Top Ten Best Basslines


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The Top Ten

Muse - Hysteria
Most definitely the best bass line I've ever heard! Got to love how Muse isn't afraid to use the bass as not just a background instrument!
the best (maybe, well correct me if I'm wrong) bassline I've every heard. love the song
Oh yeah, VERY good bassline, played by one of the best bassists ever, Chris Wolstenholme
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2Filter - Hey Man, Nice Shot Listen to sample

3Rage Against the Machine - Killing In the Name Listen to sample

4PJ Harvey - Down by the Water Listen to sample

5Queen - Another One Bites the Dust

6Papa Roach - Getting Away with Murder Listen to sample

7Sick Puppies - You're Going Down Listen to sample

8The Who - My Generation

9Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train Listen to sample

10Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way

Where is aeroplane?!? This is still a great song nd bass line. It's very prominent and distinct

I've played bass for many years and this has been one of my favorite songs to play since the beginning.

The Contenders

11Led Zeppelin - Dazed and Confused

Stolen this may be, but it's stolen so damn well!

Zeppelin basslines are some of the best blues-jazz basslines in the industry, the world is worse off now that Bonzo and JPJ will never perform together again.

Have you ever heard the original Dazed that these guys stole! Note for note bass line and most of the words! How did these guys not get their pants sued off them! That's not the only music these guys stole! Great bands give the credit to the real writers! The Who, The Beatles.

12Green Day - Longview
Should be in the top three at least.


The Bassline was written when the Bassist was high on LSD. That alone sells it as one of the best.

13Black Sabbath - N.I.B.

Incredible bass solo, the first bassist to use distortion, and also a brilliang guitar riff. This is top 10 material along with Metallica's Orion and Megadeth's Peace Sells.

14Rage Against the Machine - Bullet In the Head

15Duran Duran - Rio

Best, immediately recognizable and equally fun to hear and play!


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16Ian Dury And the Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Cannot believe this is not higher!

17David Bowie & Queen - Under Pressure

It's very annoying to see DB's name first in these credits. Everyone Knows that the bassline was already finished before DB even got involved w/ this kick-ass song. John Deacon and the GREAT FREDDIE MERCURY had already worked out the framework, so, it Should be QUEEN and then DB, Not the other way around. DB readily admits that the bassline and most of the song was almost done when he came to the studio to actually do another song w/Queen.
Anyway, fantastic song! Best versions are, of course, Freddie at Montreal and Wembley, w/out DB's input... Laugh out loud.
QUEEN rocks!

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18Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away

19Muse - Hyper Music
Even better than hysteria

20Nirvana - Come As You Are

21Money - Pink Floyd
Retarded this isn't top 10
If you've played this song, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Pink Floyd RULES!
Even people who don't know anything about rock recognize this bassline. It should be number one.
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22The Clash - London Calling Listen to sample

23James Brown - Sex Machine

24Tool - The Pot

This is my favorite. Tool has the best basslines ever!


25Stanley Clarke - School Days
The people who vote on these are basically completely uninformed. Do any of them know anything at all about bass playing? Stanley Clarke is god.

26Primus - Tommy the Cat

without the bass there would be nothing to like in this song

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27Limp Bizkit - The Truth

28Rush - YYZ Listen to sample

29The Killers - Jenny Was a Friend of Mine Listen to sample

30Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby

To me it's one of Fleas best slap songs, I don't care for anything else on this track but the bass line and drum rhythm.

To me, to have a successful bass line, you need a really good drum beat and chad smith did excellent. Those two really make a good combo.


31Yes - Heart of the Sunrise

32Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground Listen to sample

33Dir en Grey - Cage

34Bob Marley - Stir It Up

35White Zombie - Black Sunshine Listen to sample

36Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers Listen to sample

37Muse - Darkshines Listen to sample

38Alice in Chains - Would?
One of the best and darkest bass lines ever
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39I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab For Cutie Listen to sample

40The Cure - A Forest
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41Red Hot Chili Peppers - Coffee Shop Listen to sample

42I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles
This is probably the greatest bassline I have ever heard in my life. I envy those who know how to play it on the guitar. The last three minutes of the song is absolute guitar playing gold.
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43Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Billie jean is number 1
Stupid list

44Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side Listen to sample

45Roundabout - Yes Listen to sample

46Tool - Schism
Come on guys. This song has one of the most recognisable bass lines ever. The time signatures are so unique and the growling 12/8 bass intro is awesome.

47Megadeth - Trust Listen to sample

48Muse - Time Is Running Out

Best intro ever who. Muse in general is an epic band and I love the way they make the bass guitar a main feature instead of just a filling instruments.

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49Duran Duran - Sound of Thunder Listen to sample

50Duran Duran - The Valley Listen to sample

51The Cure - Shake Dog Shake Listen to sample

52Daft Punk - Mothership Reconnection (Daft Punk Remix)

Once this bass kicks in, you are in a party dimension! The line is a great contrast between the sharp treble synths. Incredible track.

53Colorado Bulldog - Mr. Big Listen to sample

54No One Knows - Green Day
Far better than Longview, the Bass weeps and cries in this song is the main tune that plays throughout accompanying the ecstatic drumming and the Magnificent vocal work. Shame that this one is rarely mentioned by Green Day fans let alone fans of the Bass because personally this is my all-time favourite bass line (Better then Muse's Hysteria and Black Sabbath's NIB)
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55Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal Listen to sample

56Muse - Liquid State Listen to sample

57The Clash - The Guns of Brixton Listen to sample

58Under Pressure - Queen with David Bowie (Hot Space)

59Fascination Street - The Cure
JUST LISTEN TO THAT SONG Google IT ON YOUTUBE AND YOU WILL KNOW WHO IS MASTER OF BASSLINES! Really try it... Also song where only two basses without guitar - Primary or bassline in Three Sisters
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60Stevie Wonder - I Wish
Come on, this bassline is so ridiculously funky!
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61Herbie Hancock - Chameleon
Classic bass line -- you can jam over this like forever!
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62Around the World - Daft Punk Listen to sample

63Let There Be More Light - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

64Burnin' For You - Blue Oyster Cult Listen to sample

65Funky Monks - Red Hot Chili Peppers Listen to sample

66YYZ - Rush Listen to sample

67Thela Hun Ginjeet - King Crimson

68Hysteria - Muse Listen to sample

69Time - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

70La Villa Strangiato - Rush Listen to sample

71My Name is Mud - Primus Listen to sample

72Another One Bites The Dust - Queen (The Game) Listen to sample

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