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Top 10 bassists according to Music Radar.

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by pica, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. pica

    pica Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2009
    I'm sure there have been many top bassists lists over the years. Here are the top 10 according to the website Music Radar.

    1. John Taylor
    2. Geddy Lee
    3. Simon Gallup
    4. Mark King
    5. Jaco Pastorius
    6. Flea
    7. John Entwistle
    8. Victor Wooten
    9. John Paul Jones
    10. Paul McCartney

    Once again this is not my list so don't start sending me hate mail and all that other stuff. :D
  2. Kazz3lrath


    Jan 5, 2012
    Nothing about this list makes sense to me. John Taylor is a good player, no doubt about that, but number one? How did they come to that conclusion?

    Also, Simon Gallup and Mark King? How did guys like that make the list while guys like Marcus Miller and Justin Chancellor didn't?

    I seem to have lost my ability toucan.
  3. The names should be changed to protect the innocent...
  4. phillybass101


    Jan 12, 2011
    Artist, Trickfish Amplification Bartolini Emerging Artist, MTD Kingston Emerging Artist. Artist, Tsunami Cables
    No gripe here on my part but I'd say on who's Radar? Certainly not mine LOL!!!
  5. Great bassists, every one.
  6. Tampabass

    Tampabass Going Viral By 2080 Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2006
    I know you are, but what am I?
    never heard of the web site Music Radar.
  7. 1960jbass


    Mar 28, 2013
    Berwick, PA
    Entwistle number 7??? And where's Jack Bruce and Chris Squire?? Never heard of Music Radar myself and with a top ten list like that I won't go looking for them!!
  8. dtraxe


    Mar 21, 2013
    North New Jersey
    Who is John Taylor?
    Where is:
    Alain Caron
    Jeff Berlin
    Percy Jones?
    I think before John Entwhistle!
    my opinion, forgive typos IPhones suck
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

  10. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    <insert obligatory Les Claypool gripe>

    <insert obligatory Les Claypool gripe response in which Les Claypool is described as a gimmicky showman and not a true musician>

    <insert polite flame war>

    ::Thread successfully derailed::
  11. bass geetarist

    bass geetarist

    Jul 29, 2013
    Not really a fan of music radar, or lists of "best ____ players", but it seems somewhat mind boggling to me that someone created a list of top 10 bass players and did not include James Jamerson.
  12. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    Lol! I didn't even catch that! Jamerson's such a given for lists like this that I just assumed he was on there, even though his name's nowhere to be found. It's like my brain said "Oh, don't worry. I'll fill that blank in for you."
  13. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I had to Google Simon Gallup. I love The Cure...but really? :confused:
  14. No Nathan Watts?
  15. Peace Cee

    Peace Cee

    Feb 9, 2011
    I suppose nobody has heard of Junebug Jones. Why the H-E-doublehockeysticks was he not included? Confounded list.
  16. dwm74


    Nov 8, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    This is so typical of ANY 'best' list...define 'best', and in whose OPINION?. Since there isn't an actual playability and skills test for bassists, it's all conjecture and opinion anyway.

    Speaking for myself, I let my own ears decide who I like to listen to, and I don't care whether or not they're the BEST on anybody else's list.

    And besides that, where's Billy Sheehan?
  17. bass geetarist

    bass geetarist

    Jul 29, 2013
    Haha, I totally know what you mean. I actually looked back at the op 3 or 4 times before posting thinking "am I reading this right?"
  18. pica

    pica Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2009
    The website listed 60. I just posted the top 10.
  19. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    I saw this list recently and could NOT in any way believe they put Simon Gallup at 3rd, nevermind in a top 50. He's probably my main influence, but only at best one out of of 500 bassists would name him as one. So i'm glad and yet aware the vast majority of people would disagree and they probably would be right (though i think it's totally fair to put him in a top 50, even 25, but 3rd makes it sound like some fanboy like me made that list...). He probably himself would feel very uncomfortable to be in that list. Obviously those that made it are really into 80's music since they also put Taylor at 1.... I like Taylor, but no one else on this top ten list i really care for except for Enstwistle even if he's not really an influence. I just think he might be the coolest bassist that ever lived. Its hard to judge such a thing. So many factors to consider. Like name recognition, influence, technical skill, originality, composition skill, and even dare i say, cool factor...etc etc.
  20. villhelmromero


    Oct 12, 2013
    these lists are all subjective. best at what? following the drummer? writing riffs? being a showman? dropping panties? it's all a mater of opinion. my opinion would be geddy lee #1 because he takes on many roles. bass, synth, and singing all at tbe same time. but there are more skilled bass players that solely play bass. like I said. it's all purely subjective according to each person's tastes and opinions.

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