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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.

The All-Time Best Rock Bassists Bands/Musicians
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    the people's #1
    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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  2. 2
    + 2272
    - 869

    most listed
    Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

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  3. 3
    + 2392
    - 692

    ranked low on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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  4. 4
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    - 604


    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Acid rock

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  5. 5
    + 1358
    - 516

    added by Dismalhead
    Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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  6. 6
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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  7. 7
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    - 700


    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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  8. 8
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  9. 9
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    ranked low on reranks
    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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  10. 10
    + 1231
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    often listed
    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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  11. 11
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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  12. 12
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    - 350


    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

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  13. 13
    + 766
    - 414

    added by Dismalhead
    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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  14. 14
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  15. 15
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    Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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  16. 16
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    - 319

    added by DanieleMonterisi
    Progressive metal, Pop music, Experimental rock

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Heavy metal

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  18. 18
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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    - 289


    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

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  20. 20
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    - 366

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

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  21. 21
    + 727
    - 680


    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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  22. 22
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    - 438


    Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  23. 23
    + 469
    - 283

    added by Numnuts
    Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal

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  24. 24
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    - 223

    added by DeanGruber
    Rock music, Blues

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  25. 25
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    - 414


    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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    + 446
    - 429


    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  27. 27
    + 480
    - 433


    Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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  28. 28
    + 433
    - 355


    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    - 101

    ranked low on reranks
    Lemmy Kilmister

  30. 30
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    - 218

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

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  31. 31
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    added by Dismalhead
    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Blues

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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  33. 33
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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  34. 34
    + 274
    - 302


    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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  35. 35
    + 292
    - 301


    Rock music, Rockabilly, Space rock

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  36. 36
    + 276
    - 300


    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    + 147
    - 108

    added by looksharp
    Pop rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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  38. 38
    + 423
    - 606

    often listed & added by Bootsdad
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    + 155
    - 87

    ranked low on reranks & added by liriodendron
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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  40. 40
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    - 62
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    Donald Duck Dunn

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    + 255
    - 229


    Pop music, Rock music, Country

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    + 245
    - 289

    often listed
    Experimental rock, Grunge, World music

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  43. 43
    + 105
    - 69

    added by looksharp
    Rock music, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

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  44. 44
    + 276
    - 364

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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  45. 45
    + 88
    - 70


    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk

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    + 154
    - 100

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

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  47. 47
    + 136
    - 85

    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp
    Rock music, Blues

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  48. 48
    + 421
    - 745

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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  49. 49
    + 342
    - 385


    Hip hop music, Noise rock, Rock music

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  50. 50
    + 113
    - 65

    added by CorinneBarnetsonDrapeau
    Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

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