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
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 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.

Singing while bassing, rock!

Way too low on the list, he's underrated

Lemmy is the greatest of all time, hands down!

5 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.

Jack Bruce is awesome, innovative and legendary!

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.

He is badass!

7 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

Not many people can jump around and play bass while singing.

8 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.
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 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.

One of the most underrated singers in metal. He was such a badass frontman. RIP Peter Steele

The Contenders

11 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.
12 Roger Waters 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.

Living legend

13 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 playing talent (the opposite case is Geddy Lee). - Metal_Treasure

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.

Epic singing, and a bass God. Deserves to be #1. Seriously.

Best bass player of all time. And he sings. In a unique way. The best!

Best ever natural slap happy total original plays a mean bass and ithink he is the best by far

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

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 Peter Cetera Peter Cetera Peter Paul Cetera is an American singer, songwriter, and bassist best known for being an original member of the rock band Chicago, before launching a successful solo career.
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.

My favorite band

20 Marco Hietala Marco Hietala Marko Tapani "Marco" Hietala is a Finnish heavy metal vocalist, bass guitarist and songwriter (Nightwish, Tarot).

My second favourite bassist (Steve Harris is the number one) and has also great vocals. Best example of his singing is in my opinion Ghost River, which is also my favourite song from Nightwish.

21 Mark King

I think Mark King definitely deserves a spot among the top 10, he is an insanely skilled bass player and and a good singer. Few have what it takes to consistently play songs like Lessons in Love and even fewer can do it while singing as well as he does. the man really deserves more recognition.

22 Mariusz Duda
23 Greg Lake 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.

Should be in the top 5!

Tremendously underrated. He had a lot of skill, both as a bassist and a singer. I think he deserves more votes. - Gg2000

24 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 more.

Personally I love his smooth vocals and bass work for blink-182. He is very talented and he's an inspiration for me as a "Punk".

25 Glenn Hughes Glenn Hughes Glenn Hughes is an English rock bassist and vocalist, best known as a member of Deep Purple and the rock pioneers Trapeze, and his solo career. Hughes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple. He is acclaimed for his wide vocal range.
26 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 more.
27 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.
28 Jason Newsted Jason Newsted Jason Curtis Newsted is an American metal musician, known for being the third bass guitarist with the band Metallica from November 1986 until his departure in January 2001, he was also a part of Voivod and Flotsam and Jetsam.
29 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.

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

30 Mark Sandman
31 Tyson Ritter

He's really good in my opinion

32 Rick Danko Rick Danko Richard Clare "Rick" Danko was a Canadian musician, bassist, songwriter and singer, best known as a member of The Band.

Rick Danko had a very unique voice. I believe.he belongs furthur up the list.

33 John Lodge
34 Burke Shelly
35 Brian Wilson Brian Wilson Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys.
36 Tomomi Ogawa

Cute, Bassist and funny.. Very good voice, I Think one of the best bassist in the world

37 James Dewar

Lead singer and bassist in the original Robin Trower Band. The dude had an awesome voice! - Gg2000

Try listening again to bridge of sighs again and re evaluate 😊 the man was brilliant.

38 Andrew Wood Andrew Wood

He played playing bass and sang for Malfunkshun, a pioneering group of grunge

39 Tim Staffell

Sure he is hardly known but some of the songs he played are pretty good

40 Mat Sinner Mat Sinner Mat Sinner is a bassist, vocalist, songwriter and record producer from Stuttgart, Germany. He is best known as the bassist and primary songwriter for the metal band Primal Fear.
41 Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet Tobias Sammet is a German metal musician, best known as the vocalist and primary songwriter of the power metal band Edguy, as well as the founder, main singer and bassist of the metal opera Avantasia.
42 Paul Simonon Paul Simonon Paul Gustave Simonon is an English musician and artist best known as the bassist for the punk rock band The Clash.
43 Mark Burgess
44 Dave Brockie Dave Brockie David Murray "Dave" Brockie, was a Canadian musician, and best known as the lead vocalist of the metal band Gwar, in which he performed as Oderus Urungus.

He's awesome

45 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture more.
46 John Wetton John Wetton

Completely underrated. He was the vocalist and bassist for acts such as King Crimson, Uriah Heep, and most famously Asia. His powerful vocals are demonstrated on "Heat of the Moment".

47 Kip Winger Kip Winger

He plays bass, while fronting the band Winger. His voice power and range is amazing. - epicterry2

48 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.
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