Top Ten Songs Featuring Fuzz Bass

Fuzz bass is when a bass guitar is run through an overdrive pedal (or in some cases, a cranked up mixing console), giving it a buzzy, distorted sound. The earliest known example is "Don't Worry" by Marty Robbins, where session guitarist Grady Martin plugged his six string bass into a faulty mixing board and recorded a solo; the producer liked it and decided to keep it. Feel free to add more songs to this list; if you do, tell me more about how they got that sound.

The Top Ten

1 Hysteria - Muse Hysteria - Muse

How did he get that fuzzy sound? - Userguy44

I've heard him say that it was a combination of his clean sound with an Electro-Harmonic Big Muff Pedal and a Human Gear Animato, and I've also heard that it was a combination of the Big Muff Pedal and the clean setting on a Deep Impact synth pedal. Like I said, I'm not sure which one's correct. - Gg2000

I've heard Chris Wolstenhome give a couple of different explanations as to his bass tone; I'm not sure which one's correct. Nonetheless, it's still a big staple in fuzz bass history. - Gg2000

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Alex James used a Marshall Shredmaster pedal to get that nasty fuzz sound in the chorus. - Gg2000

3 White Light/White Heat - The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat - The Velvet Underground

John Cale plays a really loud bass part, especially at the end when he plays a really aggressive sounding lick at the end. - Gg2000

4 Under My Thumb - The Rolling Stones

Bill Wyman dubbed a fuzz bass part that appears in each chorus. - Gg2000

5 Think For Yourself - The Beatles

Paul played a normal bassline and then played another bassline run through a Vox Tone Bender pedal. - Gg2000

6 She Has Funny Cars - Jefferson Airplane

Jack Casady added a fuzz bass part (in addition to a normal one) which was drenched in reverb and moved to the left channel. - Gg2000

7 Monkey in Your Soul - Steely Dan

Unusally for the Dan, this tune's got a fuzzy bassline. Having said that, they put it lower in the mix to keep it from sticking out too much. - Gg2000

8 The Knife - Genesis

Mike Rutherford quite frequently used fuzz in the earlier years. Listen to the part at the 5:26 mark; that's probably the best example I can think of from off the top of my head. - Gg2000

9 Valleri - The Monkees

The bass was done by the bassist for the Candy Store Prophets, the band created by songwriting partners Boyce and Hart to play on the songs they produced. - Gg2000

10 Dance to the Music - Sly & The Family Stone

Bassist Larry Graham dubbed a fuzz bass part; you can hear it in the right channel of the mix. - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth) - Metallica
12 Supermassive Black Hole - Muse
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