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

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

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

Panic Song Baby! - NvGNick

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3 Dave Alexander (The Stooges)
4 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.

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

So out of his mind

5 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.
6 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...

7 Jerry Only (Misfits)
8 Klaus Flouride (Dead Kennedys)

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

9 Matthew Freeman (Rancid)

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

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

The best of the world

Ok, this list is bogus. Mat Freeman is the obvious number 1.

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10 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 ...read 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

The Newcomers

? Randy Bradbury (Pennywise)

Seriously, just listen to anything from full circle

The Contenders

11 Darryl Jenifer (Bad Brains)
12 Grant Matthews (Rudimentary Peni)
13 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.

14 Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag)
15 Steve Soto (Adolescents)
16 Chris Barker (Anti Flag)
17 Joe Principe (Rise Against)

Like the Angel, 88 Fingers Louie

Love me some 88 FL Bass lines

18 Greg Kriesel (The Offspring)
19 C. J. Ramone (The Ramones)
20 Paul Thomas (Good Charlotte)
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