My Top 10 Bass Guitarist of All Time
10. Billy Sheehan - The bassist known for his work with famous groups like Mr. Big can shred faster than most guitar players and is like Yngwie Malmsteen of bass playing.
9. Sting - A singer, songwriter, musician, and bandleader, who has always used the bass as his steering wheel. Sting is known for his rhythmic, bouncy and relative simple bass playing, which nevertheless, generally, is the driving force in his songs.
8. Jack Bruce ? The bass guitarist of Eric Clapton’s power trio, Cream, has been referred to as a ""World-class pioneer in his main instrument; a composer of some of the most endurable and recognizable rock songs of our time”
7. Pino Palladino ? The John Mayer Trio bassist has gained fame playing primarily rock and roll, blues rock, and rhythm and blues music. His ability to fit his unique style into any type of music and not only make it work but make sound great is a rare skill indeed.
6. Rocco Prestia ? The funkiest bass player has defined his own style and become synonymous with the much-imitated ‘Finger Style Funk' that he pioneered back in the '60s and '70s.
5. Victor Wooten ? A recipient of five Grammy Awards, this solo bass guitarist was the first person to win ""Bass Guitarist of the Year"" award from Bass Player magazine three times in a row.
4. John Paul Jones ? The one responsible for the classic bass lines of the group Led Zeppelin has shared an appreciation for funk and soul rhythmic grooves which strengthened and enhanced the band’s musical affinity.
3. Flea - Highly regarded as one of the best rock bass players of all time, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist, incorporates several musical styles, ranging from aggressive slap bass to more subdued and melodic techniques.
2. Paul McCartney - He may not be the most skilled or the fastest bass guitarist, but his bass lines are the most soothing and melodic I've ever heard. Another thing is, he was one of the best songwriters of all time, and he is probably more successful than any of these.
Furthermore, he moves his fingers a lot in the fingerboard of his Bass guitar while he is singing songs at the highest and lowest of its pitch and still hits the note.
1. Jaco Pastorious ? The greatest bass guitarist in the world to me, was an influential American jazz musician, composer and electric bass player.
His playing was known for its highly technical, Latin-influenced 16th-note funk, lyrical soloing on fretless bass and innovative use of harmonics.
Entertainment said, “He played with fire”
There are lots of great bass players out there for sure, but in my personal opinion, the ten bassists above are the best among the best. They are the reason why I play the same instrument.