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

2 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

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

Why it's #2 in both the lists?

This was actually inspired by the basslines of the Funk / Disco group " Chic ". " Good Times " ( 1977 ) that was recorded before " Another one bites the dust " ( 1980 ). Even the group " Sugarhill gang " recorded the bassline of " Good times " on their 1979 song " Rappers Delight ". Don't get me wrong, I love this song of Queen but to put him number two as greatest rock bassline ever is in fact overrating the song because the bassline got not much of originality.


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3 Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

This is played on guitar you idiots

Played on bass AND guitar clearly.

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4 N.I.B. - Black Sabbath

Funny list- so many great basslines so far down.

One of the best bass intro of all history

5 Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

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

6 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!

7 Roundabout - Yes

11, seriously, this should be 1

Chris Squire is the Jaco Pastorius of rock.

Great bassline.
RIP Chris Squire

8 Peace Sells - Megadeth
9 Under Pressure - Queen

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.

10 Hysteria - Muse

The Newcomers

? I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles
? Had a Dat - Sublime

The Contenders

11 Come As You Are - Nirvana

love this bass
Only bass I can play lol

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12 Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
13 Longview - Green Day

You could recognise this song just listening to the basslines.

14 The Chain - Fleetwood Mac

What a bass line why was this not on there

15 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
16 The Pot - Tool

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

17 YYZ - Rush

This should be on the top of the list

18 Powerslave - Iron Maiden
19 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

20 American Life - Primus
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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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