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Hmmm...

Psycho Killer - Talking Heads

Another One Bites The Dust - Queen

Under Pressure - Queen + Bowie

Killer - Seal/Adamski

Cars - Gary Numan

 

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Overdose - AC/DC

He just plays one bleedin’ note but it works so well under the guitar chords. It really makes the song.

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Great idea for a thread! :)

Fontella Bass - Rescue Me

John Holt - Help Me Make it Through the Night.

I only thought of these 'cos I'm playing them at the moment.

Planning on learning the songs suggested above now :) 👍

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Just now, hiram.k.hackenbacker said:

Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz

Are you gonna go my way is a great bass line, but it has a bass solo and several trills and very tricky timing at the end, I wouldn't really class it as a simple bass line at all.  I thought we were discussing 1-3 note lines or repetitive patterns?

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Once In A Lifetime -- Talking Heads

Love Action -- Human League (synth line, ooh controversial!)

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Walk on the wild side - Lou Reed

Come together - Beatles

Zombie - Cranberries

Crazy - Gnarls Barkley

 

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A few fretless suggestions 

Tear down the walls - by the firm

id you ever look so nice - by the samples 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Shaggy said:

Walk on the wild side - Lou Reed

Come together - Beatles

Zombie - Cranberries

Crazy - Gnarls Barkley

 

no no no no not Zombie. :( When I started playing bass, many moons ago, we covered zombie and I hated playing it.

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54 minutes ago, Crusoe said:

no no no no not Zombie. :( When I started playing bass, many moons ago, we covered zombie and I hated playing it.

Lol, I just thought it fitted the OP criteria - agreed it can be a bit dirge-y unless covered by a really good singer (and likewise I used to nod off when playing it years ago in a covers band - same with "with or without you") but the original is a great and powerful song.   

Some really good examples in posts above, although some I wouldn't call all that simple

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Tube Station/Eton Rifles by The Jam - in fact many too many Jam songs to list imo.

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