Best Bassists Ever

The Contenders: Page 17

321 Ryan Martinie

How in the world is Shavo sitting at 30 and Ryan Martini at 42. That's pathetic! Yet again, another poll becomes a popularity contest. Shavo couldn't change Ryan's strings, much less be a considered a better bass player. I like System, but Shavo is a mediocre bass player at best. I've never struggled for even a minute to play one of his bass lines for a cover in my band and when they play live, his timing is awful. Ryan, on the other hand, is a beast live and it's an achievement to be able to play his basslines.

Seriously, Ryan is most definitely number one, turn on any Mudvayne song (ANY! ) and listen to the bass. It blows minds. I've been playing bass for about 12 years now and I still find it difficult to nail some of his lines. Only other bassists I'd even consider being better then him are Les Claypool and Fieldy and that's a pretty big stretch even to consider them.

dude u just cant beat ryan martinie, awsum bassist, great riffs, not to mention hes incredibly fast, listen to this guy live, probably one of the best there is, the only 2 guys i will say are a little better are les claypool and victor wooten, other than that im done - Vayne90

What,this guy inspired me,out of all other bassiss I've heard

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322 Tetsuya Ogawa Tetsuya Ogawa

Yes, Finnaly, a site that realize the true godlike genius skil of TETSU

He is bass, his skin are made of bass, his brain are made from bass, his heart are definitely BASS




Tetsu is the most awesome bassist,

He is skilled, the most skilled,

There's no one who dares stand before him,

He plays full of skill and harmony. he is a bass monster that can play a counter melody bass. he is the best bassist that I ever know. he is a god of bass, can anyone beat him now? I guess not.

The most influential bass player in japanese rock music. I think that's clear enough for the explanation.

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323 Marcus Miller

Wow, I cannot believe Marcus was not in the top 10. He is simply amazing... what is more amazing I have yet to see Stanley Clark listed. There are many great bassist listed... that are part of a band... listed here, but as far as being a creative musician. One who can live without another guitarist well there are many bassists not mentioned. And Stanley Clark, Jaco and Marcus are all top 10 material.

simply the greatest bassist in these moment playing, with a lot of groove to give to the others bassist!
A mester!

Cliff Burton No 2 and Marcus Miller and Mark King 53 & 49 come on guys WAKE UP and listen more music its a non-sense

I don't understand why he is low on the list, that's nonsense. Sid Vicious could barely play and he is way higher!

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324 Phil Lesh

A utterly gifted bassist who held the dead together delivering phil bombs across the large expanse of crowds. This is a bass player ever who is clearly noticeable throughout any given song delivering beautiful and critical combinations of notes to complement the genius of garcia.

Melody, lead, harmony, improv, rock, blues, jazz, funk, bluegrass, Phil does it all with great chops and style and always very tasty. More than just a bass player... A true musician. Phil is definitely a great and most obviously overlooked on this list.

If you've never heard his sonic boom in a Dead (or any other band he's played in) you've never actually had goose bumps from a bass player.

Simpler the best ever

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325 Pete Wentz Pete Wentz Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born June 5, 1979)is an American musician. He is best known for being the bassist, lyricist, and backing vocalist for the American rock band Fall Out Boy. Before Fall Out Boy's inception in 2001, Wentz was a fixture of the Chicago hardcore scene and was notably the lead more.

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

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

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

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

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326 Carlos D

Just listen to all his work. Regardless if he left, he is one of my all time favorite bassists and my main bass idol. He is the reason I respect pick bass and enjoy the tone more than fingers.

Carlos D is one of the bassists that isn't very technical but has a great sound. I prefer listening to him than Flea / Cliff Burton any day. I get chills every time I listen to the end of Not Even Jail.

get all their albums, wrap yourself in them, and after a while you will want to see them live. by that time you will most definitely agree he should at least be on this list somewhere.

Gotta be my favorite band and favorite bassist. I'm a drummer, but every time I listen to songs from Interpol like The New, it makes me wanna put down the sticks and pick up a bass.. still love drumming though..

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327 Shavo Odajian Shavo Odajian

Excuse me, but why is he at 28 while that dude from Tokio Hotel is at 3? Shavo's a whole lot better. And he's got a kick-ass beard. System is without a doubt, the best!

Come on. Listen to some SOAD. I've never seen any guy playing bass with a plectrum. He plays slowly to
give a space to Daron's guitar. He
is music video director, occasionally he can sing too. This guy is awesome man! Listen to the small solo at the starting
of "psycho" - arpanhmr

Mikey, Pete, Duff is never better than Shavo. Someone voted Pete because he is hot. You should vote for playing. Shavo is very fast & he has a good sense of music! He deserves top 20 - arpanhmr

He is great in the beginning of Psycho Look it up!

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328 Reita

Come on reita just come through to the top and be the best Japanese bassist first and then best bassist of the world!

The best bassist in the world?
It's Reita alright.
You'll regret for not voting him.
So click that "VOTE"

He's one of the best there is out there. He in a band that is very dear to me. His abilities are outstanding. There's no doubt that he's one of the best out there ^-^

Um guys, there's a problem. This has nothing to do with reita though. There are only 12, out of 465 female bassists. And one double bassist.


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329 Steve Fossen

Listen to "Crazy on You"... great bass line! - wildchild

330 Stanley Clarke

Most of the voters are definitely voting for the band. Most of the best bassists are way down on the list. My guess is most guys and gals wouldn't even know who Stanley Clark is, and have ever heard any of his albums. You won't find him on itunes. I'm quit sure they're all good bassists, but Clark really is one of the best...

WTF number 43, it seems this list is going by the band, not the bassist themselves. This is like putting Jordan this low for a listing of the best basketball players, it's crazy. - HolyCal

Stanley Clarke not in the top ten? I guess sheer musicianship and technique is not high on the selection criteria for this list! Get real

Stanley Clarke is the best bassist of all time. it's unbelievable that he's this low on the list.

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331 Miya38

omg, wtf, have u ppl neva heard of some good j-rock bassist
ya u have tetsu and toshi. but there mainstream...get with the tropical gorillas and listen 2 a few songs...spice of life and lke a foojin, any1, come some1 must have heard

332 Joe Principe
333 Oteil Burbridge

Oteil is one of the top two greatest, current bassists. Victor Wooten says he's the best. His work with Aquarium Rescue Unit is way ridiculous! I'd invite anyone on the list to try and do what he does on some of those songs and in some of those jams. Free form Jazz isn't for everyone taste-wise, but that is extremely complicated stuff. What's more, his lines compliment everything he plays on. Like any good bassist he definitely knows his place in a group. He can do some ridiculous things during a bass solo, but during a verse you might not notice him at all because he knows just what to play to support the overall melody. Favorite bassist by far!

Obviously people know too little about Oteil and the Brothers. He is so good on so many levels. Definitely a top 25 guy. - mdp1970

Listen to the bass guitar on Tedeschi Trucks Band's live album and then you'll know why he should be up at the top.

334 Marco Coti Zelati

This band is an amazing Italian based band. Listen to the intro and outro of Closer. Its just mind blowing! The things he can do is extrordinarly advanced!

335 Meshell Ndegeocello

Not the best but should be noticed. In my opinion, she has a lot more talent then the majority of the hacks on this list. Just listen and open your minds people.

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336 Randy Gregg
337 Cone McCaslin

Very cool bassist. He is my idol. I want to play like him.

He is so cool. One of the best punk rock bassist. Sum 41 rocks. And cone is the idol they have got.

Supersick style just a all around great bassist he makes me wanna play

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338 Sheldon Gellada
339 Hugh McDonald

I think Hugh deserves a far better ranking on this list. A very humble guitar genius is Hugh. He deserves more votes.

He may not be an offical replacemet of Alec John Such, but he is still amazing. The work on Livin' On a Prayer and Keep the Faith... Pure Genius

340 Jack Kilcoyne
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