Best Punk Bassists

The Top Ten

1 Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones) Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones) Douglas Glenn Colvin, known professionally as Dee Dee Ramone, was a German-American musician, singer and songwriter best known as founding member, songwriter, bassist and occasional lead vocalist for punk rock band the Ramones.

Dee Dee is better than Mike. Because his bass riff/lines is a good match with aggressive fast paced riffs. While Mike usually played some bass riffs without other instruments in the back and became popular. Lots of people think Mike is amazing because they could hear his bass riffs. While some good bassist's bass sounds get mixed with drums beats and guitar riffs. People sometimes miss that. - zxm

He is the fastest and most energetic bassist that punk rock has ever seen. Sid Vicious is more of an icon than a bass player, which he was not. Glen Matlock gets my second vote. - dlbk03

Without doubt the greatest. Without Dee Dee there's no ramones. Without the ramones, no punk. 1234...

Not just a fantastic bassist - also had an exceptional talent as a songwriter.

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2 Mike Dirnt (Green Day) Mike Dirnt (Green Day) Michael Ryan Pritchard, known professionally as Mike Dirnt, is an American musician best known for being the co-founder, bassist, backing and occasional lead vocalist of the American punk rock band Green Day.

He plays more than what the guitar plays. He's not just a deeper repeat of the guitar part

You can hear Mike's bass throughout every Green Day song the entire time. It sounds like a beautiful thunder.

He plays it like it's nothing just listen to welcome to paradise that's just pure punk bass guitar poetry

He's Mike Dirnt that's why!

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3 Klaus Flouride (Dead Kennedys)

Uh...hello? The bass lines he came up with hold the songs together.

Easily the greatest of all time

4 Dave Alexander (The Stooges)

Really one of the first punkrock bassists!

5 Mike Watt (Minutemen)

Can't believe he's not on the list. He is undoubtedly a top ten punk bassist, if not the best. - THC13

Great Bassist!

6 Steve Soto (Adolescents)
7 Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols) Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols) John Beverly, born John Simon Ritchie, later named Sid Vicious, was an English musician, most famous as the bass guitarist of the influential punk rock band the Sex Pistols, and notorious for his arrest for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

Couldn't even play bass. Couldn't stay off of the heroine. Couldn't not be a murderer. Most overrated musician ever. - Skullkid755

Sid was horrible, he couldn't play at all - Grandpaboy67

So out of his mind

8 Matthew Freeman (Rancid)

I don't know why so many not punk bassists are on this list. Freeman is easily the best.

Listen to Maxwell Murder, that song will speak for itself.

Basically he nails every Rancid song by himself...not to mention Op Ivy

This list is dumb. Anyone who says any of these chumps are better then Matt Freeman obviously don’t get it.

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9 Paul Simonon (The Clash) Paul Simonon (The Clash) Paul Gustave Simonon is an English musician and artist best known as the bassist for the punk rock band The Clash.

The guy just had great bass lines...London Calling, Magnificent Seven, Radio Clash, Safe European Home.

Listen to Guns of Brixton...

Can play many different types of music very well

How is Sid Vicious higher than Paul?

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10 Grant Matthews (Rudimentary Peni)

The Contenders

11 Darryl Jenifer (Bad Brains)

Great Bassist I love his bass line on big takeover

12 Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols) Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols) Glen Matlock is an English musician best known for being the bass guitarist in the original line-up of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols.

Underrated team player. Heavily contributed to the band only to be fired. Sad - dlbk03

13 Karl Alvarez (Descendents, All)

He's top 3 what the heck.

14 Jerry Only (Misfits)
15 Mark Hoppus (Blink 182) Mark Hoppus (Blink 182) Mark Allan Hoppus is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and television personality best known as the bassist and co-lead vocalist for the pop punk band Blink-182. Born in Ridgecrest, California, Hoppus spent his childhood moving back and forth between his mother and father's more.

He's very talented and has a great voice. If Mike Dirnt is #2 then Mark deserves to be higher. He's responsible for a lot of blink-182's hits as well

He should be first. Mike Dirnt is second, how?

Great bassistl

16 Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag)
17 Jason McCaslin (Sum 41)

McCaslin should be before Hoppus I believe. Personally, my absolute favorite band is Blink 182, so I love every member. However, Mark plays very similar bass lines in the majority of his songs. Most of his songs only consist of a bunch of grouped eighth notes and only support the guitar. Jason, on the other hand, plays at a very much faster pace, and he also incorporates the melody in some songs. A perfect example is the post chorus for Heart Attack. Sum 41 is my second favorite band, so my opinion may be a little biased.

18 Chris Barker (Anti Flag)
19 Greg Kriesel (The Offspring)
20 Kira Roessler (Black Flag)

Very good female bassist. X-wife of Mike Watt. - THC13

21 JJ Burnel (The Stranglers)

The coolest bassist on the world. Quality, originality and style. Long live the men in black!

Jj burnel at no 20 wrong should have been at no 1easily class bassist

The greatest bassist of the original punk era. His melodic, lead style of playing is the driving force behind so many great songs. His growling bass sound, along with Hugh Cornwell's jagged guitar riffs and Dave Greenfield's Doors-esque keyboards, gave The Stranglers an melodic aggressiveness unmatched by any other band. And he is also the toughest guy in rock.

22 Joe Principe (Rise Against)

Like the Angel, 88 Fingers Louie

Love me some 88 FL Bass lines

23 Jay Bentley (Bad Religion) Jay Bentley (Bad Religion) Jay Bentley is an American musician, composer, co-founder, and the lead bassist of the punk band Bad Religion.
24 C. J. Ramone (The Ramones)
25 Paul Thomas (Good Charlotte)
26 Rob Wright (Nomeansno)

Amazing bassist

27 Randy Bradbury (Pennywise)

Seriously, just listen to anything from full circle

28 Greg Norton (Hüsker Dü)
29 Fat Mike (NOFX)

Needs more than a mention, listen to the idiots are taking over or I threw gasoline on the fire and now have stumps for arms and no eyebrows

30 Tony Lombardo (Descendents)
31 Mike Herrera (MxPx) Mike Herrera (MxPx)


32 (Robert Trujillo) Metallica
33 Joe Raposo (Rkl, lagwagon)
34 Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols) Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols) John Beverly, born John Simon Ritchie, later named Sid Vicious, was an English musician, most famous as the bass guitarist of the influential punk rock band the Sex Pistols, and notorious for his arrest for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
35 Calum Hood Calum Hood

Freakn underrated. Just listen to the live version of 18 by 5sos from their live album. He's so much better than people think.

36 Ross Knight (Cosmic Psychos)

The man

37 Fil Thorpe-Evans - Neck Deep
38 Jason Black (Hot Water Music)
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Top Remixes

1. Mike Watt (Minutemen)
2. Steve Soto (Adolescents)
3. Klaus Flouride (Dead Kennedys)
1. Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones)
2. Dave Alexander (The Stooges)
3. Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols)


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