Your top 10 bass lines of all time!

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by boofis, May 13, 2004.

  1. Hey
    I'm tring to learn some pretty sick basslines and I don't know many :rolleyes: What is your list for the top 10 basslines in your opinion of all time! :hyper:
  2. trebil


    May 11, 2004
    Tower of Power- "I Got To Groove"
    Led Zepplin- "Ramble On"
    Bob Marley- "I Shot the Sheriff"
    Parliament- "Flashlight"
    James Brown-"Superbad"
    Metallica-"For Whom the Bell Tolls"
    Chili Peppers-"Breaking the Girl"
    Stevie Wonder-"Sir Duke"
    Beattles-"Hey Bulldog"
    Sly and the Family-"If You Want Me to Stay"

    Not an easy thing to do. This is my well rounded top ten.
  3. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    This topic has been covered many times - TB and the Non-searching Folk


    Couldn't resist.

    Now getting down to being helpful.

    1. Come Together (Beatles)
    2. Walking on the Moon (The Police)
    3. The Four Horseman (Metallica)
    4. Southbound Pachyderm (Primus)
    5. Maxwell's Silver Hammer (Beatles)
    6. Fish On ( Primus)
    7. Under the Sun (Black Sabbath)
    8. Achilles Last Stand (Led Zeppelin
    9. Feel Good (James Brown)
    10. Feels So Good (311)
  4. Almost anything by James Jamerson. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" has been in my head for the last few weeks.
  5. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    I was actually going to post the same thing!
  6. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    Anything by the late great John Entwistle ...... particularly "My Generation" :bassist:
  7. Crush - Dave Matthews Band

    my all time favorite.
  8. Rush - Tom Sawyer
    Rush - YYZ
    Yes - Roundabout
    Yes - Seen All Good People
    Brian Bromberg - Hero
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give it Away
    Iron Maiden - Wrathchild
    Paul Young - Every Time You Go Away
    Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)
    Black Sabbath - The Wizard
  9. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Hmm... this will probably get more responses in the recording forum. I'll move it there.
  10. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    1. Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    2. Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    3. Maxwell Murder - Rancid
    4. The Unforgiven - Metallica
    5. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
    6. Longview - Green Day
    7. Freewill - RUSH
    8. The Four Horsemen - Metallica
    9. Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    10. Metropolis - Dream Theatre
    11. The Trooper - Iron Maiden
    12. Fall Back Down - Rancid
    13. Orion - Metallica
    14. Sanitarium - Metallica
    15. Portrait of Tracy - Jaco Pastorius (if that counts...)
  11. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    In no particular order:
    "My Mistake" - Marvin Gaye/Diana Ross (Jamerson)
    "What's Happening Brother" - Marvin (Jamerson)
    "High Times" - Jamiroquai (Zender)
    "Taxman" - Beatles (Macca)
    "Eyes Water Fallin'" - Level 42 (King)
    "Glide" - Pleasure (Phillips)
    "Highly Overrated" - Aquarium Rescue Unit (Burbridge)
    "Boogie Woogie" - Fatback Band (name escapes me!)
    "Hot Hot Summer Days" - Sugarhill Gang (Wimbish)
    "Searching" - Roy Ayers (see #8)
    "Song In My Heart", "In The Stone", "Shining Star" - EWF (White)
    "Copacabana" - Barry Manilow (Lee)
    "Roundabout", "New World" - Yes, et al. (Squire)
    "Tom Sawyer" - Rush (G. Lee)
    "Keep Stepping" - Omar (East)

    Plus there are about 1000 more!
  12. Caeros


    Jul 24, 2002
    Branford, CT
    Hmm, narrowing this down is almost impossible.

    King Crimson - Starless
    King Crimson - Thela Hun Ginjeet
    Rush - Vital Signs
    Sly and the Family Stone - If You Want Me To Stay
    Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man
    Miles Davis - Footprints
    Miles Davis - So What
    Return to Forever - Sorceress
    Jaco Pastorius - Coyote

    plus a lot of Tony Levin grooves... and more.
  13. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    If you're into The Rippingtons, check out "Curves Ahead"! Come back here and tell me what you think! If you're privy to the live (w/bass solo) version, that's even better than the studio version! This is my alltime favorite bassline!
  14. BassMus1k


    Apr 1, 2004
    um no particular order

    sir duke - stevie
    glass prison - Dream Theater (not overly complicated, bu ti love playing it)
    californication - rhcp
    for whom the bell tolls - metallica
    classical thump - wooten
  15. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    In no particular order
    1) I was made to love her - stevie Wonder
    2) Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
    3) Do I do - Stevie Wonder
    4) Ape is high - Mandrill
    5) What's goin on/ mercy mercy me/ what's happinin brother - Marvin gaye
    6) Lover girl - Teena Marie
    7) Hair - Larry Graham
    8) Forget me nots - Patrice Rushen
    9) Doublecross - First Choice
    10) Don't give it up - Linda Clifford
  16. EmmSee


    May 23, 2004
    Boston, MA
    Wow, this is impossible! but I'll shoot off 10 that pop in my head:

    Weather Report - Birdland
    Stanley Clarke - School Days
    Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime
    Bootsy Collins - What So Never the Dance
    Paul Simon - Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes
    Bob Marley - Lively Up Yourself
    Primus - Spaghetti Western
    Frank Zappa - Echidna's Arf (Of You)
    Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - Let Me Be the One
    Tower of Power - What is Hip?
  17. moonbagel91


    May 24, 2004
    All Dead Kennedys' songs have awsomw bass lines. and Subhumans' bass lines can sound pretty great too. Subhumans bass lines seriously sometimes sound like something out of a video game like zelda or something.
    mother earth-crass
    six pack-black flag
    i wanna be your dog-stooges
    california urber alleys-dead kennedys
    bankshot-operation ivy
    too drunk to ****-dead kennedys
    nothing i can do-subhumans
    and louie,louie....just becuase i almost fell asleep playing it during band one day......ha ha ha
  18. Funky Doctor

    Funky Doctor

    Aug 28, 2003
    In no particular order:

    Let's get it on - Marvin Gaye
    Thela Hun Ginjeet - King Crimson
    Sinister Minister - Flecktones
    Cissy Strut - Meters
    Push on through - Salmonella Dub
    Hormones in the headphones - Victor Wooten
    Chameleon - Herbie Hancock
    Talkin' loud and saying nothin' - James Brown
    The Lemon song - Led Zeppelin
    Wynnonas big brown beaver - Primus
    Continuum - Jaco

    I would have to say that my favourite is let's get it on, it's sooooooo simple yet insanely good and oh so perfect. Can anyone tell me, was it Jamerson who played it?
  19. josh_m


    May 5, 2004
    Davie, Fl
    YYZ, a straight up SICK bass part. I tried it, and decided to get better before I tried again. :smug:
  20. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I don't go for flash as much as just nice melodic groovy lines. But I do like some flash.

    Off the top of my head:

    All My Lovin Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
    The Real Me John Entwistle (The Who)
    Is She Really Going Out With Him Graham Maby (Joe Jackson)
    Talk To Me Richie Daley (Third World)
    Things I Miss The Most Walter Becker (Steely Dan)
    Silly Love Songs Paul McCartney (Wings)
    Give Blood Pino Palladino (Pete Townshend)
    New Frontier Abe Laboriel Sr. (Donald Fagan)

    Lots of others.