Thursday, February 26, 2009

Top 10 bass lines

Hello! Tilly here. I just wanted to get the word out there about the awesomeness that is the bass. Have you ever heard a song with a rockin' bass line that wasn't also a rockin' song? No. Bass is like the super power of a band...if they use it well, it leads to wonderful results. If they use it badly or not at all, thousands upon thousands of kittens are stuck in trees and the old ladies who own them cry for days. Who wants that?

It's not that a song is automatically bad if the base just melds quietly into the background, keeping the song going. But a song with a creative, interesting base line has so much more depth and coolness. Thankfully, there are quite a few bands out there who truly value their bassist. For reference, I provide a few exemplary songs of bands like this. Take a listen, and when you do, really listen to the bass. Oh yes. Sweet sweet bass.

Just for fun, these are in order of what I consider top 10 base lines. Social experiment! Leave a comment re-ordering them or adding new songs with fab bass.

10."Gamma Ray" - Beck
9."Faberge Falls for Shuggie" - Of Montreal
8."Let's Make Love and Listen to Death from Above" - CSS
7."A Million Ways" - OK GO
6."Stalemate" - Nada Surf
5."Black History Month" - Death From Above 1979 (who consist of only a bassist and a drummer!! Rad.)
4."Evil" - Interpol
3."Saint John" - Cold War Kids
2."The Lovecats" - The Cure
1."Only In Dreams" - Weezer (this is the true seven minutes in heaven, kids.)


  1. I think the lolcat should be #1

  2. The lack of mention about Of Montreal's 'Wraith Pinned to the Mist (and other games)' is a significant loss to this post.