Best Bassists Ever

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61 P-nut

wow he is so underrated. He can lay down some slap bass, a hard rock riff, a relaxing reggae bass line, and he brings the FUNK! P-Nut can lay down any style, just like 311 can lay down any style of music. Pick up any 311 song and you'll see why

P-nut is nasty. Even if you don't like 311 you have to at least respect his skills. Maybe he shouldn't be in the top 20, but seriously, hes behind Pete Wentz who absolutely sucks at bass and pisses me off hes even in the top 100.

"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.

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62 Michael Anthony Michael Anthony Michael Anthony Sobolewski, known professionally as Michael Anthony, is an American musician who is currently the bass player in the rock supergroup Chickenfoot. Anthony is best known as the former bass player for the hard rock band Van Halen.

Michael Anthony should NOT be 54th! Who is in charge of this list? Michael Anthony is a great bassist, and after he was fired from Van Halen in 2006, he went to work for Sammy... That's gonna be a great tour.

A great bassist. WHY IS HE ONLY 181!? He deserves to be at least in Top 50, have you listened to Panama's bass line? IT'S AWESOME! - arturbelbeloliver

Its Pathetic That No One Has Said Michael Anthony Yet!

Not Only Is Mike A Good Bass Player But He is also a great performer and background vocalist -

He's a way better bassist than Wolfgang. The band goes downhill without him

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63 Eric Wilson

"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

Eric Wilson is one of the greatest bassists of all time. What made him great was the songwriting ability that he has. Listen to the bass in these songs: Greatest Hits, Burritos, Pawn Shop, Live at E's, Ebin, just about any Sublime song you listen to, it has an amazing bassline, thanks to Eric Wilson. He also plays guitar, (Look up the song 'Greasy Lesbian Hamburger Fight', Eric Wilson sung and played the guitar in that) and is a pretty chill guy, too.

Eric Wilson wrote many bass lines that inspire my inner bassist. The fact that Pete Wintz is higher on the scale shows that people don't appreciate Eric enough.

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64 Adam Clayton Adam 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.

Really is a great bass man. Looks funny in every photo of him taken. Has the coolest bass created, the banana bass used in the Popmart tour. Great. The best - Jiorl

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65 Stuart 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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66 Sting Sting Gordon 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

Sting is sooo much more than this! Top Ten definitely! A true pioneer that helped in putting the bass up front, center stage! A legendary bassist!

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67 Juan Croucier

The former Ratt bassist was essential to the early Ratt sound. -

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69 Larry 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 don't like his songs that much, not a fan. But he's talented. His slapping is also good. So I think he should be higher. - zxm

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70 Sid Vicious Sid Vicious John 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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71 Colin Greenwood Colin Greenwood Colin 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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72 John Cooper John Cooper John 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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73 Jeordie 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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74 Robert DeLeo Robert 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!

75 Joey DeMaio Joey DeMaio Joey 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!

76 Bootsy 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.

The disrespect for black bassists is so evident here when when the likes of Bootsy Collins is rated so low! Where is Thunder Thumbs Louis Johnson? or Slave's Mark Adams? or George Duke? Total Disrespect!

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77 Scott Shriner

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

78 Dave Pheonix Farrell

Not even top 100, come on he is an amazing bass player and is way better than anyone on this list. - lukestheman4

He's the best, none can hera him play because of chester's screaming. He should be in the top ten

What? Phoenix just keeps the rhythm he doesn't even create any new bass line, just goes with the rhythm, plus I can never hear him, so what's the use, he should far more lower

He's an amazing bassist because of his unique bass styles and one best thing ever everyone noticed of him is picked bass

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79 Pete 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

Better bassist than Cliff Burton, David Ellefson, and Tom Araya!

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80 Dennis 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.

Dennis is one of the greatist rock bass players ever... Much better & more original than a lot of rock guys on this list.

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