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 Not Fragile - Bachman–Turner Overdrive
4 The Trooper - Iron Maiden
5 Pow - Graham Central Station

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

6 I'm The One - Van Halen
7 Boris The Spider - The Who
8 (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth - Metallica
9 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
10 My Generation - The Who

The Newcomers

? Day of the Baphomets - The Mars Volta

The Contenders

11 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse
12 Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Flea is a genius - Userguy44

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 Roundabout - Yes
22 Fireball - Deep Purple
23 Fatal Illusion - Megadeth

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

24 Hysteria - Muse
25 Closer to the Edge - 30 Seconds to Mars
26 Two-Pound Torch - Cryptopsy
27 Anticosmic Overload - Obscura
28 Fight Fire with Fire - Metallica

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

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

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

35 Akroasis - Obscura
36 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Geezer goes pretty insane on this one - 678

37 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.

38 American Life - Primus

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

39 Jeremy - Pearl Jam
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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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