Best Bassists Ever

The Contenders: Page 5

81 Matt Freeman

If this was actually judged on ability then Freeman would be way higher up, but unfortunately he has even been outvoted by Mikey Way who's been voted up by the fan girls not because he was good but purely because he's in My Chemical Romance. Well, used to be at least, good riddance. I'm not saying that Matt is the best bassist ever but his ability to write pure gold on the bass and his work in even Operation Ivy has been severely overlooked. Also, what's this about flea having good technique? Have you seen that guy play, his ability is reasonable but damn does he have poor slap technique.

of course one of the best bassist. people just don't realize it because he plays a genre that people don't generally listen to at large. if you ever see maxwell murder live you'll know by listening to him play and the peolpes reactions. seriously, the PUNK mosh pits stopped and everyone got on each others shoulders to watch. great bassist if I ever saw one - rottoncheesedude

Freeman's work with Operation Ivy and Rancid (especially on their eponymous debut) cemented his reputation as one of the best bass guitarists (and THE best punk rock bass guitarist) of all time. Listen to Rats in the Hallway and Rejected; his lead bass lines on those songs will blow you away. Bottom line: Extremely underrated.

WHAT?! 83? He's one of the best and one of my favorite 5 bassists ever! just listen to the album...And Out Come the Wolves "one of the best punk albums ever" and listen to basslines and the bass solo in track 1.. he's the best! - ahmedaser

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82 Mick Karn

Everybody would stand around with their jaws on the floor as Chet Atkins walked all over the fretless guitar.. Well, my friends, Mick Karn is the Chet Atkins of bass players, playing a fretless bass to perfection. To call him herein underrated would itself be underrated. Google "Artemis" by Dali's Car and be amazed. He was best known among professional musicians (the likes of Robert Fripp) as the consumate improvisational bassist. He died on January 4, 2011 at the age of 52. RIP.

The most unique bass player - it's obvious from the moment you first hear anything beginning with Japan's three classical albums, through Mick's collaborations and to his nothing-to-compare-with solo works. Many acclaimed progressive musicians admitted his brilliance. No bassist in the world can play like Mick

Coming from an out and out Rocker I shouldn't like him, But I loved Japan. Mick evolved into one of the most influential players of the eighties. Along with Steve Jansen, Mick formed probably the most unique rhythm section the late seventies and the early eighties could offer... A true artist who brought technique and talent to the fore!

Greatest Fretless ever

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83 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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84 Dougie Poynter

No Dougie Poynter in the best bassists section? How is that possible?! Come on! Dougie is one of the most talented bassist for his age and has an incredible presence on stage, jumping all the time, like a restless little monkey! He's cute, that's true, but he's still an amazing performer/bassist!

Brilliant bassist and he should definitely be in the top ten. People underestimate him because he is from McFly, but they don't realize how talented each member is and they deserve more credit - sarsh0603

This guy is THE BEST!
Blink 182 fan!
And SUPER hot
You should vote Dougie!

The is a great bassist

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85 Simon Gallup

He was first in the Gallup poll...

Best bass player ever!

There's nothing left but faith.

One of the best

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86 Phil Lynott Phil Lynott Philip Parris "Phil" Lynott was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist.

Just magic to watch and listen to. Should be further up the list! Has influenced many a bass player and band! U2, Kings of Lean, REM, Coldplay and My chemical romance.. To name a few ( and varied! )

Top 10 for sure! The guy personally wrote, played amazing bass, and sang more than 14 full studio albums over 12 years!

best ever he rules so amazing yngwie on bass

Top 5 for sure

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87 Mikey Way

Mikey Way is the best bassist ever! Best bass players go 2 the best Bands... If you don't get it it's My Chemical Romance.. Best Band EVER!

Woo go Mikey! Best bassist in the world for the best band in the world! Everyone vote him up for Mikey's sake he needs a confidence boost! He's got such a sexy speaking voice he should use it more often!
Proud Member Of the MCRmy Xxx

Mikey is definitely one of the best bass players in the world. One of my inspirations to pick up a bass actually. He should be rated higher!

This should be 'WAY' higher...geddit

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88 Peter Hook

I used to be in the Geddy Lee and Flea camps, and I still praise them among the best. I was even partial to John Taylor among pop-rock acts, but the more I focused on Peter Hook's bass lines the more I heard or even saw the flare and mastery he had with such a unique style of the bass. Just check out the way he jams in the video for final 2 minutes of the extended version of The Perfect Kiss (long version on Substance). His playing flows with the speed, accuracy and melodiousness of a lead guitarist. New Order may be techno and not conventional rock, but Hook's talent should be considered regardless of people's tastes in music. And if you want more conventional bass, then check him out in Joy Division. Still amazing.

Awesome Bassist. Deserves To Be Higher, Joy Division Wouldn't Have Had The Same Sound Without Him.

Never before hearing joy division/ new order songs have I thought that a song could revolve around the bass line alone. The bass lines are so prominent, strong, they simply compliment each song.

Really,not top 5? One of the pioneers for the bass as a lead instrument. See Spooky

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89 Eero Heinonen

He's so great! he should be in the top ten at less, omg I can belive he is in the 31 he deserves the first place Eero I love you! and I love The Rasmus

He is so different, so great! He has so much passion! What does he do At 21? You're kidding us? Eero, Lauri, Pauli and Aki, The Rasmus of course, must be at the first place of all lists!

he's so great and also good person... - Nancy

AAww! Hei, I'm Manuela and I have to say you that Eero the best bassist in the world! He is so cool! So a great person! I love his sound and The band so much!

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90 Rick Savage Rick Savage

Why bassist of definitely Leppard is so low?

91 Jared Followill
92 Mark Evans
93 Sam Rivers

Sam is way better than Dave Farrell. It's unfortunate nobody gives him the credit he deserves just because a lot of people hate Limp Bizkit.

sam is the best I don't now why he is 84 on this list he should be in the top 10.
Just because everybody hates fred that does not mean that he should be hated to he is defenetly the best

he's never ever going to get recognized just because he plays bass for limp bizkit. he's probably the most under-rated bass player. really fast finger work.

Awesome bassist. He can play jazz and rock. - 05yusuf09

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94 Steve DiGiorgio Steve DiGiorgio

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!

95 Ashley Purdy Ashley Purdy

Ashley Purdy is one talented bassist! From the amazing sound, to his awesome personality, I think we can all agree he deserves higher than position 142! Ding, dang, who's your boss?

This is way unfair to Ashley! He deserves to be at least in the top ten! He is an amazing bassist with an even more amazing personality that anyone would love to have. Come on people, lets vote for a bassist that deserves more than 152!

Are you people crazy? ASHLEY IS AMAZING! He is always shirtless, cares about his fans. Black Veil Brides RULE!

So amazing he is good listen to a few
bvb songs and he's the star plus he's so

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96 Adam Yauch aka MCA

RIP MCA, Thanks for all your musical talent that you shared with us. You will be greatly missed.

Not only a great MC, but a great Upright fretless bass player too!

97 Noel Redding Noel Redding Noel David Redding was an English rock bassist and guitarist best known for his work as bassist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

wow, no one added this guy. being the original bassist for the greatest guitar player to ever walk this earth, he wasn't recognized. he's one of the greatest - pauler94

Why would he be so far down the list, doesn't make any sense. Has anyone ever paid attention to this guy or did Jimi steal the show so well he looked alone up there?

Listen again next time you play a track, bass playing at the back bone

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98 Willie Weeks

My favourite bass player for many years. Beautiful tone, tasteful chops and great feel. Willie has played on hundreds of great albums and with so many influential artists that he must be one of the most influential unsung musicians in history! Highlights include Donny Hathaway Live and George Harrison's Thirty Three and a Third

Not to mention Randy Newman's Little Criminals album

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99 Mike Rutherford

One of the most underrated bassists of all time. For anyone who doubts me, listen to the Genesis albums from 1971-1976, he is incredible on EVERY single song. I think many underestimate Genesis as a band (since they started making pop in the 80's) but their early albums are pure progressive rock. It's maybe one of the best groups in that genre ever. Phil Collins is also an amazing drummer for those of you who think he only sings pop, but that is for some other time.

Rutherford is often overlooked in comparison to other progressive bassists like Chris Squire, who I of course can agree is godlike. But I would say that Rutherford is without a doubt equal. Even Steve Harris himself has cited this man as one of his main influences and for good reason.

Eww, yuck, pop songs... Oh, stuff it. If he never did anything other than the bass line on "No Reply At All" he'd still be worthy of inclusion.

Just don't let him sing.

Your ignorance is hurting my brains. His contribution is way beyond what he did in the prog years of Genesis. - RalphSaad

One of the most underrated prog bassists. He could also play the guitar well. - RalphSaad

100 Arni Arnason
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