Which song has your favorite bass guitar riff, line or slap?

Which song has your favorite bass guitar riff, line or slap?

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  1. For whom the bell tolls, Orion, call of kthulu, or the God that failed. All are pretty badass. Anesthesia pulling teeth, but that’s more of solo/song though. All by Metallica, of course.

  2. A lot of Joy Division/New Order songs, you play them high on the G string. Love Will Tear Us Apart, Age of Consent, and She’s Lost Control are my favorites.

  3. Them Changes – Thundercat Or really anything by Thundercat for that matter

    I also am on the Wesley’s Theory train… which also is Thundercat on bass…

  4. Braxton Cook – No Doubt (more of a solo, but dat tone…)

    White Lung – Just For You

    Plini – Wombat Astronomer (again, more of a solo)

    Lianne La Havas – Ghost

    Mirror – Toy

    Gallant – Weight in Gold

    Little Tybee – Loaves of Bread

    Chon – Story

    Ghost – Cirice

    Cult Leader – I Am Healed

    marcos g – single on the weekend

    Moon Tooth – Awe At All Angles

    Hippo Campus – baseball

    Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta (for bass)


    Forgot about Voivod’s “Obsolete Beings”

  5. Metronomy – Mick Slow, My House, She Wants, Miami Logic

    Neon Indian – Annie

    Toro y Moi – Ordinary Pleasure

    Kid Bloom – Electric U, More Than Meets the Eye

    Pomplamoose – Something About Us (and yes I know it’s a cover of a 2006 Daft Punk song but I love this version too much)

  6. Interpol – Safe Without (2010), Success (2010), Twice As Hard (2014), It Probably Matters (2018)

    Miles Kane – Inhaler (2011)

    Free Weed – High With Me (2016)

    BADBADNOTGOOD – Time Moves Slow (2016)

    Failure – Dark Speed (2018), Apocalypse Blooms (2018)

  7. Here’s some off the top of my head:

    Whores – Daddy’s Money

    KEN mode – Blessed

    King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Perihelion

    Idles – Date Night

    Soften the Glare – Turn Around

    Boris – Riot Sugar

    Godflesh – Shut Me Down

    Converge – Sadness Comes Home

  8. “I Like It” – DeBarge. The bass line just keeps elevating as the song goes on, until it hits the bridge and takes over the song.

    “Strawberry Letter 23” – Brothers Johnson

    “Forget Me Knots” – Patrice Rushen

    Besides those specific ones, there are many more I could name by Paul McCartney, Cliff Burton, Geddy Lee & John Deacon (who is an unsung hero of rock/pop bass playing. So many of his lines & songs written by him are in the collective consciousness but most people probably have no idea who he is).

  9. Arctic Monkeys- Library Pictures, I Want It All, Golden Trunks

    Queens Of The Stone Age- Smooth Sailing

    Muse- Madness, Psycho, The Dark Side, Pressure

    The Strokes- Two Kinds Of Happiness

    Royal Blood- Figure It Out

    Thundercat- Them Changes

    Foals- The Runner, What Went Down, My Number

    Arcade Fire- It’s Never Over

    Deafheaven- The Pecan Tree

    Idles- Never Fight A Man With A Perm, Germany

    Weezer- I’ve Had It Up To Here

    RHCP- Dark Necessities

    Interpol- Everything Is Wrong

    Young The Giant- Something To Believe In

    Kasabian- Switchblade Smiles

  10. The opening bass riff in “Cesspools in Eden” by the Dead Kennedy’s. Honestly, that band has a lot of good musicianship and they are one of the better rock bands when it comes to the bass.

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