The top 20 best basslines of all time

What’s the best bassline ever? Get your bass face on and check out the RouteNote team’s picks of the best basslines of all time.

Many famous tracks would be nothing without their iconic bass. But, which song has the best bass line? Get inspiration for your own producing by listening to some of the most iconic bass parts ever.

From funk classics to synth stompers, wobbly DnB to big fat bass guitar riffs – see if your favourite has made the RouteNote team’s list of the top 20 best basslines of all time.


War – “Low Rider”

Roots Manuva – “Witness (1 Hope)”

Lou Reed – “Take a Walk on the Wild Side”

Mac Miller – “What’s The Use?”

The Jackson 5 – “I Want You Back”

Anderson .Paak – “Come Down”

Robin S – “Show Me Love”

Roni Size, Reprazent – “Brown Paper Bag”

Jaco Pastorius – “Portrait of Tracy”

Sly & The Family Stone – “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)

Aphex Twin – “Phonatacid”

The Jam – “Town Called Malice”

Deee-Lite – “Groove is in the Heart”

Renegade – Terrorist

Donna Summer – “I Feel Love”

Yes – “Roundabout”

Steely Dan – “Peg”

The Notorious B.I.G. – “Juicy”

Patrice Rushen – “Forget Me Nots”

Mr Oizo – “Flat Beat”

Need more bass creation inspiration? Check out our music production tips for how to write a great bassline.

What did we miss? Let us know your own favourite bassline of all time in the comments.

I write about music for RouteNote, sharing fun stuff, news, and tips and tricks for musicians and producers. Also a saxophonist and hater of marmalade.

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