Top 10 Most Overrated Bassists

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The Top Ten

1 John Entwistle 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.
2 Robert Trujillo Robert Trujillo Roberto Agustin Trujillo, better known as Robert Trujillo, is an American musician known for his role as the current bassist of heavy metal band Metallica.

Wait Entwistle is the most overrated bassist? The guy who invented the bass solo, invented the modern bass tone, the guy who invented the modern bass string? Entwistle was the most technically proficient bass player to ever live. The other guys on this list, eh not so much (like Trujillo). Yeah he gets a lot of praise, but find anyone who did what he did or can even play what he could play. Seriously putting Entwistle #1 is like putting Hadrien Feraud #1, makes no damn sense. Cliff Burton probably deserves to be #1

3 Mark Hoppus Mark Hoppus Mark Allan Hoppus is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and television personality best known as the bassist and co-lead vocalist for the pop punk band Blink-182. Born in Ridgecrest, California, Hoppus spent his childhood moving back and forth between his mother and father's ...read more.

Unfortunately he is too overrated. But I think he is a great bassist, a great singer, a great musician and a great person. I love Mark, he's my favourite of the band. Are few to appreciate him. He would deserve much more.

Mark is a beast! His bass lines are original and he's a creative bassist. Unfortunately he is not so famous and appreciate. Probably the most underrated bassist, more than another.

Mark's not overrated...

4 Paul McCartney 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 .

Come on man, "Something", "Paperback Writer", "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds", "Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite", and "Taxman" are some of the best bass tracks ever. - PetSounds

With a few cool basslines and nothing else, he's better when it comes to songwriting.

5 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 ...read more.

Flea's not a bad bassist, but he's an extremely overrated one - Nickelstickman

He is a pretty good bassist but definitely not the best

Pretty Overrated - Fuziion

6 Johnny Christ Johnny Christ Jonathan Lewis Seward, known as Johnny Christ, is the bassist of the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. Seward is the fourth bassist to join Avenged Sevenfold in 2003, replacing former member Dameon Ash. V 1 Comment
7 Mike Dirnt 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.

Agreed. He's good but he's overrated. Most of his bass solos are just riffs. A lot think he's a very good bassist is because you could hear his bass riffs. But believe me or not but if you play your bass guitar without any other instruments playing, you'll make the same bass riffs. - zxm

He is a good bassist but too overrated.

Isn't even that good - Disturbedpotato

8 Gene Simmons 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.

He's awesome

9 Sid Vicious Sid Vicious John Beverly, born John Simon Ritchie, later named Sid Vicious, was an English musician, most famous as the bass guitarist of the influential punk rock band the Sex Pistols, and notorious for his arrest for the alleged murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.

He great attitude and stage presence but he wasn't a very good bassist

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10 Justin Chancellor Justin Chancellor Justin Gunnar Walter Chancellor is an English musician formerly in the band Peach but best known as the bass player for rock band Tool. Chancellor is of English and Norwegian descent.

The Contenders

11 Victor Wooten Victor Wooten Victor Lemonte Wooten is an American bass player, composer, author, producer, and recipient of five Grammy Awards.
12 Duff McKagan Duff McKagan Michael Andrew "Duff" McKagan is an American musician, singer, songwriter and author. He is best known for his twelve-year tenure as the bass guitarist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. McKagan rejoined the band in 2016, following ...read more.
13 John Paul Jones 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.
14 Cliff Burton 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.

Cliff Burton's not overrated. Only time he becomes overrated when he gets more credit than bassists like Geddy Lee. - zxm

15 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.
16 Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius John Francis Anthony Pastorius III, professionally known as Jaco Pastorius is a multi-instrumentalist and influential bassist.

Over the top and unlistenable.

17 Georg Listing Georg Listing

The person who made this list is an idiot. Mike Dirnt is a great bassist but he is too overrated so I added him. He didn't even out Georh Listing on this list, he the puts people who are good. If you are going to put overrated people, put bassists who aren't good and talented and which are overrated.

18 Krist Novoselic Krist Novoselic Nirvana's bassist for the entirety of their lifespan before the group was disbanded in 1994. Nowadays, Krist is a humanitarian and a human rights activist.
19 Chris Squire Chris Squire Christopher Russell Edward Squire was an English musician, singer and songwriter. He was best known as the bassist and founding member of the progressive rock band Yes.
20 Geezer Butler Geezer Butler Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of heavy metal band Black Sabbath.
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