Hardest Songs to Play on Bass Guitar


The Top Ten

1 YYZ - Rush

It was between this song and Tommy the Cat for me. YYZ is just so fast and spread out with the random bass solos. Tommy the cat is extremely fast while slapping/popping. It's a tie.

Good and hard to play. But it is nowhere near as hard as any victor wooten piece, he invented the double slap and is the only bass player to master the technique

Seriously? You're putting Metallica and LZ higher than Rush? No way, man. It's insulting for Ged.

Really? people legit put YYZ under the top three, this is an insult to Ged

2 Tommy the Cat - Primus

I agree YYZ is very hard, but this song is just impossible. YYZ is fast, but Tommy is extremely fast, slap, and just insane. #1 for sure

Man, this is probably one of the hardest. In some parts it sounds very loud. - zxm

Very fast slapping stuff. - Userguy44

Should be on top 10. - zxm

3 My Generation - The Who
4 The Trooper - Iron Maiden
5 Pow - Graham Central Station

Won't say it's the hardest, but its quite hard. - zxm

6 (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth - Metallica
7 Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
8 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse
9 Nikrishto - Aurthohin

Its fast. But Guti (The Finale) was technically better/hard. Especially the last tapping part. - zxm

"Aurthohin - Nikrishto ( RockNation III )" Its on YouTube. Never believed it would be that much of difficult. Always though it was a slap bass played at the intro, never though a tapping bass sounds like this. - zxm

It should be on the top ten.

10 Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Flea is a genius - Userguy44

The Contenders

11 I'm The One - Van Halen

Michael Anthony can actually play! - Userguy44

12 The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater

First you need a six string bass. Next you give up after 5000 tries. Voila!

Come on of course Dream Theater is always the hardest


13 Not Fragile - Bachman–Turner Overdrive
14 Guti (The Finale) - Aurthohin Guti (The Finale) - Aurthohin

Different bassists tried to cover it. No luck. No one could play like him. Just couldn't get the speed like him. - zxm

15 Around the World - Daft Punk
16 Peace Sells - Megadeth
17 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
18 Fireball - Deep Purple

Roger Glover can definitely play a bass guitar. - Userguy44

19 God Fixation - Petra

Christian Music is The Best... God Bless all People..!

20 Hysteria - Muse
21 And Justice for All - Metallica
22 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
23 Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
24 Boris The Spider - The Who

My Generation is harder - Userguy44

25 Roundabout - Yes
26 La Villa Strangiato - Rush
27 Fatal Illusion - Megadeth

Man, that bass riff is insane. Check this out.

28 Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation - Viraemia

The song starts with tapping bass solo using both hands and gets worse from there. Sweeps and tapping like 80% of the song. Unlike brain drill songs this is a bit more constructed but still has the same amount of ridiculous virtuosity. I can't imagine how Hysteria is harder than this and let's not talk about songs like Another one bites the dust. Origin, Viraemia, Brain Drill, Necrophagist, Beyond Creation and other thechnical metal bands make those kinds of ridiculous songs which take months and months to learn if you are not used to it.

It's not a super popular song, that's the only excuse its not at number one. Everybody who sees the bass on this song (->Youtube) and excludes sympathy will agree. Every song which is higher than this one (except maybe Billy Sheehan solos) is just because the voter likes the band/song and wasnt voting for the hardest bass song.

I gave it a listen, and it sounds damn hard.

29 Fight Fire with Fire - Metallica

It's fast. I don't know how Cliff did this - Userguy44

30 Death of a Party - Blur
31 Starless - King Crimson

There's a lot to the bass part that makes it hard to play. It's mostly in the first section where the bass is doing the most.

This is not hard

32 Closer to the Edge - 30 Seconds to Mars
33 Two-Pound Torch - Cryptopsy
34 Anticosmic Overload - Obscura
35 Day of the Baphomets - The Mars Volta

mad - YeeMan

36 Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet
37 Stayin Alive - Bee Gees
38 Kill the King - Megadeth
39 Hot Funk Sunday - Five Alarm Funk

I don't play bass guitar yet, but this song sounds hard to me.

40 Akroasis - Obscura
41 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Geezer goes pretty insane on this one - 678

42 American Life - Primus

Harder than tommy the cat. That’s all I gotta say.

43 Jeremy - Pearl Jam
44 Dance, Dance - Fall Out Boy

Obviously one of the hardest songs ever... Fall Out Boy is goals.

45 Dean Town - Vulfpeck
46 Classical Thump - Victor Wooten

His stuff are hard to do

47 Epic - Faith No More

The part right before and during the solo. - Userguy44

48 Flight of the Bumblebee - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
49 You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon
50 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
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Top Remixes (4)

1. YYZ - Rush
2. Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Roundabout - Yes
1. YYZ - Rush
2. Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
3. My Generation - The Who
1. YYZ - Rush
2. Pow - Graham Central Station
3. Tommy the Cat - Primus

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