Top Ten Best Basslines


The Top Ten

1 Queen - Another One Bites the Dust

Just brilliant

the best

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.

John Deacon is the unsung hero of Queen.

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2 Money - Pink Floyd


Bassline? Good album but bassline? 4 strings only hitting 3 for hours? Sorry this rate is duct. I do love you pi k floyd

Have you ever played this or bothered to look at the tabs for the song? You literally hit all 4 strings within the first 5 notes - ICEOOPS6262

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

Pink Floyd RULES!

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.

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3 Muse - Hysteria

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

The second I heard this, I instantly started replaying it and trying to learn it

Pure awesomeness! - Userguy44

God exists, and plays Hysteria with the bass

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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

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

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

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

The intro bassline says it all...

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6 YYZ - Rush

Geddy lee Best
But leave that things alone better - Alcadraz

Should be on a higher rank

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

7 Tool - Schism

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

Justin chancellor is underratted bassist - Alcadraz

Great bass and a thinking song

Amazing bass in the song!

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8 Orion - Metallica

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.

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

Cliff Burton at his finest.

9 Roundabout - Yes

This is the best bassline ever!

One of the best Yes songs.

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


10 Rage Against the Machine - Killing In the Name

Yeah a really tense bass intro.

Headbanging bass

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

The Contenders

11 Green Day - Longview

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

Stuart and the Ave is Mikes best bassline

Groovy and awesome

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12 The Who - My Generation

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.

13 Peace Sells - Megadeth

In my opinion best bass intro in metal

Do it.

How is this not in the top 40

14 David Bowie & Queen - Under Pressure

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

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!

15 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! - DiamondJoyride


16 Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.

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

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17 Jerry was a Race Car Driver - Primus

Damn, Claypool...

Best one so far


18 Led Zeppelin - Ramble On

Dude. This is the magic of John Paul Jones being shown. - galaxyfox

How is this twenty three listen to the bass

John Paul Jones is so underappreciated.

19 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

Amazing line, negativity is pointless

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

20 Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - Primus

It's claypool man!

21 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

Was this not on the list? - christangrant

22 Slide - Slave
23 PJ Harvey - Down by the Water
24 Led Zeppelin - Dazed and Confused

Lol do you not know what a cover is

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.

25 Papa Roach - Getting Away with Murder
26 My Name is Mud - Primus

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

27 Can't Get Enough - Liz Torres
28 Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

I feel enraptured every time I hear the baseline

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?

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

This is the best bassline in Pop music

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29 Atomic Dog - George Clinton
30 Sick Puppies - You're Going Down
31 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.

Sexy bassline

32 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.

33 Ain't We Funkin' Now - The Brothers Johnson
34 Tommy the Cat - Primus

Most insane bassline I've ever heard! - Userguy44

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

35 Body Slam - Bootsy Collins
36 Rio - Duran Duran

love it!

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

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

Also includes a bass solo - Metal_Treasure

39 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.

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

Cannot believe this is not higher!

41 Nirvana - Come As You Are

Beautiful songs and bass lines

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

It's pretty cool, but not Krists best bassline. - Userguy44

42 Chic - Good Times

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?

43 Muse - Hyper Music

Great play between the lead and bass line

Even better than hysteria

44 Tool - The Pot

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


45 Rage Against the Machine - Bullet In the Head
46 Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
47 Give It to Me Baby - Rick James
48 Aces High - Iron Maiden
49 Megadeth - Trust
50 Seinfeld - Kitsch and Camp

The Seinfeld Theme has many variations. And they are all amazing! A few of them appear on The Seinfeld EP. This record is a rarity, and should be more well known. It also includes lots of hit songs.

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Top Remixes (12)

1. Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
2. Queen - Another One Bites the Dust
3. Money - Pink Floyd
1. YYZ - Rush
2. Led Zeppelin - Ramble On
3. Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
1. Rage Against the Machine - Killing In the Name
2. PJ Harvey - Down by the Water
3. Papa Roach - Getting Away with Murder

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