bassists The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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List Rules 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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John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
John Entwistle Pop music, Rock music Rhythm and blues

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Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Geddy Lee Heavy metal, Progressive rock Hard rock

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John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
John Paul Jones Blues-rock, Instrumental rock Folk rock

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music Experimental rock

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Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Jack Bruce Blues-rock, Jazz fusion Acid rock

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Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Chris Squire Rock music, Pop rock Progressive rock

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Les Claypool is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Les Claypool Thrash metal, Progressive metal Rock music

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Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Geezer Butler Doom metal, Blues-rock Rock music

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Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock Art rock

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Steve Harris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Steve Harris Progressive metal, Heavy metal Progressive rock

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Cliff Burton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Cliff Burton Thrash metal, Progressive metal Power metal

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Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Jaco Pastorius Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk Folk jazz

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Billy Sheehan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Billy Sheehan Instrumental rock, Heavy metal Jazz fusion

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John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
John Deacon Pop music, Rock music Heavy metal

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Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Stanley Clarke 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
Tony Levin Progressive metal, Pop music Experimental rock

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Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Roger Glover Blues-rock, New Wave Heavy metal

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Victor Wooten is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Victor Wooten 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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Greg Lake is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Greg Lake Rock music, Progressive rock Hard rock

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

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Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Bootsy Collins Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk Funk metal

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Michael Anthony is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Michael Anthony Rock music, Heavy metal Hard rock

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Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Bill Wyman Skiffle, Blues-rock Rock music

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John McVie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
John McVie Rock music, Blues

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Jason Newsted is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Jason Newsted Glam metal, Thrash metal Progressive metal

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John Myung is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
John Myung Progressive metal, Heavy metal Jazz fusion

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Duff McKagan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Duff McKagan Heavy metal, Alternative rock Punk rock

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James Jamerson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
James Jamerson Rhythm and blues, Soul music Funk

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Robert Trujillo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Robert Trujillo Thrash metal, Grunge Funk metal

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Stuart Hamm is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Stuart Hamm Rock music, Jazz fusion Blues

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Noel Redding is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Noel Redding Blues-rock, Rock music Folk rock

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Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Glenn Hughes Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul Rock music

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David Ellefson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
David Ellefson Thrash metal, Power metal Heavy metal

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Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Ian Fraser Kilmister Rock music, Rockabilly Space rock

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Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Mike Rutherford Pop rock, Progressive rock Art rock

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Dusty Hill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Dusty Hill Blues-rock, Boogie rock Rock music

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Marcus Miller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Marcus Miller Rock music, Smooth jazz Jazz fusion

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Rudy Sarzo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Rudy Sarzo Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Carol Kaye is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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Leland Sklar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Leland Sklar Pop music, Rock music Country

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Jack Casady is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Jack Casady Rock music, Blues

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Nikki Sixx is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Nikki Sixx Glam metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Brian Wilson Pop music, Rock music Outsider music

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John Wetton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
John Wetton Rock music, Jazz fusion Pop rock

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Jeff Ament is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Jeff Ament Experimental rock, Grunge World music

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Donald "Duck" Dunn Rock music, Rhythm and blues Soul music

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Tal Wilkenfeld is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Tal Wilkenfeld Blues-rock, Rock music Jazz fusion

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Larry Graham is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Larry Graham Rhythm and blues, Soul music Funk