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
574 238
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
The Who

2
523 225
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Led Zeppelin

3
524 250
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
venture funding added Rush

4
753 422
Dennis Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mistermuleboy added Alice Cooper

5
338 165
Randy Meisner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Eagles

6
380 199
Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s

7
444 248
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
The Beatles

8
300 178
Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Black Sabbath

9
298 182
Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Cream

10
160 74
Benjamin Orr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
larry-blum added The Cars

11
91 35
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
DexterVane added Pink Floyd

12
211 161
John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Queen

13
115 78
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MikeCiresi added Return to Forever

14
201 174
Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richerb added Thin Lizzy

15
158 132
Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Deep Purple; Rainbow

16
102 76
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
184 173
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
146 142
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
133 127
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Parliament-Funkadelic

20
107 102
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
71 60
Tony Levin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added King Crimson

22
58 46
Jeffrey Hammond is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Jethro Tull - Jethro Tull

23
69 61
Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
BogdanPys added Genesis

24
101 111
Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Deep Purple; Trapeze

25
92 99
Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Motörhead

26
88 104
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
50 50
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
50 51
John Glascock is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Carmen - Carmen and Jethro Tull

29
41 38
Jack Casady is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Jefferson Airplane; Hot Tuna

30
95 120
Gary Thain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Uriah Heep

31
50 54
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slaft added Jethro Tull

32
82 103
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
33 33
Tom Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Aerosmith; Thin Lizzy

34
35 37
Berry Oakley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added The Allman Brothers Band

35
40 50
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
38 47
Steve Priest is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Sweet

37
42 56
Ray Shulman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Gentle Giant - Gentle Giant

38
30 43
Dee Murray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Elton John

39
59 99
Paul Simonon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
PeteBoyle added The Clash - The Clash

40
55 93
Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added

41
64 109
Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added The Ramones

42
5 8
Carl Radle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Chlynn13B added Blues-rock, Folk rock, Rock and roll

43
23 42
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 76
Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
AlexYoung added Glam metal, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

45
44 81
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
40 75
Chuck Panozzo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KrisAbosamra added Progressive rock, Hard rock

47
58 108
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 55
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
13 31
Tiran Porter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added

50
47 97
Duff McKagan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
DuyaPinkLynx added Heavy metal, Alternative rock, Punk rock