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
500 214
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
John Entwistle The Who

2
453 204
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
John Paul Jones Led Zeppelin

3
735 390
Dennis Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mistermuleboy added Dennis Dunaway Alice Cooper

4
316 136
Randy Meisner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Randy Meisner Eagles

5
458 234
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
venture funding added Geddy Lee Rush

6
395 229
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Paul McCartney The Beatles

7
324 188
Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s

8
146 54
Benjamin Orr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
larry-blum added Benjamin Orr The Cars

9
256 170
Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Geezer Butler Black Sabbath

10
254 171
Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Jack Bruce Cream

11
181 149
John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added John Deacon Queen

12
181 162
Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richerb added Phil Lynott Thin Lizzy

13
91 67
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MikeCiresi added Stanley Clarke Return to Forever

14
167 162
Joe Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Joe Bouchard Blue Öyster Cult

The Best Rock Vocalists

15
84 65
Greg Lake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MichaelStowe added Greg Lake King Crimson; Emerson, Lake & Palmer

16
52 28
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
DexterVane added Roger Waters Pink Floyd

17
134 129
Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Roger Glover Deep Purple; Rainbow

18
131 130
Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
newhollowmusic added Bill Wyman The Rolling Stones - Rolling Stones

19
63 49
Tony Levin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Tony Levin King Crimson

20
95 91
John Wetton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added John Wetton King Crimson; Uriah Heep; Mogul Thrash

21
113 115
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Bootsy Collins Parliament-Funkadelic

The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

22
45 38
John Glascock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added John Glascock Carmen - Carmen and Jethro Tull

23
79 86
Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Lemmy Motörhead

24
54 54
Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
BogdanPys added Mike Rutherford Genesis

25
38 35
Timothy B. Schmit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added Timothy B. Schmit The Eagles; Poco

26
38 40
Jeffrey Hammond is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond Jethro Tull - Jethro Tull

27
85 110
Gary Thain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Gary Thain Uriah Heep

28
39 44
Ray Shulman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Ray Shulman Gentle Giant - Gentle Giant

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well

29
35 40
Martin Turner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Martin Turner Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Ash

30
79 107
Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Glenn Hughes Deep Purple; Trapeze

31
68 94
Phil Lesh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richard head added Phil Lesh The Grateful Dead

32
37 47
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slaft added Glenn Cornick Jethro Tull

33
29 37
Steve Priest is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Steve Priest Sweet

34
21 26
Tom Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Tom Hamilton Aerosmith; Thin Lizzy

35
67 100
Mel Schacher is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Adam Tyler added Mel Schacher Grand Funk Railroad

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

36
25 33
Jack Casady is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Jack Casady Jefferson Airplane; Hot Tuna

37
22 32
Dee Murray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Dee Murray Elton John

38
59 95
Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Dee Dee Ramone The Ramones

39
27 43
Barry Devlin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Barry Devlin Bass player for legendary Irish celtic rock band, Horslips

40
56 94
Glen Matlock is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
ClintonJake added Glen Matlock The Sex Pistols

41
19 31
Berry Oakley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Berry Oakley The Allman Brothers Band

42
53 89
Paul Simonon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
PeteBoyle added Paul Simonon The Clash - The Clash

The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

43
48 83
Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Suzi Quatro

44
18 34
Nathan East is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Nathan East Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

45
10 23
Tiran Porter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added Tiran Porter

46
34 68
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
33 67
Ron Asheton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Ron Asheton Garage rock, Protopunk, Heavy metal

48
37 76
Ian Hill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Ian Hill Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

49
11 31
David Hungate is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added David Hungate Smooth jazz, Pop rock, Country

50
12 33
Jimmy Lea is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Jimmy Lea Slade