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List of notable or famous bassists from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top bassists born in the United States and even some popular bassists who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American bassists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These bassists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known bassist from the United States is included when available.

This list has a variety of people in it, from Eddie Van Halen to Gene Simmons.

This historic bassists from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American bassists of note?" and "Who are the most famous bassists from the United States?" These prominent bassists of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American bassists.

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Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 69
Gene Simmons is an Israeli-born American rock bass guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, and television personality. Known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the ...more

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Jared Leto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 47
Jared Leto is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and director. After starting his career with television appearances in the early 1990s, Leto achieved recognition for his role as Jordan ...more

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Trent Reznor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 53
Michael Trent Reznor, known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, he has led the industrial ...more

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 76
Brian Douglas Wilson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the rock band the Beach Boys.

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Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
Dec. at 51 (1951-2002)
Douglas Glenn Colvin, known professionally as Dee Dee Ramone, was a German-American songwriter and musician, best known as founding member, songwriter and bassist for punk rock band the Ramones. ...more

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Pete Wentz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 39
Peter Lewis Kingston "Pete" Wentz III, known professionally as Pete Wentz, is an American musician best known for being the bassist, primary lyricist and backing vocalist for the ...more

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Peter Steele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
Dec. at 48 (1962-2010)
Peter Thomas Ratajczyk, better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist, and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative. Before forming Type O Negative, he had ...more

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Arthur Kane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
Dec. at 55 (1949-2004)
Arthur Harold Kane Jr. was a musician best known as the bass guitarist for the pioneering glam rock band the New York Dolls. Kane was a founding member of the Dolls in 1971 and remained an ...more

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Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 62
Randall Darius "Randy" Jackson is an American bassist, former television music competition judge, singer, record producer, entrepreneur and television personality. He is best known ...more

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Mike Starr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
Dec. at 45 (1966-2011)
Michael Christopher "Mike" Starr was an American musician, best known as the original bassist in Alice in Chains, which he played with from the band's formation in 1987 until 1993.

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Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 64
Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band ...more

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Nikki Sixx is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 60
Nikki Sixx is an American musician, songwriter, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary songwriter of the band Mötley Crüe. Prior to forming ...more

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Joe Escalante is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 56
Joseph Patrick "Joe" Escalante is an American musician, record label owner, radio host, film and music video director, and amateur matador, as well as a former television executive and ...more

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Patrick Stump is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 34
Patrick Martin Stumph, known professionally as Patrick Vaughn Stump, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, actor and music critic, best known as the lead vocalist, ...more

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Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
Dec. at 57 (1922-1979)
Charles Mingus Jr. was a highly influential American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader. Mingus's compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop and drew heavily from black ...more

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Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 46
Shelton Hank Williams, also known as Hank Williams III and Hank 3, is an American musician, singer and multi-instrumentalist. In addition to his honky tonk recordings, Williams' style alternates ...more

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Mark Stoermer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 41
Mark August Stoermer is an American musician, producer and singer-songwriter best known for being the bassist for alternative rock band The Killers. In 2011, he released his debut solo album ...more

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Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 50
Meshell Ndegeocello is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and vocalist. Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. ...more

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Krist Novoselic is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 53
Krist Anthony Novoselic is an American rock musician. He was the bassist and co-founder of the grunge band Nirvana. After Nirvana disbanded following the death of singer Kurt Cobain, Novoselic ...more

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Phil Lesh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 78
Phillip Chapman Lesh is a musician and a founding member of the Grateful Dead, with whom he played bass guitar throughout their 30-year career. After the band's disbanding in 1995, Lesh ...more

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Cliff Burton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
Dec. at 24 (1962-1986)
Clifford Lee Burton was an American musician, best known as the bass guitarist for the American thrash metal band Metallica. Burton joined Metallica in 1982 and performed on the band's first ...more

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Chuck Panozzo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 70
Charles Salvatore "Chuck" Panozzo is an American musician best known as the bass player for the rock band Styx. A longtime member of Styx, he founded the group with his fraternal twin ...more

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Michael Steele is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 63
Michael Steele is an American bassist, guitarist, songwriter, and singer. She was a member of The Bangles and The Runaways, along with other bands.

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Mikey Welsh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
Dec. at 40 (1971-2011)
Michael Edward "Mikey" Welsh was an American artist and musician, best known as the former bassist of Weezer. He played with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo during Cuomo's time in Boston ...more

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Esperanza Spalding is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bassists from the United States
age 34
Esperanza Spalding is an American jazz bassist, cellist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions. She has won four Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Best New ...more