Top Ten Greatest Bassists In Rock

“Bass-guitar is one of the hardest instruments to learn, and today we’re taking a look at the best bassists in rock. The guys that make it look easy. Make sure to drop a like!

10. Mike Inez (Alice In Chains)

“Mike Inez of Alice In Chains without hesitation had to make this list. The guy uses bass more of like a lead guitar than a back-up rhythm instrument. Mike’s been known for bringing Alice In Chains to great bass-lines. Like in “Heaven Beside You” for example.”

9. Sting (The Police)

“Sting of The Police shows a lot of talent. Being the lead singer, songwriter, and bassist. Known for his reggae-ish bass-lines, Sting is commonly known for his skills as a bassist. Sure he’s a multi-instrumentalist but everybody recognizes this guy for who he really is. An amazing bassist. In songs such as “Message In A Bottle”, and “Roxanne”, you won’t believe that he can do that and sing all at once.”

8. Adam Clayton (U2)

“U2’s Adam Clayton knows more techniques than any other bassist of the 80’s does. He brings in very popular guitar techniques such as tapping, and he slaps like no other 80’s rocker.”

7. Paul McCartney (The Beatles)

“Most commonly known as one of the founding members of the Fab Four, let me tell you know that he’s much more. McCartney is one of the best at composing bass-lines and chord progressions. In “Come Together”, “I Want You”, and “Here Comes The Sun”, you hear that Paul can play simple melodic riffs fantastic, and also some of the most challenging stuff ever.”

6. Millard Powers (Counting Crows)

“This guy is probably the most underrated bass-player ever. Millard Powers of Counting Crows knows bass like you and I know breathing. He plays high on the neck and bends the heck out of the strings showing that he could easily also be one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Honorable tracks proving his abilities are in songs such as “Mr. Jones”, “Haginaround”, and especially “Mrs. Potters Lullaby”.

5. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)

“Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler goes up and down the fretboard and shows his talent just about every song. From slapping to tapping, Mr. Butler proves his case.”

4. Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band)

“Like about everybody in Dave Matthews Band, Stefan Lessard is a classically trained musician. He can do whatever your mind can generate and more on a bass guitar. From simple melodies, to distortion in star-spangled spanner, to just overall amazement.”

3. Krist Novoselic (Nirvana)

“Krist’s bass lines will stick with you for days. Known for his unique and clunky sound, Novoselic is one of the all time greatest rock bassists ever. No matter what they will always leave you humming. Their melodic as ever in songs like “Dumb”, or “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, and especially the iconic bass riff in “Lithium”, or it often being mistaken as guitar in “Heart-Shaped Box”.

2. Mike Dirnt (Green Day)

“Green Day’s Mike Dirnt brought using a pick while playing bass-guitar back. He composed some of the funkiest and most melodic bass riffs in rock. From simplistic yet amazing lines like in “Holiday”, to extremely difficult and incredible in songs such as “Longview”, or “When I Come Around”. Even with Dirnt’s simple riffs, he proves his talent. Like in Holiday, it’s so simple yet mind-blowing. Even in it’s simplicity. Maybe that’s what makes it so perfect.”

“Before I give you my #1 pick for the greatest bassist in rock music, here a few honorable mentions…”

11. Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots)

12. Mike Starr (Alice In Chains)

13. Collin Greenwood (Radiohead)

14. John Entwhistle (The Who)

15. Les Claypool (Primus)

16. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)

17. Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)

18. John Deacon (Queen)

19. Don McVie (Fleetwood Mac)

20. Noel Redding (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

1. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

“I’m certain this doesn’t come as a surprise to anybody reading. After all I did post a blog titled “Why Flea Is The Greatest Bassist Of All Time” pretty recently. Flea is legendary, his energy and passion is like nobody else’s and a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers success is credited to this guy. He composed some of the catchiest bass lines in rock and his aggressive slap bass style has inspired many bassists for years.”

“Thank you guys for reading! Make sure to follow me on LinkedIn (Luke Giese), and subscribe to my YouTube channel “The Book of Luke”. Tell me who your favorite bass-player is! Is there anybody you think I left out?”

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