No kind of ensemble gets very far without a bass instrument. And particularly in the world of popular music, not many get far without a bass guitar. And for precisely these reasons, if you find yourself looking for the greatest bassists, you’ll be spoiled for choice - there’s a lot to sift through. Fortunately, this article’s done the hard work for you.
The instrument plays an essential if often overlooked role in pop, rock, jazz, soul, funk, country, and just about any style or genre you care to name. And few knew, relished and exploited this more than the ten bass guitarists listed below.
Collectively, their skills are staggering and their achievements are broad and numerous - we have studio regulars and rock legends, jazz innovators and pop royalty. But diverse as they are, they’re all bound by a love for, and a mastery of, the bass guitar. So, prepare to explore the length and breadth of stunning bass-playing. Check it out.