Top 10 Most Influential Bassists
The Top Ten
1 John Entwistle
John Alec Entwistle, was an English singer, songwriter, composer, musician, film and music producer. He is mostly known as the lead bassist for the rock band The Who.
Would anyone have ever wanted to play the bass if it weren't for The Ox?
2 John Paul Jones
John Baldwin, better known by his stage name John Paul Jones, is an English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer.
3 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.
Loads of people try to play like him. - IronSabbathPriest
4 Cliff Burton
Clifford Lee "Cliff" Burton (February 10th 1962 - September 27th 1986) was an American musician, best known as the second bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica, recording three studio albums. He died in 1986 after getting crushed by a tour bus in Copenhagen whilst promoting Metallica's ...read more.
A great inspiration - bobbythebrony
5 Paul McCartney
Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .
6 Roger Waters
George Roger Waters, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He was mostly known for the secondary lead vocals and bassist of Pink Floyd .
7 Jaco Pastorius
John Francis Anthony Pastorius III, professionally known as Jaco Pastorius is a multi-instrumentalist and influential bassist.
He is one of the best bassists to ever have lived and most of the bassists on this list can't solo like Jaco and if they can, he was the first one to do it. He's influenced so many bassists to think outside the box and play bass in a completely different way. He revolutionized the bass guitar to be much more than just the backbone of the band holding it down while the guitarist solo's. He has the other instruments hold it down while he solo's at an untouchable level. His soloing has influenced hundreds of thousands of bassists and his use of harmonics is something that no one had ever done and still hasn't done as well as he did.
How is Jaco not number one on every list?
8 John Myung
John Ro Myung is an American bassist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Dream Theater.
9 Phil Lynott
Philip Parris "Phil" Lynott was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. His most commercially successful group was Thin Lizzy, of which he was a founding member, the principal songwriter, lead vocalist and bassist.
10 Bil Hopkins
11 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.
12 Gene Simmons
Chaim Witz, known professionally by his stage name Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor and television personality.
13 Jack Bruce
John Symon Asher "Jack" Bruce was a Scottish musician, singer and songwriter known primarily for his contributions to the British supergroup Cream, which also included guitarist-singer Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker.
One of the greatest rock bassists of all time, but overshadowed by the fact that his bandmate was the greatest rock guitarist of all time except for Hendrix.
14 Steve Harris
Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
15 Stanley Clarke
Quintessential bassist...takes you to places
16 Bill Wyman
William George Wyman, known professionally as Bill Wyman, is an English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer best known as the bassist for the English rock and roll band the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993. Since 1997, he has recorded and toured with his own band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm ...read more.
17 Mikey Way
18 Bernard Edwards
19 Mike Dirnt
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.
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