Top 10 Greatest Metal Bassists

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The Top Ten

1 Cliff Burton (Metallica) Cliff Burton (Metallica) Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.

Cliff was really a great bassist. Not that others on this list are bad. But Cliff was really an epic bassist. (also an epic musician).
I think Cliff is the reason Metallica is so successful today. Cliff made Metallica what it is today. If Cliff hadn't died so early, Metallica would have been an even greater Band. (not saying that jason and rob are bad).
As Flea(bassist of red hot chilli peppers) rightly said-"This* was a great moment in the history of electric bass guitar. "
*this refers to the moment when Cliff composed 'Anesthesia-Pulling Teeth'

A lot of people may say that Cliff is overrated but bear in mind that he was only 24 when he passed away and he was already a beast with more years of experience he would've been unstoppable

Innovator and pioneer, he made playing bass even cooler( no knocks go to the greats Geezer and and lemmy) but what this man did with a bass guitar was epic and gave you goosebumps every time you listened to any of his eye melting solos!

Anesthesia, The Thing That Should Not Be, For Whom The Bell Tolls...enough said.

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2 Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

He is the best heavy metal bassist. He is most known for his "galloping" playing style. He has unique techniques which nobody can copy. He is also a great song writer.

Definitely better than Cliff - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

He and Burton truely deserves to be in top 2. You can shift both players around the 1st and 2nd position and it won't matter to me. I voted for harris because Burton is already at number 1. Metallic Maiden 4 Life... I'll piss on you if you disagree!

DIOS

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3 Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

I get that he's not considered the greatest bassist of all time (but I still believe he's the best), he's at least without a doubt the greatest metal bassist! Most creative by far. Listen to Black Sabbath's solos in their earlier songs (Sweet Leaf and War Pigs are great examples). Geezer just goes insane and it sounds absolutely amazing. His tone is also my favourite by far. If it weren't for Geezer, I'm not even sure if Black Sabbath would be my favourite band (Iommi is still a riff god so probably). Cliff Burton is massively overrated but I admit Steve Harris comes close on this one.

These Metallica and megadeth fans seem to outnumber the traditional metal fans. They neglect Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, who CREATED HEAVY METAL. Infact, every metal band is influenced by Black Sabbath. Cliff Burton himself was influenced by Geezer Butler and Steve Harris.

Gezzer rules the best watch live and YOU WILL SEE! - mentalfeed70

This bassist is part of the best band in history. He plays like there is no tomorrow, and he can come up with awesome riffs. I do not need to say much to get the point across do I?

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4 David Ellefson (Megadeth) David Ellefson (Megadeth) David Warren "Dave" Ellefson is an American bassist and co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Megadeth from 1983-2002 and again from 2010-present.

solid bassplayer, very underrated. Although guitarwork in megadeth is excellent, there's always a solid bass behind this. When women say: behind every good man stands a better woman, they actually mean this.

To me, David Ellefson is the best Metal bassist; the first time I heard the Peace Sells album, I was blown away, I didn't even know what he was doing, and he influenced my style with his sound and technique on albums: Peace Sells, So Far... RIP and Countdown. I met him once, he is a helluva nice dude, I even got a few emails from him; his favorite Beatles song is "Day Tripper" because it's riff driven. David Ellefson #1 for influence, Cliff Burton is tops for inspiration. John Myung may be a brilliant musician, but I don't like his bass style, it just seems to finesse and not really heavy, in attitude I mean, he always looks in a happy zone when he's playing, real Metal bassists want to kick your A$$!

He plays with a pick, but I really like his bassline in Peace Sells. He can definitely play. - Userguy44

His bass lines are just the best

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5 John Myung (Dream Theater) John Myung (Dream Theater) John Ro Myung is an American bassist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Dream Theater.

Imagine voting Cliff Burton or Steve Harris over John Myung - DenyYourMaker

Dream Theater have to be everywhere... - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

Yes! An absolute master - benreidy100

Most technically gifted metal bassist.

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6 Steve DiGiorgio Steve DiGiorgio Steve Di Giorgio is an American musician of Italian descent. Di Giorgio has played bass guitar in many heavy metal and death metal bands.

Amazing bass player. Great stage presence. Always a pleasure to watch on stage.

Steve is Top of Tops!

The most legendary bassist everr

When you want to talk about actual talent and not name recognition then talk about Steve.

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7 Justin Chancellor (Tool) Justin Chancellor (Tool) Justin Gunnar Walter Chancellor is an English musician formerly in the band Peach but best known as the bass player for rock band Tool. Chancellor is of English and Norwegian descent.

Guys justin has done a beautiful job in every song like 46 & 2,lateralus,vicarius and the pot that it is really difficult for everyone to play as a bass player I can see that he has experience and he should be in the top 5

Just amazing. His work on schism, 46 & 2, and others is just Phenomenal. And not only is he a good bassist, but also a good writer and musician. How have I not reached minimum quality yet? Stupid computer doesn't know what quality is.

Justin plays his bass with the prowess of a lead guitarist. His bass lines are more technical than a lot of guitar riffs from other bands. He contributes so much style and musicality to the band without overshadowing the other members. You would not have the TOOL sounds without him

I find it hard to believe that Johnny Christ is ahead of this beast, Justin belongs in the first 10 just for his work in Lateralus alone, not even referencing the other amazing albums he was in...

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8 Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine) Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine) Timothy Robert Commerford is an American musician, best known as the bassist and backing vocalist for the American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine, supergroups Audioslave and Prophets of Rage.

Best basslines, and you could actually hear them

Why is he not on this list already? He may come from a different age but you can't deny that back in the day, RAtM delivered some of the most effective metal bass lines ever. And he was a beast live.

One of the most underestimated bass players, but has awesome funk, hip hop groove mixed with brutal and inimitable tone!

He has to be on this list, he creates great background for Tom and his stunts

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9 Les Claypool Les Claypool Leslie Edward "Les" Claypool is an American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, author and actor best known as the bassist and lead vocalist of the band Primus.

Without any doubt at all, Les Claypool should be #1 on this list, go listen to "Jerry was a race car driver" and My Name is Mud" then you'll believe why he is indeed the best bass player

the best

OK kids, Primus are an alternative metal band, so I can see why Les isn't gonna be getting number 1 but jesus, he's by far the most talented bassist on this list, he should at least be top 10. Go listen to Tommy the Cat just to see how talented this guy is, and then vote Primus!

He is a metal bassist, Primus isn't a metal band but he used to be in the Prog Thrash band Blind Illusion he even played on their first studio album. - christangrant

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10 Robert Trujillo (Metallica) Robert Trujillo (Metallica) Roberto Agustin Trujillo, better known as Robert Trujillo, is an American musician known for his role as the current bassist of heavy metal band Metallica.

He is a monster of a bassist!

Rob is a monster on that 5-Stringer of his! He is a veteran bass player with groundbreaking skills, but then again, you would need them to be in Metallica right?

Brilliant bassist that is totally undermined by the metal community. Please, he is much, much better than Newsted and although he might not be better than Cliff Burton, he can definitely play faster than Burton. He has added an additional heaviness to metallica and should definitely be in the top 8. Listen to his cover of Anasthesia (Pulling teeth), what a fitting tribute to Burton!

His style adds an awesome primal sound to Metallica's music. Hiring Robert Trujillo was the best thing they could have done!

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The Contenders

11 Lemmy Kilmister (Mötorhëad) Lemmy Kilmister (Mötorhëad) Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.

He has one of the most unique styles of bass in the entire genre. His baselines are powerhouses, and he normalized the bass solo. While he's probably not above Steve Harris, he should def be in top five.

Lemmy is not even my top pic... but #10 on a list of best metal bassists? HOW? STOP IT

The face of the whole band and the speed Metal genre!

He achieved more as a bassist, frontman, and composer than most other bassists dared to dream. Most hid and supported their lead guitaurs

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12 Jason Newsted (Metallica) Jason Newsted (Metallica) Jason Curtis Newsted is an American metal musician, known for being the third bass guitarist with the band Metallica from November 1986 until his departure in January 2001, he was also a part of Voivod and Flotsam and Jetsam.

I think he was better that cliff and Rob because cliff played the bass like a guitar. Also Jason was able to play with a pick, fingers, slap, and tapping. He is a great frontman and played and sang. Jason wrote guitar riffs, and had a bigger impact on Metallica than Rob has. I think he should be second place to cliff Burton. Jason is really overshadowed.

Jason did more for Metallica than Rob( no offense) I think he should be 2nd to Cliff. Plus he's the better backup vocalist no doubt

Master of backing vocals. - Userguy44

Unfortunately Jason is overshadowed by Cliff Burton and therefore he is underrated as a bassist. In fact I think his bass lines are far better than cliff's (That being said Cliff's solo's were amazing) and rhythm playing over solo "Lead bass playing," if you will that Cliff used to do. And how can you argue with the guy who screams "DIE, DIE, DIE" like he's satan or something?

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13 Billy Sheehan Billy Sheehan William "Billy" Sheehan is an American bassist known for his work with Talas, Steve Vai, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Niacin, and The Winery Dogs.

One of the most technical yet fastest bassisteverv

Should be at least in the top 10

I've never heard of any bassist this amazing, ever. His playing is absolutely amazing and sheerly breath taking!

Best ever
Talas wasn't very good metal band, but bassist billy Sheehan is probably most prolific bassist ever

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14 Frank Bello Frank Bello Francis Charles Joseph "Frank" Bello is an Italian-American musician who plays bass guitar for the thrash metal band Anthrax.

Take the Steve Harris style of finger playing, and apply it to thrash metal. The result is something similar to what Frankie Bello gives you: solid, pumping, bright and fluid, adding a layer beyond and behind, yet distinct from Scott Ian's massive rhythm guitar parts.

Caught in a Mosh, Got the Time, Intro to Reality, some examples of his skill on bass so he should really be in the top 10

Come On! Frank is Great.

How is he not in the top 10? Frank is an extremely good bassist. - DoroExploro13

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15 D.D. Verni (Overkill) D.D. Verni (Overkill)

Way underrated. He should be in the top 10. The song writing. The live presence and damn that bass tone. No one has that tone and cuts across anyone that ever listen to it. It's his sound. No one has the DD sound. He maybe not be all over with being flashy but the man can hold his own

Amazing sound, technique...other than steve harris none more ingenious

Should be much, much higher on the list.

DD at #22? Got to be kidding! He belongs in the top five, no question. Possibly top three.

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16 Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) Alex Webster is an American bass player, who is best known as a member of the death metal band Cannibal Corpse.

Who but... Alex Webster - shoulderboythemetalhead

Alex Webster's technical ability is astounding. It's not just about speed, the notes he plays are shockingly melodic and clean underneath the pounding drums and shredding guitars. The break fills in Cannibal Corpse and the solos with Blotted Science is god-like wizardry. Check out the genius of Synaptic Plasticity for further proof.
Add on his song and lyric writing ability and you've got a bass GOD.

No bassist can play so well with their fingers so fast. He’s also a technical master. Inspired me. Fantastic bassist

This might a little over the top, but Alex Webster to me is Death Metals Cliff Burton. He's fast as hell, one of the only original members left, never used pick in his career, and one of the top 5 headbangers in metal today.

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17 Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down) Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down) Shavo Odajian is an Armenian-American bassist, musician, and composer for the Armenian-American band System of a Down.

His goatee alone bumps him up at least 10 places.

Extremely underrated. Listen to "Prison Song" or "Mind" or "Suite Pee" - TheMETALgiant

He has so much flair when he plays, it's just amazing, not to mention he is very good at playing his instrument. The song "Deer Dance", or "Prison song": Prime examples of his skill.

Shavo plays with his own style and even playing low like he does still delivers a clear and powerful sound

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18 Geddy Lee (Rush) Geddy Lee (Rush) Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

jes - YeeMan

Great but this list is about metal bassists and Geddy is NOT metal. - Metal_Treasure

23 - Really? Not only is Geddy an intricate bass player, from an instrument standpoint. But, he also sings & plays keys, all the while still holding firm in the structure of each song. Should be in the Top 10 at the very least.

How is Geddy Lee not already on here? He plays Bass for rush which would already be hard enough, he is the lead singer of Rush, and he also plays piano for Rush! How much better can one man get?

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19 Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne)

Ryan Martinie is the most underrated metal bassist of all time. He deserves to be top 10!

I love her technics, power slaps I like it

Ryan, in my opinion, is the best bassist there is. Cliff is good, but he's not great. Nobody would care about Cliff if it weren't for "pulling teeth" and the intro to for "for whom the bell tolls." Ryan is my favourite bassist because he is extremely technical, he stands out from every other bassist, he has a great tone, amazing writing skills, etc. He deserves to be a lot higher up on this list.

My top 3 bassists would be:
1. Ryan Martinie (mudvayne)
2. Evan Brewer (The faceless, solo)
3. Dan Briggs (Between the Buried and Me)

Incredible bassist, seriously underrated. People have a problem with wanting to fit in and be popular so usually they vote the bassist off of how successful the band is. This guy doesn't just follow the guitar. He writes bass lines that weave in and out of the guitar riffs to create beautiful music.

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20 Michael Lepond (Symphony X)

Mike is the best!

The best! Listen to "Frontiers" - Symphony X (Bonus Track on The Odyssey). Tasty! Oh and everything on his solo albums (Silent Assassins)

Really unique style and incredible skills. Without a doubt, the most talented bass player I've ever been lucky enough to see live.

I've been a musician for over 30 years and this guys never fails to impress me every time I've seen him I am wowed. Great bassist!

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21 Tom Araya (Slayer) Tom Araya (Slayer) Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Should be a whole hella lot higer

He's fast but his tone and playing is decent. - Userguy44

#21 is way to high for him,his playing is mediocre and sloppy as hell. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

Tom is amazing on the bass. Listen to War Ensemble or another fast track and the bass will blow you away.

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22 Ian Hill Ian Hill

Top metal bass player in the world of Metal. A true legend.

Can't believe he's on number 45! I know he plays mainly simple bass line, but check out the early stuff of Priest classic, like SIN AFTER SIN, STAINED CLASS or metal masterpiece UNLEASHED IN THE EAST, he plays basic stuff but adding some incredible melodic bass note to each songs. I think he deserve on top 10 in metal.

At #44?! You've to to be f*cking sh#tting me people. He practically started Priest and the whole heavy metal genre! He's practically the only one, apart from Steve Harris of Iron Maiden who can truly compose great bass lines that can actually equal guitar lines (let alone two guitars, lead guitars at that) in sound and greatness.

23 Jimmy Bain (Rainbow, Dio) James Stewart "Jimmy" Bain was a Scottish musician, best known for playing bass guitar in the bands Rainbow and Dio.

Very underrated bass player R.I.P. - TheStargazer

rip

24 Marten Hagstrom (Meshuggah) Marten Hagstrom (Meshuggah) Mårten Hagström, (born 27 April 1971) is the rhythm guitarist for the Swedish experimental metal band Meshuggah. Hagström, along with his bandmate Fredrik Thordendal, was rated #35 by Guitar World as the top 100 greatest heavy metal guitarist of all-time.

He needs to be more well known as well as the band he plays in

He isn't just a great songwriter, backup vocalist, rhythm guitarist and lead guitarist, but a badass, technical and groovy metal bassist! He played the bass in the Meshuggah masterpiece obZen and he did a great job in it!

Have you ever heard about meshuggah? Just listen and vote for Marten.

Bass line in Demiurge. Need I say more?

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25 Dominic Forest Lapointe Dominic Forest Lapointe

Listen to omniscient perception by Beyond Creation and the solo

26 Jeff Walker (Carcass) Jeff Walker (Carcass) Jeffrey Walker is a bass guitarist and vocalist from Windle, St Helens, UK. He is best known for his work with death metal band Carcass for which he is also the main lyricist.

This guy is amazing, the beginning of room 101 sounds so cool. Even Though carcass Is Death Metal You Can Still Hear His Bass Perfectly Over The POWERade Guitar And drums, Reminds me of steve harris.

27 Tom Angelripper (Sodom) Tom Angelripper (Sodom) Thomas Such, better known by his stage name Tom Angelripper, is the founding member and main songwriter of German thrash metal band Sodom.
28 Nikki Sixx Nikki Sixx Nikki Sixx is an American musician, songwriter, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter of the band Mötley Crüe.

One of the best if not the best

How can Nikki be 39th. The guy is brilliant. He can make nothing something. He's truly brilliant

He should be way higher, he has been rocking' bass with Motley Crue for over 30 years, and with Sixx:AM for a little under 10.

Nikki is without a doubt the coolest rock star of all time!

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29 Chi Cheng (Deftones)

He is 31 on this list cause deftones are less known

I can't find a band that even compares to Deftones with Chi. He was the man. Geddy Lee is an awseome technician. Steve Harris is, well Steve Harris. But Chi was driving force of the best band of all time.

30 Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold) Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold) 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.

I don't usually pay attention to a7x baselines, but afterlife is always going to be one of my favorites

He brings a lot of different aspects to what could be a very boring bass line. I'm glad that he spends time trying to improve the bass lines. A7X is very lucky!

Not a very incredible or outstanding bassist, but he never overplays and always sounds amazing with the rest of the band. Not to mention his signature bass is sick and he has a great bass tone.

Improves every album and is the fearless leader of Avenged Sevenfold.

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31 Peter Baltes Peter Baltes

Rhythm genius...Great solid work...Cool Tone..Even cooler battles with Wolf Hoffmann..Way overlooked back here in Germany.

32 Linus Klausenitzer Linus Klausenitzer
33 Rex Brown (Pantera) Rex Brown (Pantera) 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.

Wrote incredible songs with

Pantera
Down
Rebel Meets Rebel
Kill Devil Hill
Rex Brown band
Crowbar

Should be
in top 15

Even though he isn't heard much over Dimebag he is still really skilled. Just listen to his work in the guitar solo in 'Floods'.

he deserves to be in the top 10... he is just not heard over Dimebag. his bass under Dimebag's solos is killing. and floods is just awesome...

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34 Jeroen Paul Thesseling Jeroen Paul Thesseling

Master of fretless bass - Metal_Treasure

35 Dustin Davidson (August Burns Red)

This guy plays bass like a guitarist and totally shreds he is just as active on their albums as the guitarists and he pulls hammerons on bass!

Dude has a unique style and contributes melodically to most pieces, which is more than what most bassists do.

The tones he achieves are unmatched

36 Greg Christian (Testament) Greg Christian (Testament)
37 Heath (X - Japan)

X best band ever.. Taiji was a good bassist too though

Heath - San is a great bassist with a fascinatin style. He often looks very elegant on stage and remebers me to a tiger, also in his style. He can play a bass, that you even will forget, that he's playing it, 'cauze he's able to let a bass sounding like a guitar. Than his shows... As a solo - artist also as while his solos. They are great. And Heath - San is really hot (^_^).

38 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.

Gene rocks!

KISS is pretty much what 13 year old sex fanatics would write songs - YeeMan

Overrated garbage. KISS is not even close to metal music but even if they were Gene wouldn't even be in the top 60. The only people who vote for him are stupid 49 year old dads who are going through a midlife crisis who have daughters that weigh more than them. Complete disgrace to rock music. - TheMETALgiant

Simmons' only claim to fame is the crazy stuff he does at concerts. His bass playing is not one of those. - FatTurtleGamez

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39 Sumon (Aurthohin) Sumon (Aurthohin) Saidus Salehin Khaled (Sumon), is a bass player, singer, songwriter, composer, music producer from Bangladesh and the vocalist and bassist for the rock band Aurthohin. He is known as "Bassbaba" (Father of Bass) among his fans and audiences for his bass guitar playing.

Depends on what you're talking about. If he plays slap bass then he is usually a funk type of bassists. If you are talking about his finger picking bassists, sometimes he's metal bassist. - zxm

The best bassist of Asia! He should be at top 20 at least

He's bass playing is adorable... He's slapping is too good... He's the man who made bass the strongest part of his band's songs... You should hear... Guti, Nikrishto, Shurjo... Then you will say yes... That is Bassbaba (Father of bass)...

Your solos are super cool

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40 John Campbell

This guy kicks mighty ass, not to mention that he can keep up with Mark and Willie. Awesome example of a 'team player' bassist.

Shall be in top 10

The fills this guy pulls off are oustanding

Lamb of god rulesm/

41 Eddie Jackson Eddie Jackson

Extremely underrated! - Relixx599

42 Billy Gould (Faith No More)

Highly underrated, driving force for the rhythmically based FNM, which had an incredible influence on alternative and nu-metal going forward. Doesn't quite have the clean-cut kind of style that the higher-ups on this list have, but phenomenal nonetheless.

Listen to Epic. During the solo - Userguy44

Billy Gould is hands down my favorite bassist just listen to his work in woodpecker from mars

43 Jason James (Bullet for My Valentine)

Is Funny Cool And Nice and is Great With Hist Path Of bass and is he have a great voice screamo... Believe what he's a good bassist for that he have to sty in this list of the best bassist

Awesome bassist. But he is not only a bassist he also provides back-up vocals to help out the great Matt Tuck. Bullet for my Valentine are awesome and everything they do is great.

Best bassist and vocalist he is in second no of my list after matt tuck vote him guys he don't deserves to be in 17 position

Best bassist and screamer

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44 Sao Paulo Jr. (Sepultura)
45 Robin Zielhorst

Fretless bass player - Metal_Treasure

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

Very talented guy

45? Are you kidding me? - Disturbedpotato

He should definitely be in the top 20! - CenturyChild

Very special with his 'simple' style.

Aslo a very good singer!

There are better bass players but Marco belongs certainly to the top 20

47 Roger Glover (Deep Purple, Rainbow) Roger Glover (Deep Purple, Rainbow) Roger David Glover is a British bassist, songwriter, and record producer. Glover is best known as the bassist for hard rock bands Deep Purple and Rainbow.

Just listen to the solo of fireball

He is very very underrated. Check out his bass solo to Pictures Of Home by Deep Purple. - Metal_Treasure

Very underrated - zxm

48 Conrad Lant Cronos (Venom)

68, is this a joke? - Disturbedpotato

When talking about the greatest metal bassists, I think it's important to take into consideration that this man both fronted and played bass for a band that influenced probably thousands of other bands.

Great bassidt and vocal

49 Dominic Lapointe

His technique is amazing. He should be 1st in the list.

I actually cannot understand why Forest Lapointe comes after something like fifty other bass players who, having of course been important for the genre, are not nearly close to his level. This man's technique is what every bass player should dream to reach, and it's truly sad to see how his skill is not recognized as much as it deserves.

"Forest" is not higher because nobody knows him, pousers vote for commercial bassist the true metal heads, and techdeaths knows what this guy really can do, he must be in 1st place and with great pain in my chest above even Steve Harris...

This guy should be way higher than this

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50 Troy Sanders (Mastodon) Troy Sanders (Mastodon) Troy Jayson Sanders is an American musician, singer, and songwriter best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he plays bass and shares lead vocal duties with guitarist Brent Hinds and drummer Brann Dailor.

Like all of the members from Mastodon not widely known, therefore never high in these kind of lists. All 4 members are exceptional on their respective instruments and based on skill Troy Sanders is on par with players like Steve Harris and Cliff Burton. Should be at least top 10

He's not the best, but some songs are amazing and he deserves the 10 or 11 position.

Killrbe killed op

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