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List Rules Rank these bass players only their performance in the 1970s

Tune up and crack your fingers because this list compiles the best rock bass players of the '70s, ranked from best to worst by music fans who can tell the difference between a some smooth bass and those fiddly bits. Have you ever wondered, "Who is the absolute best bass player of the 1970s?" Look no further than this list for the definitive answer.

The '70s rock music scene offered no shortage of contenders for the title of best bass player. There are the obvious candidates like Paul McCartney and Bill Wyman, along with less appreciated virtuoso bassists like Dennis Dunaway and Geddy Lee.

Who will emerge on top as the best bassist of the '70s? That's up to you! Vote up the bass players you think were the top bassists to determine the order of this list. And if you notice anyone we missed, go ahead and add them to the list of the best bassists of the 1970s.
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1
295 87
Randy Meisner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Randy Meisner Rock music, Country rock - The Eagles

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2
453 184
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
John Entwistle Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

3
724 351
Dennis Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mistermuleboy added Dennis Dunaway Rock music, Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock

4
401 184
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
John Paul Jones Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

5
403 213
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
venture funding added Geddy Lee Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

6
289 168
Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Chris Squire Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

7
330 207
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

8
232 156
Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Geezer Butler Doom metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

9
87 31
Benjamin Orr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
larry-blum added Benjamin Orr New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

10
230 160
Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Jack Bruce Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Acid rock

11
167 137
John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added John Deacon Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
168 147
Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richerb added Phil Lynott Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

13
163 145
Joe Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Joe Bouchard Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

14
125 117
Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Roger Glover Blues-rock, New Wave, Heavy metal

15
70 54
Greg Lake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MichaelStowe added Greg Lake Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

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16
72 58
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MikeCiresi added Stanley Clarke Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

17
119 118
Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
newhollowmusic added Bill Wyman Skiffle, Blues-rock, Rock music - Rolling Stones

18
85 80
John Wetton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added John Wetton Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

19
103 105
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Bootsy Collins Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal

20
40 28
John Glascock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added John Glascock Flamenco rock, Folk rock, Progressive rock - Carmen and Jethro Tull

21
47 38
Tony Levin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Tony Levin Progressive metal, Pop music, Experimental rock

22
28 14
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
DexterVane added Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

23
33 21
Timothy B. Schmit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added Timothy B. Schmit Rock music, Country

24
74 77
Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Ian Fraser Kilmister Rock music, Rockabilly, Space rock

25
37 32
Ray Shulman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Ray Shulman Progressive rock - Gentle Giant

26
35 30
Jeffrey Hammond is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond Rock music, Folk rock, Progressive rock - Jethro Tull

27
33 29
Martin Turner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Martin Turner Melodic Rock, Hard rock, Progressive rock - Wishbone Ash

28
81 98
Gary Thain is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s

29
34 38
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slaft added Glenn Cornick Blues-rock, Rock music

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30
74 97
Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Glenn Hughes Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

31
26 29
Steve Priest is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Steve Priest The Sweet Heavy metal, Glam rock, Hard rock

32
18 17
Tom Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Tom Hamilton Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

33
37 46
Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
BogdanPys added Mike Rutherford Pop rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

34
62 85
Phil Lesh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richard head added Phil Lesh Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

35
22 26
Jack Casady is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Jack Casady Rock music, Blues

36
26 34
Barry Devlin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Barry Devlin Celtic rock - Bass player for legendary Irish celtic rock band, Horslips

37
63 93
Mel Schacher is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Adam Tyler added Mel Schacher Rock and roll, Funk

38
45 75
Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Suzi Quatro Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

39
52 87
Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Dee Dee Ramone Hip hop music, Punk rock

40
16 27
Dee Murray is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Dee Murray Rock music

41
52 88
Glen Matlock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
ClintonJake added Glen Matlock Rock music, Power pop, Punk rock

42
14 25
Berry Oakley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Berry Oakley Rock music

43
46 81
Paul Simonon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
PeteBoyle added Paul Simonon Reggae, Alternative rock, Punk rock - The Clash

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44
8 17
Tiran Porter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added Tiran Porter

45
14 28
Nathan East is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Nathan East Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

46
31 63
Chuck Panozzo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KrisAbosamra added Chuck Panozzo Progressive rock, Hard rock

47
10 27
Jimmy Lea is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Jimmy Lea Slade

48
8 25
David Hungate is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added David Hungate Smooth jazz, Pop rock, Country

49
28 62
Ron Asheton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Ron Asheton Garage rock, Protopunk, Heavy metal

50
32 70
Ian Hill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Ian Hill Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal