Red Dog Music | Oct 9, 2018 | 0
The 10 best basslines ever (possibly)
We’ve surveyed the Red Dog team, and come up with our choice selection of those classic bass lines; some obvious, some so obvious they’re a cliché, some less obvious, but all will get stuck in your head.
So, in no particular order:
Michael Jackson, Billie Jean. Where to start with this? It’s just awesomely perfect. Probably don’t need to say much more than that really…
Larry Young’s Fuel/Frank De Jojo, Turn off The Lights. The bass guitar version or the synth version: take your pick. Both full of groovey-funktastic sexiness.
Donna Summer, I Feel Love. The first techno record? Utterly hypnotic groove that definitely requires the full near sixteen minutes of the Patrick Cowley mix.
Charles Wright, Express Yourself. Do basslines get much more recognisable than this?
Chaka Khan, Some Love. Played by Chaka’s brother Mark, the bassline in this 1979 classic brings you straight into the groove and sets you up for a disco-funk journey of greatness.
The Beatles, Drive My Car. Taxman comes up a lot in these sorts of lists, that gives this cracking bassline a bit of extra kudos.
Archie Bell and the Drells, Tighten Up. Such a great bassline, this song has been covered by more funky people than we could even hope to begin to count.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Give it Away. Yes, we know it’s on every list of ‘top basslines’, and it was a difficult choice between this and ‘Aeroplane’, but it probably just edges it…
The Pixies, Debaser. Perhaps not the most technically advanced in the list, but pick this out when trying out a new bass and you’ll see a few knowing nods of approval: those are the cool kids.
Buddy Rich, The Beat Goes On. Quite a simple bassline, but bounces around perfectly underneath the one chord verse and brings the groove kicking and screaming to the surface.
And there we have it, we’ve kept things pretty concise here, so if we’ve missed your choice of the art of the low end, let us know your picks and we shall noodle them around the metaphorical campfire.
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