Greatest Rock Bass Riffs


The Top Ten

1 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

Best of all times.

Thank you John Deacon.

2 Money - Pink Floyd

Yeah, Money has the greatest bass riff. - MaxPap

By far

3 Come Together - The Beatles
4 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

It's not a drum riff

5 Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
6 Roundabout - Yes

When I'm about to go to a school dance, I always put on the Fragile Yes Record and listen to Roundabout for an hour. The bass line gets so pumped, so unbelievably fast, that I don't even need a ride to the school! I run out the door with the song playing on my Ipod and I still get there on time!

7 Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
8 Longview - Green Day

So catchy. - Userguy44

9 Under Pressure - Queen and David Bowie
10 Orion - Metallica

YES - danimey

The Newcomers

? Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder

The Contenders

11 For Whom The Bell Tolls - Metallica

Why is this here? This has a bass solo not really a bass riff. - Userguy44

12 YYZ - Rush
13 Hysteria - Muse

Easily the best bass riff! It is very complicated and just... brilliant! Should be number 1! - HollyRolo

Should be number 1, Money by Pink Floyd is good too though

Should be number one

I expected this in the top 5 - Userguy44

14 Boris The Spider - The Who
15 Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers
16 La Villa Strangiato - Rush
17 I Was Made for Lovin' You - KISS
18 Bang a Gong (Get It On) - T. Rex
19 Trick Of The Light - The Who

I love this song. Best advertisement for an eight string Alembic bass even though that's not what it was intended for. - Gg2000

20 Dragon Attack - Queen
21 Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Flea at his best - Userguy44

22 Schism - Tool
23 Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes
24 Echoes - Pink Floyd

It is a guitar riff. - PanagosBoi17

25 Wynona's Big Brown Beaver - Primus
26 Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
27 Panic Attack - Dream Theater
28 The Trooper - Iron Maiden
29 Lounge Act - Nirvana

This is so groovy. How isn't this higher on the list? This is Krist's best bassline! - Userguy44

30 Epic - Faith No More
31 Come As You Are - Nirvana
32 Time Is Running Out - Muse
33 Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Flea is just brilliant. - Userguy44

34 Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun - Pink Floyd
35 Waiting for an Alibi - Thin Lizzy
36 Green Grass and High Tides - Outlaws
37 8 Miles High - The Byrds

The grand-daddy of them all.

38 Badge - Cream
39 Invisible Man - Queen
40 Death of a Party - Blur
41 The Guns of Brixton - The Clash

Certainly one of the best bass riffs in punk or maybe ever. - ImMakingPudding

42 Peace Sells - Megadeth
43 Would - Alice In Chains
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
2. YYZ - Rush
3. Orion - Metallica
1. Come Together - The Beatles
2. Boris The Spider - The Who
3. Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
1. Money - Pink Floyd
2. Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
3. Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith

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