The Bassiest Songs of All Time
Just acquired some sweet new subwoofers, and looking for some tunes that will test them to their limits, as well as scare away small animals? Look no further as we present our Top 10 bassiest songs of all time.
Not since the nu-metal craze of the early noughties has a musical genre struck suck a chord with teeny-boppers, hipsters and geeks alike, uniting all with the raw power of the trademark drop and the bone-crushingly heavy basslines. I’m talking about dubstep, of course. Dubstep in itself is a hugely varied genre – from the shopping mall, cookie cutter mainstream (say that Skrillex sucks in a highschool anywhere and witness the furious reaction) to the more raw and unfiltered underground dubstep of artists like Loefah and Skream. The surge in popularity of dubstep has led me to consider the bassiest songs I’ve heard over the years – songs that have left a mark as being so bass-heavy they almost crushed my innards and forced an involuntary bowel movement. Most of the selections are from the electronic music genre, naturally, but I’ve tried to throw a few curve-balls in there. Without further ado, I present – my selection of the most bass heavy, soul-crushing, skull-shattering tracks of all time. And no, it’s not just ten random dubstep songs.
Bass Mekanik – Doctor Oblivion
Bass Mekanik, otherwise known as Neil Case, is a Miami based DJ who has pioneered the art form of ‘bass music’ – music specifically designed to test audio equipment to its limits, particularly subwoofers. His music won’t be topping the charts anytime soon, as it’s not exactly radio friendly, but if you’re after dance music with ridiculously heavy bass then you need to check this out. The basslines in this strong in particular are so unbelievably powerful they could be prescribed as a laxative.
Pendulum – The Tempest
The Australian drum and bass crew known as Pendulum are the ultimate genre spanners. Between drum and bass, techstep, jump-up, liquid funk, pop, and rock, they are a constantly evolving, diverse and massively entertaining entity, and one of the best electronic acts of the past decade. They have a number of standout tracks, so picking one is hard, but this one stands out as being an epic DNB-cum-metal masterwork with a kickass bass track.
Skream – Midnight Request Line
Skream, a British-based producer out of Croydon, is one of the most widely known early dubstep innovators, a product of the UK Garage and Drum and Bass scene that was so prominent in the early noughties. He released his debut album Skream! in 2006, well before dubstep as we know it today hit the mainstream, and this track from 2005, Midnight Request Line, has been touted by the music press as “dubstep’s most recognizable crossover hit”. It’s in this list because it’s a fine example of how dubstep transitioned from the darker, more underground sound to the more melodic, dance-oriented style that you recognise today (although still most definitely an underground track), and has a very, very phat bass line.
Beats Antique – Revival
This song’s a little more from left field, the twisted creation of Beats Antique, an American experimental musical outfit who are an eclectic blend of tribal fusion and modern electronic dance. This song, Revival, is absolutely killer, an intoxicating mix of thumping bass, African-style drums, enthrallingly playful melodies and French accordion.
Loefah – Horror Show
This song starts with Christian Bale’s brilliant, chilling monologue as Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, and continues into a grinding, sparse yet absorbing landscape populated with echoes of ear smashing, weighty lower frequencies. The bass is quite phenomenal on this track. Here’s the full quote from Patrick Bateman, just because it’s so damn good.
There are no more barriers to cross. All I have in common with the uncontrollable and the insane, the vicious and the evil, all the mayhem I have caused and my utter indifference toward it I have now surpassed. My pain is constant and sharp, and I do not hope for a better world for anyone. In fact, I want my pain to be inflicted on others. I want no one to escape. But even after admitting this, there is no catharsis; my punishment continues to elude me, and I gain no deeper knowledge of myself. No new knowledge can be extracted from my telling. This confession has meant nothing.
Nas – Shoot Em Up
This track from Nas’s fourth studio album, Nastradamus, is old school hip hop at its best, singing about gangster shootouts, murder and guns. Check out this song for the bass, though, which is subtle at first yet stomach churningly powerful on any good system.
Dj Magic Mike – Feel The Bass
A renowned electronic music producer out of the Miami scene, DJ Magic Mike has been producing electro-funk inspired hip hop with crushing bass since 1988. His trademark hissy cymbals and cheesy samples might not appeal to all, but one listen to this track and you won’t be doubting its place within this list. This track, as the name suggests, provides bass. Lots and lots of it. Enjoy.
Future Forces Inc. – Intensify
This techstep act combines elements of drum and bass and dark industrial, creating a high-energy, high-tech soundscape of beeps, samples and drums. This track in particular has a phenomenal bass section and will probably appeal to fans of both dubstep and old school drum and bass.
Mat Zo feat. Linnea Schossow – The Sky
Mat Zo is a name on the cusp of greatness; if you’re a casual electronic music fan, you might not have heard of him, but if you’re into the trance or drum and bass scenes at all you will know who I’m talking about. He’s released several absolutely smashing tracks so far in his career, (still only 23), and this is one of the highlights; a dreamy, uplifting and ecstasy-inducing musical journey with a devastating bassline. The video is absolutely stunning, as well.
Snoop Dogg / Snoop Lion – Drop It Like Its Hot
I had to finish with a classic. This song, featuring Pharrell, is just a great time, minimalist to the extreme with nothing but a sparse drum beat and crushing bass yet with a catchy as all hell chorus and a beat you can chill the fuck out to. For that reason it’s one of the highest selling hip hop tracks of all time, and worthy of the Number 10 spot in this list.
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