Ultimate Basslines List


16 Ago 2009, 3:24

For about the past 30 years in alternative rock, new-wave, post-punk, goth rock, grunge, indie, & other similar genres, the following are many of my personal favorite basslines to play along to. I have included songs that helped me learn how to play the bass (in the mid 90s), songs that i personally tabbed out for myself & an online page I had up for many years (RIP, Geocities - message me if you want the tab for the linked tracks &/or with the play icon), & songs i keep coming back to to either play along or just enjoy the bass blasting thru my speakers. Sure, there could be many more, but these are specifically ones that I can play & have listened to constantly... so they are, for the most part, not exceedingly difficult, but many are very fun! I even left some of the easy ones for variety... so hopefully anyone who sees this, particularly those that play bass guitar, will find some that they enjoy as much as i have :) Also, feel free to post any of your personal favorites below that could fit this list. I'll keep adding on to this as i find more old favorites...

1980s - David J, Peter Hook, & Simon Gallup rule my 80s bass world ;-)

Bauhaus - Dancing
Bauhaus - In the Flat Field
Bauhaus - Hair of the Dog
Bauhaus - Kick in the Eye
Bauhaus - She's in Parties
Bauhaus - Silent Hedges
Bauhaus - The Sanity Assassin
Bolshoi - Sunday Morning
Boomtown Rats - Up All Night
David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes
The Call - The Walls Came Down
The Church - Under the Milky Way
The Church - Reptile
Clan of Xymox - 7th Time
Clan of Xymox - Muscoviet Musquito
Close Lobsters - Too Bloody Stupid
The Cult - Rain
The Cure - Close to Me
The Cure - Charlotte Sometimes
The Cure - Fascination Street
The Cure - A Forest
The Cure - Hot Hot Hot
The Cure - Killing An Arab
The Cure - Lovecats
The Cure - Love Song
The Cure - Other Voices
The Cure - Push
The Cure - Torture
The Cure - How Beautiful You Are
The Danse Society - Belief
The Danse Society - Godsend
The Danse Society - Hide
The Danse Society - Somewhere
Duran Duran - Rio
Echo & the Bunnymen - A Promise
Fields of the Nephilim - Celebrate
Fields of the Nephilim - Love Under Will
Fields of the Nephilim - Reanimator
Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Two Tribes
Gene Loves Jezebel - Bruises
Gene Loves Jezebel - Upstairs
Haircut 100 - Love Plus One
Billy Idol - White Wedding
The Jam - Town Called Malice
Joy Division - Dead Souls
Joy Division - Isolation
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Joy Division - Shadowplay
Joy Division - She's Lost Control
Joy Division - The Only Mistake
Joy Division - These Days
Joy Division - Transmission
Killing Joke - Love Like Blood
Love & Rockets - Haunted When the Minutes Drag
Magazine - Definitive Gaze
Magazine - The Light Pours Out Of Me
Magazine - My Tulpa
Magazine - Philadelphia
The March Violets - Lights Go Out
The March Violets - Snake Dance
Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine
Modern English - Gathering Dust
Morrissey - Everyday is Like Sunday
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult - A Daisy Chain for Satan
Nena - Rette mich
New Order - Ceremony
New Order - Everything's Gone Green
New Order - Perfect Kiss
New Order - Procession
New Order - Sunrise
The Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
The Police - When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around
The Pretenders - Message of Love
The Pretenders - Love My Way
Peter Schilling - Major Tom
REM - Radio Free Europe
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - I Can See Stars
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Beating My Head
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Talk About the Weather
Romantics - Talking In Your Sleep
Siouxsie & the Banshees - Arabian Nights
Sisters of Mercy - Alice
Sisters of Mercy - Lucretia My Reflection
Specimen - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Talk Talk - It's My Life
U2 - New Year's Day
Until December - Sequence Line

1990s - since i started playing bass in the 90s, it all started here for me... i consider Flea, Ben Shepherd, P-Nut, Alex James, & Tim Bob (aka Tim Commerford) to have influenced me the most :)

311 - All Mixed Up
311 - Beautiful Disaster
311 - Come Original
311 - Down
311 - Electricity
311 - Flowing
311 - Homebrew
311 - Prisoner
311 - Transistor
Blur - Sing
Blur - She's So High
Blur - Girls & Boys
Blur - Coffee & TV
The Breeders - Cannonball
Bush - Cold Contagious
Cake - The Distance
The Cardigans - Lovefool
The Charlatans - Can't Even Be Bothered
The Charlatans - The End of Everything
The Charlatans - Weirdo
Deftones - My Own Summer (Shove It)
Depeche Mode - Useless
Failure - Pitiful
Failure - Smoking Umbrellas
Filter - Hey Man, Nice Shot
The Folk Implosion - Natural One
Garbage - Supervixon
Garbage - Stupid Girl
Godsmack - Whatever
Goldfinger - Here in Your Bedroom
Live - Pain Lies On The Riverside
Morrissey - Tomorrow
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult - Sex On Wheelz
MxPx - Chick Magnet
Nine Inch Nails - Piggy
Nirvana - Aneurysm
Nirvana - Breed
Nirvana - In Bloom
The Offspring - I Choose
Radiohead - Karma Police
Rage Against the Machine - Bombtrack
Rage Against the Machine - Bullet in the Head
Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name
Rage Against the Machine - Wake Up
Rage Against the Machine - Freedom
Rage Against the Machine - People of the Sun
Rage Against the Machine - Down Rodeo
Rage Against the Machine - Without a Face
Rage Against the Machine - Genocide
Rage Against the Machine - Revolver
Rage Against the Machine - Settle for Nothing
Rage Against the Machine - Tire Me
Rage Against the Machine - Vietnow
Rage Against the Machine - Year of the Boomerang
Rancid - Time Bomb
Rancid - Ruby Soho
Rancid - Journey to the End of the East Bay
Rancid - Hyena
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Breaking the Girl
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Funky Monks
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Suck My Kiss
Red Hot Chili Peppers - I Could Have Lied
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
Red Hot Chili Peppers - My Lovely Man
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Soul to Squeeze
Soundgarden - Applebite
Soundgarden - Blow Up the Outside World
Soundgarden - Outshined
Soundgarden - Rhinosaur
Soundgarden - Slaves & Bulldozers
Soundgarden - Spoonman
Soundgarden - The Day I Tried to Live
Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored
Stone Temple Pilots - Big Empty
Stone Temple Pilots - Sex Type Thing
Third Eye Blind - How's It Going to Be
Tool - Sober
The Verve Pipe - Photograph
The Wallflowers - The Bleeders
The Wallflowers - The Difference
Weezer - Only In Dreams
Yo La Tengo- Moby Octopad

2000s - i hadn't been drawn to as many bass players this decade (or bands for that matter)... but my favorite by far is Carlos D of Interpol!

Franz Ferdinand - Auf Achse
Franz Ferdinand - Michael
Franz Ferdinand - Tell Her Tonight
Interpol - Untitled
Interpol - Obstacle 1
Interpol - Say Hello to the Angels
Interpol - Slow Hands
Interpol - Not Even Jail
The Bravery - No Breaks
Broken Social Scene - Stars and Sons
Doves - Black and White Town
Elefant - Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid
Placebo - Haemoglobin
The Libertines - Vertigo
Supergrass - Brecon Beacons
Metric - Combat Baby
Metric - Dead Disco
Muse - Exo-politics
Radiohead - How to Disappear Completely
Radiohead - Where I End and You Begin
Radiohead - The National Anthem
VHS Or Beta - Night on Fire
VHS or Beta - Alive
The Wrens - Faster Gun


  • GrandpaRamo

    nice peter hook n carles levi are my faves slow hands britt daniels remix pushes the bass to the front carlos d is awesome live CUT COPY!!! far away

    18 Ago 2009, 18:00
  • i_wish6

    how about "the national anthem" by radiohead? and i love metric as well. dead disco has a good bassline :)

    20 Ago 2009, 20:02
  • djcanespyda

    Nice! Check out "Push" by the Cure. Saw it double picked live. Whoa!

    20 Ago 2009, 23:32
  • Umup0

    HOLY SHIT YES your The Cure choices are spot on, I'm especially loving Lovesong and Close to Me. A Forest comes next for me. In fact, spot on choices for all of those up there.

    17 Nov 2009, 11:15
  • CaptainGaylord

    goldfinger's "here in your bedroom" is really fun to play too

    2 Jun 2010, 7:48
  • Elfeadan

    Yay for eighties! I'd love to have those Xymox tabs.. :)

    26 Jun 2010, 16:52
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