Top Ten Hardest Bass Riffs


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61 Laid to Rest - Lamb of God
62 Bury the Living - Brain Drill

This song is nuts! Most of the hardest bass riffs are probably tech death ones like this, the problem with most of them is that they tend to be complex for the sole purpose of being complex, and lack emotion or any form of "wow" factor that most great basslines have. This is truly mindblowingly hard though, and if you want to base it on just difficulty, than this should be pretty high on the list.

Not nearly enough tech death on the list as a whole, but this song... this song is something else entirely. Good luck playing this at quarter pace.

63 DMV - Primus

Almost any song of Primus is quite hard, this song should higher, it's pretty awesome

That solo at the end is amazing.

I have been playing Primus songs on bass guitar for quite some time ranging from "Tommy the Cat" to "Hamburger Train" and a little bit of everything in between. This song though took more effort for me than the others due to its awkward tapping position between the 3 fingers on the attacking hand. Took a awhile to get down but is an awesome and super fun bass riff every time I play it. Les is most certainly a one of a kind musician and artist. Thanks for all the years of inspiration and enjoyment Les!


64 Good Luck My Way - L'Arc~en~Ciel

Tesuya is one of the best bassists on this planet, his lines are never anything near simple.

65 Feel Good Drag - Anberlin

I am a bass payer I found this harder than YYZ. Simply because of the triplets.

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66 Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5
67 5:15 - The Who

John Entwistles incredible bass solo is in this song. It like, impossible man.

68 I Will Survive - Cake
69 Coffee Shop - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Amazed no one else believes this song isn't hard. the second solo alone can make some veterans curse flea's name. it took me about 4 days just to get the slapping right on the verses.

70 Booshuckdow - Assorted Jelly Beans
71 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Get Up and Jump

This song is harder than practically every other song on here! Its also badass!

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72 Scarified- Racer X
73 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson

This song has a really wacky off kilter song structure that makes this song extremely difficult to recreate. Definitely an accomplishment to get this one down.

74 Classical Thump - Victor Wooten

The entire song is insanely fast, and is played almost exclusively with your thumb. This is probably the hardest song to learn how to play, and there are so many unique parts to learn.

75 Rio - Duran Duran

Rocket fast and groovy.

76 Peg - Steely Dan & Tom Scott
77 The Distance - Cake

The timing is what makes it difficult

78 The Invisible Man - Helloween
79 Vapour Trails - Pekka Pohjola

For some time I've been wondering, if Geddy Lee was familiar with mighty Pohjola's basslines?

80 I Might Be Wrong - Radiohead
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