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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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BUrdazftS0 -- Jay Bentley proves why he's one of the best bassists in punk rock with the opening to this song.
The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9F5xcpjDMU&ob=av3nm -- One of the most recognizable basslines in hip-hop, IMO.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efhsO20uHEY -- Very Tool-like, but one of the very first basslines I ever fell in love with.
Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbSZa1b3M_E -- I got into Brand New because of this song; I got into this song because of the bass opening.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FkVmZt2tg0 -- Beautiful way to start out a hip-hop album.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1n_QNicyMs -- 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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRJKOtM-onM -- Far and away my favorite Doors song, specifically for the bass. For as relatively simplistic and repetitive the song is, it's amazingly effective.
Nuthin' But A G Thang
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qkP8SvHvaU -- Surprisingly not the most recognizable part of the song, but I love the way it flows and fits together.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy5XR-oxCus&ob=av3nl -- THE bass riff of damn near every 90's teenager.
|10||He Is Legend|
Dinner With A Gypsy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIFJ7t705S0 -- 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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ5kGqOstMc -- Deceptively simply, but decisively effective. It sets the tone for the entire song, which isn't necessarily HEAVY, but definitely very WEIGHTY and voluminous.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1eGIIPtn-s -- Of course, I mean the bass riff that starts when the choir is vocalizing for the last five damn minutes of the song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTWQxCoYgXI -- You know this one.
It Ain't Hard To Tell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9Wk3Cv02oQ - Four notes, that's it...and it carries the whole damn song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mERhGFdwJE -- 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.
|16||Red Hot Chili Peppers|
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gs2o5T7oN8 -- 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.
Like The Angel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0bUgbbOp5w -- See #4; replace 'Brand New' with 'Rise Against'.
Wake Up Early
http://ilike.myspacecdn.com/play#Starflyer+59:Wake+Up+Early:732979:s26687687.9514701.5848188.8.131.52%2Cstd_48ed83cfb4634cf6a263c274f30b0ba3 -- Just cool.
|19||System of a Down|
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uUruXmq_Kc -- Haunting.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhjG47gtMCo -- You knew this would be on here, too.
|List is not complete, nor is it immutable. I do want to mention that there were certain bass parts I didn't include because they're technically not riffs, like the bass solo in Rancid's "Maxwell Murder," or any part of the bass in Mudvayne's "Not Falling" or any Victor Wooten song.|
Also..."Aerials" would've been chosen over "Mr. Jack," but I found out that that's not a bass riff, so yeah.
Copy and paste links to hear songs.
|needs jazz bassists|
|Same situation for me on 4. Back when FUSE played music videos.|
|Urinetrouble - Yeah, true, but they'd overrun the list. I was going for more...traditional modern song structures, not so much instrumentals. Besides, I don't know too many specific jazz songs; I just enjoy jazz music period.|
|Oceansize - No Tomorrow|
|Stanley Clarke-School Days. |
And no Claypool or Steve Harris!? No Sean Malone or Roger Patterson?! List is irrelevant, though Chancellor somewhat redeems it.
|cool to see so much hip hop on here. i like it i like it. could use some "Excursions" by A Tribe Called Quest though.|
|12, fuck yeah.|
|20, fuck yeah|
my list would be 25% meshuggah
|No Quarter by Zeppelin|
|Butkuiss - Not a list about specific people, only bass riffs that I've heard that take a good song and elevate it to something amazing. I don't listen to Atheist (though I'm interested in them), have only ever heard one Primus song, and while I definitely enjoy Iron Maiden, none of the bass parts really stick out for me as much as the guitar parts.|
MUGOLOID - Oooh...you know, I definitely took out "Electric Relaxation" in the very last minute to accommodate the Michael Jackson song, because while "Electric Relaxation" has an awesome bassline, the one in "Bad" is the REASON I enjoy the song so much, whereas "E.R." has lots more for me to enjoy.
|Well, no Primus. This list sucks. Could use some Beatles too. Paul was godly at basslines.|
|needz moar primus songs list is phail without it|
|LOL...again, only one Primus song I've ever heard ("Jerry Was A Race Car Driver"), though I recognize his talent, much like Ryan Martinie from Mudvayne.|
|download the first 4 primus albums now|
|wyankeif shut up or i'll rape yo through the netzs|
|oh shit bro |
|I thought everyone knew bass was gay.|
|Drapery falls has one of the best bass riffs every.|
Also, Hell to pay dude.
|Roundabout by Yes, essential|
|The Cure - Fascination Street|
|no one has said the chain? are you people dumb|
|fugazi - waiting room|
|Cygnus x1 by Rush!!!!!!! Killer bass riff|