Greatest Bass Solos

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1Cliff 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/

I think this bass solo is outstanding. It defines the new generation of heavy metal bass playing and inspired many bass players. RIP Cliff.

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2Geddy 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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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

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4Hugh McDonald - Keep The Faith

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.

Actually it was alec john such was was the bassist at the time for BonJovi

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5John Deacon - Under PressureJohn Richard Deacon is a retired English musician, best known as the bass guitarist for the rock band Queen.

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!

best one LONG LIVE THE QUEENS!

John deacon wrote this amazing and recognizable bass

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6Geezer 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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7Cliff Burton - Orion

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

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.

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8John 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

This is the best bass solo of all time. We are talking about the best bassist of the millennium here kids.

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9Chris Wolstenholme - Hysteria

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

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10John 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.

Amazing bass thru out the whole song. The Bass is the lead not the guitar!

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The Contenders

11Tetsuya Ogawa (l'arc~en~ciel) - Stay Away

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

I think BLURRY EYES is more powerful than STAY AWAY

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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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13Mike 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

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14Les 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

How Claypool can be in the same top than Mike Dirnt? How is can he be below him?

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15Chris Squire - The Fish

Truly one of the best bass solos I've ever heard. Together with bass pedals and wah-wah. Chris - RIP - We miss you!

Maybe Heart of The Sunrise could also appear here. It is also, why not, a fantastic bass solo!

As the other guy said, "specifically for the instrument". Anybody can play fast.

16Lee Sklar - The Pretender
17Paul 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'.

18John 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!

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19Roger Waters - Money
20Tetsuya Ogawa (l'arc~en~ciel) - Fare Well
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1. Cliff Burton - Anesthesia
2. Chris Wolstenholme - Hysteria
3. Geddy Lee - YYZ
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1. John Myung - The Dance Of Eternity
2. Les Claypool - John the Fisherman
3. Cliff Burton - Anesthesia
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1. Cliff Burton - Anesthesia
2. John Entwistle - The Real Me
3. Cliff Burton - Orion
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