What’s the point of spending the big bucks on headphones, earbuds, or speakers, if you don’t have the audio to stress test their quality?
For the ultimate test, use these tracks which offer the perfect separation and ranges of sounds to see if your money was well spent:
These are the 10 best bass songs to test out your new tech.
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10. “I Can’t Stop” by Flux Pavillion
One of the best bass songs remains “I Can’t Stop” by Flux Pavillion. As the song begins, the first 20 seconds can put you into a sense of comfort, making you assume it is a chill vocal trance track:
However, as the song begins to pick up steam, there are layers of abrasive, heavy sounds added, along with a lot of rumbling and vibrating to shake up your speakers.
9. “Sail” by AWOLNATION
Many people may find the song Sail by AWOLNATION a bit weird to include amongst the best bass songs. However, the song beautifully combines elements of instrumental orchestral music that your tech will do well to pick out clearly.
Another thing that stands out in this song is the distorted bass, along with the more distorted vocals.
8. “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen
The Queen bassist John Deacon came up with this iconic bass riff, “Another One Bites the Dust.” He even played most of the instruments in the song.
This track remains one of the biggest crossover hits with the disco and bass audience.
7. “Derp” by Bassjackers and MAKJ
From the very opening “DERP” will hit you hard with its high-impact bass beat. This is a festival big room house beat that has been tailor-made to blow up the speakers.
6. “Down with the Bass” by fIREHOSE
This song can be placed anywhere between rock, jazz, funk, and bass. “Down with the Bass” is the perfect introduction to Mike Watt’s highly expressive and inventive style and technique.
The song begins with an almost slap-bass fun feel, with the tune filled with remarkable riffs.
5. “Licking Stick” by James Brown
James Brown is the godfather of Soul. There are several tunes of Brown’s that find it to everyone’s favorites list. “Licking Stick” is a worthy entry to the best bass songs due to Timothy Drummond’s syncopated bass line.
The song grooves, booms, and carries weight because of its unusual arrangement. This is one song that will definitely put your tech through its paces.
4. “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” by Sly and The Family Stone
Larry Graham is the secret weapon of Sly Stone that ensures that their songs are chartbusters. Known to be a dedicated soul and R&B player, Graham has made a significant contribution to bass with this single “Thank You.”
This is the song that established Graham as the inventor of the slap bass style of playing, which combines a rhythmic and percussive style. This bass technique has become very famous and instantly recognizable as the very foundation of funk.
3. “God’s Plan” by Drake
Drake is considered to be one of the finest musicians of today. He has transformed hip-hop music, combining the virtually impossible rap and pop music genres to a beautiful result.
The song “God’s Plan” was one of the biggest hits of 2018. This was not only because of the actual song but also because of the video, where he gives away $1-million around Miami. The bass of the song is noteworthy and a must-listen at least once.
2. “Hysteria” by Muse
The first time you listen to this song, you might not understand why it’s included as one of the best bass songs. However, give it a second chance, and you will find that at the heart of the rock song is a movement-heavy bass line that is the weight of the entire song – from start to finish.
The steady and frantic bassline lends guitarist Matt Bellamy the space to create a unique texture and atmosphere. If you are looking for a bass-heavy song, then “Hysteria” should be a must on the list.
1. “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons
“Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons is famous for its simple chordal structure and the shouted gang vocals that have lent it instant pop appeal. The song has a mid-tempo arrangement that was way ahead of its time in 2012.
The song was a bold statement with its mix of layered acoustic and electric stringed and fretted instruments, combined with heavily distorted and pulsating synth sounds. The dirty bass and heavy percussion are what give the song its impacting appeal and #1 status on this list.