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List of famous bassists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top bassists in the world? This includes the most prominent bassists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable bassists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic bassists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned bassists.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known bassists to the lesser known bassists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the bassist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous bassists ever?" and "What are the names of famous bassists?" then you're in the right place. (1381 items)
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting ...more

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Age: 74

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson, Record producer, Television director, + more

Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, American Hustle, Vanilla Sky

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Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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Gene Simmons is an Israeli-born American rock bass guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, and television personality. Known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the bass guitarist/co-lead vocalist of Kiss, the rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s. With Kiss, ...more

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Age: 67

Birthplace: Tirat Carmel, Eurasia, Israel

Profession: Bassist, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Television producer, + more

Credits: Gene Simmons: Family Jewels, The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection

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#52 on The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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Jared Leto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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Jared Leto is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and director. After starting his career with television appearances in the early 1990s, Leto achieved recognition for his role as Jordan Catalano on the television series My So-Called Life. He made his film debut in How to Make an American Quilt ...more

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Age: 45

Birthplace: Bossier City, Louisiana, United States of America

Profession: Painter, Businessperson, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: Requiem for a Dream, Dallas Buyers Club, Mr. Nobody, Artifact

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Trent Reznor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, he has led the industrial rock project Nine Inch Nails since 1988. His first release as Nine Inch Nails, the 1989 album Pretty Hate ...more

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Age: 51

Birthplace: Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Bassist, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, + more

Credits: The Social Network, Lost Highway, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Se7en

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#65 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

#28 on The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History

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