70s 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.
list ordered by
1
644 279
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Led Zeppelin
2
684 305
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
The Who
3
637 302
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
venture funding added Rush
4
562 320
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
The Beatles
5
459 246
Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
6
764 494
Dennis Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mistermuleboy added Alice Cooper
7
365 221
Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Cream
8
373 230
Randy Meisner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Eagles
9
358 219
Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Black Sabbath
10
181 71
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
DexterVane added Pink Floyd
11
314 200
John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Queen
12
180 122
Benjamin Orr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
larry-blum added The Cars
13
199 161
Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Deep Purple; Rainbow
14
236 203
Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richerb added Thin Lizzy
15
145 111
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MikeCiresi added Return to Forever
16
135 106
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
150 125
Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Motörhead
18
175 159
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Parliament-Funkadelic
19
202 205
Joe Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Blue Öyster Cult
20
178 179
Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
newhollowmusic added The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones
21
99 84
Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
BogdanPys added Genesis
22
130 128
Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Deep Purple; Trapeze
23
131 132
John Wetton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added King Crimson; Uriah Heep; Mogul Thrash
24
89 84
Tony Levin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added King Crimson
25
64 52
Berry Oakley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added The Allman Brothers Band