Greatest Bass Solos


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1Cliff Burton - Anesthesia


Of course this is the best. How can it not be? Cliff Burton was the God of the bass. Come on, you can't beat it. It's awesomeness speaks for itself.

He was the god of bass. He wanted to become the best bassist ever and he did it. Within 4 years of his short career he touched the greatest heights which I don't think any other bass player could do. I respect Geezer Butler and Steve Harris, the closest competitors to him, but he was a unique bass player. "Shifting the whole band for a bass player? Yes, Cliff was that good." - Dave Mustain, about his early years with Metallica. m/

This was an entirely bass solo song, over 4 minutes of purely fantastic bass solo. No wonder this is number one. - Songsta41

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2Flea - Give It Away

Without a doubt Flea is the most accomplished bassist ever.

Flea is the best an the most epic no matter what song.

It's Flea, you're argument is invalid

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3Geddy Lee - YYZ

Laugh out loud its funny, this has better bass than Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) which is a legit bass solo. YYZ on the other hand is a full song, in which Geddy Lee also plays keyboards in for about thirty or so seconds... Proves that GEddy Lee is the greatest bass player of all time.

One of the best bass guitarist in rock history! It is a very impressive bass song and even more when we know he was playing all the synths parts too! I think half of the bassists here couldn't play this!

Awesome bass in this song. Yet it is not a bass solo. Geddy Lee knows how to compliment any song but STILL create ripping bass, without overshadowing everyone else. This is how a great bass player does it.

How is Cliff Burton above Geddy Lee? Geddy Lee is the best bassist, except for John Entwistle. YYZ is the epitome of bass playing, while Anesthesia is only famous because of Metallica's popularity. - bighercules

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4John Deacon - Under Pressure

QUEEN--->>>the greatest band in the universe, yet so unappreciated, so underrated, much like the genius of John Deacon.
Under Pressure is absolutely Phenomenal, thanks to Deacy, whose bass line is the most awesome ever! (Eat your heart out, Vanilla Ice, whoever you are, laugh out loud! One thing you are NOT, though, is the creator of this masterpiece, like you're Pretending to be! )

John Deacon is one of the very best bass players to live. Under pressure and Another One Bites The Dust are two of the many great pieces of bass work John has ever played. I cast my vote to John Deacon.

Vanilla Ice, the untalented 90's punk rapper, has got nothing on this!


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5Hugh McDonald - Keep The Faith

Awesome all around song, unbelievable live.

Alec John Such was the bass player in the band at the time, but it is common knowledge that the producer - Hugh McDonald - played bass on the recordings.

It was actually Alec John Such that done it on the CD originally, but Hugh McDonald is probably better and plays it awesomely.

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6Chris Wolstenholme - Hysteria

Should be number 1! It is very complicated and... brilliant! - HollyRolo

So cool, for my a great solo!

7Geezer Butler - NIB

Black Sabbath is with Geezer one of the best bands his bass kicks you out of your shoes and let you think what is the soul of Heavy Meatal. I think he played with Black Sabbath by his own soul.

Very understated bassist... NIB and Black Sabbath are two of his best

Him the best. A monster on bass.

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8Tetsuya Ogawa (l'arc~en~ciel) - Stay Away

same goes to HEAVEN'S DRIVE. let's see if you could do rhem - ronluna

distorted fast bass solos - ronluna

Stay away. Cool god bless tetsuya... he is the best bass all time

Nice playing bass by tetsuya

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9Cliff Burton - Orion

It is a legendary song by Metallica. The bass is in a bigger role than the guitar which is rare for modern rock music. Cliff has made the solos very, very good and beatiful for my ears.

This song is just awesome. Cliff Burton has put his soul in this song and you can feel it. When you hear it, you've just a little heart attack when CLiff do the solo. Awesome performance for an awesome Bassist!

Got format wrong last time. Either way, great solo(s) in this one. One of the best instrumentals by Metallica anyways

Best bass of all time.

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10Mike Dirnt - Welcome to Paradise

It's a tie between this and Longview. But none the less probably the best bassist ever.

One of the greatest bridges in rock history.

It's too awesome... my first choice

It's simple but amazing green day should be at the top you can't beat Mike Dirt

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The Contenders

11Lee Sklar - The Pretender
12John Myung - The Dance Of Eternity

The best bassist playing the best solo, simple... Fast solo with an amazing sound. Best than many songs over there, I personally prefer Myung's tapping on Metropolis part 1, but this one is way better technically speaking

This is one of Dream Theaters most extreme songs. And the bass solo indicate that. - Clyx

Tenth place? Come on, this is ridiculous! How many other bass solos with sextuplet sixteenth notes do you know besides this one?

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13John Deacon - Another One Bites The Dust

While this song may be simple, it proves that the bass can be a driving force in rock music. Deacon takes the lead on this great tune that gives bass players a reason to LIVE! ROCK ON!

This is a great song...NOT a bass guitar solo. Come on folks...

14Tetsuya Ogawa (l'arc~en~ciel) - Fare Well
15Les Claypool - John the Fisherman

Hot damn anything Les Claypool plays is the best bass solo on earth fools. Even when he's playing the banjo. How on earth is Cliff Burton at the top again? These lists offend me. - absurdword

Gosh, Cliff Burton Solo is not at the level of Les Claypool, just saying that Les is way better than Cliff.
Cliff was a good bass player, but I invite you to listen to some Les Claypool sick bass lines.

Incredibly underrated and amazing musician, he does what most people can't

I agree there is no way that Les Claypool is not number 1

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16John Entwistle - My Generation

This bass solo made me want to learn how to play bass! I am confused why such a classic song that defined a generation like this song did is so low down on the list! John Entwistle is the greatest bassist of all time and is my hero and this is also my favourite Who song.

This is crazy My Generation at number 23? , all you people are nuts, the greatest bass solo in rock n roll history, this is an outrage

COME ON! This is list is so stupid. Half of these songs don't even have bass solos in them! This song is true of bass soloing! Bass players, do your research! - GuitarZero

List is bull. Greatest bass guitar SOLO (emphasis mine) of all time. PERIOD.

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17Flea - Around the World
18John Entwistle - 5115

i man really, its what eruption is to the guitar for bass

Come on the hardest thing the greatest bass player has ever done, and you can't be the greatest if you play slap so don't give me any of that FLEA nonscence

19Flea - Coffee Shop

frantic and fast, takes your breath away

20Geddy Lee - Show Me Don't Tell Me

Clearly one of his most of his most creative solos, lot's of slapping, bending and scales

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Top Remixes

1. Cliff Burton - Anesthesia
2. Chris Wolstenholme - Hysteria
3. Geddy Lee - YYZ
1. Tetsuya Ogawa (l'arc~en~ciel) - Stay Away
2. Tetsuya Ogawa (l'arc~en~ciel) - Fare Well
3. Cliff Burton - Anesthesia
1. Cliff Burton - Anesthesia
2. Hugh McDonald - Keep The Faith
3. Geddy Lee - YYZ



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