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
Plays at speed, plays melodic lines, plays very complicated rhythym lines, keeps up with the best drummer in the world, and does it all while singing and playing keyboards.
John Entwistle has as much influence on bass playing as Fyodor Dostoevsky has on literature.
Now, as for his bass playing skills... I have nothing to say, I just don't know the word to describe this (more than) amazing bass player!
Literally one of the Top 5 best bassists of all time!
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
The band with a GOAT singer, GOAT guitarist and GOAT drummer, of course, had a GOAT bassist too. - marmalade_skies
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...
Led zeppelin Bassist. The Best of course
The secret weapon of Led Zeppelin.
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
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.
Paul is the best Rock bassist period.
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
Under pressure, another one bites the dust prove that Deacon deserved the big 5
Definitely in top 5, he was dead on all the time, very clean and crisp
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
Should be in top5! He is amazing
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.
Of course McCartney's above Claypool. As good as Les Claypool is, Paul McCartney was the bassist for the most influential band in rock music. Most people voting on this list would probably know the name 'Paul McCartney' and recognize it as someone important rather than see Les Claypool and recognize who he is - Aweso
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!
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...
Paul McCartney is not even that good people say he is good because he played with the beatles
Great bassist. One of my favorite musicians. I have seen his Us And Them tour, and he plays a great bass, and he writes some of Pink Floyd's greatest hits. His opinions are also very true, such as his recent album, Is This The Life We Really Want, and made his best feelings on Dark Side of Moon, all the way up to The final cut.
I love his atmospheric sound. Especially on "Animals"
He is the best bass player
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.
Longview bassline, know one knows bassline, hell, just watch him live and get blown away by this freak of nature that is Mike Dirnt!
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 jones
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Best bassist of al time
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
I am a fan of Iron Maiden and who can be without knowing who this guy is? He is the founder, a spectacular bassist, and a pretty good keyboardist, and he is behind all the lyrics to the band. This guy should be in the top three!
Every one who didn't vote harris should be ashamed of themselves frankly
Awesome bassist, who deserves to be in first5
How on earth is Steve Harris not in the top 10?
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
Jack Bruce was a prodigy and an integral part of Cream. Without his music composition, co-writing of songs and extraordinary bass playing Creams candle would of burnt out many years ago.
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
He is an awesome bass player.. The way he plays his body languages everything.. Specially when places his bass guitar in his shoulder.. It is a moment that I can't 4get.. Respect 4 him...
Anyone that Breathes Fire has to be cool. Beavis got it right when he said "This video would be cool if it had some fire in it".
Perfect tone, perfect lines, perfect rock bassist! - adfairhurst
Great player, underrated as heck.
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
He Is Good Player Bassist
This guy is ok but not the best like Justin Chamcellor
This man created the hysteria bass line, how is he not in the top ten?
Don't know how he's not on the list
How. Is this guy not in the top ten? Every single Muse song has the perfect bassline written to it. Just because he doesn't play incredibly fast (which he can) doesn't mean he's crap!
Time is running Out. Nothing more to say.
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.
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!
Should be him the best bassist ever
Listen to him on "addicted to that rush"
He is number one
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.
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Its spelt Paul grAy
... 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 ...
... He's awesome bassist
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
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!
Eric is definitely a master at the bass, as well as all the other instruments he plays. Now that Shinedown has the top four (Barry Kerch on drums, Zach Myers on Guitar, piano, and backing vocals, and Brent Smith on lead vocals, for those of you who don't know). This is definitely going to be one of the best rock bands of all time. And Eric should DEFINITELY be way higher on this list. No doubt about it.
The One of thousand!