Paul McCartney has been hailed as the best bass guitar player of all time.

According to a rundown of the top ten bassists on the Gibson Lifestyle blog, the Beatles star deserves the accolade ahead of the likes of John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Columnist Ellen Barnes said McCartney’s place at the top is deserved because he is such an influential musician.

“To think it almost didn’t happen at all – McCartney became the Fab Four’s bassist by default after original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe left the band to return to art school,” she added.

Second place in the list went to Motown star James Jamerson, who played the bass guitar on classic tracks such as My Girl, I Heard It Through the Grapevine and For Once In My Life.

There were also places for Rush’s Geddy Lee, Cliff Burton of Metallica fame and John Entwhistle from The Who.

Last month, McCartney won another accolade as he picked up a Grammy in the category of Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.