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
588 250
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
The Who

2
542 237
John Paul Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Led Zeppelin

3
540 262
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
venture funding added Rush

4
754 439
Dennis Dunaway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mistermuleboy added Alice Cooper

5
403 207
Chris Squire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s

6
465 253
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
The Beatles

7
344 178
Randy Meisner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
IanHarvey added Eagles

8
313 186
Jack Bruce is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
Cream

9
308 187
Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Black Sabbath

10
162 84
Benjamin Orr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
larry-blum added The Cars

11
234 167
John Deacon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
liriodendron added Queen

12
105 43
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
DexterVane added Pink Floyd

13
123 84
Stanley Clarke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
MikeCiresi added Return to Forever

14
206 180
Phil Lynott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
richerb added Thin Lizzy

15
165 136
Roger Glover is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Deep Purple; Rainbow

16
111 78
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
188 177
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
152 149
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
113 106
John Wetton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added King Crimson; Uriah Heep; Mogul Thrash

20
135 134
Bootsy Collins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
KennethHister added Parliament-Funkadelic

21
62 46
Jeffrey Hammond is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
bri-gri added Jethro Tull - Jethro Tull

22
75 63
Tony Levin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
slaft added King Crimson

23
75 65
Mike Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
BogdanPys added Genesis

24
107 113
Glenn Hughes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
mrblond added Deep Purple; Trapeze

25
96 106
Ian Fraser Kilmister is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rock Bass Player of the 1970s
VaniadeBie-vernet added Motörhead