Top 10 Most Overrated Bassists
The Top Ten
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
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
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...
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
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.
He should be number 1. Why is John Entwistle number 1? - 445956
He didn't play bass he was the lead guitarest for Danzig
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...
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
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
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
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
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
Isn't he more like kinda underrated?
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...
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.
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.
Depends what or who you compare him too. Good Rock bass player. Overrated as far as being “Jazz.”
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
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.
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