Wednesday Question: Best Bassline Ever?

Time to get your groove on and suggest the best bass riffs of all time. If you're a music expert with a good ear for basslines place your nominations and vote here.

Wednesday Question: Best Bassline Ever?
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This week we're asking you to get your groove on and answer one of the most hotly debated questions available: What is the best bassline ever? Post your nomination in the comments. We'll stack up the results and publish them in an epic top 10 list this Friday. Everyone has an opinion on what is the most memorable, groovy or awesome baseline ever, but you're going to have to use some real musician instinct to nominate the best contenders. Feel free to go beyond rock and metal songs - there's a tonne of sweet baselines out in the funk, dance and hip-hop worlds too. Of course, if UG readers think rock is best in the sub region, go ahead and vote that way. Classic bass riffs that come to mind are "Good Times" by Chic, "Taxman" by The Beatles, "Schism" by Tool and "Money" by Pink Floyd. We're pretty confident that Rage Against The Machine will pull a few votes too. Go ahead an post your nominations in the comments, and remember to share this list to friends with the Facebook and Twitter buttons on the right. Let's make the the best bassline top 10 ever!

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    zShockz
    Alice in Chains - Would?
    zalant
    I remember trying to play that when I was first learning. It's a snap now, but at the time, the timing was a bitch for me. I loved the way it sounded, though, so I kept on going.
    notaconotaco
    Another One Bites the Dust
    DickHardwood
    Soul To Squeeze- Red Hot Chili Peppers. Not a flash one but it drives the melody in the entire song.
    kagendew
    Also that little classical inspired bass lick flea throws in the last chorus is beautiful. I know it doesnt count as a bass line necessarily but I just hope it's appreciated by some
    poomanjones
    Peace sells - megadeth
    killektrika
    I love this bassline and it surely deserves a mention on this page, but just FYI thats a rhythm-guitar part written by Dave Mustaine that David Ellefson followed on the bass.
    Jakinov
    Roundabout - Yes is pretty good Tool's got a lot of great ones as well.
    J-Dawg158
    One of my favorites has always been Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin.
    killektrika
    NIB by Black Sabbath
    TJWhonley
    Orion, if you listen to the bass, is actually an incredible bassline, and one of cliff burton's best pieces. also think death to all but metal by steel panther has a really good bassline
    Diony x
    My Friend Of Misery is effective too!
    GhostPlayground
    That's a guitar riff created by James Hetfield that Jason imitated with his bass. I agree it's a cool riff though, and a very underrated Metallica song.
    mop10893
    Wrong. Jason said himself that he wrote that bassline with the intention of it being the instrumental on the Black Album. He gave it to James and Lars and they had a different vision. But he definitely wrote the bassline.
    metalladam97
    yeah dude! i was gonna say that, 3 mad bass parts, 2 of which people mistake for guitar cliff's that cool!
    60s&70s
    That one and Higher Ground Cover by the Red Hot Chili Peppers!!!
    Superperfex
    Helter Skelter by The Beatles
    kettmannism
    Technically there wasnt a bass in Helter Skelter. It was one of those Fender VI things that is an octave lower than a guitar. Lennon played it.
    Superperfex
    It's still the bass line. And I'm surprised I was down voted. That's such a great bass line.
    JohnRegular
    Higher Ground is the funkiest... but George Baker Selection- Little Green Bag is easily the grooviest. (It's the opening music in Reservoir Dogs, for the most of you)
    rockfreak611
    ANYTHING John Paul Jones!
    Vabolo
    Good Times, Bad Times,I just thought I'd share, John Paul Jones said it himself,this bassline Is the hardest one of his they put on the air
    hotdogs585
    I thought we already agreed that Joy Division's "Love will tear us apart" had the best bass line.
    rayven1lk
    Doesn't matter what anyone says...UG's gonna plug hysteria in anyways...its the season to hype muse up lol
    skull78
    1 vote for New Born - Muse for me. Love that bass line. Learned it because it's so kick ass.
    andreschr
    Sweet Child o' Mine by GnR.. The bass line is by far the best thing in that intro.. and thoughout the song, except for the guitar solo ;P
    somebody some1
    Why's everyone forgetting about punk.. in general their bass lines are better. basically anything by Rancid should win
    JelloCrust
    Well, that's why I included Capitalist Casualties and Siouxie and the Banshees.
    fromzero
    Led Zeppelin - Dazed and Confused Bush - Comedown Deftones - Change Limp Bizkit - Re-arranged Staind - Mudshovel Pink Floyd - Money Beatles - Come Together Metallica - pulling teeth / sad but true / suicide redemption Black Sabbath - n.I.b. Machine Head - Now I Lay Thee Down Incubus - The Warmth
    TimTheWizard
    The bass in the live version of No Quarter is the best, so subtle yet so supportive and brilliant!