Top 10 Most Overrated Bassists

The Top Ten

1 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.

Is he even a bassists because I'm pretty sure he's playing rythym guitar

He's probably the most deserving member of this list. He's not an inept bassist (otherwise he would've hired someone else to do it), but he puts way more emphasis on his showmanship and running the band than his actual bass playing. - Gg2000

My boy Cliff shouldn't be on here

He's awesome

2 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.

He's overrated, but why is he first? - Userguy44

Isn't even that good - Disturbedpotato

3 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 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 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.

This man can't be overrated. He had angst and rebellion, which sucked people in. If we're talking about bass playing, let's be real, the dude sucked. But his icon is so unignorable. - Fuziion

How can he be overrated when most people agree that he was a terrible bassist? The people that do revere him look at him as a punk icon, not as an awesome bassist. - Gg2000

Does he even count as a bassist? - Nickelstickman

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

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 .

The guy was good at writing hooks. On the piano. His technique on bass hurts the eyes and the ears, never mind the deplorable tone of a Hohner bass.

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.

6 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.

He should be number 1. Why is John Entwistle number 1? - 445956

He didn't play bass he was the lead guitarest for Danzig

7 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.

Entwistle was great, but he wasn't THAT great. People act like he's the Jaco Pastorius of rock n roll bass.

Why is he on here? - Userguy44

Huh... I... I hate humanity... and 12 year olds...

8 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.

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

Pretty Overrated - Fuziion

He is a pretty good bassist but definitely not the best

9 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

What is Rob doing here? - Userguy44

His crab walk looks stupid

10 Nikki Sixx Nikki Sixx is an American musician, songwriter, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter of the band Mötley Crüe.

He is a less than average bass player, but had great vision & creativity.

One of the sloppiest bassists of all time. Deserves to be higher. - Gg2000

Not the greatest bassist but a great songwriter

Yup Sixx definitely sucks

The Contenders

11 Roger Waters George Roger Waters is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He is mostly known for being the secondary lead vocalist and bassist of Pink Floyd.


12 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 more.

How dare u say Cliff is overrated! The guy is a metal legend! He is one of the first metal bassist ever and he can play some of the most metal solos ever! -Avery

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

He simply was amazing, but he's little bit overrated.

Most overrated bassist ever

13 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.

Most nirvana songs are based on his bassline, like smells like teen spirit and dumb. he's not overrated, he's actually great

He's underrated. Which idiot adds him? - Userguy44

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

Isn't he more like kinda underrated?

15 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. He is best known as the bassist for the English rock band Led Zeppelin. more.

He is not a bad bassists he is one of the best like other ones on the list like Victor Wooten or flea

What's wrong with JPJ? I like the fact that he doesn't use too much treble, it means that he stays out of the way and holds down the low end. Plus, he knows how to write clever bass parts that still fit the song. That's what happens when you're a session musician. - Gg2000

Competent but no flair or distinctive tone.

Boring...He knows his way around the fretboard but no "umph". Just evaporates...

16 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.

I disagree totally with the commenter below and his Claypool rant. He has technical talent and ACTUALLY KNOW HOW TO USE IT. None of his songs sound the same, as Primus engages in experimental music. Listen to, I don't know, Jerry was a racecar driver, American Life, Hamburger train, and Southbound Pachyderm, or any other Primus song and you'll see his basslines are all different. He's better than the vast, vast majority of band bassists. Also, need I mention he plays double bass on some other tracks (Mr. Krinkle for example). So what's up with "guutarist who picked up a bass". That's more like Lemmy. Claypool use bass techniques, like the slap and the double thumb, and fingerplays, so I don't know where you got that impression. Plus, he also, as I said, plays double bass, so it's not stupid generic playing at all. I don't get you.

This guy is not overrated, he is actually good. He slaps away and taps that bass like there is no tomorrow, and he has a unique sense of humor, which drives Primus off the list. He is underrated!

Amazing player... but very overrated

He's just a half-assed guitarist who picked up bass. He just does the same slap, pop, and tap over and over ad nauseum. All his songs sound the same, he has no sense of melody or harmony. He's Yngwie Malmsteen for bassists, not much in the way of songwriting but is semi-technical and serves as that role of wank-idol for the people who never picked up a guitar because they didn't have the coordination. Linus Klausenitzer is tenfold what this hack will ever be.

17 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.
18 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.

His historical importance is beyond question. But in terms of sheer musical content, I.e. just analyzing the notes played, is in he in the same category as a Ron Carter or Paul Chambers.

Over the top and unlistenable.

19 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 more.
20 Michael Anthony Michael Anthony Sobolewski, known professionally as Michael Anthony, is an American musician who is currently the bass player in the rock supergroup Chickenfoot. Anthony is best known as the former bass player for the hard rock band Van Halen.
21 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.

Depends what or who you compare him too. Good Rock bass player. Overrated as far as being “Jazz.”

22 Pete Wentz Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born June 5, 1979)is an American musician. He is best known for being the bassist, lyricist, and backing vocalist for the American rock band Fall Out Boy. Before Fall Out Boy's inception in 2001, Wentz was a fixture of the Chicago hardcore scene and was notably the lead more.
23 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.

He can't be overrated. His talent is not even from this universe. - Userguy44

Just cause he can play DOES NOT mean he's the best bassist of all time!

"Just cause he can play DOES NOT mean he's the best bassist of all time! "
Just because he is the best bassist DOES MEAN he is the best - SoldierOfFortune

24 Georg Listing Georg Moritz Hagen Listing (born March 31, 1987) is a German multi-instrumentalist, and the current bassist and pianist of the group Tokio Hotel.

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.

25 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.

Sorry, but why is Deacy here? He is not just a good, underrated bass-player, but he is also a good song maker. He is the Ringo Starr of bass: Playing sometimes simple yet interesting parts that fits the song perfectly!

Badly underrated, but the Queen fandom are kinda bringing him back. - DaringXx

Nope. Deacy came up with some clever basslines, very melodic but tasteful. He never wanted to be in the limelight, but he held the band together. - Gg2000

26 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.
27 Greg Lake Gregory Stuart Lake was an English bassist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer who gained prominence as a founding member of the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
28 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.
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