The best rock bassists of all time serve as the backbones to some of the most influential rock bands, ranging from the Beatles and Cheap Trick to Chicago and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. All of the best bassists in rock are featured below, including John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney, Flea, Roger Waters, and Sting. From the hard rockers, to the blues bassists, to the genre-crossing masters of four (or sometimes five) strings, this list contains all of the top bass players in rock.
What makes someone the best bass player in rock music? Should the rock bassist with the best stage presence, or the famous bass player with the fastest fingers, or the bass player who's the best singer be considered the 'best rock bassist'? Should the bass player with the craziest hair be given special consideration? Well, that would probably go under the category of bass players with the best stage presence, but still...
Who are the best bassists in rock? Who are the best bass guitarists? Who is the top rock bassist ever? The top 10? The top 100? These are some of the questions that this list of the best rock bassists hopes to answer.
If you want to hear some of the harmonious music that the greatest bass players take part in, make sure to check out the best rock bands of all time. Vote below for your favorite rock bass players, and be sure to vote based on the quality of their music (songs and albums) and overall talent rather than just their fame or overall popularity.