I recently needed a backing track for “Hysteria” by Muse but, try as I might, I couldn’t find one which (a) was 100% faithful to the album version of the song or (b) sounded very good.

So, as I had some time on my hands and fancied the challenge, I decided to create my own.


There are two versions available – one at the song’s original speed (94bpm) and the other at a slower tempo, ideal for when you’re learning the riffs, solos, etc.

To download the mp3 files, right-click the links below and select “Save target as…” or “Save link as…” (context menu text will vary depending on whether you’re on a PC or Mac).

About the track…

The song structure is based on the original version of the song found on the album “Absolution”.

I have added a two bar count-in (quarter notes) before the bass intro starts. As this backing track is aimed at guitarists, rather than bassists, I haven’t added any click to the 4-bar bass intro section. (Thinking about it, for guitarists, the count-in isn’t particularly useful unless you want to play along with the bass riff in the intro.)

There are some subtle guide guitar parts to help fill out the sound and, more importantly, provide some aural clues for where you are in the song. They are mixed very low as this is essentially a simple one guitar, bass and drums song.

The backing track has been created using Guitar Pro 6.

I will probably release the Guitar Pro 6 file and full tabs at some point. In the meantime, enjoy! Oh, and don’t forget to leave a comment if you enjoyed it or want to suggest some improvements. Thanks.

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