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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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    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    most listed
    Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Acid rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    often listed
    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    added by Dismalhead
    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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    Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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    ranked low on reranks & added by DanieleMonterisi
    Progressive metal, Pop music, Experimental rock

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    added by DeanGruber
    Rock music, Blues

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

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

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    added by Numnuts
    Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, World music

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Space rock

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

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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

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    Hip hop music, Noise rock, Rock music

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  38. 38
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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

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

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    added by looksharp
    Pop rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Country

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    Lemmy Kilmister

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    added by JulienFernandez
    Hip hop music, Rock music, Rapcore Rage Against The Machine

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rock music, Folk rock, Rhythm and blues

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    + 65
    - 31

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

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    + 67
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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