Top Ten Songs with the Best Basslines

The Top Ten

Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

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

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.

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

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.

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!

Retarded this isn't top 10

Hysteria - Muse

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

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

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

Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers

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

It's breadfan.

Its no 5

YYZ - Rush

Should be on a higher rank

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

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.

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

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

The intro bassline says it all...

Schism - Tool

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!

This should be on the top.

Killing In the Name - Rage Against the Machine

Yeah a really tense bass intro.

Headbanging bass

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

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.

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!


The Contenders

My Generation - The Who

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.

Longview - Green Day

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.

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

Peace Sells - Megadeth

How is this not in the top 40

In my opinion best bass intro in metal

Do it.

Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie

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

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!

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!


Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz

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

This should be way higher in the list

Instantly recognizable by anyone

Simple and catchy

Ramble On - Led Zeppelin

How is this twenty three listen to the bass

John Paul Jones is so underappreciated.

Jerry Was a Race Car Driver - Primus

Just the best. Obviously.

Best one so far

Damn, Claypool...


Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

Amazing line, negativity is pointless

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

Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - Primus

It's claypool man!

Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

Was this not on the list?

Slide - Slave
Down by the Water - PJ Harvey
Getting Away With Murder - Papa Roach
My Name is Mud - Primus

No way, you can't beat Primus, dude!

Can't Get Enough - Liz Torres
Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

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

Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

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

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?

Atomic Dog - George Clinton
You're Going Down - Sick Puppies
N.I.B. - Black Sabbath

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

Ain't We Funkin' Now - The Brothers Johnson
By the Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers

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.

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.

Most insane bassline I've ever heard!

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

Body Slam - Bootsy Collins
Rio - Duran Duran

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

love it!

One More Shot - C-Bank
Pictures of Home - Deep Purple

Also includes a bass solo

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.

Come As You Are - Nirvana

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

Beautiful songs and bass lines

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

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury & The Blockheads

Cannot believe this is not higher!

The Less I Know the Better - Tame Impala

Most infectious danceable song ever, due to the killer bassline. Bornt of Kevin Parker's love of disco and shrooms, the man has no recollection of recording the song. But it endures as one of his most notable accomplishments, a modern disco classic.

The bassline will be stuck in your head for days- and you'll love it

Stupid list doesn't know... THIS IS THE KING OF BASSLINES

Good Times - Chic

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

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!

Hyper Music - Muse

Great play between the lead and bass line

Even better than hysteria

The Pot - Tool

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


Trust - Megadeth
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Give It to Me Baby - Rick James
Aces High - Iron Maiden
Bullet In the Head - Rage Against the Machine
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