The 30 Best Bassists of all time – John Deacon


23 August 2017
The greatest bass players ever, as voted for by you, revealed…


30. John Deacon

Freddie and John

The Queen bassist deserves a place on this list purely for his hand in performing two of the most iconic (and most-sampled) bass lines of all time in Under Pressure and Another One Bites The Dust.

But Deacon was much more than that. His speedy scalic, almost classical approach to the low-end always melded majestically with Brian May and Freddie Mercury’s lofty ambitions for Queen.

Deacon may not have been involved with the band’s post-reformation efforts, but his formidable legacy is in no doubt.