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1. Michael "Flea" Balzary (Red Hot Chili Peppers) 2. Jimmy Blanton (The Duke Ellington Orchestra) 3.

James Jamerson (all Tamla Motown hits) 4. Jaco Pastorius 5. Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
His status as one of the greatest songwriters of all time sometimes overshadows his other musical abilities, but there's no denying that McCartney was a master of the bass guitar. His crisp bass lines have become legendary and his mastery of the intricate arrangements of the later Beatles is astounding.

15. Willie Dixon


Blues Stand-up Bass player one of the founders of Chicago Blues he wrote "Little Red Rooster", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Evil", "Spoonful", "Back Door Man", "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "I Ain't Superstitious", "My Babe", "Wang Dang Doodle", and "Bring It On Home".

16. Rocco Prestia (Tower Of Power) 17. Les Claypool (Primus) 18. Bootsy Collins (Funkadelic) 19. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
The most underappreciated member of Led Zeppelin, Jones made all of Zeppelin's complex and difficult arrangements seem simple and was able to maintain order while following Bonham's anarchic and improvisational drumming.

6. Charles Mingus
he was one of the first to bring the bass to a new level never seen before

7. Victor Wooten 8. John Entwistle (The Who)


He was the glue that kept one of the greatest rock bands of all time together. While Keith, Pete and Roger were off improvising and doing their own thing it was John who functioned as the backbone, keeping the band on track,

20. Louis Johnson


brothers johnson , quincy jones , michael jackson ( billy jean )

21. Phil Lesh 22. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) 23. Ray Brown (Dizzy Gillespie, the Ray Brown Trio, and others) 24. Jack Bruce (Cream)
The main vocalist of the band as well as the bassist, Bruce's talent is legendary, His ability to blend blues and jazz riffs while anchoring a band built on razor sharp precision makes him one of the best ever.

9. Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone) 10. Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) 11. Cliff Lee Burton (Metallica) 12. Marcus Miller 13. Stanley Clarke 14. Geddy Lee (Rush) Clean and crisp, Lee's bass lines allowed Rush to
be a three man band that sounded like a full orchestra. he had a unique ability to create a wall of sound with the bass perfect for Rush's grandiose style

25. Aston Barrett (Bob Marley & the Wailers) 26. Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister (Motorhead, Hawkwind)

27. Justin Chancellor (Tool)


This guy pushes the bass to new limits. Listen to some of his stuff and you will see.

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Trevor Bolder (Uriah Heep, David Bowie, Wishbone Ash, The Rats, et al)

28. Noel Redding (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) 29. Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones) 30. Tony Levin (King Crimson, session man) 31. Billy Sheehan (Niacin, Mr. Big, Steve Vai) 32. Christopher Wolstenholme (Muse)
cause he is the man !

41. Adam Clayton - U2 42. Gordon Sumner aka "Sting" (The Police, solo artist) 43. Stephen Stills (CSNY, et al)
Particularly, his work with Crosby, Stills, Nash (and sometimes Young).

44. David Eleffson


MEGADETH

45. Bernard Edwards (chic)


Chic is the only disco act that anyone should take seriously. Bernard is one of the main reasons.

33. Stuart Hamm


If you havent heard of Stuart Hamm you really dont know bass players.

34. Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) 35. Mick Karn 36. Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) 37. Mark King (Level 42)
C mon, how old are the kids posting here, Is this a joke? Mark King is phenominal! this white boy plays with some serious funk! and hes so ****ing fast on this instrument. He's from the U.K. still plays with Level 42 (a totally underated band from the 80's) unlike almost all controlled record company "music whores" that are pimped out like prostitues, but instead have chosen not to sell their souls and are appreciated for REAL music and the Mark's bass

46. Herbert "Lum" York (Hank Williams Drifting Cowboys) 47. Jean Jacques Burnel - stranglers
unique sound 0f low action precision bass coupled with feedback and blown speakers - Listen to Peaches, Nice n sleasy, no more heroes etc

48. Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes) 49. Dave Hope - Kansas


this list contains many other late 70's prog rock bassist - Hope stacks up against any of them. check him out on Wayward Son next time your Classic Rock station spins it. Rock solid and facile, baby.

50. BRIAN WILSON - BEACH BOYS


LEAD BASS ON SLOOP JOHN B

38. Donald "Duck" Dunn


Wicked bassist. Listen to "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay".

51. Will Lee


Check out how many records David Lettermans bass player has played on and then go see him play live with Oz Noy or his Beatles tribute band the Fab Faux. willlee.com

39. Pino Palodino

52. Chris Squire (Yes) 53. Tom Hamilton


Have you heard SWEET EMOTION!!!!?!!!! Definetly one of Aerosmith's greatest songs and it was written around one of Tom's greatest basslines!!!!!

60. Paul Raven - Killing Joke, Prong, Ministry and other


RIP Paul Raven had an unique feel of contributing very live and vivid bass which made the songs a lot more enjoyable. Nobody gives him much credit but just listen to Snap Your Fingers Snap Your Neck or "Hosannas From The Basement Of Hell" , or for that matter any other project of his, and you'll recognize his input right away. Underrated genius will be greatly missed!!!

54. Paul Simonon (The Clash)


Probably one of the most influential and talented bassists in the punk rock genre. Definitely deserves some props.

61. Rob Trujilo 62. Jason Newsted 63. Simon Gallup (The Cure) 64. John Myung
AMAZING

55. Gene Simmons (Kiss)


Definantely the greatest, he makes even the simplest notes sound superb.

56. peter hook (joy division, new order)


Don't know why he isn't higher. Listen to 'disorder' and you'll know what I mean.

65. Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)


because he is fucking the best

57. Frank Bello (Anthrax) 58. Kelly Groucutt (Electric Light Orchestra) 59. Derek Forbes
Derek Forbes (born 22 June 1956, Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish bassist and sometime guitarist, best known for his work with Simple Minds (with whom he played from their 1979 debut album, Life in a Day until shortly after their 1985 hit, "Don't You (Forget About Me)"). His departure from the band was due to stylistic musical differences with the rest of the band during the recording of "Don't You (Forget About Me)" and prior to the release of Once Upon a Time. Forbes reunited with the band briefly during the recording of Napolis, but he only recorded bass lines for the song "War Baby". Forbes quit the band once more after touring for Napolis, again citing his differences with the band and their musical direction. Forbes started his musical career in the U.K. Subs. He contributed to their singles, "Gimme Your Heart" and "Party in Paris". After Simple Minds, Forbes went on to play in number of other bands, including Propaganda and Oblivion Dust. He currently he plays in Fourgoodmen, a Scottish new wave covers band. In 2009, Derek Forbes was voted Scotland's Greatest Ever Bassist by the readers of Dear Scotland

66. Steve Priest (Sweet)


Flame haired, camped up, gorgeous glamrock geezer! Bass players are usually (but not always) known as the 'quiet one' - but not our Steve. Responsible for many many sexual inuendos on many top hits, delivered with a pout and a grind ('we just haven't got a clue WHAT to do!') . . The sexiest bass player I've ever seen (yeah . . I'm a 'Sheila' LOL)! Clear, clean fretting, fast fingered and loud! Made his first bass guitar himself, but is famed for using a Danelecto for most of his career, succumbing to a Rickenbacker in the end. Has some damn good bass riffs under his belt and the deepest talking voice ever - but also 25% of the harmonious Sweet - forerunners to Queen, Motley Crue, Kiss - with their songs covered by many. Forget Wig wam bam and Little Willy from 1971/2 - try some of their heavier songs, and you'll see what I mean! EXCELLENT. And he's still gigging at the age of 63.

67. Michael "Micki" Steele (The Bangles, The Runaways) 68. Verdine White (Earth, Wind, and Fire)
This guy is awesome. Some of the funkiest stuff ever.

69. Abe Laboriel Sr.


Undoubtedly one of the best jazz bass players you will ever come across.

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Andy Rourke (The Smiths)
Andy Rourke's melodically constructed the basslines are around Johnny Marr's guitar playing gave The Smiths a unique sound. His twangy walking bassline for hits like, 'This Charming Man' are immediately recognizable.
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70. Carol Kaye (session player)


Carol is a monster! Check her stats. She played most of beach boys-pet sounds.. also worked with Doors, joe cocker, zappa, ect, ect. Very under rated.

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John Deacon
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Youth (Martin Glover) (Killing Joke, others)
Youth, also known for his fabulous production, as well as his remixes (bringing the bass out as a prominent instrument), has a style that is both unique and influential. He demonstrates that the bass guitar is the driving force in rock, punk and alternative rock genres.
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Dave Allen (Gang of Four, Shriekback)
Bassist and producer Dave Allen has been an influential part of the rock scene since the '80s. Although calling his label World Domination might be overstating the case, he certainly developed a solid fan base through his playing with the popular Gang of Four, and went on to be an important part of the somewhat more groovy Shriekback.
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Stu Cook (CCR)
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Matt Freeman (rancid)
WTH listen to maxwell murder
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Tim Commerford (RATM, Audioslave)

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Jonas Hellborg

78.
Shauna Reynolds aka Sean Yseult (White Zombie)
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Chris Cross (Christopher Allen) (Ultravox)
Underrated anchor for a band who moved through two revolutionary music eras: Punk and New Romantic. Cross' style is unique and is a signature to Ultravox' music.
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Remarkable improviser and incredible technique. Has played with John McLaughlin among others, however his albums as a leader are well worth checking out if you're a complete bass head. He crosses the jazz/rock boundaries and really is worthy of being up there with Stanley, Jaco, Marcus etc.
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Jojo Garza (Los Lonely boys)
Listen to him in any live concert, then you know why... sing and play like that at the sime time!! wow
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Michael Anthony
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Greg Lake (EL&P)
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Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)
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Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins)
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Ron Carter
Arguablly one of the best bass players known in jazz.
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Ian Hill (Judas Priest)


Set the rhythm for K.K downing, Glenn Tipton and Rob Halford, one of the most steady bass-players of all time
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John Wetton (Asia, Roxy Music, King Crimson)

87.
Kim Deal (Pixies)
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92.
Captain Sensible

88.
Alphonso Johnson
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Fantastic four stringed magician of the Damned. Can't believe no one else has thought to include him, but don't panic, we'll do it. All you have to do is vote for him.
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Leeland Sklar
Session man who has literally played for everybody from James Taylor to Toto.
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Georger Porter Jr.
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Stuart Zender
His funky style is a gem amonst so many dull players out there
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Krist Novoselic
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95.
John Taylor - Duran Duran
I know Duran Duran were all flash and style and the poster children for 80's pop, but listen to the bass riffs. Complex, stylish, technically deep and funky. The driving force behind one of the most popular and biggest selling groups of the 80's.
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99.
Paul McGuigan (Oasis)
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100.
Bob Babbitt
Jamerson's heir apparent....nuff said.
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96.
Robbie Shakespeare
The most solid reggae bassist. Along with Sly Dundar, the rhythm section of choice for many musicians and bands both within the reggae genre and beyond.
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Pete Quaife (The Kinks)
Did everyone forget Pete?? Even Entwistle thought he was one of the best
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Max Santos (Aventura)
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102.

William Murderface (Studio credits: Brendon Small) (Dethklok)


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a very underated bass player


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103.
D'arcy Wretzky (The Smashing Pumpkins)
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107.
Michael Giefer (Prescriptions and Timeless Band)
Plays the most acoustically perfect sets since Brewer and Shipley. Clean driving notes that rock!
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104.
Chris Hillman (Byrds)
Listen to what he did on "Hey Joe" from the 5D album, or his great stuff on "Do Right Woman" with the FLying Burrito Brothers. That alone should rank him.
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108.
Tony Kanel (No Doubt)
Based on the others selected for this list this guy belongs in the top 50 at least. Listen to "It's My Life" .
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105.
Nathan East
Kenny Loggins , Fourplay , Eric Clapton
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109.
Peter Cetera
Have you ever heard Chicago's early songs like from the CTA years???? Well now you know Peter Cetera is by far one of the greatest bassists of all time, and include his insane vocals, then he's the best!
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106.
Geoffrey Lyall (aka: Klaus Flouride) Dead Kennedys

110.

Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu


He is the bass player for KoRn. His technique is unique and hard to copy since he uses the slap bass technique. He has added very noticeable sounds and rhythms.
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Tubeway Army's and Gary Numan' s unique bass player. Sadly, died of a heroin overdose in 1984.
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Del Palmer
Long time bassist for Kate Bush. Listen if you haven't. He's remarkable!
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111.
Jerry Scheff
If you don't know Jerry Scheff - do some research - The Doors, Elvis Presley, sought by many musical acts. The mandolin frets man....and Lakland NOW!
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115.
Tony Butler - Big Country, Pete Townshend
Superb tone, clean powerful lines, great stage prescence
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MIKE MILLS (REM)
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116.
Jeff Berlin
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Listening to his bass on 'Lifes Rich Pageant' made me want to learn and play the instrument. I still try to emulate his precise and technical style.. i fail every time! :)
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113.
Paul Gardiner

117.
Eric Wilson (Sublime)
Should be ranked in the top 150.

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120.
Tom Araya (Slayer)

118.
Berry Oakley
Original bass player for the Allman Brothers. This guy lived his music, and is one of the most soulful bass players I have ever heard. Just listen to The Allman Brothers live at the Fillmore East concert, and you will hear some of the most melodic and inventive playing ever recorded to tape.
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I really like Tom Araya. He is a good bassist, but Slayer songs doesn't show his talent.
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Tina Weymouth

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Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike and the Mechanics)
Fantastic progressive and multi-talented long-time bassist for Genesis. Rutherford's bass playing involved the bass with high treble, use of a pick and a fuzz box. Genesis "classic" recordings often featured simultaneous 12 string guitar and Dewtron "Mister Bassman" bass pedal synthesiser playing by Rutherford. He used the famous Moog Taurus bass pedals as well by the Trick of the Tail Tour. Often, bass guitar, 12-string guitar, and bass pedal playing would feature in different sections of a single song, "Supper's Ready", "Firth of Fifth", and "The Cinema Show" being good examples of this. He often played a double necked instrument, custom built from a separate Rickenbacker hollowbody 12-string and 4001 bass. Rickenbacker later issued double neck bass/guitar combinations with 4080/6 and 4080/12 models. However, Rutherford had the guitar in the top position rather than the 4080's stock guitar on bottom. He later had a custom Shergold double neck made with Mike requesting the body be modified so that each neck could be detached and played as a standard single neck instrument.
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Talking heads bassist. Simple, to the point and funky as hell. Tina knows the value of space.
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122.
Andy Fraser
Gosh, if you are a bass player and you haven't cottoned on to Andy's playing ... you have missed something special. How to add avery funky, groovy and engaging bass to rock ... Free were highly important.
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123.

Tom Jenkinson AKA Squarepusher


Tom takes the bass guitar into the 21st century. I have seen him perform live and he played all of those bass lines I thought were studio tricks. If you play bass and do not know Squarepusher you are stuck in the 20th century!
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Mike Dirnt
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Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols)
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128.
Lynz Way
She is an amazing bass player in the band Mindless Self Indulgence!
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125.
Nikki Sixx
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129.
Paul Grey
He is a Good bass player and he's part of a well known band-SLIPKNOT
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126.
Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne).
The only reason why he should be highly ranked is for his work. He not only proved, but reminded the world - that the bass guitar in heavy, or any other genre music, not only exists and cooperates as a supportive instrument which anchores the harmonic framework and lays down the beat , but also alters it , giving it a whole new dimension as well.
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Max Green
duh? obviously it's him, the greatest bassist everr!!!!!!!
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127.

Bruce Thomas (Elvis Costello and The Attractions)


How do you miss this guy? One of my all time favorites, McCartney-esk, melodic, great tone, smart, just a pleasure to listen to on recording or live.
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Murdoc Niccals
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Annu Hussein (Pyrocosmic)

132.
Mike Starr (Alice In Chains)
Man In The Box
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he is the greatest of all time, and he is like, so SEXY


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P-Nut (3-11)

133.
mike gordon (Phish)
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What a throw-down groove.


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134.
Mel Schacher
Listen to the "Grand Funk Railroad Live" album and enough said. Mel was heavy before heavy was cool.
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Mikey Way (MCR)
MCR is one of the best bands of this decade.
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Alec John Such (Bon Jovi)
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Phil Lynott
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144.
Esperanza Spalding
Deserves an entry with her name correctly spelled. Won a grammy for best new artist in 2011.
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Richard Bona
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145.
Walter Becker (Steely Dan)
Come on - the guy wrote and played some of the most complex arrangements in rock, and is in the R&R Hall of Fame. Not even on your list? Please...
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the best in the world ......shouba


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Mike Watt - Minutemen
Obvious choice. Come on!
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Tetsuya(L'arc ~en~Ciel)
He is damn good.. that's all i'm sayin'..
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Mickey Quinn (Supergrass)
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Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band)
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148.
Alex Katunich
He kicks ass live and made some of the grooviest bass lines ever
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Tal Wilkenfeld
She is 24' and plays with Jeff Beck (Rock/jazz fusion) Has already played with Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, the Allman Bros,..... Incredible bass player and incredible smile Up up up Tal
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149.
Prince
Prince has recorded some of the most interesting and funky bass lines ever. It is clear who his influences are, but his own creativity takes him to another level.
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Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold)
Badass bass player
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Jeordie White aka "Twiggy Ramirez" (Marilyn Manson, A Perfect Circle, NIN)
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Duff Mckagan
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Shavo (System of a Down)
Definitely deserving of a spot.

155.
Anthony Jackson

Peers; Wooten, Bailey, M. Miller regard him with great admiration. Always in demand, he plays creatively and with stunning technique. He is also the inventor of the 6 string electric Contra bass.
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easily in my top 5
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Something Special - Horace Panter
Loved The Specials back in the day. DK, too, plus Pat Travers Band (Mars Cowling[?]); good, fun, wholesome bass playing. The Specials rocked with Nightclub, though. =Lance in SD
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Murilo Zangirolami
Simply Awesome
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John Glascock
Bass player for Jethro Tull at its best. Sadly, died at 28 with much undone.

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Gary Thain (Uriah Heep)
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158.
ronnie lane
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162.
Craig Martini
Just watch him perform once....then you will understand
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Norwood Fisher ( Fishbone )

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Peter Steele

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today. I've learned a little from Traa, and he is one awesome bass player. God bless ya, Traa!!!
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164.
Jared Followill
Creativity.
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Peter Tork (The Monkees)
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Doug Wimbish
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169.
Jim Lea (Slade)
Song Writer and driving bass of the best band from the 70s
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166.
Colin Moulding
Bass player for XTC
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170.
Louis Cennamo - Keith Relf's Renaissance
Find a copy of this bands first album and listed to Louis' solo on "Bullet"
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167.
Traa Daniels (P.O.D.)
Traa is a solid guy, and has added to an incredible metal/R & B band. He came from a jazz/funk background, and it has made P.O.D.'s sound what it is

171.
Jim Rodford (argent, kinks, zombies)

the little man makes it look so easy!....simply perfect ... watch him live (great vocal harmonies aswell) currently touring with 'the zombies' (rod argent & colin bluntstone)
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175.
John Mcvie ~ Fleetwood Mac
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172.
Alain Caron
Cause he is awesome. Look up Alain Caron d code on you tube and you'll see why.
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176.
MARK HOPPUS
BADASS! HOW IS HE NOT ON HERE!
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173.
Cone(Sum 41)
sum 41....enough said
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177.
Maurice Gibb
Played bass for bee gees a very goooooood band
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174.
Nick Oliveri (KYUSS, Queens of the Stone Age)
Although most well known for his work with Queens of the Stone Age, Nick Oliveri has played with several other bands as well, and alwarys contributes his own unique style to everything he's involved with. He's also extremely talented. In a nutshell, Nick is an extremely underrated bassist who can really kick some ass.
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178.
Audie pitre (acid bath)
His music is awsome and if you have never listened to it check it out your in for a treat r.i.p. Audie pitre 1970 to 1997..
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179.

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Scott Carter Thunes


Frank Zappa's longest tenured bassist! Also played Mini Moog, when needed. Probably has more musical knowledge in his littlest finger than most on this list. Also played with Dweezil Zappa, Fear, Waterboys, Andy Prieboy, Young Republicans. If you've never heard Scott, go get an education. (PLEASE REMOVE THE DUPLICATES ON THIS LIST!)
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183.
Leo Fender
Although foremost an inventor, he was the originator of the electric bass. Deserves honorable mention.
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180.
Felix Pappalardi (Mountain)
Just listen to the fuzz bass solo on Mountain's Nantucket Sleighride (preferably the live version). Poetry !
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184.
Felipe Andreoli
Brazilian Heavy Metal Bass Player from the band Angra.
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181.
Alan Spenner - The Greaseband, Roxy Music, Kokomo, Alvin Lee, Spooky Tooth, jesus christ superstar
Sadly died in 1991. If Alan was still with us today, he would simply be ranked highly among the best in the bussiness. A true profffesional and full of natural talent and ability which has been rarely bettered. R.I.P Legend
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Why the hell he is at 197? This guy is very talented..maybe the list is all about popularity
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185.
Dave LaRue
A damn good bass player. I think he deserves to be on this list. A lot of people put players that are pretty ****ty. I'm a bass player, I haven't been playing for long and I don't say that I'm good but I think I can recognize a good bassist when I hear one and Dave LaRue is one of the best. And I don't see why players like Gene Simmons, Roger Waters, Duff McKagan or such are on this list. They are great bass players, but c'mon, anybody who has been playing 3 years or so can play that. They were good, but their time has passed, music evolves, people. ;)
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182.
Emma Anzai (Sick Puppies)
Emma's compelling bass lines, her seamless switch from slap to picking, and the originality she brings to the music deserves acknowledgment.

186.
Tom Petersson Harry Shearer "Derek Albion Smalls" (Spinal Tap)
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Top 20, easy.


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187.
Guy Berryman
Underated Bass Player with amazing harmony to go along.
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191.
Norman Watt-Roy (Ian Dury and the Blockheads)
Norman played bass for Ian Dury and the Blockheads - the bass line in 'Hit me with your Rhythm Stick' is unbelievable - youtube it and see!
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188.
Timothy B Schmidt (Eagles)
He is simply, technically and stylistically one of the most accurate, innovative, brilliant bass players of all time. There's a lot of people in this list who are only there because their bands are popular, there's not enough people who can actually play!! (well done on Paul McCartney, Flea, Pino Palledino and Mark King)
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192.
Oteil Burbridge (ARU, Allman Bros, Derek Trucks Band)
an astounding bassist who can play just about any style imaginable, with great soloing and improv chops showcased in situations like the Aquarium Rescue Unit, but who can sit back and settle in on the groove as in the Allmans.
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189.
Dave Holland
I'm surprised not to see Dave Holland on this list. Just the fact that he played with Miles alone is enough credential.
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193.
Dan Briggs (Between The Buried And Me)
He's a hell of a bass player! And he looks like a freakin' gremlin' on stage. God damn he rocks! Actually, all members of BtBam should be highly ranked. Wonderful musicians it has.
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190.

194.
Jeremy Davis (Paramore)
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Anybody who knows Rory Gallagher knows Gerry McAvoy. They played together for 20 years. Go to YouTube and check out Rory's live stuff and you will find McAvoy. TOP NOTCH!!
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199.
John Cooper (Skillet)

195.
Carlos Dengler
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not well known but an amazing bassist


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196.
Steve Digiorgio (Sadus)
Steve is a god of the bass. C'mon, playing a fretless bass and dominating the metal scene? This guy is legendary.
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200.
Allen Woody
My goodness, Woody had chops for days. He re-invigorated the Allman Brothers Band, his work in Gov't Mule was amazing.
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197.
Paul Newton
Original Uriah Heep bassist. Played on first three albums. Excellent and grossly underrated. Needs to be on this list.
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201.
Ronda Smith - Prince
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202.
Vail Johnson
If anyones in any doubt as to the reason why this awesome slap bass player should be on this list then watch this youtube video of him playing alongside Kenny G. Apart from Mark King, i've never seen anyone do it better.

198.
Gerry McAvoy

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203.
Holger Czukay (Can)
Maybe not so technically flash, but pioneeringly inventive and extremely solid on Can's 20 minute+ epics (Yoo Doo Right, Halleluhwah....) Once heard, never forgotten.
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207.
Gary Willis
Coming from the J.P. school of bass playing, this dude is a master! Check him out with Scott Henderson in Tribal Tech.
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208.
Chris Ace Kefford The Move

204.
Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine)
Fantastic polyrhythmic grooves that the man could keep up seemingly indefinitely. Genius !
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Ask any music journalist from the 1960s... The best live group of the era. Bass guitarist second to none. Massive influence.
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I can hear the grass grow bass superb!


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205.
Paul Jackson
One the minds behind Herbie Hancock's brilliant album Headhunters. Grooves better than any other bassist. If not the best, then surely the funkiest!
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209.
Brian O'Connor (Eagles of Death Metal)
"Big Hands"
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206.
miroslav vitous
No Miroslav Vitous? Are you kidding me !!
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210.
Reggie Scanlan (New Orleans Radiators)
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211.
Phil Stempin
Funky and tight as fu**.
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Meshell NdegeoCello
Coolist and only (woman) bass player on this whole ****ing list! that's right baby, she can play that bass as good, If not better than any man ever. Funky, Sexy, Concious, Melodic, and Beautiful with a voice that emulates this very instrument and stories that your grandmother never told. LOL!! In yo face with her bass, you know what I'm sayin?...dab on her lyrics, and her message perfect blend
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212.
Pete Way
Surprised that Pete didn't make the list. I saw him back in the 70's with UFO and he blew me away. I think he influenced several players on this list, including Steve Harris.
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216.
Roger Glover Of Early Deep Purple. Just listen to the begining of highway star or any Deep Purple. He played like he was playing lead Guitar!
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213.
John Ritchie "Sid Vicious" (Sex Pistols)
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217.
James Jamerson
Hey "tard", all of the bass players you mentioned either borrowed from or were influenced by Jamerson! If he is not number one on your list, you are stupid!
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214.
Peter "Mars" Cowling
Just listen to his playing with Pat Travers Band. He's a much stronger force to be reckoned with than most are aware.
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218.
Mike Dirnt (Green Day)
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215.

219.

plays bass for reset and simple plan good singer too
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Mark King - Level 42


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224.
Sam Shake Anderson

220.
D.D. Verni (Overkill)
Severely underrated, look at "The Years of Decay" album.
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Played for Ray Charles, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, was the Musical Director for The Impressions. Google him.
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225.
Jimmy Kinard

221.
Habib Faye
Best bass player in Africa in the last quarter century. Play and produces for Youssou Ndour. played with many great players like mark Knophler, petter gabriel, sting etc...
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Behind the scenes player with almost every STAX artist


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226.
Autie petrie
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222.
Guitarbot (Captured by Robots)
Not only does he shred down the guitar, but simultaneously rips it up on his custom two-string. He brings the rock!
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227.
Jesse F. Keeler (Death From Above 1979)
This guy is an amazing Bass player, it is sadening to not see him on this list
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223.
David Desrosiers

228.

Bill MacCormick (Quiet Sun, 801, Matching Mole)


Wonderful melodic bass lines. "801 Live" contains some fantastic playing particularly the solo on "Rongwrong".
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Barry Boettger
Boston pops, boston ballet the best
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229.
Jannick Top (Magma)
Dark, brooding jazz bass driving Magma's monumental rock-opera pieces. Check it out, rock/metal puppies !
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233.
Mel Schacher
Mels unique bass delivery became a staple of Grand Funk recordings and concerts. His huge "lead bass" style helped create the signature Grand Funk sound and his muscular approach to music has inspired countless musicians to blend rock-solid support punctuated with fluid riffs. Grand Funk was wildly popular in the 70's and Mel's licks were a big part of the music that turned so many people on.
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230.
William Mysterious (Alastair Donaldson - Rezillos)
Check out the bass playing on "Can't Stand The Rezillos", it's fast, melodic, huge range and fits the songs perfectly without drowning them out. I play bass and this just leaves me gaping in awe.
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234.
James Johnston (Biffy Clyro)
In my opinion he is an underated bass player and a lot better than most of the s**t on here !
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231.
Rick Savage (Def Leppard)
I mean, listen to the bass tracks for Gods of War, Rock of Ages, and Women. Plus Leppard is awesome. No way Sav should be this low.
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235.
Hadrien Feraud
Another relative new comer from the J.P. school of bass playing. This dude is unbelievable! Just wish he had more music out.
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232.

236.
Patrick O'Hern
Duh
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Scott Clendenin
This man was one of the pioneers of death metal in the band Death.
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241.
felipe ilabaca (chancho en piedra)chile
es seco escuchen chancho en piedra
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237.
Stuart Sutcliffe
Look it up.
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242.
Patrice Guers (Rhapsody, Patrick Rondat)
Truly amazing french bass player, of the whom switches from hi-speed tapping to slap left more than one speechless.

238.
bill laswell
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243.
Danny Partridge - The Partridge Family

239.
Gustavo Dal Farra
Why? Because popularity doesn't equal quality. Because this list makes me sad. Because fast playing doesn't equal quality (again). Because most of you should check up the term "dynamics"
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That guy produced so many amazing riffs, yet his hand always stayed in the same fretboard position. PLUS, he had really groovy hair!!! Without a doubt the greastest bass god ever, ever, ever!!!!
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244.
Michael Manring

240.

one of the most original bass players in the last 20 years, has been named best bass player of the year and keeps innovating
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PERCY JONES
look him up. you just don't know what is possible with a fretless bass until you familiarize yourself with his work
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245.
Leo Lyons
What blew me away when i Heard Ten Years After in '68, was the interplay Between Alvin Lee and Leo Lyons. Never heard anything like that ! He should be on this list. Your welcome
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249.
Scott Shiflett (Face to Face)
Every bit as good as Matt Freeman and Fat Mike.
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250.
Chris Glen
Thunderous Pounding but thoughtful bass lines contributed massively to the totally unique Sensational Alex Harvey Band sound, not to mention the pouting and stagewear (and dancing)
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I AGREE!!
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246.
Paul Arnold (URSA)
This guy is superb!!! Very talented musician.
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251.
John Paul Jones

247.
Graham Bailey (The Sound)
Amazing Post Punk Bassist!!!
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Listen to "Lemon Song" or "Ramble On."


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252.
Marco Coti Zelati (Lacuna Coil)

248.

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253.
Barry Adamson
Magazine and Bad Seeds bass player. Came up with some fantastic bass lines and has done many other things in his time.
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257.
Avishai Cohen
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258.
Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers)
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254.
Mike Porcaro
Session bassist for many huge artists. You're an idiot if you don't know who he is. He's the real deal. Always been. Always will be.
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259.
Jah Wobble
Simple. Pulsing. Dub. Groove.
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255.
John Lodge Moody Blues
Great music, Great bassist
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260.
Adam Nitti
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256.
Andy Pyle (Blodwyn Pig, Savoy Brown, Wishbone Ash)
listen to 'GETTING TO THIS' album by Blodwyn Pig' ..... if you love bass - this prog/jazz/rock will blow your mind! ...AMAZING.....LEGEND....still got it
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261.
Dave Pegg
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262.

bass/guitar intro says it all. As far as complexity, check out "Internal Primates Forever"

rienus gennissen (Golden Earring)


Top 15 at least
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267.
Phil Kingsbury ('Nuff Said)
Big phat bass notes and harmonies to follow. The bass player of your dreams to work with!
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263.
Rick Laird (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
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264.
Brian Bromberg
Sick bassist!
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268.
Cronos VENOM
The fierce founding father of black metal.Plays bass and vocalises with unadulterated anger and hate.His stamina is unmatched still enjoys shocking and frightening after doing so for 32 years.If you don't undrerstand you never will,if you hate him thats ok,he hates you too.LONG LIVE VENOM!!!!!!
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265.
Dave Schools (Widespread Panic)
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269.
Juan Alderete de la Pena (The Mars Volta)
The intro of "day of the baphomets" EPIC!!!!
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266.
Ryan Martini
Im actually quite surprised he is not on this list, if you dont know who he is, he is the bassist frim Mudvayne. The sheer complexity alone is reason enough for this man to be considered an all time great. Aside from that, the things he comes up with are catchy ass hell. For example the song "Dig", the

270.
Rick James

Cause he's Rick James, *****


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271.
P-Nut (311)
Great funk mixed with metal in earlier albums.
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Les Claypool
Did a bunch or rappers create this list. Your all ****ed. Les is #1
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276.
Ronnie James Dio
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272.
Chris Bailey
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277.
alex webstar canibal corpe
just relax n listen
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273.
Joel Smith
How can you even have this conversation without including him....better check youtube! While you're at it, if you're gonna talk about drummers, he belongs there too!!
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278.
victor wooten
his playing can make a ad day into a good one
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274.
Cliff Burton
Do i need to say why?
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279.
bill wyman
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275.

280.

Founding member of both Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span.


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Chuck Rainey
Are you kidding? Chuck should be in the top 20 but, doesn't ever seek publicity. check his credentials!
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285.
Leroy Vinegar and Yo-Yo Ma
Yeah....uhhhh... I can really see how Peter Tork would get a mention and these two wouldn't...ok, ok, so the cello isn't quite a bass, but Geeze Louise!
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281.
Gene Simmons
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286.
Chris Sane - Anti-Flag

282.
CURT SMITH (Tears For Fears)
Do i need to explain???
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Well known in the punk scene but has amazing speed for all the riffs he plays. Just listen to any song!!!
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287.
Michael Herrera (MxPx)

283.
Glenn Cornick
First bass player with Jethro Tull. Listen to the Stand Up album and the memorable bass line to 'Living in the Past'. Should definitely be on this list.
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Is one of the best bass players in punk :D, listen "Chick Magnet", "The Theme Fiasco" and "GSF"
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288.
Alex Webster

284.
Ashley Hutchings
The speed and accuracy it takes to play any cannibal corpse bass line is a trait many bass players overlook alex webster is a technical master.

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289.
Lequeint 'Duke' Jobe
Bernard Edwards is in the list. This guy should be too
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293.
Aaron Zeligson
A great all around bassist, some of the tastiest bass lines ever.
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290.
Tommy Shannon - Stevie Ray Vaughn band
One of the best contemporary blues bassist going. Clean, strong lines that always support the leader and never get in the way
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294.
gary 'mani' mountfield - the stone roses
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295.
Fat Mike (NOFX)
He can sing and play WICKED Bass lines at the same time.
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291.
Esparada Spalding
One the freshest, smartest talents in the new era. Besides her three projects, Performing with numerous legends like Stanley Clarke. Dave Letterman saids that "she is the coolest guest he has ever been on his show" That includes Stanley Clarke and Barrack Obama.
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296.
James Dewar- Robin Trower
That soulful voice, and basslines to DIE for. I got to #40, and STILL didn't see his name, COME ON !!
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292.
Pino Palladino
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297.
steve di georgio death sadus sebastian bach

just listen to this guy 64th notes on a fretless cmon


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298.
John Wetton (king Krimson)
Scary powerful tone Great melodic lines. Amazing improvisation.
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Rex Brown
Pantera, Down, started as a jass bassist in NOLA and now one of the best metal bassists off all time. turned down a music schlorship to the UNiversity of Texas to join Pantera.
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303.
Phil Chen

299.
Joey de maio (manawar)
He is great! he plays sting of the bumblebee and and the william tale oveture(in like 2 mins).pound for pound he is the best metal bass player.HAi Hail, Hail and KIll!
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Did a nice job playing for Rod Stewart and on Jeff Beck's 'Blow by Blow' album
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304.
Aston Barrett
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300.
STING
Lead singer and Bass Player
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305.
Roland Williams
He is a good bass fisherman. Should be higher!
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301.
Nathan Payne
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306.
Willie Weeks

302.

+ Andy Newmark = Sly and The Family Stone. It was all downhill from there. But take a look sometime at his credits - they are outstanding
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311.
Andrew Gouche
He has been a premier Gospel bassist for over 25 yrs. He has been on the cover of Bass Player multiple times and...began his career with the late Rev. James Cleveland. He has performed or recorded with such artists as, The Hawkins Family, The Winans, The Jazz Crusaders, Andrae Crouch, Sandra Crouch, Tremaine HawkinsDonna Summer, Cheryl Lynn, Madonna, Destinys Child, Jullio Iglesias, Michael Jackson, Oleta Adams, Mavis Staples, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston Rev James Moore, The Mississippi Mass Choir, Gladys Knight, Billy Preston, Joe Cocker Heather Hedley, Mary Mary, Patti Labelle, Ruben Studdard, Howard Hewitt, Yolanda Adams, Shirley Ceasar, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Vanessa Bell-Armstrong, The Clark Sisters, Bishop Paul S.Morton, Warren G, Coolio, Montel Jordan, George Duke, Fred Hammond, Commisioned, Kirk Franklin Lamar Campbell, Vicki Winans, Vicky Yohe, Rizen, The Temptations, and many many more. He currently serves as musical director for the legendary Chaka Khan. His Production credits include the Grammy Award winning album "Thankful", The Gospel Music Workshop of America, The Voices of Watts, Tim Bishop Brown & Miracle Mass Choir, and others. Please tell me this man does not belong in the top 10!
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307.
Ken Casey (Dropkick Murphys)
Just listen to "Gonna Be A Black Out Tonight"
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308.
Fat Mike -NOFX
The Idiots are Taking Over
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309.
Matt Freeman
without him Racid songs would be run of the mill...dont scoff cause he plays in a Punk band, the guys awesome
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312.
Peter ''Hooky'' Hook (Joy Division)
He was simply amazing his bass was one of tragic beauty much like the band he played for ''She Lost Control'' is one of the greatest bass anthems of all time. Beautiful yet dark at the same time
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310.
Rick Finch (Kc & the Sunshine Band)
Disco Genious
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313.

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Carol Kane
motown, zappa, beach boys. you may not know her name, but you've been listening to her your whole life.
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318.
steve harris
no other bassist does the complicated songs that he does!
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314.
Arthur "Killer" Kane
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319.
Tim Bogert
"Beck, Bogert & Appice", "Cactus", "Vanila Fudge", "Blues Mobile Band"
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315.
Ana Colon (Lady And The Tramps)
Arguably an amazing local bassist, granted her relatively short amount of time in the musical field.
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320.
Chris Squire
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316.
BUCKETHEAD
When you are good enough that you play BASS and Guitar at such a level that Les Claypool and Bootsy Collins play bass for you when you play guitar is enough.
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321.
Fraser Speding
Awesome
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317.
anthony wellington

322.
Kenny Gradney of Little Feat

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A great bassist and vocalist.


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323.
Sean Smith
no questions askked
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328.
Tony Maimone
they might be giants, pere ubu
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324.
Ricardo Massa
Pink Rabbits Kill Bass Player
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329.
Reggie Workman
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325.
bryan 'chas' chandler
discovered hendrix and shipped him to england
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330.
Jimmie Williams
He's played on most of Philadelphia International's biggest hits, such as Teddy Pendergrasse's Turn off the lights, close the door, do me, get up, get down, get funky, get loose, love TKO, The Mighty O'jays, forever mines, my favorite person, your body's here with me, wrote and recorded the bassline for mcfadden & whitehead's ain't no stoppin us now. here is a list of albums that he has recorded curtesy of "Allmusic.com" Teddy Pendergrass [Total Soul Classics] Teddy Pendergrass Bass, Musician 1979 Edgar Winter Album Edgar Winter Bass 1982 Sisters Sister Sledge Bass, Guitar, Guitar (Bass), Rap 1991 Emotionally Yours The O'Jays Vocals 1998 Spirit's In It/I'm In Love Again/Patti Patti Labelle Bass 1999 Let Me Be Good to You/Sit Down and Talk to Me Lou Rawls Bass 1999 Teddy Pendergrass/Life Is a Song Worth Singing [Diabl Teddy Pendergrass Bass 1999 Year 2000/My Favorite Person The O'Jays Bass 2005 So Full of Love/Identify Yourself O'Jays Bass 2007 Change Our Ways Root Doctor Bass, Vocals, Group Member 2007 Essential Lou Rawls Lou Rawls Bass 2007 Essential Teddy Pendergrass [3.0] Teddy

326.
Terry Bollea
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327.
Randy Meisner

Pendergrass Bass 2007 Essential Teddy Pendergrass Teddy Pendergrass Bass 2008 Sound of Philadelphia: Gamble & Huff's Greatest Hits
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Andrew "The Bullet" Lauer


gifted Bass-Player from my Hometown and endorser of TecAmp and Lefay
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331.
Nathan Fisher
he's amazing.
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336.
Jet Harris
Best Bass player in his era
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332.
Paolo Gregoletto
Just listen to Trivium and see why
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337.
Prakash John
'Rock ' n' Roll Animal' & 'Lou Reed Live' . I think the guy's got 7 fingers on his right hand.
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333.
joel estevez
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338.
Jason Sheff
Bassist for highly successful Chicago since 1983. Replaced Peter Cetera's vocals also. Multi talented and has created his own identity within the band.
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334.
TM Stevens
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339.
Craig MacGregor
Ever see Foghat Live? This guy aint called ThunderFingers for nuthin

335.

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340.
Divinity Roxx
she toured with victor wooten and beyonce
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344.
ANDY WEST
If you dont know, then you dont know
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341.
Joey Arkenstat
Joey is by far the most infuential bassist. 80% of the bassistist on this list were inspired by Joey to start playing. He absolutely rules the neck and can groove like no other. (He compares bass playing to checkers.)
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345.
Nico Assumpcao
Nico is in the top ten all time because he is!
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346.
Brian Ritchie
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342.
Neil Jason
Just Google how many albums he's played on and check out him with the breckers then you will see why he should be in the TOP 10 IF NOT TOP 5!!!!!!
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347.
Bill "The Buddah" Dickens
Fastest, most accurate hands on a Bass ever. Don't believe me? Check him out for your self!
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343.
Jon Evans
mostly known for his work on Tori Amos' albums in the last ten years.
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348.
john moyer (disturbed)

DISTURBED IS THE BEST EVER


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353.
STEVE DIGIORGO

349.
Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne)
Awesome bassist, that plays godly with a amazing sound, some of the best in the world.
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SADUS,DEATH,CONTROLDENIED...ENITHYNG ELSE?
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354.
Duff (Rose) Mckagan (Guns n Roses)

350.
nhop
he's not just the bass player, he is the bass.
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dude listen to the bass on Sweet Child O Mine


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355.
Jeff Pilson

351.
Harvey Brooks
Most soulful! Has recorded and played with Bob Dylan, Seals & Croft, Miles Davis, The Doors, Donald Fagen, Richie Havens.
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Former bassist for seminal hair band"Dokken" Current bassist for new powerful lineup of "Foreigner" "Steel Dragon" bassist in the movie "The Rock Star"
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356.
Randy Jackson

352.
Joshua Pisani (Lady And The Tramps, The Moment Later)
A music genious, who is more than a little adept with his bass playing, and has been involved in the music scene for most of his life, though still being an underground name, he is a name, and should be recognized as awesome.
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357.

Pepe Bao Jacob Gonzalez- In Shadows We Shine


he could play anything that was thrown at him and he had an outstanding stage performance!
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362.
Nick Beggs (Kajagoogoo)
Underneath all that "pop" lies some of the funkiest bass lines ever.
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358.
Jacob Gonzalez
can play like a beast!!!
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363.
Rob Wright - Nomeansno
Duh!
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359.
Jerden Paul Thessling (Obscura)
Revolutionary bassist who has excelled in every genre he's considered. Developed 72 tone microtonal fretless bass playing. Bassist's rarely have the range of creativity to dominate styles as diverse and complicated as Flamenco and Metal. Jerden is with out a doubt the most under rated bassist in a very long time. *should be in the top ten*
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364.
Ray Brown
Here's all you need to know: He played with Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and Qunicy Jones. (and he mentored Diana Krall).
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360.
Lou Barlow
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365.
Wayman Tisdale
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361.

366.
Tim Foreman (Switchfoot)
Literally got carpel tunnel syndrome from playing so good. Listen to "Hello Hurricane" or "This is Your Life" For some great tunes, and great bass playing.
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josh paul(daughtry,suicidal tendencies)


he can play all kinds of music from country rock to funk to metal. it all sounds great
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371.
Alex McClean (CENTREFOLDS)
They keep it simple, punchy and extremely tight. There's not enough people doing that anymore.

367.
Norman Watt-Roy
You only have to listen to understand.
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372.
Sid Vicious
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368.
Ryan Bellows
He is awsome but he is a turd although he rocks his bass hard btw richie likes men
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373.
wes borland limp bizkit
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369.
laurence
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374.
Pete Wentz
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370.