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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
504 218
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
John Entwistle The Who

2
457 206
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
John Paul Jones Led Zeppelin

3
735 393
Dennis Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mistermuleboy added Dennis Dunaway Alice Cooper

4
316 139
Randy Meisner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Randy Meisner Eagles

5
460 235
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
venture funding added Geddy Lee Rush

6
397 231
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Paul McCartney The Beatles

7
327 189
Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s

8
149 56
Benjamin Orr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
larry-blum added Benjamin Orr The Cars

9
257 173
Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Geezer Butler Black Sabbath

10
255 173
Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Jack Bruce Cream

11
183 151
John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added John Deacon Queen

12
181 164
Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richerb added Phil Lynott Thin Lizzy

13
92 68
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MikeCiresi added Stanley Clarke Return to Forever

14
54 28
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
DexterVane added Roger Waters Pink Floyd

The Best Rock Vocalists

15
167 164
Joe Bouchard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Joe Bouchard Blue Öyster Cult

16
84 66
Greg Lake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MichaelStowe added Greg Lake King Crimson; Emerson, Lake & Palmer

17
134 130
Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Roger Glover Deep Purple; Rainbow

18
65 49
Tony Levin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Tony Levin King Crimson

19
131 131
Bill Wyman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
newhollowmusic added Bill Wyman The Rolling Stones - Rolling Stones

20
96 91
John Wetton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added John Wetton King Crimson; Uriah Heep; Mogul Thrash

21
113 116
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Bootsy Collins Parliament-Funkadelic

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

22
56 54
Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
BogdanPys added Mike Rutherford Genesis

23
45 39
John Glascock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added John Glascock Carmen - Carmen and Jethro Tull

24
79 88
Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Lemmy Motörhead

25
39 36
Timothy B. Schmit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added Timothy B. Schmit The Eagles; Poco

26
39 41
Jeffrey Hammond is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond Jethro Tull - Jethro Tull

27
85 111
Gary Thain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Gary Thain Uriah Heep

28
39 45
Ray Shulman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Ray Shulman Gentle Giant - Gentle Giant

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well

29
79 108
Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Glenn Hughes Deep Purple; Trapeze

30
35 41
Martin Turner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Martin Turner Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Ash

31
69 95
Phil Lesh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richard head added Phil Lesh The Grateful Dead

32
38 48
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slaft added Glenn Cornick Jethro Tull

33
30 38
Steve Priest is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Steve Priest Sweet

34
68 101
Mel Schacher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Adam Tyler added Mel Schacher Grand Funk Railroad

35
21 27
Tom Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Tom Hamilton Aerosmith; Thin Lizzy

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

36
25 34
Jack Casady is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Jack Casady Jefferson Airplane; Hot Tuna

37
23 33
Dee Murray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mwlittletreasures added Dee Murray Elton John

38
59 96
Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Dee Dee Ramone The Ramones

39
20 32
Berry Oakley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added Berry Oakley The Allman Brothers Band

40
27 44
Barry Devlin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Barry Devlin Bass player for legendary Irish celtic rock band, Horslips

41
56 95
Glen Matlock is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
ClintonJake added Glen Matlock The Sex Pistols

42
53 90
Paul Simonon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
PeteBoyle added Paul Simonon The Clash - The Clash

The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

43
48 83
Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Suzi Quatro

44
19 34
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
35 68
Chuck Panozzo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KrisAbosamra added Chuck Panozzo Progressive rock, Hard rock

46
10 23
Tiran Porter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Lola Dolores added Tiran Porter

47
33 67
Ron Asheton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Ron Asheton Garage rock, Protopunk, Heavy metal

48
37 76
Ian Hill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Ian Hill Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

49
11 31
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
12 33
Jimmy Lea is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Jimmy Lea Slade