Most impressive basslines from "popular" bands

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Mossiebass, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Mossiebass


    Nov 15, 2012
    Cork, Ireland
    Title says it all. What's the most impressive popular bassline you know? We'll define popular as something you wouldn't be completely shocked to hear on the radio.
  2. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Well, depends on what radio YOU listen to. My radio, on the few occasions I use radio, is likely to have Beatles, Allman Bros, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Bros. Johnson, Motown, Stax, etc. So I'd go for either Jamerson on "Bernadette" or Jack Bruce on "White Room"...

  3. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    Macca's bassline in 'Lovely Rita', 'Something' and 'Another Day'
  4. Sir Paul's "Nowhere Man."
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  6. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    Any Michael Jackson or Duran Duran single.
  7. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Pump It Up (and many others) by Elvis Costello.
  8. A couple of Bruno Mars' songs have some fun basslines. I don't know that I would call them impressive however, more like well-composed and groovy.
    Two in particular stick out, Locked out of Heaven, and Treasure.
  9. adamaarts


    Apr 19, 2001
    Corona, CA
    Beta tester Source Audio, demos/reviews of many others
    Anything from Muse. 'Roses' from Outkast. There's lots more.
  10. KalTM


    Mar 8, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI
    John Mayer has some good basslines. I LOVE the line from "no such thing"
  11. Andrew W.

    Andrew W.

    Nov 28, 2004
    I always liked the bass line from the Killer's "Somebody Told Me." The mini solo at the beginning of the song really caught my ear the first time I heard it.
  12. The newer single "Come a little closer" by Cage the Elephant genuinely threw me for a loop during the verses. I've never really been into them but I heard it at work the other day. Simple yet it kept playing in my mind at points throughout the week.
  13. A lot of Taylor Swift songs have good basslines (ie Fifteen starts out with a bass solo and Stay Stay has a pretty groovin line for basically the whole song)
  14. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    For me it's always been "Every Time You Go Away" by Paul Young with Pino Palladino on bass.
  15. ryanms3030


    Jan 5, 2014
    Glendale, CA
    If we're talking about current popular aka "pop" music , I would have no idea. I would not recognize a Bruno Mars or John Mayer song (to name a couple of examples from the thread). I'm not arrogant about my musical taste, I just don't listen to the radio. But older popular music I always loved Billy Jean by Michael Jackson and White Wedding by Billy Idol. Maybe not impressive but great grooves
  16. charlie_rtr


    Jan 7, 2014
    Sweet chilld of mine, a bass line that has always impressed me

    and that daft punk song, 'get lucky', simple but awesome
  17. Andrew W.

    Andrew W.

    Nov 28, 2004
    Almost all of the songs off of Random Access Memory have awesome basslines.

  18. Marial

    Marial Synthlandia Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2011
    Yep, and most of the lines from Motown's heyday. Also see 'disco'.
  19. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    I had to learn "Footloose" for a wedding gig years ago. Still not a fan of the song (or the bass tone for that matter) but the bassline is fantastic. I had heard the song a few times but never really listened so I sat down thinking I'd knock it out in a few minutes and ending up getting a clinic. Dig the runs during the chorus, the double stops and the that drives the song while never being too much. Like something Jamerson would play if he got called out for rock sessions.

    It wasn't until years later I found out that Nathan East played on that track which made a lot of sense.

  20. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Courageous Fowl Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I like the bassline from Treasure by Bruno Mars, definitely funky stuff.
  21. pan1k


    Sep 16, 2011
    Las Vegas, NV
    Bruno Mars locked out of heaven. Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. Some recent lines ive fallin in love with i guess.