The 40 best basslines of all time

Bootsy Collins, Geddy Lee, Bernard Edwards and Roger Waters
(Image credit: Michael Ochs Archives / Paul Natkin / Ebet Roberts/Redferns / Richard E. Aaron/Redferns via Getty)

Let’s face it: often, a good song is only as good as its bassline. In fact, there are times when the bass guitar player – so often the under-appreciated middle man or woman of music – steals the spotlight through their mountain-moving low-end activities.

In an age where it’s easy to debate and obsess over the greatest guitar solos of all time, the bassline can often fly under the radar. Yet there is an entire legion of bass hooks that deserve their rightful place in the annals of music history.

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