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

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

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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 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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45 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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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.

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48 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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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 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

51 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

Super underrated.

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52 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.

53 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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54 Larry Graham

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

Criminally underrated below many imitators- this dude was an innovator. And he sang. Top ten for sure.

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55 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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56 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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57 Johnny Christ Johnny Christ Jonathan Lewis Seward, known as Johnny Christ, is the bassist of the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. Seward is the fourth bassist to join Avenged Sevenfold in 2003, replacing former member Dameon Ash.

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 him

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58 Juan Croucier

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

59 Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister

Isn't he already on the list? - Mumbizz01

60 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.

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

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.

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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