100 Greatest Rock Bass Performances

Criteria: These are the songs where the bassist gets to show their full talent. The best bass performances.
Rock Bass Performances
1. YYZ
Geddy Lee (Rush)
2. The Real Me
John Entwistle (The Who)
3. The Lemon Song
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
4. Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)
Cliff Lee Burton (Metallica)
5. Tommy The Cat
Les Claypool (Primus)
6. Apostrophe
Jack Bruce (Frank Zappa)
7. Sound Chaser
Chris Squire (Yes)
8. Metropolis Pt. I
John Myung (Dream Theater)
9. Jam
Larry Graham (Graham Central Station)
10. Karn Evil 9
Greg Lake (ELP)
11. N.I.B.
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
12. Thela Hun Ginjeet
Tony Levin (King Crimson)
13. My Generation
John Entwistle (The Who)
14. Dance Of Eternity
John Myung (Dream Theater)
15. Coffee Shop
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
16. Roundabout
Chris Squire (Yes)
17. Sing A Simple Song
Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone)
18. Pictures Of Home
Roger Glover (Deep Purple)
19. Heart Of The Sunrise
Chris Squire (Yes)
20. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
21. Bernadette
James Jamerson (Four Tops)
22. Orion
Cliff Lee Burton (Metallica)
23. Something
Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
24. Awakening
Les Claypool (Holy Mackarel)
25. Hair
Larry Graham (Graham Central Station)
26. Tempus Fugit
Chris Squire (Yes)
27. Bouree
Glenn Cornick (Jethro Tull)
28. One Nation Under A Groove
Bootsy Collins (Funkadelic)
29. The Fish
Chris Squire (Yes)
30. Long Distance Runaround
Chris Squire (Yes)
31. Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin
Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone)
32. Aeroplane
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
33. Ytse Jam
John Myung (Dream Theater)
34. Won't Get Fooled Again
John Entwistle (The Who)
35. Money
Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
36. 21st Century Schizoid Man
Greg Lake (King Crimson)
37. La Villa Strangiato
Geddy Lee (Rush)
38. Higher Ground
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
39. 46 and 2
Justin Chancellor (Tool)
40. Dock Of The Bay
Duck Dunn (Otis Redding)
41. White Room
Jack Bruce (Cream)
42. Sweet Child O' Mine
Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses)
43. Rime Of The Ancient Marriner
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
44. Good Times Bad Times
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
45. Mr. Big
Andy Fraser (Free)
46. Pigs - (Three Different Ones)
David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
47. Ramble On
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
48. Under My Thumb
Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones)
49. Day Tripper
Paul McCartney (Beatles)
50. Cosmic Highway
Les Claypool (Frog Brigade)
51. Kindergarten
Billy Gould (Faith No More)
52. Stand By Me
Lloyd Trotman (Ben E King)
53. Naked In The Rain
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
54. DMV
Les Claypool (Primus)
55. Rain
Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
56. Stretching Out
Bootsy Collins (Bootsy's Rubber Band)
57. I'm So Glad
Jack Bruce (Cream)
58. White Rabbit
Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane)
59. Paperback Writer
Paul McCartney (Beatles)
60. Murder
Pino Palladino (David Gilmour)
61. Sexually Active
Stuart Hamm
62. Dragon Attack
John Deacon (Queen)
63. Higher & Higher
James Jamerson (Jackie Wilson)
64. That's It For The Other One
Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead)
65. I Get High On You
Bobby Vega (Sly & The Family Stone)
66. Trilogy
Greg Lake (ELP)
67. The Fire Sermon
Michael Manring
68. Chris And Kevin's Excellent Adventure
Tony Levin (Liquid Tension Experiment)
69. Cool Jerk
Bob Babbitt (The Capitals)
70. What Is And What Should Never Be
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
71. The Knife
Mike Rutherford (Genesis)
72. Powerslave
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
73. Jerry Was A Racecar Driver
Les Claypool (Primus)
74. Laquerhead
Les Claypool (Primus)
75. Another One Bites The Dust
John Deacon (Queen)
76. Taxman
George Harrison (The Beatles)
77. RSVP
Michael Manring (Attention Deficit)
78. Sea Of Lies
Thomas Miller (Symphony X)
79. Number Of The Beast
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
80. Schism
Justin Chancellor (Tool)
81. Come Together
Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
82. Osmosis
Tony Levin (Liquid Tension Experiment)
83. I'm A Man
Peter Cetera (Chicago)
84. Around The World
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
85. Heartbeat
Tony Levin (King Crimson)
86. Pump It Up
Bruce Thomas (Elvis Costello)
87. 2 Minutes To Midnight
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
88. Funky Broadway
Tommy Cogbill (Wilson Pickett)
89. Big Time
Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel)
90. Dolly Dagger
Billy Cox (Jimi Hendrix)
91. Jigsaw Puzzle
Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones)
92. Stressfest
Dave LaRue (The Steve Morse Band)
93. The Crunge
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
94. Soul To Squeeze
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
95. Speak Free
Dirk Lance (Incubus)
96. My Name Is Mudd
Les Claypool (Primus)
97. Maxwell Murder
Matt Freeman (Rancid)
98. Anthem
Geddy Lee (Rush)
99. Death Blooms
Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne)
100. Renaissance Fair
Chris Hillman (The Byrds)
101. Slowride
Nick Jameson (Foghat)
102. Simple Man
Leon Wilkeson (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
103. No More Tears
Mike Inez (Ozzy)
104. Hysteria
Chris Wolstenholme (Muse)
105. Rocket Queen
Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses)
106. Black Light Syndrome
Tony Levin (Bozzio Levin Stevens)
107. Low Voter Turnout
Michael Manring (Attention Deficit)
108. Badge
Jack Bruce (Cream)
109. Starless And Bible Black
John Wetton (King Crimson)
110. Time Crunch
Billy Sheehan (Niacin)
111. Rescue Me
Louis Satterfield (Fontella Bass)
112. Enormous Room
Michael Manring
113. The Maze
Dave LaRue (Vinnie Moore)
114. Dirty Frank
Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam)
115. Calm Like A Bomb
Tim Commerford (Rage Against The Machine)
116. Penny Lane
Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
117. The Easy Way
Dave LaRue (The Steve Morse Band)
118. Sunshine Of Your Love
Jack Bruce (Cream)
119. Fifty Fifty
Tom Fowler (Frank Zappa)
120. Maybellene
Willie Dixon (Chuck Berry)
121. Cygnus X1
Geddy Lee (Rush)
122. World Machine
Mark King (Level 42)
123. Touch of Grey
Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead)
124. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
James Jamerson (Marvin Gaye)
125. Sweet Emotion
Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith)
126. War Pigs
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
127. Delicate Balance
Dave LaRue (The Steve Morse Band)
128. Mountain Jam
Berry Oakley (Allman Brothers Band)
129. No Wontons For Elvis
Michael Manring
130. Boris The Spider
John Entwistle (The Who)
131. Freewill
Geddy Lee (Rush)
132. If 6 Was 9
Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix)
133. Emerald
Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy)
134. Digital Man
Geddy Lee (Rush)
135. Miss You
Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones)
136. 19th Nervous Breakdown
Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones)
137. The Grudge
Justin Chancellor (Tool)
138. I Am The Resurrection
Mani (The Stone Roses)
139. Take The Power Back
Tim Commerford (Rage Against The Machine)
140. Love Games
Mark King (Level 42)
141. Xanadu
Geddy Lee (Rush)
142. Starless
John Wetton (King Crimson)
143. High Bias
Billy Sheehan (Niacin)
144. Sympathy For The Devil
Keith Richards (Rolling Stones)
145. Mean Streets
Billy Sheehan (Niacin)
146. Don't Give Up
Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel)
147. For Whom The Bell Tolls
Cliff Lee Burton (Metallica)
148. Oceans
Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam)
149. Whipping Post
Berry Oakley (Allman Brothers Band)
150. Salute to Kareem
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
151. Sleepless
Tony Levin (King Crimson)
152. I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea
Bruce Thomas (Elvis Costello)
153. Would
Mike Starr (Alice In Chains)
154. South Side Of The Sky
Chris Squire (Yes)
155. No One Knows
Mike Dirnt (Green Day)
156. Can't Stop
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
157. Under Pressure
John Deacon (Queen)
158. Father To Son
John Deacon (Queen)
159. Contact
Mike Gordon (Phish)
160. Sparks
John Entwistle (The Who)
161. Call Of Ktulu
Cliff Lee Burton (Metallica)
162. Munchies For Your Love
Bootsy Collins (Bootsy's Rubber Band)
163. Montuno
Billy Sheehan (Niacin)
164. 99 & A Half
Tommy Cogbill (Wilson Pickett)
165. I Can't Turn You Loose
Duck Dunn (Otis Redding)
166. One of These Days
Roger Waters, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
167. Jumping Jack Flash
Keith Richards (Rolling Stones)
168. Floods
Rex Brown (Pantera)
169. Cabinessence
Carol Kaye (Beach Boys)
170. Terminal Beach
Stu Hamm
171. Love Spreads
Gary "Mani" Monfield (Stone Roses)
172. The Punk And The Godfather
John Entwistle (The Who)
173. Aces High
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
174. Don't Be Cruel
Bill Black (Elvis Presley)
175. Viola Lee Blues
Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead)
176. Time Is Tight
Duck Dunn (Booker T. & The MG's)
177. Blood Brothers
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)
178. Starship Trooper
Chris Squire (Yes)
179. Down On The Corner
Stu Cook (CCR)
180. Fire
Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix)
181. Dear Prudence
Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
182. Peace Sells
David Ellefson (Megadeth)
183. Holier Than Thou
Jason Newsted (Metallica)
184. Look At That Girl
Duck Dunn (Otis Redding)
185. Falling To Pieces
Billy Gould (Faith No More)
186. Animate
Geddy Lee (Rush)
187. Elephant Talk
Tony Levin (King Crimson)
188. Erotomania
John Myung (Dream Theater)
189. Three Of A Perfect Pair
Tony Levin (King Crimson)
190. Dangerous
Tony Levin (King Crimson)
191. Eyes Of A Child
Dave LaRue (The Steve Morse Band)
192. The Story In Your Eyes
John Lodge (Moody Blues)
193. What's The Frequency Kenneth
Mike Mills (REM)
194. The Song Remains The Same
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
195. Tom Sawyer
Geddy Lee (Rush)
196. Heartbreaker
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
197. Wake Up
Tim Commerford (Rage Against The Machine)
198. Brown Eyed Blues
Juan D Nelson (Ben Harper)
199. Give It Away
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
200. Liberation
Peter Cetera (Chicago)
10 Greatest "Live" Rock Bass Performances
1. 5:15
     John Entwistle
     (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/The Who)

2. Crossroads
     Jack Bruce
     (Wheels Of Fire/Cream)

3. Bass Solo
     Stuart Hamm
     (Live In San Francisco/Joe Satriani)

4. Driven
     Geddy Lee
     (Rush In Rio/Rush)

5. Scar Tissue
     Flea
     (Live At Slane Castle/
     Red Hot Chili Peppers

6. Tommy The Cat
     Les Claypool
     (Suck On This/Primus)

7. I'm The Hell Outta Here
     Billy Sheehan
     (G3 Live In Denver/Steve Vai)

8. For Whom The Bell Tolls
     Cliff Lee Burton
     (Cliff Em All/Metallica)

9. Kat Food
     Dave LaRue
     (Bring Em Back Alive/Dixie Dregs)

10. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner
     Steve Harris
     (Live After Death/Iron Maiden)

Best Bass Performance Albums
1. Graham Central Station
     Graham Central Station
     (Larry Graham)

2. Quadrophenia
     The Who
     (John Entwistle)

3. Fragile
     Yes
     (Chris Squire)

4. Ahh The Name Is Bootsy Baby
     Bootsy Collins
     (Bootsy Collins)

5. Sailing The Seas Of Cheese
     Primus
     (Les Claypool)

6. Disraeli Gears
     Cream
     (Jack Bruce)

7. Images & Words
     Dream Theater
     (John Myung)

8. Kill Em All
     Metallica
     (Cliff Lee Burton)

9. Discipline
     King Crimson
     (Tony Levin)

10. Led Zeppelin II
     Led Zeppelin
     (John Paul Jones)

11. Moving Pictures
     Rush
     (Geddy Lee)

12. Abbey Road
     The Beatles
     (Paul McCartney)

13. What's Going On
     Marvin Gaye
    (James Jamerson/Bob Babbitt)

14. Blood Sugar Sex Magik
     Red Hot Chili Peppers
     (Flea)

15. The Who Sings My Generation
     The Who
     (John Entwistle)

16. Dark Side Of The Moon
     Pink Floyd
     (Roger Waters)

17. The Stone Roses
     The Stone Roses
     (Mani)

18. Powerslave
     Iron Maiden
     (Steve Harris)

19. The White Album
     The Beatles
     (Paul McCartney)

20. The Yes Album
     Yes
     (Chris Squire)

Les Claypool
Flea
Cliff Lee Burton

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Last Updated: 2005-03-10
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