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The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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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 Criteria: Rockers only.

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    Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock More
    100
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    the people's #1
    John Entwistle

    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    100
  3. 3
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    most listed
    Geddy Lee

    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    100
  4. 4
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    79
  5. 5
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    77
  6. 6
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
    76
  7. 7
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music More
    76
  8. 8
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    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    75
  9. 9
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    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Acid rock More
    74
  10. 10
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal More
    70
  11. 11
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock More
    70
    added by: Dismalhead
  12. 12
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    Flea

    65
  13. 13
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    64
  14. 14
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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion More
    60
    added by: Dismalhead
  15. 15
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  16. 16
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    Jaco Pastorius

    57
  17. 17
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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Heavy metal More
    54
  18. 18
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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    52
    added by: Samuel Clemens
  19. 19
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    52
  20. 20
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Blues More
    52
    added by: Dismalhead
  21. 21
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Peter Balzary

    Fusion, Jazz-funk, Experimental rock More
    51
  22. 22
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    50
  23. 23
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    50
  24. 24
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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    50
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    Progressive metal, Pop music, Experimental rock More
    50
    added by: DanieleMonterisi
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion More
    49
  27. 27
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    Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal More
    47
    added by: Numnuts
  28. 28
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    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    47
  29. 29
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal More
    47
  30. 30
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Gene Simmons

    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Rock and roll More
    45
  31. 31
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    Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    45
  32. 32
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    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music More
    44
  33. 33
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    ranked low on reranks
    Stanley Clarke

    44
  34. 34
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    Greg Lake

    42
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    Experimental rock, Grunge, World music More
    42
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Space rock More
    42
  37. 37
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    42
    added by: Bootsdad
  38. 38
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    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    42
  39. 39
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    Hip hop music, Noise rock, Rock music More
    41
  40. 40
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    ranked high on reranks
    Adam Clayton

    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    40
  41. 41
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Rhythm and blues More
    40
  42. 42
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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    39
  43. 43
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    Reggae, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    39
    added by: gamedemon24
  44. 44
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    ranked low on reranks
    Victor Wooten

    38
  45. 45
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    37
  46. 46
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    Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    35
    added by: clash1977
  47. 47
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    jack bruce

    34
  48. 48
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    Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music More
    33
    added by: BobsGenovese
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  49. 49
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    Leland Sklar

    33
  50. 50
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    often listed
    Ross Valory

    Rock music, Hard rock More
    33
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