who do you think is the best bassist in the world?

India
February 4, 2007 8:24pm CST
with n number of bands on this planet, and every tom and harry knowing the guitar, who would you rate as the best player of the bass guitar from any popular band!
2 people like this
11 responses
@jyty77 (3147)
• Finland
28 Feb 07
Hello! It's hard to say who is the best one! There are many very good bassists in the world. Willie Weeks, Jaco Pastorius, James Jamerson, Dave Holland, Stanley Clarke, NHOP (Niels-Henning), Paul Chambers, Rocco Prestia, C. Mingus, Eddie Gomez, Arield Andersen........ They all are different kind of bassists. In different genres. Greetings from Finland!!!
• India
2 Mar 07
greetings to you too friend and liked your reply a lot!
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
13 Mar 07
Hi All, Stu Hamm is Satriani's bass player. Victor Wooten is the bass player from Bela Fleck & the FLecktones & he is one of the best. His brother started teaching him before he could walk. He was doing gigs in the Norfolk, Va area with his family band when he was 6. Definitely impressive.
@Spikee20 (71)
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
Billy Sheehan! Best Bassist ever! John Myugn is good will not come close to billy sheehan.
• India
10 Feb 07
u are right man billy sheehan is really good!!
• United States
13 Apr 08
Billy Sheehan is incredible. He's my idol. I wouldn't have gotten so far in my bass playing if it wasn't for billy sheehan, victor wooten, and john myung. They're all amazing.
@kolsti87 (522)
• United States
31 Mar 12
John Deacon of Queen. The guy's playing was just so subtle. Never stepped all over the other parts. I mean, between Freddie Mercury's operatic vocals and Brian May's equally flamboyant guitar work, Deacon didn't have much room to work with, but he still has some of the most beautiful bass lines around. Plus, anyone who could come up with the bass lines to "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Under Pressure" is pretty awesome in my book
• Malaysia
8 Dec 10
I don't think there's any such "best bassist" in the world. But there are "best bassists" when it comes to styles, depending on your preferences. Victor Wooten is one of the most influential and creative guys out there, with a really nice personality. Marcus Miller is just too funky. Les Claypool is original and one of a kind. (so are his basses) Steve Bailey has to be the most impressive fretless bassist in the world, at this moment. Jaco is just amazing and no one can touch him on fingerstyle. So many "best bassists", but for me, it just has to be Jaco for fingerstyle and Marcus Miller for slap.
• Philippines
14 Oct 10
I can't really pick one bassist to be the best because they all have different styles. A favorite of mine though is Pino Palladino. He has wonderful command of melody. He picks the right notes all the time. Another one would be Lee Sklar. This guy is probably the epitome of what a bassist should be. He personifies the "less is more" philosophy, often sticking to simple notes to provide a solid groove. And of course Sir Paul McCartney. Those are my favorites.
15 Jul 09
HMMMM this is a hard one. There's so many great bassists out there. TM STEVENS www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEb6hjq9Pco You should watch this it amazing. and Thunder Thumb himself. MARK KING
• United States
13 Apr 08
I would bring it down to 3 amazing bassists. John Myung, Billy Sheehan, and Victor Wooten. Billy has his awesome rock talent and can shred like no other. John has his advanced techniques and complicated progressional music and is very very very talented. And Victor Wooten. He is very smart. Very out there. I've met him at a bass clinic and he has his way with words. He's funky, talented, and quite amazing.
@rjdreyes (157)
• Japan
29 Mar 07
I think Billy Sheehan would be the perfect category for it, and also Steve Lawson, i just idolized them both.
• United States
10 Feb 07
John Myung is hands down the best. Some others to check out are Brian Bromberg and Jaco Pastorius. Both awesome jazz bassists.
• India
9 Feb 07
i feel that Johan is one of the best bassist cause he is one of the few guys i've heard. i also like Steve Harris cause he really gets the adrenaline pumping with his slap basss!!!!!!!
@lance0x6 (31)
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
billy sheehan and sir paul mccartney