Top Ten Best Basslines


The Top Ten

1 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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2 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


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

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

Pink Floyd RULES!

Retarded this isn't top 10

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

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.

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7 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?

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8 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...

9 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
10 Roundabout - Yes

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

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The Newcomers

? White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
? Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith


The Contenders

11 The Who - My Generation

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

12 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne V 1 Comment
13 Come Together - The Beatles
14 Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - Primus

It's claypool man!

15 Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.

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

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16 Jerry was a Race Car Driver - Primus
17 Orion - Metallica V 1 Comment
18 PJ Harvey - Down by the Water
19 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.

20 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.

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Top Remixes (6)

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
1. Come Together - The Beatles
2. Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
3. Led Zeppelin - Ramble On

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