Songs with melodic basslines?

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  1. Journey55

    Journey55 Supporting Member

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    Hey guys I was listening to some Streetlight Manifesto and was thinking how great the bass is in like all of their songs...do you guys know of any other bands with similar bass?
     
  2. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    Unfamiliar with Streetlight Manifesto, but Boston's Peace of Mind has a melodic bass running all over it
     
  3. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

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    "Tempest Fugit", "Roundabout" by Yes
    "Come Together" by the Beatles

    Just examples, but Chris Squire's and Paul McCartney's basslines tend to be pretty melodic.
     
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  6. Richland123

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    Here are a few good ones I thought of quickly

    The Spiral Starecase - More Today Than Yesterday

     
  7. Ewo

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    A lot of early Green Day is melodic, particularly Dookie. Sassafras Roots would be the best example, along with Longview. Some later stuff is quite melodic too, such as Minority.
     
  9. butchblack

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    Coyote from Joni Mitchell's shadow and light is a good example as is Zep's Ramble on
     
  10. Bassdude15

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    Way too many to list. Try Money by pink floyd
     
  11. Milk

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    Most post punk stuff

    Bauhaus (She's in Parties is a good example)
    Altered images (Happy birthday is a good example)
    The cure (almost anything between 1979 and 1989 especially. Listen to Standing on the beach maybe, their 1979-1985 singles compilation)
    Most anything by Joy Division and New order
     
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    Beyond the Fields We Know by Dead Meadow


    Lots of Rush and other prog rock.
     
  13. PDGood

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    I'm puzzled by this. I hadn't heard that band so I looked them up on youtube and I'd describe the music as an upbeat/frantic horn band. I don't get melodic out of that, and from the suggestions on here thus far, I think some others may be confused like I am.
    When I think of melodic bass lines I think of McCartney's "A Little Help From My Friends" or Orleans "Dance With Me". Very flowing melody lines. Or more uptempo would be Chic Corea's "Spain".

    Not trying to criticize, just sayin' that maybe re-naming what you're looking for would get you more what you're looking for. :)
     
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    Behind Blue Eyes-Who
    Yours Is No Discrace/Yes
    Entre Nous-Rush
    Hello Goodbye-Beatles
    Go Your Own Way-Fleetwood Mac
    Just about everything on Zep 1
     
  15. JimK

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    I'm with you, PDGood. Most the tunes listed as examples of "melodic bass"...I'm not hearing it. Example: "Never Been In Love Before" from CHICAGO VIII is a nice example of Cetera' s melodicism (more so than "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is"…IMO).
     
  16. Journey55

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    I see I mislabeled the type I was looking for, although it was a fruitful mistake cause there's some pretty sweet basslines here. I guess I meant like a busy-ish bassline, I'm not quite such what I'd use to describe it, if you look it up, like We Will Fall Together would be along the lines of it.
    Thanks for everyone's input so far, good suggestions nonetheless!
     
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    We Used to Know - Jethro Tull
     
  18. rtav

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    Two of my favorite bass composers: Paul McCartney and John Deacon

    Sir Paul - pretty much anything he ever did, but stuff like "All My Loving," "Silly Love Songs," "Come Together," "Don't Let Me Down," "Penny Lane," (I could go on for days) are exceptional. Of course, we would expect to hear great melodies from the greatest pop music writer of all time.

    John Deacon - "Long Away," "Misfire," "The Millionaire Waltz," "You're My Best Friend," "In the Lap of the Gods (revisited)," "The Show Must Go On," "In Only Seven Days" - many, many more great melodic bass lines, some of the best out there.
     
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    Great thread! I want to say thanks to everyone who put links in their reply's. I have a mountain of CAD work to do today and this will be my soundtrack.
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  20. GRAHAM SG1

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    Nice n sleazy by the Stranglers
    White room by Cream
    Stuck in the middle (mentioned previously)
    Crossroads by Cream
    The one I love by REM

    Some I like to play with nice lines
     
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    One of my favourites: All of You by Don Felder on the Heavy Metal soundtrack. I believe it was performed by Abraham Laboriel.
     

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