Top Ten Hardest Bass Riffs

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41Domination - Symphony X
42Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder

It sounds easy when you first listen but the breakdown where the bass is playing the same part as the brass section is killer

The general bass line is really easy. What makes this hard is when you're doubling the horns. Arguably one of the hardest bass runs in history, spanning the entire fretboard played a rather fast pace. Definitely a challenge!

43Mr. Pink - Level 42

One of the most under rated funk/pop bands ever and mark king is possibly the greatest bassist who ever lived his bass solos are amazing and no other bassist can outmatch him or meet up to his standards and sing at the same time

This should be number one. go listen to it. trust me. just go listen to it and you'll know.

44Tarkus - Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Has anybody ever tried to run through this amazing song? It is a really difficult one. Do not even think to play the live version (from the 70s) of this. Seriously, I cannot imagine how Greg Lake was able to play this complicated bass lines while singing and exchanging instruments (bass and guitar) and at the same time following the complicated structure of this song. A reasonable disagreement would be "ok but he uses a pick" but still this is a really really difficult song. Personally, I think that this song belongs to the top of what prog rock was/is supposed to mean.

45Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden

This requires extremely fast fingers and is definitely Steve Harris's best

Listen to the music. Steve Harris just used his 2 fingers. And its really fast and hard to play it

46Tell Me Baby - Red Hot Chili Peppers

This song takes a lot of skill with slapping and if you miss just one note, your totally out of sync with the song. Goodluck learning this one!

47Tempus Fugit - Yes
48My Last Words - Megadeth

Very difficult song, very fast. Basically a solo the through out the whole thing. You don't stop, just keeps going. The intro is another solo itself. Very hard for a finger style player, because of the speed with the sharp edges.

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49Carousel - Blink-182

Not super hard. The beginning just takes a bit to learn. It's so much fun once you get it down

I would not put any ting by blink on this list, love them, but difficulty is not what they are about.

50Overjoyed - Victor Wooten

Have you guys even heard this song? Anyone who can play this deserves all of my respect. Two hand tapping is not good enough for you? Before you vote just listen to this.

Well... I don't know, WHY IS WOOTEN SO UNDERRATED?! How is posible that from 100 songs there is not "U can't hold no groove", or "My & My Bass Guitar". Various Wooten are hardest than a lot of songs right here

Victor wooten is one of the greatest bassits ever yet very few people even know who he is

51Nobody Weird Like Me - Red Hot Chili Peppers

It may not be Flea's most complex bassline. But it's sheer speed at 190bpm plus having to do slap for it makes it quite t challenge. With even experienced bassists having trouble with it

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52Rosetta Stoned - Tool
53Paranoid Android - Radiohead

Although maybe you all think that this song is not too difficult to master, that fast fingering near the solo though. Colin did a good job on making that bassline.

54Laid to Rest - Lamb of God
55Bury the Living - Brain Drill

This song is nuts! Most of the hardest bass riffs are probably tech death ones like this, the problem with most of them is that they tend to be complex for the sole purpose of being complex, and lack emotion or any form of "wow" factor that most great basslines have. This is truly mindblowingly hard though, and if you want to base it on just difficulty, than this should be pretty high on the list.

Not nearly enough tech death on the list as a whole, but this song... this song is something else entirely. Good luck playing this at quarter pace.

56DMV - Primus

Almost any song of Primus is quite hard, this song should higher, it's pretty awesome

I have been playing Primus songs on bass guitar for quite some time ranging from "Tommy the Cat" to "Hamburger Train" and a little bit of everything in between. This song though took more effort for me than the others due to its awkward tapping position between the 3 fingers on the attacking hand. Took a awhile to get down but is an awesome and super fun bass riff every time I play it. Les is most certainly a one of a kind musician and artist. Thanks for all the years of inspiration and enjoyment Les!

PRIMUS SUCKS!

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57Good Luck My Way - L'Arc~en~Ciel

Tesuya is one of the best bassists on this planet, his lines are never anything near simple.

58Feel Good Drag - Anberlin

I am a bass payer I found this harder than YYZ. Simply because of the triplets.

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59Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5
605:15 - The Who

John Entwistles incredible bass solo is in this song. It like, impossible man.

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