So, really, how important is a bassline in a song you hear on the radio? The answer: Very.
To understand this, let’s compare a bassline in a song to a foundation of a house. Most of the time, you don’t even notice that the house foundation exists. But if you take it away? The whole house collapses in a heap of rubble.
In a nutshell, if the bass player doesn't have a great sense of rhythm, then it wouldn't matter if the rest of the band was made up of superstar musicians. The music would essentially be garbage.
Many songs have amazing basslines, so if we neglected to include your favorite, please add it in the comments section.
(The songs are in no particular order.)
13. “Longview” by Green Day
12. “Come Together” by The Beatles
11. “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
10. “Would?” by Alice in Chains
9. “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac
8. “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon
7. “Groove Is In The Heart” by Deee-Lite
6. “Boogie Oogie Oogie” by A Taste of Honey
5. “Roundabout” by Yes
4. “Higher Ground” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. “Under Pressure” by David Bowie and Queen
2. “Rio” by Duran Duran
1. ”Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson