Greatest Bass Solos

The Top Ten

1 Cliff Burton - Anesthesia


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/

Cliff Burton is By far the best bassist ever, after he died Thrash metal Metallica died R.I.P. clifford Lee Burton

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.

How is Cliff Burton above Geddy Lee? Geddy Lee is the best bassist, except for John Entwistle. YYZ is the epitome of bass playing, while Anesthesia is only famous because of Metallica's popularity.

3 Flea - Give It Away

Without a doubt Flea is the most accomplished bassist ever.

It's Flea, you're argument is invalid

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

The best bassist ever!

4 John Deacon - Under Pressure John Richard Deacon (born 19th of August 1951) is a retired English musician, who is best known as the bassist 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.

Under pressure is very good but liars bass solo is something amazing

There is no solo in this song.

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

5 Geezer Butler - NIB

I always thought it was simply a riff but then I went and listened to it... That's a solid solo, contrary to many other entries ont his list which are cool riffs.

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

Him the best. A monster on bass.

6 Hugh McDonald - Keep The Faith

Awesome all around song, unbelievable live.

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

7 Cliff Burton - Orion

I am a bassist, and I can tell you that It is much harder to cover Orion than covering Anesthesia

Best song on the album, probably Metallica’s most underrated song. RIP Cliff.

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!

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.

8 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!

That's just shameful. The Ox at 39th with the best known and recognized solo riff in bass history? What the hell are you people smoking?

9 Chris Wolstenholme - Hysteria

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

Fingering a girl after learning this must be epic!

So cool, for my a great solo!

This is a list of best bass SOLOS, not basslines

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!

Absolutely - true drum and bass!

The master in action

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

distorted fast bass solos

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

I think BLURRY EYES is more powerful than STAY AWAY

12 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.

I just cannot believe this piece isn't here - Squire performed this piece live on Yessongs in 1972 and again 30 yrs later. A complex work which easily outshines so many of these, and a piece written specifically for the instrument.

13 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

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.

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

Is "speed enhanced robot" an accusation of fraud, an insult or a compliment?

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!

Great bass, but not a solo.

Simple yet amazing

John deacon was amazing in this song

18 Roger Waters - Money

Simple and immediately recognizable. ICONIC

Again, not a solo.

Roger Waters made amazing lyrics, but he was a good bassist too.

Great song

19 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!

20 Guti (The Finale) - Bassbaba Sumon

Two solos. my favorite slap-bass solo

As I said two solos. but looks like I was wrong. it has three bass solos. he also played his bass at the ending part. but it got covered with the guitar solo.

1. 1st solo was a slap bass.
2. 2nd solo was a parted with guitar riffs
3. his last solo was a tapping solo.

just check the live version. its on YouTube. at least 10 times better than Mike Dirnt's Welcome to Paradise.

21 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.

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?

22 Tetsuya Ogawa (l'arc~en~ciel) - Fare Well
23 John Entwistle - 5115

i man really, its what eruption is to the guitar for bass

If I can't give you that FLEA nonsense, can I give you some CLAYPOOL "nonsense"?

Come on the hardest thing the greatest bass player has ever done, and you can't be the greatest if you play slap so don't give me any of that FLEA nonscence

Best EVER!

24 Les Claypool - Tommy the Cat

Indeed, this song DOES have a bass solo, and it's a super cool solo...
But it's only 7 seconds long.

Ou give Les 7 seconds, and he'll slap, double thump, tap, and tap slide. Honestly, no other solo can be so short yet so epic. Much better than the very simple solo of Jerry was a racecar driver.

Come on guys it's Les Claypool. And besides, many songs on this list don't even have solos!

Check out the live Bonnaroo 2011 version for a longer version of this solo. This version DEFINITELY gets my vote.

25 Flea - Around the World

Why this song isn't in the list? Just hear the beginning! Flea is so talented.

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