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.

3 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

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

I’m disappointed that this is at number 3 when this is played on the guitar

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

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.

6 Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

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

7 Peace Sells - Megadeth
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

9 Hysteria - Muse

If it’s not your number 1 then listen until it is.

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

10 Come As You Are - Nirvana

love this bass
Only bass I can play lol

Anything Nirvana is the best

The Contenders

11 Longview - Green Day

Best bassline

You could recognise this song just listening to the basslines.

12 Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
13 Had a Dat - Sublime
14 N.I.B. - Black Sabbath

One of the best bass intro of all history

Funny list- so many great basslines so far down.

15 Powerslave - Iron Maiden
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
18 YYZ - Rush

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

This should be on the top of the list

19 Tom Sawyer - Rush
20 The Chain - Fleetwood Mac

What a bass line why was this not on there

21 La Villa Strangiato - Rush
22 Where Is My Mind? - Pixies
23 Ramble On - Led Zeppelin
24 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

25 I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles
26 Human Insecticide - Annihilator
27 Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
28 Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple
29 Orion - Metallica

I mean that bass line on the interlude is godly. It’s not hard, but it increases in difficulty and speed throughout the next few minutes getting more beautiful each time. Combined with some great guitar work over the top, this section makes for ones of the nicest pieces of music I know. Thanks Cliff

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

30 Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) - Metallica
31 My City Was Gone - The Pretenders
32 My Last Words - Megadeth
33 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
34 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.

35 Come Together - The Beatles

Paul's best bass line

36 Lounge Act - Nirvana
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!

38 Pictures of Home - Deep Purple
39 Lab Monkey - Alice in Chains
40 Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers
41 No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne
42 Walk On the Wild Side - Lou Reed
43 Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace
44 Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix Experience
45 Israel's Son - Silverchair
46 Schism - Tool

Greatest ever

47 Rain - The Beatles

One of the most groundbreaking and innovative bass lines in history. Paul changed the whole bass guitar world. Everybody is in some way influenced by him. The first melodic rock bass player.

48 One of These Days - Pink Floyd
49 157 Riverside Avenue - REO Speedwagon
50 The Invisible Man - Queen
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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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