Dave Beste’s Top 10 Favorite Songs

Rival Sons recently finished recording their latest album in Nashville and did so this time with a new bassist, Dave Beste.

Drummer Michael Miley said, ““Recording with a new Bassist [David Beste] was quite refreshing. Anytime you replace such an integral member, it can be stressful, and sometimes, just downright doesn’t gel. We got some DEEP, PHAT grooves on this that I’m very proud of.”

As an introduction to the new Rival Sons bassist, Beste shared with us his top 10 favorite songs.

10. The Flamingos: “I Only Have Eyes For You”

Possibly the most haunting and dark love song of all time.


9. Living Colour: “Cult of Personality”

Great example of a fantastic rock song that breaks into the pop side of things just enough to be accessible to all. Can’t beat that bizarre guitar solo.


8. Pleasure Club: “Roll Around”

Another somewhat unknown and amazing band (Unfortunately no longer together). This song is the best example of the insane energy they managed nightly. Still the best live rock band I’ve ever seen.


7. The Dibs: “Spareland”

The Dibs were a great band from Long Beach, terribly underrated and unrecognized. Chris Hanlin is one of my favorite song writers.


6. Bob Dylan: “Subterranean Homesick Blues”

This song turned me into the amazing rapper I am today.


5. Marvin Gaye: “What’s Going On”

This song still makes me want to smoke a joint and hit on hippie girls when I hear it. I know that doesn’t make sense to anybody else but that’s what it means to me.


4. James Brown: “Sex Machine”

No explanation needed here, as funky as it gets


3. Stevie Wonder: “Higher Ground”

Another musical game changer for me. If you want to learn about pocket just listen to Stevie.


2. Aretha Franklin: “Rock Steady”

Classic Aretha, groovy as hell, at 13 changed my life and perspective of what music should be.


1. The Police: “Spirits in the Material World”

This is the song that made me choose bass as an instrument. It became clear how important and influential the instrument is to making a good song, good.

– Dave Beste

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5 Responses to “Dave Beste’s Top 10 Favorite Songs”

  1. Margie Arenivar says:

    Great bunch of songs! A nice way to get to know a little about a person. Welcome Dave and I absolutely can’t wait to hear the new Rival Sons release!!

  2. Bothand says:

    my new favorite version of spare land,
    thank You Beste, for sharing all of this music.

  3. Dave Riopel says:

    Dave, what a great way to introduce yourself! Can’t wait for the new Rival Sons album on record and, of course, live!

  4. Lou Lombardi says:

    It’s always interesting and often surprising to learn what other musicians like. Most people have eclectic tastes to some degree or another but some how we often think that if some one is know for a certain style or plays a certain style then that MUST be the only thing that they like. When you see a list like this it helps to expand your own thinking about music as well as giving you insight in to some one else’s. Great post! 🙂

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