Muse - who apparently have the best bass line ever...

Muse - who apparently have the best bass line ever...

Yet another of those bizarre charts has been published; you may recall that we recently reported how in a no doubt similarly scientific poll Queen’s ”˜We Are The Champions’ was voted the catchiset song of all time ”“ Seem to remember that the LTW viewpoint was “Bollocks!!”

We may well have to resort to similar descriptives;

Get this – Muse’s ‘Hysteria’ has been voted as the track which features the best bassline of all time!

In a recent poll conducted by Musicradar the bassline from the bands 2003 single came out on top, with Rush’s ‘YYZ’ in second place.

Queen secured the next two places in the top ten, with ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ and ‘Under Pressure’ at Number Three and Four respectively. Pink Floyd stalled at Number Five with ‘Money’, while Metallica, Michael Jackson, Yes, The Who and Tool made up the remainder of the Top 10.

The full list of The 10 best basslines of all time is as follows: (brace yourselves”¦)

1. Muse ”“ ‘Hysteria’
2. Rush ”“ ‘YYZ’
3. Queen ”“ ‘Another One Bites The Dust’
4. Queen and David Bowie ”“ ‘Under Pressure’
5. Pink Floyd ”“ ‘Money’
6. Metallica ”“ ‘Orion’
7. Michael Jackson ”“ ‘Billie Jean’
8. Yes ”“ ‘Roundabout’
9. The Who ”“ ‘My Generation’
10. Tool ”“ ‘Schism’

So, no Joy Division, no Lemmy (LTW interview) no Stranglers, no Public Image; not a single reggae track or artist ”“ odd when you consider the music is formed around the bass, in fact not a single band whose bass player was listed in our own Top 15 Bass players list, made the Top 10. It’s not until you get to #16 with Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ and finally at #19 that The Clash make an appearance with ‘Guns Of Brixton’ that we arguably get any real meaning to this list.

Let us know what you think”¦

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

16 COMMENTS

  1. The best bassline ever is Chuck Dukowski’s on ‘Six Pack’ by Black Flag although special mention should also go to the sterling work provided by Solomon walker on Morrissey’s All You Need is Me.

  2. That list should be retitled, the best basslines ever according to Jeremy Clarkson.
    There is no best bassline ever, but there is a case for basslines of considerable influence.
    Louie Louie get’s my vote.

  3. No JJ Burnel for virtually any song from ‘Rattus Norvegicus’, no Jah Wobble who should be there just for ‘Public Image’ alone and no Peter Hook….you choose ! I turns out I have the Muse album with ‘Hysteria’ on it, but probably skipped past it after 30 seconds….A band who have had ALL their soul removed before release…. Best of all time, or favourite ? Has to be ‘Hanging Around’ by The Stranglers or ‘One More Time’ by The Clash.

  4. I have no idea who or what ‘musicradar’ is but a quick glance at that list tells you everything about the people who voted in it: Muse, Queen, Floyd, Metalica, Yes… white, middle class males who are unaware that punk ever happened or that music such as funk & reggae even exist.

  5. I’m gobsmacked that no one has mentioned the inimitable bass playing of the late, great Mick Karn (ex Japan bassist). He was without question one of the most talented and influential bass players of a generation from the late 70’s right through to his untimely death earlier this year. He didn’t even make it into your own list of top 15 best bass players – shocking.

    The tracks ‘Automatic Gun’, and ‘Rhodesia’ from the ‘Obscure Alternatives’ album – 1978; ‘Alien’, ‘Gentlemen Take Polaroids’ and ‘Swing’ from the ‘Quiet Life’ and ‘Gentlemen Take Polaroids’ albums – 1980; ‘Still Life In Mobile Homes’, ‘Life Without Buildings’ and ‘Canton’ from the album ‘Tin Drum’ – 1982 to name a few tracks are all masterpieces which showcase his innovative fretwork, originality and skill.

    Regarding Musicradar’s top 10 basslines all the aforementioned Karn basslines practically piss all over their track choices.

    O.K, at the end of the day it’s all a matter of personal choice. Rush’s ‘YYZ’ is pretty nifty, Floyd’s ‘Money’ is a steady-away kerb crawler and Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ was one of those versatile groovy basslines often merged with old tracks like Steely Dan’s ‘Do it again’ for good effect but, the rest are nothing much to shout about.

    In retrospect, what’s equally surprising is that in your own Top 10 list of bass players there was no mention of Youth from Killing Joke! Quite a joke in itself really (no pun intended) considering his contribution and output to music; particularly all things ‘bass’ / ‘dub’ related.
    Just a thought like…

  6. Fat Lad Exam Failure by Bogshed. Nuff said.

    That was a terrible Top 10 by the way.

    Muse are crap, and there’s a million other better Yes basslines than Roundabout.

  7. James Jamerson’s bassline on the Stevie Wonder track ‘I Was Made To Love Her’ is pretty hard to surpass. Also, one of my personal favourites is the bassline for ‘Barbarism Begins At Home’ by Andy Rourke of The Smiths.

  8. Who came up with those?!
    What about:
    Disorder by Joy Division
    Fatman Southern Death Cult
    Any Smiths, where were the Smiths in there!???
    Mr Charisma Brain by The Membranes
    Cannot believe no Stranglers in there, some of the best basslines ever in their songs. Agree with GCB where is Killing Joke too!?

  9. That there is a list for the most ‘average’ man in the street. Muse are the biggest culprits for sucking in geeks and generally bland human beings. Shit band.

  10. It’s all subjective. These lists are pointless since they’re based on personal preferences. If we all liked the same thing all the time it would be very boring indeed!!

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