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Top 10: The Most Watched Bass Videos (December 2011)

Our featured bass videos in December broke all kinds of records for views on No Treble in a single month.

The top 10 featured many familiar faces, plus some newcomers to No Treble HQ and readers.

Bassist Nick Mason (no, not the drummer), took the #1 slot with his solo bass arrangement of Randy Newman’s Toy Story classic, “You’ve Got a Friend In Me”.

Dirty Loops and bassist Henrik Linder once again impressed with their much improved version of Justin Bieber’s hit “Baby”, complete with killer bass solo.

On December 1st, we celebrated Jaco Pastorius‘ 60th birthday all day with several stories and videos. His live performance of “Three Views of a Secret” made it at #9. Richard Bona did his own Jaco tribute with a live performance of “Teen Town”, coming in at #3.

One of our favorite bassists to feature, and regular member of the No Treble Top 10 club is Zander Zon, who wowed everyone with his solo bass take on Metallica’s “The Unforgiven”.

Check out these and the rest of the top 10 bass videos for the month of December, 2011.

Nick Mason: “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” Solo Bass Performance

1. Nick Mason: “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” Solo Bass Performance

Bassist Nick Mason put together a great all-bass arrangement of the Randy Newman song, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”, made popular by the original Toy Story. Nick said he was inspired to arrange this piece after seeing Toy Story 3. If you’re interested in working on this one yourself, you’re in luck. Nick has…

Dirty Loops: Baby (Justin Bieber Cover, with Bass Awesomeness)

2. Dirty Loops: Baby (Justin Bieber Cover, with Bass Awesomeness)

This one is blowing UP! Dirty Loops has done it again. This time the Swedish trio has created a pumped up version of Justin Bieber’s hit “Baby,” with an absolutely killing solo from bassist Henrik Linder at the 1:41 mark. Dirty Loops has a reputation for taking pop songs we can’t stand and making them…

Richard Bona: “Teen Town”, Live

3. Richard Bona: “Teen Town”, Live

Jaco Pastorius wrote it and performed it. Many bassists have re-imagined it. Richard Bona may have turned in my favorite remake version of “Teen Town” yet with this live performance. I love what he does with the fretless.

Philip Smith: Funky Bass Scratch Track

4. Philip Smith: Funky Bass Scratch Track

Bassist Philip Smith posts these awesome “scratch tracks” with some great grooves. This one, simply titled “Funky Bass Scratch Track” Philip says, “This is a scratch track (mistakes and all) for a tune I’m putting together. Let me know what you think. Maybe I can do a colab or something with some tasteful YouTube drummers…

Steely Dan: Kid Charlemagne (Live)

5. Steely Dan: Kid Charlemagne (Live)

Here’s a great live performance of Steely Dan’s tune “Kid Charlemagne”, for VH-1′s Storytellers. In this version, bassist Tom Barney really brings it!

Zander Zon: All Bass Cover of Metallica’s “The Unforgiven”

6. Zander Zon: All Bass Cover of Metallica’s “The Unforgiven”

Zander Zon has just shared his latest all-bass performance, this time covering Metallica’s “The Unforgiven” in his signature style. Zander using piccolo strings (gauge 020-052) and special tunings on his Zon for his performances. For this video, he incorporates reverb, distortion and some echo. Amazing, as usual.

Marcelo Cordova: Live Bass Solo

7. Marcelo Cordova: Live Bass Solo

Damian Erskine told me to check out bassist Marcelo Cordova recently, and I’m glad he did. I think I watched every video I could find, and while it was difficult to pick one, I think this is my favorite. Here’s Marcelo taking a tasty solo during a live performance in 2010. He’s playing his Ays…

George Lacson: Solo Bass Performance of Alicia Keys’ “Unthinkable”

8. George Lacson: Solo Bass Performance of Alicia Keys’ “Unthinkable”

George Lacson turns in this nice solo bass arrangement and performance of “Unthinkable”, written by Drake and originally produced and performed by Alicia Keys. George’s Warwick Streamer Stage 5-string is tuned B-D-G-D-G for this tune.

Jaco Pastorius Big Band: Three Views of a Secret, Live

9. Jaco Pastorius Big Band: Three Views of a Secret, Live

One of the greatest tunes ever composed, and no stranger to Jaco Pastorius fans. Continuing our celebration of Jaco’s 60th birthday, enjoy…

Suzi Quatro: Strict Machine

10. Suzi Quatro: Strict Machine

Bassist Suzi Quatro started her musical career at the age of fourteen, playing in the all-female band, The Pleasure Seekers and Cradle, with her sisters. Her father got her started, giving Quatro as 1957 Fender Precision as her first bass. Quatro has another claim to fame: starring in the sitcom Happy Days as Leather Tuscadero,…