Top 11 Coolest Bass Guitar Solos

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.

► Play Blue Monk by Thelonious Monk on your bass

Watch Antoine Brochot, Creator on Jellynote, as he plays his own transcription

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.

► Play All the Things You Are by Jerom Kern on the bass

Original recording made in 1984

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No 7: Runaway – Jamiroquai

An easy to learn well-known song with an extra funky bass guitar solo.

► Play Runaway by Jamiroquai on your bass

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.

► Play Stand By Me by Ben E. King on your bass

No 5: Lovely Day – Bill Withers

A beautifully melodic bass line.

► Play Lovely Day by Bill Withers on your bass

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.

► Play I Want You Back by The Jackson 5 on your bass

No 3: Papa was a Rolling Stone – The Temptations

A massively badass bass guitar solo!

► Play Papa was a Rolling Stone by The Temptations on your bass

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.

► Play You Can’t Hurry Love by The Supremes on your bass

No 1: Dean Town – Vulfpeck

A super funky bass guitar solo that you’ll have lots of fun learning.

► Play Dean Town by Vulfpeck on your bass

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William Ridd is a writer based in London. After a messy divorce from the clarinet, William decided that playing music wasn’t for him, but he continues to appreciate it and likes writing about it.
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