Top Ten Hardest Bass Riffs


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21The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater

Dear lord the fact that their isn't a Dream Theater song on the list until 14 (Panic Attack) is insane. John Myung is INSANE. This song is INSANE! This song, on all instruments, is EXTREMELY difficult and requires a tremendous amount of focus, skill, and precision to play. Learning this song on Drums was one thing but I imagine on every other instrument it's even more difficult to play, and this is no exception. There's a reason why it's considered one of the most difficult pieces of contemporary music to learn and play.

Why isn't this at top 5? This piece is just insane. every instrument is really hard on this song. John myung is a beast with his 6 string bass - cndsd

Hardest song I know on bass. Easily beats Metallica and Tool.

It's crazy awesome, and hard.

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22Amazing Grace - Victor Wooten

No one has mastered bass as much as he has!
How in gods name is classical thump or show of hands not in the top three? As it is a post about the hardest bass riffs it's embarrassing looking at how easy the top ten really is!

That harmonic run down lick he does is near impossible.

This song is so insane that it has a whole new name to bass
It is such crazy bass I don't know what to call it other than god

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23By the Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Actually, probably one of the easiest bass lines on the album, but I had to vote for it because it's the chilies. If you want some hard Flea bass lines, try playing songs like Salute to Kareem, Coffee Shop and Permutation or any live jams. Also look at songs like Wet Sand and Soul to Squeeze because those are just beautiful on bass.

One of fleas best bass lines. Its amazing how he plays from pop and slap to everything else in that somng and his little solo is brill

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24La Villa Strangatto - Rush

This is one of the most complex and musical songs of all time. I would put rush in terms of complexity and musicality on the same level with Beethoven or Bach or Handel Mozart and Vivaldi. Its not just this song, yyz, 2112, Xanadu, and Cygnus x-1 part 1and 2 etc. Plus the bass solo in the middle says it all about Geddy Lee who is without a doubt the greatest bass player of all time.

One of the strangest timed rush songs along with Xanadu and Cyngus x-1 part 1 & 2. Giddy is insane and unbelievably melodic in timing and skill. This song flows like an orchestral piece. With alex's gut air solo and Geddys solo in the middle. Giddy lee is the best and rush has the most skilled players of there instruments.

Oh man this song has one of the best build ups in my opinion, Geddy does not disappoint. Especially with the unexpected fast bass solo that pops up towards the end, took hours to get down right! The synchronicity of these three guys is just amazing - Funky_Monk

Watched guy play it on youtube should be at least top 10

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25The Trooper - Iron Maiden

Two fingers only bass line and it's really not hard. The hardest part of it in my opinion is beginning and next - guitar solo part. So it really shouldn't be in top ten.

Quality bass line by Steve Harris, using the 3 finger galloping technique

This song is freakishly fast (190-200 bpm0, and it's mainly gallops, which make it harder.

The opening is damn hard!

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26Schism - Justin Chancellor

It looks easy, but it took me forever to get that rolling feeling it has, don't let the tab fool you.

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27Trippin' On a Hole in a Paper Heart - Stone Temple Pilots

I have always liked this song very much. Trying to get my hands on the bass and trying to play this by ear is physically impossible.

28For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

In my opinion it's not that hard. I learned it in my first two months of playing bass. The first 20 seconds of the song have a really nice feel when playing them, though.

I think the problem is that most people don't even realise this is a bass laugh out loud - Toraqi

The live version of this features a rather involved solo from Cliff.

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29Rancid - Maxwell Murder

One of the best bass solos I've ever heard. I think he's the only person in this list who uses heavy picking. Pretty hard to learn since it's so fast.

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30Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - Primus

One of Les's greatest bass lines, and pretty difficult too. Not quite as hard as "Tommy the Cat", though. - mariofan251

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31Dark Shines - Muse

The bassline to Dark Shines is a personal favourite. I love the involvement of the rhythmic playing and the intense but great riffs during the verse. The chorus is one of those chorus' you can happily blast out of your amp, with the fast paced hammer ons and sliding from the bottom of the neck to the top it is truly a great bassline overall.

Decent, prefer panic stations, but pretty decent!

This bassline is all over the place. Wolstenhome works the next quite a bit, and hits many tricky parts out of each changing polychord as the song progresses. Getting your fretting hand to cooperate is the real challenge, but this bassline is good enough to stand on it's own.

32Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden

13 minute song, endurance needed

33Master of Puppets - Metallica

This song is easy and cool

34Permutation - Red Hot Chili Peppers
35Peace Sells... - Megadeth

As Wayne Campbell would put it, this song is simply "excellent." While the bass line (intro mainly) may not be as hard as some of the others on here (I haven't heard them all), it is pure awesomeness, and this is my favorite Megadeth song hands down because of it.

36Do Nothing/Bitchslap - SlipKnoT

Haha really great song and good bass line too! At the good slipknot times!

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37Black Sunshine - White Zombie
38Chromatic Fantasy - Jaco Pastorius

Yeah, this should be in the Top 10 for sure. Easily one of the hardest feats ever achieved on an Electric Bass along with Jaco's version of Donna Lee. Go watch him play this live.

This is a list of the hardest bass riffs so of course this song by jaco pastorious possibly the most gifted bassist of all time is behind for whom the bell tolls which I learned after maybe three months of playing in about half an hour.

Ever tried to play THAT? It is serious bass...
Les claypool not so hard

39Longview - Green Day

This song is hella awesome. Take time and learn to play it and then you will sound awesome on the bass!

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40C'mon Girl - Red Hot Chili PeppersV1 Comment
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