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List of famous female bassists, featuring bios and photos when available. This female bassists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being bassists. The female bassists of note are listed by their level of prominence, and you can be sorted by various bits of information like date of birth or birthplace. There are thousand of females working as bassists in the world, but this list highlights only the notable ones.

Kim Gordon and Aimee Mann are included on this list along with many more female bass players.

While this isn't a list of all female bassists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female bassists in the world?" and "Who are the best female bassists?"

The most notable female bassists in history and today are shown below. Enjoy this list of well-known, leading female bassists. If you want to share these historic female bassists you can use one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. 
Meshell Ndegeocello is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Bassists
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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. She has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career, and has had ten career Grammy Award ...more

Age: 48

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Profession: Bassist, Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper, Musician, + more

Credits: Standing in the Shadows of Motown

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Michael Steele is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Bassists
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Michael Steele is an American bassist, guitarist, songwriter, and singer. She was a member of The Bangles and The Runaways, along with other bands. ...more

Age: 61

Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States of America

Profession: Bassist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer

Credits: I Am an American Soldier, The Bangles: Return to Bangleonia

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Esperanza Spalding is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Bassists
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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 Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards, making her the first jazz artist to win the award. ...more

Age: 32

Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Profession: Bassist, Musician, Composer, Singer, Teacher

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#27 on Make Your Voice Heard: Who Are the Best Female Jazz Singers?

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Aimee Mann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Bassists
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Aimee Mann is an American rock singer, singer-songwriter, bassist and guitarist. ...more

Age: 56

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

Profession: Bassist, Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more

Credits: Magnolia, Cruel Intentions, Jerry Maguire, The Fighter

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#67 on The Best Female Rock Singers

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