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 The Trooper - Iron Maiden
4 Pow - Graham Central Station

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

5 Boris The Spider - The Who

My Generation is harder - Userguy44

6 My Generation - The Who
7 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.

8 (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth - Metallica
9 I'm The One - Van Halen
10 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse

The Contenders

11 Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Flea is a genius - Userguy44

12 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

13 The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater

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

14 Not Fragile - Bachman–Turner Overdrive
15 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
16 Around the World - Daft Punk
17 Peace Sells - Megadeth
18 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
19 Fireball - Deep Purple

Roger Glover can definitely play a bass guitar. - Userguy44

20 And Justice for All - Metallica
21 Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
22 Roundabout - Yes
23 La Villa Strangiato - Rush
24 Hysteria - Muse
25 Fatal Illusion - Megadeth

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

26 Death of a Party - Blur
27 Closer to the Edge - 30 Seconds to Mars
28 Two-Pound Torch - Cryptopsy
29 Anticosmic Overload - Obscura
30 Fight Fire with Fire - Metallica

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

31 Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet
32 God Fixation - Petra
33 Stayin Alive - Bee Gees
34 Kill the King - Megadeth
35 Hot Funk Sunday - Five Alarm Funk

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

36 Akroasis - Obscura
37 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Geezer goes pretty insane on this one - 678

38 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.

39 American Life - Primus

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

40 Jeremy - Pearl Jam
41 Day of the Baphomets - The Mars Volta
42 Dance, Dance - Fall Out Boy

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

43 Dean Town - Vulfpeck
44 Classical Thump - Victor Wooten

His stuff are hard to do

45 Epic - Faith No More

The part right before and during the solo. - Userguy44

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Top Remixes (4)

1. YYZ - Rush
2. Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Roundabout - Yes
1. YYZ - Rush
2. The Trooper - Iron Maiden
3. Boris The Spider - The Who
1. YYZ - Rush
2. Pow - Graham Central Station
3. Tommy the Cat - Primus

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