Chris Wolstenholm’s Hysteria performance is voted the all-time greatest riff ahead of Rush, Queen, Metallica, Who, Chilis and Led Zep


Chart toppers: Muse

The bass line from Muse’s 2003 track Hysteria has been voted the best of all time ahead of performances by Rush, Queen, Metallica, the Who, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Led Zeppelin.

Nearly a quarter of all votes in Music Radar’s poll went to the prog-pop three-piece, who included the track and its robotic-like bass intro on their album Absolution.

Around 10,000 people cast votes in a feature its editors say is “probably the most essential bass playlist ever compiled, featuring legendary session players, global megastars and contemporary bass heroes too.”

Music Radar says of the poll-winner: “Chris Wolstenholme certainly takes centre-stage with his intricate processed riff driving the singalong and providing a fat bedrock for Matt Bellamy’s guitar histrionics.”

Rush’s instrumental YYZ, from their Moving Pictures album, came a very close second. Queen might have scored higher in the ratings if their vote hadn’t been split between John Deacon’s work on number-three track Another One Bites the Dust and following entry Under Pressure.

But iconic bassists including Flea, John Paul Jones and Paul McCartney didn’t even break the top ten.

Music Radar’s 25 best bass lines of all time

1. Muse – Hysteria (Chris Wolstenholme)
2. Rush – YYZ (Geddy Lee)
3. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen (John Deacon)
4. Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie (John Deacon)
5. Money – Pink Floyd (Roger Waters)
6. Orion – Metallica (Cliff Burton)
7. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson (Louis Johnson)
8. Roundabout – yes (Chris Squire)
9. My Generation – The Who (John Entwistle)
10. Schism – Tool (Justin Chancellor)
11. Give It Away – Red Hot Chili Peppers (Flea)
12. The Lemon Song – Led Zeppelin (John Paul Jones)
13. Taxman – The Beatles (Paul McCartney)
14. Good Times – Chic (Bernard Edwards)
15. The Chicken – Jaco Pastorius
16. Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed (Herbie Flowers)
17. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye (James Jamerson)
18. Stand By Me – Ben E King (Wendell Marshall)
19. The Guns of Brixton – The Clash (Paul Simonon)
20. Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith (Tom Hamilton)

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