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Posted on Aug 05, 2014 08:31 am
Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, Cliff Burton and Flea have been named in a poll of the best bassists ever.
Duran Duran's John Taylor was named in top spot, taking an overwhelming 30% of the vote in MusicRadar's poll of the 60 best bass players of all time.
Rush hero Lee came in second, with Flea reaching sixth and Primus virtuoso Claypool in 12th place. On Lee, MusicRadar says (via Metal Hammer): "The Rush man has inspired thousands to pick up the bass guitar, and many of the other bassists in this rundown cite him as an influence. A leading frontman, songwriter and a remarkable bass talent, it's no surprise he remains perennially popular with you guys."
Late Metallica star Burton was 13th, while Iron Maiden's Steve Harris was 16th and Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler 21st. On Burton, the website adds: "His influence can be felt all over Metallica's first three genre-defining LPs."
Other rock heroes to make the list include Thin Lizzy's late frontman Phil Lynott at number 25, Motorhead's Lemmy at 27 and Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan at number 32.
Bootsy Collins came in at 31 and the Pixies' Kim Deal lands at 40 – ahead of KISS hero Gene Simmons in 45th place and late Slipknot member Paul Gray at number 50. Roger Glover of Deep Purple, PIL's Jah Wobble and Genesis star Mike Rutherford also make the top 60, while prolific session bassist Carol Kaye is at number 41.
The Top 20 Greatest Bassists of All Time Are:
01. John Taylor (Duran Duran) 02. Geddy Lee (Rush) 03. Simon Gallup (The Cure) 04. Mark King (Level 42) 05. Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report) 06. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) 07. John Entwistle (The Who) 08. Victor Wooten 09. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) 10. Paul McCartney (The Beatles) 11. James Jamerson (The Funk Brothers) 12. Les Claypool (Primus) 13. Cliff Burton (Metallica) 14. Bernard Edwards (Chic) 15. John Myung (Dream Theater) 16. Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) 17. Tony Levin 18. Mick Karn (Japan) 19. Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) 20. Chris Squire (Yes)