With pioneers like Stevie Wonder, the synthesizer bass developed from an alternative to the electric bass to an independent sound in many styles and genres (Stevie Wonder Boogie On Reggae Woman (1974); Chaka Khan We Can Work It Out (1981)).

Wonder and many synth players after found their own style of playing, mostly based on the Minimoog Model D (1970). Therefore, the sound is closely linked to a specific style of play, often characterized by the extensive use of the pitch bend wheel and monophonic glide effects.


* (synth players in parantheses)

1975Bee GeesJive Talking
1975Stevie WonderBoogie On Reggae Woman
1977Donna Summer (Giorgio Moroder)I Feel Love
1977Parliament (Bernie Worell)Flashlight
1980Zapp (Roger Troutman)More Bounce To The Ounce
1981Chaka Khan (David Foster)And The Melody Still Lingers On
1981Chaka Khan (Greg Phillinganes)We Can Work It Out
1981Earth,Wind&Fire (Larry Dunn)Let's Groove
1982Dazz BandLet It Whip
1982Chaka Khan (Robbie Buchanan)Best In The West
1982Donna Summer (Greg Phillinganes)(If It) Hurts Just A Little
1982Michael Jackson (Greg Phillinganes)Baby Be Mine
1982Zapp (Roger Troutman)Dance Floor
1982One WayCuty Pie
1984Al JarreauHigh Crime
1987Whitney Houston (prob. Narada Michael Walden)I Wanna Dance With Somebody
1987PhutureAcid Tracks
1988Rick AstleyNever Gonna Give You Up
1989Diana RossGoing Through The Motions
1993Snap!Rhythm IS A Dancer
1997Spice Girls (Joe Moskowitz)Say You'll Be There
1998Backstreet BoysEverybody (Backstreet's Back)
2000AaliyahTry Again
2010SkrillexFather Said
2011KornGet Up!
2012SkreamScrooges Revenge

Bass Sounds in the Billboard Top 40 (1960 – 2014)


"I am a bass type"

– And.Ypsilon

"Bass sounds have to be elastic"

– Boris Blank

"Punch and Warmness"

– Marco Basci

"A Phenomenon"

– Maurice Herd