The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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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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    Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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    Geddy Lee 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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    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Acid rock

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    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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    Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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    Steve Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists


    Steve Harris Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

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    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

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    Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Tony Levin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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    Tony Levin Progressive metal, Pop music, Experimental rock

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

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    Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists


    Phil Lynott Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Sting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists


    Sting Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    Michael Anthony is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists


    Michael Anthony Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal

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    Lemmy Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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    Lemmy Kilmister

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    John Myung is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists


    John Myung Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

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    Rock music, Blues

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    Skiffle, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

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    Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Donald Duck Dunn

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    Stuart Hamm is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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    Stuart Hamm Rock music, Jazz fusion, Blues

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk

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    Robert Trujillo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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    Robert Trujillo Thrash metal, Grunge, Funk metal

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    Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists


    Ian Fraser Kilmister Rock music, Rockabilly, Space rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Pop rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Pop music, Rock music, Country

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, World music

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    Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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    Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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    Jack Casady is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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    Jack Casady Rock music, Blues

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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    Gene Simmons Glam metal, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

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