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Greatest Bass Players of All Time

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Rated 523 points - posted 8 years ago by pxc0 in category Music.
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Tom Petersson Report Abuse
Top 20, easy.
199 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Inventor of the 12-string bass, the talented co-founder of Cheap Trick should be much higher.
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Stuart Zender Report Abuse
His funky style is a gem amonst so many dull players out there
192 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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amazing!!! and he was only 17 when he did the first jamiroquai album!!!
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well my favorite player to date, he puts the F in jamiroquai's Funk. He's bass lines are so simple, melodic yet groovy as hell. should be on top 10 on my opinion
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best funk bass player !
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This man put the funk in Jamiroquai, any aspiring funk-masters out there should sit down with the album 'Emergency On Planet Earth' and get funky
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Ian Hill (Judas Priest) Report Abuse
Set the rhythm for K.K downing, Glenn Tipton and Rob Halford, one of the most steady bass-players of all time
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Pete Quaife (The Kinks) Report Abuse
Did everyone forget Pete?? Even Entwistle thought he was one of the best
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Felix Pappalardi (Mountain) Report Abuse
Just listen to the fuzz bass solo on Mountain's Nantucket Sleighride (preferably the live version). Poetry !
182 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Felix wasn't only a great bass player, he could sing, compose music for Mountain, and produce Disraeli Gears (Cream). What a talent!!
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Pete Way Report Abuse
Surprised that Pete didn't make the list. I saw him back in the 70's with UFO and he blew me away. I think he influenced several players on this list, including Steve Harris.
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Paul Newton Report Abuse
Original Uriah Heep bassist. Played on first three albums. Excellent and grossly underrated. Needs to be on this list.
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Mike Dirnt Report Abuse
174 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 8 comments
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I love Green Day, I love Mike, he is my idol but sadly, I agree with his relative positioning. I thought he could have made the top 100. But you know, what are you gonna do.
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Yes. A great punk rock bassist. With simple but good lines. Hardly deserving of one top 100 spot. He is good in his own right, just as Green Day is. But there are better musicians and bands out there who play so many more original and devoted bass-lines around guitar that isn't a recycled punk rhythm used in two hundred songs that are only saved musically by the vocal melodies. Which, for me, is the saving grace of Green Day
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Screw whoever put mike dirt at 117. He is the idol to all young punk rock bassists like me. He KICKS BUTT! At least top 15 if u ask me.
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you forgot my generation
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have these idiots listened to welcome to paradise? what about longview? how about walking contradiction? now im 14 so most people assume im a teenybopper when i talk about green day and its terrible that he didnt make top 20 let alone TOP 100!
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One of the best bassists ever..and just like in Green Day..he is waaay underrated here.
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Mike Dirnt is one of the greatest bassists in punk history. he deserves to be in top 10
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Mike Dirnt should be so much higher up in the list
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Phil Chen Report Abuse
Did a nice job playing for Rod Stewart and on Jeff Beck's 'Blow by Blow' album
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Chris Hillman (Byrds) Report Abuse
Listen to what he did on "Hey Joe" from the 5D album, or his great stuff on "Do Right Woman" with the FLying Burrito Brothers. That alone should rank him.
169 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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Introduction on Eight Miles High is A++++
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Listen to "Do you want to be a rock and roll star"
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Youth (Martin Glover) (Killing Joke, others) Report Abuse
Youth, also known for his fabulous production, as well as his remixes (bringing the bass out as a prominent instrument), has a style that is both unique and influential. He demonstrates that the bass guitar is the driving force in rock, punk and alternative rock genres.
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Kim Deal (Pixies) Report Abuse
155 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 7 comments
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I agree with that last comment. I think the Pixies, collectively, are outstanding. Kim Deal is a solid bass player and very creative woman, but not exactly "the greatest bass player of all time." Still, glad to see her in the top 100 at least.
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As good a band as pixies are, individually their really not the best musicians... I love the pixies so dont hold that comment against me, there are just much better bassists around
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What's with all the haters? Okay, I look at this and think to myself "hmm, Kim Deal ranked higher than Charles Mingus? Nah." But, if you look at groups influenced by the Pixies, they include Nirvana and Radiohead. So, I guess from that perspective, an above average ranking makes sense -- still, umm, she's no Jaco, right.
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I just threw up in my mouth.....
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Really? Any serious bassist who follows not just a single genre but the evolution of the instrument would know that Kim Deal is considered among certain circles as the best. Go listen to the whole Surfer Rosa album and then come back and say some prog rock dude in tights deserves to be higher than Kim. The only surprise here is that she's not number one.
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Had no idea who this was until I listened to some of their songs on Youtube -- some 80's era alternative band. Haha, when I first checked this site, it looked like some fanboy in a King Crimson t-shirt sat down at his computer and voted up any bassist who had anything remotely to do with that project. At least this is some variety.
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Ha Ha! If she was a great bass player, then so was my mother.
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Bob Babbitt Report Abuse
Jamerson's heir apparent....nuff said.
152 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 10 comments
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Will earn another award by induction into the R&B Hall of Fame this year as a member of the Motown's Funk Brothers. Sad that so many do not know the genius of this legendary bassist. Crazy, poor ranking.
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FaceBook post by Leland Sklar says it all about Babbitt: What can I say? Bob Babbitt was one of the best bass players EVER! I have been sitting and studying his part on the Spinners "Rubber Band Man" Can I say PERFECTION!!!!!!
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Fender web site headline for Babbitt's bio: " Bob Babbitt is a bass guitar legend. Period." In other words he deserves to to be ranked much higher.
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Babbitt is the only session musician to play with BOTH The Funk Brothers and MFSB, two of the most soulful and successful backing groups in R&B history!!
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C'mon! #94 does no justice to this legend. Babbitt played on over 200 top 40 his, earned 25 gold records and several platinum.
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Any musician who earns a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award deserves a much higher rating!!!
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Makes no sense at all that he is rated this low. HE IS THE FIRST BACK UP MUSICIAN TO EARN A STAR ON THE NASHVILLE WALK OF FAME OUT OF 59 OTHERs AWARDED THE HONOR!!
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His solo on Scorpio is legend and the many top hits he backed have sold over 100,000,000 copies. It's a shame he is the best unknown player on this list. He should justifiably be in the top 25 on any list.
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SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I MEAN LISTEN TO THE DAMN SONG THE MAN RIPPED IT !
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The most underrated of the pack. The man has dozens of gold records at hoem and he played with many Grammy winning artists. He always was in the shadow of Jamerson. Should be higher on the list.
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Ron Carter Report Abuse
Arguablly one of the best bass players known in jazz.
152 points - added 7 years ago by epiphanymelba - 5 comments
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consistently great...
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Ron Carter is one of the true greats, should be top 10.
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The father of the modern acoustic bass line.
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Def. deserves a higher rating. The man is a master.
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Definately unquestionably one of the all time greats of Bass!!! Maybe the Greatest...
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Peter Cetera Report Abuse
Have you ever heard Chicago's early songs like from the CTA years???? Well now you know Peter Cetera is by far one of the greatest bassists of all time, and include his insane vocals, then he's the best!
151 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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Peter Cetera, Danny Seraphine, and Terry Kath were Creamgs. Educated and street players. Add songs and Killer Horns. Magic Land. The bass parts are killer. It took Bass Player Mag. 30 yrs to put him on the cover. WOW Oh, Yeay............ He played Killer bass and sang at the same time. He was great..............
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Peter Cetera's bass playing on the early Chicago albums was among the finest of the era. His playing combined the "groove" of Jamerson with the melodic style of McCartney. Sadly underrated.
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His great vocals overshadowed his awesome bass playing! Top rate player.
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Shauna Reynolds aka Sean Yseult (White Zombie) Report Abuse
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Michael "Micki" Steele (The Bangles, The Runaways) Report Abuse
149 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Although her bass playing was never featured during the Bangles concerts her bass playing along with Debbi Peterson on drums created the mood of every song they played. Michael's bass playing made you seek her out while she was on stage. She is a hell of alot better looking than those above her, rate her higher!
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Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins) Report Abuse
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Andy Rourke (The Smiths) Report Abuse
Andy Rourke's melodically constructed the basslines are around Johnny Marr's guitar playing gave The Smiths a unique sound. His twangy walking bassline for hits like, 'This Charming Man' are immediately recognizable.
144 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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He has wrote some great lines! Just listen to bigmouth strikes again! Love it!
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Not technically someone you'd consider a "great" among bass players, but he fit with the Smiths' sound.
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Tetsuo Sakurai (Casiopea) Report Abuse
143 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Tetsuo Sakurai (櫻井(桜井) 哲夫, born 1957-11-13) is a Japanese bassist.To date, he has released a total of 37 albums as a member of Casiopea and Jimsaku and solo artist, and has also made 3 bass instructional videos.
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Stephen Stills (CSNY, et al) Report Abuse
Particularly, his work with Crosby, Stills, Nash (and sometimes Young).
142 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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Shouldn't even be on the list. Better known as a guitarist.
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Stills is a very underrated bass player.
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Paul Gardiner Report Abuse
Tubeway Army's and Gary Numan' s unique bass player. Sadly, died of a heroin overdose in 1984.
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Chris Cross (Christopher Allen) (Ultravox) Report Abuse
Underrated anchor for a band who moved through two revolutionary music eras: Punk and New Romantic. Cross' style is unique and is a signature to Ultravox' music.
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MIKE MILLS (REM) Report Abuse
127 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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One of the greatest bass minds for me. Highly musical lines. Unexpected. Underrated. Genius.
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I get a little disappointed when I look at lists like this and see Mike Mills ranked so low... He has some awesome bass lines, and he's very talented. I wish more people were familiar with him.
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Listening to his bass on 'Lifes Rich Pageant' made me want to learn and play the instrument. I still try to emulate his precise and technical style.. i fail every time! :)
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Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) Report Abuse
125 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Anyone is a better bass player than her, but she is a hell of a songwriter with the sexiest voice ever!
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Robbie Shakespeare Report Abuse
The most solid reggae bassist. Along with Sly Dundar, the rhythm section of choice for many musicians and bands both within the reggae genre and beyond.
121 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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Exceptional bassist with complex and melodic basslines. He pushed the reggae grooves to a new level and had a prolific career in USA after working with Peter Tosh.
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robbie should be higher, and why isn't aston barrett on this list?
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Alphonso Johnson Report Abuse
120 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Tons of my favorite Weather Report is Alphonzo. Way before Jaco. Also, Alphonzo played with Woody Herman and the Herd. He drove all 19 guys. He's great. Vetchking@aol.com Here; Pres of the New "acoustic" USa co. Later
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Georger Porter Jr. Report Abuse
119 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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the heart an soul of new orleans funk rhythm and The Meters
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BRIAN WILSON - BEACH BOYS Report Abuse
LEAD BASS ON SLOOP JOHN B
118 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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Carol Kaye is a very ordinary bass player????? Oh, my God, shame on you...
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Carol Kaye is a very ordinary bass player.
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That was Carol Kaye on "Sloop John B."
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Whadaya mean not in the top 50?!
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Captain Sensible Report Abuse
Fantastic four stringed magician of the Damned. Can't believe no one else has thought to include him, but don't panic, we'll do it. All you have to do is vote for him.
112 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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The Captain only played bass on their debut, Damned Damned Damned and the follow up Music For Pleasure. After the reformation he switched to guitar, and played guitar more often than bass.
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Jojo Garza (Los Lonely boys) Report Abuse
Listen to him in any live concert, then you know why... sing and play like that at the sime time!! wow
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D'arcy Wretzky (The Smashing Pumpkins) Report Abuse
109 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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D'arcy is one of the best LOOKING bassists.
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What? didn't Corgan play all the bass parts?
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Del Palmer Report Abuse
Long time bassist for Kate Bush. Listen if you haven't. He's remarkable!
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Mike Starr (Alice In Chains) Report Abuse
Man In The Box
101 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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DOES NOT EVEN COMPARE TO MIKE INEZ
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Tony Butler - Big Country, Pete Townshend Report Abuse
Superb tone, clean powerful lines, great stage prescence
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Paul McGuigan (Oasis) Report Abuse
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Max Santos (Aventura) Report Abuse
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Tina Weymouth Report Abuse
Talking heads bassist. Simple, to the point and funky as hell. Tina knows the value of space.
91 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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My personal favorite - view the movie Stop Making Sense and then award her best looking bass player!
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Jeff Berlin Report Abuse
89 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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Great bass player but lacks the big dangly bits!
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Jeff Berlin is incredible.
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He's at 113? Ridiculous !! I thought he was much more famous than this. Apparently I was wrong. You people should definitely check out his works. One the most brilliant soloist on the electric bass.
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On sheer talent, he's easily a top 10er - he just doesn't have the pub! If you've never heard him, check out his work on Bill Bruford's solo efforts (with Holdsworth on guitar) in the late '70's/early '80's. Awesome bassist!
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Richard Bona Report Abuse
87 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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fastest left hand ever
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Bona is one of the most creative bassplayers of today and belongs in the top 10! Look him up on youtube if you haven't.
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135....! What do people have n their ears, he's top 10 material at least...
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the best in the world ......shouba
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Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu Report Abuse
He is the bass player for KoRn. His technique is unique and hard to copy since he uses the slap bass technique. He has added very noticeable sounds and rhythms.
87 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Should be much higher, main composer and is what makes korn sound the way theu do
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William Murderface (Studio credits: Brendon Small) (Dethklok) Report Abuse
86 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Love the name.
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Geoffrey Lyall (aka: Klaus Flouride) Dead Kennedys Report Abuse
a very underated bass player
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Tony Kanel (No Doubt) Report Abuse
Based on the others selected for this list this guy belongs in the top 50 at least. Listen to "It's My Life" .
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Duff Mckagan Report Abuse
72 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 12 comments
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Steve Harris...Cliff Burton and Duff Mckagan should be in the top 10
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He would be much higher if this list were just Nikki Sixx, Adam Clayton, Sid Vicious, Michael Anthony, and whoever that guy was from Poison.
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he should be much hight than this
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I have to add that, while I'm no rock star, I still learned a passable interpretation of "For Whom the Bell Tolls" on bass when I was 15, so seeing Duff, a professional and quite a bit older than I phoning that song in gave me a very bad opinion of him early on. I also thought the "Sweet Child o mine" intro, while very melodic, not that techincally interesting.
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Duff cultivated that "Sid Vicious if he'd only learned a few blues progressions" image. I think the image hurt him more than his actual talent, although, years ago, I lost respect for him when GNR covered "For Whom the Bell Tolls" in a concert (not album recording cover and not sure which, if any bootlegs might have this) and Slash played the opening bass line on guitar, with Duff just going F# F# E (as the guitar part does in the Metallica orginal).
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Duff is a good talent all around and should be more recognized for it
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duff should be right after cliff lee burton!he is amazing bass player,guitarist and one of the original members of guns n' roses!!!
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he is a great guitarist & a bass player. He makes amazing bass patterns and that guy knows how to use bass processer....
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he also plays piano & synthesizer... and has worked on a couple of solo projects like Believe in Me (1993) Beautiful Disease (1999)
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Duff is a great bassist, song writer, a drummer& backup vocalist, a former Guns'N Roses & current velvet revolver & Jane's Addiction member. Apettite for distruction is his masterpiece, though his ability was shadowed by thoes of Slash & W.Axl Rose. Rocket Queen,Sweet child o mine, You could be mine..... are amongst his greatest works...
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amazing bassist can also take lead vocals
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bass player out of guns n roses and now with velvet revolver
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Jerry Scheff Report Abuse
If you don't know Jerry Scheff - do some research - The Doors, Elvis Presley, sought by many musical acts. The mandolin frets man....and Lakland NOW!
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MARK HOPPUS Report Abuse
BADASS! HOW IS HE NOT ON HERE!
69 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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Definitely not Top 100, but I really enjoy playing some of his stuff. He just has fun with it, which is cool, but the talent hasn't ever really come through on his recordings. Maybe he is just limited by his genre, but Mark Hoppus still deserves a spot on here. Just not a high one.
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Funny guy and awesome band to grow up with but as far as bass playing goes...carousel is about the only good line he came up with. Hate to bash the guy cause I really did love the band growing up but I have to say...he's just a root note player.
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i agree
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Bruce Thomas (Elvis Costello and The Attractions) Report Abuse
How do you miss this guy? One of my all time favorites, McCartney-esk, melodic, great tone, smart, just a pleasure to listen to on recording or live.
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Very fluid and melodic style - very distinctive with a great feel.
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legend and such an understated chap also....really melodic and as above, just a pleasure to listen too
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Awesome melodic player
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Eric Wilson (Sublime) Report Abuse
Should be ranked in the top 150.
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he's in my top 3
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This guy is one of my top 5.
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STING Report Abuse
Lead singer and Bass Player
65 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 6 comments
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Hey, Gordon Sumner(AKA, Sting!) is alreadyon this list... enough said
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what the hell is sting doing down at 152, top 75 for sure. Police were top of the world in the early 80's and its because of this guy.
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His bass playing was overshadowed by his singing, but the music was simply awesome. Any bass player that could pull off the tunes that they did is fantastic, but adding the rpesence that he did with his vocals just sealed the deal. Top 50 bassist for sure.
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I knew he wasnt the best but......293rd?
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Although you've never heard him "slap" his bass, yet this guy created all the songs for the Police when he was with them. In his solo career he has written some of the most beautiful music. Great catchy bass lines. Never mind a great voice for a bassist. In my honest opinion he should be a bit higher on this list.
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good bassist.... but deserves a slap! ;-)
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Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne). Report Abuse
The only reason why he should be highly ranked is for his work. He not only proved, but reminded the world - that the bass guitar in heavy, or any other genre music, not only exists and cooperates as a supportive instrument which anchores the harmonic framework and lays down the beat , but also alters it , giving it a whole new dimension as well.
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deserves to be much higher, one of the most innovative bassists in metal, and maybe even all of music. much better than a few in the top 20. i recommend you check out him or some mudvayne songs on youtube or something.
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he is just a dream to watch...
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This guys bass lines are ridiculous. 130? At least top 50
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Watching this guy work on the bass is nothing short of amazing. He defined the bands sound in a way that few bassists ever do. From the looks of this list, this is more of a popularity contest than it is a list of the most talented bassists. While many of the top spots are there deservedly so I would have to question why martini is so low on the list. But then again that is obvious when looking at Mudvayne, nothing has come easy for that band and for the enormous amount of talent that they have they still remain far more obscure than they should.
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Andy Fraser Report Abuse
Gosh, if you are a bass player and you haven't cottoned on to Andy's playing ... you have missed something special. How to add avery funky, groovy and engaging bass to rock ... Free were highly important.
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Mr. Big
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Dave Holland Report Abuse
I'm surprised not to see Dave Holland on this list. Just the fact that he played with Miles alone is enough credential.
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Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) Report Abuse
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Walter Becker (Steely Dan) Report Abuse
Come on - the guy wrote and played some of the most complex arrangements in rock, and is in the R&R Hall of Fame. Not even on your list? Please...
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Yeah steely dan rocks
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agree - this guy was great - underrated !
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Most off the great bassriff's on the SD albums are played by Chuck Rainey not by Walter Becker
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I absolutely love Steely Dan, one of THE greatest bands to ever live! yeah peple often think of the lead singer Donald Fagean, but don't give my man Walter Becker his props...Your absolutely right
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Tom Araya (Slayer) Report Abuse
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Actually, I think Araya's style was developed by Slayer's music, primarily a singer, he's impressive in that he mostly doesn't use a pick and manages to both singe and play bass at 100000 bpm (of course exaggerating).
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I really like Tom Araya. He is a good bassist, but Slayer songs doesn't show his talent.
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Tal Wilkenfeld Report Abuse
She is 24' and plays with Jeff Beck (Rock/jazz fusion) Has already played with Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, the Allman Bros,..... Incredible bass player and incredible smile Up up up Tal
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Way too low. Top 30 easily.
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#153...! She's young and "new" on the scene, but please... She deserves much more, and if you don't beleive me check out "Behind the veil", live performance with Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scott's. Also saw her live with Herbie Hancock in the "Imagine Project" in Montreux... PUSH HER UP IN RANK PLEASE...!
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one of my favorites!!
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Scott LaFaro Report Abuse
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This guy set the bar pretty high for everyone. It's too bad he died at such a young age. I can only imagine what he could have done with a Jazz Bass too.
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Tom Jenkinson AKA Squarepusher Report Abuse
Tom takes the bass guitar into the 21st century. I have seen him perform live and he played all of those bass lines I thought were studio tricks. If you play bass and do not know Squarepusher you are stuck in the 20th century!
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Tom Jenkinson is elite level as a producer and overall musician, yet the thing he is best at is bass. He deserves to be way higher. Come on, the chick from the pixies outranks Tom Jenkinson and Jeff Berlin......and I don't even think I've seen Nathan Aweau on this list.
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The whole idea of a DJ playing a bass along with his samples/electronica is certainly original. He has well developed speed and technique in his style.
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Tom is up there with Jaco and Victor Wooten. One of the greatest of all time, and at least top three current bass players.
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Bass playing genius stretches base playing and the very fabric of music to a whole new level. His music challenges your preconceptions and questions what music actually is and his answers are often terrifying and beautiful at the same time - Do not vote for him though he'd hate it!
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ronnie lane Report Abuse
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R.I.P.... listen to the small faces and the faces.... very influential bassist/singer/songwriter!!! wrote many songs that unfortunatley made rod stewart rich and famous... talented and funny geeza.. sadly died from M.S
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Paul Grey Report Abuse
He is a Good bass player and he's part of a well known band-SLIPKNOT
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He wasn't Just good He was a fantastic bass player and a amazing guy once i saw him as number three best bass players in the world
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R.I.P Paul
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You spelled his name wrong its Gray not Grey
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R.I.P Paul Gray.
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Anthony Jackson Report Abuse
Peers; Wooten, Bailey, M. Miller regard him with great admiration. Always in demand, he plays creatively and with stunning technique. He is also the inventor of the 6 string electric Contra bass.
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Mike Watt - Minutemen Report Abuse
Obvious choice. Come on!
46 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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Needs to at least be top 30 all time. Total joke having him way down here.
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Watt rawks !!
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This is a rediculously influential bass player that deserves much more credit than this.
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Listen to the record Double Nickels on the Dime. Viet Nam or Two Beads at the End.
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Esperanza Spalding Report Abuse
Deserves an entry with her name correctly spelled. Won a grammy for best new artist in 2011.
45 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Yes! Definately! She is young and new and fresh and incredible! She definately deserves to be higher up on this list! Not only is she an amazing bassist but she is also an icredible vocalist!
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P-Nut (3-11) Report Abuse
What a throw-down groove.
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I kinda hate 311 but he's an excellent bassist
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180?! Really?! He tearsss it up live! move p-nut up this list!
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Mikey Way (MCR) Report Abuse
MCR is one of the best bands of this decade.
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they save lives :) best band ever :D
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MCR rocks :D
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no... just no to the last comment......
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John Wetton (king Krimson) Report Abuse
Scary powerful tone Great melodic lines. Amazing improvisation.
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Truly a "BRILLIANT" musician. One thing that I have noticed about this man's style, is that he always tailors his playing for the song, and not vice versa. It is always about the song, then in the live setting, he shows his improv skills and Master chops ( he can play anything). His composition skills are of the highest caliber .
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Yes, John Wetton, the Paul McCartney of Progressive Rock!
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Haha, just because some dumb movie made fun of an Asia poster doesn't give anyone the right to put down John Wetton himself.
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Reminds me of that line from the movie "The 40 year old virgin" which goes "I mean, seriously, Asia? You framed an Asia poster? How hard did the people at the frame store laugh when you brought this in?"
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John Wetton is Amazing! The finest composer/ performer that I have ever witnessed
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You spelled King Crimson and incorrectly, and didn't mention any of his other bands (the most obvious being Asia...). I'm still voting it up since John Wetton was a fantastic bassist, the album Red is essential.
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Lynz Way Report Abuse
She is an amazing bass player in the band Mindless Self Indulgence!
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Meshell NdegeoCello Report Abuse
Coolist and only (woman) bass player on this whole ****ing list! that's right baby, she can play that bass as good, If not better than any man ever. Funky, Sexy, Concious, Melodic, and Beautiful with a voice that emulates this very instrument and stories that your grandmother never told. LOL!! In yo face with her bass, you know what I'm sayin?...dab on her lyrics, and her message perfect blend
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wow. I know not many people are familiar with her music but she should be a bit closer to the top. She is one bad bass playin female. Pound for pound she holds her own with any of the BIG BOYS. Flat out.
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John Paul Jones Report Abuse
Listen to "Lemon Song" or "Ramble On."
38 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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Again with the damn repetitions. this isnt a list its a scratched efen record
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JPJ was added long ago and is ranked in the top 20.
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Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold) Report Abuse
Badass bass player
38 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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This is the guy that said,"Play bass." when i watched the Nightmare music video, the Afterlife video, and listened to Avenged Sevenfold. GET HIM IN THE TOP TEN!
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whaaaat, johnny should be waay higher, he can play stuff better than most the people above him-.-
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Wow, he's way down here that is very sad, he should be like in the top 50's.
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...should be higher...
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Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) Report Abuse
38 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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A rock bassist from a jazz perspective. Stefan plays with passion and skill. I want to pick up the bass guitar everytime i see him play, and to me that is influential.
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Should be ranked much higher.
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Max Green Report Abuse
duh? obviously it's him, the greatest bassist everr!!!!!!!
38 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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He's awesome
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Shavo (System of a Down) Report Abuse
Definitely deserving of a spot.
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yeah he should be in the top ten
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He should be in the top 10, go to a concert and you'll change idea
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What What wow Shavo should be in the top 10 not 155 wow.
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Mike Dirnt (Green Day) Report Abuse
35 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 5 comments
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Again. How many times are you going to repeat the same guy over and over?
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I'm sorry, but I dont agree, I dont think he really deserves that much of a mention, there isnt that much special about him compared to any of these other bass players.
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Absolutely amazing!
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Green Day's seemingly simplistic pop-punk songs aren't so simply when you look at mike dirnt's a-typical melodic basslines. The effortlessly carefree style of Dirnt in songs such as "Longview", "Welcome to Paradise", "Stuck with me", "Redundant" and "No one Knows", to name a few, showcase the real skill in Dirnt's playing. At least top 20!
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one word. Longview
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Mickey Quinn (Supergrass) Report Abuse
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mike gordon (Phish) Report Abuse
32 points - added 7 years ago by guest - 6 comments
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I'm not a Phish fan but Mike is a good player.
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should be top 10 , forget phish and lisen to his solo stuff, it is amazing
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gotta be kidding me def not one of the best. But to see him all the way down here is pathetic. go to a show and listen to him do his thing Mike is the man
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Cmon now. Pick any Weekapaug intro and try not to Groove along
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Mike is the king of Modulus!! Pick master.
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gordo is the man. One of the best doing it to this day!!
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Chuck Rainey Report Abuse
Are you kidding? Chuck should be in the top 20 but, doesn't ever seek publicity. check his credentials!
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HAHAHAHA Chuck Rainey this far down? Thats a joke!
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Jon Camp Report Abuse
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great bassist...should be higher on list
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I'm not a musician, but I know a good one when I hear one. Jon Camp's playing is so responsive - he precisely and intuitively knows how and what to deliver.
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Check out on You Tube - amazing.
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The reason why Renaissance was great. Love his sound, style and presence. Deserving of top ranking.
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Michael Manring Report Abuse
one of the most original bass players in the last 20 years, has been named best bass player of the year and keeps innovating
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Michael is a true original on the bass. Known for alternating string tuning's on the fly using 3 instruments it once. His live solo shows are incredible. Check out THONK or other examples of his amazing work.
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David Gotteri Report Abuse
30 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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vampire rocks!
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Graham Maby Report Abuse
Joe Jackson's bassist. Better than most of the posers in the poll.
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Annu Hussein (Pyrocosmic) Report Abuse
he is the greatest of all time, and he is like, so SEXY
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WHOO!, he is the AWESOMEST
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Murdoc Niccals Report Abuse
29 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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lol
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Tetsuya(L'arc ~en~Ciel) Report Abuse
He is damn good.. that's all i'm sayin'..
29 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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A Japanese master of bass playing... way better skilled than many famous bassists.
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Stay Away... Blurry eyes.. the best..
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Gary Willis Report Abuse
Coming from the J.P. school of bass playing, this dude is a master! Check him out with Scott Henderson in Tribal Tech.
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Joe Puerta Report Abuse
Melodically in a class with Paul McCartney
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Alec John Such (Bon Jovi) Report Abuse
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Didn't Bon Jovi basically use a studio musician to play bass on many of their albums and fire this guy?
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Chris Squire Report Abuse
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Prince Report Abuse
Prince has recorded some of the most interesting and funky bass lines ever. It is clear who his influences are, but his own creativity takes him to another level.
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PERCY JONES Report Abuse
look him up. you just don't know what is possible with a fretless bass until you familiarize yourself with his work
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Best techique, very influential, never give up his progressive musical ideas. Top 10 !!!
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Percy is one of the best fretless bass players
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top 10 definately!!!
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184th, really? Unorthodox Behaviour may be the best album ever. Check it out . . .
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John Ritchie "Sid Vicious" (Sex Pistols) Report Abuse
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It's common knowledge that Vicious couldn't play even at the most basic level and was too strung out to even learn. Instead of a musician, he was a marketing stunt for the band. Although, if you think about it, at a time when prog rock bands tried to showcase complexity, it was pretty punk rock of the Pistols to be so anti-mainstream that their bassist couldn't even play.
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There was a whole article in a bass magazine I read about how Sid Vicious was just the face and never really knew how to play bass. Very interesting...
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GREAT SHOW, Bad bassist haha
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He never really played bass. Serch a little, you will find that the guitarrist recorded to the albums and there was some playback.
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Sid Vicious in the top 10? Time to call it a day. Seriously, there was no worse professional bassist, in my opinion, but maybe he gets a lot of style points with this audience.
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HAHAHAHA its a PUNK ICON but is a very bad, VERY BAD!!! BASS PLAYER from peru
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Are you kidding, the guy is an icon yes, but he was a very crappy bass-player
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Norman Watt-Roy (Ian Dury and the Blockheads) Report Abuse
Norman played bass for Ian Dury and the Blockheads - the bass line in 'Hit me with your Rhythm Stick' is unbelievable - youtube it and see!
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At LEAST a top 50 bass player! And I'm not suggesting that lightly. I've recently gone back and learned all his lines on a 50's style P-bass neck - which is tricky, but that's how he did it on the recordings. He makes the Dury sound as he colours in the mix. Agree with last poster, simply awesome in the real sense of the word
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In my opinion simply the best. I've never seen anyone attack a bass or play it with more aggression and passion than Norm.
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Norman is a stunningly goos player and wrote some of the best bass lines you will ever hear. Him being this far down the list is a joke - but then the whole list is a bit of a joke :-)
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He's technically outstanding! Rhythm Stick shows this very well. But he also played the kind of bass lines that match the song, like Reasons to be Cheerful. He also shows his colours brilliantly as hte bassist for the Wilko Johnson band. Few can match him!
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Norman Watt Roy 187 on the list !!! C'mon....Rhythm stick for one but check him out with wilco johnson in Wilkos band ,great player to watch live ... check him out if you can
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Far as I'm concerned he's #1. Together with Wilco Johnson the Blockheads were the best band of the 70's
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Norwood Fisher ( Fishbone ) Report Abuse
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Listen to "Bonin in the Boneyard" and you'll understand why he should be in the top 5.
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easily in my top 5
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Colin Moulding Report Abuse
Bass player for XTC
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Colin should be at NUMBER ONE in my opinion. Of course, I'm a huge fan of melodic, "for-the-song" players who use their considerable talents to make the song sound better without showing off and slipping into musical gymnastics. The most tasteful bassist ever to grace the instrument. Listen to the incredible lines on "The Mayor Of Simpleton" or, well, all the songs on Apple Venus, Nonsuch, Mummer...and EVERYTHING else! You are sorely missed, Colin. Hey, maybe one day my music will finally kick in and I'll lure you out of retirement...hmm.
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Rob Grill of the Grassroots Report Abuse
Listen to "Midnight Confessions"! Unfortunately he passed to soon and is sorely missed...
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Carol Kaye played it, not Rob. Great music played by others. Off the list!
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Peter Steele Report Abuse
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Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash) Report Abuse
Wonderful bass player and great singer in a great band. Folk-jazz-rock!
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Chris Sane - Anti-Flag Report Abuse
Well known in the punk scene but has amazing speed for all the riffs he plays. Just listen to any song!!!
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you gotta be kiddin me man.see the speed he plays listen to bring out your dead
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His name is Chris Baker(better known for his stage name Chris#2).Justin Sane is a guitarist and vocalist for Anti-Flag.And he is one of the best guitarist ever!i think he should be in top 100. He is way better than Paul McCartney
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Jesse F. Keeler (Death From Above 1979) Report Abuse
This guy is an amazing Bass player, it is sadening to not see him on this list
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A great bass player, pure joy listening to him.
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