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

2Filter - Hey Man, Nice Shot

3Rage Against the Machine - Killing In the Name
Too cool stuff baby :D makes you jump listening to the intro :DD

4PJ Harvey - Down by the Water

5Papa Roach - Getting Away with Murder

6Queen - Another One Bites the Dust

7Sick Puppies - You're Going Down

8Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train

9The Who - My Generation

10Red 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.

The Contenders

11Green 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

12Black 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.

13Led 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.

14Money - 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?

15Rage Against the Machine - Bullet In the Head

16Duran Duran - Rio
Best, immediately recognizable and equally fun to hear and play!


17Ian Dury And the Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Cannot believe this is not higher!

18David 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!

19Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away

20Muse - Hyper Music
Even better than hysteria

21Nirvana - Come As You Are

22The Clash - London Calling

23James Brown - Sex Machine

24Tool - The Pot
This is my favorite. Tool has the best basslines ever!



25Primus - Tommy the Cat
without the bass there would be nothing to like in this song

26Stanley 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.

27Rush - YYZ

28Limp Bizkit - The Truth

29The Killers - Jenny Was a Friend of Mine

30Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground

31Red 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.


32Yes - Heart of the Sunrise

33Aeroplane - 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.

34Alice in Chains - Would?
One of the best and darkest bass lines ever

35Roundabout - Yes

36Dir en Grey - Cage

37Bob Marley - Stir It Up

38White Zombie - Black Sunshine

39Muse - Darkshines

40I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab For Cutie

41The Cure - A Forest

42Red Hot Chili Peppers - Coffee Shop

43I 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.

44Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Billie jean is number 1
Stupid list

45Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side

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.

47Fascination 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

48Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin
How is this not number one? Has anyone even heard this song? The bassline is just genius.

49Megadeth - Trust

50Muse - 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.

51Duran Duran - Sound of Thunder

52Duran Duran - The Valley

53The Cure - Shake Dog Shake

54Daft 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.

55Colorado Bulldog - Mr. Big

56No 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)

57Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal

58Muse - Liquid State

59The Clash - The Guns of Brixton

60Under Pressure - Queen with David Bowie (Hot Space)

61Stevie Wonder - I Wish
Come on, this bassline is so ridiculously funky!

62Herbie Hancock - Chameleon
Classic bass line -- you can jam over this like forever!

63Around the World - Daft Punk

64Let There Be More Light - Pink Floyd

65Burnin' For You - Blue Oyster Cult

66Funky Monks - Red Hot Chili Peppers

67New Year's Day - U2

68Salute to Kareem - Red Hot Chili Peppers

69Orion - Metallica
How could this one be missed?!?! -_-

70For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
The intro bassline says it all...

71Limp Bizkit - Re-Arranged

72Lovely 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.

73Let It Die - Ozzy Osbourne

74YYZ - Rush

75Thela Hun Ginjeet - King Crimson

76Hysteria - Muse

77Time - Pink Floyd

78La Villa Strangiato - Rush

79My Name is Mud - Primus

80Another One Bites The Dust - Queen (The Game)

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