Best Bassists EverList of the Top 10 Bassists. Add your bassist here....
The Top Ten
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
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
What do you get when you cross Jesus Christ with a passion for bass?
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...
! How in the hell is John Entwistle 4th on any list? This is one of the greatest rock bassists of all time we are talking about here.
Geddy Lee is ranked #1 and I can get behind that. When you concider that Lee sings lead vocals, plays keyboards and is still arguably the best bassists in rock music, he clearly deserves the top spot, but Geddy Lee has always sighted John Entwistle as his main inspiration and you can certainly hear John's influence in many of Geddy's favorite riffs.
Geddy took much of what he learned from John and brought it more to the forefront by using the tools he learned from another of his inspirations, Chris Squire. Geddy began using a Rickenbacker bass and round wound strings to replicate Squire's sound.
Much of the early Who music drowns out Entwistle's awesome bass riffs because he was using flat wound strings and his quick triplets were often lost as a mumbled growl, rather than a crisp sound making those riffs pop.
Much of the ...more
Thunder fingers best by farV 257 Comments
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!
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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
Why isn't he first? - Userguy44V 393 Comments
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
He's really goodV 362 Comments
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.
Please put this man higherV 140 Comments
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...
The complexity of his bass riffs are outstanding : Tapping? Sure thing. Popping? Hell yeah. Slapping? Of course! Hammer-ons? Bring'em on!
Strumming? Obviously! All that in one song? Sure!
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
This guy should be first
and a lot more
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
This guy is part of the biggest band in heavy metal history. His bass work is how it is supposed to sound, and this is how it is supposed to be done. He is even a great lyricist, this guy is the one!V 48 Comments
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
About all of this stems from his singing and just from being in The Beatles. - DragonSlayer5279
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.
What a terrible list. Paul deserves to be either 1st or 2nd. His bass lines are the most memorable and innovative for the 60s scene. He helped musicians realise that bass playing isn't all about virtuosity but rather cleverness in melody. McCartney and Entwistle beat everyone.V 180 Comments
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
Despite not being as skilled as Geddy Lee or Cliff Burton, he invented some of the greatest bass lines in all of rock. While many in the top ten are great bassists, not many can claim to have written anything as iconic as DSOTM's Money.V 68 Comments
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
He’s so underrated! He has so many hidden amazing bass solos and has written some of the most recognised bass lines of all time! Respect to John Deacon 💞V 165 Comments
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
Get him in the top 10 please! - Userguy44V 114 Comments
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.
There was nothing like Talas before Talas. What on earth is that guy doing on that bass? Billy is a pioneer.V 52 Comments
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!
Yeah, jack is probably the bestV 45 Comments
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.
When will people realize Chris Squire is just as good as Geddy Lee... One of the most iconic and best bassists of all time... I mean both ofc... - MaxPapV 81 Comments
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
How the hell is he 16 and below people that he inspiredV 160 Comments
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
Dawn Patrol!V 32 Comments
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
Very powerfulV 55 Comments
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.
This man can definitely play a bass guitar. - Userguy44V 35 Comments
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.
Yeah he's decent, but not technically all too great.V 43 Comments
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 - InsertCleverNameV 54 Comments
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
DADDYV 34 Comments
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
siktir lanV 16 Comments
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.
He should be at the top. He's the only bassist to ever be named bassist of the year twice by bass player magazine. And he's just incredible.V 177 Comments
Save Me, Almost Easy, Nightmare. Enough said, for he's no 3. Number 1 Cliff Burton no 2 Flea.
If Johnny Christ is not moved up souly for his impeccable slap bass performance in the multiple bass solos in the song Afterlife then I will be very disappointed not to mention the millions of other great bass lines he has played like Beast and the Harlot Bat Country and Save Me. He is if not the very best a very close 2nd on the list of best bass players period. From his great jazz metal fusion playing style to his iconic stage performances he his the full package if every band's perfect bass player. He is an inspiration for metal bassists everywhere and even far after his time his name will be remembered.
A7x have amazing songs, but without the bass sound from johnny the songs are incomplete. GO A7X best band ever all the members are amazing musicians.
He's able to steal the show with a bass in a band that has Synister Gates in, adding complex basslines to even songs such as So Far Away, and of course the solo in Blinded in Chains, it's crazy how bassists like Mike Dirnt and Mark Hoppus can be rated above himV 80 Comments
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!
Gene rocks! An amazing showman dedicated to entertaining his fans... I can't believe he's this far down the list.
Yes, he is a douchbag pain in the butt, and by far not the best, but the man has everythingV 19 Comments
Listen To Sweet Emotion
it Has A Awesome Bass Riff
I adore this man... he's one of the main reasons I've ever picked up a bass
He should surely rank within the top 20 best of all time
Bassist of Aerosmith. - Userguy44
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
Definitely better than 33 - DisturbedpotatoV 22 Comments
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. - 22ChronoV 3 Comments
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) - JordanFireStarV 11 Comments
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.
RIP, Bernard Edwards...you were what made Chic so rocking'V 3 Comments
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!V 10 Comments
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 pleaseV 5 Comments
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.
The fact that this guy, who routinely tops actual publication lists as best bassist of all time, is number 26 here while Cliff Burton sits at the top, says a lot about the demographics of this website.V 26 Comments
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
This guys is a virtual genius his technique is mental how is he 50th he towers over a lot of the greats just for the level of skill it takes to play his style.V 37 Comments
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!
King dedede garboV 7 Comments
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.
Bass godV 112 Comments
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.
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!
This guy was the go-to bass player of the 80s and 90s. Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Ozzy...enough said!
How is Rudy #59?!?! Makes this whole list a joke.V 2 Comments
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 HughesV 2 Comments
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
Just a decent bassist - DisturbedpotatoV 14 Comments
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 ManV 4 Comments
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.
He accomplishes what a band's bassist is supposed to accomplish: give it a good beat. He does it well. Three Days Grace's bassist provides to slow, low (even for a bass) beat that will knock your socks off if you can hear it over Barry Stcok's obnoxious guitar chords.
One of the most underrated bass players of the 21st century.
Isn't he already on the list? - Mumbizz01
The former Ratt bassist was essential to the early Ratt sound. -
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 one to play the "race card" gratuitously, but your inclusion of Larry Graham, at No.57 on your list of "The Best Bassist Ever", is direct and conclusive evidence that racial bias, against "Black Americans", is as prevalent in the hearts of whoever determined these ranking, as it is at "Ku Klux Klan Assemblies", or "Donald Trump Campaign Rallies".
How can the inventor of the "Slap & Pop Technique" of bass play, be relegated to the 57th position, in your rankings?
I would be curious, to know the results of a survey rating "The Greatest Baseball Hitters Ever! " Would Barry Bonds be rated at No. 50, or lower?
I don't know who the selectors are, but they certainly are unqualified! To think that Nat "King" Cole, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, and Jackie Wilson, to name a few, who were omitted, when so many of the "flash in the pan" variety of performers, who won't be remembered past this year, if that long!
Wayne "Cadillac" Mays, Sr.
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
Listen to Death's Individual Thought Patterns... That jazzy, farty sound is so unique for Death Metal and so perfect for Death.
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!
Amazing bassist, and mesmerizing vocals
You just have to hear 21st century Schizoid Man
Emerson Lake And Palmer
He was the very best!V 2 Comments
One of the most underrated bassists. Songs like Caught In A Mosh and Got The Time have awesome bass lines.
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
Super underrated.V 3 Comments
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