Musicians The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s  

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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
521 228
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
The Who

2
478 218
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Led Zeppelin

3
739 406
Dennis Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mistermuleboy added Alice Cooper

4
481 239
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
venture funding added Rush

5
324 152
Randy Meisner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Eagles

6
415 236
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
The Beatles

7
348 190
Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s

8
152 66
Benjamin Orr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
larry-blum added The Cars

9
276 176
Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Cream

10
274 176
Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Black Sabbath

11
195 158
John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Queen

12
67 32
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
DexterVane added Pink Floyd

13
187 171
Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richerb added Thin Lizzy

14
144 130
Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Deep Purple; Rainbow

15
97 75
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MikeCiresi added Return to Forever

16
176 168
Joe Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Blue Öyster Cult

17
89 73
Greg Lake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MichaelStowe added King Crimson; Emerson, Lake & Palmer

18
134 140
Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
newhollowmusic added The Rolling Stones - Rolling Stones

19
68 56
Tony Levin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added King Crimson

20
120 123
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Parliament-Funkadelic

21
99 98
John Wetton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added King Crimson; Uriah Heep; Mogul Thrash

22
49 42
Jeffrey Hammond is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Jethro Tull - Jethro Tull

23
59 60
Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
BogdanPys added Genesis

24
47 46
John Glascock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Carmen - Carmen and Jethro Tull

25
90 109
Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Deep Purple; Trapeze

26
81 97
Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Motörhead

27
90 116
Gary Thain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Uriah Heep

28
44 50
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slaft added Jethro Tull

29
42 47
Timothy B. Schmit is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added The Eagles; Poco

30
77 103
Mel Schacher is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Adam Tyler added Grand Funk Railroad

31
38 46
Martin Turner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Ash

32
72 100
Phil Lesh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richard head added The Grateful Dead

33
31 36
Jack Casady is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Jefferson Airplane; Hot Tuna

34
40 52
Ray Shulman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Gentle Giant - Gentle Giant

35
26 30
Tom Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Aerosmith; Thin Lizzy

36
32 45
Steve Priest is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Sweet

37
24 35
Berry Oakley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added The Allman Brothers Band

38
25 39
Dee Murray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Elton John

39
60 103
Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added The Ramones

40
51 89
Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added

41
54 97
Paul Simonon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
PeteBoyle added The Clash - The Clash

42
2 5
Carl Radle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Chlynn13B added Blues-rock, Folk rock, Rock and roll

43
57 103
Glen Matlock is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
ClintonJake added The Sex Pistols

44
27 51
Barry Devlin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Bass player for legendary Irish celtic rock band, Horslips

45
20 39
Nathan East is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

46
41 78
Ian Hill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

47
13 28
Tiran Porter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added

48
37 72
Chuck Panozzo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KrisAbosamra added Progressive rock, Hard rock

49
34 68
Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
AlexYoung added Glam metal, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

50
34 73
Ron Asheton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Garage rock, Protopunk, Heavy metal