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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.
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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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    Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Acid rock

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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by Dismalhead Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Heavy metal

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

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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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

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    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, 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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    often listed & added by Dismalhead Rock music, Jazz fusion, Blues

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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

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    added by DanieleMonterisi Progressive metal, Pop music, Experimental rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    added by Bootsdad Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Numnuts Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal

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    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Space rock

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

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    added by DeanGruber Rock music, Blues

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    Hip hop music, Noise rock, Rock music

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

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Rhythm and blues

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, World music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Country

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

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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    added by gamedemon24 Reggae, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock

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    often listed Rock music, Hard rock

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