When we talk about music, we’re talking about the incredible sound of a song or the great rhythm. We rarely mention the bass. But it’s the bass that holds a piece together, making it a unit. And it’s also the bass that often defines the climaxes of a song and makes our emotions run high when we play the music aloud.
Here’s a list of bass-infused songs you can use to rock out and dream to.
(You can find a Spotify playlist at the end of the article.)
1. Usher – “Yeah”
Usher’s hit song “Yeah” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for 12 consecutive weeks.
The hit song “Yeah” by R&B star Usher was created by famous rap artists like Lil Jon and Ludacris. The bass thunders steadily to the fast, so-called crunk tempo infamous on dance floors. Sharp synth segments with occasional exotic triangle rings boost the highs in this bass song, while the lows maintain a robust presence.
The music video is set in a club where Usher spends some time with his buddies. Usher’s girlfriend isn’t around, and a girl from the club approaches Usher to seduce him. He tries to decide how far to let it go with the girl during the song.
Every time he tries to be faithful to his girlfriend and not respond to the seductive girl, he is met with a loud voice that says, “Yeah!” he says, seduced into cheating again.
2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Can’t Hold Us”
“Can’t Hold Us” was written by American hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and singer Ray Dalton. The song was the second single from the studio album “The Heist,” released in August 2011.
The song has an upbeat, peppy beat and makes you want to sing and dance with pounding bass. The lively bass beats powerfully complement the tempo of the lyrics sung by Macklemore. “Can’t Hold Us” is one of those bass songs that is addictive. It is brought to a very entertaining rhythm by a full band, drums, piano, and tambourines.
3. David Guetta – “Titanium”
“Titanium” is a pop song by French DJ and music producer David Guetta. For the vocals, Guetta hired Australian singer Sia.
The lyrics of the song talk about inner strength. Sia’s voice adds a mysterious mood to the melody of the song.
“Titanium” features intense dance club-style beats. The pulsating pulse of the bass is incessant and emotionally gripping. Heightened passion and spirited wastes accentuated by the presence of well-placed explosive bass deepen the booming excitement of this electric bass song all the more.
4. Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”
“Radioactive” is a modern mix of dubstep and electronic rock. The booming bass grows steadily throughout the song, accelerating into intense lows during the chorus. The lyrics, proclaiming revolution and rebirth in a chemical age, amplify the emotions as deeply as the bass that makes the soul vibrate.
Lead singer Dan Reynolds explained the meaning of the song to MTV News, “Radioactive to me is a very masculine, powerful sounding song and the lyrics behind it are very personal. But in general, the song is about awakening, about waking up one day and deciding to do something new and see life in a new way. A lot of people darkly hear the song, but I think without saying the word too many times, it’s empowering, and so we wanted to show that in a way that the listener wouldn’t normally see it.”
5. Linkin Park – “Papercut
“Papercut” is the first song on Linkin Park’s debut album, Hybrid Theory, and it’s about people who have been pissing you off for years and how you hate them.
The song is an immensely satisfying rock metal hit. Paranoid and extreme from the start, “Papercut” features the headbanging sound typical of a rock concert. As usual with Linkin Park, this fierce track offers a unique sound. The song has an edgy bass that is anything but mellow.
The creepy lyrics and metallic bass riffs are eerie in a positive way and work well to escape the monotony.
6. Black Eyed Peas – “Boom Boom Pow”
At the beginning of the song, the singer will meditate.i.am and affirms a new, futuristic sound for itself and the rest of the Peas. “I got that rock-and-roll, that future flow.” Fergie, Taboo, and apl.en.ap each offers a variation of this theme, on which will. i.am demonstrates the theme’s function in a series of fast raps, interspersed with digital effects. The song ends with Fergie’s initial verse that takes the listener back to the beginning.
Electronically stimulated energy allows the bass to play to the tuned vocals of will.i.am and Fergie explode. Futuristic beats drive “Boom Boom Pow” from beginning to end.
7. Hadouken! – “M.A.D.”
“M.A.D.” is an EP by the new rave band Hadouken! from 2009.
“M.A.D.” by the London band Hadouken is full of chaos and turmoil! An excessive electronic hype. The crackling bass threatens to “crack your skull,” and the constant pounding of drums and bass supports the hard-hitting, electronic lyrics and chaos. Every single second is madness.
Mysterious ups and downs keep the listener on their toes.
The music video for “M.A.D.” is about a villain in a mouse outfit. This one tries to buy a bottle of alcohol in a store, but the clerk refuses to sell it to the man in the mouse outfit. Eventually, the lousy mouse beats up the salesman, drinks the alcohol, and gets guilty because of his actions.
Finally, a man in a cat costume shows up and beats up the villain, probably killing him with a brick by the end of the video.
8. Van Morrison – “Moondance”
Van Morrison takes his inspiration for new songs from many different sources. Sometimes it’s a lyric or a title idea that gives birth to a new song, or a new idea comes from a melody. “Moondance” started as a jazz saxophone instrumental.
Morrison played the original sax solo he wrote for this song. To Rolling Stone magazine, he said, “I played that saxophone number over and over again, every time I picked up my horn.”
This Rolling Stone quote is all we’ll get from Van Morrison regarding making “Moondance.” He is notorious for talking about his music, and Morrison believes his songs should speak for themselves.
The flute is a big part of this song. It was played by Collin Tilton, who replaced John Payne for the Moondance album.
The vocals of “Van the Man” take center stage in this song. The saxophone stings and thrives on the flute, the listener’s ear is captivated throughout. The bass ticks throughout and keep everything in time.
9. Awolnation – “Sail”
Written and recorded by frontman Aaron Bruno, “Sail” is Awolnation’s most successful hit to date. The simple lyrics let the bass penetrate your ear freely and unhindered.
The driving bass adds power and momentum to the crashing symbols and haunting vocals from the start.
The lyrics tell how the song’s protagonist wants to sail away from his problems. The problems overwhelm him, and it seems that he can’t get rid of the fear of not living up to people’s expectations.
10. New Order – “Age of Consent
“Age of Consent” appeared on the “Power, Corruption & Lies” from 1983. A Howie B remix was produced in 1995 for the rest of the New Order compilation album.
The song was played by New Order 208 times in concert and made its live debut in 1982. After being quiet for 22 years, the song was sung live again in 2011 (the last live performance was in 1989).
Peter Hook’s bass is one of the most recognizable sounds in music. The sound underpinned Joy Division and New Order and provided a long list of classic hooks.
11. Muse – “Hysteria
This bass song by English alternative rock band Muse is known as “Hysteria (I Want It Now).” It appeared on their third studio album, “Absolution.”
This obsessive song is about a stalker who loses his mind while chasing after a girl. “I want you now, I’ll feel my heart implode,” sings Matt Bellamy.
“Hysteria” is a heavy electronic track full of momentum and stamina. Bass is the central motif from the first note to the last, enhancing frontman Matthew Bellamy’s head voice. The real magic happens during the bass guitar arpeggio solos, especially after the second chorus when the riff takes center stage.
12. Bassnectar & Seth Drake – “Above and Beyond”
DJ Bassnectar is known for mixing music genres such as hip-hop, dubstep, drum N bass, and glitch across genres. He has made his mark in the highly competitive music market and gained a good reputation.
“Above and Beyond” was born out of active collaboration with his mastering engineer Seth Drake, the latest addition to the Amorphous Music team.
The song takes bass to a new level of deep, underground sound. DJ Bassnectar creates excessive electronic depths in this stunning track. Also, pay attention to the use of the random string and piano melody. “Above and Beyond” is a legitimate explosion of bass and sound.
Complexity at its finest.
13. Massive Attack – “Angel”
A brilliant, brooding bass riff from Bristol trip-hop kings Massive Attack.
The video for the song features Grant “Daddy G.” Marshall in a parking garage. He heads for the exit as Robert del Naja, Andrew Vowles, and Horace Andy come up behind him. They approach him gradually, which intimidates him. As a result, more and more people start to follow Grant Marshall.
He runs out of the parking garage until he reaches a fence and can go no further. As he turns to face the pursuers, they stop and look at him. Then he notices that they mirror his movements as if his body controls them.
Suddenly he charges towards his pursuers, and they run away from him.
“Angel” is an unusual song in that it uses only two chords for the entire song. The bass line is strongly pronounced, with other elements fading in and out.
14. Fat Larry’s Band – “Act Like You Know”
A funk tune from the early 1980s with a high recognition value. Plucked bass notes glide up and down the lower end of the frequency spectrum, sounding punchy, natural, and detailed.
Vocals and keys also provide harmonic unison at the other end of the spectrum.
“Act Like You Know” is one of the earworms among bass songs with a fat, punchy bassline.
15. Mala – “New Life Baby Paris”
If you don’t just want to hear the bass, but feel it as well? Then Mala’s “New Life Baby Paris” is the right choice for you.
Dubstep referenced garage, drum ‘n’ bass, dub reggae, and more to create a new sound in the early 2000s. Characterized by scattered drum and sub-bass notes, this is as good a track as they come, from the early days of the sound of one of its founding fathers. “New Life Baby Paris” is also a great rhythm and bass control test.
Deep bass hits sit under synthesizer stabs, and drums provide a complex rhythm. This rhythm requires great skill and top audio output devices to appreciate it properly.
16. Jamie Lidell – “What A Shame”
Englishman Jamie Lidell is known for his contributions across the board to musicians like Feist, Grizzly Bear, and Gonzales. He uses a diverse range of electronic layering and textured, sequenced melodies, classifying him as the voice of a new soul era.
After capturing the eardrums of many listeners with his soulful single “Completely Exposed,” he tackled a new number titled “What A Shame.” The song plays with the post-dubstep genre, combining heavy bass and expressive experimentalism. His blend of smooth vocals, effortless electro riffs, and funky grooves makes his music worth listening to.
17. Kamiyada – “Restraints”
DMV rapper Kamiyada cites artists like Earl Sweatshirt, MF DOOM, and Bones as influences and draws inspiration from Nirvana and Slipknot. “A lot of my music personally is heavily influenced by horrorcore, punk rock, and heavy metal,” he says. The tone of the music varies from serious film music, with really dark lyrics, to complex, heavy metal production, topped off with hardcore vocals, screams, and more.
Kamiyada is one of the founders of a collective called The Midnight Society. Like XXXTENTACION and Syringe, he mixes rap with heavy, daredevil rock elements. His delivery ranges from militant screaming to a syllable-heavy Denzel Curry rap style.
He is very versatile and can jump in his work from punky hip-hop to more understated songs like “Restraints.”
18. Slow Skies – “On The Shore” (Hyperbits Remix)
New York producer Hyperbits has released a massive remix of Slow Skies’ “On The Shore” via Ego Artist Management. Since Hyperbit’s debut album “Move” in June 2012, the producer has been creating major sonic storms in the stratosphere of electronic dance music.
His “On The Shore” remix is addictive and leaves listeners eagerly awaiting new work from Hyperbits.
19. Rob Stone – “Chill Bill”
Rob Stone’s track “Chill Bill” was inspired by a 2014 arrest. Stone and a friend were arrested after “they thought we were gonna rob this house,” Stone revealed to Hip Hop DX. “That’s what we wanted too, but it was a different house.
I didn’t get it right away. But it woke me up, like yo, nigga, I need to chill out.”
Stone, J. Davis, and Spooks each put down a verse. Stone explained, “This song was born out of relief at being released from the police force. We had a minor altercation and were dismissed, and I was frustrated because I knew we didn’t do anything.
They just wasted my time. Right after we got laid off, we went to Spooks’ house, J. Davis laid down the beat, and we started writing the song.”
20. Igor Stravinsky – “The Rite of Spring”
“The Rite of Spring” is a ballet and orchestral concert work by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. The piece was written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes Company.
The composition is considered one of the most influential works of the 20th. Century. “The Rite of Spring” is a cacophony of instruments with ominous, pounding drums taking center stage while the rest of the orchestra seemingly struggles for dominance. Angry strings and scratchy brass demand power, precision, and good speakers to enjoy the whole bass.
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With a pair of high-quality speakers or even suitable headphones, you can enjoy the bass of these revolutionary songs and let them take you to another world.