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
6,396 2,892
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

2
4,806 2,101
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

3
5,371 1,854
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

4
4,280 3,041
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

5
2,868 1,670
Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Acid rock

6
2,826 1,600
Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
3,148 1,658
Les Claypool is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

8
3,072 1,392
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
2,672 1,990
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

10
2,888 1,343
Steve Harris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

11
2,897 1,297
Cliff Burton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

12
2,276 981
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

13
1,512 1,127
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
2,033 1,086
John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
1,238 1,001
Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

16
1,152 866
Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, New Wave, Heavy metal

17
1,510 762
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

18
1,231 809
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
1,632 1,431
Sting is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

20
1,237 734
Victor Wooten is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

21
1,498 570
Lemmy Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Lemmy Kilmister

22
1,164 792
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
1,293 618
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
1,065 886
Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Skiffle, Blues-rock, Rock music

25
1,092 983
Michael Anthony is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

26
952 632
John McVie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
DeanGruber added Rock music, Blues

27
1,081 896
Jason Newsted is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

28
1,181 929
Duff McKagan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock

29
607 414
James Jamerson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk

30
804 761
John Myung is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

31
1,019 656
Robert Trujillo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
jmmikkola added Thrash metal, Grunge, Funk metal

32
634 644
David Ellefson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

33
625 639
Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

34
599 340
Carol Kaye is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

35
553 654
Stuart Hamm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Dismalhead added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Blues

36
749 652
Noel Redding is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

37
705 240
Donald
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

38
964 1,312
Nikki Sixx is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Bootsdad added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

39
583 374
Dusty Hill is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
liriodendron added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

40
605 627
Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Space rock

41
601 747
Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

42
468 450
Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
looksharp added Pop rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

43
942 1,584
Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

44
589 504
Leland Sklar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Country

45
527 636
Rudy Sarzo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Heavy metal, Hard rock

46
386 376
Marcus Miller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
looksharp added Rock music, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

47
539 370
Jack Casady is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
looksharp added Rock music, Blues

48
528 593
Jeff Ament is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Experimental rock, Grunge, World music

49
715 769
Krist Novoselic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Hip hop music, Noise rock, Rock music

50
551 452
Benjamin Orr is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
clubsingr28 added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music