Greatest Bass Solos

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The Top Ten

1 Cliff Burton - Anesthesia

THIS IS REAL GREAT BASS SOLO FROM REAL GREAT BASS PLAYER (R.I.P. CLIFF) - DemAnd

Of course this is the best. How can it not be? Cliff Burton was the God of the bass. Come on, you can't beat it. It's awesomeness speaks for itself.

He was the god of bass. He wanted to become the best bassist ever and he did it. Within 4 years of his short career he touched the greatest heights which I don't think any other bass player could do. I respect Geezer Butler and Steve Harris, the closest competitors to him, but he was a unique bass player. "Shifting the whole band for a bass player? Yes, Cliff was that good." - Dave Mustain, about his early years with Metallica. m/

The whole song is bass solo

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2 Geddy Lee - YYZ

Laugh out loud its funny, this has better bass than Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) which is a legit bass solo. YYZ on the other hand is a full song, in which Geddy Lee also plays keyboards in for about thirty or so seconds... Proves that GEddy Lee is the greatest bass player of all time.

One of the best bass guitarist in rock history! It is a very impressive bass song and even more when we know he was playing all the synths parts too! I think half of the bassists here couldn't play this!

Awesome bass in this song. Yet it is not a bass solo. Geddy Lee knows how to compliment any song but STILL create ripping bass, without overshadowing everyone else. This is how a great bass player does it.

Great chops, composition and tone. Much better than the supposed bass solo done like a guitarist playing bass. Lee's tone is an honest portion of the band driving all three players to the pleasure dome decreed by Kubla Khan.

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3 Flea - Give It Away

Without a doubt Flea is the most accomplished bassist ever.

Flea is the best an the most epic no matter what song.

It's Flea, you're argument is invalid

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4 Hugh McDonald - Keep The Faith

Alec John Such was the bass player in the band at the time, but it is common knowledge that the producer - Hugh McDonald - played bass on the recordings.

It was actually Alec John Such that done it on the CD originally, but Hugh McDonald is probably better and plays it awesomely.

Actually it was alec john such was was the bassist at the time for BonJovi

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5 John Deacon - Under Pressure John Deacon - Under Pressure John Richard Deacon is a retired English musician, best known as the bass guitarist for the rock band Queen.

John Deacon is one of the very best bass players to live. Under pressure and Another One Bites The Dust are two of the many great pieces of bass work John has ever played. I cast my vote to John Deacon.

Sorry Another One Bites The Dust, but I'm under too much pressure to choose anything other than this masterpiece.

Vanilla Ice, the untalented 90's punk rapper, has got nothing on this!

Its utterly unforgettable

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6 Geezer Butler - NIB

Black Sabbath is with Geezer one of the best bands his bass kicks you out of your shoes and let you think what is the soul of Heavy Meatal. I think he played with Black Sabbath by his own soul.

Very understated bassist... NIB and Black Sabbath are two of his best

I do believe he may be the best, most under appritiated bassist of recent years.

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7 Cliff Burton - Orion

This song is just awesome. Cliff Burton has put his soul in this song and you can feel it. When you hear it, you've just a little heart attack when CLiff do the solo. Awesome performance for an awesome Bassist!

Got format wrong last time. Either way, great solo(s) in this one. One of the best instrumentals by Metallica anyways

It is a legendary song by Metallica. The bass is in a bigger role than the guitar which is rare for modern rock music. Cliff has made the solos very, very good and beatiful for my ears.

Best bass of all time.

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8 Chris Wolstenholme - Hysteria

Should be number 1! It is very complicated and... brilliant! - HollyRolo

Fingering a girl after learning this must be epic!

So cool, for my a great solo!

Its amazing

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9 John Entwistle - My Generation

This bass solo made me want to learn how to play bass! I am confused why such a classic song that defined a generation like this song did is so low down on the list! John Entwistle is the greatest bassist of all time and is my hero and this is also my favourite Who song.

This is crazy My Generation at number 23? , all you people are nuts, the greatest bass solo in rock n roll history, this is an outrage

COME ON! This is list is so stupid. Half of these songs don't even have bass solos in them! This song is true of bass soloing! Bass players, do your research! - GuitarZero

This is the best bass solo of all time. We are talking about the best bassist of the millennium here kids.

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10 John Entwistle - The Real Me

Any list of "Best Bass Solos" that doesn't have John Entwistle in the top 5 loses any and all credibility. Wake up 20 somethings and get a clue.

Amazing bass thru out the whole song. The Bass is the lead not the guitar!

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The Newcomers

? Geddy Lee - Freewill

The Contenders

11 Tetsuya Ogawa (l'arc~en~ciel) - Stay Away

same goes to HEAVEN'S DRIVE. let's see if you could do rhem - ronluna

distorted fast bass solos - ronluna

Stay away. Cool god bless tetsuya... he is the best bass all time

Nice playing bass by tetsuya

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12 Mike Dirnt - Welcome to Paradise

One of the greatest bridges in rock history.

It's a tie between this and Longview. But none the less probably the best bassist ever.

It's too awesome... my first choice

It's simple but amazing Green Day should be at the top you can't beat Mike Dirt

13 Chris Squire - The Fish

Truly one of the best bass solos I've ever heard. Together with bass pedals and wah-wah. Chris - RIP - We miss you!

Maybe Heart of The Sunrise could also appear here. It is also, why not, a fantastic bass solo!

As the other guy said, "specifically for the instrument". Anybody can play fast.

14 John Myung - The Dance Of Eternity

The best bassist playing the best solo, simple... Fast solo with an amazing sound. Best than many songs over there, I personally prefer Myung's tapping on Metropolis part 1, but this one is way better technically speaking

This is one of Dream Theaters most extreme songs. And the bass solo indicate that. - Clyx

Tenth place? Come on, this is ridiculous! How many other bass solos with sextuplet sixteenth notes do you know besides this one?

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15 Lee Sklar - The Pretender
16 Paul McCartney - Day Tripper

So what is a great bass solo? The ability to play a difficult passage on the bass OR the bass melody that appeals to the ear of the listener? I think of 'Little Green Bag' every time. It's short, singable and comes at the start of the song... Mind you, I'm no great guitarist so I'm speaking as a 'listener'.

17 John Deacon - Another One Bites The Dust

While this song may be simple, it proves that the bass can be a driving force in rock music. Deacon takes the lead on this great tune that gives bass players a reason to LIVE! ROCK ON!

John deacon was amazing in this song

Simple yet amazing

This is a great song...NOT a bass guitar solo. Come on folks...

18 John Myung - Metropolis Pt. 1

How can this not be one of the best solos ever? Number 41? John Myung is one of the most talented bass players in the world, and this solo just documents it. Using tapping, this man does amazing things with his bass. One of the best solos ever, easily.

That moment when a songs that you learned in minutes are ranked higher than a song containing a solo that you still can't play the first 6 nots of. seriously there maby a more difficult bass lick out there but is certainly in the top 10 with out any doubt, John Myung when in for the kill on this one! - Messej

19 Roger Waters - Money
20 Les Claypool - John the Fisherman

Hot damn anything Les Claypool plays is the best bass solo on earth fools. Even when he's playing the banjo. How on earth is Cliff Burton at the top again? These lists offend me. - absurdword

Gosh, Cliff Burton Solo is not at the level of Les Claypool, just saying that Les is way better than Cliff.
Cliff was a good bass player, but I invite you to listen to some Les Claypool sick bass lines.

Incredibly underrated and amazing musician, he does what most people can't

How Claypool can be in the same top than Mike Dirnt? How is can he be below him?

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1. Cliff Burton - Anesthesia
2. Chris Wolstenholme - Hysteria
3. Geddy Lee - YYZ
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