The top 20 best bass lines of all time

What’s the song with the best bass line ever? Check out the RouteNote team’s picks of the greatest bass lines of all time.

Many famous songs would be nothing without their iconic bass. But, which track has the best bass line?

Get your bass face on and get inspiration for your own producing by listening to some of the coolest bass songs 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 bass line:

What did we miss? Let us know your own favourite bass line of all time in the comments!


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