Greatest Bass Solos


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The Top Ten

Cliff 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/
[Newest]This song makes me choked up every time I hear it.

2Hugh 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.

3Flea - 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

4Tetsuya Ogawa (l'arc~en~ciel) - Stay Away
same goes to HEAVEN'S DRIVE. let's see if you could do rhem


distorted fast bass solos


Stay away. Cool god bless tetsuya... he is the best bass all time
[Newest]Nice playing bass by tetsuya

5John 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!

6Geddy 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!
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.


7Tetsuya Ogawa (l'arc~en~ciel) - Fare Well

8Geezer 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.

9John 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.


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

10Mike Dirnt - Welcome to Paradise
It's a tie between this and Longview. But none the less probably the best bassist ever.
It's simple but amazing green day should be at the top you can't beat Mike Dirt
It's too awesome... my first choice
[Newest]One of the greatest bridges in rock history.

The Contenders

11Les 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.


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

12Cliff 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
[Newest]Best bass of all time.

13John 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!


[Newest]I hate all of you. I HATE YOU. How in the world is My Generation this low? You people are insane.

14John Entwistle - 5115
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
i man really, its what eruption is to the guitar for bass

15Flea - Coffee Shop
frantic and fast, takes your breath away

16Geddy Lee - Show Me Don't Tell Me
Clearly one of his most of his most creative solos, lot's of slapping, bending and scales

17Matt Freeman - Maxwell Murder
Matt Freeman whacks out this song and unlike many (Not all, but many) other solos on here he doesn't use effects. One of the best solos in punk rock next to Axiom, also by Matt Freeman.

He does also wing a few extra minutes a lot when playing live.
when it's live he free styles for 5 extra minutes!

18Bernard Edwards - Good Times

19Mattias Bernvall - Hate to Say I Told You So

20Chris Wolstenholme - Hysteria
Should be number 1! It is very complicated and... brilliant!


So cool, for my a great solo!

21John 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!

22Jaco Pastorius - A Remark You Made

23Flea - Torture Me

24Krist Novoselic - Come As You Are
no doubt a beautiful bass line


25Lee Sklar - The Pretender

26John Myung - Metropolis Pt. 1
How can this not be one of the best solos ever? Number 41? John Myung is one of the most talented bass players in the world, and this solo just documents it. Using tapping, this man does freaking amazing things with his bass. One of the best solos ever, easily.
That moment when a songs that you learned in minutes are ranked higher than a song containing a solo that you still can't play the first 6 nots of. seriously there maby a more difficult bass lick out there but is certainly in the top 10 with out any doubt, John Myung when in for the kill on this one!


27John McVie - The Chain (Live 1997)

28Johnny Christ - Blinded in Chains
Insane song by avenged sevenfold, johnny play so well in solo

29Guy Pratt - Money (Delicate Sound Of Thunder)
I'm gey and I like dick

30John Paul Jones - The Lemon Song
Incredible solo and incredible song... The first time I heard this song I literally feel myself like I was drunked ahahhahah
It s a song that take your head and brake it

31Peter Cetera - I'm a Man

32Stanley Clarke - Rock 'n' Roll Jelly

33Flea - Around the World

34Tetsuya Ogawa (l'arc~en~ciel) - Heaven's Drive
the dundundun sound of the bass can be heard and its incredibly very fast


35Mike Dirnt - Longview
I think it's one of the best bass riffs/solos I've heard. Maybe some of Metallica are better but this song should be at least in the top 5.

36Cliff Burton - Call of Ktulu

37Steve Currie - Bang a Gong (Get It On)
T Rex was an amazing band

38Glenn Cornick - Bouree
A cover of a wonderful song composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ian Anderson and the rest of Jethro Tull pull this piece off beautifully.


The bass solo in this song it's simply amazing, very well crafted and beautifully sounding
Also love the "alittle light music Cd featuring David pegg" I will always love the original but Dave is far superior on the bass solo in my opinion.

39Bobby Dall - Unskinny Bop

40P-Nut - Feels So Good
I command you all to go listen to this song

41John Entwistle - The Real Me
Any list of "Best Bass Solos" that doesn't have John Entwistle in the top 5 loses any and all credibility. Wake up 20 somethings and get a clue.

42Paul McCartney - Day Tripper
So what is a great bass solo? The ability to play a difficult passage on the bass OR the bass melody that appeals to the ear of the listener? I think of 'Little Green Bag' every time. It's short, singable and comes at the start of the song... Mind you, I'm no great guitarist so I'm speaking as a 'listener'.

43Duff McKagan - Paradise City

44Chris Squire - The Fish
As the other guy said, "specifically for the instrument". Anybody can play fast.
I just cannot believe this piece isn't here - Squire performed this piece live on Yessongs in 1972 and again 30 yrs later. A complex work which easily outshines so many of these, and a piece written specifically for the instrument.

45Roger Waters - Money

46Tony Levin - Sleepless

47Anthony Jackson - For the Love of Money

48Flea - Hard To Concentrate
just listen o this song and be amazed

49Nick Olveri (QOSTA) - No One Knows

50John Parrish - Get Ready
Phenomenal. This guy is so underrated.

51Mark Hoppus - Carousel (Chesire Cat)

52Jimmy Blanton - Mr. J.B. Blues

53Flea - By the Way

54Stanley Sheldon - Marching Powder

55Greg Lake - 21st Century Schizoid Man

56Flea - Stone Cold Bush
This song was the reason I wanted to pick up the Bass. Listen to the Live version for an extended solo which will make you rewind over and over again!
Long Live FLEA!

57Seela - An Aphrodisiac
very loud and clear bass see the live 2007 tour


58Roger Glover - Pictures of Home
Though the song may be ok-ok,
the bass is awesome


59Billy Sheehan - NV43345
Billy is one of the greats of our time, show in respect to be on the list... but he has so much more in his cache than some, and it's better stuff!

60P-Nut - Nutsymptom

61John Deacon - Liar
This is a list of bass solos, not bass lines. That's why I voted for this song. The solo is short but awesome. The other John Deacon songs on here are more a part of the bass line than they are bass solos.
A nice, short, around 30 second solo in the song Liar. Kind of catchy. You can really hear it live. I really love this, and if you listen, it is near the end of the song. DEACY ROCKS

62Jeremy Davis - Brick by Boring Brick

63Stuart Hamm - Blue Powder

64Les Claypool - Tommy the Cat
Claypool deserves the top spot on any best bassist list. Metallica fans need to listen to other artists too. YEEAH
The most complex bass line ever

65Joey DeMaio - Black Arrows

66John Moyer - Perfect Insanity

67Roger Waters - Pigs (Three Different Ones)
Another great bass work in the intro this epic song. Maybe the most technical solo played by Waters. What a shame it is so little known!
I'm pretty sure that Gilmour played this solo but still a great part of a great song.
Bullocks man..
This drives me crazy..

68Daniel Antonsson - Lethe

69John Deacon - Body Language

70Frédéric Leclercq - Give Me the Night

71Flea - Soul to Squeeze

72Mike Dirnt - Dirty Rotten Bastards

73Nikki Sixx - Primal Scream

74Chris Squire -Tempus Fugit

75Jason Newsted - My Friend of Misery

76Guti (The Finale) - Bassbaba Sumon

77Abraham Laboriel - Give and It Will Come Back to You
From the album, 'Sing Out', with Ron Kenoly.

78Aces High - Steve Harris

79Alphonso Johnson - Bahama Mama

80Crazy Cool Joe (Dead End) - Decoy

81John McVie - Tusk (Live 1997)

82Fat Mike - The Decline

83Lay (Fatima) - Blind

84Roger Waters - Let Be More Light

85Nigel Harrison - Atomic

86Christian Giesler - Voices of the Dead

87Krist Novoselic - Love Buzz

88Flea - Aeroplane
Fantastic! This piece should be way up there!

89Lemmy - Ace of Spades
Lemmy is bass god and Ace Of Spades should be in first 10.

90Justin Meldal-Johnsen - Soldier Jane
Plays during lyric breaks.

91Matt Freeman - Detroit

92Johnny Christ - Afterlife

93David Ellefson - My Last Words
How is this one not included? I mean that bass solo in the beginning of the song is awesome!

94Abraham Laboriel - Ancient of Days

95Take no Prisoners - David Ellefson

96The Moon's in the Rat's Mouth - Paul Haynes

97Steve Harris - Fear of the dark

98Paolo Gregoletto - Becoming the Dragon
Awesome bass solo at the end of the song! This guy is really tapping on bass!

99Michael League - Young Stuff
Truly a wonderful solo by a less known bassist but incredible none the less

100Alex Webster - Rabid

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