10 Best Songs With Bass

The bass is a fundamental instrument in many genres of music, helping to drive songs along and providing a harmonic anchor, so narrowing down the 10 best songs with bass is harder  than trying to play a ten minute bass solo, maybe. These songs, in genres as diverse as funk, rock and powerpop, stand out for their great basslines.

  1. "Another One Bites The Dust." Queen's foray into disco-rock stands in stark contrast to opuses like "Bohemian Rhapsody," but that doesn't make it any less powerful. Unlike most Queen songs, driven by melody, "Another One Bites The Dust" finds the band placing all its bets on a sinister bassline. Try not to bang your head to this song at a bar and you'll be the next one to bite the dust.
  2. "Under Pressure." Albeit more playful this time around, Queen delivers one of the best songs with bass again in the form of its David Bowie collaboration "Under Pressure." "Under Pressure" proves that songs, and basslines for that matter, don't need to be complicated to strike a chord with listeners. It certainly struck a chord with Vanilla Ice, who stole it for his rap hit, "Ice Ice Baby."
  3. "Billie Jean." Just one second in to Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and you know exactly what you're listening to. The King of Pop presented the world with one of the best songs with bass in the form of this dark pop tune. The cold feel of the bassline works perfectly with the song's strange lyrics, which detail an experience Jackson had: a crazed fan accused him of fathering one of her twins.
  4. "Boris The Spider." While it may seem more like a novelty song next to "Baba O'Riley" and "Behind Blue Eyes," "Boris the Spider," stands out in The Who's catalog for being one of the best songs with bass, dumb lyrics withstanding. John Entwistle upstages Pete, Roger and Keith for a few minutes, crawling down the fretboard like the titular spider.
  5. "I Wish." Stevie Wonder longs for the innocence of childhood in "I Wish" and the accompanying bassline captures the bubbly joy of being "a little nappy headed boy" "writing something nasty on the wall." Wonder is a master instrumentalist and the bassline here makes "I Wish" one of the best songs with bass.
  6. "Guns of Brixton." Paul Simonon, bassist for punk band The Clash, stole the spotlight from Mick Jones and Joe Strummer with "Guns of Brixton," a song that details the district of London in which he grew up. The bass in this reggae-influenced track is menacing, capturing the feel of the lyrics and making "Guns of Brixton" one of the best songs with bass.
  7. "Come Together." The one-of-a-kind bassline to "Come Together" opens The Beatles farewell album "Abbey Road," making it one of the best songs with bass off one of the best albums of all time. "Come Together" is built around a blue progression and its bassline weaves in with the lyrics "shoot me" to give it just the groove it needs.
  8. "We Got The Beat." The Go-Go's certainly had a beat going with its powerpop tune "We Got The Beat," and its carried by a playful bassline. One of the best songs with bass, and the most fun, the bassline in "We Got The Beat" serves to build up anticipation to the anthemic chorus. Plus it's just plain cool-sounding.
  9. "Super Freak." Funk is known for its great bass parts. Rick James' "Super Freak" is one of the best examples of a funky bassline, making it one of the best songs with bass ever. Not only does its peculiarity work well with the lyrics, but it was catchy enough to drive another huge hit years later via sample, M.C. Hammer's "U Can't Touch This."
  10. "Come As You Are." Nirvana wrote one of grunge's most well-known songs and one of the best songs with bass with "Come As You Are." After the pummeling of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "In Bloom" on the album "Nevermind",  "Come As You Are" drops the energy a notch and the bassline, which follows the murky guitar, works well to establish a dark vibe
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