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

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

Definitely the best bassist ever, I own his model and it's my new favorite

He really gives them the funk punk feel

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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 Matthew Freeman (Rancid)

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

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

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

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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5 Grant Matthews (Rudimentary Peni)
6 Dave Alexander (The Stooges)

Really one of the first punkrock bassists!

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 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

9 Darryl Jenifer (Bad Brains)
10 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

The Contenders

11 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.

Can play many different types of music very well

Listen to Guns of Brixton...

Certainly the most creative and artistic bassist on this list - dlbk03

12 Steve Soto (Adolescents)
13 Karl Alvarez (Descendents, All)
14 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

15 Jerry Only (Misfits)
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 Joe Principe (Rise Against)

Like the Angel, 88 Fingers Louie

Love me some 88 FL Bass lines

20 Greg Kriesel (The Offspring)
21 JJ Burnel (The Stranglers)

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 Kira Roessler (Black Flag)

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

23 Paul Thomas (Good Charlotte)
24 C. J. Ramone (The Ramones)
25 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.
26 Rob Wright (Nomeansno)
27 Tony Lombardo (Descendents)
28 Mike Herrera (MxPx) Mike Herrera (MxPx)


29 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.
30 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

31 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.

32 Ross Knight (Cosmic Psychos)

The man

33 (Robert Trujillo) Metallica
34 Randy Bradbury (Pennywise)

Seriously, just listen to anything from full circle

35 Fil Thorpe-Evans - Neck Deep
36 Joe Raposo (Rkl, lagwagon)
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Top Remixes

1. Mike Watt (Minutemen)
2. Klaus Flouride (Dead Kennedys)
3. Grant Matthews (Rudimentary Peni)
1. Dee Dee Ramone (The Ramones)
2. Dave Alexander (The Stooges)
3. Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols)


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