Friday, October 31, 2008

The Top 50 Rock Bass Players of all-time

So I get perturbed that you always see magazine articles or TV shows with the "Greatest Guitarists of All-Time". Where's the bass player love? It's right here.
I purposely left out Jazz players. I know there are some really great ones (Jaco Pastorius, Victor Wooten) but I don't know enough about Jazz to include them on my list.
Hmmm....I feel a drummer list coming soon.

50. Gene Simmons (KISS)
49. Howie Epstein (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
48. John Stirratt (Wilco)
47. Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue)
46. Frank Bello (Anthrax)
45. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
44. Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)
45. Duff McKagan (Guns n' Roses, Velvet Revolver)
44. Jesse F. Keeler (Death From Above 1979)
43. Mark Sandman (Morphine)
42. Bruce Foxton (The Jam)
41. Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)
40. Lemmy (Motorhead)
39. Dickie Petersen (Blue Cheer)
38. Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones)
37. Simon Gallup (The Cure)
36. Sting (The Police)
35. Justin Chancellor (Tool)
34. Donald "Duck" Dunn (Booker T. & the MG's)
33. Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
32. Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Whitesnake, Dio, etc.)
31. Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction)
30. Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone, Graham Central Station)
29. Dave Ellefson (Megadeth, F5)
28 Doug Pinnick (King's X)
27. John Deacon (Queen)
26. Tom Araya (Slayer)
25. Pete Way (U.F.O.)
24. Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead)
23. Jack Bruce (Cream)
22. Noel Redding (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
21. Robert Trujillo (Metallica, Ozzy, Suicidal Tendencies. etc.)
20. Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Testament, Sadus, etc.)
19. Dusty Hill (ZZ Top)
18. Roger Glover (Deep Purple, Rainbow)
17. John Myung (Dream Theater)
16. Doug Wimbish (Living Colour)
15. Cliff Burton (Metallica)
14. Bootsy Collins (Parliament/Funkadelic, etc.)
13. Matt Bissonette (Joe Satriani, DLR, etc.)
12. Tony Levin (King Crimson)
11. Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order)
10. Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges, etc.)
9. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell)
8. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
7. Stu Hamm- (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson)
6. Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
5. Billy Sheehan (DLR, Talas, Mr. Big)
4. Les Claypool (Primus,)
3. Chris Squire (Yes)
2. Geddy Lee (Rush)
1. John Entwistle (The Who)

-Bleathal

9 comments:

Khat said...

WHERE IS FLEA???

Nickname unavailable said...

Paul Goddard - Atlanta Rhythm Section

mega bro said...

umm, mike dirnt anyone? he is talented, even if you dont like punk rock or green day.

rhcp said...

for real chili peppers have one of the best ever, so i now discredit everything written on this page

Parker Davidson said...

THANK YOU!!! The sound of Mike Dirnts bass playing is my favorite sound in the world, it's what got me into playing bass.

Dianne Grover said...

Great list! I was looking all around for lists where all my favorites would be in, and so far, this is the first time I found what I was looking for. Also, I can’t wait for that drummer list to be released! I hope to see more posts like this where all band players (as well as those using mandolin picks for instance) are fairly recognized. Thanks a lot for sharing!

RICHARD F said...

Rick Finch is a superb bassist
Flea is like THEE best...so

DebbieCalifornia said...

UH! Not so good of a list. As has been pointed out already: Where is Flea? Where is Mike Starr from Alice in Chains? ahh forget it. This list is your personal opinion and obviously based in the music that you personally listen too! Oh yeah. GENE SIMMOMS!!!! Are you F'n kidding me. He knows all of three or four chords and knows nothing about creative bass playing!!

DebbieCalifornia said...

UH! Not so good of a list. As has been pointed out already: Where is Flea? Where is Mike Starr from Alice in Chains? ahh forget it. This list is your personal opinion and obviously based in the music that you personally listen too! Oh yeah. GENE SIMMOMS!!!! Are you F'n kidding me. He knows all of three or four chords and knows nothing about creative bass playing!!