Greatest rock bass players
of all times


TM, ®, Copyright © 1999 Piero Scaruffi
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(For the 21st century see this page)
  1. Les Claypool (Primus)
  2. Jack Bruce (Cream)
  3. Jah Wobble (Public Image Ltd)
  4. Tony Levin (King Crimson)
  5. Melvin Gibbs (Rollins Band, Arto Lindsay)
  6. Michael "Flea" Balzary (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  7. Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu)
  8. Bill Laswell (Material)
  9. Fred Chalenor (Caveman Shoestore, Tone Dogs)
  10. Colin Hodgkinson (Back Door)
  11. Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone)
  12. James Jamerson (all Tamla Motown hits)
  13. Bernard Edwards (Chic)
  14. Mark Sandman (Morphine)
  15. Billy Sheehan (Mr Big)
  16. Chris Hillman (Byrds)
  17. Dave Pajo (Slint, For Carnation, Tortoise, Aerial M)
  18. Andrew Weiss (Gone)
  19. Juliana Hatfield (Blake Babies)
  20. Ethan Buckler (Slint)
  21. Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys)
  22. Fred Erskine (June Of 44)
  23. Doug McCombs (Eleventh Dream Day, Tortoise)
  24. Mike Watt (Minutemen)
  25. Doug Wimbish (Tackhead)
  26. Reggie "Fieldy" Arvizu (Korn)
  27. Sasha Frere-Jones (Ui)
  • Brian Gibson (Lightning Bolt)
  • David Sims (Scratch Acid, Rapeman, Jesus Lizard)
  • Muzz Skillings (Living Colour)
  • John Entwistle (Who)
  • Gabriel Katz (Blind Idiot God)
  • Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads)
  • Stephen Immerwahr (Codeine)
  • John Curley (Afghan Whigs)
  • Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)
  • Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam)
  • Vern Rumsey (Unwound)
  • Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead)
  • Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane)
  • Percy Jones (Brand X)
  • Peter Steele (Type O Negative)
  • Brian Richie (Violent Femmes)
  • Ron Sakowski (Necros, Laughing Hyenas)
  • Marc Sloan (Ritual Tension)
  • Peter Conway (Rifle Sport)
  • Cliff Burton (Metallica)
  • John Myung (Dream Theater)
  • Sting (Police)
  • Chris Novoselic (Nirvana)
  • Leland Sklar
  • Tim Bogert
  • Colin Cameron
  • Freebo Freebo
  • Kenny Lee Lewis
  • Michael Anthony
  • Phil Chen
  • Geddy Lee (Rush)
  • Dave Allen (Gang Of Four)
  • Kim Deal (Pixies)
  • Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
  • Pat Morris (Don Caballero)
  • Bridget Cross (Unrest)
  • Brian Wilson (Beach Boys)
  • Joyce Raskin (Scarce)
  • Stuart Hamm
  • Kendra Smith (Dream Syndicate)
  • Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
  • Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins)
  • Greg Arama (Amboy Dukes)
  • Larry Boothroyd (Hellworms)
  • Chris Squire (Yes)
  • Sebastian Steinberg (Soul coughing)
  • Paul McCartney (Beatles)
  • Mike Kunka (Godheadsilo)
  • Squarepusher
  • Joe Lally (Fugazi)
  • Ryan Hembrey (Boxhead Ensemble)
  • Trevor Dunn (Mr Bungle)
  • Dave Fridmann (Mercury rev)
  • Justin Chancellor (Tool)
  • Bob Weston (Shellac)
  • Nick Olivieri (Kyuss)
  • Roly Wynne (Ozric tentacles)
  • Mick Karn (Japan)
  • Matt Freeman (Rancid)
  • Jennifer Finch (L7)
  • Lemmy (Motorhead)
  • Tara Jean O'Neil (Rodan)
  • Mike Mills (REM)
  • Kev Hopper (Stump)
  • John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
  • Steven Severin (Siouxsee)