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!
Oh yeah, VERY good bassline, played by one of the best bassists ever, Chris Wolstenholme
Chili peppers and muse have the best bass lines, but this song has more bass notes than guitar notes and in a great pattern

2Rage Against the Machine - Killing In the Name
Too cool stuff baby :D makes you jump listening to the intro :DD

3The Who - My Generation

4Queen - Another One Bites the Dust

5Tool - 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.

6Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train

7Filter - Hey Man, Nice Shot

8Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away

9Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - Primus

10PJ Harvey - Down by the Water

The Contenders

11Papa Roach - Getting Away with Murder

12Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way
Where is aeroplane?!? This is still a great song and 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.

13Sick Puppies - You're Going Down

14Green 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.
One of best bass line ever
So are other by Green Day as "she" or "Stuart and ave."that should also make it to the top 10

15Rush - YYZ

16Led Zeppelin - Dazed and Confused
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.
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.

17Money - Pink Floyd
If you've played this song, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Pink Floyd RULES!
Retarded this isn't top 10
Why the hell is this down here?

18Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Billie jean is number 1
Stupid list

19Rage Against the Machine - Bullet In the Head

20Duran Duran - Rio
Best, immediately recognizable and equally fun to hear and play!


21Ian Dury And the Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Cannot believe this is not higher!

22David 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!

23Black 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.

24Muse - Hyper Music
Even better than hysteria

25Nirvana - Come As You Are

26Megadeth - Trust

27James Brown - Sex Machine

28Tool - The Pot
This is my favorite. Tool has the best basslines ever!



29Primus - Tommy the Cat
without the bass there would be nothing to like in this song

30Stanley 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.

31Limp Bizkit - The Truth

32The Killers - Jenny Was a Friend of Mine

33The Clash - London Calling

34For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
The intro bassline says it all...

35Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground

36Red 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.


37Yes - Heart of the Sunrise

38Bob Marley - Stir It Up

39Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers
This deserves to take By the Way's spot, By the Way deserves Tell me Baby's spot, and Tell me Baby's spot should be up here.
The solo, the bridge, the slap, this song is perfect bass.

40Alice in Chains - Would?
One of the best and darkest bass lines ever

41Roundabout - Yes

42Dir en Grey - Cage

43White Zombie - Black Sunshine

44Muse - Darkshines

45I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab For Cutie

46The Cure - A Forest

47Red Hot Chili Peppers - Coffee Shop

48I 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.

49Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side

50Muse - Liquid State

51Fascination Street - The Cure
Slow, simple and incredibly heavy. My favourite non-metal bassline.


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

52Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin
How is this not number one? Has anyone even heard this song? The bassline is just genius.

53Muse - 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.

54Duran Duran - Sound of Thunder

55Duran Duran - The Valley

56The Cure - Shake Dog Shake

57Daft 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.

58Colorado Bulldog - Mr. Big

59No 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)

60Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal

61The Clash - The Guns of Brixton

62Under Pressure - Queen with David Bowie (Hot Space)

63Stevie Wonder - I Wish
Come on, this bassline is so ridiculously funky!

64Herbie Hancock - Chameleon
Classic bass line -- you can jam over this like forever!

65Around the World - Daft Punk

66Let There Be More Light - Pink Floyd

67Burnin' For You - Blue Oyster Cult

68Funky Monks - Red Hot Chili Peppers

69New Year's Day - U2

70Salute to Kareem - Red Hot Chili Peppers

71Orion - Metallica
How could this one be missed?!?! -_-

72Limp Bizkit - Re-Arranged

73Lovely Rita - The Beatles
I don't play bass, but I can only imagine how hard it must be to play a bassline as ingenius and all over the place as this one.

74Let It Die - Ozzy Osbourne

75YYZ - Rush

76Thela Hun Ginjeet - King Crimson

77Hysteria - Muse

78Time - Pink Floyd

79La Villa Strangiato - Rush

80My Name is Mud - Primus

81Another One Bites The Dust - Queen (The Game)

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Updated Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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