Whether it's a classic upright double bass or an electric bass guitar, this stringed instrument anchors a band's rhythm section. In the hands of these musical women, that rhythm has been kept strong—from Anita Carter's acoustical playing with her famous family to Tina Weymouth's new wave handiwork with the Talking Heads. Browse these and other female bass players who have set the tone for rock 'n' roll greatness.

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