Best Slap Bassists


The Top Ten

1 Sumon (Aurthohin) Sumon (Aurthohin) Saidus Salehin Khaled (Sumon), is a bass player, singer, songwriter, composer, music producer from Bangladesh and the vocalist and bassist for the rock band Aurthohin. He is known as "Bassbaba" (Father of Bass) among his fans and audiences for his bass guitar playing.

An amazing bassist
His playing makes me happy
Specially his slapping & popping make me crazy
There is something in him
In my ranking he is number one in the world
Just listen for a time to his playing specially in the tracks "Nikkristo" and "Guti the finale"
I'm sure you all will be his fan as I'm.
And we call him Bassbaba which means Father of bass
Here everyone knows his as bassbaba

Sumon is the bass player from this part of the world who has mastered himself as a great bassist and a wonderful vocal. And his bass solo from Guti the finale! O my! I love his playong.

He's one in a hundred... Everyone should hear his band's number "Guti(The Finale)... Best bass solo ever.. A legend

Always best in his business... No adjective can fulfill his ability... I just have seen him in so many live-concerts... I think he's such a bassist who can play the same inside studio as well in live m// undoubtedly he's one of the best bassist throughout the world and number one bassist from the Asia...

2 Flea Flea Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962), better known by his stage name Flea, is an Australian-born American musician, best known as the bassist, a co-founding member, and one of the composers of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers with whom he was inducted in 2012 into the Rock and Roll Hall more.

I think that Flea is the best slap bassist around. His aggressive slapping is killer in Mother's Milk and beautifully melodic in Californication. I personally think he gave the Red Hot Chili Peppers their signature punk funk sound. Totally deserves the Number 1 spot on this list.

He is the best ever. No matter who may come... flea will be remembered as the best bassist ever. He created the real way how to play bass. - bnhwrd

Flea is insane he is simply the best slap bassist around and his improvisations with john frusciante are just legendary

Flea's slap bass is average at best. If you want some serious slapping, go with someone like Marcus Miller or Victor Wooten.

3 Victor Wooten Victor Wooten Victor Lemonte Wooten is an American bass player, composer, author, producer, and recipient of five Grammy Awards.

No one even comes close to Wooten! No one! Victor can play any style and all equally well. Flea is just a rock speed demon, he doesn't have nearly the same sense of Jazz and Funk as Wooten. Flea is good but Wooten is evil good! Flea and Wooten are on completely different levels. Just look up "Victor's Jam" on YouTube. You will NEVER see Flea play anything even remotely close to what Wooten plays in that clip!

A Flawless bass player! Unbelievable tight and on time. Flea is a great bassist, however, he can't match the creativity and technicality of Victor. Also flea says himself he knows now musical theory yet victor has taken years out to study just that! Plus he has been playing since he was 3 years old!

For the person who said that Flea has no sense of jazz. Flea started out playing jazz music, sure on the trumpet, but the feeling remains the same. And I don't know where you got the impression that Flea doesn't have a sense of funk. I'd say he did a lot more for slap bass than Wooten. Still, two different bass players, different emotions whatever.

An amazing musician with amazing technique. He definitely deserves the top spot. And this is coming from a person who's a Bassbaba fan too.

4 Les Claypool Les Claypool Leslie Edward "Les" Claypool is an American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, author and actor best known as the bassist and lead vocalist of the band Primus.

He is the guru. Nothing like before or since. Love all the top 3, but uh... There is only Les in an alternate universe, peeking his head thru the curtains with his bass head stickin out and him kicking that one leg out like some prehistoric ostrich!

Les is more, and for the last time, "PRIMUS SUCKS! "

If you every try to play Tommy the cat, you'll never doubt his skills

Les Claypool slaps his bass around like it's owed him money for about ten years straight. Listen to "Tommy the Cat", "Dirty Drowning Man", "Lacquer Head" or anything by Primus and you'll understand that Les deserves nothing but the top of the list.

This is a terrible thing that he's only in third. I think he is at worst in first place. I don;t understand, um, tommy the cat, jerry was a racecar driver, there are no better slap bass lines. And that's final!

5 Marcus Miller

Tasteful playing with a funky feel. More classy than "showy". Be it slap, finger-style, or tapping, he's surely the best!

A players' player. a prolific musician and producer. an ambassador of jazz, and teacher of young players. downright funky, always tasty, and off the deep end! A super nice guy too.

Just listen to Detroit and you'll hear one of the coolest and intoxicating slap lines. Pure Marcus Miller

He is the man of slap, maybe not the one with the best licks (but he probably is) but is without a doubt the one with the best tone

6 Stanley Clarke

The man revolutionized the instrument. that is definitely top 10 worthy - herro

7 Mark King

There's nothing in slap he hasn't done or can't do. He may not have invented slap but he put it on the global stage, brought it to an entirely new level(! ) and inspired a generation of bass players. Level 42's music was always torn between jazz/funk roots and the pursuit of successful hit singles so in some way that has coloured peoples perception, he's not going t get the rock vote and he isn't seen as part of the jazz fraternity. But no one could slap a bass with the speed, rhythm, precision and melodic fluidity of Mark King when he cam out. Many now have caught up and can impersonate his style (some are in this top ten list). You see kids in music stores doing it. But one has to remember the impact he had and how far he elevated the skill of slap.

Definitely an awesome musician! For as many years as I have played bass as an amateur and personally met Mark a few times in the US when he toured back in the eighties one of the nicest guys and gave me a lot of pointers. Listen to one of the sessions and as he said close your eyes and tell me what you hear it literally sounded like he was playing a complete drum set between The Melodies and slapping never met somebody could make an instrument sound like many others

He is brilliant musician, he had so many ideas, I can listen to him all day long, and never get bored, especially Level 42's first and second album, genius bass slapping and playing. There is no bad song, it is art he is making. He is making great harmonies, and I enjoy them very much. He is LEGEND!

Best percussive slap bass player ever!

8 Bootsy Collins

Bootsy stands in a class by himself. Not only did he master the technique of cloning pure funk he smashes atoms while simultaneously delivering a superior element of funk in rawest of nature... The jimi Hendrix of bass playing!

THE Classic slap bassist. - Mr_Vorhias

9 Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

Someone said he doesn't slap, as a bassist yes he does. There are different ways to slap, John Entwisle also. If you set your strings low and hit them had enough just by playing normal has identical effect and sound as slapping is hitting the strings hard enough so they hit the last fret on the neck. Setting your action low and playing hard is the same result no matter how you got get there.

Geddy lee is a fantastic bass player I would him at a very high spot but he has never used slap in the history of rush so why he is on list I don't know - tonses

He came here because of the popularity. I don't think he is a slap bassist. Even if he is then still he doesn't use it often. He mostly plays bass guitar by pulling (plucking) his strings - zxm

Geddy should be at the top whatever it's question about. When it's about Geddy Lee it's perfect lol! - rosaliestpierre14

10 Fieldy

Fieldy is a legend, he's the first Nu-metal slap bassist. From my favorite band, KoRn, Fieldy has been in the band forever.

I have to admit, fieldy is not the best slap bassist of all time but his sound and technique are just so awesome

Best bass player EVER next to Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)

Listen to predictable reclaim my place right now


The Contenders

11 P-Nut

Only seen his live bass solos twice, but were some of the most impactful solos I've seen of any musician period. This includes solos from some of the greats, geddy Lee, mick Fleetwood amongst them. Blew me away

Top 10 for sure...aaron wills is one of the most underrated bassists today!

The 15 minute bass solos at every show, new every tour. Super underrated.

Watch him at a live show. No one does it better!

12 Stuart Hamm
13 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

Guess, I was wrong, he plays slap bass too. - zxm

Is he a bassist too? I didn't know. - zxm

14 Ashraf Ali Hira (Cruise, Sketch)

One of The Best Slap Bassist in The World

He've his own playing style - Shojib

15 Larry Graham

Should be #1, he invented slap

Larry Graham is the godfather of slap, not too mention all the other incredible sounds he can get from the bass. Go YouTube "crazy bass sound" and then come back with "flea", haha, what a joke.

Larry Graham influenced all the others on this list period! He is the reason this category exists in the first place, so who is better than him? What is even crazier he only started playing the bass, cause his organ broke, and started playing slap cause he thought he was going back to guitar eventually until he meet Sly and the Fam.

Larry Graham literally invented the slap bass. If he didn't this list would not even be a discussion. Place him higher!

16 Taiji (X Japan)

He got skills man. Tab, pull, slap, pick. His bassline was easy to find in X's songs. Sadistic Desire was a great work from, Vanishing Love as well.

In my opinion, he slaps a lot better than Flea. - zxm

Yes, once I saw. He is a good slap bassist. - zxm

listen to sadistic desire.

17 Wojtek Pilichowski

No one better does crazy stuff

You're asking about "Slap" bass technique, he's underrated. A monster!

Dudes... Seriously. Check this guy out. Speed, Accuracy..
He is beyond incredible in my eyes. And definitely deserves a top spot. I was a Wooten fanatic until my girlfriend showed me a video of this guy.

Best bassist ever period.

18 Ue-Chan

Wicked fast slaps and an aggressive tone make him stand out even in a band as crazy as Maximum the Hormone. Or does he make the band stand out?

Ue-Chan has taken the fundamentals he learned from Flea and has taken them to a whole new level while adding his own funky personality into the slap style. If riffs are instantly intricate and catchy and just oozing with personality and character.

Added for obvious reasons... Ue-Chan looked up to Flea and without a doubt, he can be compared to him.

Futoshi Uehara for the win! - MeowMix

19 Mike Starr Mike Starr Michael Christopher "Mike" Starr was an American musician, best known as the original bassist in Alice in Chains, which he played with from the band's formation in 1987 until 1993.

Just watch the Old Alice in Chains and you will see. He's one of the best and I celebrate him for that talent.

He slaps his bass and stomps his boots making great music.

20 Asraful Alam Sunny

Thanks for coming back Bhai

Best youngest bassist in Bangladesh m/

Awesome bassist
Known as son of bass

You are a monster m/
Keep rocking...

Los Angeles

21 Louis Johnson

What happen to this list? Are you all, people, got brain wash? We're talking about slapping, and here - Louis Johnson is on number 22. Are you crazy, people? Louis Johnson can break your faces into pieces with his slapping techniques. He is the most sophisticated bassist in terms of slapping. This list is utterly insulting. Put him up. Either one or two. Not below 3.

A funkin' funk master! The classic Music Man bass we all know and love today was essentially developed for this fellow (at the time, the MM bass was by Leo Fender)

That LJ is this far down on the list really renders it null and void. "Thunder Thumbs is easily in the top 2 or 3 greatest slappers of all time. Most of the voters must not know about him. Seriously, some of the names on this list, while decent bassists and/or slappers, aren't even in his league.

22 Ryan Martinie

Ryan is so good. He could play circle around most these others on the list. Just listen to "Dig" and you'll know why he should be number one. Watch the interview of when he filled in for Feildy different styles but Ryan's is so much more complexed and faster. - GrandTony12

Ryan Martinie should be way higher, in the top 5 at least. He is amazing at slap bass, and bass in general

Just listen to dig and tell me what you think

23 Alain Caron

Plays with both class and control. He knows how to maintain a certain song dynamic and not the song fall to the ground. Apart from from that his solos are incredible.

24 Kristoffer Gildenlöw

Don't know much about this guy, but this guy can slap. - zxm

25 Gustavo Dal Farra

One of the best bassist that I really want to copy. His style is a level of magnificent and creativity beyond expression of a bassist. I've been searching for tabs or notation for his songs that he played on bass but, no luck on me has been given. Wow. I mean WOW. If only he could give some tabs on the song "Rushed Love", that would have been great. Gustavo is my inspiration to become a bassist that expresses the emotion from the inside. He should be the legendary bassist of all bassist. Come on, people. Put him on top of this list. He deserves it.

Who could play a slap bass with ease, freedom, and complexity? This guy is the answer. Check out his style and you will know what I'm saying. He is like dancing on his bass using his fingers with calmness but very playful in his style. Superb...

This guy surely belongs to top five.

The real bassist that could destroy your face in one slap. He should be the top one on this list.

26 Pepe Bao


This guy, the bassist from the Spanish band O'funk'illo, is the king of slap bass!

27 Davie504

I know he’s a YouTube but that also makes him an artist check out his Spotify home page

28 Brian Bromberg
29 Michael Manring

How the hell could you forget this guy when Fieldy is listed so bloody high. I'm almost shocked.

30 John Patitucci

One of the BEST!

31 Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher)
32 Scott Ambush

Just Amazing

Scott Ambush is one of the most underrated bassists in the world
especially when he brings out all the grooves and smooth jazz combined into his music

check out the deep end by Spyro Gyra live and you'll know why I said that

33 Billy Gould Billy Gould
34 John Deacon John Deacon John Richard Deacon (born 19th of August 1951) is a retired English musician, who is best known as the bassist for the rock band Queen.
35 Bill Dickens
36 Shafin Ahmed

Is he? I don't think. - zxm

37 Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius John Francis Anthony "Jaco" Pastorius III was an American jazz bassist who was a member of Weather Report from 1976 to 1981. He worked with Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, and recorded albums as a solo artist and band leader.

Furious he is not in the list

38 Tim Commerford Tim Commerford Timothy Robert Commerford is an American musician, best known as the bassist and backing vocalist for the American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine, supergroups Audioslave and Prophets of Rage.
39 Dirk Lance

His lines from Incubus's album S.C.I.E.N.C. E are original and shreddistic!

40 Henrik Linder (Dirty Loops)
41 Jay Bentley Jay Bentley Jay Bentley is an American musician, composer, co-founder, and the lead bassist of the punk band Bad Religion.
42 Prince Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

He was influenced by Larry Graham as a child. Later Graham played Bass in his Band. And guess what...for me Prince was not only a genius on vocals, Guitar and Piano. He was also an incredible Bass player. Listen to the song "Let's Work" or the bass on "777-9311" just for example. That are awesome basslines that deliver the true Funk

43 Chris Wolstenholme Chris Wolstenholme Christopher Tony "Chris" Wolstenholme is an English musician. He is the bassist and backing vocalist for the alternative rock band Muse.
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2. Stuart Hamm
3. Flea
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