Hardest Songs to Play on Bass Guitar


The Top Ten

1 YYZ - Rush

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

Should be on top 10. - zxm

3 Not Fragile - Bachman–Turner Overdrive
4 The Trooper - Iron Maiden
5 I'm The One - Van Halen
6 Boris The Spider - The Who
7 Pow - Graham Central Station

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

8 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
9 My Generation - The Who
10 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse

The Contenders

11 (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth - Metallica
12 Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers
13 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

14 The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater

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

15 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.

16 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
17 Around the World
18 Peace Sells - Megadeth
19 And Justice for All - Metallica
20 Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
21 Fireball - Deep Purple
22 Roundabout - Yes
23 Closer to the Edge - 30 Seconds to Mars
24 Fatal Illusion - Megadeth

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

25 Two-Pound Torch - Cryptopsy
26 Anticosmic Overload - Obscura
27 Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet
28 God Fixation - Petra
29 Stayin Alive - Bee Gees
30 Kill the King - Megadeth
31 Hot Funk Sunday - Five Alarm Funk

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

32 Akroasis - Obscura
33 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Geezer goes pretty insane on this one - 678

34 Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation - Viraemia

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.

35 American Life - Primus

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

36 Fight Fire with Fire - Metallica
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Top Remixes (4)

1. YYZ - Rush
2. Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Roundabout - Yes
1. The Trooper - Iron Maiden
2. Boris The Spider - The Who
3. Not Fragile - Bachman–Turner Overdrive
1. YYZ - Rush
2. Pow - Graham Central Station
3. Tommy the Cat - Primus

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