Greatest Bass Solos

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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.
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/
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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
Flea is the best an the most epic no matter what song.
Without a doubt Flea is the most accomplished bassist ever.
He is one of the few greatest bass players in the world that has a pashion for funk rock muic. A true mbass player
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4Tetsuya Ogawa (l'arc~en~ciel) - Stay Away
distorted fast bass solos

ronluna

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

ronluna

Stay away. Cool god bless tetsuya... he is the best bass all time
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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!
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.
Happy Birthday, Deacy! (AUG 19th 20! @) I give him all the credit he can get. He surely deserves it. I love you DEACY!
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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

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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
I do believe he may be the best, most under appritiated bassist of recent years.
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9John Myung - The Dance Of Eternity
This is one of Dream Theaters most extreme songs. And the bass solo indicate that.

Clyx

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
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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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

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.

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

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
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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
That's just shameful. The Ox at 39th with the best known and recognized solo riff in bass history? What the hell are you people smoking?
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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

15Geddy Lee - Show Me Don't Tell Me

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


16Flea - 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


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

26Johnny Christ - Blinded in Chains
Insane song by avenged sevenfold, johnny play so well in solo
YOU ARE THE BEST JOHNY! I LOVE YOU!

27John 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.


28Guy Pratt - Money (Delicate Sound Of Thunder)
I'm gey and I like dick

29John McVie - The Chain (Live 1997)

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

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


35Cliff Burton - Call of Ktulu

36Steve Currie - Bang a Gong (Get It On)
T Rex was an amazing band

37Glenn 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.

38Bobby Dall - Unskinny Bop

39P-Nut - Feels So Good

I command you all to go listen to this song


40Mike Dirnt - Longview

41Paul 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'.

42Chris 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.

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 Parrish - Get Ready

63John Moyer - Perfect Insanity

64Billy 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!

65Jeremy Davis - Brick by Boring Brick

66Daniel Antonsson - Lethe

67John Deacon - Body Language

68Frédéric Leclercq - Give Me the Night

69Joey DeMaio - Black Arrows

70Mike Dirnt - Dirty Rotten Bastards

71Nikki Sixx - Primal Scream

72Chris Squire -Tempus Fugit

73Jason Newsted - My Friend of Misery

74Guti (The Finale) - Bassbaba Sumon

75Abraham Laboriel - Give and It Will Come Back to You
From the album, 'Sing Out', with Ron Kenoly.

76Aces High - Steve Harris

77Alphonso Johnson - Bahama Mama

78Crazy Cool Joe (Dead End) - Decoy

79John McVie - Tusk (Live 1997)

80Fat Mike - The Decline

81Lay (Fatima) - Blind

82Roger Waters - Let Be More Light

83Roger 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!
Bullocks man..
This drives me crazy..

84Nigel Harrison - Atomic

85Christian Giesler - Voices of the Dead

86Krist Novoselic - Love Buzz

87Flea - Soul to Squeeze Listen to sample

88Flea - Aeroplane

89Lemmy - Ace of Spades

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

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