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Best of 2012: The Top 10 Most Watched Bass Videos

No doubt about it: bass-focused videos are the best videos. Here’s the best of the best – the top 10 most watched videos on No Treble in 2012.

Some from famous folks, some by people you may not have seen yet, some funny, all awesome.

Billie Jean’s All Stars, Featuring Marcus Miller

1. Billie Jean’s All Stars, Featuring Marcus Miller

What do you get when you have five jazz masters improvise to an a cappella version of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”? An Italian radio show decided to find out by having their guests record to Jackson’s voice while they were on the show with bassist Marcus Miller and others…

Victor Wooten: “Isn’t She Lovely”, Live Solo Bass Performance

2. Victor Wooten: “Isn’t She Lovely”, Live Solo Bass Performance

Victor Wooten held a music clinic at a music school in Mechanicsville, Virginia earlier this year. One of the songs he performed was his solo bass take on Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely”…

Rush: “YYZ” – Geddy Lee’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

3. Rush: “YYZ” – Geddy Lee’s Isolated Bass (Isolated Bass Week)

Rush’s “YYZ” is one of the greatest bass lines of all time. Recorded in late 1980 and released on Moving Pictures, this tune has been a favorite among bassists for years, and one Rush consistently performs in concert. And now, the isolated bass of Geddy Lee…

Dirty Loops: “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele Cover)

4. Dirty Loops: “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele Cover)

Dirty Loops once again impresses with a pop-tune cover, and more acrobatic bass from Henrik Linder. This is the group’s take on Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”. Here’s our proposed tagline for Dirty Loops: Making top 40 listenable…

BassGirl: Spain

5. BassGirl: Spain

One of our favorite bassists is the the one known as BassGirl. This young bassist just keeps getting better and better with each video too. Here’s a recent video of BassGirl performing Chick Corea’s “Spain”. Also cool: her dad is the drummer…

John Paul Jones: “What Is And What Should Never Be” Isolated Bass Track

6. John Paul Jones: “What Is And What Should Never Be” Isolated Bass Track

If you’re looking for vintage tone and a melodic groove, look no further. Zach McFatridge shared this clip of John Paul Jones’s isolated bass from the Led Zeppelin classic “What Is And What Should Never Be” from their second album…

Youtube’s Bass Players: A Parody of Epic Proportions

7. Youtube’s Bass Players: A Parody of Epic Proportions

A Youtuber and bassist who goes by the name FZroma has put together an awesome and hilarious parody of some of the best bassists on Youtube. FZroma says we shouldn’t take this seriously. In fact, this is more of a tribute…

Doug Alexis: The Chicken

8. Doug Alexis: The Chicken

Facebook friend Art Araya shared this remarkable and unique video of bassist Doug Alexis performing his own take on “The Chicken”. The tune, written by Pee Wee Ellis, was made popular of course by Jaco Pastorius. This has to be the most creative version we’ve heard yet…

Esperanza Spalding with The Roots: Live Performance of Weather Report’s “Predator”

9. Esperanza Spalding with The Roots: Live Performance of Weather Report’s “Predator”

My friend Marsha was telling me about Esperanza Spalding performing a Weather Report tune, where she lays down the bass line while singing the melody. I couldn’t believe I missed it. So after searching for a while, I found this (not perfect, but plenty good enough) fan-shot video of Esperanza with The Roots (wow!) performing Weather Report’s “Predator” (holy smokes!)…

Rebecca Johnson: QW Brewery Live Bass Solo

10. Rebecca Johnson: QW Brewery Live Bass Solo

We first featured bassist Rebecca Johnson and her awesome live bass video in mid-2011. It was quite popular. Rebecca shared a one a year later, saying “You guys have really helped my band get a lot of fans from all over the world :)” We think Rebecca had more to do with that than us…