In a departure from my usual, here I list my “Top 18 Hardest Hitting Bass Tracks of All Time”. From the 80′s till today, many have no equal. The links included go to YouTube where, if and while available, you can listen for yourself. Granted, YT is not the best when it comes to sound, but you will get the idea. It should be worth noting that I am sure other good basslines exist, but this list is tuned more to my liking and opinion rather then “all” available tracks. I started with eleven, had fourteen and ended at eighteen because I could not quite make it to twenty, nor cut enough to make it back down to eleven.
Some include explicit lyrics, be forewarned, because that is how I roll.
- Beastie Boys – Paul Revere: A backwards bass accident that turned into an awesome bassline makes my list at Number One. The link is actually to a well done World of Warcraft video and not anything official from Beastie Boys. Nobody has been able to replicate this type of bass as good as the original. Enjoy!
- DJ Magic Mike – Feel The Bass: This tune, short on lyrics, will make your sub-woofers cry. The video is just text, but you are not seeking the visuals, are you?
- Far East Movement – Like a G6: For some kickin’ bass that is a bit newer, here is “Like a G6″.
- : Nothing like the CD version, but Sir Mix-A-Lot will keep those speakers working hard. This particular video selection has high output volume relative to the other ones listed here.
- : Warning Explicit Lyrics – No bass list can be complete without throwing Too Short into the mix. My favorite from the artist, but as the title suggests, it is not a tune for everyone. You have been warned… thrice.
- Yello – Oh Yeah: One that you have probably heard before and never knew that Yello crafted this fine bass. However, Ferris Bueller knows.
- Kyper – Tic Tac Toe: One hit wonder? Maybe… but this song kicks a bassline that you (should) never forget and my old speakers will never forgive me for.
- 2 Live Crew – Me So Hor-ny: Warning Explicit Lyrics – Broke the mold and discussed parents everywhere, 2 Live Crew absolutely must make any bass top list.
- The Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow: Nothing exceptional here from a mainstream radio group (I first heard this tune on the radio and liked it, before I knew it was BEP that did it) except quality bass with a strange video attached.
- : Warning Explicit Lyrics – A good quality upload of Eazy-E without any video other then an album cover. I destroyed several pairs of woofers and melted an amp with this tune many years ago.
- Ester Dean – Drop It Low: Kickin’ song recently released with awesome bass.
- Wale – Chillin’: The one and only track that I like from Wale, (probably because Lady Gaga is thrown in there for fun) Chillin’ has a rockin’ bassline.
- Snoop Dogg – Drop It Like It’s Hot: Classic and catchy bassline by Snoop Dogg.
- Ice Cube – Friday: Awesome bassline crafted by Ice Cube. A bit toned down from his earlier works with N.W.A. (see #17 if you dare).
- LL Cool J – Going Back To Cali: A timeless classic by LL Cool J.
- Oaktown’s 357 – Juicy Gotcha Krazy: Still high on my list of great basslines, Oaktown’s 357 thumps.
- N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton: Warning Explicit Lyrics – Not extremely hard hitting, but a bump to remember from one of the groups that, like it or not, sprung “gangsta rap” into the mainstream media’s face.
- Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock – It Takes Two: Those two proved it took two to make it outta sight with this dance hit in the late 80′s and early 90′s.