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Some of the most influential bassists to me personally. To anyone interested in bass, these are some excellent examples from all different genres. List is in ABC order by artist, and includes an album where you can hear some of notable work by the bassist.
1Bela Fleck and The Flecktones
Flight Of The Cosmic Hippo

Victor Wooten - My original bass god. This is the man who I wanted to become when I first bought my bass.
Milo Goes to College

Tony Lombardo - One of the best bassists the punk genre ever produced. His basslines are forward in the mix, which isn't something you hear often in 80's punk.
3He Is Legend
I Am Hollywood

Matt Williams - Perhaps the bassist I most try to emulate. It's his bass playing in "Dinner With A Gypsy" that let me know that this band was something truly special.
4Iron Maiden

Steve Harris - Maiden's magic comes from Steve Harris, bassist and primary songwriter for the band. Never a dull moment with him--listen as his flair in "Two Minutes To Midnight" brings the song to life.
5Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti

John Paul Jones - One of the most influential bassists to ever play. To deny him is to deny "Whole Lotta Love" its impact, or "Trampled Underfoot" its style. To deny him is to deny Zeppelin its key to legendary status.
L.D. 50

Ryan Martinie - A surprising entry only to those who dismissed the band as a whole, this guy was playing funk grooves beneath nu-metal guitars (listen to "Death Blooms" for an example).
7Porcupine Tree
Stupid Dream

Colin Edwards - Probably on here because I listen to the band so much, but his basslines are sometimes so catchy that I cannot get away from them; see "Slave Called Shiver."
Sailing the Seas of Cheese

Les Claypool - Listen to "Jerry Was A Racecar Driver." 'Nuff said.
...And Out Come the Wolves

Matt Freeman - Listen to "Maxwell Murder." 'Nuff said.
10Red Hot Chili Peppers
Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Flea - Probably the most well-known and deified bassist of any band that began after the year 1980.
Moving Pictures

Geddy Lee - The list is named after him.
12Flying Lotus
You're Dead!

Thundercat - My current favorite bassist. His work with Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington, and even Suicidal Tendencies have all had me DROOLING for months. Him opening this album, as well as his short, blistering solo in "Never Catch Me," has cemented his place in my mind as one of the best bassist out there today. As a treat, listen to him play "Possessed To Skate" by Suicidal Tendencies.
13Weather Report
Heavy Weather

Jaco Pastorius - One of the original Bass Gods.
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