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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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    most listed Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

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

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    Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    often listed Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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

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    often listed Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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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 FrankReid Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Rhythm and blues

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    ranked low on reranks & added by clubsingr28 New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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    added by gamedemon24 Reggae, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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