Best Rock Bassists with Lead Vocals

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The Top Ten

1 Dickie Peterson (Blue Cheer) Dickie Peterson (Blue Cheer)

Well, it seems people don't really know about him, but I admit it he's really good.

2 Les Claypool (Primus) Les Claypool (Primus) 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.

Definitely deserves to be on here. - zxm

3 Tom Araya (Slayer) Tom Araya (Slayer) Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
4 Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) 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.
5 Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead) Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead) Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.
6 Geddy Lee (Rush) Geddy Lee (Rush) 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.
7 Paul McCartney (The Beatles) Paul McCartney (The Beatles) 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 .

Classic! - Pony

8 Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) 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.
9 Sumon (Aurthohin) 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.

@bluefuse, Sumon isn't a solo artist. I won't say he is better than les clay pool. But there are some things which sumon could do in special. Like, he could play bass guitar with his teeth. Yes, there are very few bassists who could do that. And Sumon is one of them. You said, you could hear Les Claypool's basslines. Well, you also could listen Sumon's basslines. Tapping, slapping, finger-picking, plectrum uses, teeth-grinding etc etc.
And for his band, aurthohin isn't a good band, its just an opinion. There are two things to notice. 1. They don't sing in English. And most people don't listen non-english songs. 2. They are from a very poor country. That's why they couldn't earn international popularity. For these reasons most people don't know them. But just because people don't know them doesn't mean his band or he can't be good. If I say who's better Sumon or mike dirnt. Most will choose mike dirnt because green day is famous. But objectively Sumon is better. Plus this band has a ...more - zxm

@bluefuse, I am not arguing you. And please don't take it offensively. But Ibrahim Ahmed Kamal is a lot better guitarist than Billie Joe Armstrong. I mean Billie Joe Armstrong is mostly a rhythm guitarist. While Kamal, Shishir or Piklu are lead guitarist. Try these songs solo - Guti (the Finale), Cancer, Aushampto, Shaat Din, Abar (this was played by a drummer). I am not saying Aurthohin is better than Green Day. Obviously Green Day is better. Even though guitar sounds/tone is a subjective thing, but who is more talented at it is an objective thing. I mean look at this list "Greatest Rock Guitarists of All Time". Here Billie Joe Armstrong is ahead of Yngwie Malmsteen. But would you say Billie is better than Yngwie Malmsteen? In someone's opinion it may be. I don't mind. But Yngwie Malmsteen knows more of a guitar than Billie. - zxm

You do make some fine points. The base cannot completely make a song like a guitar can. Why do you underrate Blue Cheer? You can see my best artist list to see more reasons why I like Blue Cheer. Blue Cheer started/made Hard rock and is very cool. Try the first 2 Blue Cheer albums to see how great Blue Cheer is. - BlueFuse

10 Jack Bruce (Cream) Jack Bruce (Cream) 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.

The Contenders

11 Gene Simmons (Kiss) Gene Simmons (Kiss) Chaim Witz, known professionally by his stage name Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor and television personality.

KISS, is the most overrated band of all time! - RogerWatersfan1999

12 Benjamin Orr (The Cars) Benjamin Orr (The Cars) Benjamin Orzechowski, known as Benjamin Orr, was an American musician best known as a singer, bassist and co-founder of the rock band the Cars.
13 Sting (The Police) Sting (The Police) Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the lead singer for the English band The Police
14 John Cooper (Skillet) John Cooper (Skillet) John Landrum Cooper, professionally credited as John L. Cooper, is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He has been the lead vocalist, bassist and co-founder of the Grammy-nominated American Christian rock band Skillet since 1996.
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1. Les Claypool (Primus)
2. Sumon (Aurthohin)
3. Geddy Lee (Rush)
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1. Les Claypool (Primus)
2. Tom Araya (Slayer)
3. Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)
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1. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
2. Tom Araya (Slayer)
3. Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
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