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Muse Tops List Of Best Bass Lines Ever With ‘Hysteria’

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According to a recent poll by Music Radar, Muse bassist Chris Wolstenholme laid down the best bass line ever on their 2003 track ‘Hysteria.’ What’s even more debatable than that is who didn’t make the list.

Polls are always kind of subjective. It all depends on who is participating in the voting and the results often mean next to nothing. That being said — the results often make for good conversation despite their relevance. This latest one conducted by Music Radar will be useful for that purpose.

The website set out to see what people thought the best bass lines of all time were, landing atop the list is Chris Wolstenholme’s driving robo-bass on Muse’s ‘Hysteria.’ A great bass line (and song) but is it really worthy of the “Best Bass Line Ever” title?

One of the more notable exclusions is revered bassist and Primus frontman Les Claypool. Metallica’s Cliff Burton made the list with ‘Orion,’ but his outstanding bass solo on ‘(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth’ is surprisingly absent.

Check out the list and let us know what is missing in the comment section below

01. ‘Hysteria’ – Muse (Chris Wolstenholme)

02. ‘YYZ’ – Rush (Geddy Lee)
03. ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ – Queen (John Deacon)
04. ‘Under Pressure’ – Queen & David Bowie (John Deacon)
05. ‘Money’ – Pink Floyd (Roger Waters)
06. ‘Orion’ – Metallica (Cliff Burton)

07. ‘Billie Jean’ – Michael Jackson (Louis Johnson)
08. ‘Roundabout’ – Yes (Chris Squire)
09. ‘My Generation’ – The Who (John Entwistle)
10. ‘Schism’ – Tool (Justin Chancellor)

11. ‘Give It Away’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers (Flea)

12. ‘The Lemon Song’ – Led Zeppelin (John Paul Jones)
13. ‘Taxman’ – The Beatles (Paul McCartney)
14. ‘Good Times’ – Chic (Bernard Edwards)
15. ‘The Chicken’ – Jaco Pastorius
16. ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ – Lou Reed (Herbie Flowers)
17. ‘What’s Going On’ – Marvin Gaye (James Jamerson)
18. ‘Stand By Me’ – Ben E King (Wendell Marshall)
19. ‘The Guns Of Brixton’ – The Clash (Paul Simonon)
20. ‘Sweet Emotion’ – Aerosmith (Tom Hamilton)
21. ‘Super Freak’ – Rick James (Oscar Alston)
22. ‘Pusherman’ – Curtis Mayfield (Joseph “Lucky” Scott)
23. ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra (Carol Kaye/Chuck Berghofer)
24. ‘In The Midnight Hour’ – Wilson Pickett (Donald “Duck” Dunn)
25. ‘Make It Funky’ – James Brown (Fred Thomas)

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