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Claypool, Lee and Flea named in top bass poll

But Duran Duran's Taylor takes top spot in reader vote

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 seventh and Primus virtuoso Claypool in 12th place. On Lee, MusicRadar says: "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 Gay 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

  1. John Taylor – Duran Duran
  2. Geddy Lee – Rush
  3. Simon Gallup – The Cure
  4. Mark King – Level 42
  5. Jaco Pastorius – Weather Report
  6. Flea – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  7. John Entwistle – The Who
  8. Victor Wooten
  9. 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 

Check out the full list at MusicRadar

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