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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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    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, Power metal

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

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    Pop music, Rock music, 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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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    added by Samuel Clemens
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    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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    added by DeanGruber
    Rock music, Blues

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    Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Space rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by jmmikkola
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    added by looksharp
    Pop rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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

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    Pop music, Rock music, Country

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    Hip hop music, Noise rock, Rock music

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    added by liriodendron
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Lemmy Kilmister

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

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    Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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    Hip hop music, Punk rock

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    Donald Duck Dunn

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Rhythm and blues

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