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.

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.

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!

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!

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

God exists, and plays Hysteria with the bass

4 Good Times - Chic Good Times - Chic Cover Art

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!

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

How is this twenty three listen to the bass

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 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

The Contenders
11 Roundabout - Yes Roundabout - Yes Cover Art

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!

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

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.

Just too good.YYZ and Give It Away are amazing as well

The intro bassline says it all...

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

13 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.

Great bass and a thinking song

Amazing bass in the song!

14 YYZ - Rush YYZ - Rush  Cover Art

Should be on a higher rank

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

Yeah a really tense bass intro.

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

Headbanging bass

16 Longview - Green Day Longview - Green Day Cover Art

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

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

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

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.

This bassline is amazing, it also has incredible 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.

Cliff Burton at his finest.

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?!?! -_-

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.

This should be way higher in the list

Instantly recognizable by anyone

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

21 Peace Sells - Megadeth Peace Sells - Megadeth Cover Art

In my opinion best bass intro in metal

How is this not in the top 40

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

Damn, Claypool...

23 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne Cover Art

Amazing line, negativity is pointless

24 Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - Primus Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - Primus Cover Art

It's claypool man!

25 Slide in Next to Me - Red Riders Slide in Next to Me - Red Riders Cover Art

Most of you haven’t heard this song, but this bass kicks butt.

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