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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 04: Singer/bassist Les Claypool of Primus performs at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on September 4, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

I really got into bass playing last year when Ghost released “Rats”. I just thought it was so simple, yet effective the way the bass drove the song. Since then I’ve started really paying attention to what the bass players are doing, so I thought I’d share my top three.

#3 – Geezer Butler. Those classic Black Sabbath records are clinics on bass playing. Re-listen to some of those tracks with new ears and you’ll see what I mean.

#2 – Chris Squire from Yes. That band may not be as heavy, but his bass drove a lot of those songs from their vast catalog.

#1 – Steve Harris from Iron Maiden. Talk about driving the song, Steve does that and then some. It’s almost as if they write the music around what he’s doing on the bass.

Of course there’s so man talented bass players. Just off the top of my head, Geddy Lee, Flea, Billy Sheehan, Les Claypool, Robert DeLeo, and on and on.

Who’s on your list?