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Bass riffs that will always be remembered...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by hitman9696, Apr 30, 2002.

  1. Before I start, this probably has been done before, but please, don't bash me if you feel this is just a repetition! :rolleyes:

    What are your suggestion for bass riffs that define the song. Even if it's very simple, it is the main "sound" of the song, not blended in the backround. A riff that will always be remebered first before the guitar riff. One that first comes to mind when you think of that song. Even an "uneducated" person will recognize it. Just a classic bass riff.

    My favorites are:

    My Generation - The Who
    Money - Pink Floyd
    No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne
    Jeremy - Pearl Jam
    Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns 'n Roses
    White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
    New Year's Day - U2

    That's all I can think of right now.

    Hey, thanks for your time guys.
  2. My Girl - The Temptations played by James Jamerson

    A very simple root/five riff , but it is completely memorable.

    Come Together - The Beatles is another fine example

    Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed ...okay, that's actually 2 basses, but still memorable

    Barney Miller theme - who hasn't asked you to play that on the bass for them? :D
  3. "The Chain" - Fleetwood Mac
    "Dazed and Confused" - Led Zep
    "Higher Ground" - RHCP version

    That's all that come to mind. I'm sure I'll come up with some more.
  4. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    For the Love of Money - The O'Jays
    Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
    Crusin' - Smokey Robinson
  5. Heart of the Sunrise by Yes.
    The first song where I thought "Wow! Listen to that bass!!"


    Whipping Post by the Allmans.
    We've Got To Get Out of This Place by the Animals.
    Too Rolling Stoned by Robin Trower
  6. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin

    "Peace Sells."
  7. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    "Thank Ewe Faletinme Be Mice Elf Again" Sly & The Family Stone

    "Brickhouse" Commodores

    "Super Freak" - Rick James, sampled on "You Can't Touch This" MC Hammer

    "Good Times" Chic

    "School Days" Stanley Clarke

    "Bad" Michael Jackson (I know, it was synth, but hum the song without humming the bassline)

    That's all for now.


  8. -rappers delight, i forgot who that was by

    -billie jean, michael jackson
  9. I am pretty hip the the line in Todd Rundgren's Bang the Drum all day.
  10. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Green Onions- Booker T. and the MGs
  11. Gigantic - Pixies

    Muscle museum - Muse
  12. seamus


    Feb 8, 2001
    Good thread, I'm trying to think of some that haven't been mentioned yet. Most of these are modern, having trouble recalling the classic stuff.

    How Many More Times - Zep
    Badge - Cream
    Jeremy - Pearl Jam
    Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
    Schism - Tool
    Mudshovel - Staind
    Would - AIC
    No More Tears - Ozzy
    Walking on the Moon - The Police
    Spirits in the Material World - The Police
    Gaslighting Abbie - Steely Dan

    There's so many, but these came to mind for now. As far as them being remembered, only time will tell.
  13. 3rd Rock

    3rd Rock Guest

    Sep 19, 2001
    Toms River, NJ
    "Pets" Porno for Pyros
    "Mountain Song" Janes Addiction
    "September" Earth Wind & Fire
    "Under Pressure" Queen
  14. Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream

    (how come this wasn't mentioned earlier?)

    also, modern one;

    I Can Only Disappoint U - Mansun.
  15. "Two Hearts Beat As One" and "With or Without You" by U2

    "Black Is Black" by Los Bravos

    "She's Lost Control" by Joy Division... no that is not the guitar...:D

    "We've Got The Beat" by the Go-Go's

    "Oh Sheila" by Ready For The World

    "Stay With Me Tonight" by Jeffrey Osborne

    "(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)" by The Stranglers

    "Love My Way" by the Psychedelic Furs

    "Pump It Up" by Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    my 2 cents of €
  16. submelodic


    Feb 7, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    Three Days - Jane's Addiction

    Superfly - Curtis Mayfield

    Let's Get it On - Marvin Gaye

    What is Hip - Tower of Power
  17. A few have already been mentioned that I thought of - the Queen and U2 ones, and also Bad - MJ

    What about -

    Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple (maybe not the main riff, but you can't miss it)

    All Right Now - Free (memorable solo)

    All Round the World, Aeroplane, Sir Psycho Sexy, Under the Bridge and many more - The Red Hot Chilli Peppers

    With or Without You - U2

    Epic - Faith No More

    East of Eden - Big Country

    Anasthaesia - Metallica

    Waterfront - Simple Minds

    OK, I'm done for now!
  18. well i dont know if this counts as the main song bass/riff, but its still one of my favorite parts to play. From our long lost friend Cliff Burton

    Metallica - Orion

    also have to add

    Iron Maiden - Murder in the Rue Morgue

  19. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Here are more popular "air bass" songs:

    "Treat Her Like A Lady" - Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose

    "The Real Me" - The Who

    "Groove is in the Heart" - Deee Lite

    "Gimme Three Steps" - Lynyrd Skynyrd

    "Turn Me Loose" - Loverboy

    "All Right Now" - Free

    "Lemon Song" - LZ

    "What Is And What Should Never Be" - LZ

    "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" - Queen
  20. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Good topic!!!

    Riders on the Storm - The Doors
    White Wedding - Billy Idol
    My Sharona - The Knack
    The Joker - Steve Miller Band
    True Men Don't Kill Coytes - RHCP
    Sister - Creed
    I've Got 9 Lives - Stray Cats
    Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
    Silly Love Songs - Wings

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