Best Punk Bassists
The Top Ten
Just listen to any given song off of Insomniac. That should convince any living soul that Mike is the best of all time!
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
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
Without doubt the greatest. Without Dee Dee there's no ramones. Without the ramones, no punk. 1234...
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
Not just a fantastic bassist - also had an exceptional talent as a songwriter.
Uh...hello? The bass lines he came up with hold the songs together.
Easily the greatest of all time
Just listen to "lie detector"
Interesting thing, when he joined the Clash he couldn't play bass, but practised constantly and is an awesome bassist - JazzPunk
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
Can't believe he's not on the list. He is undoubtedly a top ten punk bassist, if not the best. - THC13
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
Vicious isn't a good bassist, he is a good punk - Gud_Spud
So out of his mind
His bass playing just lock the whole band together. Easily the best punk bassist ever
Matt's number 1. Mike Dirnt has had some memorable ass basslines but Matt's solos and walking lines are just superior. Plus Green Day's only punk album was their very first, and maybe Kerplunk.
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.
Really one of the first punkrock bassists!
Underrated team player. Heavily contributed to the band only to be fired. Sad - dlbk03
Great Bassist I love his bass line on big takeover
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?
Alvarez has always been under appreciated, he was great with the Descendents & was even more phenomenal in ALL!
He's top 3 what the heck.
Very few of the others here even come close! The coolest, the best, the punkest!
Jj burnel at no 20 wrong should have been at no 1easily class bassist
The coolest bassist on the world. Quality, originality and style. Long live the men in black!
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.
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.
Like the Angel, 88 Fingers Louie
Love me some 88 FL Bass lines
Try playing nofx tunes while singing. Mike's a stupid good bassist/singer/songwriter.
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
The Decline's intro... - JoLeKosovo
Seriously, just listen to anything from full circle
Saw her in 1985. Awesome! Fun! Important!
Very good female bassist. X-wife of Mike Watt. - THC13
He impressed me on Milo Goes to College. - JoLeKosovo
Probably the best. Massively underrated. Listen to his fills in "Date Rape". - JoLeKosovo
Freakn underrated. Just listen to the live version of 18 by 5sos from their live album. He's so much better than people think.