No Doug Pinnick from Kings X? Carol Kaye very impressive, but mostly in studio, she played on so many of the big hits. You’ll be laughing too hard to write anything down. Victor IS great, but he certainly is NOT better than Sheehan, Myung, or Hamm…. I see Carol Kaye, Duck, and James Jamerson but didn’t see David Hood’s name, seems like an oversight to me. NHOP only came up once and did not see Christian McBride at all. Jack was incredible. I will be your best session bass player on metal, rock, pop, jazz. Thanks for the Overend “Pete” Watts shout out! Why is mostly rock? FELIX PAPPALARDI you haven’t heard true music. Not only does he have an established background in funk, hip-hop, rock, metal, electronic music, and polished pop, he’s equally at home with traditional and effected bass tones, and he’s a fixture in the American and British music industry. More importantly than this list is the Bassist of the Milennium which was also won by Entwistle. As with any list of this sort, I don’t get too excited or aggravated over the ‘order’ of the honorees, and the other commenters have pointed out that several phenomenal players didn’t ‘make’ the list. Metallica, Suicidal Tendencies Led Zeppelin? Tal Wilkenfeld. I think these 3 would put most of them to shame. I think Tommy Shannon deserves a place on this list. Look up some of her gigs with Jeff Beck … she’s a phenomenal bass player! He and Geddy Lee were the reasons I learned to play bass! Please proceed to have conniptions and hissy fits to your hearts’ content. 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? While you’re reading, listen to our Best Bass Guitar Riffs playlist here. Victor Wooten is arguably the most technically accomplished of any living bass player on this list. Short THUMPS on all the right places.Talk about understated bass. However, I notice Roger Waters from Pink Floyd on the list. Are you nor familiar with Geddy Lee’s playing? In addition to appearances from music luminaries such as Pharrell, Lamar and Wiz Khalifa, the album fused electronic music with jazz fusion and, as well as highlighting Thundercat’s bass playing prowess, also cemented his reputation as a top producer. Seriously….somethings wrong with this list. I have been a bass player for about 30 years and over the last 5 or 6 years re examined how I was playing and made some changes. These lists should make provision for more than one player on the same ranking. Jack Bruce is best known for being the bassist and singer in Cream, the supergroup that also featured guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker. Greg Ridley’s Spooky Tooth contributions all appreciated. Colin Bass of CAMEL would wipe the floor with most of the above. I agree….Paul Macartney better than many of lower ranked ones??? Powerhouse bass player Trujillo has always been the muscular glue holding Metallica together, and his contributions to 2016’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct would have made Cliff Burton proud. Yeah, Jack Cassidy too. ” Prog Rock A list of 50 top bass players without Jack Casady is unthinkable! Especially watch the 25+ minute “Ashes are Burning” starting at the 1:18:00 mark, where Jon Camp does a duet with John Tout’s Piano before breaking out in an extended bass solo at about 1:29:00 and plays the bass like a guitar. Willie Weeks… Abe Laboriel… Rocco Prestia… Rhonda Smith… ? Go see them, they get better with age! Paul M is better than Jaco ? Chris Campbell for his work in the silver bullet band Jenny Lee Lindberg Bassists never get the credit they deserve, so this week we asked NME.com users for their favourites. I really don’t think paul Mccarthy should make it on a 50 most honourable mention list after the 50 greatest list.. How can you have Roger Glover and no Glenn Hughes? Ridiculous. Nas, Yungblud Scores First UK No.1 With ‘Weird!’, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crBHlEorf7I, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xKfAjUggeE, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCIWmldNbyA, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb5KHXW48uI, http://www.laweekly.com/music/carol-kaye-is-the-greatest-bass-player-you-probably-never-heard-of-5499694, http://supergroup.netfirms.com/index5.htm, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TesEEKKAD3Y, https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/free-seed-on-soho-ep-10/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKTPb9ejmaY. You guys have got to be kidding. Seriously, listen to more Stevie Ray Vaughan and old Johnny Winter. I’m assuming so; James Jamerson, who virtually single-handedly INVENTED the concept of melodic bassline in pop music at 19?? And if you want power and melody, Bruce Foxton from the Jam is a notable exception, much better than Sting. 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. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) 17. She’s the luckiest girl in the world. These are all great players, I don’t think you could or should put them in an order of best to worst. Did I ever love Ian Dury and the Blockheads and Norman Watt Roy was half the reason. What! He could make a fretless talk. Turn up the bass. Joe wrote great melodies which I would play on my record player at 45 so I could learn the lines. There’s a few of the guy’s I’ve not come across before but, I’d of of had Greg Lake, John Wetton, Dave Pegg and Jimmy Lea in there somewhere! His playing in Cactus was amazing! Far superior to his peers! I can’t believe you overlooked James Dewar. 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. Just past Jaco?? Paul McCartney just behind Geddy Lee and Flea? Paul McCartney number 5 is laughable. He’s also a great vocalist. Again, however, Waters is solid on the bass and very loud. is the best BASS Cette liste craint yen a plein qui mérite pas leur place. Pity that he’s largely gone off bass playing in recent years. No Jonas Hellborg, Percy Jones, Stuart Hamm, Tal Wilkenfeld, or John Patitucci? Who is the best? No doubt, he is one of the greats! 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. Glaring omissions are Jack Casady and Felix Pappalardi (top 10 for me). Therefore a will add Felix Papalardi i didn’t know thecnycal know how isn’t a parameter to make a list of best 50 bass players, you are so right,his bass playing live was amazin. Exactly…..TIM BOGART not in the Top 5????? He briefly filled the bass chair for the West Coast hardcore crew Suicidal Tendencies and shortly after pursued additional session work, providing bass guitar to a long list of acts ranging from Erykah Badu to Snoop Dogg, and Leon Ware and beyond. Agree 100%. On my list I would slot in Dennis Dunaway from the original Alice Cooper Band in top 20. Neil Murray? Roger Glover McCartney not that great. !1 puhleessee!! there’s just too much and too many …. Give me a break !!!!! Jerry Penrod is the original bassist of Iron Butterfly and one of the best I ever heard, better than 95% of this list. Absolutely agreed. peter green -Fleetwood Mac (1967. Victor Wooten is exceptional but I don’t see him driving Deep Purple. This list needs to be updated to include Thundercat! Stanley Clarke is awesome…. Glad he was because he’s a beast, Actually if the truth be known Jaco was the best. Airplane in -68. Not only does he have an established … Everybody who played bass with James Brown arguably deserves a place on any list of greatest bassists, but Bernard Odum was the bassist on two of funk’s most seminal texts, ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’ and ‘Cold Sweat’, thus earning himself the title as one of the most influential bassists of his time. 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. Michael Anthony was right for Van Halen and his harmony’s made many VH songs great, but he was not a great bass player. Where is jean jacques burnel? ... Information. Thank you for saying Mel shocker GFR is so underrated!!! Where are Lee Jackson, Janick Top,Jamaaladeen Tacuma, John Greaves, Rocketry Morton? McVie honed his craft with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers ~ a group that influenced almost every rock band in the 60’s. A guy you don’t hear much about. 2017 highlight: No best bassist list should ever be without a bit of Bootsy. Colin Bass (3 Mustaphas 3, Camel) Jens Becker (Grave Digger) Walter Becker ; Mark Bedford (Madness, Voice of the Beehive) Robert Levon Been (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) Garry Gary Beers ; Nick Beggs (Kajagoogoo, Iona) Andy Bell ; Robert Bell (Kool & the Gang) Matt Bellamy (The Jaded Hearts Club) Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Mike Keneally, Dethklok) I can’t believe no-one mentioned Tim Bogert from Vanilla Fudge. Great list. This list is a joke !!! Bob passed away at age 57. To learn to play The Beatles song’s bass correctly from zero would take weeks. where is Bootsy? I know it’s been mentioned before, but how can you leave Felix Pappalardi off this list? Too many omissions to take seriously to be honest. He solidified Chicago’s rhythm section. Point blank period!!! Whomever constructed it ought to he feed to Tammy Fae Baker inbetween make up sessions. And you have Duff (G n R) in the top 20? Live!) Wooten is often credited with being one of the best modern jazz bassists in the world. what about micheele d’gayochello and rudy sarzo? 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). Very emotional bass lines as well, and an innovator. This list was made up by a bunch of white dudes who favor rock….and even then.. no Mike Watt? His new album Smoke On This is a real, gritty and rocking affair. Enthwistle always No1. The quintessential “quiet one”, John Entwistle could also be the noisiest one when the time was right. I agree with the number 1 choice. And on the jazz side Max Bennett and Ron Carter. though not as good as he was.. Roger Waters ahead of Charles Mingus and Bootsy Collins? Flea is the most entretaining but his creativity is limited without John Frusciante and he usually play similar riffs. When he was asked to play electric bass on a 1964 session, Jack Bruce immediately recognized the instrument’s potential. 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. It’s about WHAT he plays. Instrumental tracks like ‘YYZ’ and ‘La Villa Strangiato’ tend to have Lee’s greatest licks, but don’t forget that he was usually doing all this while playing keyboard parts with his feet. James Jamerson’s less-celebrated Motown successor deserves inclusion here. Thanks for mentioning Hugh Hopper. Mark Andes – Spirit Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Top Ten Bassists of All Time Watch clips from the winners, including Flea, … He wasn’t a “showman” but then I’ve never been impressed with showmen in the rythmn section, that’s the front mans gig. Jack Casady formerly of the Jefferson Airplane and now Hot Tuna should be in the top ten without question. It’s a POLL OF POLLS people!!!!! This list is wacked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Put Tal Wilkerson on that list, too. Not Jeff Berlin and Alain Caron on the list, this is a shit. Personally, I would put Getty Lee as #1 and maybe flip flop John Entwistle with Flea but really, all of them are fantastic musicians. Likely story. I think the voting is a popularity contest more than anything to do with talent. No Greg Ridley???? a rude one! Where’s Doug Wimbish?! That’s sacrilege. As far as talent. The most famous of all bass players (as mentioned by Homer Simpson himself). Michael Molenda, writing in Bass Player magazine, said that Kaye could listen to other musicians and instantly work out a memorable bass line that would fit with the song, such as her additions to Sonny & … No condemnation of his talent, but how is Flea ranked ahead of Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Chris Squire, and Charles Mingus? Paul McCartney should be MUCH lower. That guy is a monster on bass. NORMAN WATT ROY No other band puts Bass in the front. Zappa: Always had bands made up from the creme de la creme of musicians, but not always the flashiest. Gary Thain on ‘July Morning’ was as thundering as it gets…Glover, Sachler, and Mr. Glenn Hughes! JOHN WETTON – TIM BOGARD – JIMMY LEA – FELIX PAPPALARDI – HELMUT HATTLER I agree with Bruce, McCartney, Jones and Entwistle, the other six could be replaced with at least ten of the remainging forty and some who did not make the list. 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 !! tony reeves greenslade was a good classy bass player. While I was influenced by the others Dunn’s “style” was my cornerstone. It doesnt matter if i like these two guys or not. Right behind Les Claypool. Unbelievable! Lake, Papallardi, Larry Taylor, Gerry MacAvoy an a long etc…. I’ve been playing bass for over 40 years and my heroes have always been Jack Bruce and Abraham Laboriel. John Entwistle is my man… Unfortunately the best basplayer ever……. Another one bites the dust? Nobody ever heard of Pete Cetera? His bass skills actually surpass the skills of the 6-string guitar players for the bands in numbers 1 through 9. Don’t even get me started on CUBAN bass players, but check out Cachaito and cachao fer sure. wtf Paul McCartney better than Jack Bruce…hahahahahha. How Tom and drummer Chester Thompson really pump thru all tricky FZ trade marks. Put some of these NY session players in a studio and give them a chance to swap stories and you’d best use your voice memo. wheres Randy Coven? But ya got jazz& other styles sprinkled iin there. Great Bassists should be known for what they contributed to the sound of a song. As for the Beatles, I am not so sure about the effect of the bass on the music. No Walter Page, Slam Stewart, or Jimmy Blanton? Usually playing fretless bass, he had no problem putting walking jazz basslines into their most straightforward pop tunes and rocking out during their jazz numbers. 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. 2017 highlight: Black Sabbath played their final shows together in 2017, the very last one fittingly performed in their hometown of Birmingham. Brother Dan. A prolific session bassist, he has played bass for acts such as The Who, the John Mayer Trio, Nine Inch Nails, Gary Numan, Jeff Beck, D'Angelo, The Power Station and The Pussycat Dolls. To carry those songs with all that Emerson and Palmer had going on around him. An unforgettable sight, and a sweet memory 40-some years later). Lee Sklar at 49? Sklar, Dunn, East, and Louis Johnson in the bottom 10?!?! His hero was Charlie Mingus, No And Fraser??? What a farce this list is. And where is JACK CASSIDY? Might have a better chance to honor more fine musicians. You have to have lived thru the 60’s to recognize the impact McCartney had on all the other bass players behind him. Jamerson BARELY makes top 20. The”Johns” are absolutely correct…Entwistle first, then John Paul Jones! What about Randy Jackson, Skeet Curtis Bill Dickens. I play for a cover band and i would definitely be a great bassist over McCartney. 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