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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.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Geddy Lee

    Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 193
    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    97
  3. 3
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    Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock More
    96
  4. 4
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music More
    73
  5. 5
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock More
    73
  6. 6
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock More
    73
  7. 7
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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    72
  8. 8
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    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock More
    70
  9. 9
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    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Acid rock More
    70
  10. 10
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock More
    70
    added by: Dismalhead
  11. 11
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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal More
    68
  12. 12
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Phil Lynott

    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music More
    58
  13. 13
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    57
  14. 14
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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion More
    56
    added by: Dismalhead
  15. 15
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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz More
    52
  16. 16
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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Heavy metal More
    50
  17. 17
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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave More
    49
  18. 18
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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock More
    47
    added by: Samuel Clemens
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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion More
    44
  20. 20
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    Stanley Clarke

    Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    44
  21. 21
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Stuart Hamm

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Blues More
    43
    added by: Dismalhead
  22. 22
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music More
    43
  23. 23
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    43
  24. 24
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    Progressive metal, Pop music, Experimental rock More
    43
    added by: DanieleMonterisi
  25. 25
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    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    42
  26. 26
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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal More
    42
  27. 27
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    41
  28. 28
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    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music More
    40
  29. 29
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    Heavy metal, Hard rock More
    39
  30. 30
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    ranked low on reranks
    Victor Wooten

    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass More
    39
  31. 31
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    Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    38
  32. 32
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    ranked low on reranks
    Bootsy Collins

    Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal More
    38
    added by: Numnuts
  33. 33
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    Glam metal, Heavy metal, Rock and roll More
    37
  34. 34
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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal More
    36
  35. 35
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    35
    added by: Bootsdad
  36. 36
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    Hip hop music, Noise rock, Rock music More
    35
  37. 37
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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Space rock More
    34
  38. 38
    Up 54
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    Rock music, Folk rock, Rhythm and blues More
    34
  39. 39
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion More
    33
    added by: FrankReid
  40. 40
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    Pop music, Rock music, Country More
    33
  41. 41
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    Experimental rock, Grunge, World music More
    33
  42. 42
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk More
    32
  43. 43
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    Reggae, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
    30
    added by: gamedemon24
  44. 44
    Up 28
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    Neo-progressive rock, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    29
    added by: mrblond
  45. 45
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock More
    29
  46. 46
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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock More
    27
  47. 47
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ross Valory

    Rock music, Hard rock More
    27
  48. 48
    Up 30
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ben Shepherd

    Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock More
    27
    added by: clash1977
  49. 49
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    ranked low on reranks
    Benjamin Orr

    New Wave, Pop music, Rock music More
    25
    added by: clubsingr28
  50. 50
    Up 2
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    Jazz fusion, Jazz More
    17
    added by: tiger1234
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