Top Ten Songs with the Best Basslines

The Top Ten
1 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Cover Art

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.

The bass parts are simply incredible. Suddenly, John Deacon emerges from the shadows and presents queen with this bad boy.

John Deacon, one of the most the most underrated bassists ever. This deserves to be number 1.
Nothing less than number 1.

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.

2 Money - Pink Floyd Money - Pink Floyd Cover Art

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.

This entire song is just so funky, you can't help but move along to it; and the bassline, along with the 7/4 time signature, is one of the main reasons why it is so good.

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

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

Pink Floyd RULES!

3 Hysteria - Muse Hysteria - Muse Cover Art

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!

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

Killer man. Yo stank up the butt

Way more difficult than any of these other bass Lines, sounds like Jesus learned how to play

4 Good Times - Chic Good Times - Chic Cover Art

This was the inspiring bass line for Queen's Another one bites the dust (nr. 1 on this list) Bernard Edwards, thank you and RIP!

How is this- one of the most recognizable bass lines ever- not on the list already?

5 Sex Machine - James Brown Sex Machine - James Brown Cover Art
6 School Days - Stanley Clarke School Days - Stanley Clarke Cover Art

The people who vote on these are basically completely uninformed. Do any of them know anything at all about bass playing? Stanley Clarke is god.

7 Ramble On - Led Zeppelin Ramble On - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

John Paul Jones is so underappreciated.

8 Peaches - The Stranglers Peaches - The Stranglers Cover Art
9 Come Together - The Beatles Come Together - The Beatles Cover Art

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!

10 Roundabout - Yes Roundabout - Yes Cover Art

One of the best Yes songs.

The Contenders
11 Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover Art

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

12 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica Cover Art

This should be in the top 3. Cliff burton is the best bassist of all time, and this is probably Metallica's best song. This is probably the signature bassline, better than that highly overrated another one bites the dust.

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.

For whom the bell tolls and Schism are in other level
Another one bites the dust, money and yyz are amazing too

13 YYZ - Rush YYZ - Rush  Cover Art
14 Schism - Tool Schism - Tool Cover Art

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

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.

Amazing bass in the song!

This should be on the top.

15 Longview - Green Day Longview - Green Day Cover Art

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

One of best bass line ever
So are other by Green Day as "she" or "Stuart and ave."that should also make it to the top 10

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

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

16 Killing In the Name - Rage Against the Machine Killing In the Name - Rage Against the Machine Cover Art

Yeah a really tense bass intro.

17 My Generation - The Who My Generation - The Who Cover Art

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

It's so epic! It should be in the top 10.

18 Orion - Metallica Orion - Metallica Cover Art

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.

Cliff Burton at his finest.

19 Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie Cover Art

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!

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

This is the world's best bassline. It is so good that it was copied into ice ice baby

20 Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz Cover Art

This bass is godly. I seriously don't know they conceived it.

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

Simple and catchy

Its just great

21 Peace Sells - Megadeth Peace Sells - Megadeth Cover Art
22 Jerry Was a Race Car Driver - Primus Jerry Was a Race Car Driver - Primus Cover Art

Just the best. Obviously.

Best one so far

23 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art
24 Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - Primus Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - Primus Cover Art

It's claypool man!

25 By the Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover Art

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

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

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