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Now, I'm not talking the best bass lines. I'm talking the bass line that, if you played them, people would definitely recognize them. Here's a start to the list (not in any order):

 

Money - Pink Floyd

Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

Under Pressure - Queen

Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

The Chain - Fleetwood Mac (towards the end of the song)

Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer

 

I'm sure I've missed a few, but these immediately come to mind.

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Good suggestions there. I'd say most anything by Macca, but then he had the advantage for the most part of the song being done and then adding the bass track later, allowing him to be creative so to speak.

 

This reminds me of the old joke though, that goes something like:

 

Explorer is in the Amazon jungle and drums are beating endlessly for days. His guide says "Don't worry about the drums, worry when they stop". Explorer asks why? Guide says "When drums stop, bass solo starts"! [scared]

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Now, I'm not talking the best bass lines. I'm talking the bass line that, if you played them, people would definitely recognize them. Here's a start to the list (not in any order):

 

Money - Pink Floyd

Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

Under Pressure - Queen

Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin

Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

The Chain - Fleetwood Mac (towards the end of the song)

Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer

 

I'm sure I've missed a few, but these immediately come to mind.

Hey guys hear's and oldie but a goodie from 1965 the Animals We Gotta get out of this place.

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Yeah, a LOT of McCartney's bass lines were pretty awesome, and (now) iconic.

How he did some of those, and still managed to sing, with the intensity he did,

is still amazing, to me. But then, I can't walk and chew gum, at the same time. [crying]

 

"Sting" does that, too!

 

CB

To me Paul McCartney is the most iconic bass player of all time. He is a singer/songwriter who practically plays bass solo while performing lead vocals - awesome indeed!

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To me Paul McCartney is the most iconic bass player of all time. He is a singer/songwriter who practically plays bass solo while performing lead vocals - awesome indeed!

Agreed. In my OP I noted that he did a lot of the bass lines "after the fact" but the reality is, he still had to duplicate that on stage, and quite often while singing. Am I impressed? Yeppers! That said, I'm somewhat in the CB crowd with that chewing gum and walking thing [biggrin]

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To me Paul McCartney is the most iconic bass player of all time. He is a singer/songwriter who practically plays bass solo while performing lead vocals - awesome indeed!

 

+1

his bass work is like a song within a song.

listen to his bass in "Penny Lane"

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Another One Bites The Dust-Queen

 

N.IB.-Black Sabbath

 

Guns Of Brixton-The Clash

 

I Don't Want To Go To Chelsea-Elvis Costello

 

I Am The Resurrection-The Stone Roses.

 

Taxman-The Beatles.

 

Achilles Last Stand-Led Zeppelin.

 

EDIT

oops--Queen already mentioned.

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