The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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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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    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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    most listed
    Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Acid rock

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    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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    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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    often listed
    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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    Progressive metal, Pop music, Experimental rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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    Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

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    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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    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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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Blues

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

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    Thrash metal, Grunge, Funk metal

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    Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Rockabilly, Space rock

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    Pop rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

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    Rock music, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Country

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

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, World music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

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    Rock music, Blues

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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

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    Hip hop music, Noise rock, Rock music

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