Best Bassists Ever

List of the Top 10 Bassists. Add your bassist here....

The Top Ten

1 Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

Yes best ever! And rush have the best drummer ever too!

When discussing "The best 'x' of all time" lists, I think people rarely TRULY assess the bassist position in a band. The lists for best guitarist or drummer (albeit the ORDER rarely exactly the same), typically have the same names in the top 10.

But with bass guitarists, people tend to know the name of the bass guitarist of their favorite band & go
with that person. THAT'S A SHAME!
"Inspirational" is one thing (& definitely should be considered), but proficiency, skill, creativeness, & style are the real indicators to examine. Not to mention the genre of music they play may or may not grant them certain "latitudes" to show off their abilities!
But when a particular musician can portray &/or excel in ALL of these... There's your winner!

EXAMPLE: Ringo Starr... Inspirational? YES! Greatest drummer? Not EVEN close! With that said... Mike Dirnt, Cliff Burton... Inspirational? NO question! Best bassist? Come on!

Now on with my ...more

I'm so glad you included Les Claypool. No one gives him enough respect. Also, I agree with every point you made here.

Um... Ok, this is confusing, first of all, Cliff Burton was a good bass player, but he wasn't that great, second of all, how is some weird dude named Tetsuya Ogawa above Geddy Lee? , and third of all, all the dudes above Geddy Lee, currently just have to play bass, Geddy Lee can sing, play keyboards, AND play bass

Geddy kept on growing on the instrument up until Clockwork Angels and even beyond developing his own signature preamp and now he is going to come out with his Big and Beautiful Book of Bass!...the instrument's history, his own tale with the instrument ( his true passion ) and his collection pictorial show up...no one could have done this...a true XX-XXI Century Genius!

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2 Cliff Burton Cliff Burton Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.

R.I. P
I like Zombie-man and Trujillo, but no one can ever be as good as Cliff was...

Cannot the Kingdom of Salvation Take Me Home

R.I.P.

Bass god- listen to the solo he does on 'Kill 'em All', then tell me he doesn't deserve to be here!

Calling a bassist best of the world based on a solo makes you lose all credibility.

He is easily the bast bassist in the world because he has fingers like picks! No wait... THREE PICKS! Like Kirk Hammett said.

Posting a band member's opinion on another band member isn't exactly the best way to express your opinion. - HiBye

R.I.P. CLiff was my inspiration to play bas - ShugaRoy

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3 John Entwistle John Entwistle John Alec Entwistle, was an English singer, songwriter, composer, musician, film and music producer. He is mostly known as the lead bassist for the rock band The Who.

Come on all you kids who vote on these lists... Look for John Entwistle on YouTube. See the magic he does. There's even a video taken from a cam fixed on the neck of his guitar just to show people what's going on. The man does things with his fingers that, well, are not supposed to be possible. Love you John, rest in peace.

Entwisle is a god, and that's as plain as that. So many good bass players, still, in what he did, he has shown mastery and virtuosity beyond understanding. That guy never needed to do antics on the stage. Calm and composed at all times, he lets his fingers talk for him. God knows how many times he had to pick up the whole rhythm section in show because Keith Moon was busy doing something else than playing.

Not present on this list, but should be: Paul McCartney, a truly under-rated bass player; Tony Levin, an amazing session bassist besides playing with King Crimson, Chris Squire, who did incredible things with his Rickenbacker and showed what amazing varieties of tones you can get from that instrument. And Jaco Pastorious, from Weather Report among others. Stanley Clarke, from Return to Forever and others. Peter Hook from New Order. And yes, Myung from DT. JPJ from LedZep. But there are too many...

The absolute best. Look at the ox bass solo. If anything it should put him at number one for sure.

Deserves higher than Flea! - Disturbedpotato

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4 Flea Flea Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962), better known by his stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American musician, best known as the bassist, a co-founding member, and one of the composers of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers with whom he was inducted in 2012 into the Rock and Roll Hall ...read more.

I've been playing bass all of my live and I never stop learning new things of him

In my honest and personal opinion Michael 'flea' balzaray is the best bassist ever because of his technique and his style. Don't get me started about sound because what I have too say would be too long too read but short and simple flea has a sound no one can beat. He keeps the best beat and has the best slap. End of story

Unbelievable the things he can do with a bass guitar. Revolutionized the bass several time. Basically founded the slapping technique and with one of the best bands in the world now

Listen to any rhcp songs and you’ll see

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5 John Paul Jones John Paul Jones John Baldwin, better known by his stage name John Paul Jones, is an English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer.

Should in Top 5. Backbone of greatest rock band of all time. Totally understated and overlooked.

Should in top 10.
Many bass player influenced by him,
flea, geddy lee, and many more..

If every bassist on this list voted for the best then John Paul Jones and James Jamerson would be taking the cake.

He is the backbone of the band...magily maaa magily

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6 Les Claypool Les Claypool Leslie Edward "Les" Claypool is an American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, author and actor best known as the bassist and lead vocalist of the band Primus.

JOHNNY CHRIST BEING BETTER THAN LES CLAYPOOL IS THE MOST ABSURD THING I'VE EVER HEARD! IT'S UNACCEPTABLE!

You can't tell me that a man who plays a 25 freat 6 string fretless bass, and TAPS most of it WHILE SINGING at such a rate most other bassists can't compete with, isn't number one
Even Metallica, after newstead quit admitted he was better then anyone they had ever seen while he auditioned for them. He wasnt given the job because he was "too good"

Les Claypool all the way

Hands down the most talented bassist to ever pick up an instrument, Entwistle is his closest competition...

More technical and creative than a lot of the bassists on this list, plus he can sing whilst playing like it's nothing, and is in more than one band. Should be in the top 3 with Geddy Lee.

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7 Steve Harris Steve Harris Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

I don't even know where to start, the technique, the speed, the fact that a bass guitarist is the frontman of the greatest band in history just makes me wonder why not everyone is voting for this man of british steel. I think cliff burton gets many sympathy votes due to his early passing, but he was NOT a better bass player, he was not a better songwriter (harris has written and co-written over 90% of maidens songs)and no one has ever had a stronger passion than steve. I hope people read this comment and consider voting and listening to one of the great men of metal.

The band would not be the same without him, and that's saying something. - PewPewAssassin

Cliff was only decent. Steve Harris has co- written 120 songs out of the 150 Maiden songs and out of them 57 of them are solely written by Harris.
Steve Harris IS Iron Maiden. Cliff Burton was never Metallica.

Phantom of the opera licks are simply awesome, as all have noted his speed is simply stupefying. Could be wrong but it seems as if the whole band is following the tempo that he's laying down. Absolutely fantastic

RIP Phil Anselmo, Drummer Of Underground Funk Railroad
Jazz Will Never Be The Same - EliHbk

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8 Paul McCartney Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

it is arguable whether Paul McCartney is the best Bass player ever. What is beyond dispute is the fact he is the Greatest of all time. Who else can claim
i) To have been around (And still gigging at the highest level) for five decades
ii) Will go down in musical history as one of the greatest composers of all time. Up there with Beethoven, Chopin, Brian Wilson, Lloyd weber et al
i) Has probably made more money than the rest put together.
iv) Has been knighted 'Sir Paul McCartney' by the Queen for services to music
v) Has met and entertained Kings, Queens, Presidents, Mandela etc (And impromptu free gigs at his local pub in England)
vi) His music will still be around in 100, or 1000 years time
vii) Is the most recognized, worldwide of any on this, or any other musical list you care to come up with. Before you argue with this, get a list of names or photographs of your top 10, 20, or 100 of top bassists and show them to the first random 10 people you meet. Check ...more

Jimi Hendrix called Paul his favorite bassist of all time. More finger dexterity than any of the names mentioned here. Just listen to his performance in "Something"

McCartney is one of the most influential and innovative bass players of all time. Practically all of the others listed here are directly or indirectly influenced by McCartney's clever bass lines. His sense of melody really gave the bass lines their own soul and completely changed the songs. His sense of timing created some really classic riffs. Listen to "I Want You (She's so Heavy), "Only a Northern Song", "Something", "Rain", etc... Awesome stuff. He proved that Bass lines don't have to be an afterthought and follow the base chords.

Some of these others above Macca are silly. I like Green Day, but come on. Dirnt is no McCartney. And James Jamerson at #58? That pretty much invalidates this list.

You young folks have no clue... Paul is easily a top 2 bassist of all time. Number 1 for me.. John Entwistle is his only real competition in this field.

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9 Geezer Butler Geezer Butler Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

God This People Need Some Knowledge. Butler is the greatest bassist of all-time. This is Geezer we are talking about should be 1. This is Geezer we are talking about should be 1. This is Geezer we are talking about should be 1

Geezer Slaps That Bass Like A Madman He Should Be #1 - OzzyVanHalen

Butler is the greatest bassist of all-time. Listen to Sabbath's Heaven and Hell album if you want to hear how a bass is supposed to sound. - hardrockfanatic

Bass line drives Black Sabbath

And the Stooges

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10 Chris Squire Chris Squire Christopher Russell Edward Squire was an English musician, singer and songwriter. He was best known as the bassist and founding member of the progressive rock band Yes.

If you saw Squire live in concert you would realize that he needs to be much higher up on this list. I would have to think at worst he would be in the class of the top 20 bassists, but I guess when you play in a Progressive Rock band, you cannot stack up to the likes of a P-Nut or a Mikey Way. I like Journey, but come on... Valory is no Squire.

Chris is easily the best pick style player out there. His technique is extremely difficult to recreate, (I cannot do it, my friend cannot do it, his grandfather who has been playing bass semi-professionally for 47 years can only come woefully close) and he did a great deal to bring the bass into the foreground of music. The sound he creates on Roundabout is absolutely brutal, and his level of musicianship was, I dare say, the equivalent of Hendrix.

Listen to Heart Of The Sunrise. Shows how a bassist should be part of a band, not an exhibitionist! (Although he has his moments - watch out for his triple neck on the video of Awaken). There are parts where the bass is the lead instrument and parts where it adds to the melody and harmony. And what a sound from that Rickenbacker! Chris's musicianship is illustrated by his syncopation, ability to cut through or blend in, as neccessary, the notes he chooses and the way he plays them. Also check out the bass lines in Siberian Khatru. So much to explore and learn from.

Definitely the best

He inspired me to learn bass as a child

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11 Roger Waters Roger Waters George Roger Waters, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He was mostly known for the secondary lead vocals and bassist of Pink Floyd .

Him, john entwistle and john paul jones should be on the top 5 with cliff burton! - abbytoledo1293

Roger waters made some of the most memorable bass lines ever. So in that case he is better than john paul jones, but not as good as john entwistle. He just sounds better on bass than anyone else because he digs into your soul. Just listen to Money, Time, Childhood's End, Comfortably Numb, Another Brick In the Wall, Echoes, and Let There Be More Light. He is SO unique.

Money, another brick in the wall, comfortably numb. Yeah, roger waters is one of the best, under cliff burton and steve harris - pauler94

The most melodic and groovy bassist here, also one of the best lyricists/songwriters in music history. - MetalPope

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12 Victor Wooten Victor Wooten Victor Lemonte Wooten is an American bass player, composer, author, producer, and recipient of five Grammy Awards.

I can't believe that most of the people on this survey have no appreciation or understanding that Victor Wooten should be at the top--not far down on this list. The others who voted for Wooten and left comments--I thank you. The only thing I might add is that Vic is super good guy, humble and a great speaker--I had the opp to meet him at a clinic at the House of Guitars in Rochester NY. There is more to bass playing than heavy metal--Vic has command over many venues and he never stops advancing.

Most people think that just because you can play fast you're a great player. Such is many of the examples above. But to have a high understanding of a would be simple instrument as Victor Wooten is a great feat.
I'm a die hard fan of Metallica Cliff Burton is the best bassist Metallica Have had, but he never demonstrate the versatility that Victor Wooten has.

Victor Wooten is by far better than everyone in front of him on this list. I love Avenged Sevenfold but there is no conceivable way that he should be in top 100 let alone above a man like Victor Wooten. I have seen both A7X live as well as Bela Fleck, and outside of maybe Synyster Gates, who actually is a jazz guitarist by trade, none of the A7X crew can hold up against the sheer skill and talent of the men in Bela Fleck. Metallica is also great, but Cliff Burton is no where near the bass player of Vic Wooten.

I AGREE

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13 John Deacon John Deacon John Richard Deacon is a retired English musician, best known as the bass guitarist for the rock band Queen.

Grossly underrated. His bass parts are like little stories, yet he never gets in anyone's way. With all the guitars and vocals going on, he finds the spaces and plays basically what he wants. He's loose, fluid, and quite busy at times, but I can't find one song where he stepped on the vocal or guitar parts.

Someone wake up the world and knock Paul McCartney off of the 8th place label. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Paul or The Beatles, it's just John deserves more than 13th place. He deserves 8th, if nothing. Most people forget that he was the mastermind behind the most iconic bass lines from "Another One Bites The Dust," and "Under Pressure." Vanilla Ice definitely agrees with my feelings about the fantastic bass line from "Under Pressure." To shorten my entire "essay" of the point that John deserves much more recognition and credit into a couple of sentences, his bass lines are very simple yet beautiful, that's the best kind of beautiful; and not only were those two songs mentioned earlier had amazing bass lines but all of Queen's songs do too. I rest my case, John Deacon truly is one of the best bassists the world will ever be able to be lucky enough to have hear; and douse into a whole 'nother world while listening to John's simple yet beautiful bass lines.

With John's bass the music flows and is full of hidden intricacies. You need to listen to understand the pure detail and appreciate how he supports and develops each song without diistracting from the work of the rest of Queen

Underrated bassist of Queen

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14 Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius John Francis Anthony Pastorius III, professionally known as Jaco Pastorius is a multi-instrumentalist and influential bassist.

Jaco is hands-down the number one most influential, he brought the electric bass out of the box and put it in the forefront. Teen Town and Portrait of Tracy are prime examples of how bass can take over and be the leader if need be. He did for bass what Bach did for all of music: he figured the darn thing out and brought it further than anyone else has. He had incredible amounts of talent, and used 100% of it, all the time. Victor Wooten is without doubt the most innovative bass player, and most likely the best living bassist. Victor started playing bass when he was 3 or 4 years old, so he has that skill literally built into his brain. I would say Steven Bailey is up there too, along with Sheehan, Clarke, and Geddy. Also, someone needs to keep an eye on Jaco's son Felix, he might be a force to be reckoned with in the future...

Jaco would be first if people understood that jaco was the influence for every single bassist on this page

25? Green Day at 11? I guess that's what happens when anybody can vote :/ Jaco is and extremely well bass player and incredibly unique style

Jaco is the G.OA.T. and that's all there is to it.

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15 Jack Bruce Jack Bruce John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce was a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter known primarily for his contributions to the British supergroup Cream, which also included guitarist-singer Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker.

The Greatest! Should be #1. He was innovative, particularly when paired with Clapton their 3 piece banded sounded like 4 or 5 pieces. He was one of the few rock bassists playing "lead bass" at the time, borrowing from jazz greats. He should be closely followed by McCartney and Squire!

Jack is the master. His incredible playing and ground-breaking sounds have influenced many of the other bass players listed here. His constant growth and change and adaptation to new ideas is apparent in everything he plays. His song writing and collaborations are always unique, powerful, and intriguing. And he's still playing in many different venues and bands. Spectrum Road, his tribute band to Tony Williams, has won best jazz album of 2012 from many publications. The 'old soul' of the bass.

This is a shame. He's a musical genius! He has a great voice and can play like a good! Just listen to "Badge", "I Feel Free" or "Crossroads". And he made the Gibson EB-3 (now named the Gibson SG Bass) famous. Thank you, Jack Bruce! I can not think about a better bassist! You're nr. 1!

13TH! Are you kidding jack bruce is no doubt the best bass player ever

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16 Billy Sheehan Billy Sheehan William "Billy" Sheehan is an American bassist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Niacin, and The Winery Dogs.

This list is crazy. He should at least be in the top 5. Looks like bands that are popular even though have good but not virtuoso bass players (guns roses, Kiss, Cheap trick, Journey, etc. ) seemed to be listed high based off of people just liking those bands. Billy along with John Ro Myung, Mark King and stanley clarke deserve to all be pushed up to the top ten. Also I didn't see him on the list bu Stu Hamm also should be on the top of
This list. Don't believe me? Do some youtube searches of some of these guys in action and you will no doubt change you mind.

Why is he not top ten? Compare his solos to anyone else and he will beat anybody.

Fantastic! Have you been to a concert of the Mr. Big? When a bassist takes the luxury of having his solo, the guy has to convince. See and hear Billy Sheehan is to have a bass lesson like no other because he abuses his unique technique. But I do not need to be here saying this. Someone who understands to know the guy is a monster.

I like his brother Eddie Shheran

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17 John Myung John Myung John 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

Listen to his bass playing from ' Images and words' album ( particularly Metropolis) and also octavarium. You'll see he shines even through the most diverse of music as possible.
Even his 'progressive bass concepts' instructional video is also insightful at his virtuoustic playing.

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18 Lemmy Lemmy Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.

Not only is Lemmy a ' God! He is the most genuine Rocker there is. His style is Rythme Bass with a Punch in the face. He is completely part of all of the songs that Motorhead make and to top it off he has influenced everyone in the metal scene. This still living legend needs to be way up there I mean come on! Johnny Christ From "Avenged Sevenfold" is Number 7! I'm sorry but he does not even belong... it should be Cliff Burton, Geddy Lee, Flea, Steve Harris, John Entwistle, Les Claypool, and Lemmy KILL-MASTER! Speed, Sex, Whiskey and Rock N' Roll!

Why the hell is Lemmy not #1, he's an amazing bassist. Listen to the Ace of Spades and say he doesn't belong in the top ten

What! Not even in the top 30! Lemmy should be number 4 after Cliff Burton, Steve Harris, and John Entwislte! - gibsonrock53

How is the in the top 20 should be at least top 10!

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19 Duff McKagan Duff McKagan Michael Andrew "Duff" McKagan is an American musician, singer, songwriter and author. He is best known for his twelve-year tenure as the bass guitarist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. McKagan rejoined the band in 2016, following ...read more.

My favorite bassists but not the top, a lot of it is his band, but he's still awesome, go on youtube and type in slash solo, click on the one on him live in Tokyo and it starts off with a duff awesome bass solo them to a bass line

ohhhhhhh. c mon duff should be in the top 5. in his songs you can actually hear the bass. hottest bassist by the way ;)

Maybe the perfect bass tune.. Not the best technical level but definitely he has an awesome sense of bass playing and generally melody.. One of the main factors of the guns n' roses commercial and not even succes... If he's not the best bass player he's for sure one of the best bass line composer.. A bass line can't be noticed often from a not musician, duff is one of the bassists that have achieved the attention of all kind listeners with his special tone and his melodies.. You can recognise him.. In first place he's a musician and then a player

Underrated - Disturbedpotato

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20 Chris Wolstenholme Chris Wolstenholme Christopher Tony "Chris" Wolstenholme is an English musician. He is the bassist and backing vocalist for the alternative rock band Muse.

Mikey way is a good bassist, from one of my fave bands, My Chemical Romance is in my top 3 bands, but hysteria, the groove, futurism, hyper music... The list goes on. Muse is in my top 1 - mattbellamyisagod1234

There's no one that writes bass-lines like he does, from really complicated to really simple, using a withe range of effects to get unique sounds and always making sure a song does not feel empty

Just listen, to Futurism, Hysteria, The Groove, etc, and you'll KNOW, why Chris has to be in the top ten.
He always tries his very hardest to get the bass line sounding the BEST it can, and the songs wouldn't be the same without it!

Chris is the absolute best, nothing this guy can't play, should be Top 10 for sure. The handler oh wow!

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21 Nikki Sixx Nikki Sixx Nikki 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

He’s the bassist but probably the best known member of Mötley Crüe - InsertCleverName

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22 David Ellefson David Ellefson David 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

HAS ANYONE HEARD THE BASS INTRO TO PEACE SELLS! Epic bassist, epic band

Admittedly not the best, but he at least deserves to be in the top 10.

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23 Krist Novoselic Krist Novoselic Nirvana'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.

NOT AS FUNNEY AS DAVE GROHLLL>:( deserves to be in top 5. subscribe to my youtube channel TED CRUZ IS THE ZODA MANIAKILLER

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24 Robert Trujillo Robert Trujillo Roberto 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.

Trujillo is a legend. In my opinion, he should be in the top ten, alongside Flea. Technically, I feel he outclasses some old bassist (i have respect for Mc Cartney as a visionnary and a music legend, but I think he simply can't compete with Rob".

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25 Justin Chancellor Justin Chancellor Justin 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

He is honestly an incredibly underrated bassist.

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26 Mike Starr Mike Starr Michael 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.

He should be higher on this list. He was just as much an entertainer as a fantastic musician performing on stage. Watching him stomp those boots and spinning while playing was a delight. Mike Starr and Alice in Chains Rock!

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27 Jason Newsted Jason Newsted Jason 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

Top 5 without a doubt

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28 Bill Wyman Bill Wyman William 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

Not only has Keith Richards said that Bill's the best bassist for him, but when the Faces had a couple of reunion shows, Bill was the Man for them too!

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29 Mark Hoppus Mark Hoppus Mark 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.

Most energetic and upbeat bassist of all time. Very talented and he means well. Mark is probably the best bassist ever and I cannot believe he is not at least in the top ten, if not higher

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30 James 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.

Hard to understand how the "Father of modern Bass playing" is at no.29 in this list.
Jamerson invented bass playing!

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31 Alex Webster Alex Webster Alex 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'!

You have never heard a bass solo until you heard the bass solo in The Strangulation Chair (Canible Corpse) - JordanFireStar

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32 Rex Brown Rex Brown Rex Robert Brown is an American musician and author, who is best known as having been the longtime bassist for the Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling, now defunct band Pantera.

probably the best underrated bassist ever. I think he should be in top 5. pantera

c'mon just lisen to the bass behind all the great dime solos

His walking bass lines are killer

42! The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything! thanks gosh you deserved the best. - 22Chrono

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33 Tim Commerford Tim Commerford Timothy Robert Commerford is an American musician, best known as the bassist and backing vocalist for the American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine, supergroups Audioslave and Prophets of Rage.

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

Hella underrated

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34 Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Chaim Witz, known professionally by his stage name Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor and television personality.

He's an awesome bass player. He sings. He's a prolific song writer. And he plays guitar, as we know he's written some songs on the bass and some on guitar. And even if he doesn't win this non scientific poll as the best bass player, he is unquestionably one of the most influential bass players.

why is one of the greatest bassists ever to live
this far down?
Gene is a unique character and an imense bass player!
Despite his fire breathing, blood spitting and flying,
I don't think I ever heard him make a mistake!
totally underated!

Gene rocks! An amazing showman dedicated to entertaining his fans... I can't believe he's this far down the list.

THIS GUY SHOUNDNT EVEN BE IN THE TOP 300.MEDIOCURE AT BEST APPRENTLY THE WORLD IS FOOLED BY THERE STUPIED STAGE ANTICS AND THERE IGNORANT SONGS. I CAN GET A HIGH SCHOOL BASS PLAYER THAT IS MORE MUSICAL INCLINED THAN THIS CLOWN

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35 Dee Dee Ramone Dee Dee Ramone Douglas 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!

"Take it Dee Dee"

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36 Tom Hamilton

I adore this man... he's one of the main reasons I've ever picked up a bass

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37 Andy 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.

Just listen to Barbarism Begins at Home and Well I Wonder, as well as This Charming Man

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38 Mani (The Stone Roses)

Brilliant on every Roses and Primal Scream release he's featured on.

Listen to the bass on 'I am the Resurrection', you clowns

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

He was the bassist for the stone roses.
I rest my case.

39 Tom Araya Tom Araya Tomás 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

Why would he be here? Even their song alone are hard to sing, yet this guy nailed it while playing fast tempo. Respect this guy please

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40 Bernard 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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41 Rudy Sarzo

Look up some of his bass solos in "Godzilla" from 2007-present with Blue Oyster Cult

Rudy is amazing and should be at the top of the list!

How is Rudy #59?!?! Makes this whole list a joke.

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42 Mark King

Best Slap bass player in the world, second Larry graham, Third louis Johnson

You guys know nothing! Mark king owns the Slap, Flea would say the same! Top ten is ridiculous!

The fact that Mark King isn't #1 and that he's #66 is ridiculous. He should be first. I can't believe people Flea is rated higher than Mark. You guys make me want to puke. Mark is the BEST. Period.

King of slap bass.

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43 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 -

Badass basspreacher!

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44 Glenn Hughes Glenn Hughes Glenn Hughes is an English rock bassist and vocalist, best known as a member of Deep Purple and the rock pioneers Trapeze, and his solo career. Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple. He is acclaimed for his wide vocal range.

One of the best players. Influenced lot of bassist. For a bass player in 1976 to put David Coverdale back stage was incredible. Probably punk and new wave wouldn't be the same with out Glenn Hughes

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45 Cliff Williams Cliff Williams Clifford 'Cliff' Williams is a British musician who has been a member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC as their bassist and backing vocalist since mid-1977. He had started his professional music career in 1967 and was previously in the British groups Home and Bandit.

Not as well known as Cliff Burton or Flea but his Rhythm partnership with Malcolm Young is incredible! they're what keep AC/DC's music so solid - Dickey96

he's an awesome bass player!, in my opinion his rhythm is really awesome!

not necessarily a GOOD bassist, which cliff williams is, but he's incredible fast at bass, just listen to let there be rock - pauler94

higher - Morbid_Deth

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46 John 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.

Amazing bass player! His bass lines on Rio still amaze me. Very underrated, but that doesn't change the fact that he's damn good!

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47 Paul Simonon Paul Simonon Paul Gustave Simonon is an English musician and artist best known as the bassist for the punk rock band The Clash.

I'm gonna make this real clear: Paul Simonon is the greatest punk bassist of all time. The Clash was the definition of a four-piece band; four members, no egos. They were all committed to their music and to their cause and perhaps until the very end had no regard for vanity or individual gain. Paul was a huge part of that, and the Clash very likely would not have been the Clash without him. His is without a doubt the best and most influential bassist in the punk genre, and he has inspired generations of bass players, including myself. Maybe if the internet wasn't so full of Green Day fangirls who can't tell this difference between punk rock and POP-punk, more would understand the greatness of the one and only Paul Simonon.

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.

Most underrated bassist by far. He has some truly incredible basslines as others have mentioned. London Calling, Lost in the Supermarket, The Magnificent Seven etc. are all examples of his amazing abilities.

48 Mike Dirnt Mike Dirnt Michael 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 isn't at number one because there are so many better bassists than him. - Gruunge

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.

Anyone can play bass riffs without any backing/lead instruments. Plus he doesn't sing. - zxm

ABSURD!
Some of his band's songs are easy to play, but he is great!

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49 Reginald Fieldy Arvizu Reginald 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

I agree with all the Fieldy commenters. By far the most recognizable and unique sound in metal out there. And no, I don't get caught up in all the sub-genre titles (deathcore, numetal, etc.) Metal is METAL and s'all good. Fieldy's playing ability and sound are the 2nd reason I picked up a bass. The 1st was to jam with my son, making Fieldy is 2nd only to family.

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50 Phoenix Farrell

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.

Phoenix is seriously a great bassist... He deserved to be in the first 10... He's not only amazing in the studio but if you see him live then you'll be convinced that he must be in the top ten...

He's the best bassist out there. Come on, he's a member of the best band ever! Linkin Park rocks! Phoenix rocks! Spitting around the stage, awesome!

Yes it is

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