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Choose your top 10 bassists

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by SlapPopBass, Apr 2, 2014.

Your Top 10 Bassists?

Poll closed May 22, 2014.
  1. Charles Mingus

    11 vote(s)
  2. Jaco Pastorius

    20 vote(s)
  3. James Jamerson

    23 vote(s)
  4. Stanley Clarke

    13 vote(s)
  5. Flea

    9 vote(s)
  6. Jack Bruce

    10 vote(s)
  7. Paul McCartney

    21 vote(s)
  8. Sting

    9 vote(s)
  9. John Myung

    7 vote(s)
  10. John Entwistle

    23 vote(s)
  11. John Paul Jones

    21 vote(s)
  12. Steve Harris

    12 vote(s)
  13. Cliff Burton

    6 vote(s)
  14. Geddy Lee

    21 vote(s)
  15. Chris Squire

    15 vote(s)
  16. Les Claypool

    14 vote(s)
  17. Victor Wooten

    11 vote(s)
  18. Carol Kaye

    13 vote(s)
  19. Larry Graham

    12 vote(s)
  20. Louis Johnson

    6 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Hello,

    I am currently doing a college project/presentation based on my personal tastes and interests. I decided to settle on the subject of famous bassists, and to add spice to my presentation, I'll put up my own list of the Top 10 Bassists. After knocking some heads together, I have decided the bass players on the list will be chosen from the following criteria:

    a) How influential and prolific this person was (or is) as a bass player in the music world
    b) How technically and musically inclined this bass player was(or is)
    c) How much did this bass player do to contribute to the instrument as a whole

    Since my opinion would obviously be biased, I thought it would be a good idea to let no one else but a whole horde of bass players cast their vote.:D

    (Note: I understand not everyone's favorite is here, but after some research and some internet scouting the list has been concluded to these 20 people. And also Tb doesn't allow more then 20 options, so sorry about that)
  2. Boom762

    Boom762 I AM the one who Booms! Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2013
    Lubbock, TX
    Only 3 of my top ten were on the list :/
    Brazilfunk likes this.
  3. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Yeah, only two of my favourites are on that list: Jamerson and Larry Graham. Weird, too, that you would include Mingus but no other upright players. You might as well just make it all electric bassists.
  4. inthevelvet


    Jul 2, 2012
    Even though there was no duck dunn, I still played:)
  5. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Yeah, several of my top ten were not on the list so I didn't vote.
  6. gbrooding

    gbrooding Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2011
    Abraham Laboriel was not on your list, but I still voted!
  7. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    to my mind, these are two separate issues and are often at odds with each other:

    b) How technically and musically inclined this bass player was(or is)

    but I voted anyway.
  8. Sartori

    Sartori Banned Supporting Member

    I agree. "Technically inclined" to me means how good the person's technique is, how skilled they are. "Musically inclined" means more how good a songwriter they are. An example (for me) of how they're not really the same would be Cliff Burton, whose work I enjoy more from a songwriting perspective, while his technique was not always that great.

    My favorite bassist, Geezer Butler, was not on the list. Nor were Al Cisneros or Dave Edwardson, Justin Chancellor, or Pol Macaimlaigh, other favorites of mine.