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Easiest covers to play on bass

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Apr 2, 2004.

  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    i thought it would be nice to start a thread of the simplest bass songs, for beginners and lazy people who want to easily add a bunch of new songs to their repetoir :) . please post only SUPER simple, 3 or 4 chord songs, and i know this can easily get filled with "no bass" songs - lets try to keep it real. i'll get things started with these...

    blitzkrieg bop - ramones
    all the small things - blink 182
    dreams - fleetwood mac
    mony, mony - billy idol
    whole lotta love - zeppelin
  2. AC/DC - as simple as it gets and yet still fun to cover with a band
  3. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    U2's "With Or Without You". Very simple, but right for the song.
  4. well, there's always the animals. house of the rising sun, or "we gotta get outta this place" is a good bass driven song. draggin the line is pretty easy.
    heck, just about any song you hear on the radio today is an easy 2-3 chord song.
    around here the last time i went to a live show, they played alot of white stripes (well, a lot of "hate to say i told you so").
    clapton's cocaine is pretty easy, and usually is a good crowd pleaser around here.
    of course there are hundreds of other songs in a thousand other genres, like in jazz, Herbie Hancock's "chameleon" is pretty easy, only two chords.

  5. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Walking on the Moon
  6. "Rockin in the Free World" by Neil Young.. very easy

    I always laugh when bands play this song and then say something like "Hell yeah... God bless america!!".. while there's nothing wrong with that sentiment, it's a protest song... so that's not quite the right statement to be making.
  7. LoJoe


    Sep 5, 2002
    Concord, NC USA.
    The Long Run by the Eagles. Amazingly simple yet a very upbeat and happy sounding line. Took me all of 20 seconds to learn it by ear.
  8. Running With The Devil- Van Halen.

    I'll tab it for ya.


    Something like that.
  9. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    U2 - Pride (In the Name of Love)
    Cool song, but I always thought it was boring to play.
  10. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    Earache in my Eye-Cheech and Chong

    Anything by the Ramones
  11. Only for the Weak-In Flames
    Self Esteem-Offspring
    Smells like teen spirit-Nirvana...Duhh
    When I come around-Green Day
    Basket case-Green Day
    Knockin on heavens door-Bob Dylan
  12. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    "My Sherona" - The Knack. Easiest song ever. Makes me wonder why Terry Bozzio took over drum duties for them a few years back. :confused:
  13. Ben Jammin'

    Ben Jammin' Guest

    Jul 13, 2003
    Falmouth, Cornwall, UK
    nirvana - come as u are
    r.a.t.m. - guerilla radio
    any primus

    ...ok maybe not
  14. 7 Nation army
    Any Blink 182
    Any Oasis
    Black Sabbath - Paranoid (sounds quite good too)
  15. I gots you all beat, y'all.

    The Troggs' Wild Thing.

    (Because Tone Loc's is SO much more difficult...)
  16. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Nope, "No Fun" by The Stooges is even simpler.
  17. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Hate to drag up an old thread .... but this just struck me as very ironic. Wasn't this song banned from a lot of US Radio playlists? Sorta like when Regan used "Born in the U.S.A." as an election theme song.
  18. You win. There's some sort of timing required for Wild Thing.
  19. I don't think it was radio, and I don't think it was Rockin in the Free World. "This Note's For You" was banned from MTV because it PO'd a lot of MTV sponsors.
  20. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    Eh, there is a bit more to it than that.



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