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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
Steve Priest is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Sweet
2
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Led Zeppelin
3
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
The Who
4
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
venture funding added Rush
5
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
The Beatles
6
Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
7
John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Queen
8
Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Cream
9
Dennis Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mistermuleboy added Alice Cooper
10
Randy Meisner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Eagles
11
Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Black Sabbath
12
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
DexterVane added Pink Floyd
13
Benjamin Orr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
larry-blum added The Cars
14
Greg Lake is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MichaelStowe added King Crimson; Emerson, Lake & Palmer
15
Lemmy Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Motörhead
16
Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Deep Purple; Rainbow
17
Burke Shelley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
AutumnGrandbouche added Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Progressive rock
18
Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richerb added Thin Lizzy
19
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MikeCiresi added Return to Forever
20
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Parliament-Funkadelic
21
Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
newhollowmusic added The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones
22
Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
BogdanPys added Genesis
23
Timothy B. Schmit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added The Eagles; Poco
24
Joe Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Blue Öyster Cult
25
John Wetton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added King Crimson; Uriah Heep; Mogul Thrash