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Boss Bass Riffs

Saw an article today that listed the 50 greatest guitar riffs of all time, and was simply thinking what that list would look like if it were bass guitar riffs instead...then I got on the thought of personal favorites. So here they are, my personal favorite bass guitar riffs--not solos or players or bass parts...simply riffs. List is in ABC order by artist, and in no way concrete.
1Bad Religion
Epiphany -- Jay Bentley proves why he's one of the best bassists in punk rock with the opening to this song.
2Black Sheep
The Choice Is Yours (Revisited) -- One of the most recognizable basslines in hip-hop, IMO.
Bathory's Sainthood -- Very Tool-like, but one of the very first basslines I ever fell in love with.
4Brand New
Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades -- I got into Brand New because of this song; I got into this song because of the bass opening.
Be (Intro) -- Beautiful way to start out a hip-hop album.
Myage -- The bass part right before the chorus is the single part that I think of most when I think of this band, but the whole song is an example of awesome bassage.
7The Doors
Peace Frogs -- Far and away my favorite Doors song, specifically for the bass. For as relatively simplistic and repetitive the song is, it's amazingly effective.
8Dr. Dre
Nuthin' But A G Thang -- Surprisingly not the most recognizable part of the song, but I love the way it flows and fits together.
9Green Day
Longview -- THE bass riff of damn near every 90's teenager.
10He Is Legend
Dinner With A Gypsy -- That the bass riff is my favorite part of this song says OH SO MUCH about Matt Williams...especially in that jazzy outro. The whole damn song is amazing.
11Jane's Addiction
Mountain Song -- Deceptively simply, but decisively effective. It sets the tone for the entire song, which isn't necessarily HEAVY, but definitely very WEIGHTY and voluminous.
12John Frusciante
Dark/Light -- Of course, I mean the bass riff that starts when the choir is vocalizing for the last five damn minutes of the song.
13Michael Jackson
Bad -- You know this one.
It Ain't Hard To Tell - Four notes, that's it...and it carries the whole damn song.
Elle G. -- One of the best thing I can say about an opening bass solo is that it gets me pumped to hear the rest of the song, and that's what this does.
16Red Hot Chili Peppers
Higher Ground -- You knew a Chili Peppers song was getting on the list (even if it was a cover). This is a strong contender for my absolute favorite bass riff of all time, so yeah.
17Rise Against
Like The Angel -- See #4; replace 'Brand New' with 'Rise Against'.
18Starflyer 59
Wake Up Early -- Just cool.
19System of a Down
Mr. Jack -- Haunting.
Schism -- You knew this would be on here, too.
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