Back in the day when I was editing Article Magazine, we used to run Top 5s as a useful back page filler. As time went on, mainly we invited guest interviewees to contribute, and it's an impossible ask, but here's one I dropped in early on, Top 5 basslines:
1. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Dury & The Blockheads (Norman Watt-Roy) like a bubbling bass fountain of bassiness.
2. Guns of Brixton – The Clash (Paul Simonon) much sampled, nicked and Simmo gets to sing it too.
3. I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers (David Hood) Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, tight as it gets.
4. Ceremony – New Order (Peter Hook) from the ashes of Joy Division, etc, etc…but what a way to announce your entrance.
Babylon’s Burning – The Ruts (John ‘Segs’ ) a bassline so urgent it makes your teeth ache. Jennings
Of course, you may feel differently...