Best Bassists Ever

The Contenders: Page 3

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 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

So damn underrated

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43 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.

The only reason mark king is not #1 is because he is not in a rock band.he should be #1 - gruppenfuhrer

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44 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

45 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.

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46 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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47 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.

It seems to me John is more than a good bassists. He is a very good musician as well. He has been improving his personal way to play and understand the bass from the 80s to now.
Congratulations John indeed.

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48 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.

His bass solos are the most boring things on earth - emilk

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49 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!

Awesome bass player

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50 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

Best bassist next to Roger Waters

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51 Marco Hietala Marco Hietala Marko Tapani "Marco" Hietala is a Finnish heavy metal vocalist, bass guitarist and songwriter (Nightwish, Tarot).

Marco is the best bassist I've ever heard. His works in Nightwish are nothing less than spectacular. In my opinion, Marco is the best male vocalist and best bassist, nothing more, nothing less. (My favorite female vocalist is Floor Jansen, I'm a huge Nightwish fan, and have been since I was six)

Marco Hietala is the most amazing bass player and singer I ever heard, so I don't understand why is he here, cause I can say he's better than for example Georg from TH...

He's the best in my eyes, his bass sounds awesome as hell and his voice is incredible. He deserves a higher spot

52 Frank Bello Frank Bello

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

I am stuck between Steve DiGiorgio, Steve Harris, abd Frank Bello. I went with Frank because hia bass resonates throughout Anthrax's music with a prominent low-end sound. Great riffs, too.

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53 Greg Lake Greg Lake

You just have to hear 21st century Schizoid Man

Emerson Lake And Palmer

Keeping up with Keith Emerson was not for the weak... and he had the best voice to go with it.

Lake is probably down at 98 right now because of being less popular than bassists like Cliff, Flea, and Harris, but he has various basslines that stand out in their songs at least as much as theirs, such as Tank, Bitches Crystal, Toccata, 21st Century Schizoid Man, and his epic Karn Evil 9.

54 Brad Walst

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.

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55 Eric Wilson

"The B-lines that Eric dropped reminded me of hip hop. " -Believe, The Dirty Heads. Recognized by new age artists over a decade after Bradley's death. Eric is so smooth in his delivery, and his riffs are top-notch. One of the most recognizable and respected bassists of his time.

Yes I would most deffinitely have to agree. He is the first bassist I was ever inspired by, he has the coolest style and most originality... I think He should be right up there at the top

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

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

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56 Stuart Hamm

I really don't know y stu hamm is this much down on the list.
Guys, Plz Listen to his solo albums & his instructional vdos & u'll recognise that he is the best bassist alive on the world today.
Not 1ly a great bassman but also a greater teacher. - bassistadnan

awsome, he uses really cool techniques and he is one of the best I have heard

listen to his music he is way better than flea..

Top 15 for sure.

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57 Adam Clayton Adam Clayton

Seriously, whether or not you are a U2 fan, listen to their early material. Adam had zero experience with the bass. And look what he came up with. Riffs such as New Year's Day, the entire Achtung Baby record, Wire, Seconds, and The Ocean just to name a few. His early bass playing is what forced The Edge to think outside of the box and come up with impossibly clever riffs and chord progressions. The Edge has even admitted to it!

Please he is the best he should be at the top of this list and he is the best of all you should hear obe of U2 songs his bass is like the the soul of those songs and with the edge larry mullen and bono are like fire on stage

He is my favorite bassist and that is bias. He is pretty good especially during new years day. He is a driving force. He is someone that helps hold the band together. That in itself is a great musician. He isn't the greatest though so no #1 spots yet but he is good.

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

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58 Sting Sting Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor, and philanthropist.

Sting deserves a better place. some of the names here are nothing but bass guitar holders and they are mansioned only becouse of the name of the band they play in

Many may think that Sting's lines are easy to play, but trying singing and playing at the same time... Pure craziness!

He is the best.The best and the most talented bassist of all time - October

Sting has simply magical songs

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59 Juan Croucier

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

60 Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister

Isn't he already on the list? - Mumbizz01

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