Best Bassists Ever

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41 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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42 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

How bassist one of the greatest band - Pantera's - is 99?

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43 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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44 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.

They just don't get, any better than this! True bassist/artist in all aspects! #1 in my book!

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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

Cliff's rhythm with Malcolm's rhythm is what makes AC/DC sound so great. Long live this lengendary bassist! - airplain313

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46 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

47 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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48 Paul Gray Paul Gray Paul Dedrick Gray, also known as The Pig or by his number #2, was an American musician, best known as the bassist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning metal band Slipknot.

R.I. P Paul
The Pig would still be grinding maggots with his Ibanez PGB1L if he was alive. No one's forgotten the metal band that marks itself as one of the greatest. Paul Gray was also awarded for one of the best services to the Metal music industry. He's responsible for the boom behind those powerful, cut-throat songs. Get real, bitches. Admit it, you'd rather grow up with Slipknot than a milk bottle.

Listen to Bitchslap by Slipknot. Epic bass in that - DawnB865

Paul was a very underrated bassist, just look at any of their heavy stuff and you can see why he should make the top 40 at least! - ballaboi17

Paul is the reason most slipknot songs sound the way they do. His booming bass made everybody scream at the top of their lungs. (especially corey) the pig will live on forever.

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49 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.

Seriously? the Demon is at 49? WHAT? Think about this, he's 67 years old and still performing, he's GOOD at it, and let's never forget his world-famous blood spitting, fire breathing, and freakishly long tongue!

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50 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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51 Toshiya

Everyone should learn from this man. Reita of the Gazette is great too but Toshiya is amazing. he has such a unique style and the whole of dir en grey just keep getting better

The best bassist in the list, even though, I would say Jun Onose, from Luna Sea, would beat everyone in the list. So yeah, J is missing

Toshiya is just wonderful!... His playing is awesome... He is the best bassist to ever walk on earth... And to crown it all he's from the best band in the world DIR EN GREY... Why is Cliff Burton 1st?... Why does Metallica get 1st preference all the time?... Toshiya is the best... He beats everyone in this list

He should be on the top ten list
Whoever did'nt vote him just never hear him playing his bass

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52 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!

I agree Phoenix should be in the Top Ten. he's amazing and just talented as heck. Plus anyone seen his wonderful personality?

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

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...

54 Timothy Kelleher

Tim's awed the 30 Seconds To Mars fans since he joined as their touring bassist. He's super talented and more people should also check out his own band My Darling Murder - they are going places!

His energy is amazing. It's almost unbelievable. It was a pleasure to be so close to him when I was front row at one of their concerts. He's the best!

He's the best doing what he loves, and he makes 30 Seconds to Mars better every single day

Tim is my lovely bassist! He's a great man too! So like to watch at the concerts how he play and sing with Jared Aw!

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55 Tom Hamilton

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

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56 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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57 Ross Valory Ross Valory Ross Lamont Valory is an American musician and the band Journey's noted bass player. He and Neal Schon are the only original members of the band still performing with the group.

I think ross is one of the best bass player... He's awesome. The sound of his bass lines Are not the common... He makes many techniques that give their sound on bass much power! Is simply one of the best

Ross uses simple fluid bass lines that really carry the harmony of all of Journey's timeless songs. I love the way his tone on all on most of there tracks as well. Very solid player!

He redefined Journey's sound, bar none

58 Tommy Joe Ratliff Tommy Joe Ratliff

He Is The Best. Don't Get Me Wrong, I Love Pete Wentz And Mikey Way, But SHOW TOMMY SOME RESPECT. The Man Is Already A Legend, He Should Be WAY Higher Than This. At Least 12. (Should Be Higher Than That Though. ) Even If Lower He Should Be what WAY WAY Higher Than Gene Simmons. That's Crap. I Love John Deacon And Both Cliff And Robert Are Great, But I Still Love Tommy The Most.

Tommy brought bass playing closer to me. He has a special way to play bass and it's fascinating me every time I see him playing bass (or now guitar) and headbang to it - simply special. That man deserves to be heard and seen.

Undoubtedly Tommy Joe the best bass player in the world! I realized it when the tour Adam Lambert took my mind completely)

This is not right!

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59 P-nut

wow he is so underrated. He can lay down some slap bass, a hard rock riff, a relaxing reggae bass line, and he brings the FUNK! P-Nut can lay down any style, just like 311 can lay down any style of music. Pick up any 311 song and you'll see why

P-nut is nasty. Even if you don't like 311 you have to at least respect his skills. Maybe he shouldn't be in the top 20, but seriously, hes behind Pete Wentz who absolutely sucks at bass and pisses me off hes even in the top 100.

"Coda" gets me every time. His slap bass fill in "Come Original" is downright sick as well. "What Was I Thinking, " and "Don't Dwell" intros are dope; I could go on. Underrated.

See this dude in concert,then tell me he's not nasty!

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60 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 -

He's a way better bassist than Wolfgang. The band goes downhill without him

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