best bassist of all time

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by basstotheface, Mar 6, 2010.


  1. Sir Paul Mccartney

    10 vote(s)
    7.8%
  2. Geddy Lee

    17 vote(s)
    13.3%
  3. Cliff Burton

    8 vote(s)
    6.3%
  4. Jaco

    38 vote(s)
    29.7%
  5. Flea

    4 vote(s)
    3.1%
  6. Gene Simmons

    5 vote(s)
    3.9%
  7. John Entwistle

    21 vote(s)
    16.4%
  8. Les Claypool

    2 vote(s)
    1.6%
  9. Victor Wooten

    15 vote(s)
    11.7%
  10. Steve Harris

    8 vote(s)
    6.3%
  1. based on:
    influence on music in general, bass,the band, and even society
    techincal difficulty of bass lines
    groove


    remember guys this is best bassist, not your favorite
     
  2. JoeBelc

    JoeBelc

    Apr 6, 2008
    Pekin, Illinois
    Sure as heck not me...
     
  3. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
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  4. snyderz

    snyderz

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    You left a few hundred bassists off your list.
     
  5. DiabolicLow B

    DiabolicLow B Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    Yea, not too much to choose from there...
     
  6. i tried to get a lot that everyone would know. itd be impossible to list every amazing bassists in one poll just go with whats up there
     
  7. I dunno - even Tony Levin?
    (my personal fave; so I'm shocked he's not on the list).

    Damn, so many, too many to even list.
     
  8. SpasticFingers

    SpasticFingers

    Mar 2, 2010
    Gene Simmons is there, but Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Tony Levin aren't.
     
  9. tristero- i thought about tony but then thought many ppl wouldnt know him because hes a session musician but he is amazing and im pretty sure hes been on literally 500 albums
     
  10. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer

    Jan 21, 2009
    Québec
    This thread is doomed from the start.
     
  11. I see no James Jamerson. Ever heard of Motown?
     
  12. tomwilliams1983

    tomwilliams1983

    Apr 6, 2009
    The fact that thes no John Paul Jones says it all
    I personally think Jaco is the best Jazz bassist of all time but probably couldnt hold a candle to JPJ when it comes to rock music and vice versa. Anyway music is subjective
     
  13. Tim C.

    Tim C.

    Feb 4, 2010
    Chicago
    And I'm not on this list....why?

    :eyebrow:

    :D

    All this thread will prove is which bassist has the most fanboys on Talkbass. :ninja:
     
  14. SpasticFingers

    SpasticFingers

    Mar 2, 2010
    Tony Levin is also a member of King Crimson, and has been a member of Liquid Tension Experiment and Peter Gabriel's band. Then there's his band, and several others that he's worked with. In fact, he's less of a session musician these days then a touring musician pursuing different projects.
     
  15. Bigjohn

    Bigjohn

    Mar 5, 2010
    I think
    Jamerson,
    JP Jones,
    Jack Bruce
    and
    Chris Squire
    were very influential.
     
  16. ive never been very fond of john pauls jones bass lines. he really impressed me because of his other instrument work. and can you really compare ANY of his bass lines to anyone i listed. some maybe, but overall i feel he was exceptional because of his musical talent in different instruments, just my 2 cents
     
  17. stoolpigeon

    stoolpigeon

    Dec 17, 2009
    Greenville SC
    Uncle Tony...hands down should be near the top of that list.
     
  18. waleross

    waleross

    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    bIGjohn :cool: NAILED A GOOD LIST , NOTHING TO ADD.....
     
  19. Derek Smalls FTW
     
  20. Hoover

    Hoover Inactive

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City


    You're 12, right?
     
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