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List of famous male bassists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male bassists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being bassists. There are thousand of males working as bassists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic bassists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a bassist then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Tim Kingsbury and Jack Allen.

While this isn't a list of all male bassists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male bassists?" and "Who are the best male bassists?"
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Bassists
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Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting ...more

Age: 74

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Businessperson, Record producer, Television director, + more

Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, American Hustle, Vanilla Sky

Also Ranked

#44 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#7 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#11 on The Best Singers of All Time

#95 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Bassists
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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 bass guitarist/co-lead vocalist of Kiss, the rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s. With Kiss, ...more

Age: 67

Birthplace: Tirat Carmel, Israel

Profession: Bassist, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Television producer, + more

Credits: Gene Simmons: Family Jewels, The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection

Also Ranked

#78 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

#49 on The All-Time Best Rock Bassists

#18 on Celebrities You Would Not Want as a Stepdad

#64 on New American Idol Judge Picks

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Jared Leto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Bassists
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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 Catalano on the television series My So-Called Life. He made his film debut in How to Make an American Quilt ...more

Age: 45

Birthplace: Bossier City, Louisiana, United States of America

Profession: Painter, Businessperson, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: Requiem for a Dream, Dallas Buyers Club, Mr. Nobody, Artifact

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#45 on The Hottest Men Over 40

#22 on The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

#61 on The Sexiest Artists of All Time

#12 on Celebrity Men You Think You Might Have A Shot With

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Trent Reznor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Bassists
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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 rock project Nine Inch Nails since 1988. His first release as Nine Inch Nails, the 1989 album Pretty Hate ...more

Age: 51

Birthplace: Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Bassist, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, + more

Credits: The Social Network, Lost Highway, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Se7en

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