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List of Famous Bassists

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List of famous bassists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top bassists in the world? This includes the most prominent bassists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable bassists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic bassists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned bassists.

Use every person on this list for yours, from Eddie Van Halen to Paul McCartney.

From reputable, prominent, and well known bassists to the lesser known bassists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the bassist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous bassists ever?" and "What are the names of famous bassists?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
  • Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Jared Leto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Trent Reznor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Flea is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Sid Vicious is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Jermaine Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Pete Wentz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Peter Steele is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Arthur Kane is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Randy Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Mike Starr is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Eddie Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Nikki Sixx is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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  • Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bassists
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