Is this the best known bassline of all time?

 singer Freddie Mercury and bassist John Deacon of British rock band Queen in concert, 1980
(Image credit: Richard Creamer/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Queen topped the US Singles chart 42 years ago today with their bass guitar anthem - 'Another One Bites The Dust'. With Freddie Mercury and Brian May dominating much of the band’s songwriting in the early years – ‘Misfire’ from 1974’s Sheer Heart Attack aside – it wasn’t until A Night At The Opera (1975) that bassist John Deacon delivered a chart smash in the form of ‘You’re My Best Friend’, a song that remains a radio staple the world over.

John introduced this bass riff to us during rehearsal. We worked it out and once it was ready, played it for Michael

Freddie Mercury

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.