Meghan Trainor has one of the hottest summer jams this season with “All About That Bass,” her tribute to those girls with that extras “boom boom that all the boys chase.” And no summer jam worth it’s saltwater taffy doesn’t have that deep low end, usually thanks to a grooving bass riff, that makes you want to grind into the wee hours on a hot summer night. We asked Meghan to share some of her favorite bass-riffs with us and pulled together 8 more down rump thumpers that will have you shaking the junk in your trunk until school starts in the fall. From disco to classic rock, from the King of Pop to the King of Punk Funk, check out 10 songs that are all about that bass.
Michael Jackson “Billie Jean”
Based (get it, based?) around the pumping bassline of session player Louis Johnson, this track was the first breakout hit of MJ’s Thriller album. Producer Quincy Jones actually wanted to cut the extended intro but Michael protested. You know who won the argument.
Earth, Wind & Fire “Let’s Groove”
This post-disco pop funk epic is centered on a relentless, repeating bassline that really does make you want to, uh, groove.