Greatest Rock Basslines of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Money - Pink Floyd

This is no. 45 on the 'best basslines' list. Go on that list and vote it up

Despite of many people think, Roger is a great bass player, and this song proves it.

2 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

John Deacon was a great bassist and this proves that. - Userguy44

Maybe the best is in Under pressure, but I like this song so much!

The best bassline is actually Under Pressure, also by John Deacon, but since that's not here, this one is top notch as well, Another One Bites The Dust, another John Deacon super creation.
So glad that the genius of Deacy is finally being recognized, as he is the most underrated bassist, same as Queen, the greatest band on the planet, yet so underrated and not fully appreciated or recognized for their phenomenal talent and genius. Had Queen's obscure songs gotten proper exposure, they'd All be hits! If you know Queen, you know what I'm talking about. They have masterpieces galore among their lesser known stuff, much better than the popular ones in their Greatest Hits even. Yet they remain lovely hidden gems for huge Queen fans like me, truly a treasure trove of ecstasy!
Queen is the most awesome band w/ 4 of the most talented, most incredibly brilliant, most eclectic, most innovative, and most versatile geniuses the music world has ever seen/heard.
And then there's FREDDIE! ...more

Iconic bass line.

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3 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

Love hearing it on the sound system at Ohio State football games; always a crowd favorite.

Seven Nation Army is played on a guitar with heavy distortion, but I could see how people thought it was a bass. The White Stripes only has two members: Jack White on guitar and vocals and Meg White on drums. - HardRockSam

This is a Guitar Riff, Not a bassline

This is played on guitar you idiots

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4 Freewill - Rush

The solo in Freewill is a testament to the fact that Rush is the best collaboration of rock musicians EVER and Geddy Lee does not disappoint

I don't care what anybody says... Geddy is hands down one of the greatest bassists and vocalists of all time, Rush kicks some serious butt!

5 Under Pressure - Queen

One of the greatest songs ever - CalebMusic

Why in the world is this not even on the list? This and Another One Bites The Dust has got to be the best and most recognizable baselines, and I actually prefer Under Pressure. The fact that it is not in the list makes me RAGE.

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6 Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

The song is driven around the bass of John Paul Jones.

7 Peace Sells - Megadeth UListen to Sample
8 Roundabout - Yes

Geddy Lee and I vote for this one.

11, seriously, this should be 1

Chris Squire is the Jaco Pastorius of rock.

Great bassline.
RIP Chris Squire

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9 Come As You Are - Nirvana

love this bass
Only bass I can play lol

Anything Nirvana is the best

10 Hysteria - Muse

How is this under Longview and Come As You Are. Chris is a better bassist than Mike and Krist in my opinion. - Userguy44

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The Contenders

11 Had a Dat - Sublime UListen to Sample
12 Longview - Green Day

Best bassline

You could recognise this song just listening to the basslines.

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13 N.I.B. - Black Sabbath

One of the best bass intro of all history

Funny list- so many great basslines so far down.

14 Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
15 Powerslave - Iron Maiden UListen to Sample
16 American Life - Primus

Les Claypool is AMAZING, and beats any bassline on this list. It's groovy, yet slightly dark in the songs's context. Perfect!

Best bassline from the best bassist ever!

17 Three Days - Jane's Addiction UListen to Sample
18 Tom Sawyer - Rush UListen to Sample
19 YYZ - Rush

This isn't even in the top 10? - Userguy44

This should be on the top of the list

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20 The Chain - Fleetwood Mac

What a bass line why was this not on there

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21 Where Is My Mind? - Pixies UListen to Sample
22 La Villa Strangiato - Rush
23 Would? - Alice in Chains

I'm a bassist, and all these are great basslines, but this one is the best rocking bass line to me. It just jams and has been my favorite bass line well before I started playing. Just amazing.

Greatest bass line in the last 25 years

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24 I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles UListen to Sample
25 Human Insecticide - Annihilator UListen to Sample
26 Ramble On - Led Zeppelin
27 Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf UListen to Sample
28 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
29 Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) - Metallica UListen to Sample
30 Orion - Metallica

The distorted intro is very catchy along with the drums, the two bass solos are heavenly, and the way this song changes throughout make it a pure masterpiece. RIP Cliff Burton

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31 My City Was Gone - The Pretenders UListen to Sample
32 My Last Words - Megadeth UListen to Sample
33 The Pot - Tool

Pretty nasty groove

This should be way higher. The line is too complex to not be


It's extremely complex and catchy at the same time.

34 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
35 Come Together - The Beatles

Paul's best bass line

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36 Lounge Act - Nirvana UListen to Sample
37 The Real Me - The Who

Excellent bass line.

It may not be as catchy as some of the other examples, but in terms of sheer skill, it doesn't get much better than this! John Entwistle recorded it in one take. One take!

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38 Pictures of Home - Deep Purple UListen to Sample
39 Lab Monkey - Alice in Chains UListen to Sample
40 No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne
41 Walk On the Wild Side - Lou Reed UListen to Sample
42 Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers UListen to Sample
43 Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace UListen to Sample
44 Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix Experience UListen to Sample
45 Israel's Son - Silverchair UListen to Sample
46 One of These Days - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
47 157 Riverside Avenue - REO Speedwagon UListen to Sample
48 The Invisible Man - Queen UListen to Sample
49 Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High - Arctic Monkeys UListen to Sample
50 Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes (6)

1. Had a Dat - Sublime
2. Three Days - Jane's Addiction
3. American Life - Primus
1. Under Pressure - Queen
2. Peace Sells - Megadeth
3. Powerslave - Iron Maiden
1. Money - Pink Floyd
2. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
3. Tom Sawyer - Rush

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