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The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s 

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Updated October 19, 2019 23.8k votes 3.9k voters 47.2k views 74 items

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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John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Steve Priest is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Dennis Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Randy Meisner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Lemmy Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Benjamin Orr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Greg Lake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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John Wetton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Joe Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Timothy B. Schmit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
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Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s