Top 5 Bass Players Who You Believe Are The Greatest To Ever Play?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Funk$tar, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
    I would say this is a hard one for me considering most of the bass players I am influenced by are very underrated and not well known among many but I guess I can give the 5 who have influenced me the most:

    1) James Jamerson
    2) Bernard Edwards
    3) Victor Wooten
    4) Tracy Wormworth
    5) Mark Bedford

    Plus a little bonus one: Wayman Tisdale
    I don't care if anyone says that he's not a real bassist, take that crap some where else...
  2. wolffire99


    Feb 19, 2013
    St. Louis
    1. John Stirratt (wilco)

    2. Zack Hickman (Josh Ritter)

    3. Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes)

    4. Nate Query (the decemberists)

    5. Josh Ward (Hey Rosetta)
  3. JPJ
    Marvin Gaye
    Marvin Isley
  4. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
    Marvin Gaye Played Bass? I think your trying to refer to James Jamerson, great bassist...
  5. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada not sure what you mean here. You just mean our favorites regardless of technical skill or influence on bass in general?

    Cause my favorites, and greatest influences, are Simon Gallup, Andy Rourke, Paul Simonon, John Taylor and Leigh Gorman. None of which are recognized for their technical skills, in fact Simonon and Gallup are downright very ordinary technique wise. I think in general though i tend to be influenced by basslines more than bassists, if you know what i mean. There's bassists i only really like for a handful of songs but i learned those basslines and they likely had an influence on me. In the end i suppose i'm more a songwriter than a bassist. Even if bass is my favorite, and first, instrument
  6. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I primarily listen to rock so I am not as familiar with some of the other names mentioned so for me:

    Paul McCartney
    James Jamerson
    John Entwistle
    Jack Bruce
    Geddy Lee
  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That sounds like a five favorites list, but ain't nothing wrong with that!:)
  8. Have to agree with all previous posts with special affinity for Milks "fav/best" players.
  9. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
    Haha thanks xD
  10. Funk$tar

    Funk$tar Guest

    Jun 8, 2013
    Sorry I should've elaborated more but either or is fine! Plus I agree with you, Simonon is a great underrated bassist, people think just because he was with the clash, a punk band, that he isn't as skillful as any other bassists out there which he really was.
  11. GK Growl

    GK Growl

    Dec 31, 2011
    Top 5 who influenced me the most? This is certainly easy to answer but some of these players would probably not make the lists of anyone else:

    In no particular order:

    Robert DeLeo
    Duff Mckagan
    John Taylor
    John McVie
    Will Lee
  12. Aussie Player

    Aussie Player

    Apr 20, 2011
    The biggest Mac
    Jack Bruce
    Andy Fraser
    The Ox