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

Best bassline I have ever heard


2 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

If the CD is not impressive enough... Check out Live at Glastonbury! THAT'S A BASS SOUND!

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3 Money - Pink Floyd

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

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

Pink Floyd RULES!

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

Amazing song. Really cool time signature of 7/4.

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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

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

The intro bassline says it all...

6 Roundabout - Yes

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


7 Rage Against the Machine - Killing In the Name V 1 Comment
8 Tool - Schism

Great bass and a thinking song

Amazing bass in the song!

This should be on the top.

Come on guys. This song has one of the most recognisable bass lines ever. The time signatures are so unique and the growling 12/8 bass intro is awesome.

9 Orion - Metallica V 1 Comment
10 Green Day - Longview

Should be in the top three at least. - georgielikesgreenday

I think this one should be higher up on the list but at least it's in the top 10.

The Bassline was written when the Bassist was high on LSD. That alone sells it as one of the best.

How could you not love a song about masterbation?

It's about intense boredom, it's not entirely about masturbation. - Tristan1975R5

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The Contenders

11 The Who - My Generation

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

This bassline is amazing, it also has incredible fills.

12 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!

13 Peace Sells - Megadeth

How is this not in the top 40

14 YYZ - Rush
15 Come Together - The Beatles
16 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

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

17 Jerry was a Race Car Driver - Primus
18 Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - Primus

It's claypool man!

19 Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.

Simple and catchy

Awesome! - Fuziion

Probably the best bassline of the noughties, besides Schism perhaps. - Mrveteran

20 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.

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Top Remixes (9)

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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