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!

Where is the logo of Queen? Why isn't it here as the logo of the other bands?

V 6 Comments
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!

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.

V 7 Comments
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

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

V 4 Comments
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 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.

7 Orion - Metallica

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

Cliff Burton at his finest.

8 Rage Against the Machine - Killing In the Name

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

9 YYZ - Rush

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

10 Roundabout - Yes

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


The Newcomers

? I Was Made for Lovin' You - Kiss

The bassline is pretty cool - christangrant

The Contenders

11 Green Day - Longview

Should be in the top three at least. - georgielikesgreenday

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

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

Stuart and the Ave is Mikes best bassline

V 10 Comments
12 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.

13 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!

14 Peace Sells - Megadeth

How is this not in the top 40

15 Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.

Simple and catchy

Awesome! - Fuziion

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


16 Come Together - The Beatles
17 Jerry was a Race Car Driver - Primus


18 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

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

19 Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - Primus

It's claypool man!

20 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

Was this not on the list? - christangrant

21 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.

22 PJ Harvey - Down by the Water
23 Led Zeppelin - Ramble On
24 Slide - Slave
25 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.

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

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

Billie jean is number 1
Stupid list

This is the best bassline in Pop music

32 Ain't We Funkin' Now - The Brothers Johnson
33 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

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

34 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.

V 1 Comment
35 Body Slam - Bootsy Collins
36 Rio - Duran Duran

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

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

Cannot believe this is not higher!

38 Rage Against the Machine - Bullet In the Head
39 One More Shot - C-Bank
40 Pictures of Home - Deep Purple

Also includes a bass solo - Metal_Treasure

41 Muse - Hyper Music

Great play between the lead and bass line

Even better than hysteria

42 Nirvana - Come As You Are
43 Tool - The Pot

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

V 1 Comment
44 Aces High - Iron Maiden
45 Megadeth - Trust
46 Give It to Me Baby - Rick James
47 James Brown - Sex Machine
48 Lithium - Nirvana
49 Seinfeld - Kitsch and Camp
50 Guti (The Finale) - Aurthohin Guti (The Finale) - Aurthohin
PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Greatest Rock Basslines of All Time Top 10 Best Beatles Basslines Top Ten Best Cliff Burton Basslines Top 10 Songs with the Most Iconic Basslines Not Written by Bassists Top Ten Geezer Butler Basslines

List Stats

1,000 votes
153 listings
9 years, 41 days old

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

View All 9

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.