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.
list ordered by

1
6,445 2,926
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

2
4,844 2,123
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

3
5,423 1,870
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

4
4,335 3,072
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

5
2,887 1,680
Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Acid rock

6
2,842 1,618
Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
3,166 1,673
Les Claypool is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

8
3,093 1,404
Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Dismalhead added Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

9
2,691 2,011
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

10
2,908 1,358
Steve Harris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

11
2,923 1,311
Cliff Burton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

12
2,296 992
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

13
1,518 1,137
Billy Sheehan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Dismalhead added Instrumental rock, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

14
2,084 1,091
John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
1,162 872
Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, New Wave, Heavy metal

16
1,247 1,011
Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

17
1,517 768
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

18
1,240 814
Tony Levin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
DanieleMonterisi added Progressive metal, Pop music, Experimental rock

19
1,643 1,446
Sting is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

20
1,244 738
Victor Wooten is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

21
1,523 576
Lemmy Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Lemmy Kilmister

22
1,174 797
Greg Lake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Samuel Clemens added Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

23
1,302 624
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Numnuts added Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal

24
1,072 893
Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Skiffle, Blues-rock, Rock music

25
1,101 995
Michael Anthony is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock