Rock/Classic Rock songs with walking basslines

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Runnerman, May 14, 2019.

  1. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player

    Mar 14, 2011
    I was listening to "Listen to the Music" by the Doobie Brothers yesterday and I noticed that it has a great walking bass line. It's on my list to learn. But I got thinking that there aren't that many rock songs that have walking lines.

    What other rock songs do you know of that have walking bass lines? They should have a substantial portion of the song verse or chorus or solo at least....not just a walk up or down riff.
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
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    The sax and guitar solo section of Thin Lizzy's "Dancing In The Moonlight" has some tasty walkin':

    (ooops, really just the fadeout starting at 3:00, thought it was in the middle)
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  3. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Van Morrison - Moondance

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  4. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
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    Apr 17, 2009
  6. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
  7. Any blues rock song is probably going to have a walking bass line. Jimmy Reed, SRV, Fabulous TBirds, etc

    Eagles—All Night Long
    Elvis— Little Sister
    Bob Marley—Stir it Up
    Dwight Yoakum—Fast as You
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  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Which part(s) is "walking"...a lot of it is Root-5 with some tasteful walkups/downs.
  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    2:00 minutes in, Jimmy Fielder-

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  10. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    That's more of a 1-5 line with some passing runs from chord to chord. Not really a walking bass line.

    "I Know a Little" by Skynyrd has a good one.

    Lots of Stevie Ray Vaughan songs.
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
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  12. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...wish I had said that.
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  13. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Again, about 2:00 minutes in...a sax & a trombone solo?!? :)

    Some more Dennis Dunaway-

    Then there's Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"...
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  14. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    It all about the outros-
    4:45 in...

    3:18 in...
  15. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Well there you go then...answered your own question!

    Rock And Roll All Nite by Kiss.
  16. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Came in to post ^^^this.
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  17. TemplesOfSyrinx


    Sep 8, 2013
    One of the bands I play with does this song. Great walking bass.
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  18. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
  19. nixdad


    Aug 15, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Here's another goodie:
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  20. Rebel Rocker

    Rebel Rocker Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2017
    Dennis Dunaway one of the most under rated bass players of all time. Dennis and Mel (Grand Funk RR) made me want to be a bass player