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The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

List Criteria: Vote up and add all of your favorite bassists, but make sure they play rock.

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 famous 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? The top 10? The top 100? 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! We can all assume that the top ten people listed here are truly the most legendary. 

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.
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  1. 1
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    Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

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    the people's #1 & most listed Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Acid rock

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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  10. 10
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    added by Dismalhead Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    ranked high on reranks & added by Dismalhead Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  14. 14
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Heavy metal

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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    added by DanieleMonterisi Progressive metal, Pop music, Experimental rock

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    added by Samuel Clemens Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    often listed & added by Dismalhead Rock music, Jazz fusion, Blues

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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  30. 30
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    added by Numnuts Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal

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    added by DeanGruber Rock music, Blues

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    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Space rock

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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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    ranked low on reranks & added by jmmikkola Thrash metal, Grunge, Funk metal

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  38. 38
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    added by Bootsdad Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  39. 39
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    added by FrankReid Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Hip hop music, Noise rock, Rock music

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, World music

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  42. 42
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Rhythm and blues

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    added by AriBenarroch New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

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  44. 44
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    added by josemariachi Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Heavy Metal

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  45. 45
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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Country

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  46. 46
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    added by jawilli1 Adult contemporary music, Rock music, Soft rock

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  47. 47
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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  48. 48
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    added by gamedemon24 Reggae, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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  49. 49
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    added by jmmikkola Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  50. 50
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    added by MattAliberti Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

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