Hardest Songs to Play on Bass Guitar


The Top Ten

1 Tommy the Cat - Primus Tommy the Cat - Primus

Should have been higher than YYZ, still amazing though

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

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2 YYZ - Rush 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

3 (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth - Metallica (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth - Metallica

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

Hardest Song ever on bass

Not really that hard. More of a time commitment☺

4 Pow - Graham Central Station

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

5 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

The legendary Steve Harris

6 My Generation - The Who
7 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse
8 Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
9 Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Flea is a genius - Userguy44

10 Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Contenders

11 The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater

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

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

12 I'm The One - Van Halen

Marc Anthony is my favorite bassist of all time.

Michael Anthony can actually play! - Userguy44

13 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.

14 Around the World - Daft Punk
15 Peace Sells - Megadeth
16 Not Fragile - Bachman–Turner Overdrive
17 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

18 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
19 Hysteria - Muse
20 God Fixation - Petra

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

21 Roundabout - Yes
22 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
23 Fireball - Deep Purple

Roger Glover can definitely play a bass guitar. - Userguy44

24 La Villa Strangiato - Rush
25 Classical Thump - Victor Wooten

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.

This is criminally low

His stuff are hard to do

26 Boris The Spider - The Who

My Generation is harder - Userguy44

27 Death of a Party - Blur
28 And Justice for All - Metallica

Is that a meme?

How to play every AJFA song, here’s the tip, you don’t.

29 Fatal Illusion - Megadeth

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

30 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.

31 Fight Fire with Fire - Metallica

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

32 Day of the Baphomets - The Mars Volta

mad - YeeMan

33 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

34 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
35 Hamburger Train - Primus

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

36 Closer to the Edge - 30 Seconds to Mars
37 Kill the King - Megadeth
38 Two-Pound Torch - Cryptopsy
39 Anticosmic Overload - Obscura
40 Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
41 Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet

Lmao no this hella easy

42 Stayin Alive - Bee Gees
43 Hot Funk Sunday - Five Alarm Funk

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

44 Akroasis - Obscura
45 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Geezer goes pretty insane on this one - 678

46 American Life - Primus

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

47 Jeremy - Pearl Jam
48 Dance, Dance - Fall Out Boy

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

49 Dean Town - Vulfpeck
50 Epic - Faith No More

The part right before and during the solo. - Userguy44

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Top Remixes (4)

1. YYZ - Rush
2. Tommy the Cat - Primus
3. Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
1. YYZ - Rush
2. Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Roundabout - Yes
1. YYZ - Rush
2. Pow - Graham Central Station
3. Tommy the Cat - Primus

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