Best Rock Bassists
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Influential, melodic, counter-melodic, snarling but clean; all at the speed of light. But that's just a few of his qualities. #1
It's not just his skill, speed, inventiveness, tunes within tunes, singing, keyboard playing, melodies, range, longevity, oh, it is.
Not only does Rush have an amazing guitarist and the best drummer of all time, but they have the best bassist of all time too. - marmalade_skies
Gets my vote for sure.V9 Comments
Entwistle is on a technical level no one can approach. I don't think anyone can really dispute that, and though I agree poles are generally opinion based, I would say Entwistle is factually the best bass guitar player of all time. There are bassists I like more than him, but if he isn't ranked #1 in a bass pole than it is very clear that the majority of the voters don't understand the instrument
I never heard a better solo in my life than my generation. Entwistle has all the qualities of a great bass playerV2 Comments
The band with a GOAT singer, GOAT guitarist and GOAT drummer, of course, had a GOAT bassist too. - marmalade_skies
The most in demand bass player in England during the British Invasion...
Unreal string arranger... Played in the most popular rock band of the 70's if not all time... Played with best rock drummer who ever lived... Wrote the riff for Black Dog, RambleOnect... Bass, piano, organ, basspedals, mandolin, sitar, etc...
Led zeppelin Bassist. The Best of courseV1 Comment
The best Bassist between slap and melodic finger
Red hot chili peppers are the best band the world has ever seen so that makes flea the best bassist the worlds ever seen
Underrated by old people. Overrated by young people. - marmalade_skies
Prog catches a lot of flak as an acquired taste but once exposed to prog it's easy to see why proggers are regarded as among the most musically gifted musicians and Squire is at the pinnacle of bassists. A few listens to roundabout and heart of the sunrise should be proof enough. It also helps to be playing with Howe, Bruford and Wakeman.
Although don't look at Rolling Stone Magazine list. They hate prog!
A direct quote from an interview with Flea, "If you're talking about rock bass players, I'd put Paul McCartney at number one." Musicians know the greatness of Paul McCartney.
Influential does not mean best. He's influential and I respect him, but his bass playing was bland and boring as hell.
Paul McCartney changed the way bass was utilized. He is amazing! Number 1 for sure! - frank
He knew how to do those catchy bass rifts. He was the master of the melody. - marmalade_skiesV4 Comments
To me he brought a jazz sensibility to rock. He is a schooled classical musician and can play any style of music he wants. I don't mean to downplay the other choices here, but Jack belongs on any "BEST" list.
A line-up of three... All brilliant musicians
Yup he is a very good Bassist his playing style and he does it so fast and good. With his bass, Billie's sweet voice and Tre's awesome drumming skill makes Green Day the best Rock Band of all time.
This guy should be ranked 50 up there are so many better bassists
Longview bassline, know one knows bassline, hell, just watch him live and get blown away by this freak of nature that is Mike Dirnt!
Should be number 1.. Without him guns n roses would never be succsessfullV1 Comment
Cliff blows all these posers away... The guys from Green Day and A7X above Burton? Wow, way to piss on a dead mans grave.
Lee, McCartney, Trujilo, Jones, Entwistle, and Flea are the only ones anywhere near Cliff's level.
He should be number 1 he is the best listen To kill em allV1 Comment
I laughed when I saw McCartney over Les Claypool. He doesn't even compare to the absolutely original, weird, impossible bass playing of Les Claypool. Seriously, listen to ANY Primus song, and they all have bass lines better than anything McCartney could have written. End of story.
And why is Les Claypool not #1. This man does things with a bass that every other bassist on this list wouldn't have ever even thought of...
Paul McCartney is not even that good people say he is good because he played with the beatlesV1 Comment
Awesome bassist that even to this day is the driving force behind Black Sabbath
You can hear every note clearly In every song. This guy is the bass Jesus!
He should be number tow after john paul jonesV1 Comment
I love his atmospheric sound. Especially on "Animals"V1 Comment
Uhhmm, this does'nt seem right! This guy is a Prog Metal god on the bass! #29 is too low! #2 seems right (#1 is Steve Harris for me! ) - CastlevaniaFanboy128
Bassbaba is awesome, Just listen to Guti the final, you'll see what he is capable of, he can also take teeth solo like Jimmie Hendrix, he is one of the best, that's we call him Bassbaba, means the Father of bass
He is an awesome bass player.. The way he plays his body languages everything.. Specially when places his bass guitar in his shoulder.. It is a moment that I can't 4get.. Respect 4 him...
Just listen to his basses for once. You will love it for sure! Best bassist ever!
Just listen to him. You will get your answer why he is bestV10 Comments
Inspiration bass, he is the best bassist
Every one who didn't vote harris should be ashamed of themselves frankly
Awesome bassist, who deserves to be in first5
His bass had a heft and power to it while still having a smoothness and a cleanness to it. Shame he just missed the top 15. - marmalade_skies
Under pressure, another one bites the dust prove that Deacon deserved the big 5
Definitely in top 5, he was dead on all the time, very clean and crisp
I'd put him in my top 15.V6 Comments
Perfect tone, perfect lines, perfect rock bassist! - adfairhurst
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