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

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2 Tommy the Cat - Primus

Very fast slapping stuff. - Userguy44

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

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3 My Generation - The Who UListen to Sample
4 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

The legendary Steve Harris

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5 (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth - Metallica

Hardest Song ever on bass

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6 Pow - Graham Central Station

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

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7 Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson UListen to Sample
8 I'm The One - Van Halen

Marc Anthony is my favorite bassist of all time.

Michael Anthony can actually play! - Userguy44

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9 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse
10 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.

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The Newcomers

? Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater

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

the next I will come and see this song under the top 10 I will add the bed interlud song

Come on of course Dream Theater is always the hardest


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12 Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Flea is a genius - Userguy44

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13 Not Fragile - Bachman–Turner Overdrive UListen to Sample
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 UListen to Sample
16 Peace Sells - Megadeth UListen to Sample
17 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin UListen to Sample
18 And Justice for All - Metallica

Is that a meme?

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19 Fireball - Deep Purple

Roger Glover can definitely play a bass guitar. - Userguy44

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20 God Fixation - Petra

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

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21 Hysteria - Muse UListen to Sample
22 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden UListen to Sample
23 Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix UListen to Sample
24 Boris The Spider - The Who

My Generation is harder - Userguy44

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

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

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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.

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

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.

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29 Fight Fire with Fire - Metallica

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

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30 Death of a Party - Blur UListen to Sample
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

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32 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen


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

mad - YeeMan

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37 Hamburger Train - Primus

Most bassists say this is extremely tricky, frantic bass playing for nine minutes.

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38 Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet

Lmao no this hella easy

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39 Stayin Alive - Bee Gees UListen to Sample
40 Kill the King - Megadeth UListen to Sample
41 Hot Funk Sunday - Five Alarm Funk

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

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42 Akroasis - Obscura UListen to Sample
43 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Geezer goes pretty insane on this one - 678

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44 American Life - Primus

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

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45 Jeremy - Pearl Jam UListen to Sample
46 Dance, Dance - Fall Out Boy

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

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47 Dean Town - Vulfpeck UListen to Sample
48 Classical Thump - Victor Wooten

His stuff are hard to do

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49 Epic - Faith No More

The part right before and during the solo. - Userguy44

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50 Flight of the Bumblebee - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov UListen to Sample
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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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