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
The best (maybe, well correct me if I'm wrong) bassline I've every heard. love the song
Chili peppers and muse have the best bass lines, but this song has more bass notes than guitar notes and in a great pattern
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2Filter - Hey Man, Nice Shot Listen to sample

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

8Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train Listen to sample

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.

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.

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

19Money - 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!
Amazing (but I still think Muse's Hysteria wins)


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20Muse - Hyper Music
Even better than hysteria

21Nirvana - Come As You Are

22The Clash - London Calling Listen to sample

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
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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.

27The Killers - Jenny Was a Friend of Mine Listen to sample

28Limp Bizkit - The Truth

29Rush - YYZ 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

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.
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34Alice in Chains - Would?
One of the best and darkest bass lines ever
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35Roundabout - Yes Listen to sample

36Dir en Grey - Cage

37Bob Marley - Stir It Up

38White Zombie - Black Sunshine Listen to sample

39Muse - Darkshines Listen to sample

40I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab For Cutie Listen to sample

41The Cure - A Forest
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42Red Hot Chili Peppers - Coffee Shop Listen to sample

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

45Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side 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.

47Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin
How is this not number one? Has anyone even heard this song? The bassline is just genius.
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48Megadeth - Trust Listen to sample

49Muse - 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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50Duran Duran - Sound of Thunder Listen to sample

51Duran Duran - The Valley Listen to sample

52The Cure - Shake Dog Shake Listen to sample

53Daft 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.

54Colorado Bulldog - Mr. Big Listen to sample

55No 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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56Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal Listen to sample

57Muse - Liquid State Listen to sample

58The Clash - The Guns of Brixton Listen to sample

59Under Pressure - Queen with David Bowie (Hot Space)

60Fascination 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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61Stevie Wonder - I Wish
Come on, this bassline is so ridiculously funky!
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62Herbie Hancock - Chameleon
Classic bass line -- you can jam over this like forever!
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63Around the World - Daft Punk Listen to sample

64Let There Be More Light - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

65Burnin' For You - Blue Oyster Cult Listen to sample

66Funky Monks - Red Hot Chili Peppers Listen to sample

67New Year's Day - U2 Listen to sample

68Salute to Kareem - Red Hot Chili Peppers Listen to sample

69Orion - Metallica
How could this one be missed?!?! -_-
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70For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
The intro bassline says it all...
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71Limp Bizkit - Re-Arranged

72YYZ - Rush Listen to sample

73Thela Hun Ginjeet - King Crimson

74Hysteria - Muse Listen to sample

75Time - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

76La Villa Strangiato - Rush Listen to sample

77My Name is Mud - Primus Listen to sample

78Another One Bites The Dust - Queen (The Game) Listen to sample

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This list was created 5 years, 223 days ago and has been voted on over 400 times. This top ten list has been remixed 1 times.

Updated Saturday, September 20, 2014

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