Greatest Rock Basslines of All Time


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1Money - Pink Floyd

This is no. 45 on the 'best basslines' list. Go on that list and vote it up

2Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

The best bassline is actually Under Pressure, also by John Deacon, but since that's not here, this one is top notch as well, Another One Bites The Dust, another John Deacon super creation.
So glad that the genius of Deacy is finally being recognized, as he is the most underrated bassist, same as Queen, the greatest band on the planet, yet so underrated and not fully appreciated or recognized for their phenomenal talent and genius. Had Queen's obscure songs gotten proper exposure, they'd All be hits! If you know Queen, you know what I'm talking about. They have masterpieces galore among their lesser known stuff, much better than the popular ones in their Greatest Hits even. Yet they remain lovely hidden gems for huge Queen fans like me, truly a treasure trove of ecstasy!
Queen is the most awesome band w/ 4 of the most talented, most incredibly brilliant, most eclectic, most innovative, and most versatile geniuses the music world has ever seen/heard.
And then there's FREDDIE! ...more


John Deacon wrote the 2 most memorable bass lines EVER. This and Under Pressure. Both are amazing, and I love Deacy! Today's his B-Day! August 19th! Happy 61st, Deacy!

Why it's #2 in both the lists?

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3Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

This is played on guitar you idiots

Played on bass AND guitar clearly.

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4Freewill - Rush

The solo in Freewill is a testament to the fact that Rush is the best collaboration of rock musicians EVER and Geddy Lee does not disappoint

I don't care what anybody says... Geddy is hands down one of the greatest bassists and vocalists of all time, Rush kicks some serious butt!

5Under Pressure - Queen

Why in the world is this not even on the list? This and Another One Bites The Dust has got to be the best and most recognizable baselines, and I actually prefer Under Pressure. The fact that it is not in the list makes me RAGE.

6Peace Sells - Megadeth
7Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

The song is driven around the bass of John Paul Jones.

8N.I.B. - Black Sabbath

Funny list- so many great basslines so far down.

9Come As You Are - Nirvana

love this bass
Only bass I can play lol

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10Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith

The Newcomers

?Human Insecticide - Annihilator
?Powerslave - Iron Maiden

The Contenders

11Roundabout - YesV3 Comments
12Hysteria - Muse
13The Pot - Tool

It's extremely complex and catchy at the same time.

14YYZ - Rush

This should be on the top of the list

15Tom Sawyer - Rush
16Would? - Alice in Chains

I'm a bassist, and all these are great basslines, but this one is the best rocking bass line to me. It just jams and has been my favorite bass line well before I started playing. Just amazing.

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17Longview - Green Day

You could recognise this song just listening to the basslines.

18La Villa Strangiato - Rush
19Orion - Metallica

The distorted intro is very catchy along with the drums, the two bass solos are heavenly, and the way this song changes throughout make it a pure masterpiece. RIP Cliff Burton

20Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
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List StatsUpdated 4 Dec 2016

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Under Pressure - Queen
2. Peace Sells - Megadeth
3. Powerslave - Iron Maiden
1. Money - Pink Floyd
2. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
3. Tom Sawyer - Rush
1. Money - Pink Floyd
2. N.I.B. - Black Sabbath
3. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

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