Vote Over - Bassists

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The I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band online vote has now closed. The winner was announced in the I'm in a Rock'n'Roll Band live studio final.

Winner Best Bassist


The Red Hot Chilli Peppers bass player wins the online vote.

Flea - BBC artist page

Who Didn't Make It - Long List

John Entwistle

They called him The Ox and Thunderfingers; one of the most influential bass players in rock's history, and owner of one of the biggest bass collections in the world.

John Entwistle - BBC artist page

Peter Hook

Hook's simple but intensely melodic style defined Joy Division and he continues to inspire a whole generation of players. Famous for playing his bass really low down.

Peter Hook - BBC artist page

Alex James

An unpretentious and functional player, whose style fits perfectly with the rest of the band. He also makes excellent cheese.

Alex James - BBC artist page

John Paul Jones

One half of the Led Zeppelin engine room, a virtuoso who plays not only bass but just about any stringed instrument you can think of.

John Paul Jones - BBC artist page


The hardest rocking bass player on the planet, first with Hawkwind and then Motorhead. One of the few bassists to play full chords on the instrument.

Lemmy - BBC artist page


Mani's rock solid dubby grooves provided the cornerstone for The Stone Rose's Madchester sound. Went on to do sterling work in Primal Scream.

Mani - BBC artist page

Paul McCartney

Before Paul playing the bass was the job that went to the worse guitarist in any band. Without him the history of the instrument would be very different.

Paul McCartney - BBC artist page

Paul Simonon

Provider of one of the best bass lines ever on The Clash's' London Calling, fusing reggae sensibilities with punk energy.

Paul Simonon - BBC artist page

Tina Weymouth

Talking Head's bass player didn't play many notes, but she knew exactly which ones to play and when.

Tina Weymouth - BBC artist page

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