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.

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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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    There's too many Primus songs to name, but I'd nominate Tommy the Cat because it's pretty well known. Believer by Ozzy Osbourne. Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith. And Dance On Your Grave by Sebastian Bach.
    In order from 3rd best to all-time best: Aeroplane by RHCP. Another One Bites The Dust by Queen. Money by Pink Floyd.
    I doubt anyone else will vote for this but Good Feeling (live) by The Violent Femmes also: Jerry was a racecar driver - primus Seinfeld Theme
    "Flight over Rio" - Al Di Meola The opening Bassline is just fantastic - by the great Anthony Jackson! Also, many of the mentioned above are awesome.
    As odd as this sounds, the opening bass to Running with the Devil really caught my attention. I bought the album upon the first week of its release because of an article in Cream magazine. At the time, very few people heard of Van Halen outside the Los Angeles area (I'm up in Northern Ontario, Canada), and so I bought the album on faith of the music critic who frequented the club where they played. I put the album on with some friends gathered around... when it first started up, with that repeating one note base line, I got weird looks and a few chuckles ("ya bought a lemon!)... and then when Eddie kicked in with the guitar everyone stopped frozen. For me, that simple bass line lead in so well to one of the greatest moments in rock album history.
    David Sanborn (Marcus Miller, really, he wrote the tune)- Run for Cover Larry Graham- Pow The Killers- Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
    OMG, my first comment: what is with the comment box not being accessable til all the tabbed responses are open ? Arrgh .. Heart of the Sunrise by Yes is amazing sound and pace
    Five Magics- Megadeth The Ancient Covenant- The Faceless Hook In Mouth- Megadeth Chosen Ones- Megadeth The Pot- Tool Energetic Dissassembly- Watchtower Me and My Bass Guitar- Victor Wooten the intro to Alison Hell- Annihilator Never, Neverland- Annihilator and I can keep going but must add For Whom the Bell Tolls, you can variate the intro and use the original line as a foundation to what you can make your own by going up the scale and playing octaves and chords as the song goes on
    The bass line at the end of Pink Floyd's 'Dogs' was good enough to be ripped off by Kiss (as the chorus melody of 'I was Made for Loving You').
    There are some really cool basslines worth mentioning. RHCP - Around The World Megadeth - Take No Prisoners/Five Magics/My Last Words/Bad Omen Metallica - Orion Symphony X - Domination (Really underrated bassists) Not saying they're better than the numerous classics mentioned above, just some worth considering!
    Radiohead - The National Anthem King Crimson - Starless(!) The Clash - London Calling Nine Inch Nails - Head Like a Hole Tool - Forty Six and two Radiohead- All I Need and mentioned before Muse - Hysteria Primus - Tommy the Cat Led Zeppelin - The Lemon Song Pink Floyd - Money Queen - Another One Bites the Dust My personal favs
    Megadeth - Mastermind! Awesome Bass line or something like Shake hands with beef - Primus!
    Red Hot Chili Peppers-Higher Ground Muse-Hysteria Dream Theater-Panic Attack Queen-Another One Bites The Dust Pink Floyd-Money Racer X-Scarified Metallica-(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth Black Sabbath-N.I.B Led Zeppelin-Dazed And Confused A.F.I.-Miss Murder And for the top spot. I'm torn between two songs. Metallica-Orion Rush-YYZ I think I have to give the nod to YYZ. Orion is amazing and Cliff is my all time favorite bassist, but YYZ is just catchy, slightly difficult, and a lot of fun to play.
    Probably coming in too late for this: The Cure - Fascination Street, Love Song, And it surprises me that Peter Hook from Joy Division and New Order isn't mentioned more - Classic memorable basslines "She's Lost Control", "Disorder", "Digital", "Love Will Tear us Apart" etc.
    I would have mentioned joy division and new order if I didn't make my choices strictly songs by the cure. New Dawn Fades has a great baseline
    Around The World - Red Hot Chili Peppers Purple Stain - Red Hot Chili Peppers By The Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers Mic Check - Rage Against The Machine No Shelter - Rage Against The Machine Tire Me - Rage Against The Machine Drive My Car - The Beatles Would? - Alice in Chains My Name is Mud - Primus Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
    I like almost all the songs and bass mentioned above in the comments. But, just for fun, I want to add this classic song, by Boney M. - "Daddy Cool " Bassline which is cool though, nice groove.
    The Pixie's "Hey" is a good one. Nice and simple, holds it all together. Also Club Foot by Kasabian is a crazy line.
    Definitely Muse - "Hysteria" because it's so fuzzy and fun to play. Brocas Helm - Cry of the Banshee but also Hey Ocean - Turn Up the Stars
    Not to repeat any of the above mentioned, I would say: Blood Culture, by Essence.
    Iron Maiden - The Trooper Iron Maiden - Phantom of the Opera Megadeth - Peace Sells Reverend Horton Heat - Psychobilly Freakout Stray Cats - Rock This Town MxPx - Chick Magnet Queen - Another One Bites the Dust Queen - Under Pressure Rush - Tom Sawyer Rick James - Superfreak Primus - Jerry Was A Racecar Driver Aerosmith - Sweet Emotion That's all I can think of right now. It's late and I'm tired.
    Who is giving out all the negative comments? Roundabout is a great bass song. Minstrel in the Gallery by Jethro Tull is another one.
    my generation bass solos - the who another one bites the dust - queen seven nation army - the white stripes (I know its technically not a bass guitar but most people would play it on bass)