We can all appreciate a good guitar solo and the power it holds within a track, but how many people can say it is the bass line that gets them every time? Here at The Wave, we nominated almost 40 songs that stuck out to us – here’s just 7 of them.
1. CHIC – EVERYBODY DANCE
Chic’s hit song has one of the most prominent, and popular, bass lines within Disco. Hear that by itself and the song becomes easily recognisable. This was the second single from their first album and features Luther Vandross on backing vocals. This charted at number nine in the UK singles chart.
2. MUSE – HYSTERIA
Muse. A band known for their monstrous guitar playing and heavy-production that causes a larger-than-life sound. It’s hard to dismiss the bass from this song though as it keeps a strong structure to the track and has become an infamous sing along moment at the band’s gigs. Any bass line as distinctive as this is a winner in our eyes.
3. FLEETWOOD MAC – THE CHAIN
A legendary song that is loved by almost everyone. You just have to listen to this live version of the song to understand how important the bass is to the track. Do we need to explain why this is so great?
4. GRANDMASTER FLASH – WHITE LINES
Grandmaster Flash could possibly be the coolest guy around and with a song like this, it’s not hard to understand why. Accompanied by a bass line as strong as this mixed with everything else reflects why this was a hit. Who can make it through all seven minutes?
5. T-REX – GET IT ON
This track has become an anthem within the British culture – how could we not choose this? It also charted at number one in the UK singles chart in 1971 and stayed at that position for four weeks. It has been described as “Dad music” but this is a song that is due credit.
6. RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS – GIVE IT AWAY
Do we need to say anything? This has become a modern classic that is played all around the world. The bass line in this speaks a huge amount of volume as an underlay to the vocals. There’s no clashing with the guitar playing here – they compliment each other to the point where this is just unbelievably brilliant.
7. DAVID BOWIE – REBEL REBEL
It’s Bowie – we had to.
So here’s just seven of hundreds of songs that we could have chosen. These may not be the best but they stand out like a sore thumb and are played almost daily. What would you have picked?
By Connor Willis