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50 Best Bass Songs

December 13, 2023
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I’ve compiled a list of the best bass songs, and tracks that stand out for their deep, resonating bass lines and the way they transform listening into an immersive experience.

This article is your guide to songs where the bass isn’t just a part of the music, but the heart and soul of it.

Table of Contents

Top bass songs

  • Bill Withers – “Lovely Day”
  • The Beatles – “Come Together”
  • Fat Larry’s Band – “Act Like You Know”
  • Alice Merton – “No Roots”
  • Måneskin – “Chosen”
  • Muse – “Hysteria”
  • Tool – “Schism”
  • Massive Attack – “Angel”
  • James Blake – “Limit To Your Love”
  • No Doubt – “Hella Good”

1. Bill Withers – “Lovely Day”

Let’s start with a classic feel-good song with a familiar punchy bassline.

Besides being one of the songs with great bass, “Lovely Day” will also put you in a better mood.

“Then I look at you
And the world’s alright with me
Just one look at you
And I know it’s gonna be
A lovely day.”

2. The Beatles – “Come Together”

“Come Together” is one of the songs with the best bass.

And that probably makes it one of the most addictive Beatles tunes in general.

Well, maybe it’s the lyrics…

“Here come old flat top
He come grooving up slowly
He got joo joo eyeball
He one holy roller
He got hair down to his knee
Got to be a joker he just do what he please.”

3. Fat Larry’s Band – “Act Like You Know”

You should definitely put “Act Like You Know” on your best bass songs list.

It’s uplifting and groovy.  

“When your feeling down and low
And you need a place to go
Just pick up your shoes and go
To the hottest place you know.”

4. Alice Merton – “No Roots”

Released in 2016, Alice Merton’s “No Roots” is hands down one of the catchiest radio hits of the past decade.

And a simple but powerful bassline is one of its best features.

“I like digging holes and hiding things inside them
When I grow old, I hope I won’t forget to find them
‘Cause I’ve got memories and travel like gypsies in the night.”

5. Måneskin – “Chosen”

If you’re searching for fresh pop-rock songs with good bass, give a chance to Måneskin.

Besides their Eurovision Contest winning hit “Zitti e Buoni”, they have a lot of great tunes.

6. Muse – “Hysteria”

There are many Muse songs with great bass.

Although their bass line tends to get lost in all the other instruments, we still believe that “Hysteria” deserves a spot on this list.

7. Tool – “Schism”

Tool’s “Schism” is a classic (and heaven) for all bass players.

It’s known for its distinctive bass line.

It also has powerful energy and an unusual but awesome atmosphere. 

“The poetry that comes from the squaring off between,
And the circling is worth it.
Finding beauty in the dissonance.”

8. Massive Attack – “Angel”

if you want to test your new headphones or subwoofers, this is your jam.

The bass simply reverberates in your chest.

Besides, “Angel” is arguably one of Massive Attack’s most powerful and memorable songs.

If you turn up the volume, it will undoubtedly give you chills.

9. James Blake – “Limit To Your Love”

“Limit To Your Love” is full of low frequencies, vibrations, and captivating melodies.

And when you add James Blake’s distinctive voice to the mix, you’ll get a real musical treat.

“There’s a limit to you care
So carelessly there, is it truth or dare?
There’s a limit to your care.”

10. No Doubt – “Hella Good”

When it comes to pop songs with good bass, “Hella Good” immediately comes to mind.

It’s a catchy song ideal for some bass guitar practice.  

11. Van Morrison – “Moondance”

The bass in Van Morrison’s “Moondance” might be a little lazy, but it’s there and it’s keeping everything in time.

In a way, it’s a classic walking bassline.

12.  Alt-J – “Breezeblocks”

Without a doubt, “Breezeblocks” is one of the best indie songs with really good bass.

It’s also one of the band’s signature songs.

13. Sigur Rós – “Brennisteinn”

Beginnings of the songs don’t get more powerful than “Brennisteinn.”

This song simply blows you away and then pulls you in.

It’s captivating and intense, even if you don’t understand a word they’re saying.

14. Hans Zimmer – “Ripples In The Sand (Dune Soundtrack)”

Turn up your volume and let the music take you away.

And if you’ve watched “Dune” in the cinema, then you understand why this track is on this list.

Hans Zimmer did it again.

15. The XX – “Intro”

“Intro” by The XX was made to be played on loudspeakers.

There’s something very captivating and almost ethereal in their music.

And “Intro” became even more popular after Rihanna used it as a sample for “Drunk On Love.”

16. Radiohead – “Where I End And You Begin”

If we think about Radiohead songs with a lot of bass, “Where I End And You Begin” definitely comes to mind.

It’s a fantastic track from their sixth studio album “Hail to the Thief.”

17. Firehose – “Down with the Bass”

This one is for all you bass guitar lovers out there.

“Down with the Bass” was released in 1991 and it’s still a beloved tune for bass guitar practice.

“Saying down, down, down with the bass
And down, down, down with the bass
Down, down, down with the bass.”

18. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Give It Away”

Well, Red Hot Chilli Peppers are kings of memorable basslines.

And their upbeat “Give It Away” is no exception to that reputation. 

19. Skrillex – “Stranger”

Maybe Skrillex is more up your alley.

Either way, he’s known for hard-hitting bass beats and atmospheric snares, so he definitely deserves a mention.

20. Beyoncé and Jay-Z – “Deja Vu”

“Deja Vu” is arguably one of the best R&B bass songs.

Even the lyrics glorify the sound of it.

Well, at least we think.

“I used to run base like Juan Pierre
Now I run the bass, hi-hat, and the snare
I used to bag girls like Birkin Bags
Now I bag B.”

21. N.E.R.D. and Rihanna – “Lemon”

This song is defined by different bass tones.

And you should be able to hear a sweet low bass hit in the first part of the song.

22. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Juicy”

The Notorious B.I.G. made history with “Juicy.”

The song is not heavy on bass, but it certainly wouldn’t be the same without it.

23. Eminem – “Lose Yourself”

How about a bass boosted version of “Lose Yourself”?

No matter how many times we listen to this song, it always gives us chills.

It’s a perfect song to get you pumped.

24. Bonobo and Jamila Woods – “Tides”

If you want to dive into a downtempo realm, Bonobo’s music is always a good idea.

He released “Tides” on his 2022 studio album “Fragments.”

25. Awolnation – “Sail”

“Sail” is undeniably one of the most popular songs with heavy bass.

It has a distorted bass, hand-clapped percussion, and a powerful build-up.

It also combines different styles which makes it so authentic.

26. Flux Pavilion – “Can’t Stop”  

“Can’t Stop” by Flux Pavilion is the only logical next track.

It’s widely known for its abrasive, heart-pounding sounds and powerful, vibrating energy.

In other words, it’s a dubstep anthem.

27.  Black Eyed Peas – “Boom Boom Pow”

Compared to the group’s other songs, “Boom Boom Pow” sounds a bit weird.

On the other hand, it’s a song with awesome bass and futuristic ambiance that somehow makes you want to listen to it again.

“Yo, I got that hit that beat the block
You can get that bass on below
I got that rock and roll
That future flow.”

28. G.Q. – “Disco Nights”

“Disco Nights” is a classic disco jam. 

And a groovy bass line is one of its best features.  

“Let the spirit flow all through your body
Just lend us an ear
Involve yourself, you’re free to follow
And we’ll take you there.”

29. Madonna – “Dance 2night”

Speaking of good bass songs to dance to, “Dance 2night” will surely get you moving.

It’s catchy, groovy, and unfortunately kind of underrated.

“Move your body, catch me from across the floor
Everybody’s watchin’, but I just wanna give you more
Don’t care ’bout nothin’, I’ve fallen for your love in the worst way.”

30. Alanis Morissette – “You Learn”

“You Learn” is one of the pop-rock songs with good bass.

It’s a bit subtle, but it affects the mood of the song.

31. Björk – “Army of Me”

In “Army of Me”, Björk sings about standing up for yourself and regaining control of your life.

The song also has some badass bass elements.

32. Burial – “Archangel”

Burial’s “Archangel” is dark, mysterious, and very captivating.

And although it could be described as a fast-paced song with heavy bass, it’s somehow very dreamy.

Almost hypnotic.

33. Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”

“Feel Good Inc.” is an indie classic.

In fact, the song is a combination of different styles, but it’s mostly characterized by its punchy bassline and a game-changing chorus.

And by its message, of course.

Windmill, windmill for the land
Turn forever hand in hand
Take it all in on your stride
It is ticking, falling down.

34. Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”

We didn’t forget about one of the most popular bass songs.

At the beginning of the song, the bass is so subtle, but it somehow defines the mood of the whole song.

It’s simply timeless.

35. Queen – “Another One Bites the Dust”

Another iconic bass song is “Another One Bites the Dust.”

It’s all about that bass.

No further explanation is needed.

36. Fleetwood Mac – “The Chain”

When it comes to rock songs with the best bass, “The Chain” is a classic.

At first, you think that the bass guitar won’t be crucial for the song.

And then you hear the part at 3:03. Goosebumps.

And if, you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain.

37. Rush – “YYZ”

If you’re a bass guitar player, playing “YYZ” might be a good challenge for you.

And if you’re here for listening suggestions, turn the volume up and enjoy the bass and the drums and some real musical talent.

38. The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”

Besides being a stadium anthem, “Seven Nation Army” is arguably one of the best songs for bass.

So, if you need some inspiration for your bass guitar practice, The White Stripes will get you back in the game.

39. The Cure – “The Lovecats”

This is another good song for bass guitar practice.

It’s a catchy and rather quirky song about, well, love cats.

40. New Order – “Age of Consent”

New Order’s “Age of Consent” is another classic.

And it’s literally characterized by that sweet, familiar bass line.

“And I’m not the kind that likes to tell you
Just what you want me to
You’re not the kind that needs to tell me
About the birds and the bees.”

41. FOALS – “In Degrees”

The bass in this song might not seem so striking, but it’s definitely important.

And it gets louder in the second part of the song.

Either way, “In Degrees” will make you feel like it’s the festival season (again).

42. Bob Moses – “Tearing Me Up”

Test your subwoofer with this captivating track.

Sit back, relax, and wait for that beautiful subtle bass notes.

43. Moderat – “Bad Kingdom”

If you’re looking for something more intense to test your subwoofer, maybe “Bad Kingdom” is more to your liking.

Nevertheless, it’s a fantastic song full of shuffling beats and dreamy vocals.

44. Herbie Hancock – “Chameleon”

If you prefer something jazzier, this one is for you.

That funky bass line is one of the things that makes this tune such a treat.

45. Stevie Wonder – “Superstition”

When it comes to sweet bass lines, we can’t skip Stevie Wonder’s signature song.

After all, “Superstition” is an all-time classic, and its bass line is a crucial part of its timeless charm.

When you believe in things
That you don’t understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition ain’t the way.

46. Lou Reed – “Walk On The Side”

You can recognize many songs simply by hearing the first bass line.

The moment you hear the bass line of  “Walk On The Side”, you know exactly what’s coming next.

“Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she.”

47. Nirvana – “Come As You Are” 

It’s the same story with “Come As You Are.” 

Its bass line is just so iconic.

And it’s definitely a good song of choice for your bass guitar lessons.

“Take your time, hurry up
Choice is yours, don’t be late
Take a rest as a friend.”

48. Angie Stone – “Wish I Didn’t Miss You”

Another great song you can easily play on your bass guitar is “Wish I Didn’t Miss You” by Angie Stone.

It’s a catchy and soulful tune with just the right amount of melancholy.

49. Duran Duran – “Rio”

Duran Duran’s “Rio” has one of the most famous bass lines.

And the song is undoubtedly one of the band’s musical highlights.

“Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand
Just like that river twisting through a dusty land
And when she shines, she really shows you all she can
Oh Rio, Rio dance across the Rio Grande.”

50. Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”

This popular hit has a very distinctive distorted bass.

It’s well-designed and it fits the song perfectly.

And without a doubt, “Radioactive” remains to be Imagine Dragons’ most powerful song.

“I’m waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age.”

Final Thoughts

So, that’s it for our compilation of the best bass songs.

Of course, there are many more great songs with a lot of bass, but they will have to wait until our next list of the top bass songs.

Until then, turn up the speakers and enjoy the bass sounds!

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Will, the founder of MIDDER, is a multifaceted individual with a deep passion for music and personal finance. As a self-proclaimed music and personal finance geek, he has a keen eye for futuristic technologies, especially those that empower creators and the public.

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