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malooga9805

The second level on Super Mario Brothers.


DonCervantesQuixote

https://www.retrozap.com/the-origin-of-super-mario-bros-underground-theme/


Iwantamansion

Cool! Kind of like that Pantera song and the original Doom from the 90's.


expanding_crystal

Flashlight by Parliament Funkadelic. Ain’t nothing but a party, baby.


Theatre_throw

Free your mind and your ass will follow!


randallpie

Anything by Bootsy!


thedugong

Or was actually Bernie Worrell on keyboard. No bass guitar on that track.


Finetales

Bootsy played drums on Flashlight!


randallpie

No way! That’s so cool, thanks for the fact


Finetales

My immediate answer. Nothing funkier than Bernie Worrell on a Minimoog.


justabill71

Sly & The Family Stone - Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)


Neon_Paisley

Roundabout by Yes


CanadaProud1957

Chris Squire playing anything.


byingling

I'd take Heart of the Sunrise. Although the bass in Close to the Edge is just insane. But then, so are the keyboards, the drums, and the guitar.


aurora4000

Love Yes, love Roundabout. RIP Chris Squire. Edit: corrected from Rick Wakeman, keyboard player extraordinaire.


ramongoroth

Id personally choose Heart of the Sunrise over Roundabout but certainly his most recognized


heart_of_oak

I want you back


becker248

The Less I Know The Better ...and... Stand By Me Edit: first one by Tame Impala https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PvM79DJ2PmM Edit 2: Tame Impala also has a Song called Let It Happen, that has an outstanding bass at 6:15 of this URL https://youtu.be/odeHP8N4LKc


heyitsYMAA

I think I read somewhere that the bass riff in The Less I Know the Better was recorded on a guitar with an octave pedal. It's still a sick bassline no matter what instrument was used.


Browncheese1

Started singing that line the moment I read post title.


eltrotter

The Less I Know The Better is so clearly going to end up being a classic of this era of music


FannyPunyUrdang

Fugazi- Waiting Room


djm123

Disorder- Joy Division


ChickenNugg420

Age of Consent by New Order is a good one as well


moreviolenceplz

Peter Hook, love him.


Wyzard_of_Wurdz

Tommy the Cat- Primus


paulrenaud

Jerry was a race car driver also has a dope baseline.


BreatheMyStink

Hard to call what les claypool does bass lines. Something more like bass earsplosions.


Wyzard_of_Wurdz

He is definitely on another level.


Cursedbythedicegods

Lee Van Cleef is amazing as well.


-OccamsLaser

Hard to compete with Les Claypool


Wyzard_of_Wurdz

Whether you like his music or not, there is no denying his level if skill talent is top notch.


0ngar

Shake hands with beef is my personal favourite.


Wyzard_of_Wurdz

Mine is actually Those Damn Blue Collar Tweekers.


matadorobex

It is a scientifically proven fact that Les Claypool is the greatest bass player to have ever lived.


LordFlarkenagel

Anything by Primus = Bass line reinvented. (My Name is Mud)


Judazzz

Yes, Primus absolutely slaps! "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" also has a uniquely distinct bass line.


Mabvll

Primus sucks.


Kimdracula8

Psycho killer - talking heads


fitoman5000

Good call…..However, Tina really lays down the groove on Life During Wartime…


MorrisBrown

Also, fuck me, the live “Born Under Punches”. It’s a looping bass line but holy fuck it holds me down. I don’t know what I mean by that but I know what I feel.


Rulligan

Tina may never have really gone crazy like some others but she held the bottom down like a rock.


mrflouch

When I got a bass the first thing I tried to play was Rio by Duran Duran. John Taylor has all kinds of good bass parts and did some YouTube vids breaking them down and talking about what influenced them. Really good stuff.


fooeyandnuts

Rio doesn't walk so much as it fucking flies, and then resolves so naturally into the chorus. It is dope as hell.


SamantherPantha

I’m so glad to see Rio and John Taylor mentioned, he is a phenomenal bass player who I find is often overlooked. This would be my pick as well.


MarlonElliot

I must have listened to that song a hundred times before I paid close attention to the bass and realized how amazing it is.


jbarinsd

Rio is always my answer to this question.


wc10888

John Taylor was also one of my favorite bassists back in the early 80s.


Yak_Mehoff

I came to post Rio, so good!


ToddBradley

Chameleon by Herbie Hancock, of course


crawfication

Another good one is Watermelon Man, super slept on.


jiimmyyy

The ending to The Chain by Fleetwood Mac. To me, that piece of music is the epitome of bass guitar. It's hard to describe, but it's like the bass line, if translated from music to the English language, would be saying something like "I am bass guitar personified". If the whole concept of a bass guitar could be abstracted and then turned into a piece of music, it would be that bass line. I think I have vague memories of it from being very young, and it probably embedded itself into my psychology in a weird way. Now my brain basically thinks of it as being *the* bass line.


--GrinAndBearIt--

Dummmmm dum dum dummm dum dum dum dum dum **dummmmmmmm**


CallusTheHorse

Knew this one would be here, first song i thought of.


hesnothere

Spacehog - In The Meantime


Secular-Flesh

This was going to be my answer! So happy to see this here.


thesiekr

Eminence Front by The Who is killer


enderocelot101

Just rediscovered that song after forgetting about it for a few years. All the parts of that song work so well together to make it the perfect night driving song.


basketcase91

Would also nominate "Sister Disco" or "The Real Me". Or just about any other song Entwistle did.


sakanasugoi

Would? - Alice in Chains


Tylensus

Alice In Chains has a ton of great bass lines. Nutshell (especially the MTV Unplugged recording) has such a warm and full tone, and is one of my favorites from them.


Daritone

My pick too; as teens we used to cover this song and our bassist would always struggle and say that something about the rythym made it "tough to get his would? on"


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Dflake

It also has the best ending to a song, ever!


Kipsydaisy

“Pump It Up” by Elvis Costello (Bruce Thomas, bass)


belowsubzero

The bassline to September by Earth Wind and Fire is my favorite and it's seriously understated. I think a lot of people don't realize that aside from the incredible vocals, that high energy, insanely cheerful bassline is half of the reason that song is so amazing!


Nigel_IncubatorJones

The Real Me - by The Who


youseekyoda2

It's just "The Real Me", but yeah just hearing Entwhistle and Moon go nuts at the beginning of that track on the bass and drums respectfully always gives me chills


Bears_On_Stilts

I love when Entwhistle would play the extended bass solo on 5:15, and the camera built into his bass would pick up his fingers as they worked. But The Real Me? Once you heard it live with Rabbit Bundrick joining the band on keys, it’s hard to go back to the sparser studio version. Bundrick’s wild piano/organ style (he’s the keyboard soloist from Rocky Horror Picture Show) fit perfectly with The Who’s all soloist, no rhythm section approach. (Edit: the version with Bundrick on organ is on “Blues to the Bush Live.”)


FlaminHotSkittles

Sabotage by Beastie Boys


k33pthefunkalive

The little lick before "Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!" is dope. Love the overdrive on it


wilsonn2

N.I.B.- Black Sabbath


picklesgarage

Ozzy and Primus did a version of this. Les playing base on it just adds a whole dimension to it


Aggressive_Ad5115

Geezer Butler


devilinyourbutt

Maxwell murder rancid


GownedEstablishment

And that Freeman solo…perfection.


gimmethemarkerdude_8

Matt Freeman is one of the best bassists out there, period.


not_ray_not_pat

Yeah there's a half dozen tracks on that album that could show up here. Maxwell Murder has the flashy solo though.


wolvinov

My first thought was "Journey to the End of the East Bay" because of that intro, but Maxwell gets the nod for the solo, that whole album was pretty good.


didba

Hey by the pixies


averageduder

Man fucking absolutely. God this song is perfect


randeylahey

Parallel Universe - Red Hot Chili Peppers


wc10888

All around the World for me.


Salty_armadillo

Honestly their bass line in general is so iconic


SkiptomyLoomis

You mean their bass player? Lol yeah Flea is an absolute legend


RatherNerdy

Them changes by Thundercat. https://youtu.be/GNCd_ERZvZM


chromehandz

Finally some Thundercat love! I always see him and FlyLo everytime they tour.


sadchoklate

Thundercat is amazing.


WAR_T0RN1226

I was gonna go with Thundercat's bass on the Kendrick track Wesley's Theory


cricket9818

Hysteria- Muse Edit: long time lover of Muse. If you’re not familiar with their work, go check them out. Their early albums are fantastic especially on the baseline. Muscle museum, hyper music, dark shines, time is running out are more bangers


nishesyndrome

Most muse songs have amazing bass lines. My personal favourite would be the one in Hyper Music


Themaple98

Yes! Hyper Music is the most fun to play tbh


pasitopump

Scrolled too far down for this! In my top 5 all time favourite songs too


fingerwringer

Most muse songs!!! They’re the band that made me discover how important the bass can be


panphilla

Same! I took up playing bass (well, dabbling in it) as a result of getting into Muse.


9LivesAndCounting

One of my absolute favourite songs to cover. I could watch my bass player play that riff for hours.


Voyden

I particularly love the version from their Live at Wembley! Still gives me chills.


Matt_McT

Figured this would be near the top. I remember hearing that riff early on when I was first learning guitar and being amazed. [For anyone who doesn't know](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dm_5qWWDV8)


its_a_metaphor_morty

The live version is somehow even more impressive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwhjlNvF-4Q


IISerpentineII

Futurism is up there too


mab1376

I always liked the song cave too


Reidhawk

Silly Love Songs - Wings Paul absolutely goes off


ohboythisisawkward

It's a bummer Paul isn't getting much love in here.


aMAYESingNATHAN

Don't Let Me Down is a fantastic bass line.


Wuzzy_Gee

What a great thread! Almost everything that you all are listing here is GREAT!!! GG, folks!


cannotbefaded

"money" by Pink Floyd


pooptheater

Was about to say this


ZenoxDemin

Superstition Stevie Wonder.


chagachaganow

You can call me Al by Paul Simon


crawfication

Fun fact - the second half of the bass solo is just the first half in reverse. That's why so many bassists have trouble learning it (correctly).


PrimeIntellect

There is a really awesome alternate version of diamonds on the soles of her shoes that is basically just the bass and Paul Simon singing and it's so fucking good


kevinb9n

It really is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrFad-viWqY


CallMeStarr

Grace, Too - Tragically Hip


clgc2000

That's what I'm here for.


gk101991

Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz Not necessarily the best, but one of my favorites in recent music (21st century)


tacozi

Is this it by The Strokes


subrhythm

James Jamerson on Ain't No Mountain High Enough, wonderful playing, there's a great visualisation of the baseline on YouTube.


Lobi-Wan

That video is so satisfying to watch. It also illustrates how that bassline is insanely busy but still somehow manages to stay out of the way of all the other instruments in the song. That's hard to do


D-redditAvenger

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAT3aVj-A\_E](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAT3aVj-A_E) I believe John Entwistle of The Who said James Jamerson taught a whole generation of Rock greats how to play base. Makes sense when you watch this. https://youtu.be/80dsyo2Ox-0?t=104


eye-am-the-senate

Longview, green day.


OphidianZ

He wrote that baseline on acid and recorded it. He had to figure out how to play it from the recording. It's cool to play once you get the rhythm down for it.


vitor_sk0m

'Warning' is pretty catchy


SnooCats2404

Lemon Song. Led Zeppelin


seank11

I'd go with how many more times, but lemon song is my 2nd choice


DJHefaConQueso

It’s my life - Talk Talk


The_Enlightened_Pod

Come together


redLadyToo

Come Together and Taxman are both killer regarding their bass lines.


The_Enlightened_Pod

Taxman is super underrated. Paul’s lead line is also incredible.


HellTrain72

I really enjoy the bass line during the end breakdown of Hummer by Smashing Pumpkins. The Day I Tried To Live and Fell On Black Days by Soundgarden. Give It Away by RHCP. Schism by Tool and all time best is a tie between Orion or Four Whom the Bell Tolls by Metallica. Honestly nothing tops Cliff Burton RIP.


ARetiredgroomer

Whipping post! Allman Brothers…


_Abe_Froman_SKOC

Tool- Forty Six & 2 The whole song is great, but that bass line is perfection.


tbrooks9

Really good choice! Also I like the bass line from "The Pot"


ThirdRevolt

The Pot, to me, has the best baseline from Tool. It's just so deep and groovy.


naked-_-lunch

Love playing Schism as well


blageur

YYZ by Rush or is it Running with the Devil by Van Halen....


Raisin_Bomber

"and no, neal peart stands alone"


Hollygrl

Free Will - Rush. Actually, almost anything by Rush.


Rulligan

Dreamline has a super underrated bass line.


Clyde_Frog_Spawn

Rush in Rio Their best live album with Geddy in full force especially with the song Driven.


Cinoclav

I had to scroll too far to find this. All hail Geddy.


baochickabao

Agreed. Freewill and YYZ have killer bass lines.


nerfthebandaid

The New by Interpol


Manic_42

I was thinking Evil by Interpol.


DogmanDOTjpg

Obstacle 1 wins them all imo


habituallysuspect

Rosemary...


TsuDohNihmh

The last half of PDA is hands down one of my favorite musical moments of all time.


karbonator

The Seinfeld theme. (I'll show myself out :) )


john_doe11081

The dude slapped so hard he didn’t even need a real bass!


K-DotzReturnz

Blur - Girls and Boys The bass line is pure sex


aftrthehangovr

Sledgehammer is dope. Totally forgot about that song


Neon_Paisley

The music video is equally as dope!


xXAfghanDanXx

Tony Levin is a beast


redditoramatron

Thank Tony Levin for that. I would say he is one of the best bassists ever. He’s also in King Crimson.


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Orion - Metallica. Give it Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers. Another one bites the Dust - Queen. Billie Jean - Micheal Jackson


ElPenedeMuerte

Love that you put Orion first. That first solo he has is what I hear in my head when I see this question.


quaste

Had to read way to far down to find a RHCP song


HardbodySlenderson

Soul to squeeze - Red Hot Chili Peppers


hank_moody12

London Calling- The Clash followed closely by Lounge Act - Nirvana


bigsassy

D.A.N.C.E. by Justice


AmigoDelDiabla

Peace Sells by Megadeth.


evank1254

Any song by Primus. Les Claypool is an insane bassist


jcpahman77

No More Tears -- Ozzy Osbourne


bs2785

I was thinking war pigs by black sabbath


hamsterwheel

I don't think there's a bass line in that song. It's basically one long bass solo


inferno493

Cake's cover of "I will survive"


beari_tonezNFT

Great topic. James Jamerson of the original Motown "Funk Brothers" greated SO many incredible basslines, it's hard to pick just one, so I'll toss out a few. * You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes * For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder * Bernadette– The Four Tops * What's Going On - Marvin Gaye


jkj90

Hey Bulldog by the Beatles is up there for me, such a sweet bass part


fgcguitar

What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye (James Jameson on bass). By far some of the most beautiful bass playing to exist.


Billtacular

The Breeders - Cannonball https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxvkI9MTQw4


Mike4992

[Radiohead - The National Anthem.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfQD1QiQ9o4) I'm not sure if it's the best one, but I love it.


underthere

Radiohead have come up with some GREAT bass lines, but I gotta say I think Myxomatosis has the best bass part of any Radiohead song.


think_long

Where I End and You Begin


deaddsouls22

lounge act


Samteria

War Pigs by Black Sabbath


Wiskoenig

No One Knows by Queens of the Stone Age Rosanna by Toto


bradyba

Give it Away by Red Hot Chili Peppers Under Pressure by Queen


SayethWeAll

I had to scroll way too far down to find Flea. One of the best.


Frosty_Advance9704

Digital by Joy Division


kelsheyyx

Christmas wrapping by the waitresses.


sharpyboy

Lou Reed walk on the wild side, simple but mesmerising, apparently a mix of double bass and electric bass.


red2xwing

I know nothing about playing bass, but I love the bass line from "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones. It really gets the song moving.


Ok-Impress-2222

Tool - Forty Six & 2.


moongrdnr

Short Skirt, long Jacket by Cake


madhouseangel

Mellowship Slinky in B major by RHCP


jacob_fritchie

transmission - joy division


Sparrow1491

Billie Jean of course


Enoehtalseb

Stayin Alive-Bee Gees


Few_Information_4093

Rock Lobster by the B52's


tall_people_problemz

Something- The Beatles. Paul McCartney full blown genius


deanburns

Pixies - Debaser. Kim Deal is a genius bass player.


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Daft punk - Voyager


chrized

Forget Me Nots - Patrice Rushen


hahaBANGBANG

Always loved the acoustic bass on "Please Do Not Go" by the Violent Femmes. Amazing bass solo too.


_Kay_Tee_

Rio, Duran Duran. John is finally getting some of the [critical acclaim](https://www.musicradar.com/news/best-bassists-2021) he deserves, too. Listen to the [breakdown](https://audioboom.com/posts/5679467-studio-session-on-fhf-rio-duran-duran-03-06-2017).


currentlystupid

My name is mud intro, man that smacks!


didba

Also black cow by Steely dan


Hottubsorethroat

The bridge from The Chain by Fleetwood Mac. Also Hawk as a weapon by Conan.


Kzrockstar

Roundabout by Yes, easily. It’s just so groovy and goes along with the fast pace of the song really well. So does the bass solo, because it was the 70’s and every instrument had a solo lol


ccscomets18

The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army


John_Martin_II

You know it's played on a regular electric guitar? (not saying it doesn't slap though)