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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
486 204
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

2
313 120
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
734 380
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
434 200
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
438 230
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
144 49
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
369 220
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

8
313 183
Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Chris Squire Rock music, Pop rock, Progressive rock

9
249 167
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
246 169
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
179 146
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
178 159
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
85 64
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MikeCiresi added Stanley Clarke Pop music, Rock music, Jazz fusion

14
165 158
Joe Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Joe Bouchard Heavy metal, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock

The Best Rock Vocalists

15
132 126
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

16
79 63
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
43 23
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
DexterVane added Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

18
127 127
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
93 88
John Wetton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added John Wetton Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

20
58 46
Tony Levin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Tony Levin Progressive metal, Pop music, Experimental rock

21
109 111
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Bootsy Collins Psychedelic soul, Deep Funk, Funk metal

The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

22
44 35
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
79 83
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
37 31
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
50 52
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 37
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
83 107
Gary Thain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s

28
38 41
Ray Shulman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Ray Shulman Progressive rock - Gentle Giant

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

29
35 37
Martin Turner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Martin Turner Melodic Rock, Hard rock, Progressive rock - Wishbone Ash

30
77 104
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
37 44
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slaft added Glenn Cornick Blues-rock, Rock music

32
67 90
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
29 35
Steve Priest is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Steve Priest The Sweet Heavy metal, Glam rock, Hard rock

34
25 30
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
67 98
Mel Schacher is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Adam Tyler added Mel Schacher Rock and roll, Funk

These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

36
20 24
Tom Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Tom Hamilton Blues-rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock

37
22 30
Dee Murray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Dee Murray Rock music

38
27 41
Barry Devlin is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
56 92
Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Dee Dee Ramone Hip hop music, Punk rock

40
18 29
Berry Oakley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Berry Oakley Rock music

41
48 81
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
54 92
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

The Best Frontmen in Rock

43
49 86
Paul Simonon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
PeteBoyle added Paul Simonon Reggae, Alternative rock, Punk rock - The Clash

44
10 21
Tiran Porter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added Tiran Porter

45
16 32
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
33 66
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
36 73
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
32 66
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
12 31
Jimmy Lea is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Jimmy Lea Slade

50
10 29
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