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
577 244
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
The Who

2
530 229
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Led Zeppelin

3
529 254
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
venture funding added Rush

4
753 427
Dennis Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mistermuleboy added Alice Cooper

5
388 201
Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s

6
340 168
Randy Meisner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Eagles

7
450 248
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
The Beatles

8
301 181
Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Black Sabbath

9
301 183
Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Cream

10
160 76
Benjamin Orr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
larry-blum added The Cars

11
95 37
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
DexterVane added Pink Floyd

12
215 162
John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Queen

13
117 80
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MikeCiresi added Return to Forever

14
203 176
Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richerb added Thin Lizzy

15
158 135
Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Deep Purple; Rainbow

16
106 77
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
185 174
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
149 143
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
133 129
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Parliament-Funkadelic

20
108 104
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
73 61
Tony Levin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added King Crimson

22
72 62
Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
BogdanPys added Genesis

23
59 46
Jeffrey Hammond is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Jethro Tull - Jethro Tull

24
101 112
Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Deep Purple; Trapeze

25
92 101
Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Motörhead

26
90 105
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
51 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
42 38
Jack Casady is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Jefferson Airplane; Hot Tuna

29
51 52
John Glascock is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Carmen - Carmen and Jethro Tull

30
52 54
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slaft added Jethro Tull

31
96 121
Gary Thain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Uriah Heep

32
38 37
Berry Oakley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added The Allman Brothers Band

33
83 104
Phil Lesh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richard head added The Grateful Dead

34
34 34
Tom Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Aerosmith; Thin Lizzy

35
40 51
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 48
Steve Priest is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Sweet

37
42 57
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
31 44
Dee Murray is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Elton John

39
60 100
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
56 94
Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added

41
6 9
Carl Radle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Chlynn13B added Blues-rock, Folk rock, Rock and roll

42
64 110
Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added The Ramones

43
23 43
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
44 82
Ian Hill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

45
42 79
Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
AlexYoung added Glam metal, Heavy metal, Rock and roll

46
40 76
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
58 110
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 56
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 32
Tiran Porter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added

50
47 98
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