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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
472 194
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
John Entwistle Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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2
304 105
Randy Meisner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Randy Meisner Rock music, Country rock - The Eagles

3
729 366
Dennis Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mistermuleboy added Dennis Dunaway Rock music, Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock

4
416 194
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
John Paul Jones Blues-rock, Instrumental rock, Folk rock

5
428 223
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
venture funding added Geddy Lee Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock

6
139 37
Benjamin Orr is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
larry-blum added Benjamin Orr New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

7
303 176
Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Chris Squire Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

8
350 215
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

9
240 160
Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Geezer Butler Doom metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

10
239 164
Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Jack Bruce Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Acid rock

11
173 141
John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added John Deacon Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
174 151
Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richerb added Phil Lynott Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

13
165 150
Joe Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Joe Bouchard Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

14
80 59
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MikeCiresi added Stanley Clarke Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

15
131 119
Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Roger Glover Blues-rock, New Wave, Heavy metal

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16
76 58
Greg Lake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MichaelStowe added Greg Lake Rock music, Progressive rock, Hard rock

17
91 82
John Wetton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added John Wetton Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

18
123 122
Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
newhollowmusic added Bill Wyman Skiffle, Blues-rock, Rock music - Rolling Stones

19
37 20
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
DexterVane added Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

20
105 108
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Bootsy Collins Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal

21
53 43
Tony Levin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Tony Levin Progressive metal, Pop music, Experimental rock

22
43 32
John Glascock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added John Glascock Flamenco rock, Folk rock, Progressive rock - Carmen and Jethro Tull

23
78 80
Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Ian Fraser Kilmister Rock music, Rockabilly, Space rock

24
36 26
Timothy B. Schmit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added Timothy B. Schmit Rock music, Country

25
49 49
Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
BogdanPys added Mike Rutherford Pop rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

26
37 33
Jeffrey Hammond is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond Rock music, Folk rock, Progressive rock - Jethro Tull

27
38 36
Ray Shulman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Ray Shulman Progressive rock - Gentle Giant

28
34 33
Martin Turner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Martin Turner Melodic Rock, Hard rock, Progressive rock - Wishbone Ash

29
82 102
Gary Thain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s

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30
76 100
Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Glenn Hughes Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rock music

31
36 41
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slaft added Glenn Cornick Blues-rock, Rock music

32
65 87
Phil Lesh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richard head added Phil Lesh Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

33
20 20
Tom Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Tom Hamilton Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

34
25 28
Jack Casady is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Jack Casady Rock music, Blues

35
27 33
Steve Priest is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Steve Priest The Sweet Heavy metal, Glam rock, Hard rock

36
66 95
Mel Schacher is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Adam Tyler added Mel Schacher Rock and roll, Funk

37
27 38
Barry Devlin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Barry Devlin Celtic rock - Bass player for legendary Irish celtic rock band, Horslips

38
20 28
Dee Murray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Dee Murray Rock music

39
18 27
Berry Oakley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Berry Oakley Rock music

40
54 90
Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Dee Dee Ramone Hip hop music, Punk rock

41
46 79
Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Suzi Quatro Bubblegum pop, Pop music, Rock music

42
53 91
Glen Matlock is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
ClintonJake added Glen Matlock Rock music, Power pop, Punk rock

43
10 19
Tiran Porter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added Tiran Porter

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44
16 30
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
47 84
Paul Simonon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
PeteBoyle added Paul Simonon Reggae, Alternative rock, Punk rock - The Clash

46
33 64
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
35 71
Ian Hill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Ian Hill Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

48
31 65
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
10 27
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
11 30
Jimmy Lea is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Jimmy Lea Slade