Hardest Songs to Play on Bass Guitar

The Top Ten Hardest Songs to Play on Bass Guitar

1 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

Should have been higher than YYZ, still amazing though

Very fast slapping stuff. - Userguy44

2 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

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

A bass solo song, what's more to say

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 My Generation - The Who
6 The Trooper - Iron Maiden

The legendary Steve Harris

7 Hammer Smashed Face - Cannibal Corpse
8 Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson
9 Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Flea is a genius - Userguy44

10 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

The Contenders

11 Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers
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

Different bassists tried to cover it. No luck. No one could play like him. Just couldn't get the speed like him. - zxm

18 Hysteria - Muse

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

19 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
20 Roundabout - Yes

Great cut and highlights Chris Squires genius

21 La Villa Strangiato - Rush
22 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.

His stuff are hard to do

This is criminally low

23 God Fixation - Petra

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

24 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
25 Fireball - Deep Purple

Roger Glover can definitely play a bass guitar. - Userguy44

26 And Justice for All - Metallica

Is that a meme?

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

27 Boris The Spider - The Who

My Generation is harder - Userguy44

28 Fight Fire with Fire - Metallica

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

29 Day of the Baphomets - The Mars Volta

mad - YeeMan

30 Death of a Party - Blur
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

32 Hamburger Train - Primus

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

33 Fatal Illusion - Megadeth

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

34 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.

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.

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

35 American Life - Primus

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

36 Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
37 Is It Luck? - Primus

Probably the hardest Primus bassline. Definitely the fastest. Plus if you want to be like Les you have to sing the song, which is also very fast. Good luck. Godspeed! - JoLeKosovo

Bottom of the list? You guys ever listened to this song? - nJur

38 Closer to the Edge - 30 Seconds to Mars
39 Kill the King - Megadeth
40 Hot Funk Sunday - Five Alarm Funk

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

41 Two-Pound Torch - Cryptopsy
42 Anticosmic Overload - Obscura
43 Dean Town - Vulfpeck
44 The Glass Prison - Dream Theater
45 Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
46 Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet

Lmao no this hella easy

47 Stayin Alive - Bee Gees
48 Akroasis - Obscura
49 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Geezer goes pretty insane on this one - 678

50 Jeremy - Pearl Jam
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