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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514 220
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
John Entwistle The Who

2
467 212
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
738 396
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
469 237
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
venture funding added Geddy Lee Rush

5
320 144
Randy Meisner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Randy Meisner Eagles

6
405 235
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Paul McCartney The Beatles

7
335 190
Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s

8
152 58
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
264 175
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
264 175
Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Jack Bruce Cream

11
190 154
John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added John Deacon Queen

12
184 164
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
94 69
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
59 31
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
DexterVane added Roger Waters Pink Floyd

The Best Rock Vocalists

15
171 165
Joe Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Joe Bouchard Blue Öyster Cult

16
85 68
Greg Lake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MichaelStowe added Greg Lake King Crimson; Emerson, Lake & Palmer

17
136 130
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
66 50
Tony Levin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Tony Levin King Crimson

19
131 133
Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
newhollowmusic added Bill Wyman The Rolling Stones - Rolling Stones

20
97 92
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
115 117
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 Best Drummers of All Time

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56 55
Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
BogdanPys added Mike Rutherford Genesis

23
45 40
John Glascock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added John Glascock Carmen - Carmen and Jethro Tull

24
80 89
Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Lemmy Motörhead

25
40 38
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
42 41
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
86 111
Gary Thain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Gary Thain Uriah Heep

28
81 109
Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Glenn Hughes Deep Purple; Trapeze

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well

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39 46
Ray Shulman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Ray Shulman Gentle Giant - Gentle Giant

30
35 42
Martin Turner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Martin Turner Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Ash

31
69 96
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
32 39
Steve Priest is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Steve Priest Sweet

33
38 49
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slaft added Glenn Cornick Jethro Tull

34
70 101
Mel Schacher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Adam Tyler added Mel Schacher Grand Funk Railroad

35
22 28
Tom Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Tom Hamilton Aerosmith; Thin Lizzy

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

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25 35
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
23 34
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
60 97
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
21 32
Berry Oakley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Berry Oakley The Allman Brothers Band

40
1 0
Carl Radle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Chlynn13B added Carl Radle Blues-rock, Folk rock, Rock and roll

41
50 83
Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Suzi Quatro

42
27 45
Barry Devlin is listed (or ranked) 42 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

The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

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54 91
Paul Simonon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
PeteBoyle added Paul Simonon The Clash - The Clash

44
57 97
Glen Matlock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
ClintonJake added Glen Matlock The Sex Pistols

45
19 34
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
12 23
Tiran Porter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added Tiran Porter

47
35 68
Chuck Panozzo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KrisAbosamra added Chuck Panozzo Progressive rock, Hard rock

48
34 67
Ron Asheton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Ron Asheton Garage rock, Protopunk, Heavy metal

49
37 76
Ian Hill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Ian Hill Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

50
11 31
David Hungate is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added David Hungate Smooth jazz, Pop rock, Country