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Songs with melodic basslines?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Journey55, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. 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

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    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

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    "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.
  4. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
  5. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Here are a few good ones I thought of quickly

    The Spiral Starecase - More Today Than Yesterday

  6. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
  7. tomnomnom91


    Dec 23, 2012
    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.
  8. butchblack

    butchblack Life is short. Do good. Find and do what you love.

    Jan 25, 2007
    Waltham Massachusetts
    Coyote from Joni Mitchell's shadow and light is a good example as is Zep's Ramble on
  9. Bassdude15


    Feb 26, 2013
    Way too many to list. Try Money by pink floyd
  10. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    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
  11. Beyond the Fields We Know by Dead Meadow

    Lots of Rush and other prog rock.
  12. PDGood

    PDGood Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    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. :)
  13. JLY

    JLY Supporting Member Supporting Member

    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
  14. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    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).

  15. 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!
  16. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    We Used to Know - Jethro Tull
  17. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    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.
    LongshotBassist likes this.
  18. NightCat


    Apr 4, 2013
    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.

  19. GRAHAM SG1


    May 3, 2010
    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
  20. 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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