Hey everyone! Welcome to The Book Of Luke. Today I’m going to be taking a look at what are my personal favorite rock bass lines. Do keep in mind, this list is 100% my opinion and by “best”, I mean “my favorite”. Let’s get to it.
10. Money by Pink Floyd (1973)
Money by Pink Floyd is easily one of my favorite Pink Floyd songs, and is also easily one of greatest bass lines I’ve ever heard. It’s just absolutely amazing, and Roger Waters never fails to compose awesome music. The bass line is groovy, catchy, and gets stuck in your head. Floyd does an exceptional job writing good songs with great bass lines, and as you tell by what I’ve said about this song I am a huge Pink Floyd fan. It’s a jamming bass line, but it’s not my favorite.
9. When I Come Around by Green Day (1994)
Ahhhh Green Day. One of thee most cherished punk bands of all time, who will always hold a place in my heart. On top of Green Day being an awesome band with incredibly talented members, their bass lines are amazing. Bassist Mike Dirnt plays a fender precision bass guitar with a pick. Dirnt really brought the trend of playing bass with a pick back, and his unique tone and style has influenced musicians across the globe. Now you can see pink bass players everywhere using a pick. Pretty much all punk bassists play with picks. And you can credit Mike Dirnt for that.
8. Would? by Alice In Chains (1992)
Alice In Chains is one of my favorite bands and I’ve loved them from the start. And let me say bassist Mike Starr was incredibly underrated. Regarded Mike Inez is just as good, Starr was clearly gifted. He played with passion and feel, more than you typically say and this song in particular shows his talent. It’s the first instrument heard in the song and intro takes you to a different place. Starr is a bass riff lord without a doubt, and the list wouldn’t be complete without a AIN bass-line.
7. Message In a Bottle by The Police (1979)
Sting of The Police is rightfully dubbed one of the most creative and innovative bassists in all of rock, and I really could have put any one of their bass-lines on this list. But the main reason I picked this one is because I think out of all their great bass-lines, this one shows off Sting’s talents the most. For starters, it’s incredibly hard to sing and play. I know because I’ve tried it. And the songwriting is just flat out amazing. Filled with great lines after lines. Sting and The Police really hit it out of the park with this one, as they did a lot. One of the many reasons I love this band.
6. The Chain by Fleetwood Mac (1977)
Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain is easily one of the most popular and adored bass lines of the 70s and it’s no secret to why I love it. It’s just the perfect bass line. It’s groovy yet not goofy, fun, edgy, & melodic all at once. At times I find myself singing it to myself just because of how melodic it is. Easily one of my favorite bass lines of all time from one of the greatest bands in rock.
5. Anther One Bites The Dust by Queen (1980)
Down to the top 5 and nobody deserves the position more than John Deacon. Deacon is an incredible bass guitarist who composed thousands of fantastic bass lines. But this one really stands out. Wouldn’t expect a three note riff to be as good and as catchy as this but dang! It’s like the Smoke On The Water of bass. Great and fun and catchy all around – John Deacon never fails to amaze.
4. 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins (1995)
A one note for the most part riff, “1979” is one of the greatest bass lines of the 90’s. It’s simplistic and melodic and beautiful and easily makes the list. The Pumpkins have been my favorite band ever since I discovered them a year ago. Too many great songs to name. 1979 isn’t nesscarily my favorite SP song, but it’s definitely up there and definitely needs to make this list. I mean it’s ONE FRIGGIN NOTE!
3. Crush by Dave Matthews Band (1998)
“Crush”, by Dave Matthews Band is no doubt a fantastic and well written song. And it’s bass line is incredible. Stefan Lessard is so talented and the story behind him is awesome. Just a 17 year old bass player when Dave Matthews asked him to play for him. At this time DMB was just a small bar band and everyone told Stefan he was stupid because he picked them over college and yet here he is one of the greatest bassists of all time playing for one of the most successful bands of the 90’s. Well deserved, because DMB rocks.
2. Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991)
Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers is easily and rightfully crowned the greatest bassist of all time and this would not be a list without some Red Hot Chili Peppers! Everything about this song is awesome. The bass line, the guitar tone, Anthony Kiedis vocals, Chad’s percussive drum fills – just everything about it is great. Flea has made countless great bass lines and his success is definitely deserved!
1. Californiacation by Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)
This is no doubt my all time favorite bass line. It’s the reason I bought a bass. It’s so amazing people often mistake it for a guitar. Flea is incredible, as is this difficult bass riff. This song is filled with juicy bass licks, charismatic vocals and like Under The Bridge is just very well written and composed. When you think they couldn’t get better, just listen to this. It’s a real life changer.
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HONORABLE MENTIONS LIST:
11. Jumper by Third Eye Blind (1997)
12. Stir It Up by Bob Marley & The Wailers (1972)
13. Longview by Green Day (1994)
14. Black by Pearl Jam (1991)
15. Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2 (1983)
16. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana (1991)
17. Higher Ground by Red Hot Chili Peppers (1988)
18. Haginaround by Counting Crows (1999)
19. Plush by Stone Temple Pilots (1992)
20. Heart Of Gold by Neil Young (1972)