Best Rock Bassists
The Top Ten
Influential, melodic, counter-melodic, snarling but clean; all at the speed of light. But that's just a few of his qualities. #1
It's not just his skill, speed, inventiveness, tunes within tunes, singing, keyboard playing, melodies, range, longevity, oh, it is.
Not only does Rush have an amazing guitarist and the best drummer of all time, but they have the best bassist of all time too. - marmalade_skies
No one close to his talent.V 10 Comments
Entwistle is on a technical level no one can approach. I don't think anyone can really dispute that, and though I agree poles are generally opinion based, I would say Entwistle is factually the best bass guitar player of all time. There are bassists I like more than him, but if he isn't ranked #1 in a bass pole than it is very clear that the majority of the voters don't understand the instrument
There is an isolated track on YouTube of Ox playing "Won't get fooled again." Watch that then tell me any of the rest of these guys are qualified to carry his case. Entwistle was in a class by himself in terms of style and technique.
I never heard a better solo in my life than my generation. Entwistle has all the qualities of a great bass player
He inspired me now I'm a proffesional bass playerV 1 Comment
The band with a GOAT singer, GOAT guitarist and GOAT drummer, of course, had a GOAT bassist too. - marmalade_skies
He should be number one
The most in demand bass player in England during the British Invasion...
Unreal string arranger... Played in the most popular rock band of the 70's if not all time... Played with best rock drummer who ever lived... Wrote the riff for Black Dog, RambleOnect... Bass, piano, organ, basspedals, mandolin, sitar, etc...
Arguably the most versatile musician in a band of revolutionary virtuosos, the still unequaled Led Zeppelin. JPJ was (and remains) an unbelievably gifted bassist who profoundly influenced virtually every great rock bassist. (Right now... go listen to The Lemon Song & Ramble On off of LZ-II.V 1 Comment
The best Bassist between slap and melodic finger
Red hot chili peppers are the best band the world has ever seen so that makes flea the best bassist the worlds ever seen
Underrated by old people. Overrated by young people. - marmalade_skies
I totally agree with you flea should be at least top 2
Is this for real. Blue Cheer is so underrated. Dickie Peterson is should be here. There can still be Blue Cheer without Leigh Stephens and Dickie Peterson kept Blue Cheer together. Blue Cheer is great and should be on lists. Dickie Peterson should too then. Dickie Peterson plays Rock how Rock is made to be. If you need to know why Blue Cheer is great look at my account. Than you would know why I thin Blue Cheer is so great. - BlueFuse
Prog catches a lot of flak as an acquired taste but once exposed to prog it's easy to see why proggers are regarded as among the most musically gifted musicians and Squire is at the pinnacle of bassists. A few listens to roundabout and heart of the sunrise should be proof enough. It also helps to be playing with Howe, Bruford and Wakeman.
Although don't look at Rolling Stone Magazine list. They hate prog!
Simply the bassist that changed the way bass was played before any of these guys even had a chance, all of these bass players were hugely influenced by Paul. The most underrated bass player of all time. Plus he wrote the songs with this great bass playing most of these other bass players played bass on someone else's song. Much easier if you didn't write the song.all of these guys were good at their instruments but who could even come close to Paul as a writer. No one! He is the most successful songwriter in recorded music history that is not an opinion but it is 100% fact. He will be remembered long after most of these guys are long forgotten. Paul could do it all and was a superb bass player on top of that. I agree with flea!
A direct quote from an interview with Flea, "If you're talking about rock bass players, I'd put Paul McCartney at number one." Musicians know the greatness of Paul McCartney.
Influential does not mean best. He's influential and I respect him, but his bass playing was bland and boring as hell.
He knew how to do those catchy bass rifts. He was the master of the melody. - marmalade_skiesV 5 Comments
Just the best bassist ever!
Should at least be in the top 5!
Should be number 1.. Without him guns n roses would never be succsessfull
To me he brought a jazz sensibility to rock. He is a schooled classical musician and can play any style of music he wants. I don't mean to downplay the other choices here, but Jack belongs on any "BEST" list.
A line-up of three... All brilliant musicians
I laughed when I saw McCartney over Les Claypool. He doesn't even compare to the absolutely original, weird, impossible bass playing of Les Claypool. Seriously, listen to ANY Primus song, and they all have bass lines better than anything McCartney could have written. End of story.
And why is Les Claypool not #1. This man does things with a bass that every other bassist on this list wouldn't have ever even thought of...
Claypool is top 3 without a doubt. Everyone else on this list is mainstream and has the popularity. Les does things with a bass that no one else can. Ridiculous!
I’m not a big Priums fan but I recognize recognize talent.V 4 Comments
Cliff blows all these posers away... The guys from Green Day and A7X above Burton? Wow, way to piss on a dead mans grave.
Lee, McCartney, Trujilo, Jones, Entwistle, and Flea are the only ones anywhere near Cliff's level.
He should be number 1 he is the best listen To kill em all
Cliff Burton on 15! He should be on number 1. He is the best bassist I have seen
Yup he is a very good Bassist his playing style and he does it so fast and good. With his bass, Billie's sweet voice and Tre's awesome drumming skill makes Green Day the best Rock Band of all time.
This guy should be ranked 50 up there are so many better bassists
Longview bassline. Enough said.
Best bassist the bassline form holiday is stunnigV 1 Comment
Awesome bassist that even to this day is the driving force behind Black Sabbath
You can hear every note clearly In every song. This guy is the bass Jesus!
He should be number tow after john paul jonesV 1 Comment
I love his atmospheric sound. Especially on "Animals"
He is the best bass player
Best bassist of al time
Inspiration bass, he is the best bassist
Hmm, finally he on the first page. He has always been one of my favorite bassists. Not because he is from Bangladesh. Because he is actually talented. And I learnt about bass solos from his songs. He plays bass solo almost all of his songs. I have made a list "Best Sumon Bass Performances". Anybody who is curious to see his bass solos/riffs can visit the list. - zxm
Talented bassist, but he's a solo artists (even though he has been with Aurthohin for 20 years) or his band is not one of the best artists (you didn't hear any of his song but you could determine whether they're good or bad). - zxm
Bassbaba is awesome, Just listen to Guti the final, you'll see what he is capable of, he can also take teeth solo like Jimmie Hendrix, he is one of the best, that's we call him Bassbaba, means the Father of bass
Bassbaba is not only a great bass player, also a legend musician. he born to be a bassist... the father of the bass guitar!V 12 Comments
Every one who didn't vote harris should be ashamed of themselves frankly
Awesome bassist, who deserves to be in first5
Definitely in top 5, he was dead on all the time, very clean and crisp
Under pressure, another one bites the dust prove that Deacon deserved the big 5
His bass had a heft and power to it while still having a smoothness and a cleanness to it. Shame he just missed the top 15. - marmalade_skies
I'd put him in my top 15.V 6 Comments
Perfect tone, perfect lines, perfect rock bassist! - adfairhurst
This guy is ahead of Cliff Burton? And Nikki Sixx? And Justin Chancellor? Is their even any bass licks or bass solos in A7X songs? Like literally, you guys just vote for him because of his band? He doesn't belong I. the same sentence as Les Claypool, let alone one spot behind him. I guess when you sell out like A7X, and become overrated, people put real talent aside and just vote with the norm and go with whatever's mainstream. No Tim Commerford? No Fieldy? No Steve Harris? Absolute joke, people who vote thus clown over Burton probably don't even know what a bass guitar is. THIS is a prime example why rock and metal are dying!
I think he is great bassists, he can playing chord and harmony
Johnny is absolutely tallented in keeping the rhythm of song good, covering guitar duet, and makes A7X song seems cool as hell. Listen Hail to the king when the bass starts, damn waww!V 2 Comments
Great player, underrated as heck.
The One of thousand!
Should be him the best bassist ever
Listen to him on "addicted to that rush"V 1 Comment
This man created the hysteria bass line, how is he not in the top ten?
Time is running Out. Nothing more to say.
Don't know how he's not on the listV 1 Comment
Mikey is fantastic! He obviously doesn't think of himself that way, for he has no self confidence. I don't even know why, I mean he's really great, so he should know that. I love My Chemical Romance!
Lemmy has truly been disgraced on this list. He's one of rock n' roll's greatest survivors, plus he did the bass line for Overkill.
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Check out his early work with Van Halen, through Diver Down. He was 100% locked in with Alex, and his playing was both rhythmic and aggressive. He pretty much turned into a standard bass during the Van Hagar years, but his early playing is absolutely top notch.
Its spelt Paul grAy
Bassist of Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane?
Listen to The Ballad of you and me and Pooneil, or the whole Blows against the empire - album, and you're convinced.
Joy division's bass player. Listen to transmission on closer and tell me he should be in the top ten.
Such a nice guy and an amazing bassist. He's been behind Jon, Tico, Richie/Phil and David for more than 30 years and still with a smile. BON JOVI FOREVER!
... Though he prefers not to be called as a rock bassist ... But according to me he's very great and incredible in every L'Arc's rock song, such as All Dead and White Feathers ...
Playing bass is not just about speed, or boring technique called "Slap". Creativity of bassline must included, and Tetsu deserve the gold medal.
2nd - Flea
Pete what are you doing in 36?
Phil takes bass so far beyond its timekeeper roll...he's another lead player, managing to be both rhythmic and melodic at the same time. At age 70, going strong with his transplanted liver, Lesh stands out even more since Jerry Garcia moved on to that great rock band in the sky. There is a reason that most of the people in the sellout Further crowds are too young to have ever seen the Grateful Dead. And the reason is Phil.V 1 Comment
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