If there doesn’t seem to be enough punch to make one think their speakers are about to explode, then it’s a disappointment. As the big hair bands of the 1980s began to phase out they made way for a grungier approach to rock music. There is still demand for great songs with bass. There was also the surge of hip-hop music. It’s an evolved form of rap music that also swept through the 1980s like a storm. Like all things, what one group may say is the best the other will disagree. As usual, it’s all according to taste. Pick ten hip-hop fans and they’ll rarely pick songs from the heavy-metal roster while the same can be said visa versa.
10. Addicted to Bass (performed by Josh Abrahams and Amiel Daemion)
A bass-heavy song doesn’t get any more obvious than “Addicted to Bass”. The whole theme behind the song paid homage to the thumping sound. After (Addicted to Bass) was released as a single in 1998, it became a number fifteen hit on the Australian singles chart. When it was re-released in 2002, it thumped its way straight into the top ten on many official music charts on a global scale. On the US Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart and the Official UK Indie Chart, it became a number one hit. Fans of Josh Abrahams were able to get their hands on the song and its album, (Sweet Distorted Holiday), in 1998.
9. Around the World (performed by Red Hot Chili Peppers)
(Around the World) is one hundred percent bass-fused by the Red Hot Chili Peppers guitaring genius, Flea. If you want a bass-heavy number that leaves a lasting impression, this is it. Released as a single in 1999, Around the World peaked at number sixteen on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks. It peaked at number seven on the US Billboard Alternative Airplay chart. It also became at least a top forty hit among the nations of Canada, Iceland, New Zealand, Scotland, and the UK. Sung as a life story, the bass acted like a profound exclamation mark, adding even more drama to Anthony Kiedis’s vocal performance.
8. Self Esteem (performed by The Offspring)
In 1994, The Offspring wailed about being a sucker with no (Self Esteem) as his complicated relationship with a less than faithful girlfriend was the source of all his woes. As a bass-heavy number, the raging scratch of the guitar was epic. Kevin Wasserman seemed to have outdone himself with a song that became a globally-favored, top-ten hit. On the official music charts belonging to Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, it was a number one hit. On the US Billboard Alternative Airplay chart, it peaked as high as number four while on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart it became a number seven hit.
7. Good (performed by Better Than Ezra)
The 1995 classic, (Good) was a single that was released by Better Than Ezra as a bass-heavy number that thumped its way to the number one spot on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. Full of sun and fun, and bass, this song was written by Kevin Griffin right after he graduated from Louisiana State University in 1990. During a time when he was in a happy relationship and was inspired by Bob Dylan’s song written work. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it became a number thirty hit. In Australia, Canada, and the UK, this single also appeared on their music charts, scoring as high as number four on Canada’s Rock/Alternative chart.
6. Tic-Tac-Toe (performed by Kyper)
(Tic-Tac-Toe) was a song that was released in 1990 and became a number eight hit on the US Billboard Dance Club chart, a number ten hit on the US Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, and a number fourteen hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. This bass-heavy song was a thumping favorite, threatening to tear apart the speakers for good reason. Considered an all-time classic, Tic-Tac-Toe was one of the game changers in the hip-hop scene.
5. Da Funk (performed by Daft Punk)
When stepping into a nightclub, if (Da Funk) is playing in the house this should serve as a clue that Daft Punk’s big hit has more than enough bass in it to get the blood pumping and the body moving. The boom behind this number serves as one of the main reasons why the duo known as Daft Punk became so famous. Da Funk was released as an instrumental track in 1995 before it was included in their 1997 album, Homework. When the song was released, it became a number one hit in Canada and the US, namely on their dance club charts. This was a global favorite, peaking within the top ten on a number of charts, including the number seven spot in Daft Punk’s home nation of France.
4. Would? (performed by Alice in Chains)
(Would?) was a 1992 release by Alice in Chains. It had the perfect formula to become a timeless classic loaded with bass. When this song was originally released as a single, it served as a tribute to the late Andrew Wood. He was the lead singer of the group, Mother Love Bone. It appeared in the 1992 movie, Singles, which featured all the members of the band making cameo appearances.
This song is also on their second studio album, Dirt. This bass-heavy number peaked as high as number thirty-one on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Then it peaked at number nineteen when it was released a second time in 1996. The thump behind Would? was enough to be featured in the second season trailer of the Netflix hit series, The Punisher. Therefore, having a song lacking heavy bass for a show that was heavy-hitting from start to finish simply wouldn’t do, would it?
3. Titanium (performed by DJ David Guetta and Sia)
(Titanium) is enchanting from start to finish, thanks to DJ David Guetta. This song is intense and is a bass-heavy favorite that gets even better when Sia’s vocals add so much drama to a tune that beats with enough intensity to get you moving. Guetta teamed up with Sia for Titanium and together turned it into a global phenomenon. On the UK Singles Chart, it peaked at number one. It also became a number one hit in Israel and Scotland. However, the popularity of Titanium was tremendous, becoming a multi-platinum seller that has over five million copies of it sold.
2. Jump! (performed by The Movement)
(Jump!) became way more than just some thump-heavy bass classic. The Movement definitely knew how to get the people moving and shake some dust off those speakers. On the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Playlist, Jump! became a number one hit. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it peaked as high as number fifty-three. However, in order to get the crowd pumping, the family-friendly version of this song is often used at sports venues during a game.
1. Whoomp! (There It Is) (performed by Tag Team)
In 1993, (Whoomp! (There It Is) was a debut single that was released by the duo, Tag Team. The song reached multi-platinum status. It also broke several records for the number of consecutive weeks it spent in the top ten music charts. The song was a number one hit on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart not long after it was released and remains a solid fan favorite around the world. Therefore, how can one not feel the punch of Whoomp!, followed by a victorious chant of “there it is!”?