Best Bassists Ever

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61Adam Clayton

Seriously, whether or not you are a U2 fan, listen to their early material. Adam had zero experience with the bass. And look what he came up with. Riffs such as New Year's Day, the entire Achtung Baby record, Wire, Seconds, and The Ocean just to name a few. His early bass playing is what forced The Edge to think outside of the box and come up with impossibly clever riffs and chord progressions. The Edge has even admitted to it!

Please he is the best he should be at the top of this list and he is the best of all you should hear obe of U2 songs his bass is like the the soul of those songs and with the edge larry mullen and bono are like fire on stage

He is my favorite bassist and that is bias. He is pretty good especially during new years day. He is a driving force. He is someone that helps hold the band together. That in itself is a great musician. He isn't the greatest though so no #1 spots yet but he is good.

The Jazz man of the group.

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62Stuart Hamm

I really don't know y stu hamm is this much down on the list.
Guys, Plz Listen to his solo albums & his instructional vdos & u'll recognise that he is the best bassist alive on the world today.
Not 1ly a great bassman but also a greater teacher. - bassistadnan

awsome, he uses really cool techniques and he is one of the best I have heard

listen to his music he is way better than flea..

stu hamm man hes quality him n satch

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63StingGordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor, and philanthropist.

Sting deserves a better place. some of the names here are nothing but bass guitar holders and they are mansioned only becouse of the name of the band they play in

Many may think that Sting's lines are easy to play, but trying singing and playing at the same time... Pure craziness!

He is the best.The best and the most talented bassist of all time - October

He's a pretentious ass, but man he knows how to play the bass

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64Ian Fraser "Lemmy" KilmisterV1 Comment
65Larry Graham

79! That's disgraceful! He invented slap bass! He practically invented modern-day bass playing! Half the people on this list wouldn't be here if it wasn't for this guy! Graham Central Station is the greatest bass album ever! This guy is the second-best bassist ever after Entwistle!

No doubt, Larry Graham is one of the very best if not the best modern bass guitarist on the list. His innovative talent lead to some of the best music ever and inspired many bass guitarists to copy his style.

If this funk legend never picked up the bass, I doubt it would still have a roll in modern music. WHAT HAS Metallica DONE FOR BASS GUITAR?!?!? - mikeford

I'm not a real slapping bass technic lover, but the man should be up in the charts

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66Colin GreenwoodColin Charles Greenwood, is an English musician best known as the bassist for the alternative rock band Radiohead. He also plays keyboards and synthesisers and works on sampling on the electronic side of Radiohead.

Style of music as a quiet melody and artistic

Colin taught us that less is more.

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67John CooperJohn Landrum Cooper, professionally credited as John L. Cooper, is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He has been the lead vocalist, bassist and co-founder of the Grammy-nominated American Christian rock band Skillet since 1996.

John Cooper is awesome! He can sing while playing bass, and he's a great singer AND bassist! Go John! You rock!

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68Jeordie White A.K.A Twiggy Ramirez

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.

He is a great bassist with alot of musicl talent, he has played in many great bands and he was part of the musical genius behind Marilyn Manson and other awesome bands

Amazing. Obviously under-rated on this list. Guess it's just a popularity contest.

Is a good bassist

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69Steve DiGiorgio

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!

Listen to deaths individual thought patterns and tell me he's not in the top 10

Hey, a new challenge for you dumbasses! Just write this mans name on YouTube, watch one of his videos, then vote for someone else! I dare you! I double dare you madafakasss!

70Robert DeLeo

His bass Lines fit so good, his bass lines in the "core" album are just too good, he is one of my influences to this day, and on the "purple" album are just as amazing. Just love what he comes up with. Defiantly one of my favorite bass players.

The relaxing and very good bass lines in songs like "Big Empty", "Lady Picture Show" and many others, are just amazing!. Seriously, DeLeo shouldn't be in this place.. Such a good bassist, that's all

Melodic, powerful, intensely emotional bass lines. Most of STPs songs can be recognized by the bass line alone. Robert DeLeo should be closer to the top of this list!

71Joey DeMaioJoey DeMaio is an American bass player and main songwriter for the heavy metal band Manowar which he founded in 1980. He is also the founder and CEO of Magic Circle Music.

He can play anything, any style, he JAMS SOLO's on the bass... Top 5 at least... He is also extremely musically gifted and in my opinion can match anybody on this list! I doubt if anybody on this list matches Joey!

Come on people, listen Manowar's song Sting of the Bumblebee and then you can't say that anyone is better than Demaio. He just plays bass faster than anyone else

He lives with his Parents and Jams all day...! He is unevened by many. He spent $25k to build his own 8 string bass and totally rocks! Manowar for Life!

72Bootsy Collins

Cliff Burton is an absolute joke compared to Bootsy Collins. I get that metal is more popular than funk ever was, so fans of metal will vote him as the best. But to anyone who listens to various genres, and not just metal or other forms of rock, the proposition that Burton (and Flea) are more skillful and musically innovative than Bootsy Collins or Larry Graham is truly vapid.

You gotta be kidding me that Bootsy is ranked this low. Go back over the past 40 years and just listen to what this guy contributed to the entire phenomenom of FUNK.

Bootsy definitely needs to be higher up, the guy pretty much influenced every funk bassist after him.

Boots you is God, seen him live he tore the roof off...

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73Scott Shriner

Weezer Is the best band that ever existed. Scott has played in most of their albums.

74Pete Wentz

He's one of the best lyricists of the century, yes. But his bass playing isn't the best. I've only been playing for like 6 months and I can sight-read just about every Fall Out Boy flawlessly (although I have played upright for 4 years if that gives me an advantage). He inspired me to start playing though, so I'll give him props for that.

Pete is the bassist with the best style yeah...!
Fall Out Boy Rocks...!

Not the huge bassline solo kinda guy but he is a good bassist and an even better lyricist

Definitely the foundation for every single fall out boy. Plays flawlessly while being back up singer AND lyricist. Inspirational.

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75Dennis Dunaway

Dennis is a bass player on a bar with Cliff Burton and John Entwistle. He doesn't simply plunk and pluck the root note, rather Dennis roamed and danced and waltzed in and around the rhythm. I liken his work in Alice Cooper when he was paired with Neal Smith, as being as creative and as dynamic as the match between John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Dennis was able to take bass playing to a new level. Plus, he just looked cool doing the Dennis strut while performing... He played cool and he looked cool. That's a great combo.

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. -

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.

In the solo of dead babies he makes his bass sound like a merry go round. Halo of fies.. Bending his strings on is it my body.. Does a solo in a solo on hello hauray.. And no more mr. Nice guy.. Billion dollar babies... Killer.. Muscle of love.. Gutter cat.. Evey underrated and is still playing today with a new band called blue coup

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76Reginald Fieldy Arvizu

Seriously? Only 32nd? What is wrong with you people?! And to think that he little brat from Tokyo hotel is in the top10? I just can't believe it. fieldy is amazing and the passion that he puts in playing bass is just epic

Fieldy has one of the most unique and definitive styles of any bassist out there. Let's be honest, if Fieldy left KoRn there would really be no KoRn because his style is one of the most defining features of koRn's music. How many bassists above him can you say that about? Not as many as this list would suggest, in my opinion.

Fieldy is amazingly talented. The way he can use his bass to control the audience is amazing. He has by far the most talent. He is a bass player who can actually write a good song! That's rare... But the number of advanced techniques he knows how to use properly and well is outstanding

Best bassist next to Roger Waters

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77Roger GloverRoger David Glover is a British bassist, songwriter, and record producer. Glover is best known as the bassist for hard rock bands Deep Purple and Rainbow.

Come on man! Maybe not the best, but way back here! His unique style and killer bass riffs that put bassists like paul mcartney to shame! The leads in Highway Star are some of the best i have seen

Glover rules! His bass playing is astounding and his work with DP as well as the Black Country Communion is outstanding.

His bass solo in Pictures of Home by Deep Purple is awesome and revolutionary! I'm talking about a bass solo he played in 1972! - Metal_Treasure

Very melodic bassist. Deserves to be way higher. - RalphSaad

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78Frank Bello

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

Just listen to persistence of time

Super underrated.

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79Sid ViciousJohn Beverly, born John Simon Ritchie, later named Sid Vicious, was an English musician, most famous as the bass guitarist of the influential punk rock band the Sex Pistols, and notorious for his arrest for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

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.

It's all in the attitude. That said Glen Matlock was a really good bassist and gets zero credit.

Stop being funny.

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80Tony Kanal

Tony Kanal is one of the greatest bassists of the 90's. Just listen to his lines on No Doubt's "Sunday Morning" or "Spiderwebs". And his energy on stage is incredible.

Top Ten bassist coming out of the 90's! No Doubt is full of pure talent! Tony deserves MUCH more than this!

I'm shocked that he isn't in the top ten let alone the top 100!

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