Turn up the volume and boost the bass on these 10 songs that’ll make the perfect additions to any playlist. Regardless of the genres featured on a playlist, these are some of the best bass songs to add across all genres.
1. Hysteria – Muse
“Hysteria” is most well-known for the intricate basslines featured throughout the song. The song is sometimes better known as “Hysteria (I Want It Now)” as that was the full title on the US release of the song. It’s one of the most iconic riffs throughout all of Muse’s songs. The alternative rock band has a rather unique sound that can’t be confused for anyone else. This song has one of the best basslines of all time. Muse is still considered a somewhat niche band, but “Hysteria” still got a decent amount of media usage so it’s one of those songs that a lot of people don’t know that they know.
2. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons’ popular breakthrough single “Radioactive” has a chill vibe and strong lyrics that are backed by heavy bass. The song has limited accompaniment but the bass part comes through strongly. The alternative rock single spent more consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 than any other song in the history of the chart. Imagine Dragons hasn’t seen quite the level of success since the release of the beloved song “Radioactive.”
3. Yeah! – Usher
One of the best songs with strong bass to dance to is “Yeah!” by Usher. It also features the popular artists Ludacris and Lil Jon. The song earned a Grammy Award for being the best rap/sung collaboration. It features elements of hip hop, R&B, and crunk music. Turn up the volume and try to resist dancing through this song.
4. Brick House – The Commodores
If there’s a playlist that needs some retro flair, the beloved funk song “Brick House” by The Commodores fits the bill. It’s a song that almost everyone knows regardless of the age of the song. It’s hard not to want to dance to this provocative song that has had media usage pretty consistently through the past four decades. One of the most recent notable usages was in the movie Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen when Bumblebee played the song through his radio but was more recently released as downloadable content for the music videogame Rock Band 4.
5. Come As You Are – Nirvana
The bass-heavy grunge classic “Come As You Are” is perfect addition to any playlist. Nirvana’s sound is undeniable, recognizable, and loved by just about everyone. “Come As You Are” is still being loved as if it were new due to its inclusion in the movie Captain Marvel but Nirvana is one of those bands that never really goes out of style.
6. Animal I Have Become – Three Days Grace
“Animal I Have Become” is one of the most beloved Three Days Grace songs. Even with the long list of highly rated rock singles the band released with Adam Gontier as their frontman, “Animal I Have Become” remains one that stands out. The bass really cuts through the song even with the strong rock vocals. Whether or not the audio settings are on bass boost, any listener may think that they are with this one.
7. Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
“Are You Gonna Be My Girl” is Jet’s most successful song to date. The song relived its popularity a few years after its initial release when it was included in the original Rock Band’s track listing. The rock song is perfect for any playlist since it has classic rock elements but also an upbeat tempo for those looking for something to dance to.
8. Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
Black Eyed Peas have released plenty of great singles with strong bass lines but none quite as iconic as “Boom Boom Pow.” It’s one of the highest rated singles of all-time according to Billboard so this song is truly unmatched to anyone looking to add some electro music to a bass playlist.
9. Papercut – Linkin Park
Papercut is one of those songs that just requires the volume to get turned all the way up. From Linkin Park’s popular debut album Hybrid Theory, it’s the perfect addition to a rock-heavy bass playlist a great homage to the band’s late singer Chester Bennington.
10. Feel Good Inc. – Gorillaz
“Feel Good Inc.” is Gorillaz’s most successful single to date and its best known for its prominent bassline. The animated band transcends multiple genres and doesn’t really fit into any one lane making it a great fit for a variety of bass playlists. It also has some strong angsty themes including the media dumbing things down and intellectual freedom.
Regardless of the genre of the bass playlist being created, these are some of the songs featuring the best basslines. Some or all of these are sure to fit into making the perfect mix.