Often overlooked, the bass guitar is a key addition to adding rhythm and funk to a song, it is more than just a guitar with less strings, it has a different tone and feeling. Bassists such as John Entwistle and Cliff Burton helped change everyone’s perception of the bass by highlighting its melodic potential. A good bass line will shake your core and help you to really feel the music.
Here are the top 11 coolest bass guitar solos where the bassists really helped to surpass and rule over the other instruments.
No 11: Blue Monk by Thelonious Monk
This jazz standard composed by Thelonious Monk has now been fully accepted despite all the dissonances and melodic twists that were surreal at its release in 1954. Here is the solo transcription of Christian McBride on Blue Monk. You can find it on the album Superbass 1997 – starting at 1’09.
No 10: All The Things You Are by Jerom Kern
Bassist Ron Carter played All The Things You Are with pianist Cedar Walton and Drummer Jack DeJohnette as part of the All American Trio, it was recorded in 1983. The transcription, made by Creator Antoine Brochot again, starts at 3’24 of the recording.
No 7: Runaway – Jamiroquai
An easy to learn well-known song with an extra funky bass guitar solo.
No 6: Stand By Me – Ben E. King
The ultimate proof that a bass line can increase the potential of a song. The playing is minimalist and terribly efficient.
No 5: Lovely Day – Bill Withers
A beautifully melodic bass line.
No 4: I Want You Back – The Jackson 5
Another iconic bass line that stands on its own, without the need for other instruments to accompany it to recognize the song. You can try it out even if you’re pretty new to the bass.
No 3: Papa was a Rolling Stone – The Temptations
A massively badass bass guitar solo!
No 2: You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes
One of my favorite bass guitar solo thanks to his never-ending enthusiasm, You can’t Hurry Love would be nothing without the tuneful beats of the bass.
No 1: Dean Town – Vulfpeck
A super funky bass guitar solo that you’ll have lots of fun learning.