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The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

List Criteria: Rockers only.

The best rock bassists of all time are a varied bunch, and all the best bassists in rock are on this list. From the hard rockers, to the blues bassists, to the genre crossing masters of four (or sometimes five) strings, this is a list of all the top bass players in rock.

What makes someone the best bass player in rock music? Should the rock bassist with the best stage presence, or the bass player with the fastest fingers, or the bass player who's the best singer be considered the "best rock bassist? Should the bass player with the craziest hair should be given special consideration (although, to be fair, at one point or another in their careers, most of the people on this list were bass players with crazy habits, hair or otherwise)? Well, that would probably go under the category of bass player with the best stage presence, but still...

Who are the best bassists in rock? Who are the best bass guitarists? Who is the top rock bassist ever? These are some of the questions this list of the best rock bassists hopes to answer. If you don't see your favorite bass guitar player on the list, make sure to add them to this list of the top rock bassists so others can appreciate their musical gifts to rock!

If you want to hear some of the harmonious music the greatest bass players take part in, make sure to check out the best rock bands of all time.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Geddy Lee

    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    100
  2. 2
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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    97
  3. 3
    Up 579
    Down 189
    Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock More
    96
  4. 4
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music More
    74
  5. 5
    Up 366
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
    73
  6. 6
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    73
  7. 7
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    73
  8. 8
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    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    71
  9. 9
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    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Acid rock More
    71
  10. 10
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock More
    70
    added by: Dismalhead
  11. 11
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal More
    69
  12. 12
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Phil Lynott

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    59
  13. 13
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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion More
    57
    added by: Dismalhead
  14. 14
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    ranked low on reranks
    John Deacon

    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  15. 15
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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Heavy metal More
    52
  16. 16
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    ranked low on reranks
    Jaco Pastorius

    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz More
    51
  17. 17
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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    47
    added by: Samuel Clemens
  18. 18
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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    47
  19. 19
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion More
    45
  20. 20
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    45
  21. 21
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Blues More
    44
    added by: Dismalhead
  22. 22
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    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    44
  23. 23
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    44
  24. 24
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal More
    43
  25. 25
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    ranked low on reranks
    Stanley Clarke

    Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    43
  26. 26
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    41
  27. 27
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    Progressive metal, Pop music, Experimental rock More
    41
    added by: DanieleMonterisi
  28. 28
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Brian Wilson

    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music More
    41
  29. 29
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    ranked low on reranks
    Victor Wooten

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass More
    40
  30. 30
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    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    40
  31. 31
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    Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    39
  32. 32
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    Bootsy Collins

    Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal More
    39
    added by: Numnuts
  33. 33
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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    38
  34. 34
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Rock and roll More
    38
  35. 35
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    37
    added by: Bootsdad
  36. 36
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    Hip hop music, Noise rock, Rock music More
    36
  37. 37
    Up 74
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Space rock More
    36
  38. 38
    Up 56
    Down 99
    Rock music, Folk rock, Rhythm and blues More
    35
  39. 39
    Up 56
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    34
    added by: FrankReid
  40. 40
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    Experimental rock, Grunge, World music More
    34
  41. 41
    Up 7
    Down 14
    Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    34
    added by: jmmikkola
  42. 42
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    Pop music, Rock music, Country More
    33
  43. 43
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    32
  44. 44
    Up 54
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    Reggae, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    31
    added by: gamedemon24
  45. 45
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    30
  46. 46
    Up 28
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock More
    29
  47. 47
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ross Valory

    Rock music, Hard rock More
    28
  48. 48
    Up 32
    Down 88

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ben Shepherd

    Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    28
    added by: clash1977
  49. 49
    Up 31
    Down 59
    Neo-progressive rock, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    27
    added by: mrblond
  50. 50
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    ranked low on reranks
    Benjamin Orr

    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    25
    added by: clubsingr28
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