Editor’s Note: At the end of each year, we tally up all the article and video views on No Treble to come up with a list of the top 10 most popular bassists. This is entirely based on readership, not on opinions, polls, or anything else. Just having some fun.
Last year started off with a bang. During the 2018 Winter NAMM Show, we sat down with Billy Sheehan for our first-ever live podcast interview. That, plus some other Billy goodness made him the #1 reader favorite of 2018.
When we shared the first Vulfpeck video in 2011, no one seemed to know the name Joe Dart. Now, this is his 4th year that Joe has made the annual “Reader Favorites” list. Check out what generated all the buzz around Dart in 2018.
He may be a man without a band at the moment, but that didn’t stop Geddy Lee from staying in the spotlight in 2018. Check out the stories that landed him at #3 on the annual “Reader Favorites” list.
Back in October, Stanley Clarke teased a new “Stratocaster” bass concept he was working on. That story was the third most viewed story on No Treble all year. But that wasn’t it for Stanley. He also released a new album in June, and more.
Marcus Miller had a big year. He released “Laid Black,” and he had a couple of big bass gear-related stories. All this, plus some fantastic videos by Marcus generated a ton of views - and put him on the "reader favorite" list once again.
Stuart Clayton worked as hard as anyone in 2018. His “Bass Lick of the Week” series was a major hit. We didn’t feature all of them, but the ones we did got huge views, landing him at #6 on the "reader favorite" list for 2018.
No surprise to us, Victor Wooten makes the “readers favorite” list again this year. And Vic had a big year with a tour with his trio, the Fun & Funk Xplosion Tour with Sinbad, a 30th anniversary Flecktones tour, and more.
Bridget Kearney is a huge favorite around No Treble HQ, and her episode of Groove was the #1 interview this year. Add in some killer videos by Lake Street Dive, and Bridget makes the annual “reader favorites” list for the first time in our history.
Zander Zon is no stranger to the annual No Treble “reader favorites” list. We first featured Zander in 2009, and his unique approach garnered a lot of attention in the years since. This year, he lands at the #9 slot.
We’re kicking off our annual “Reader Favorite Bassists” countdown with #10. For the second year in a row, Tim Starace made the list. Check out the videos (and more) that made Tim a reader favorite in 2018.