Greatest Bass Solos

biscuits

Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Cliff Burton - Anesthesia
THIS IS REAL GREAT BASS SOLO FROM REAL GREAT BASS PLAYER (R.I.P. CLIFF)

DemAnd

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.
Cliff Burton is By far the best bassist ever, after he died Thrash metal Metallica died R.I.P. clifford Lee Burton
More comments about Cliff Burton - Anesthesia

2Hugh McDonald - Keep The Faith
Awesome all around song, unbelievable live.
It was actually Alec John Such that done it on the CD originally, but Hugh McDonald is probably better and plays it awesomely.
Actually it was alec john such was was the bassist at the time for BonJovi

3Flea - Give It Away
He is one of the few greatest bass players in the world that has a pashion for funk rock muic. A true mbass player
Flea is the best an the most epic no matter what song.
Without a doubt Flea is the most accomplished bassist ever.
More comments about Flea - Give It Away

4Tetsuya 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

Permainan bassnya seperti sedang bermain gitar listrik
More comments about Tetsuya Ogawa (l'arc~en~ciel) - Stay Away

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 ROCKS!
QUEEN RULES!
FREDDIE - THE GOD OF ROCK!
Happy Birthday, Deacy! (AUG 19th 20! @) I give him all the credit he can get. He surely deserves it. I love you DEACY!
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.
More comments about John Deacon - Under Pressure

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!
Lee proved that bass isn't just for the band to keep time with (Show Me Dont Tell Me is really good too [I like Presto]). Dance of Eternity by John Myung should be here too.

fireinside96

More comments about Geddy Lee - YYZ

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.
I do believe he may be the best, most under appritiated bassist of recent years.
Very understated bassist... NIB and Black Sabbath are two of his best
More comments about Geezer Butler - NIB

9John Myung - The Dance Of Eternity
This is one of Dream Theaters most extreme songs. And the bass solo indicate that.

Clyx

Most of the songs on the top-ten does'nt even have a bass solo. They're on the list just cause the song's popularity. So, if you want to hear some real BASS solo you've gotta listen to Myung.
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
More comments about John Myung - The Dance Of Eternity

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

The Contenders

11Les Claypool - John the Fisherman

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.

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


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
More comments about Cliff Burton - Orion

13John 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

14Geddy Lee - Show Me Don't Tell Me

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


15Flea - Coffee Shop

Flea plays here two fantastic solos, one right after the other. The bassline itself is great, but I got the impression that the whole song was made only for Flea's solos. ONE SLAP AND ONE FINGER SOLO

frantic and fast, takes your breath away


16John Entwistle - My Generation

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

I love queen but ABTD and Under pressure don't have bass solos! This is one of the best bass solos. Shame it is at 22.

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.

More comments about John Entwistle - My Generation

17Bernard Edwards - Good Times

18Matt 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!

19Mattias Bernvall - Hate to Say I Told You So

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

HollyRolo

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

latekurt


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.


27Guy Pratt - Money (Delicate Sound Of Thunder)
I'm gey and I like dick

28John McVie - The Chain (Live 1997)

29John 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

Insane solo and Insane song this song take you and destroy you


30Johnny Christ - Blinded in Chains
YOU ARE THE BEST JOHNY! I LOVE YOU!

31Peter Cetera - I'm a Man

P.C. MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY BOY LEAD SINGER, OR WUSSY 80'S BALLADEER. ONCE UPON A TIME, HE WAS A KICK ASS BASSIST


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

ronluna


35Glenn 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.

Christian.H.Mills

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.

36Bobby Dall - Unskinny Bop

37P-Nut - Feels So Good

I command you all to go listen to this song


38Mike Dirnt - Longview

39Cliff Burton - Call of Ktulu

40Paul 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'.

41Chris Squire - The Fish
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.

42Steve Currie - Bang a Gong (Get It On)

43Tony Levin - Sleepless

44Anthony Jackson - For the Love of Money

45Flea - Hard To Concentrate

just listen o this song and be amazed


46Nick Olveri (QOSTA) - No One Knows

47John 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.


48Duff McKagan - Paradise City

49Mark Hoppus - Carousel (Chesire Cat)

50Jimmy Blanton - Mr. J.B. Blues

51Flea - By the Way

52Stanley Sheldon - Marching Powder

53Greg Lake - 21st Century Schizoid Man

54Flea - 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!

55Seela - An Aphrodisiac

very loud and clear bass see the live 2007 tour

ronluna


56Roger Glover - Pictures of Home

Though the song may be ok-ok,
the bass is awesome

dragonspecs91


57P-Nut - Nutsymptom

58John 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

59Stuart Hamm - Blue Powder

60Les 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

61Roger Waters - Money

62John Moyer - Perfect Insanity

63Billy 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!

64Jeremy Davis - Brick by Boring Brick

65Daniel Antonsson - Lethe

66John Deacon - Body Language

67Frédéric Leclercq - Give Me the Night

68Joey DeMaio - Black Arrows

69Mike Dirnt - Dirty Rotten Bastards

70Nikki Sixx - Primal Scream

71Chris Squire -Tempus Fugit

72Jason Newsted - My Friend of Misery

73Alphonso Johnson - Bahama Mama

74Crazy Cool Joe (Dead End) - Decoy

75John McVie - Tusk (Live 1997)

76Fat Mike - The Decline

77Lay (Fatima) - Blind

78John Parrish - Get Ready

79Roger Waters - Let Be More Light

80Roger Waters - Pigs (Three Different Ones)

81Nigel Harrison - Atomic

82Christian Giesler - Voices of the Dead

83Krist Novoselic - Love Buzz

84Flea - Soul to Squeeze Listen to sample

85Flea - Aeroplane

86Lemmy - Ace of Spades

87Justin Meldal-Johnsen - Soldier Jane
Plays during lyric breaks.

88Matt Freeman - Detroit

89Johnny Christ - Afterlife

90David Ellefson - My Last Words
How is this one not included? I mean that bass solo in the beginning of the song is awesome!

91Guti (The Finale) - Bassbaba Sumon

92Abraham Laboriel - Ancient of Days

93Abraham Laboriel - Give and It Will Come Back to You
From the album, 'Sing Out', with Ron Kenoly.

Comments About This List

Featured Lists
Popular Lists
New Lists

Top Remixes of This List

wengtaogood

karuchan

Posts About This List

List Info

This list was created 6 years, 155 days ago and has been voted on over 2,000 times. This top ten list has been remixed 2 times.

Updated Saturday, April 19, 2014


List Error Reporting

See an item on this list that's misspelled, duplicated, or doesn't belong? Let us know. Click here to report the error.