Top 10 Greatest Metal Bassists


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 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'

Based on where Metallica was going musically with Cliff they could have been even bigger than they already are. Cliff Burton is the best bassist in metal history. Rest in peace, your memory will live on.

Cliff Burton defined what Metallica stood for... Look at the first three albums they made with him and the rest without... The later ones lack the creativity of the master musician... Pity he couldn't contribute more to metal and Metallica... Rip cliff

Metallica and Maiden bassists. The creme de la creme of metal low end. Les Claypool? Is he technical? Yes. Is he better than Cliff, who makes his bass sound like a guitar and can shred? Tommy the Cat? Haha. Listen to Orion or maybe Anasthesia.

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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.

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!

Not only is he an amazing bassist (he and Burton definitely deserving the top two), but he is also a very talented song writer. He is the Mozart of modern music, writing the majority of music for Iron Maiden himself.

Cliff was great, but this man INVENTED METAL BASS. Not to mention he wrote like 96% of Iron Maiden’s entire discography. All Cliff did in comparison (that was really memorable) was For Whom The Bell Tolls and Anesthesia. And unfortunately get sucked out the window of a tour bus.

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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.

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

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.

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$$!

Megadeth is the big 4 band that a lot of guitarist and real musicians like, because of their technical supeiriority over many other band in the era. The guitar work of Dave Mustaine and Marty Freidman or Chris Poland or whichever line the particular song has, over shadows the band bass player, David Ellefson. A very underrated bassist. It seems to me that most top 10 list leave him out or put him at the bottom, for what reason I don't know. Listen to the peace sells album, or countdown, or rust in peace. Enough Said.

He showed another dimension for metal bass...and how to create groovy bassline not just following guitar notes

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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.

john myung has more bass playing power in his little finger than cliff burton could dream of having. I learned pulling teeth in like 2 days I have yet to completely learn a dream theater song all the way through! genious!

Metrolopolis pt. 1, Panic Attack, and many more! No need to list songs to tell that he's probably the best bassist ever! Followed with Markus Grosskopf (Helloween - listen to Eagle Fly Free, Halloween and Keeper of The Seven Keys, then understand what I'm saying) and Cliff Burton

No matter what others say, he is the best bassist in this list...believe it or not, he can play two bass solos at one time...isn't it great! Can steve harris or cliff burton can do that? No...because john myung is way more professional than those two players...he deserves number 1

A bit low here at 5, but still the top 5 are interchangeable

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6 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.

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

Has his own brand. Very best at what he does.

Actually, I vote for cliff..'cause he inspired me..but lemmy? Don't forget, cliff also inspired by him..Geddy, Geezer, Lemmy, and Phil Lynott..those man were cliff's influences..and I like lemmy's technique, he's a unique bass player..

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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7 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.

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

One of the greatest (if not the best) bass players of all time. Just take a look at the bands he's been in. A very talented guy. He has technique, speed, and diversity. Should at least be in the top 5

Why the hell is Steve at 24 and Pantera's bassist and Bullet For My Valentine's bassist are above him? An amazing bassist.

Steve is Top of Tops!

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8 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.

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...

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

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9 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.

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?

I do feel sorry for Newsted, for one Metallica constantly hazed him and two he had to walk into Cliff's place an impossible job for anyone no matter how technically gifted they are.

Not as good as Cliff Burton, but you have to respect him for the awesome bass lines on The Black Album, and his work on Load really is the only saving grace of a pretty lackluster album. A great live player, and his new project, Newsted, released a simply phenomenal debut album.

Tje souls if Metallica are tje bassists json id muy favotite

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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.

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!

Not as good as Cliff, but excellent bassist. - PhoenixAura81

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The Contenders

11 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.

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

He really funks this band

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12 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.

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!

Unquestionably the best bassist to roam the earth, even though Justin Chancellor is my favourite bassist, Claypool is inarguably the most talented and innovative player on the list.

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

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13 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.


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14 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.

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

Awesome bassist deservedly so and to see he outranks Jason newsted is awesome for how fast he plays he deserves it

In Raining Blood he plays the same way as the guitars. You have no idea how hard that is for a bassist until you try

Should be a whole hella lot higer

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15 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.

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

Gene simmons is not a metal bassist

Gene has been my inspiration ever since Alive! Came out. He has said that his job is to make what he has in his head come out with his playing, and he does that and then some.

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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16 Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne)

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.

Can't believe he's so down in he list! I know pretty much every bassist in this list and even though Burton and Harris are better than Martinie, They're not THAT better.

I love her technics, power slaps I like it

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17 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.

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

Should be number 1 - gemcloben

Tals was an awesome rock band, ahead of their time

18 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.

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

The style of this guy is unbeatable! I was on their gig and he literally made love with the bass on the stage.!

His goatee alone bumps him up at least 10 places.

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19 Sean Yseult (White Zombie)

Check out her new band STAR & DAGGER they kick ass

In "More Human than Human" and "Thunder Kiss '65" she is great

20 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.

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?

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

As much as I love Rush and Geddy Lee, Rush isn't metal. - galaxyfox

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21 Michael Lepond (Symphony X)

Incredible fingerstyle skills! Hardly any other bassist plays with so much precision at such a high speed. If this was an accurate list, the top three would be Cliff Burton, John Myung and Michael Lepond!

Listen to his solos in Egypt and Seven and you will understand.

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

By far the greatest

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22 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.

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.

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.

Great technic, great feeling, amazing composer of master pieces of metal. Co-writer of several (maybe all) Cannibal Corpse songs. Co-writer of Blooted Science music. This guy must be on the first 10, I think he is not because death metal is not main stream gender.

A lot like Steve Harris in being a technicallly blessed player and extremely proficient songwriter.

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23 Fieldy Christian (Korn)

Fieldy has one of the most unique sounds ever, I can't think of anyone who can play the bass tuned down so low as fieldy and still sound so good.

Truly the best bassist ever

His slap is awesome and his bass-playing style is inimitable

His playing is very unique. - Userguy44

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24 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.

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.

Technically, not the best bassist, but goes perfectly with other members of Avenged Sevenfold.

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

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25 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.

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...

Like many great metal bass players he was trained as a jazz bassist, which is evidenced by his walking bass lines underneath Dimebag's solos (check out 5 minutes alone). Should be way higher on this list

Obviously. "Cowboys From Hell." Listen to that one. - galaxyfox

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26 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 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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27 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


28 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.

Really militarian bass - Odinest

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29 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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30 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.

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!

One of the best if not the best

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31 Jeroen Paul Thesseling Jeroen Paul Thesseling

Master of fretless bass - Metal_Treasure

32 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.

33 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.
34 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.

35 Robin Zielhorst

Fretless bass player - Metal_Treasure

36 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 (^_^).

37 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

38 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)...

Just awsam bass player... If you not heard him... Go to to youtube and heard guti the finale, guti from hell... If you r bass lover you'll sure love it..

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39 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/

40 Billy Gould (Faith No More)

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

Listen to Epic. During the solo - Userguy44

41 Paul Gray (Slipknot) Paul Gray (Slipknot) 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.

I think that Slipknot is successful because of Paul Gray and other band members. This guy was an awesome bassist.

It is, sorry it wasn't :(, just his playing. He was an incredible guy, too. So for sure, Harris or Burton are technical perfect players, but no one will ever have the aura of Paul. So Rest in Piece Bro, can't believe its nearly four years now, that you are gone. Still missing you.

he is always number one... R.I.P paul gray...
you will always be inside of my heart...

His so overrated it's not funny, Use are only voting for him because he died, and was in slipknot.

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42 Sao Paulo Jr. (Sepultura)
43 Greg Christian (Testament) Greg Christian (Testament)
44 Ian Hill

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.

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

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.

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

He should definitely be in the top 20! - CenturyChild

45? Are you kidding me? - Disturbedpotato

Very talented guy

Very special with his 'simple' style.

Aslo a very good singer!

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

46 Dominic Lapointe

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.

Dude, this guy is amazing

This guy should be way higher than this

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

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47 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.

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48 Peter Steele (Type O Negative) Peter Steele (Type O Negative) Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk, better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative.

He is cute and strong and his music is op... but I think the bass play was not that op as his music

What the hell? Pete should be in the top 10, at least!

Wow he is criminally low - Sincerity

Peter Steele is an incredible bassist lyricist,and vocalist. His heavy unique sound and style of playing bass imy opinion puts him in the top 10 best bassists! Happy 57 th Birthday in Heaven Peter! 🎼💚😇✨

49 Dan Briggs

Dan Briggs is a very talented bassist. I mean look at his work on colors, it's absolutely amazing.

Dan briggs is a brilliant bassist, don't believe me, listen to viridian by between the buried and me

This man and Ryan martinie are my two favourites and HAVE to be up there in top few. These men have the skills to pay them little gimmicks they keep sending in the mail called 'bills'

50 Markus Grosskopf

Listen to his side project Bassinvaders. enough said

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