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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
6,269 2,806
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

2
5,242 1,799
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
4,686 2,036
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

4
4,147 2,948
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

5
2,792 1,629
Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Acid rock

6
2,753 1,552
Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
3,079 1,613
Les Claypool is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

8
2,983 1,357
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
2,611 1,923
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

10
2,819 1,306
Steve Harris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Progressive rock

11
2,809 1,262
Cliff Burton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

12
2,219 945
Jaco Pastorius is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Kozmigroov, Jazz-funk, Folk jazz

13
1,484 1,087
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
1,913 1,059
John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
1,204 972
Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

16
1,478 737
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

17
1,123 841
Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, New Wave, Heavy metal

18
1,205 785
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
1,212 712
Victor Wooten is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

20
1,584 1,394
Sting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Medieval music, Classic rock, New Wave

21
1,134 773
Greg Lake is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Samuel Clemens added Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

22
1,454 538
Lemmy Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Lemmy Kilmister

23
1,263 600
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
1,043 863
Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Skiffle, Blues-rock, Rock music

25
1,069 959
Michael Anthony is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rock

26
921 612
John McVie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
DeanGruber added Rock music, Blues

27
1,055 873
Jason Newsted is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal

28
1,148 903
Duff McKagan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock

29
583 397
James Jamerson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk

30
786 741
John Myung is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Jazz fusion

31
577 323
Carol Kaye is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

32
612 624
David Ellefson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

33
543 637
Stuart Hamm is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Dismalhead added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Blues

34
987 636
Robert Trujillo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
jmmikkola added Thrash metal, Grunge, Funk metal

35
601 628
Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

36
730 634
Noel Redding is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

37
681 226
Donald
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

38
569 358
Dusty Hill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
liriodendron added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

39
595 610
Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Space rock

40
944 1,269
Nikki Sixx is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Bootsdad added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

41
447 435
Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
looksharp added Pop rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

42
585 728
Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Outsider music

43
575 489
Leland Sklar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Pop music, Rock music, Country

44
517 621
Rudy Sarzo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Heavy metal, Hard rock

45
375 361
Marcus Miller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
looksharp added Rock music, Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

46
919 1,545
Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

47
525 355
Jack Casady is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
looksharp added Rock music, Blues

48
522 578
Jeff Ament is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Experimental rock, Grunge, World music

49
707 751
Krist Novoselic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Hip hop music, Noise rock, Rock music

50
358 303
Larry Graham is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Best Rock Bassists
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Funk