Already sidetracking this with "Best 5 Bassists"
5. Billy Gould
- Faith No More
4. Jerry Only
(Gerald Caiafa) - the Misfits - player and luthier as well.
3. Steve Harris
- Iron Maiden
2. Stig Pedersen
- D-A-D - "With a one-track mind and a two-string bass"
(Michael Balzary) - Red Hot Chili Peppers
I've left out any of the darlings of the bass magazine press (Les Claypool, Victor Wooten, "Duck" Dunn, Me'shell Ndgc... Ncgdsg... Hellojello... Ndegeocello *whew*, P-Nut, etc)
I do feel bad there was no room on the list for guys like Will Lee and John Entwhistle, though. And anyone that played for Metallica was intentionally out of the running.
Not that that would have helped Trujillo (guy couldn't find a beat with a metronome suppository)... but it does unfairly rule out Jason "Jasonic" Newsted.
Also not mentioned are any classical or blues bassists that I would have never heard.
B**tsy C*ll*ns automatically tops any list of bassists assembled, so his name need not be spake.