Hardest Songs to Play on Bass by Rush


August 1, 2015 - Which song is really difficult to play on bass guitar by the band Rush? Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

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Oh, man, this is the hardest song I've ever played! Geddy Lee makes it sound so easy to play, but when you try to platy it it's a lot harder than you expected. GEDDY ALL THE WAY!
The bass is just as loud as the guitar and dose mostly the same thing wich is really sick. GO GEDDY LEE BEST BASSIST AND SECOND BEST SINGER (after Jon Bon Jovi) EVER!
Playing this song right now. Some hard bass songs are just boring, but YYZ is really hard and really fun at the same time and it's extreamly fun to play in a band!
[Newest]I disagree, Digital Man on Signals is more challenging than YYZ.

2La Villa Strangiato
La Villa Strangiato is harder than YYZ in therms of empty sounded parts, there is more silences and you must catch up in the exact moment, YYZ may be faster but La Villa Strangiato is more complex and unpredictable (I played only the BASS part, but this applies to mostly to the entire song in every instrument) in many ways.
Ask the men that make up Rush and you'll find they all agree that "La Villa Strangiato" is the most difficult piece in their repertoire
I'd place YYZ a distant second
Most intricate Rush song. There is so many different difficult parts and phases to it making it the most difficult Rush song to play in it's entirety, let alone playing it as a band.

Geddy lees shredding right before the solo... Incredible. All the crap that other bands come up with it seems that the bass does not matter. Well in rush I love how they make the bass important. Keep on rocking!

For me this is the hardest Rush song to learn... Or at least one of the hardest ones! The time signatures change a lot of times, the bass is played pretty fast and everything is so well composed, but hard to play... It's a very good song!

5The Spirit of Radio
I can barely play this song...


This one is fun!

6Tom Sawyer

7By-Tor and the Snow Dog

8Working Man
not incredibly hard but probably yht most difficult


9The Big Money
The most difficult bass line I've ever come across in all of rock and prog- I get blisters on my fingers every time I try to play this one!
Definitely much harder than Working Man, the bass-line in this song is just mind-blowingly hard!
How Does Geddy Play Bass And Sing At The Same Time, I Mean How?!?


The Contenders

11The Trees


13Malignant Narcissism

14Workin' Them Angels

15Digital Man
Speed, variety and complexity all in one. Toughest bass line without doubt

16Leave That Thing Alone
Check out the "Live in Cleveland " version! - All I can say is WOW! From beginning to end Geddy ROCKS! The run at the end is especially awesome!
Definitely Hard - Sounds Awesome!
Totally rocking' bass line, this song definitely highlights Geddy's amazing skills!

17Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres
How is hemispheres not after yyz?

18Closer to the Heart

19Fly By Night

20Roll the Bones

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This list was created 6 years, 61 days ago and has been voted on over 100 times. This top ten list has been remixed 2 times.

Updated Friday, July 31, 2015

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