Top Ten Best Basslines


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1Muse - 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

Killer man. Yo stank up the butt

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2Rage Against the Machine - Killing In the NameV1 Comment
3Tool - 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.

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4The Who - My Generation
5Queen - Another One Bites the Dust

John Deacon is the unsung hero of Queen.

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6Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy TrainV1 Comment
7Filter - Hey Man, Nice Shot
8Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It AwayV1 Comment
9Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - Primus
10PJ Harvey - Down by the Water

The Newcomers

?Weather Report - Havona

Jaco was arguably the most innovative bassist of his time, if not for Geddy Lee. Enough said.

?Chic - Good Times

How is this- one of the most recognizable bass lines ever- not on the list already?

The Contenders

11Papa Roach - Getting Away with Murder
12Rush - YYZ

Really, what this is the best. We are talking about Geddy fkin Lee

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13Green Day - Longview

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

Epic bassline, at least top five, other Green Day songs like castaway, welcome to paradise, 86, make out party and missing you should be high up in this list as well as californication (RHCP), iron man (Black Sabbath), black dog (lead zep), supermassive black hole (muse), panic station (muse) and superstition (Stevie wonder)

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14Money - Pink Floyd

If you've played this song, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Pink Floyd RULES!

Easily one of the catchiest bass licks of all-time, a timeless classic that should top the list!

Amazing (but I still think Muse's Hysteria wins) - HollyRolo

Why the hell is this down here?

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15Sick Puppies - You're Going Down
16Red 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.

17Led 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.

18Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

Billie jean is number 1
Stupid list

19Black 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.

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20Duran Duran - Rio

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

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List StatsUpdated 29 Jun 2016

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Top Remixes

1. Filter - Hey Man, Nice Shot
2. Rage Against the Machine - Killing In the Name
3. PJ Harvey - Down by the Water
1. Tool - Schism
2. Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - Primus
3. Rage Against the Machine - Killing In the Name



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