MetalSucks Readers Say These Are the 10 Most Underrated Bass Players of All Time


Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx recently declared himself to be the most underrated bassist of all time. Naturally, that inspired us wise-asses here at MetalSucks to ask our readership who they believe to be the most underrated bassist of all time.

Well, the results are in, and it’s settled: basically everyone agrees it’s NOT Nikki Sixx.

So if it’s not Nikki, who is it? Well, to be honest, there wasn’t really a clear “winner” — even the most-nominated musician got less than 1% of the overall vote.

Still, there were a handful of bassists who names noticeably came up again and again and again.

Here are the ten-most-voted-for bassists, in ascending order by tally:

10. THREE-WAY TIE: Dan Briggs (Between the Buried and Me), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Billy Gould (Faith No More)

9. Les Claypool (Primus)

8. Gene Simmons (Kiss)

7. Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)

6. Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, A Billion Other Awesome Bands)

5. Rex Brown (ex-Pantera, ex-Down)

4. Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse, Conquering Dystopia, Blotted Science, etc.)

3. Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)

2. Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne)

1. Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica)

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