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
582 249
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
The Who

2
536 235
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Led Zeppelin

3
537 260
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
venture funding added Rush

4
753 435
Dennis Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mistermuleboy added Alice Cooper

5
400 205
Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s

6
457 252
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
The Beatles

7
341 175
Randy Meisner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Eagles

8
310 186
Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Cream

9
303 186
Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Black Sabbath

10
162 81
Benjamin Orr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
larry-blum added The Cars

11
103 41
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
DexterVane added Pink Floyd

12
225 164
John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Queen

13
120 83
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MikeCiresi added Return to Forever

14
165 135
Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Deep Purple; Rainbow

15
205 180
Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richerb added Thin Lizzy

16
111 78
Greg Lake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MichaelStowe added King Crimson; Emerson, Lake & Palmer

17
188 177
Joe Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Blue Öyster Cult

18
152 147
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
135 133
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Parliament-Funkadelic

20
113 106
John Wetton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added King Crimson; Uriah Heep; Mogul Thrash

21
62 46
Jeffrey Hammond is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Jethro Tull - Jethro Tull

22
75 63
Tony Levin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added King Crimson

23
75 64
Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
BogdanPys added Genesis

24
106 112
Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Deep Purple; Trapeze

25
95 105
Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Motörhead

26
93 107
Mel Schacher is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Adam Tyler added Grand Funk Railroad

27
53 52
Timothy B. Schmit is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added The Eagles; Poco

28
44 40
Jack Casady is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Jefferson Airplane; Hot Tuna

29
43 39
Berry Oakley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added The Allman Brothers Band

30
53 57
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slaft added Jethro Tull

31
52 56
John Glascock is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Carmen - Carmen and Jethro Tull

32
85 108
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
96 126
Gary Thain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Uriah Heep

34
35 38
Tom Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Aerosmith; Thin Lizzy

35
41 52
Martin Turner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Ash

36
43 59
Ray Shulman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Gentle Giant - Gentle Giant

37
38 52
Steve Priest is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Sweet

38
32 48
Dee Murray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Elton John

39
58 97
Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added

40
60 103
Paul Simonon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
PeteBoyle added The Clash - The Clash

41
7 11
Carl Radle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Chlynn13B added Blues-rock, Folk rock, Rock and roll

42
64 114
Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added The Ramones

43
24 44
Nathan East is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

44
42 77
Chuck Panozzo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KrisAbosamra added Progressive rock, Hard rock

45
45 85
Ian Hill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

46
43 84
Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
AlexYoung added Glam metal, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

47
59 114
Glen Matlock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
ClintonJake added The Sex Pistols

48
28 58
Barry Devlin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Bass player for legendary Irish celtic rock band, Horslips

49
49 100
Duff McKagan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
DuyaPinkLynx added Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock

50
13 34
Tiran Porter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added