Might have a better chance to honor more fine musicians. Composes of list just have no ears! he is a superb bassist, listen to his base solo at the end of” Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine”, he is consistenly ace on a Killers tracks. Are you nor familiar with Geddy Lee’s playing? Billy Sheehen should be in the top 5. I liked the list though was surprised no Mike Watt or Doug Wimbish. Bill Wyman is outstanding on The Brussels Affair and Lemmy deserves to be there just for his performance on Space Ritual. Keeping up with Rory Gallagher was not a task for the timid. 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! What about jazz bassists? And Leo Lyons. John was never in the limelight, but when he had a 10 – 15 minute solo at one of their gigs everyone’s mind got blown away! Here’s what Neil Peart said about him: “Dickie Peterson was present at the creation — stood at the roaring heart of the creation, a primal scream through wild hair, bass hung low, in an aural apocalypse of defiant energy. These are all excellent players. Right now I can't get enough of Phil's gig at the Warfield (San francisco 2006) with Joan Osborne and John Scofield: amazing concert and DVD. Cliff Burton and Steve Harris better than Tony Levin, Phil Lynott and Billy Sheehan…? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TesEEKKAD3Y, I miss Greg Ridley (Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie), Percy Jones (Brand X), Ronnie Lane (Faces), Jeff Berlin (Bruford)…. , Rick Danko The Band, Jack Cassady; Jefferson Airplane, Hugh Hopper; The Soft Machine, Adam Clayton; U2!! The most famous of all bass players (as mentioned by Homer Simpson himself). Once again the “best of in any category” is so subjective why do people start this shit it proves nothing and what are you basing this on popularity, education, talent, creativity, or limited knowledge on your part? 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. Supporting Members list unlimited gear with no listing fees in the Classifieds, get instant Keyword Alerts, and get Free Shipping at the TalkBass Store. Andy Fraser-Free . Having toured in Traffic and most recently in The Waterboys, David Hood was the mainstay of the fabled Muscle Shoals rhythm section The Swampers. Of course most of these guys listed need to be mentioned BUT the order is way off. And yet he struggles to hold down a place in the mid reaches! Four mighty strings and 50 mighty players: the best bassists are the ones who carve out signature sounds and play as many memorable licks as the guitarists. I’m sorry, but any Top 50 list of bass players that has Flea in the top 3 has absolutely ZERO credibility!! The Grateful Dead was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area amid the rise of the counterculture of the 1960s. James Jamerson’s less-celebrated Motown successor deserves inclusion here. Lee Dorman of Iron Butterfly’s In-A-Gadda (side one), Ball, and Metamorphosis albums are good early examples. Dont forget the STYLE of the bass player is very important. Chris Squire, Jaco pastorius, Charles Mingus, Ray brown, and James jammers should be in the top ten. Where is Paul Chambers? i didnt see Justin Chancellor o this list. I agree Cetera should have made the list as well as Mark King of Level 42. I have always been a big fan of bass players and when I say this listing I had to go down the list. 10.) Tommy Caldwell for his work in the Marshall Yucker band, Mel Schacher-Grand Funk Railroad, Geddy Lee-Rush, John Paul Jones-Zeppelin, Ben Shepherd-Soundgarden, Mike Commerford-Audioslave……the top 5, Jaco should be in the top 10 and so should Leland Sklar…..at 49 that’s just plain insulting and forced me to make a comment. And where is Brian Ritchie from the Violent Femmes? If you’re very talented. To have Mingus and Charlie Haden behind Paul McCarthey is – with all due respect – a joke, and not even a funny one. C’mon!!!! Peter Mars Cowling (Pat Travers Band), Leon Wilkeson (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Bob Daisley(Ozzy Osbourne & like ten other bands he was in) these guys are fantastic & even the guys that had to replace them were great to be able to play their lines correctly! Cream? He even invented other bass instruments to get more sounds. No doubt, he is one of the greats! Edwards is worthy of the top spot, actually. Jaco Pastorius, who turned the instrument on its head and completely reinvented its use at number 12? Don’t have enough hours in the day to read all comments, but I don’t see Joey DeMaio from Manowar, nor Niels Henning Ørsted Petersen (NHØP). before Les Claypool? Phil Lesh way to low. How many people here are moaning at these guys because their “bassman” is not on the list. Great bass lines and tone. Top five Where’s Herbie Flowers? Guitar Player Magazine described him as “the most widely used session bassist of our time”. Where would Walk on the Wild Side be without Herbie Flowers? Finally, someone recognizes Francis Rocco Prestia. What a wholeheartedly predictable and otherwise boring list. I’m amazed that Mel Schacher from Grand Funk didn’t make the list. However, what about Dennis Dunaway? Jack Bruce I am familiar with and generally I’ve been impressed with what little Cream I have heard. Bob Mosely (Moby Grape) No Jeff Berlin? He wasn’t a “showman” but then I’ve never been impressed with showmen in the rythmn section, that’s the front mans gig. But Abraham Loboriel is not even on the list and probably should be listed at #1. Decades. How you don’t have Jah Wobble in there is a definite over look. Flea? Just adding my two cents: I think Pekka Pohjola, John G. Perry, Frank Fischer,Stu Hamm, Robbie Shakespeare, Bill Rea should all be on the list somewhere. James Jamerson, Will Lee, Chuck Rainey, …. And why is Mark Stoemer of the Killers not on this list? Chris Squire (of Yes) is the greatest bass player around and knocks the others into a cocked hat so why on earth is he only No.16?? A blend of blues/jazz/country/folk/rock, it was the product of musicians living in or about the city that lent its name to this particular genre. One amazing player I didn’t see mentioned anywhere was Benny Reitveld, virtuoso Cuban bassist and arranger who played with Santana. It’s a bit of a popularity contest. The rest of the list needs a serious re-shuffle. Then I did a page search for Jerry Scheff. I was Made for loving you? Who you guys been listening to. agree, and many other excellent musicians not mentioned. No Martin Turner for a start. The Meters’ founding bassist is also the most prolific member of his circle, leading countless spinoff bands and playing on notable sessions (including David Byrne’s Uh-Oh album). Check the real deal out on “Live at Leeds”, especially the extended album with a complete “Tommy” set. As part of Elvis’ original trio (which didn’t include drums during the Sun Records stage), Bill Black brought the essential cool of a slapback bass into 50s rock’n’roll. I play for a cover band and i would definitely be a great bassist over McCartney. The quietest of the quiet ones, Bill Wyman may invariably be the last guy you noticed in The Rolling Stones, but he was the consummate bassist in the sense that he knew how to support the songs without getting in the way. Absolutely right! these lists are always a crapshoot but seriously? Absolutely agree about Ron Carter, what an inventive bassist! Love, Yeah..what he said. Jaco only made #12? Not Palladino! if you haven’t heard . Phil Lesh More an improvising composer than mere bassist, Lesh elevated the Grateful Dead from hippie jam band to an artistic ensemble capable of reaching heights of interactive ecstasy. after all, there is no such thing as “best” ………..it’s too subjective ………..people like what they like, and have different attitudes about what makes a player The Best ! And what about Percy Jones (Brand X)? Allen Woody from, the Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule. So for example how about Agree 100%. I heard Casady with the J. There are too many great ones left out to mention here.Lets take this list for face value and easy reading and continue to love and listen to our own favourites! Besides him, Motown’s James Jamerson…Bob Mosely of Moby Grape played very beautiful, almost orchestral, bass lines…Jack Casady…Jack Bruce (obviously)…John Paul Jones, for power. top 3 minimum. RIP Chris Squire — died today from cancer … ranked #16 here … w-a-a-a-y too low. 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. Ray Brown….the DADDY…with Shelley Manne and Andre Previn…yes THAT Andre Previn! Paul McCartney ranks higher than Jaco Pastorius????? No John Deacon of Queen. Which brought me to your comment. How Chris Squire is not #1 is beyond me! While ranking Jaco Pastorius 12th???????? He could play a lead bass as well as Entwistle, and had licks as good as McCartney or Casady. A Lesson in the Phil Lesh Style… Several things make it difficult to describe, characterize, or analyze Grateful Dead … The list is missing Alphonso Johnson and Mike Watt. Wow, the voices sure get loud for those omitted. You’ve got to be kidding. Really?? and Keith Richards is brilliant. Paul McCartney in the top rungs-NAH! Chris White (Zombies) FREE Shipping. Jamerson BARELY makes top 20. 3. These two would have to queue up for Bass lessons from Jaco, Mark King, Mel Scacher(GFR) and Geddy! Bullshit!!! I don’t see the one and only Steve Knobles ! ! Full-bodied sound like no other. The landmark groove of ‘Cissy Strut’ was just the beginning, and Porter, Jr, is one of the greatest bassists who embodies New Orleans’ slinky approach to funk. He played with Conway Twitty, Bob Dylan, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Crosby & Nash, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Ry Cooder, J. J. Cale, Mother Earth, Lonnie Mack, Miles Davis, B.B. 3.5 out of 5 stars 5. This list needs to be updated to include Thundercat! I’m old school. There’s always got to be one. Y G T B S M. I’ve been a Professional and Instrucyional Bassist for over fifty years. King, Joe Cocker, Albert Collins, Joe Henry, Jewel, Essra Mohawk, and many others! In order not be completely dull and non-controversial, I’d have Flea and Geddy trade positions 🙂. I guess not too many people are fans. One that is not is, IMOO, Tony Levin !!!!! They also left out one of thee best…Larry Gaulke…Don Costa’s go to guy. You could call him the man who played with Elvis Presley and Jim Morrison when they both went Vegas (he’s the mainstay of the TCB band and the studio bassist on LA Woman), but don’t forget that Jerry Scheff is also a session player extraordinaire, having appeared on record with Dylan, Costello, The Monkees and many others. Not a good list at all. I have had to re-appraise John Entwistle. Any Geezer Butler #11?? pretty clumsy list.. you have got to be kidding..McCartney ?? Point blank period!!! Listen to his work on JW and! During this time, Phil also had the task of handling the group’s high vocal harmonies, at which he excelled with his near-perfect pitch. Looks more like a list on how popular the band is, not the quality of the player. Don’t think so!!!! A cool jazz musician who could play rock if it was sophisticated enough, Rainey wound up doing an equal number of jazz (Eddie Harris, Quincy Jones), rock (Nile Lofgren, Dave Mason) and soul sessions, (Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin), and was largely the reason Steely Dan’s Walter Becker moved over to guitar. this list ain’t worth squat without jack. I can’t believe no-one mentioned Tim Bogert from Vanilla Fudge. Yes! In my humble opinion, Jack Bruce should be higher than No. No drop out on his top end. Also no Mick Karn, John Taylor,Mark King or Herbie Flowers. Still on the jazz side, I’ve heard Milt Hinton do acoustic slap bass like none on the electric side. DAVE LARUE (Dixie Dregs)!!! Anyone who plays bass makes the world a groovier place! Turn up the bass. What!!!!! You’re having a laugh! 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Great songs Paperback Writer and Rain displaying signature McCartney technique and sound. now we’re talking … John Taylor my favorite no 1 bass player … the Rio bass lines are the best i ever came across! No Spyder Sinneave? This is INSANE. Ray Shulman Right you are Alan! And where is JACK CASSIDY? Dude what the ever loving fuck! Some on the list are no more than good but great? No way Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Chris Squire, and Roger Waters should not be in the top 10. He solidified Chicago’s rhythm section. No Klaus Voormann? :DDDDD im gonna suicide now ! ) Both are Bay Area rocks. And one Canadian. There are sooooo many good ones, and each one has their gifts: Michael Anthony, Flea, Bill Leen of the Gin Blossoms, John Lodge, Fran Sheehan, Ross Valory, Geddy Lee. $22.99 $ 22. One is very technical and a bit boring and the other is a technical mutant of very strange music which can play such crazy solos which nobody could play today (just check his tommy the cat solos…). I would put McCartney at number 2 and Willie Dixon at number 3. He writes most if not all Lyrics, most tunes, Self taught, Creates the claymation videos, Lead Singer and makes the bass the primary instrumental. Can’t believe that Jack Cassidy (Hot Tuna) isn’t in the top 10! She also happened to play with the Stones in her spare time. Reggae, now there’s a medium driven by bass & rhythm section. I used to think Jack Casady was pretty good until I found out that Jimi Hendrix had 2 bass strings on his guitar during Electric Ladyland. Jah Wobble is worth a mention also. His playing in Cactus was amazing! ” Pop You will have to wait a long time before the next one comes around. Flea at 3? Victor is the best living bass player on the planet (Stanley Clarke probably a close second). Neil Murray? Jack Bruce should be #1 and what about Carmine Rojas? Make Offer - Phil Lesh and Friends Odyssey Summer Tour 2001 blue tie dye t-shirt adults Large Terrapin Crossroads T-shirt Small Grateful Dead Style Phil Lesh $15.00 My two favorites are paul and peter, the beatles and chicago. She is very high on my list as well. John Greaves? Where’s Gregg Lake ? When they went increasingly world music it went even better. There are no “best” just favorites. There are so many great bassists that have come and gone and still linger on. I like Oteil and Victor wooten, Steve Bailey is quite awesome but thats me. Both of the bands Dave Pegg played in, Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull, have a history of remarkable bassists (take a bow, Ashley Hutchings and the late Glenn Cornick). Top 30 Jazz players This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register. come on man on of the most signature bass lines goin’ in “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”. I hold nothing against the famous band bass players , I love their stuff but this list is not correct. It’s about WHAT he plays. 😛. In most Western Music, the Major Scale is where most of our music is derived from, so when focusing on a different scale, it is important to see what in that scale is different. everyone needs to understand this Pete Quaife (Kinks-60’s)- Andy Fraser (Free)- Tal Wilkenfeld – Rinus Gerritsen (Golden Earring) – George Woosey (The Pretty Things ). Every list of greatest musicians is always limited to the few big rock players that these ignorant writers are aware of. Honestly Victor Wooten alongside Marcus Miller and Jaco pastorious and others should be at the top to say the least. Jet Harris is one of the greatest of all time …, Wow, cool. And that may not have even been his best work from a very versatile career. Bullshit! James Jamerson simply the best. 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. John Myung? Heck, Stephen Stills is better than many of these guys. A one! His hero was Charlie Mingus, No And Fraser??? No Maurice Gibb of the BeeGees? He’s better than all of them!! 1. It was easier to hear at the higher rpm. ” Blues. Must not forget Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention/Jethro Tull) or Ron Carter (Best sound of any upright bass player I have ever heard). He’s in my personal top 10. Shop The Big Style Sale. What about the bombastic bass playing on what I consider to be one of the most energetic live albums ever, Grand Funk Live Album, witch features Mel Schacher on bass? 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. I currently play with a guitarist and drummer in an all originals group and often use cello sounds, delay, overdrive, whah and the like and we feel that makes us sound different than many of the bands we play with locally. Uhhhmm…..no Mick Karn???!!! 4. Think we’ve missed anyone off our list of the best bassists of all time? then decide for yourself who is a real bassist. Chris Squire should be on #1. Oh thank you Master, and excuse us if we are not idiots as your level! You can see how prominent his playing is; Outside of the angelic voiced Annie Haslem, Jon Camp is the only other player out front. Jamerson at 19? Albeit better known as a producer (Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, The Damned), Nick Lowe not only knew how to play fluid, often sophisticated basslines in a hard-driving rock’n’roll context but mastered how to make them sound killer on record. Just listen to two Beatles songs: Paperback Writer and Rain. The players on the list, and omissions are hardly anyone’s fault – they were collected from various polls on the internet. Take off the Beatle-nostalgia glasses. And Paul Newton. Lists like these are tough, you’re always going to leave someone off that people like and you’re always going to rank someone higher than they should be. During his solo career, did/does McCartney still play the bass guitar or did/does he play lead for his songs, I wonder? These will SURELY be the true greats- So Geddy Lee, Mark King, Phil Lynnot(the late) etc will come out tops,while Paul McCartney can find some consolation being way down in this list(included because of his fabulous singing and voice only). world underestimates what iron maiden made ! He should be top 5. where is Jack Cassidy, John Khan.and Rob Wasserman. I think if you asked the majority of still living bassists on the list they would say Entwistle was the best as most of them were highly influenced by him. Nice list but Marcus Miller belongs in here. What about Larry Taylor, Andy Fraser, Glen Cornick et al. How can you miss out John Gustafson. Who did the riffs we all remember or we recognize just few notes? All the same I find it ironic that of my two favorite bassists, one topped the list and the other isn’t mentioned. you are so right,his bass playing live was amazin. Seriously? Phil Lesh Alembic Miniature Bass is truly remarkable. No Percy Jones, Ray Shulman or John Wetton???? I really don’t think paul Mccarthy should make it on a 50 most honourable mention list after the 50 greatest list.. you should have made this best rock n roll bass players of all time.Cause you excluded Mingus,Bernard Edwards,Pino Paladino and a few others.And James Jameson played on 37 number one albums nobody else gets close to this accept maybe Sir Paul McCartney !! Well the list is not even in the same reality. Again i must insist that you recognize our german friend Hellmut Hattler here as one of the best ever, (go 6 min into this video) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J75alNHjmcM. His bass skills actually surpass the skills of the 6-string guitar players for the bands in numbers 1 through 9. And if you haven’t heard of them then you should check them out. He is the gold standard, and has been since the late 70’s. What about the Queen of Rock SUZI QUATRO!!!! Idiots. Clearly we need this to be a top 100 bassists list. #WSMFP, #HardWorkingAmericans. Fantastic Bass player… not even mentioned, Milt Hinton was known to his peers and many descendants as “The Dean of Jazz Bassists.”, You can always nit-pick with a list like this, and this one is not bad, but Israel “Cachao” Lopez was also a huge influence on other musicians in many genres and seems like a major omission. But remember this is a list compiled by people with a small amount of musical education and even smaller amount of experience. These are all great players, I don’t think you could or should put them in an order of best to worst. Tommy Shannon is not to shabby either. Aside from his big band w. the Raelettes, Ray also had a quartet for 35 years. You’re right. Victor Wooten is nice but cannot play like Les Claypool in many ways. Roger Waters is a great musician, a good bass player but not a phenomenal one to be in the 13th place just after Jaco Pastorius and above bassists like Tony Levin and Billy Sheehan … and why Roger Glover is always underrated??? I’ve been playing bass for over 40 years and my heroes have always been Jack Bruce and Abraham Laboriel. he should be recognised as one of the greatest! a studio legend ……….and what about Walter Becker and Freddie Washington of Steely Dan ……..? Goes good with the sound of the band. I agree, she is a class to herself. The order is whack and bad!! He never received any training until the mid 90’s. paul mccartney better than marcus miller and the rest? 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 That level of melody and inventiveness challenged every bassist after him. Roger Glover 42? Just past Jaco?? To your argument, any list excluding John McVie, in my opinion, is not valid. Phil Lesh & Friends (click here to see two-day-in-review reviews) 14:50:01 08/25/99 Wed Two Views of a Secret, Part II: Phil Lesh and Friends, 8/21/99 Phil Lesh bass, vox Steve Kimock, guitars Al Schneir guitar, vox Michael Kang violin, electric mandolin, vox Kyle … With all the amazing things he does on the bass, he still somehow manages lead vocals…. Absolutely. And James Dewar. 5.) Bottom line is the groove and Jaco is the one. manca uno splendido tim bogert dei vanilla fudge, cactus,bogert.page.appice, ecc. she played on every song in the 60’s. Ronald LaPread from the Commodores should’ve got in there, Brick House was his finest hour!!! He shreds any strings you put in his hands. Jack Casidy from the old rock school, and certainly Tal Wilkenfeld. Donald “Duck” Dunn should be in the top ten. I just like the way he writes and plays. Alex Webster-Cannibal Corpse She’s better than 3/4 of that list and cute as hell too. Much of my top ten have been overlooked. Look most of these list that are on the web today are popularity contest of pop culture. I have no doubt he’s a damn good muso but from a complex technical point of view Billy Sheehan or Chris Squire for example would smash him out of the park. Greg Ridley’s Spooky Tooth contributions all appreciated. you’re on point about McCartney getting the bass sound up front early in the game. Easily my first choice. Spellcheck does NOT know bass players! How could Jaco not be amongst the top ten? The order is completely jacked. Sheehan can’t swing, and he is too much of a stylist. He´s my number one, Jack Casady is clearly missing, and he should be high ranked. Chris Squire, etc, of course, was a “better” bass player. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. He is a top 5 easily. No mention of Tim Drummond? While others quietly supported the groove, Butler turned the bass into a blunt instrument. Mark Andes – Spirit Deal with the Funk ALPHONSO JOHNSON … ETC. Ray Shulman from Gentle Giant? This list is invalid simply because Bill Wyman is on here! The history of groove would be far poorer without ‘Trenchtown Rock’. He’s officially the most recorded bassist in jazz, with credits in early CTI fusion and modern benefits and soundtracks, but Ron Carter would still make the list of greatest bassists if he did nothing more than play in Miles Davis’ “Second Great Quintet”, where he and Tony Williams were a rhythm section for the ages. Entwistle will always be #1! Agree Peter Cetera should absolutely be on this list, phenomenal player. Please proceed to have conniptions and hissy fits to your hearts’ content. No Dennis Dunaway??? Paul McCartney #7? And Willie Dixon should have been in the top five. Incredible. John Coltrane and Miles Davis and many others. Jon Camp from the 70’s Prog Rock band Renaissance should be on this list. Not only on Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna but also on tracks on Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland and other sessions with other artists. I agree with Flea, but Claypool should be with him! Abe Laboriel was THE go to session bassist for several decades. I was torn between Getty Lee and John Paul Jones at the #1 spot since Jones is so much more than just a bass player so a coin toss was in order. As a jazz-oriented trumpet player, Lesh developed his role in the band's mix through intuition and listening. Any bassist who hasn’t absorbed ‘Goodbye Pork Pie Hat’ or ‘Haitian Fight Song’ hasn’t explored their instrument properly. Paul McCartney number 5 is laughable. ?John Pattitucci,,,Bronson Begay,,Alain Caron,,,Tom Peterrson,,Pete Way, John Paul Jones to win Getty Lee runner up SuzI Quatro deserves to be on the list. Chirs Squire’s basslines in Yes were full of melodic imagination, and often the song’s main instrumental hook (see ‘Roundabout’. He’s the most melodic player since McCartney. A big smile on my face with 30/40-ies geniuses like Basie’s Walter Page and Ellington’s Jimmy Blanton (+ 1942) mentioned here. RON CORTER 1. Jimmy Haslip from the Yellowjackets is outstanding. Without whom I wouldn’t be playing bass. Lists like this are always lacking and shortsighted. It’s astounding to me that Adam Clayton never makes any of these lists. My own list would have to include Jack Cassidy, Doug Pinnick, Richard Sinclair, Jonas Reingold, Colin Moulding and Kasim Sulton, and I would have Jack Bruce sharing the No.1 spot with the Ox if possible. Great Bassists should be known for what they contributed to the sound of a song. I have just committed the greatest sin— I have failed to place THE LATE GREAT JACK BRUCE, as one of the best,if not the best Bassist/ Vocalists of all time in the above mentioned list. Tom T-Bone Wolk was a great bass player too and it is not included…unfair! Maybe not top 10 for McVie but definitely top 50. What about Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull) and the legendary Danny Thompson??? Still 50% is a FAIL! What a ridiculous effing list. Hahahaha you can tell this list was made by a white guy,Flea number 3 lolol my ass James Jameson not on top 10 ? Missing is Paul Newton, the original bassist from Uriah Heep. They backed up Gary U. S. Bonds, The Shirelles, Chuck Berry, etc. This listis about half right. Nuf Said. Try playing All Right Now without the bass. Phil Lesh And Friends ‎– Live At The Warfield Label: Relix Records ‎– 88697006719, Image Entertainment ‎– 88697006719 Eddie Macdonald, John Taylor and Adam Clayton to name but three. otherwise it’s symplier make a list of 50 bassplayers in alphabetical order. When I was a seventh grader in the fall of ’66, I started playing bass by copying anyone and everyone. If it were me, guys like Billy Sheehan would be farther up the list, but that doesn’t mean he’s more important than Paul, Geezer, or Geddy. But there’s bass players that weren’t even considered that are better than half of the players on the list and I’m one of them .i believe in the Muhammed Ali approach not political views on playing but obvious talent . No Greg Ridley? Otherwise, a good list. I had a lot of fun looking at the list. You also missed Willie Weeks. tony reeves greenslade was a good classy bass player. Jack Casady, Rob Wasserman, Dave Schools, Rick Danko, Krist Noveselic? 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