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The 11 Best Female Rock Bassists of All Time

While there are and have been so many notable women in rock-and-roll, and we'd like to honor them all, we've chosen the specific starting point of recognizing rock's best female bassists. As a bassist, I looked up to nearly each and every one of these women as I learned the bass and played in sloppy hard-rock bands in high school, drawing inspiration from the strength and talent of these musicians. Nowadays, women in modern rock are far less often considered "token" band members -- rightfully and finally -- thanks, in part, to many of the women on our list, who shattered taboos and stereotypes and established equality via well-played, quality rock and roll.