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100 Greatest Rock Bass Performances

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Criteria: These are the songs where the bassist gets to show their full tallent. The best bass performances.

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Edited By: Eric/Bassfreak
Last Updated: 03-10-2005

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100 Greatest 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 - Wendell Marshall (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 - Larry Graham (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 - Paul McCartney (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 - Tony Stevens (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)
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10 Greatest Live Rock Bass Performances
1. 5:15
     John Entwistle
     (Live At The Royal Albert Hall/
     The Who)
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2. Crossroads
     Jack Bruce
     (Wheels Of Fire/Cream)
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3. Bass Solo
     Stuart Hamm
     (Live In San Francisco/
     Joe Satriani)
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4. Driven
     Geddy Lee
     (Rush In Rio/Rush)
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5. Scar Tissue
     Flea
     (Live At Slane Castle/
     Red Hot Chili Peppers)
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6. Tommy The Cat
     Les Claypool
     (Suck On This/Primus)
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7. I'm The Hell Outta Here
     Billy Sheehan
     (G3 Live In Denver/Steve Vai)
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8. For Whom The Bell Tolls
     Cliff Lee Burton
     (Cliff Em All/Metallica)
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9. Kat Food
     Dave LaRue
     (Bring Em Back Alive/
     Dixie Dregs)
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10. Rime Of The Ancient Mariner
     Steve Harris
     (Live After Death/Iron Maiden)
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best bass performance albums
1. Graham Central Station
     Graham Central Station
     (Larry Graham)
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2. Quadrophenia
     The Who
     (John Entwistle)
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3. Fragile
     Yes
     (Chris Squire)
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4. Ahh The Name Is Bootsy Baby
     Bootsy Collins
     (Bootsy Collins)
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5. Sailing The Seas Of Cheese
     Primus
     (Les Claypool)
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6. Disraeli Gears
     Cream
     (Jack Bruce)
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7. Images & Words
     Dream Theater
     (John Myung)
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8. Kill Em All
     Metallica
     (Cliff Lee Burton)
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9. Discipline
     King Crimson
     (Tony Levin)
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10. Led Zeppelin II
     Led Zeppelin
     (John Paul Jones)
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11. Moving Pictures
     Rush
     (Geddy Lee)
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12. Abbey Road
     The Beatles
     (Paul McCartney)
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13. What's Going On
     Marvin Gaye
    (James Jamerson/Bob Babbitt)
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14. Blood Sugar Sex Magik
     Red Hot Chili Peppers
     (Flea)
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15. The Who Sings My Generation
     The Who
     (John Entwistle)
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16. Dark Side Of The Moon
     Pink Floyd
     (Roger Waters)
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17. The Stone Roses
     The Stone Roses
     (Mani)
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18. Powerslave
     Iron Maiden
     (Steve Harris)
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19. The White Album
     The Beatles
     (Paul McCartney)
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20. The Yes Album
     Yes
     (Chris Squire)
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