Rock's Greatest Bass Riffs

Rock's Greatest Bass Riffs

There are 92 comments on the Blogcritics story from Feb 12, 2007, titled Rock's Greatest Bass Riffs. In it, Blogcritics reports that:

It's time to give the bass its due.You may not know this, but your intrepid reviewer is also a bass player, and he's tired of reading about the greatest guitar riffs of all time.

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Adelaide, Australia

#1 Feb 17, 2007
mate that's a terrific selection. I also believe for some of those who have followed Guns N' Roses over the years (and would now be familair with the resolved version of the band minus the pain-in-the-ass Axl Rose) would have heard some of Velvet Revolvers sings. Slither hosts a mind-blowing introduction of a gritty, dirty sound between Slash and Duff on guitar and bass respectively (with some subtley powerful snare-smacking in the background from Matt Sorum). It sounds incredible and lives up to the name of the song. gave me chills.
Evil conservative

Staunton, VA

#2 Feb 18, 2007
flea from red hot chili peppers,can work a bass to death!wicked bass player!


#3 Feb 18, 2007
Some great players Geddy lee--RUSH(sits near God!)
Steve harris--IRON MAIDEN
Michael Anthony-VAN HALEN9and so is the rest of the band of course.)

Some great riffs-- Baba O'Reily--The WHo
Pleasure Dome -Van Halen
For Whom the Bell Tolls-Metallica


Since: Jan 07

New York, NY

#4 Feb 19, 2007
Chris Squire - from the band Yes - song fish but his works in general. Also Jack Bruce - Cream. These are both from the 60's but check them out.

Dodge City, KS

#5 Feb 19, 2007
John Entwistle <<< The Who
he was my favorite and "I" think the best....

Flea is awesome too !

Fort Valley, GA

#6 Feb 19, 2007
rockman wrote:
Some great players Geddy lee--RUSH(sits near God!)
Steve harris--IRON MAIDEN
Michael Anthony-VAN HALEN9and so is the rest of the band of course.)
Some great riffs-- Baba O'Reily--The WHo
Pleasure Dome -Van Halen
For Whom the Bell Tolls-Metallica
Good choices. How about adding "Whipping Post"-Allman Bros. and "Whole Lotta Love", "Dazed and Confused", and "In the Light"-Led Zeppelin to the list.
Axe in my pants

Rockford, IL

#7 Feb 20, 2007
A couple of tunes: Sabatoge/Beastie Boys, Spill the Wine/Eric Burdon and War
point is

United States

#9 Feb 20, 2007
HELLO! Anybody ever hear of Les Claypool??? Flea is funky, but Les is more talented, in my opinion.

Overall, I have to go with John Entwistle, though...and Billy Shehan

“Gazing Into The MiddleDistance”

Since: Jan 07

Las Vegas, NV

#10 Feb 20, 2007
Just my opinion, but Rare Earths' John Persh on the long version of "Get Ready" comes to mind as memorable.
Had E Nuff

Show Low, AZ

#11 Feb 20, 2007
You must not forget Sir Paul McCartney

Garden City, MI

#12 Feb 20, 2007
Evil Conservative got here before me...
I also go w/ FLEA of RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS Rock on..........

“on a journey”

Since: Feb 07


#14 Feb 20, 2007
mike gordon of phish!!!!

and of course Phil lesh of the grateful dead!!!
you cannot forget Phil Lesh!

Since: Feb 07

Miami-The Magic City

#15 Feb 20, 2007
Primus lead singer a Bass guitar player was awsome!
Had E Nuff

Show Low, AZ

#16 Feb 20, 2007
Rep John Murtha wrote:
<quoted text>
Paul basically played, not much there to mention Einstein!
Leave the sir alone to get High and think about women with 2 legs!
I disagree on his "just playing" comment. Have you heard any of his post Beatles stuff? The rest was funny though!
Bass man

Greensboro, NC

#17 Feb 20, 2007
slapping and poping does not make the player...
Paul mcCartney was very articulate with the stuff he wrote.. he definatly deserves credit...

Since: Feb 07

Rocky Hill, CT

#18 Feb 20, 2007
How about the opening riff to the song "Longview"?
Bass man

Greensboro, NC

#20 Feb 21, 2007
dude everyone in the beatles was incredible in there own way...

Quantum was right though..Phil lesh is the greatest ever!!
(i know quantum he lives up the road. LOL)

Who is the band the grateful dead and why did they follow me all over the country???

Ashburn, GA

#21 Feb 21, 2007
Les Claypool of Primus - Pick a riff
Geezer of Black Sabbath - NIB
Cliff Burton of Metallica - For Whom The Bell Tolls
And that guy from Twisted Sister, I Wanna Rock!!!

Kearny, NJ

#22 Apr 14, 2007
First of Les Claypool is a shinny golden god. and my personal favorite Justin Chancellor of Tool, listen to Schism, 46 & 2, and The Pot. and Paul Simonon of the Clash is greatly underated

The greatest bass riffs are
Metallica - For Whom the Bell Tolls
Cream - Sunshine of Your Love
The Clash - London Calling
Tool - Schism/46 & 2/The Pot
Primus - Tommy the Cat/Jerry Was a Race Car Driver/My Name is Mud
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground
Rancid - Maxwell Murder (Matt Freeman is also greatly underated)

“Here kitty kitty”

Since: Mar 07


#23 Apr 14, 2007
Greatest Bass riff ever: Nazareth, ITSNAZ album, Razamanaz is the song

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