Widely considered to be one of the greatest rhythm games ever made, 2006’s Guitar Hero II is a beloved entry in the franchise. The first sequel to Guitar Hero, we’d still be a little bit away from the peak of the franchise in both sales and pop culture penetration. Guitar Hero II was also notable for being the first game in the series released on Xbox 360, where a few extra songs, as well as DLC was also introduced (a feature that would remain a constant in the genre for years to come).
The setlist was still predominantly made up of cover versions, but a few of the main setlist songs were now the original master versions. Spanning the early 60s all the way through to 2006, if you were to poll rhythm game fans on what the best setlist of all time was, you’d likely find this right at the top of the list.
Of the 48 song main setlist, 26 are currently available in Rocksmith, or 54%. In addition, the original Kinks version of You Really Got Me is part of Rocksmith 2014’s setlist. Of the 26 bonus songs, 2 are available in Rocksmith. This means that of the total 74 song setlist, 28 are playable for 37% total completion. This makes for a slight increase over Guitar Hero 1’s 35%.
|Artist||Song||Date in Rocksmith|
|Aerosmith||Last Child *||N/A|
|Alice Cooper||Billion Dollar Babies *||N/A|
|Alice in Chains||Them Bones *||11/12/2013|
|All That Remains||Six||05/12/2015|
|The Allman Brothers Band||Jessica *||11/15/2011|
|The Amazing Crowns||Mr. Fix It||N/A|
|Avenged Sevenfold||Beast and the Harlot *||10/22/2013|
|Bang Camaro||Push Push (Lady Lightning)||N/A|
|Black Sabbath||War Pigs *||N/A|
|Breaking Wheel||Shoulder to the Plow||N/A|
|The Butthole Surfers||Who Was in My Room Last Night? *||N/A|
|Cheap Trick||Surrender *||01/29/2013|
|Count Zero||Radium Eyes||N/A|
|Deep Purple||Hush *||N/A|
|Dick Dale||Misrilou *||06/24/2014 **|
|Every Time I Die||The New Black||N/A|
|Foo Fighters||Monkey Wrench *||11/18/2014|
|Freezepop||Less Talk More Rokk||N/A|
|Guns N’ Roses||Sweet Child o’ Mine *||N/A|
|Heart||Crazy on You *||03/11/2014|
|Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives||Soy Bomb||N/A|
|Iggy Pop and the Stooges||Search and Destroy *||11/01/2016|
|Iron Maiden||The Trooper *||10/22/2013|
|Kansas||Carry on Wayward Son *||02/18/2013|
|Lamb of God||Laid to Rest *||07/29/2014|
|The Last Vegas||Raw Dog||N/A|
|The Living End||Carry Me Home *||N/A|
|Lynyrd Skynyrd||Free Bird *||11/01/2011|
|Made in Mexico||Yes We Can||N/A|
|Matthew Sweet||Girlfriend *||N/A|
|Megadeth||Hangar 18 *||12/13/2011|
|Mötley Crüe||Shout at the Devil *||12/15/2015|
|My Chemical Romance||Dead!||02/23/2016|
|Nirvana||Heart-Shaped Box *||10/22/2013|
|Noble Rot||Kicked to the Curb||N/A|
|Ounce of Self||Drink Up||N/A|
|Pearl Jam||Life Wasted *||N/A|
|The Police||Message in a Bottle *||03/01/2012|
|The Pretenders||Tattooed Love Boys *||N/A|
|Primus||John the Fisherman||N/A|
|Rage Against the Machine||Killing in the Name *||12/09/2014|
|The Reverend Horton Heat||Psychobilly Freakout *||N/A|
|Rick Derringer||Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo *||01/20/2015|
|The Rolling Stones||Can’t You Hear Me Knocking *||N/A|
|Shadows Fail||The Light That Blinds||N/A|
|Spinal Tap||Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight *||03/31/2015|
|Stone Temple Pilots||Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart *||N/A|
|Stray Cats||Rock This Town *||06/09/2015 ***|
|Suicidal Tendencies||Institutionalized *||N/A|
|The Sword||Freya *||N/A|
|That Handsome Devil||Elephant Bones||N/A|
|Thin Lizzy||Bad Reputation *||N/A|
|Valient Thorr||Fall of Pangea||N/A|
|Van Halen||You Really Got Me *||N/A|
|Warrant||Cherry Pie *||01/20/2015|
* Denotes a cover version of the track
** Denotes the single version of the track
*** Denotes a re-recorded version of the track
In addition, there was the aforementioned DLC, a first for rhythm gaming. While most of it was just repeats of the first Guitar Hero’s setlist (a foreshadowing to exports, perhaps?), there was also a decent array of indie and major acts.
|Artist||Song||Date in Rocksmith|
|Atreyu||Ex’s and Oh’s||N/A|
|Bad Religion||Infected *||N/A|
|The Bled||You Should Be Ashamed of Myself||N/A|
|Deep Purple||Smoke on the Water *||11/15/2011|
|The Donnas||Take It Off *||03/08/2016|
|Dropkick Murphys||The State of Massachusetts||N/A|
|The Edgar Winter Group||Frankenstein *||06/16/2015|
|The Exies||Hey You *||N/A|
|Judas Priest||You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ *||02/18/2013|
|Los Rodríguez||Sin documentos||N/A|
|Maylene and the Sons of Disaster||Memories of the Grove||N/A|
|Motörhead||Ace of Spades *||01/20/2015 **|
|My Chemical Romance||Famous Last Words||02/23/2016|
|My Chemical Romance||Teenagers||02/23/2016|
|My Chemical Romance||This Is How I Disappear||N/A|
|Ozzy Osbourne||Bark at the Moon *||N/A|
|Protest the Hero||Bury the Hatchet||N/A|
|Queen||Killer Queen *||06/13/2012|
|Ramones||I Wanna Be Sedated *||N/A|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers||Higher Ground *||10/18/2011|
* Denotes a cover version of the track
** Denotes a re-recorded version of the track
It was incredibly difficult to narrow the GH2 list down to just ten songs we wanted, but here’s what we came up with.
Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies
How have we only gotten the one Alice Cooper song? I was sure that in the early RS2014 days of getting packs for the major on-disc acts that an Alice pack was coming, but alas it never happened. One of the iconic hits of the 70s, this song would provide great guitar work for the game.
Buckethead – Jordan
The first “impossible” song in franchise history, Jordan has become almost synonymous with Guitar Hero II, and the early score chasing scene as a whole. Just imagine the challenge of getting this on real guitar. The techniques you could be taught as well would be incredible. I mean, the tones alone would make this a dream.
Deep Purple – Hush
If you don’t recognize this one by name, you’ll almost certainly know it to hear it. We have a couple good Deep Purple songs already in the game, sure, but more would always be welcome. Especially the under-appreciated pre-Machine Head stuff that rhythm games seem to always ignore.
Iggy Pop and The Stooges – Search and Destroy
Iggy Pop has appeared in countless rhythm games and is an absolute legend in the punk world. It’s only a matter of time before we get to see him come to Rocksmith, and I can’t think of a better place to start than with one of his most well known songs.
Jane’s Addition – Stop!
I know I was disappointed that the recent Jane’s Addiction pack didn’t feature this song. One of the greatest songs Jane’s Addiction ever performed, it’s about time we see this pop up in games again.
Primus – John the Fisherman
How has this song never appeared in a game after this? Especially considering we know there’s no master issue. The first Primus pack showed just how great Primus’ basslines are to play, so more of that certainly wouldn’t go amiss. This song, along with Too Many Puppies and My Name is Mud, would be welcome additions to the library.
The Reverend Horton Heat – Psychobilly Freakout
A great high-level guitar showcase, this song would fit in nicely with the player-base who are looking for more of a challenge. Hopefully next time we get a rockabilly pack, we see this make an appearance!
Stone Temple Pilots – Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart
Yet another case of “I can’t believe this didn’t make the pack”, this is one of Stone Temple Pilots’ most well known and beloved songs. While recent events may complicate licensing, one can only hope we get more STP in the game, and that this is the first song we get.
Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized
Anyone who’s been following these articles where we wish for songs knows that I’m a massive hardcore punk fan, and I think that Rocksmith is sorely lacking in that field. Come on, Ubisoft! All I want is a Peps-er, uh, Suicidal Tendencies DLC!
Thin Lizzy – Bad Reputation
Give me this, Whiskey in the Jar, Call the Police, Cowboy Song, and Saga of the Ageing Orphan and you’ve got all my money, Ubisoft. Thin Lizzy are a fantastic band, and while the three pack we got was great, I’ll never turn down getting even more from them!
There’s our picks, what songs would you like to see from Guitar Hero II end up in Rocksmith 2014? Besides Guns n’ Roses that is…