppus is the best!

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33Alex WebsterAlex Webster is an American bass player, who is best known as a member of the death metal band Cannibal Corpse.

Webster can keep up with the rest of the band, and his bass has an amazing great presence, especially in Barnes-era (a.k.a. BETTER) Cannibal Corpse. Check out the solo before the opening to HAMMER SMASHED FACE! m/

HOW Is tom araya, the stupid of limp bizkit, and many more of this stupid list better than webster try to play any song of the tomb of the mutilated album

Now, get someone to try and play the bass solo in 'Addicted to Vaginal Skin'!

Good bass guy

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34James Jamerson

A shame he is no higher, but it appears your audience must be too young to appreciate performers from the 60s-70s. Jamerson's bass side kick at Motown, Bob Babbitt, should be in the top 100 and he's not listed at all. Another shame. Bob's solo in Scorpio in the late 60s was ahead of its time & long considered the best rock bass solo ever.

James Jamerson was the most melodic and innovated musician I've heard. I had the priviledge of meeting one of his sons and all of his cousins in Charleston, SC in Sept. '03 (incidentally my wife's first husband was Jamerson's 1st cousin so I got to go to my idol's childhood home). Should be listed way above #54, preferably #1 for he invented melody on the electric bass. Tna'Y2K1

Yep... The (arguably) best bass player ever and the INDISPUTABLE most influential one is stuck at 55 while somebody from something called "Avenged Sevenfold" is cracking the top 20. Jamerson just about invented R&B bass... He played on more number one hits than ANY OTHER PERSON IN HISTORY (except for possibly Benny Benjamin... But I doubt that because Papa Zita died in '69). And yes, Babbitt (RIP) deserves some love here too (as does Duck Dunn... Also RIP). Vic, Marcus, Flea, Bootsy, Chucky Rainey, Willy Weeks, and probably even that guy from Green Day all bow the knee to the almighty Igor, Diego Diegerson (whether they admit that or not). All I can say is that this voting block is a media-savvy generation that likes what it likes (fast, technically amazing virtuosity) but simply doesn't know the history behind the bass guitar. Jamerson was like a modern day Thespis (the first actor to step from the chorus in ancient Greece) and ALL of us will forever stand in his shadow.

Jamerson opened up Creative solid Bass to Pop music for all who came after PERIOD!

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35Tim Commerford

Tim Commerfield never ceases to stun fans using unique and creative basslines. From effects to technique, he has it all, even when he was in Audioslave. Heavily influenced by the man, Flea, he definitely deserves to be the top ten protege of the best, voted by none other than yourselves.

C'mon, when he plays "Wake Up" of RATM... the bass line is just mind blowing - Silverballer

Like what has already been said he is an amazing bassist that you can actually hear, if you don't think so listen to anything by them like bulls on parade, one of the most powerful bass lines I have ever heard

A great bass player. - Feirceraven

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36Tetsuya Ogawa

Yes, Finnaly, a site that realize the true godlike genius skil of TETSU

He is bass, his skin are made of bass, his brain are made from bass, his heart are definitely BASS

But..
SHAME ON YOU

NO JOHN MYUNG, BILLY SHEEHAN, VICTOR WOOTEN ON THE TOP 10?

SHAME!
SHAME ON YOU ALL! - Osiris

Tetsu is the most awesome bassist,

He is skilled, the most skilled,

There's no one who dares stand before him,

He plays full of skill and harmony. he is a bass monster that can play a counter melody bass. he is the best bassist that I ever know. he is a god of bass, can anyone beat him now? I guess not.

Tetsuya made me pick up a bass, he's the absolute monarch of melodic bass lines, always puts on a killer show and dresses much better than you and your girlfriend. Plus his compositions are among the best rock tracks ever, Driver's high baby. Those bass lines takes you to heaven.

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37Dee Dee RamoneDouglas Glenn Colvin, known professionally as Dee Dee Ramone, was a German-American musician, singer and songwriter best known as founding member, songwriter, bassist and occasional lead vocalist for punk rock band the Ramones.

Seriously, Dee Dee might not beat these other guys in technique, but would crush them with simple conditioning. I doubt Geddy Lee has the testostrone it takes to play a Ramones show. - unclejoe1917

Dee dee : one of the most influential bass players ever! Without dee dee the most of the others in this list (after 1974! ) maybe they never made it to be musicians! Apo & bee bee ramone

He was the ORIGINAL high energy bass player. All those jumps he used to do! He was also very well-spoken, a brilliant lyricist, and generous to a fault.R.I.P. dee Dee! We miss you!

Was not great, but he had that real punk element. He was one of the few men who could actually handle all of the chaos that he did.

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38Andy Rourke

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.

Played better lead lines than Johnny Marr and complemented Mike Joyce's drumming brilliantly - like any decent rhythm section should. Every song is full of memorable riffs that are just right, not too complex and not just base root note strumming.

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.

One of the best for sure

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39Bernard Edwards

This guy literally invented disco with Nile Rodgers. He apparently recorded "Everybody Dance" in one take and I can't name many people who can play that song well after years of practice. If you haven't heard that song go listen to it now and prepare to be amazed. Easily number one but sadly often overlooked.

Simply the best. Could play anything, from rock to funk with everything in between. Sublime feel, he knew when not to play as well as making his lines sound so fluid and easy. Together with Tony Thompson & Nile Rodgers, he anchored the finest rhythm section ever.

Bernard Edwards is easily the funkiest, rhythmic base player of all time, listen to any Chic track (Le Freak, I Want Your Love, Good Times). He also helped Nile Rodgers compose many of their tracks.

Complete original with a unique natural talent. So effortless and so, so cool.

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40Tom ArayaTomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

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 listen 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 bassist

Judging from the expressions on the faces of the bass players on this list, you would think being a great bassist means resembling a serial killer.

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