Best Slap Bassists

The Top Ten
1 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.

There's none like him as the Boss of Bass Slaps... As a bassist, I ' tried a lot to Cover the Same bass tappings of " Guti (the Finale )... There's many other bassists, who several times use bass slaps during concert or anyother stage shows... But Abou8 bassbaba, I can say, he plays Bass Slaps, Popping, Almost 95% of his performance... Abd every slaps of him goes Perfect.. He never hesitates to Slap on the bass continuously... It is seemed that no other man will borne in future in the whole world who can be bass master, and of course Bass Slap Lord!

A pride of Bangladesh. perhaps Sumon is one of the best bassist in South Asia (although I don't know many bassists in other SA countries). a very few bassists play bass in the foreground of a tract like Sumon and Keith Peters (India). I am a listener to Keith as well. but you know, when it comes to popularity, Sumon goes beyond the reachable limit than any others including Keith (because Keith plays mostly for film). there are so many things could be told about Sumon but you have to bujhte hobe... !

The only bassist who deserve to be on number one is either Sumon or Les Claypool. Both of them are fast slap bassists. While I am surprised to see him on top. Cause he is unknown. But Flea in middle of them, who made on top 2 is unmatched. It's like Geddy Lee made on 9, while he isn't a slap bassist. so if you check all the slap bassists here, then you will know.

Not one of the but the best bassist in the world. His solos are just unmatched. He might be relatively unknown to westerners as he resides in Bangladesh but if anyone listens to his bass solos in guti the finale, there will be no one in anyone's mind about hs talents. Bangladesh has talent all the way!

2 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 of Fame.

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.

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

Seriously? You can't say that when you think "slap bass" Flea doesn't instantly come to mind.

In my opinion THE best improvisation bassist ever. Legendary at his skill of slapping

3 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!

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.

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!

I couldn't say he's the best of all time (although he is one of them), but when it comes to slapping, I can confidently name him tied for the best, along with Flea.

4 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.

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.

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! "

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!

He is simply the most creative slap bass player there is!
He plays the bass in a way that is totally unique to him. Although many try to imitate his style, no one can have Les Claypool's touch!
Number 1!

5 Stuart Hamm

A real god of tapping and slap.

6 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

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.

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!

This guy's technique is just about feeling. Maybe not as harmonically talented as Victor Wooten or Stanley Clarke, but totally deserves that "Machine Gun" nickname. Also an influence for 99% of slap bassists.

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

8 Marcus Miller

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

Seen a lot of bassists and Marcus is definitely in the top 3. With Wooten and Caron right behind him.

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

Marcus is the best in class, he and stanley clarcke have been on more sound tracks than any other bassest.

9 Ashraf Ali Hira (Cruise, Sketch)
10 Geddy Lee Gary 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.

Folks! This is a best "slap" bassist list! Look up "slapping" on Wiki. Quote "It involves slapping the lower two strings with the bony part of the thumb and popping notes on the higher two strings by pulling the string until it snaps against the fingerboard, producing a percussive sound." Though a phenomenal bassist, how often does Geddy use this technique? In all fairness, he should not be listed here.

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.

All right, after all these days later I still wasn't able to find a single slapping of Geddy Lee. Yes, he is an extraordinary bassist. But he isn't a slap bassist. And like the visitor said, yes, he pulls his strings very hard, that does make like a "slap bass" sound, but ultimately its not slapping. there is a reason why its called slapping. for slapping you need to use you thumb, not finger.

Well, first of all, a lot of world's greatest bass players were influenced by Geddy. This list includes Iron Maiden's Steve Harris and Tool's Justin Chancellor. And secondly, he sings and plays those technical basslines simultaneously which has always seemed "inhuman" to me.

The Contenders
11 Larry Graham

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.

Ask yourself if you would find the following top 10 lists credible:
A Top 10 of Philosophers without Plato
A Top 10 of Modern Physicists without Einstein
A Top 10 of Innovators in Aviation without the Wright Brothers
...tastes may differ... But without Larry Graham in the Top 10, this list will not make any sense

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 is the unequivocal god of slap bass, not just because he started it but because he came up with some of the best, funky, and unique basslines of all time. "Hair" "Pow" and "Thank you" the list goes on.

12 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.

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

13 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!

14 Davie504

Excellent and Inspiring Slap Bassist. He displays such incredible technique and knowledge of music theory, he should definitely be higher on this list.
Check out some of his bass videos, or some of his music on Spotify and you will see.

The best Bassist in the world alive. Sumon is in a band but davie alone rocks the whol world. Actually very less amountnof people visit this website and davie didn't get any vote neither sumon for the last couple of yrs.

Love his style and number.

Slap "vote" now.

15 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.

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

16 Wojtek Pilichowski

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.

Another great slap bassist. I don't know much about him. But he is a bassist from Poland. And has amazing slapping technique.

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

Best bassist ever period.

17 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!

18 Stanley Clarke

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

19 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.

Awesome musician. He stomped those boots and slapped that bass into a grunge sound to Love.

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

The best and needs to be acknowledged!

20 Ue-Chan

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.

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?

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!

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.

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.

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)

Took slap bass the the next level. Groovy...

22 Asraful Alam Sunny

Sunny, excellent bassist I've seen ever in Barisal.
We the people of Barisal proud of you Sunny
I'm sure oneday you will reach your goal and take Bassbaba's position
Best wishes

23 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.

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

24 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.

25 Kristoffer Gildenlöw

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

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