10 Songs That Are All About That Bass

One of the biggest hit singles of this summer has been Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”.

A good summer jam is often highlighted by a prominent bass riff that will get any listener up & moving.

In a top 10 list made for VH1.com, Trainor names some of her favorite songs, for any time of year, that really ARE all about that bass.

Check with your instructor about learning any one of these.


Michael Jackson “Billie Jean”

On a song centered almost completely on drum machine, the thumping bass riff is what grabs the listener at the beginning. Surprisingly, that lengthy intro was almost cut from the final recording.


Chic “Good Times”

Probably the bass line that launched a million rap tunes, it was sampled for the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”, the first rap song to cross over to the pop charts & become a national hit.


Queen “Another One Bites The Dust”

Bass guitarist John Deacon was directly inspired by “Good Times” to create his own classic riff for this song, which became the band’s biggest hit & was suggested by friend Michael Jackson for release as a single.


Parliament “Flash Light”

Although this song’s bass line was actually played on synthesizer by keyboard player Bernie Worrell, it is one that can easily be accomplished on a bass guitar.


The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army”

As the band did not have a bass guitarist, the descending riff was actually from Jack White’s guitar after it was altered by a recording trick to lower its pitch.


For 5 more look here:  http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2014-08-20/10-songs-that-are-all-about-that-bass/

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