Top Ten Hardest Bass Riffs


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81 Hit me with Your Rythm Stick - Ian Dury

Although people wouldn't think of it as hard bass song, it require limber hands, high speed, good memory and its also fun to play! Check it out and you will realise it is a difficult bass song. (I'm not into Ian Dury at all so this is coming from a non bias perspective)

82 Flow My Tears (The Policeman Said) - Stuart Hamm

All tapping, and the middle section? Don't even try.

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83 Dead Human Collection - Cannibal Corpse
84 Man - Level 42

I'd like to see anyone here try to nail Mark King's grooves...

85 Speed Demon - Michael Jackson
86 Wrathchild - Iron Maiden
87 American Life - Primus
88 The Punk and the Godfather - The Who

John Entwhistle's melodic bassline precariously leads Keith Moon and Pete Townshend through this six-minute ordeal. Rarely does Entwhistle repeat a note or melody; the entire song is made up of dozens of micro-basslines and thus it is very difficult to memorize, and the relatively hard tempo makes it even harder to play.

89 Naked in the Rain - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Flea at his finest it has to be one of the most difficult RHCP songs and one of the most difficult bass songs ever

Has to be the most difficult RHCP song I have ever heard in my life no other RHCP song can compare to this one it might sound easy at first but to get everything in the pocket is extremely hard. Also flea as we know is secretly jesus don't worry flea I know

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90 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.

91 DDevil - System of a Down

One of the best songs to play on bass, but since Shavo uses a pick it's not too difficult

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92 My Name Is Mud -Primus

Needs to be way higher on this list, especially for the fast Les sings AND plays this atthe same time

93 Dead Goon - Mr. Bungle

The main bass rift is insane, bass line was composed by the drummer with the intention of composing a rift that a bass player would never dream of playing, bass line is only played with impeccable rhythm

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94 Actualize - Evan Brewer

This song is by far the most difficult song to play. It's very fast, very difficult and completely amazing. A lot of the songs on the list are very easy to play, but this song is next to impossible.

95 The Seeker - John Entwistle

The first and best bassist to play lead, this monster of a track shows how good it can be.

96 The Fantasy - 30 Seconds to Mars
97 Sexx Laws - Beck
98 I Might Be Wrong - Radiohead
99 Castaway - Green Day

This song is extremely fast, at least 232 beats per minute, and you have to play 32 notes at some parts. This is based off a tab I have and when seeing them play it live it seems faster and it has much more notes, and possibly even some chords.

100 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
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