What’s the best bassline ever made?
By - JRStod
Jackson 5 - I want you back
Im not a fan, I just love that fucking bassline.
Yup I feel like people overlook this one a lot but it's so awesome. It's somehow busy and sparse at the same time.
How could you not be a fan? The Jackson 5 bop!
Ramble On by Led Zeppelin is a personal favorite
Yes it's SO good. That and Dazed and Confused are my personal faves. John Paul Jones is a God.
I like *What Is and What Should Never Be*
It’s played on a synth, and so very simple, but Chameleon by Herbie Hancock.
Super funky. Herbie Hancock has a lot of good ones on that album Head Hunters and also on the album Thrust.
Yes - Roundabout
Allow me to introduce you to "Heart of the Sunrise."
Also "South Side of the Sky."
And "Long Distance Runaround."
And "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)."
Fragile is just pure gold, but especially for Squire's playing on it.
The bass in Close to the Edge is masterful, absolutely brilliant.
It's certainly a better bassline, but not nearly as iconic as Roundabout, and not just because of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
Chris Squire was a god damned legend.
Geddy Lee said in an interview that Roundabout is the best bass line in all of rock.
Superstition by Stevie Wonder and You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon.
That bass solo in You Can Call Me Al just comes out of nowhere! It’s crazy
Fun fact, that bass interlude is reversed during the second half. The bassist played the downward-walking portion and they played the recording backwards for the upwards part. That's why it sounds a little warped at the end.
And then Bakithi actually went and learned how to play the backwards bit so that he could do it at live shows!
Superstition vote is tricky. It’s not a bass guitar, it’s a clavinet. It’s not played in a low register, it’s in a high register. It totally feels like a bassline, but it’s a melody.
N.I.B - Black Sabbath
Some people say that that bassline cannot be true
Waiting Room - FUGAZI
Also Stash Up- OPM
“I am a patient boy!”
Joe Lally is a library of awesome basslines.
I want you (she’s so heavy)
For my money, the best McCartney bassline is *Something*
Hey Bulldog is my favorite.
Paul's bass lines are so incredible. They MAKE so many Beatles songs.
Somebody once said one key to the Beatles' appeal was the tension between a bassist who pushed the beat and a drummer who dragged it.
Wait til JK Simmons sees this
He can't look, he's too busy looking for pictures of that menace, Spider-Man
My musician friends have said that Ringo plays “behind” the beat, so maybe this is true. Tho honestly the tension between Paul’s gorgeous melodies and John’s cynical poetry may be a little more of what makes the Beatles the Beatles.
Very present in Something & Penny Lane
Honestly one of the best basslines Paul McCartney ever played
I saw them at Live Earth. Every bass player from the other bands joined them on stage. I think even James Hetfield played bass on that song (but who would pass the chance to play with Tap??)
Kirk Hammett was up there too!
Talk about mud flaps
Alice in Chains have so many great bass lines but I'm gonna go with 'Would'
“Nutshell” has one of the most hauntingly beautiful basslines I’ve ever heard. Mike Inez is a genius!
Especially the unplugged version, the sound guy had his bass high in the mix and it was clear as a bell.
That’s literally the baseline that popped into my head as I was opening the thread. The intro is so 🤌🏼
If. I. Could. Would. You?
If I’m going AiC it’s gotta be either No Excuses or Nutshell
The Chain Fleetwood Mac
During the recording of Rumors, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham had just broken up, and Christine and John McVie were divorcing and could barely be in the same room with each other.
They were all doing a shitload of coke and writing songs about how much they hate each other (Go Your Own Way and Dreams are both about Buckingham and Nicks's breakup, from each one's perspective.)
The Chain is actually the only song that every songwriter in the band worked on, and it's arguably the best song on the album
I'm glad Silver Springs got a second chance with The Dance because it's incredible. It's a shame it got relegated to a B side back in the day.
As a Formula 1 fan this hypes me up so much. It was the theme tune to the UK broadcasts for many years.
When I hear the song on its own I still hear engines like this
Absolutely gave me goosebumps! I'm a massive F1 fan but this takes me back to Sundays and watching it with my dad. He passed in 2019 and found it hard to watch a race without crying for a long time!
I didn't know how much I needed this video in my life until now, ty
It’s great, but there’s something about “You Make Lovin’ Fun” that gives it the edge on that album for me
Sly and the family stone. If you want me to stay...
Thank you. Fa lettin me. Be mice elf. Agiin.
Groove is in the heart. ❤
Longview by Green Day was the reason I picked up a bass in high school.
Can vouch. Was at their concert Friday, Mike put a GoPro on the bass while he played that song. What a banger
Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
Haven't seen it so far. Slightly surprised I am.
All of Tony Levin’s stuff on that album (So) is incredibly inspired. My favorite bass line is the one from “Don’t give up” on the same album.
Tony Levin is fucking sick. His work with King Crimson is amazing.
My name is mud
I can't believe I had to scroll so far down to see Primus mentioned. Les Claypool is the bass master.
I think it's because basslines traditionally accompany the melody, whereas with primus ler played the accompaniments to claypools lead
For me Jerry Was a Racecar Driver is the most iconic Primus bassline.
When I realized Claypool was playing that line *while* singing I lost my mind. I saw them a couple years ago and am just in awe with how talented the dude is
Hamburger Train, but really the whole catalog of Primus and his side projects are the best basslines. Otherworldly
Tommy the cat
Groundhog Day. No, wait...
Spaghetti Western. No, wait...
Hamburger Train. No, wait...
Ah shit, just whatever Les Claypool is playing.
Jiggity jiggity jiggity, jiggity jiggity jug
[*Eminence Front* by The Who.](https://youtu.be/BfrUQA2tb6M)
It starts out simply enough, but as the song goes on Entwistle goes more and more insane. [Jump to 1:30 to get the impact on this isolated bass track.](https://youtu.be/6W5DSfHyUA4)
Edit: [The drum and bass track](https://youtu.be/Uxy9wa1Fg3s) may be better, your call!
I love Entwistle because if you just focus on the bass line it's like he's playing his own song but it really fits with everything well.
As a kid, I had the theory that as a band, they never actually wrote a bassline for Entwistle. They wrote everything else, told him what they were playing and just let him do his thing. The older recordings tended to have him turned down a little, but you could always just hear him doing his own thing. It always fit and fit well, but he was always on a different level.
Not gonna lie. Thought I was being trolled for the first minute and a half then the love hit. Sure he was still stone faced jamming this out
[Won’t get fooled again - isolated bass](https://youtu.be/80dsyo2Ox-0)
I always loved what he does at 7:36 of this clip and I find it hilarious that the spotlight is on Pete while he’s doing this crazy baseline.
Chic - Good Times.
Bernard Edwards’ bass line as sampled by the Sugarhill Gang for Rappers Delight. Which in turn lead to many many cover versions of said track round the world. It’s the bassline that just keeps on giving
Actually the bass line to this iconic song is the inspiration to the bass line of another iconic song, “Another one bites the dust”.
Tina Weymouth's bass on Psycho Killer Talking Heads
It’s especially impressive when you consider she is self taught and only learned bass after joining the band.
Tina’s basslines are awesome. She’s just so effortlessly cool
She is so damn underrated
Pretty much any bassline off remain in light. Tina is so simplistic but effective. Truly one of the best
Born Under Punches is my favorite. On the live version you can hear her bass line way more prominently and it’s crazy sounding.
"Pump It Up" by Elvis Costello and the Attractions (Bruce Thomas, bass)
Higher ground comes to mind
Rio - Duran Duran
John is a DAMN good player and SO under rated :(
So SO *SO* underrated...& because of that, a massive cautionary tale to anyone who thinks "being pretty" is the answer to all life's problems. John Taylor gets loads of props from actual musicians but to the public at large he's just the pretty one, & that's a goddam shame.
Was looking to see if this got a mention. John Taylor is a far better musician than people give him credit for, he's not just a pretty face.
Was scrolling way to long to find this one and if I didn’t it was going to be my pick. As a bass player I was very surprised the first time I tried to play this song. I never realized before just how insane their bassist is in this and many other songs. Also, very fun to play
One of the best Bassline's for me is No More Tears by Ozzy Osbourne.
Also, for Whom the Bell Tolls by Metallica.
Edit: Wow, thank you for the award.
Metallica is notorious for having great bassists but turning their volume all the way down.
They turn it down to -1. Most people can only turn it down to 0. But these, these go to -1.
For the longest time I had no idea how much of that was bass. Cliff Burton was amazing
Cliff is why I bought my first bass 31 years ago.
If we're talking Metallica, Cliff Burton is rocking some seriously wicked shit throughout pretty much the entirety of Call of Ktulu. Most of it is lost in the original mix, but there's a couple of good YouTube videos where people have played with the levels so you can actually hear it.
No More Tears gets me going every time. Same with NIB.
I haven't seen someone put No One Knows - Queens of the Stone Age yet!
The baseline in that song is really good in my opinion
The lead in just before the vocals start in Hemispheres is peak bass imo
From about 2:30 - 3:00
Anytime I see this band name I can't help but think of Krieger shouting that "Neil Pert stands alone!"
And yes I know he was the drummer, not bass.
Most Rush songs. Geddy Lee is an awesome bass player
By no means do I think he’s underrated, but at times I believe he is under-appreciated
If anything, the under-appreciated member of Rush is Alex Lifeson
He was awesome in his Trailer Park Boys roles as well.
Sure, if you're a fan of drunk male prostitutes!
It's hard being the third most talented musician in your own band. Alex is great, but it's got to be tough to shine when there's two absolute legends in your band.
That's the issue. Geddy and Neil are both undisputed top 5 players of their respective instruments.
The only reason Lifeson doesn't get a ton of praise is because he isn't literally Jimi fucking Hendrix.
It also speaks to his ability as a guitarist that he can not only keep up with them, but enhance their sound.
And Leave That Thing Alone. And Red Barchetta. And The Big Money. And Limelight. And Tom Sawyer, Natural Science, Freewill, Malignant Narcissism, The Main Monkey Business, Anthem, all of La Villa Strangiato, all of Cygnus X-1, Jacob‘s Ladder, The Camera Eye, Vital Signs, Digital Man, Turn the Page, Where‘s My Thing, The Anarchist, Headlong Flight, Secret Touch, The Garden etc…
So many tasty basslines, unbelievable
Geddy didn't "solo" much, but YYZ is awesome and the Freewill jam session has an awesome bass line. Several other songs have just great bass licks.
Barbarism begins at home is gud.
Ben E. King's "[Stand By Me](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwZNL7QVJjE)".
Peg - Steely Dan
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
Bass solo, take one… (Anesthesia)
That's my absolute favorite Metallica song and I've never quite understood why but I'm just so drawn to it
Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
Pink Floyd, "Money"
Nay. Pigs (Three Different Ones).
Amazing. And not just the intro!
[Come On, Come Over - Jaco Pastorius](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE6HmArln_k)
Not as funky, but Portrait of Tracy is one of the most beautiful pieces.of music ever recorded on bass.
My favorite : [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZFshvun0eQ](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZFshvun0eQ)
Cake's version of I Will Survive.
Cake has some banger bass lines
the distance has a great one
Short Skirt, Long Jacket is pretty much the Bass line.
Come Together takes it for me, but while we're here, My Iron Lung by Radiohead has to have the most underrated and overlooked bass part ever.
Yes. First song that came to mind. An absolute banger!
This was the first song that came to mind for me and I’m surprised it’s not higher up!
Chris Wolstenholme is one of my all-time favorites. Panic Station?? Banger.
The bass in Munich Jam is just perfection
Finally, someone who likes him as much as i do!
I came here just for this. Also, the bassline in Hyper music's verses is underrated
Any bassline by Muse rocks!
It's a corker of a way to kick off a live gig.
God damn they are so good live.
I am going to another of their concerts as soon as tours are back.
Came here to say this. Can't help but smile everytime that song comes on. Such a simple yet extremely groovy song.
Sunshine of your love
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
Disorder is cool too
Cameo - Word Up
Ramble On by Led Zeppelin.
Dazed and Confused as well, this live version is mind blowing: https://youtu.be/ZQgYn23Xvck
Hot Chocolate- Sexy Thing
Good Times by Chic
The Cure Fascination Street is a good one
Probably not the best.
But it's iconic and my favorite.
Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie
Tool has so many good bass lines. My personal favorite is The Pot.
46 and 2 by Tool
Edit: diggin all the love for Tool! Y’all are right. It’s hard to pick one song of theirs. And yes, Justin is the greatest of all time.
well then, of course i have to say a classic like Schism
love me some 10,000 Days (Wings Pt 2)
Personally love the bass line in Tool - The Pot
I’d have to say Lateralus for my favorite bass in a Tool song.
Would? by Alice in Chains
I could try to pick between quite a few Alice in Chains songs. I love that bass intro to Would? though
Can’t Stop- RHCP, Superstition- Stevie Wonder
Can't believe I had scroll this far down to see the chili Peppers!
Chillies get upvotes from me!
The less I know the better by tame Impala
Let It Happen also has a great bassline.
The first time I heard Let It Happen I ascended
Fucking looking for this, straight facts.
Scrolled and searched to make sure this was represented. Never before hearing this song had I ever been ripped into by a bassline like this
Winona’s big brown beaver
Debaser by The Pixes
As I just commented regarding Tina Weymouth and Talking Heads, Pixies are one of those bands where the bass is really the melodic instrument of the group. The guitar supports the rhythm and the lead melody and tone comes from the bass usually - The Smiths are another example IMO.
Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz. May not be the “best”, but easily one of the most recognizable for me.
This was the very first bass line that I learned!
Was gonna say this if nobody else did. It may not be the most technically impressive bass line but damn is it catchy and it made feel good inc a truly iconic song.
The catchiest has to be express yourself by Charles Wright (made uber famous by NWA)
Freedom by Rage Against the Machine
Tim Commerford can write some amazing lines
Another One Bites the Dust.
Edit: I personally think Dragon Attack is the best Queen bass line that I’m aware of, but it doesn’t get radio play and is unknown compared to their more popular singles... and I wanted those sweet, sweet upvotes. Here’s a treat for the uninitiated:
yess and Crazy Little Thing Called Love has amazing bass
And even though it’s simpler, I have to put Under Pressure there as well for it’s catchiness
Queen has some underrated basslines. Nothing horribly technical, but iconic nonetheless.
If you want to hear Deacy showing off try the Millionaires Waltz :)
Dragon Attack has got to be the most underrated Queen jam. Basically no one knows it in a popular sense but it's just been sitting there all this time being such a great song.
Gimme Gimme Gimme by ABBA.
Yes I’m serious
ABBA’s basslines in general are almost always incredible, extremely underrated musicians. I don’t think anyone underrated the group themselves obviously lol, but how often do you hear someone mention them in talks of best basslines or piano playing?
Peace Sells, But Who's Buying? by Megadeth
'I wanna be adored' by the stone roses.
My fellow mancunians will understand
Joint first place with fools gold
Also that guitar tone.
Tommy the Cat
I was thinking my Name is Mudd but as long as we are saying Primus we’re good
I am also going to have to put My Name Is Mud ahead of Tommy The Cat...
Its insane that Primus isn't closer to the top of the thread.
Welcome to being old, but not old enough!
Came here to say Tommy the cat
Knight Rider theme song
Digital - Joy Division.
It sounds like an evil machine being turned on and off.
mr. Hook is one original bass player
U can't hold no groove - Victor Wooten
Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith. A classic
Money by Pink Floyd. Sets up the song so nice and it just sounds so fucking cool