Top Ten Singing Bassists

Ranking bass players who also sing, based on a combination of their singing ability, bass talent, and contribution to the band they're in. Therefore, bassists who rarely sing should be ranked lower than bass players who are the lead singer

The Top Ten

1 Dickie Peterson

Dickie Peterson should be around the top. Dickie Peterson is the music of Blue Cheer. Blue Cheer did Rock the true way. Blue Cheer really plays the Rocking and classic Rock way. Blue Cheer is very fuzzy. To understand why I would say Blue Cheer is the best please look at my account than you would understand. Rush have nothing on Blue Cheer. Rush follow Blue Cheer - BlueFuse

Not sure if Rush follow's Blue Cheer but Geddy Lee was mostly inspired by Jack Bruce, John Entwistle etc. Plus from my opinion I think Geddy Lee is more talented/technical than Dickie Peterson. - zxm

2 Geddy Lee 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.

Two words. BASS TONE. He plays super fast yet beautifully, never does the same fill twice, his tone is second to none, and that is a very hard thing to accomplish. Then he starts to sing. It's pure beauty, especially in his prime. Hitting low keys like in The Trees, yet screeching high like at the end of Cygnus X-1 Book 1. Then, he plays keyboards with his hands and feet. On top of all of this, he plays guitar on some pieces, Most notably Xanadu. He deserves Number 1.

Geddy is the original. No one -- but no one --can sing and play bass like Geddy.

Second after Les Claypool - Disturbedpotato

I made almost a same list as this about long time ago.I also put geddy on top and paul on second.I think they deserve it. - zxm

3 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 .

Not just is his bass skills impressive and his voice impeccable, his influence to. The Beatles didn't get called the greatest rock band of all time for nothing. - HardRockSam

For Singing Bassist obviously Paul McCartney should be at the top. - malamJONES

4 Jack Bruce Jack Bruce 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.
5 Lemmy Kilmister Lemmy Kilmister 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.

Lemmy is the greatest of all time, hands down!

6 Tom Araya Tom Araya Tomás Enrique "Tom" Araya Díaz is a Chilean American musician, best known as the bassist and vocalist of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
7 Phil Lynott Phil Lynott 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.
8 Sting Sting 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
9 Benjamin Orr Benjamin Orr 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.
10 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.

The Contenders

11 Roger Waters Roger Waters George Roger Waters, is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He was mostly known for the secondary lead vocals and bassist of Pink Floyd .
12 Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records more.

Lead vocals and bass for Blind Guardian for 10+ years, from 1987 to 1998. Then he focused on vocals, lyrics and songwriting. He is a phenomenal singer, great leader and main contributor to the band. His singing talent is way bigger than his bass talent (the opposite case is Geddy Lee). - Metal_Treasure

13 Peter Steele Peter Steele Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk, better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative.
14 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.

Les Claypool should be lot higher on this list. He has both great vocals and bass skills. He is more technical than most other bassists here. - zxm

Are you kidding me. Les is the greatest bassist ever. The fact he sings also makes him even better. - Disturbedpotato

Definition should be higher

15 Suzi Quatro Suzi Quatro Susan Kay "Suzi" Quatro is an American hard rock singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress. She was the first female bass player to become a major rock star, breaking a barrier to women's participation in rock music.

Songs: 48 Crash, Devil Gate Drive, Your Mama Won't Like Me, Stumblin' In - Metal_Treasure

16 Troy Sanders Troy Sanders Troy Jayson Sanders is an American musician, singer, and songwriter best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he plays bass and shares lead vocal duties with guitarist Brent Hinds and drummer Brann Dailor.
17 Kim Gordon Kim Gordon Kim Althea Gordon is an American musician, songwriter, and visual artist. Born in Rochester, New York, Gordon was raised in Los Angeles, California, and studied art at the Otis Art Institute.
18 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.
19 John Cooper John Cooper 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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20 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.

He's mostly backup, but he did make a great appearance in Homecoming - TidalJ

Yes, he does do backup singing. - naFrovivuS

While he does backup, he has had some amazing leads in tracks like homecoming, governator, modern world

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