That Metal Debate: Top 5 Bass Riffs Of All-Time

by (@_bobina)

We kicked off the season premiere of That Metal Show this weekend with Russell Allen and Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob, along with David Draiman of Disturbed fame, and rocked out with TMS veteran Mike Portnoy on drums.

In the Season 11 premiere episode, we debated the Top 5 Bass Riffs (not players) with signature lines in songs. You know, when you heard the first few seconds of a song and immediately start banging your head because you know exactly how to play it on air guitar bass and you immediately get excited cause it’s your favorite song or cause it just rocks that hard? Yeah, that.

Off the top of our head, a few riffs come to mind as being undeniable classics. We’re talkin’ “N.I.B” from Black Sabbath, the iconic “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith that even your parents immediately recognize, almost ANY Iron Maiden song, Van Halen, etc … we could go on forever, but we won’t.

When Jennifer flipped the board, “N.I.B.” by Black Sabbath showed up in ALL THREE of the hosts’ lists, so it quickly became clear who would earn the top spot. After much debate, the guys were able to narrow their picks down to the TMS Top Bass Riff and here’s who they came up with:

TMS Top 5 Bass Riffs

  1. Megadeth “Peace Sells”
  2. Black Sabbath “N.I.B.”
  3. Van Halen “Runnin’ With The Devil”
  4. Motorhead “Ace Of Spades”
  5. Metallica “Anesthesia”


Watch the full episode below and leave a comment with your own Top 5 Bass Riffs! And don’t miss an all-new episode of TMS with Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), Stephen Riley and Phil Lewis of LA Guns this Saturday (8/18) at 11 p.m. EST on VH1 Classic.

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