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Famous Basslines Everyone Knows

LuxLux Registered User regular
edited July 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
What are some bass lines that everybody knows? They can be older (play that funky music) or more modern (under the bridge by rhcp) so long as they are recognizable to people with just a passing familiarity with bass.

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  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem I've got waffles and I've got beerRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    The bassline from Green Day's Longview is pretty easily recognizeable.

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  • DogDog Registered User, Administrator, Vanilla Staff admin
    edited May 2009
    mxpx - chick magnet
    pink floyd - money
    gorillaz - feel good inc

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  • admanbadmanb the bored genie Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Can't believe it took three posts to say Queen - Under Pressure.

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  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem I've got waffles and I've got beerRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    admanb wrote: »
    Can't believe it took three posts to say Queen - Under Pressure.
    Don't you mean... Ice Ice Baby


    :edit: Also, Another One Bites the Dust

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  • Typhoid MannyTyphoid Manny Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    London Calling

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  • grungeboxgrungebox Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Recognizable bass lines I can think of off the top of my head:
    Queen - Under Pressure, Another One Bites the Dust
    Pink Floyd - Money
    Pearl Jam - Jeremy (or really most of Ten)
    Nirvana - Lithium, Teen Spirit, etc.
    Kansas - Carry On My Wayward Son
    Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
    The Breeders - Cannonball

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  • TavTav Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I lean towards metal, but the opening to Peace Sells by Megadeth is pretty recognisable. Same goes for Anesthesia - Pulling Teeth by Metallica.

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  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I can't believe no-one has said The chain - Fleetwood Mac, but then of course I can believe it, I'm so much older than most of you!

    Seconded Money.

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  • Niceguy MyeyeNiceguy Myeye Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Deee Lite - Groove Is in the Heart

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  • BetelgeuseBetelgeuse Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet with Butterfly Wings

    And maybe Billy Joel's Pressure?

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  • TheRealBadgerTheRealBadger Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Short skirt long jacket by Cake

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  • PheezerPheezer Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2009
    The Beatles - Come Together

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  • ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Birdland - Weather Report

    "What?" you say. But you'll know it when you hear it.

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  • ascannerlightlyascannerlightly Registered User
    edited May 2009
    tool - schism
    rush - yyz
    staind - you feel my pain

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  • NoffNoff Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Steve Miller Band - The Joker

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  • MrBeelzyMrBeelzy Registered User
    edited May 2009
    Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band - Express Yourself
    Everyone knows this song, or the NWA song that samples it.

    ooh, also Sunshine of Your Love by Cream.

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  • LoveIsUnityLoveIsUnity Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin.

    Forty Six and Two by Tool.

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  • Mr BubblesMr Bubbles David Koresh Superstar Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
  • RubberACRubberAC Sidney BC!Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Psycho Killer by Talking Heads

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  • AtomBombAtomBomb Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Fugazi - Waiting Room, but then I'm an old punker at heart. Most of the people I know would recognize it.

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  • EskimoDaveEskimoDave Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I can't believe no-one has said The chain - Fleetwood Mac, but then of course I can believe it, I'm so much older than most of you!

    Seconded Money.

    I just saw them in Vancouver Saturday night. Awesome show. Though Stevie sounded like she was sick.

    I'm 23 by the way.

    A lot of classic Rush. Like Tom Sawyer.

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  • kharvelankharvelan Registered User
    edited May 2009
    rain in blood - slayer

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  • Vrtra TheoryVrtra Theory Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Verve Pipe - The Freshmen

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  • Feels Good ManFeels Good Man Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Are you gonna be my Girl -- Jet
    Seven nation army -- the white stripes

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  • MimMim Status: Why You Always Lyin'? Stop fuckin' lyin'. Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Seven nation army -- the white stripes

    I knew this was going to come up. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but as a rabid White Stripes fan I was led under the impression that its not a bass line in "Seven Nation Army" it's just the way he put the guitar makes it sound like a bass line.

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  • Feels Good ManFeels Good Man Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    oh shit the trap has been snapped!

    i dont actually know, not really a fan but I know that line is catchy whatever it is

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  • MimMim Status: Why You Always Lyin'? Stop fuckin' lyin'. Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    oh shit the trap has been snapped!

    i dont actually know, not really a fan but I know that line is catchy whatever it is

    Yeah, you could throw it in if you like, want to do a trivia game with it and throw people off.

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  • DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2009
    The famous walk of "These Boots Are Made For Walkin"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5qx3fuTUHM

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  • zhen_roguezhen_rogue Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Sweet Emotion, by Aerosmith.

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  • T-boltT-bolt Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Mim wrote: »
    Seven nation army -- the white stripes

    I knew this was going to come up. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but as a rabid White Stripes fan I was led under the impression that its not a bass line in "Seven Nation Army" it's just the way he put the guitar makes it sound like a bass line.
    It is a bassline, he just played a guitar with an effect pedal to bring it down an octave. It doesnt have to be performed on a bass guitar to be a bassline, just fill the role and be in the low end of the sonic spectrum. Bass parts played on a keyboard are still basslines for example.

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  • virgilsammsvirgilsamms Registered User
    edited May 2009
    Brick House - The Commodores (no one said this already?)
    Killing In the Name Of - Rage Against The Machine
    Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix

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  • ToefooToefoo Los Angeles, CARegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    To add a third Tool song to this great thread, Sober has a catchy bassline as well.

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  • The_Glad_HatterThe_Glad_Hatter Rogue Jpeg Jockey Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    While jack white doesn't play it on bass, Seven Nation Army is played with a digitech pedal that lowers the sound, so i guess it could count as a bassline...

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  • QliphothQliphoth Registered User
    edited May 2009
    Joy Division - She's Lost Control

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  • DjinnDjinn Registered User
    edited May 2009
    famous among music nerds and one of teh greatest baselines of all time, idk if that counts:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL45YOtbuy0

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  • Stevie2SxcStevie2Sxc __BANNED USERS
    edited May 2009
    I'd say the bassline from "I Like the Way You Move" is pretty well-known.

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  • tony_importanttony_important Registered User
    edited May 2009
    Mr Bubbles wrote: »

    I like the original track. "Good Times" - Chic

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g6bUe5MDRo

    Such an awesome dance track.

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  • W2W2 Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    My City Was Gone by The Pretenders

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