Top Ten Best Basslines


The Top Ten

1 Queen - Another One Bites the Dust

John Deacon is the unsung hero of Queen.

Extremely catchy & funky bassline of one of Queen's best. Perfectly demonstrates why John Deacon was both the secret weapon member as well as the most underrated member of Queen. - Mrveteran

How can you not dance?!?! It's so amazingly catchy!

Deaky was/is an extremely underrated bassist. It was a touch choice between this and Under Pressure but I think I chose the right one.

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2 Money - Pink Floyd

If you've played this song, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Pink Floyd RULES!

Manages to create something incredibly catchy, memorable and unique, all the while with the odd time signature of 7/4. Whatever I may think about Roger Waters as a person, he was undeniably a great bass player and this song is the most obvious proof of that. - Mrveteran

Well at the harder songs, like Pigs, David Gilmour actually played the (studio) bass - vr46

Easily one of the catchiest bass licks of all-time, a timeless classic that should top the list!


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3 Muse - Hysteria

Most definitely the best bass line I've ever heard! Got to love how Muse isn't afraid to use the bass as not just a background instrument!

Oh yeah, VERY good bassline, played by one of the best bassists ever, Chris Wolstenholme

Chili peppers and muse have the best bass lines, but this song has more bass notes than guitar notes and in a great pattern

Pure awesomeness! - Userguy44

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4 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away

What can I say?... flea is a fantastic bassist

It's breadfan.

Its no 5

5 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica

Distortion, time signature changes and utterly heavy? What more could you ask for? Not to mention how the way it is made to sound like a bell ringing at points is a nice touch. RIP Cliff Burton. - Mrveteran

It's just not about the opening riff but the overall bass in the songs and with several transitions this song has the best bass and drums

The intro bassline says it all...

Not really a cool bassline, you are confusing it with the intro - emilk

6 YYZ - Rush

Geddy lee Best
But leave that things alone better - Alcadraz

Should be on a higher rank

Sab chutiye loudo ho tum. Yyz suno nai gand mese khun nikla toh deko

7 Orion - Metallica

How could this one be missed?!?! -_-

Cliff Burton at his finest.

Move over YYZ, Orion was and continues to be the greatest instrumental I’ve ever heard. With 2 guitar solos, a bass solo and the coolest riffs ever all shoved in an eight and a half minute song, incredible. R.I.P Cliff Burton.

Especially in the middle at the interlude, Cliff is the guy that made me want to play bass guitar. This is the song they played at Cliff’s funeral on my 14th birthday. :( RIP Cliff.

8 Roundabout - Yes

Ok, just listen to this sample and tell me this doesn't belong in the top ten

One of the best Yes songs.

This is the best bassline ever!


9 Tool - Schism

One of the few songs with a lead bass, and almost definitely the best example of a lead bass. Justin Chancellor really knows how to turn something as simple as a bass guitar and make dynamic and engaging sounds with it

Great bass and a thinking song

Amazing bass in the song!

Justin chancellor is underratted bassist - Alcadraz

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10 Rage Against the Machine - Killing In the Name

Yeah a really tense bass intro.

Headbanging bass

Too cool stuff baby :D makes you jump listening to the intro :DD

The Contenders

11 The Who - My Generation

This bassline is amazing, it also has incredible fills.

This should be in the top five. It has an awesome bassline and epic bass fills.

12 Green Day - Longview

Anyone that genuinely believes that this is not the greatest bass line of all time is kidding themselves.

Mike can write better bass lines on LSD than anyone else can while sober! Seriously though this should be #1

Should be in the top three at least. - georgielikesgreenday

Stuart and the Ave is Mikes best bassline

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13 Peace Sells - Megadeth

How is this not in the top 40

In my opinion best bass intro in metal

Do it.

14 David Bowie & Queen - Under Pressure

John Deacon, one of the best bass players of all time and his best work, Under Pressure.

It's very annoying to see DB's name first in these credits. Everyone Knows that the bassline was already finished before DB even got involved w/ this kick-ass song. John Deacon and the GREAT FREDDIE MERCURY had already worked out the framework, so, it Should be QUEEN and then DB, Not the other way around. DB readily admits that the bassline and most of the song was almost done when he came to the studio to actually do another song w/Queen.
Anyway, fantastic song! Best versions are, of course, Freddie at Montreal and Wembley, w/out DB's input... Laugh out loud.
QUEEN rocks!

15 Come Together - The Beatles

Come Together at 15? Did you guys just forget this is literally among the most recognizable bass lines of all time? This should absolutely be within the Top 10, possibly even the Top 5! - DiamondJoyride

16 Jerry was a Race Car Driver - Primus

Best one so far

Damn, Claypool...


17 Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.

This should be way higher in the list

Instantly recognizable by anyone

Simple and catchy


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18 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

Amazing line, negativity is pointless

Doesn't even deserve 2 b on the list. Stupid list

19 Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - Primus

It's claypool man!

20 Led Zeppelin - Ramble On

How is this twenty three listen to the bass

Dude. This is the magic of John Paul Jones being shown. - galaxyfox

John Paul Jones is so underappreciated.

21 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

Was this not on the list? - christangrant

22 PJ Harvey - Down by the Water
23 Slide - Slave
24 Led Zeppelin - Dazed and Confused

Have you ever heard the original Dazed that these guys stole! Note for note bass line and most of the words! How did these guys not get their pants sued off them! That's not the only music these guys stole! Great bands give the credit to the real writers! The Who, The Beatles.

Stolen this may be, but it's stolen so damn well!

Zeppelin basslines are some of the best blues-jazz basslines in the industry, the world is worse off now that Bonzo and JPJ will never perform together again.

Lol do you not know what a cover is

25 Papa Roach - Getting Away with Murder
26 Can't Get Enough - Liz Torres
27 My Name is Mud - Primus
28 Atomic Dog - George Clinton
29 Sick Puppies - You're Going Down
30 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

One of pop's best and catchiest basslines, that's for sure. - Mrveteran

I feel enraptured every time I hear the baseline

Billie jean is number 1
Stupid list

Legendary vocals, great melody, legendary dancing and an extraordinary bassline that gets stuck in your head as soon as you hear it. What more can you ask for?

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31 Black Sabbath - N.I.B.

Listening to the track is one thing, but actually going to see them play it live is amazing. Best bass solo ever. Amazing show, too. Best metal band

Incredible bass solo, the first bassist to use distortion, and also a brilliang guitar riff. This is top 10 material along with Metallica's Orion and Megadeth's Peace Sells.

Sexy bassline

32 Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way

Where is aeroplane?!? This is still a great song and bass line. It's very prominent and distinct

I've played bass for many years and this has been one of my favorite songs to play since the beginning.

33 Rio - Duran Duran

Best, immediately recognizable and equally fun to hear and play! - AlphaX

love it!

34 Ain't We Funkin' Now - The Brothers Johnson
35 Tommy the Cat - Primus

without the bass there would be nothing to like in this song

Cut the guitar, drums or vocal part. The bass part alone itself is great. - zxm

Most insane bassline I've ever heard! - Userguy44

This bassline is Primus' hardest bassline. Just listen to it. - MKBeast

36 Body Slam - Bootsy Collins
37 One More Shot - C-Bank
38 Pictures of Home - Deep Purple

Also includes a bass solo - Metal_Treasure

39 Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers

The solo, the bridge, the slap, this song is perfect bass.

This deserves to take By the Way's spot, By the Way deserves Tell me Baby's spot, and Tell me Baby's spot should be up here.

40 Ian Dury And the Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

Cannot believe this is not higher!

41 Nirvana - Come As You Are

This is what makes the song. It's used in the intro like a magnet, attracting you into the rest of the song.

It's pretty cool, but not Krists best bassline. - Userguy44

42 Sound of Thunder - Duran Duran
43 Rage Against the Machine - Bullet In the Head
44 Tool - The Pot

This is my favorite. Tool has the best basslines ever! - moose4life19


45 Give It to Me Baby - Rick James
46 Aces High - Iron Maiden
47 Muse - Hyper Music

Great play between the lead and bass line

Even better than hysteria

48 Megadeth - Trust
49 James Brown - Sex Machine
50 Lounge Act - Nirvana

This would be top ten if it was more popular but it's for some reason people prefer come as you are

Cool bassline. Can Krist get any better than this? - Userguy44

Legendary. This, N.I.B, Killing in the Name and Hysteria.

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Top Remixes (11)

1. Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
2. Queen - Another One Bites the Dust
3. Money - Pink Floyd
1. Rage Against the Machine - Killing In the Name
2. PJ Harvey - Down by the Water
3. Papa Roach - Getting Away with Murder
1. Money - Pink Floyd
2. Orion - Metallica
3. Roundabout - Yes

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