Coolest Bass Riffs Ever


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In your opinion(s), What are The Coolest Bass Riffs Ever?  Below are a list of my favorites. They're all from the 70's and 80's, and I can't help but play "Air-Bass" when I hear them.

"Paradise"  by: Sade

"For the Love of Money"  by: The OJays

"My City was Gone"  by: The Pretenders  (<------ Big Country's Tony Butler featured on Bass Guitar)

"Radar Love"  by: Golden Earring

"Skin Tight"  by: The Ohio Players

"Fascination Street"  by: The Cure

"Big Country"  by: Big Country

"Living in the Past"  by: Jethro Tull

"Another one bites the dust"  Queen

"Boys are back in town"  Thin Lizzie

"We gotta get outa this place"  Animals

"Oh God I must be getting old!"  WillyK :icon_jokercolor:
N.I.B. - Black Sabbath

Pretty much any Primus song

Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? - Megadeth

Schism - Tool

Dawn Patrol - Megadeth

Money - Pink Floyd

Man...  So many :sad:
Anything by Flea (Chile Peppers)

Theme to Barny Miller

Stu Hamm - Linus & Lucy

Iron Maiden - Powerslave

Billy Sheehan - Shyboy (David Lee Roth Band w/ Steve Vai)
Song For My Father - Horace Silver
Lonely Woman - Ornette Coleman (Charlie Haden)
So What? - Miles Davis (Paul Chambers)
Haitian Fight Song - Charles Mingus
Cissy Strut - The Meters
Green Onions - Booker T. and the M.G.s
Taxman - Beatles
Tighten Up - Archie Bell and the Drells
Cold Sweat - James Brown
Flashlight - Parliament
If You Want Me to Stay - Sly and the Family Stone
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
Wrathchild - Iron Maiden
Probably not your typical bass riffs:

The Real Me - the who
Heart of the Sunrise - Yes
Most of Chris Squire's work really.. :)
I Wish - Stevie Wonder 

Pretty much any Stevie Wonder, or James Brown even.  Love in the pocket funk.

Although, the last few days I've been listening to a ton of Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Vai, and stuff, and gotta say, Billy Sheehan on DLR's Eat 'em and Smile.  Great Stuff.  Shy Boy's Great, but the solid, in the pocket grove Billy Sheehan has with Gregg Bissonett on Ladies Night in Buffalo is amazing.    Single 8th notes, in perfect time, just holding the whole song together. 

Since some of my more mainstream favorites have already been mentioned, I'll throw a few oddball ones out there...

          The Guns of Brixton and Police on my Back  by The Clash
          Claire by Morphine (anything by these guys qualifies, but that song is extra special)
            Debaser by the Pixies
            Mote by Sonic Youth
these, are a few of my favorite things.

"Heart of the Sunrise - Yes
Most of Chris Squire's work really.. "

I would agree with you there Marko....In highschool Id sit with my Guild bass crancked up and jam to the entire Fragile album.

other fun stuff to play:

"Burning Love" by Elvis  There aint no song here without that bass line...
"She Caught The Cady" by Taj band plays a few of his tunes

m4rk0 said:
Probably not your typical bass riffs:

The Real Me - the who
Heart of the Sunrise - Yes
Most of Chris Squire's work really.. :)

How could I forget The Who's The Real Me?!  :doh:  That's one of my favorites. John Entwhistle is GOD!  I had the privilige of seeing him live in 1982. That was the first concert I ever saw that was shown on a large screen above the stage via closed circuit TV. Lots of close up shots of the Master at work! 

Chris Squire rocks, too.  Roundabout comes to mind for me as one his great bass licks. Never saw him live though.
"I'm Black & I'm Proud" by James Brown .........

the story Tim Drummond told me was that James didn't give alot of
credit to his band and would take writing credits for almost everything.

Matter of fact, Tim was the one that came up with the bass riff
that became the song. Tim is a honky and the only white guy
to ever play in James' band.
1: The intro to Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and confused".
2: The powerchords in Metallica's "The Unforgiven".