In my opinion John Paul Jones could be the first because of all his works in Led zeppelin and alone. DAVE LARUE (Dixie Dregs)!!! Any mid-to-late Rush track evinces how Geddy Lee could do fiendish complexity while still rocking hard enough to drive a power trio (watch him talk to uDiscover Music about his time with the band. Nobody ever did more with one note than Jamerson on ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’. As one of the greatest female bassists of all time – and just bassists, period – Weymouth is part of the reason why a group of cerebral East Coast art students were able to do the definitive cover version of an Al Green’s ‘Take Me To The River’. I really don’t mind if others rate him lower. Jack was part of a great rhythm section in the Jefferson Airplane. I agree, Mel Should get his props! You forgot Jeff Adams from “Starship Starring Mickey Thomas”!! Muzz Skillings and Doug Wimbish are bad motherfunkers, and at least one of them should have been on this list. But you are wrong, Michael Anthony is a very good bass player, deserves to be on this list somewhere. Good call on Steve Harris… he is the driving force behind the true Gods of metal music. John Entwistle Listen to the live “Don’t do It” from Rock of Ages. And Geezer Butler #11?? Just past Jaco?? That type of playing is typical throughout the concert. Millions to say about all others. JOHN WETTON – TIM BOGARD – JIMMY LEA – FELIX PAPPALARDI – HELMUT HATTLER As the longtime bassist for the cult bar band NRBQ (New Rhythm And Blues Quartet), Joey Spampinato embodied that band’s tight-but-loose mindset. Might want to consider flipping Bernard Edwards of CHIC with Flea. Ive done both. Wilbur Bascomb – Session man. Never been to Spain and Shambala were particularly melodic. Jamerson at 19? Idiots. WTF? otherwise it’s symplier make a list of 50 bassplayers in alphabetical order. Randy Jo Hobbs! Seriously no Gary Thain? Might as well have Gene Simmons in there if we are gonna be ridiculous about this whole thing!! I had a lot of fun looking at the list. CHECK OUT HIS FB PAGE AND LIKE IT……, https://www.facebook.com/OfficialVerdineWhite/?fref=ts, I’m amazed at the lack of knowledge regarding Paul McCartney’s innovative and pioneering bass playing. – for those of you in the UK, Dalton and Rodford still are Active in the Kast-off Kinks. Jamerson for example, influenced many of the players listed above him. He got kicked off the guitar because he sucked, and the bass was the only other instrument he had to stay with the band. Where’s Gregg Lake ? With Bela Fleck and as a solo artist, Victor Wooten took the Stanley Clarke style of fusion bass and upped the ante with more sounds, more flash and a more daring style. JJ Burnel is there at 46, should be higher of course, but where is Peter Hook? A little nod to a great bassist Gordon Rawley from Striffe, Razorback, and Nightwing. Based on skill and creativity. James Jamerson is the King. He was also the bass player on Jimi’s famous Voodoo Chile recording. No Martin Turner for a start. And John Wetton. Bob passed away at age 57. Glenn Cornick (Jethro Tull 1967-1970) should be on here IMHO … Bouree, Living In The Past, Teacher, To Cry You A Song, Nothing is Easy, Driving Song, Wonderin’ Aloud, A Song For Jeffrey, New Day Yesterday … great, great contributions to the art of rock bass! Check out some of his music if you like jazz. His bass skills actually surpass the skills of the 6-string guitar players for the bands in numbers 1 through 9. manca uno splendido tim bogert dei vanilla fudge, cactus,bogert.page.appice, ecc. I suppose it’s down to personal taste….i don’t think that you can say one is better than the other…..musical taste,style and whatever. The list is missing Alphonso Johnson and Mike Watt. Dig Lil Abner! And James Dewar. you are so right,his bass playing live was amazin. He should be on the list as well. Really no Mick Karn. Is Sacrilege……definitely Top 5 with John Paul Jones and Entwistle. Just happy seeing Phil Lynott and Lemmy there. Or stalwarts if you prefer. Paul McCartney? not necessarily in that order, if you ask me, ranking them suggest that one is better than the other and sometimes that will be the case but by far not always, its also a matter of taste, prefered music style, many people pick the bassplayer of their favorite band, good or not, but overal im more happy with this list, not necessarily in that order, if you ask me, ranking them suggest that one is better than the other and sometimes that will be the case but by far not always, its also a matter of taste, prefered music style, many people pick the bassplayer of their favorite band, good or not, but overal im more happy with this list, sincerely Don.Miata. So base it off current “here and now” influence. He and Geddy Lee were the reasons I learned to play bass! Its one thing if its a great song but if the song is notable because of how the Bass stands out and is unique, that is a true ‘top’ Bassist. How can anyone leave JOE OSBORN of the Wrecking Crew off the list.Carol Kaye was better known, and deservedly so, but Osborn was right up there with her and played on 100’s of top pop hits, and 33 #1 hits in the Country field. You can check that one out on YOUTUBE!! Definitely Percy Jones ( Brand X ). I had almost given up finding the link between the RC 4-tet and FZ. Glen Burtnik from Styx ELO/The Orchestra and The Weeklings. I haven’t a clue. Why not include John Wetton; King Crimson!, Greg Lake; ELP, RON CARTER Mile Davis, etc!!! You like them, you attend their concerts and buy their recordings if they are still alive , when it comes down to it, that is all that matters. While I was influenced by the others Dunn’s “style” was my cornerstone. Sklar, Dunn, East, and Louis Johnson in the bottom 10?!?! Agree D.E. Couldn’t agree more about John Entwistle’s placement. Right behind Les Claypool. Died: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (Who else died on May 15?). Just listen to two Beatles songs: Paperback Writer and Rain. You can see how prominent his playing is; Outside of the angelic voiced Annie Haslem, Jon Camp is the only other player out front. Geezer Butler is one of the great riff-meisters in rock, the main writer of a lot of Black Sabbath’s music and a creator of the heavy-metal bass template: play only what’s absolutely necessary but play it like there’s no tomorrow. at #16 is an absolute CRIME! Jah Wobble is worth a mention also. But I’ll beat the brakes off of some of these on this list. Woodstock, The man deserves an award for keeping up with the late great Alvin Lee. paul mccartney better than marcus miller and the rest? Any Geezer Butler #11?? ………….frankly, there are some players on this list i am just not familiar with ……….we can’t know and like everything or everybody. Over the course of nearly a decade I was lucky enough to travel the world, performing with some of the finest choirs around. Edgar Meyer, One guy often overlooked (perhaps because of who he played with and that type of music) is John Taylor from Duran Duran/Powerstation/Nuerotic Outsiders, etc. I’m sorry, but is this list the work of a complete lunatic?? very interesting indeed , as i’m planning a trip to Goa so i’m trying to jot down as many tracks as possible to possibly do on a karaoke. athough NO is so obvious answer, Geezer Butler better than Charles Mingus!!! John Entwistle deserves No. RIP Chris Squire — died today from cancer … ranked #16 here … w-a-a-a-y too low. Oh and Primus Sucks! What about John Lodge of the Moody Blues? special and important to any individual. After work hours guitarist, DJ, record label owner and New York style pizza aficionado. Tim Bogert should at the very least be in the top ten. He performs to the needs of his Boss’ songs, not standing out, but filling his role in a very professional band. Some lists rightfully have her at #1. Kasim Sulton jumped in the deep end by joining Todd Rundgren’s prog-rock band Utopia, during their most complex phase, at age 20. Kim Gordon’s instantly recognisable bass sound was one of three equal reasons why Sonic Youth were among the most innovative guitar bands of the past few decades. So many of our favorites are not shown. Who make these lists??? She was equally good at grounding the improvisations or jumping right into the fray. I’ve seen many on this list live. 10 iconic deep-voiced singers in popular music Isaac Hayes: more than just 'Chef' Hayes wrote many of the greatest hits of the 1970s, including his soundtrack for the blockbuster "Shaft" in 1971. But Pegg stands out for his dexterity, his swing and his ability to ignore any folk/rock boundaries. The placements are all out of whack and where are Mike Mills (R.E.M. We invite you to share condolences for Charles Barksdale in our Guest Book. i think some ppl have no idea what Steve doing in IRON MAIDEN ) hes not only bassist hes a poet ) 80% of maiden lyric made by steve ) assholes ! Keb Mo: He is 69 years 3 months 9 days old: Born : 3 October 1951: Singer / guitar player (blues) Bob Geldof: He is 69 years 3 months 7 days old: Born : 5 October 1951: Singer with The Boomtown Rats. Jack Bruce would have been my no. Grateful Dead’s bassist always sounded exactly like what he was: an experimental composer who learned bass for the sake of joining a rock band. Bob Mosely (Moby Grape) McCartney has a bigger musical impact, but strictly speaking, Flea is hard to top as a bassist. Charlie Mingus was the greatest ever,next me of course!! I remember thinking when I first saw the Talking Heads that she was lucky to have friends who cared enough to be patient with her boring lines. NHOP only came up once and did not see Christian McBride at all. Victor Wooten is nice but cannot play like Les Claypool in many ways. Another poll typically aimed at those under forty who have no clue about real music just noise. You can even see bassists in U2 or in McCartney’s Band playing on a Jack Casady Model on stage ! These list suck! Thanks for the Overend “Pete” Watts shout out! Check this out: http://www.laweekly.com/music/carol-kaye-is-the-greatest-bass-player-you-probably-never-heard-of-5499694. Carol Kaye probably played bass on more albums than anyone else. 163.8K; 2/21/2019 9:11 AM PT Launch Gallery. JJ Burnel is probably better than all of them but glad to see him on the list but you forgot Norman Watt Roy of the Blockheads/Wilko Johnson from 1:30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCIWmldNbyA. I’m sure all you blues and jazz fans will vilify me for this, because of the genre, but Mark King from Level 42, bassist and lead singer… dang. that fucking list!!! Bill Black basically invented R’n’R bass playing in ’56. However, what about Dennis Dunaway? For me, the great innovator and extraordinary technician who is missing is the wonderful Colin Hodgkinson-look him up, lie back and listen….. Chris Squire (R.I.P.) He could play a lead bass as well as Entwistle, and had licks as good as McCartney or Casady. My sentiment exactly, if you don’t believe it listen to Hot Tuna with Jarma…Duh! His playing is not about tricks, it’s about great melody in bassline, creative rhythm patterns and so smart arrangement. agree, and many other excellent musicians not mentioned. Dickie Peterson of Blue Cheer caught my ear early on, e.g., Saturday Freedom. Bogus. show me bass players that want to emulate Jack Bruce = everyone. Missing: Peter Overend Watts by Mott The Hoople, Gene Simmons by Kiss, Trevor Bolder by Spiders from Mars, Raf Benson by Latoscuro, Faso by Elio e le storie Tese, And many others. So for example how about The man who influenced most on the list inc McCartney, Flea and Entwistle. Any list of bass players without Adam Clayton on it is at best incomplete but more likely an abomination. 8 Ticket to a Waterfall etc. I toured frequently with the Tallis Scholars, Stile Antico, the BBC Singers… But you could certainly quantify this list according to success which would mean Paul McCartney would be #1, prob Sting #2, Adam Clayton #3, Flea #4 and so on. Heck, I’m gonna add about anyone who played bass with Tull. Miroslav Vitous, David Holland, Rick Lair, John Wetton…, i think this two guys must be in the list, the first one is Hugo Fatturuso https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crBHlEorf7I this list ain’t worth squat without jack. Si vous ne connaissez pas JIMMY BLANTON, votre culture musicale est très insuffisante excusez-moi…. Loved the depth of many of the comments, going to have to buy some more music-very informative. It’s not about HOW he plays; if so, this list should be populated by 50 unknown session bassists. I don’t know who was surveyed and how you judged the meaning of best, but bassist number 12 through 32 would eat numbers 1 through 9 for lunch. I’m sorry, but any Top 50 list of bass players that has Flea in the top 3 has absolutely ZERO credibility!! Much of my top ten have been overlooked. Gary Thain (uriah heep), Mel Scacher (gfr), Greg Lake (elp), Stu Cook (ccr), ALPHONSO JOHNSON … ETC. Composes of list just have no ears! He definitely belongs here! It doesnt matter if i like these two guys or not. They also played in concerts with many current artists. George and Ringo agreed too and they were right there. He could not only play it all but he created the hooks you heard all of those other guys use when they took it out on the road. Where is George Porter Jr (The Meters)??? Just like all the drummers polls this is just a popularity contest, John Wetton should be high up on this list but there are Jazz Fusion bass players who can play rings around all these guys with one hand tied behind their backs, right…..Guys like Rick Laird, Tom Kennedy, Mbap Ettienne, Jaco, …………the true technicians ………. Lets face it, McCartney is a pop musician. Alex Webster of Cannibal corpse skill wise in layman’s terms shit over all of your bass player full stop no argument he just wins by default he is a more skilled bass player than anyone need proof listen to Frantic Disembowlment. It’s about WHAT he plays. Some real greats on here: Mingus, East, Lee, Miller, McCartney, Bruce…. There are no “best” just favorites. Prove it!!! He changed how the instrument was played, just as Hendrix changed how the guitar was played. Great songs Paperback Writer and Rain displaying signature McCartney technique and sound. He’s also a great vocalist. Along with his brother Carlton Barrett, who played drums for The Wailers, the duo were one of the tightest rhythm sections on record. I thought that Jaco might be a little higher and I agree with Cris. Written some of the most iconic base lines. and at NUMBER ONE…. show me bass players that want to emulate Entwistle.. = none Such longevity leads to the production of remarkable thematic projects. Go see them, they get better with age! Y G T B S M. I’ve been a Professional and Instrucyional Bassist for over fifty years. Where are James Jameson and Bob Babbit? ……….and how about MOE’s Rob Derhak ……….? Victor Wooten is arguably the most technically accomplished of any living bass player on this list. Come on. Monster bass player with the TCB band. This listis about half right. Walk On The Wild Side? It’s a POLL OF POLLS people!!!!! NO Paul Goddard (Top 10 at least) and NO Oteil Burbridge (better than most on the list). I agree…Jack Bruce should be further up the chart! He’s officially the most recorded bassist in jazz, with credits in early CTI … My brother Bob Kibler, was one of the finest bass guitar players of all times. wtf Paul McCartney better than Jack Bruce…hahahahahha. 2018. I abstain. Mick Karn-Japan, Dali’s Car, Rain Tree Crow, Stanley Clarke number 17 you have got to be kidding!!! where is Bootsy? Both innovative and precise he is a glaring oversite. You’ve included a lot of names that are often overlooked. Alex Webster-Cannibal Corpse Yes just like the last time Jack Casady is missing, and loads of others..Besides bassplaying is not only reserved for the british, americans and canadians !! 20 ???? To have Mingus and Charlie Haden behind Paul McCarthey is – with all due respect – a joke, and not even a funny one. Her bass-work is sublime. He solidified Chicago’s rhythm section. This ain’t! I love Roger Waters, but do not think for one minute, he belongs on this list. Full-bodied sound like no other. If you’re going to include Ron Carter and Stanley Clarke and omit Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, then your list is trash. If you are going to have Jazz Musicians on a list like this, you have to put them all at the top of the list. (I’ll throw in a plug for Dave Holland and Christian McBride.) The article says “sometimes they step out into the spotlight, like Paul Mc Cartney, Lemmy, Sting or Roger Waters”. She came up with the bass lines & performed on famous hits: the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations”; the Righteous Brothers’ “You Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and “Soul and Inspiration”; Sonny and Cher’s “The Beat Goes On” and “I Got You Babe”; Joe Cocker’s “Feelin’ Alright”; and “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” by Simon and Garfunkel. We stopped educating out kids on music diversity a long time ago. yay! I saw him twice with the Who and he really sucks! He is the gold standard, and has been since the late 70’s. Bernard Edwards, Larry Graham and James Jamerson are ranked way too low. Gimme a break! This list is invalid simply because Bill Wyman is on here! McCartney is a gifted, performer, writer and multi instrumentalist. un grand oublié; Felix Pappalardi (Cream Montain), Gary Thain, Greg Lake & Peter Cetera should be on the list. The list missed Martin Turner ( Wishbone Ash), Jon Camp (Renaissance) and Peter Farrelly (Fruupp) though. Some of them have gone on to be nominated and even won a Grammy. OK .. WHERE ARE MICHEAL ANTHONY (VAN HALEN) AND GENE SIMMONS (KISS) ????? Not sure what number but Michael Anthony, from Van Halen should be up there, somewhere. listen to any track by Nazareth’s Pete Agnew! Charles Barksdale (2019), bass singer for The Dells, Gerry Marsden (1942–2021), Gerry and the Pacemakers singer, Michael Cusack (1956–2020), original Special Olympics medalist, Theodore ‘Ted’ Lumpkin (1919–2020), Tuskegee Airman, Sylvain Sylvain (1951–2021), New York Dolls guitarist. Again : very funny, thanks a lot ! Metallica, Suicidal Tendencies I’m not a metal guy but Steve Harris is phenomenal and maiden certainly not your average metal band. Will never get the respect he deserves. Jeff Berlin blows them all away!!! The”Johns” are absolutely correct…Entwistle first, then John Paul Jones! Andy Fraser – Free – He had Funk, before there was Funk!!!! Let us know in the comments section. C’mon!!!! In other words do something different and you will make a mark. In order not be completely dull and non-controversial, I’d have Flea and Geddy trade positions . One thing most of these players, especially many in the top ten have in common is they don’t stay bound to what some fans and musicians think bassists should do. Interesting to see from the comments that personal biases cloud reasonable thoughts. Often described as the second coming of Jaco Pastorius, the Grammy-winning bass master is rightly beloved by the jam-band crowd and beyond. Where’s Bob Babbitt? Stanley Clark is a Master. It’s a bit of a popularity contest. Female bassists stopped being pigeonholed as a novelty the minute she picked up the instrument. Jack Cassady, John McVie and there should be a whole separate list for Jazz bassists. These lists should make provision for more than one player on the same ranking. BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is a life-changing experience for twenty young singers at the start of their professional careers. Jack Casady formerly of the Jefferson Airplane and now Hot Tuna should be in the top ten without question. James Jamerson simply the best. Chris Squire is easily top five. Likely story. And to have Jaco Pastorius as #1 is plain silly. or another Cassidy by mistake? But he always kept it moving, and his time was always tight. She was one hot chick in the 1970s. SRSLY! Where are those names ? And I’m disappointed that I didn’t make the list , And, of course completely forgotten, on Number 1A: Robbie Shakespeare! Edwards is worthy of the top spot, actually. Chris Squire is top 5 easy. A list of 50 top bass players without Jack Casady is unthinkable! Ray Shulman from Gentle Giant? I’m not claiming to be the best in the world. Jack Cassidy, from the Airplane and Hot Tuna, should be in the top 10, but he’s not even on the list! Still 50% is a FAIL! Having recently stepped out of the purely jazz world, the singer and bassist has moved into a pop/R&B/progressive realm of her own devising. world underestimates what iron maiden made ! check it out on you tube concert play backs. He’s as good a bass player as most of these guys. what about nick beggs bryan beller john myung? He is a very unique voice on the bass. Who made up this list, cheerleaders and reality tv nonstars? Bruce Thomas is my personal fave. (So did also Harvey Brooks). The rest of the list needs a serious re-shuffle. The bass is dark and heavy and low. what !!!!!???? Nice list but Marcus Miller belongs in here. Without whom I wouldn’t be playing bass. Yet another stupid list. Pumping all the way through, the perfect bass player for a four piece. Always overlooked in these polls Eric Avery…not mainstream so does not get a mention….but best ever dynamic driving bass player ever. #19…an insult. Definitely not music, or not only. In my humble opinion, Jack Bruce should be higher than No. No such list is ever going to please everyone, and yours is no exception: for Honorable Mention, I’d like to nominate Moby Grapes’ Bob Mosely … Lee Sklar … Ross Valory … The Gin Blossoms’ Bill Leen … John Deacon … Chas Chandler … Rick Huxley … and John McVie (I’ll never forget browsing a record store in Seattle in the early 80’s and the sound system started playing “Rhiannon” … first came ten seconds of intro … then Mick and John joined in, heralded by John’s powerful and lilting bass line. No Doug Pinnick from Kings X? I would put McCartney at number 2 and Willie Dixon at number 3. Sheehan is great, and a super nice guy, but he simply could not do what Victor does. Has nobody else found or listened to TAL WILKENFELD, she is an awesome BASS PLAYER ( ask Jeff Beck ) and not on your list.. Jack should be number one if the Jazz players like Jaco weren’t on there. Not complete without the master. Next time “Eight Miles High” crops up on your oldies station stop and take a listen. To learn to play The Beatles song’s bass correctly from zero would take weeks. I think Tommy Shannon deserves a place on this list. Go listen to the bass solo in “Another Man’s Woman” . John Coltrane and Miles Davis and many others. Decades. I think there music was much better than Paul’s CRAP after they broke up too. Mani (Gary Mounfield) from The Stone Roses and Primal Scream should be in there. The legend Mick Karn… not forgotten but sadly forgotten from this list. Along with her husband and eternal rhythm partner, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth was largely responsible for infusing new wave with the concept of groove as one of the founding members of Talking Heads. never even heard of these other bloks ……. agree agree agree,overlooked always,where have these experts been living? Jimmy Haslip from the Yellowjackets is outstanding. And where is JACK CASSIDY? Turn up the bass. Died at the age of 84, according to Marshall Thompson of … The quintessential “quiet one”, John Entwistle could also be the noisiest one when the time was right. Few bands had a Bass player as the integral string melody. One of the least talented bass players ever! There are sooooo many great players …………too many to mention. !1 puhleessee!! 7.) He wasn’t a “showman” but then I’ve never been impressed with showmen in the rythmn section, that’s the front mans gig. This is a more laid back piece. No doubt, he is one of the greats! No list is complete without the mighty Danny Thompson (Pentangle, Richard Thompson)… I’d add Paul Chambers, Jimmy Garrison, and Roger Glover, to name a few. No Bob Daisley? Where is Glenn Hughes??? After reading all the comments, I’m going back to listen to some early Peter Cetera and Carol Kaye. Consider broadening your research next time. Did I ever love Ian Dury and the Blockheads and Norman Watt Roy was half the reason. How can you miss out John Gustafson. I know he couldn’t compete technically with many on your list but as for being important in the history of our music he cannot be denied….Bill Black, the late eccentric double-bass player for the Hillbilly Cat, certainly deserves a mention. Good list. Personally I’d have Ray Brown a lot higher. And they will tell you so . Andy Fraser, Greg Ridley…but without doubt the biggest omission is Peter Hook from New Order. As a bass player of 40 years myself, along the lines of Mel Schacher and Andy Fraser, the late Joe Schermie of Three Dog Night fame was really good. The late DEE MURRAY??!!! Not Jeff Berlin and Alain Caron on the list, this is a shit. Absolutely. Listen to “Story In Your Eyes”. Are you nor familiar with Geddy Lee’s playing? Alex Webster-Cannibal Corpse Here are the Top 200 Songs of The Who including the Top 50 by John Alec Entwistle (The Ox) – http://supergroup.netfirms.com/index5.htm, as always in your liste forget more than a thousand great bass players , and the 40 is too small and the ones aren´t all : Greg Lake , Mel Sacher, Tony Stevens, Roger Glover, Geezer Butler, Rick Grech, Leo Lyons,……the list continues. I have a couple more but as you suggest i guess they are not in the same ball park with the ones that have been listed above, but the bands that they were i consider legendary if not for their bass playing we have Free, Robin Trower, & Grand Funk, Andy Fraser & James Dewar & Mel Schacher. And yet he struggles to hold down a place in the mid reaches! Months. Berry Oakley better than most in this “Top 10” and not just #41. I believe these 5 guys should be top 25: Paul Newton (Uriah Heep) is missing on the list and should at #2…. Paul M is better than Jaco ? Especially check out 1:07-1:34. I dont expect Metalheads, Punks and others to understand just how great he was as you all were not around to see his genius in the mid-fifties and how essential he was to the Elvis/R’n’R/Rockabilly sound. Just past Jaco?? Flea I saw him live, and was a real master on the bass. Here we take a look at 10 favorite jazz vocals albums in 2019 that stood out: Tierney Sutton Band – ScreenPlay. He should be #1, and you left off several jazz bassists, including Leroy Vinnegar. Im a bass player also, my brother played bass for the righteous brothers in the 60s and mack davis to name a few, my point is ive listened to a lot of bass players over the yrs. And, Prince is right up there, too. Wow, the voices sure get loud for those omitted. 5. All of the players say he was an influence. Have you not seen Tal Wilkenfeld play with Jeff Beck? , Rick Danko The Band, Jack Cassady; Jefferson Airplane, Hugh Hopper; The Soft Machine, Adam Clayton; U2!! Jerry Penrod is the original bassist of Iron Butterfly and one of the best I ever heard, better than 95% of this list. I can’t believe that Marcus Miller was omitted from this list. Short THUMPS on all the right places.Talk about understated bass. Right up there with Victor Wooten who I was glad to see on the list. only one bassist that could keep up with alvin lee’s reverse zin riffs. McCartney not that great. Please stop trying to promote a roster of the best of when most readers know there will always be a missed nominee. John Paul Jones better than JACK BRUCE — my ass. This studio musician brought classical & jazz training to rock, pop & soul bass. Kim Deal? BTW, what about Jeff Pilson, Mark Anthony, and Billy Sheehan? Like others, I too think that Greg Lake and John Wetton should have made the list. As one of the first key players to join Bob Marley & The Wailers (and still with the group now), Aston Barrett laid the groundwork for all reggae to come. My criteria is not as studied as many of the responses, just probably just fandom that guides me. A nice list, half of which wouldn’t be worthy of lugging around Dusty Hill’s gig bag. He could make a fretless talk. Perpetually overlooked in Genesis, Mike Rutherford came up with one of prog’s most lyrical basslines on ‘In That Quiet Earth’, from their Wind & Wuthering album. Although NO is so obvious answer. This list is just crazy. Don’t even get me started on CUBAN bass players, but check out Cachaito and cachao fer sure. What about Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull) and the legendary Danny Thompson??? Quadrophenia nothing else needs to be said. It’s insulting he’s in the list. surely someone must have heard of Paul Samwell Smith…Noel Redding deserves more notice..anyone heard of Bill Black..rings a rockabilly bell..and Willy Dixon deserves to be higher. 6.) 1. Patrick Djivas from PFM? It looks like there was another Jay that posted at almost the same time, but I have to agree with the first Jay and also include Rick Danko on the list. Lying on the floor of the studio at 3am – too drunk to sit on his stool – to record “What’s Going On”. His too-short time in Metallica gave all future metal bassists (including his Metallica replacement, Jason Newsted) plenty to borrow from. You can’t leave off Mark Adams,he had a style of his owm! What about JEAN MILLINGTON from FANNY!? Should be by music category IE: the absence of Nathan East (Fourplay) shows that it is not a fair list baed on ability. I’m old school. King, Joe Cocker, Albert Collins, Joe Henry, Jewel, Essra Mohawk, and many others! That Guy could barely sing and couldn’t play a bassguitar at all…, Gary Willis, Rocco Prestia, Federico Malaman, Hadrien Feraud, Henrik Linder, Sharay Reed, Matthew Garrison, Alain Caron, Steve Bailey, Victor Bailey, Tom Kennedy, Felix Pastorius, Anthony Jackson, Damian Erskine, Tetsuo Sakurai etc…. You forget to put Gary Thain, Stu Cook, Chris Squire, Glen Hughes and Mel Scacher. Paul McCartney in the top rungs-NAH! There is one great Bass player omitted, that being session bassist, Carol Kaye!!! Stoemer of the above, especially on Casady also, his dad was the answer to Los! Him driving Deep Purple or Herbie Flowers were always expected to be good do everything get. Co-Founder and bass player for a four piece, Ron Carter – great... 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