Hardest Songs to Play on Bass Guitar

The Top Ten

Tommy the Cat - Primus Tommy the Cat - Primus Cover Art

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.

Should have been higher than YYZ, still amazing though

Very fast slapping stuff.

YYZ - Rush YYZ - Rush Cover Art

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

(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth - Metallica (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth - Metallica Cover Art

The start and the others are easy, but the end part with the drums and the development is very hard

A bass solo song, what's more to say

Hardest Song ever on bass

Not really that hard. More of a time commitment☺

Pow - Graham Central Station Pow - Graham Central Station Cover Art

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

My Generation - The Who My Generation - The Who Cover Art

Entwistle was amazing, especially when you consider the 60s guitar he was playing.

The Trooper - Iron Maiden The Trooper - Iron Maiden Cover Art

The legendary Steve Harris

Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse

Crazy song. Random bass solos and very complex

Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson Cover Art
Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover Art

Flea is a genius

Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover Art

The Newcomers

? Chromatic Fantasy - Jaco Pastorius Chromatic Fantasy - Jaco Pastorius Cover Art

Surprised this wasn't on the list.

? Donna Lee - Jaco Pastorius Donna Lee - Jaco Pastorius Cover Art

The Contenders

The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater Cover Art

With all the time signatures, not to mention the impossible bass solo... One of the hardest.

If you can play this song on the bass you will be able to play anything you want.

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

Nikrishto - Aurthohin Nikrishto - Aurthohin Cover Art

"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.

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

It should be on the top ten.

I'm The One - Van Halen I'm The One - Van Halen Cover Art

Marc Anthony is my favorite bassist of all time.

Michael Anthony can actually play!

Around the World - Daft Punk Around the World - Daft Punk Cover Art
Peace Sells - Megadeth Peace Sells - Megadeth Cover Art
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.

Not Fragile - Bachman–Turner Overdrive Not Fragile - Bachman–Turner Overdrive Cover Art
Hysteria - Muse Hysteria - Muse Cover Art

Not a complicated bass line but the keeping up with the tempo throughout the whole song is hard

Classical Thump - Victor Wooten Classical Thump - Victor Wooten Cover Art

Hope you have hands made out of solid iron, 'because otherwise your hands will turn to mush before you even get half-way through the song.

His stuff are hard to do

This is criminally low

Should be a lot higher

Roundabout - Yes Roundabout - Yes Cover Art

Great cut and highlights Chris Squires genius

Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin Cover Art
God Fixation - Petra God Fixation - Petra Cover Art

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

La Villa Strangiato - Rush La Villa Strangiato - Rush Cover Art
Fireball - Deep Purple Fireball - Deep Purple Cover Art

Roger Glover can definitely play a bass guitar.

really good song

The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden Cover Art
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