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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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Donald "Duck" ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Genre: Rock music, Rhythm and blues & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America
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Sting is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Genre: Medieval music, Classic rock & New Wave; Nationality: England
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Dusty Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
liriodendron added Genre: Blues-rock, Boogie rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
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Jason Newsted is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Genre: Glam metal, Thrash metal & Progressive metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Genre: Skiffle, Blues-rock & Rock music; Nationality: England
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Michael Anthony is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Genre: Rock music, Heavy metal & Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America
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Jack Casady is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
looksharp added Genre: Rock music and Blues; Nationality: United States of America
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Robert Trujillo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
jmmikkola added Genre: Thrash metal, Grunge & Funk metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Phil Lesh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
CorinneBarnetsonDrapeau added Phil Lesh Genre: Rock music, Folk rock & Country rock; Nationality: United States of America
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John Myung is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Genre: Progressive metal, Heavy metal & Jazz fusion; Nationality: United States of America
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Leland Sklar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Country; Nationality: United States of America
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Michael Peter Balzary Fl... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
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Tal Wilkenfeld is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
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John Wetton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Genre: Rock music, Jazz fusion & Pop rock; Nationality: England
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Noel Redding is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Folk rock; Nationality: England
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Larry Graham is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Genre: Rhythm and blues, Soul music & Funk; Nationality: United States of America
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Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
looksharp added Genre: Pop rock, Progressive rock & Art rock; Nationality: England
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Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Genre: Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul & Rock music; Nationality: England
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Lemmy Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Genre: Rock music, Rockabilly & Space rock; Nationality: United Kingdom
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Marcus Miller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
looksharp added Genre: Rock music, Smooth jazz & Jazz fusion; Nationality: United States of America
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Rick Danko is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
desiree-watson added Genre: Americana, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: Canada
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Benjamin Orr is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
clubsingr28 added Genre: New Wave, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
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David Ellefson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Genre: Thrash metal, Power metal & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Tina Weymouth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Genre: New Wave, Rock music & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America
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Stuart Hamm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Dismalhead added Genre: Rock music, Jazz fusion & Blues; Nationality: United States of America