And the Best Bassline of All Time Is…

Here’s a great list for people who pay attention to the low-end thump in rock:  it’s’s “25 Best Basslines of All Time.”

There are some good choices here (“Guns of Brixton” by the Clash, “Schism” from Tool, “Give It Away” from the Chili Peppers) and a few I that tighten my jaw and colon (“Under Pressure” and “Another Bites the Dust” from Queen).  And where is “Love Song” by Simple Minds?

But “Hysteria” by Muse as the best-ever?  Really?  At least Geddy Lee gets his due with the #2 slot (Rush’s “YYZ”).

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

5 thoughts on “And the Best Bassline of All Time Is…

  • October 31, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Any list that omits Les Claypool, Victor Wooten, and Stanley Clarke, is inherently flawed.

  • October 31, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I think Chris Wolstenholme deserves that one… One of my favorites for sure.

  • November 1, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Huge omission is the late Mick Karn of Japan – Visions of China, Sons of Pioneers, Still Life in Mobile Homes – all great, growling fretless bass

    And seriously, no Tony Levin?

  • November 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    They forgot the beauty that is "The National Anthem" by Radiohead.


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