Setlist Sunday: Guitar Hero (2005)


This is where it all began. Sure, rhythm games had been around long before Harmonix and Red Octane stepped in to the ring to deliver the first Guitar Hero, but come November of 2005, the genre would never be the same again.

Kickstarting one of the highest grossing video game franchises ever, the original Guitar Hero featured a fairly small main setlist consisting of 30 cover versions of popular rock songs from the 60s through to the early 00s. In addition, there were another 18 bonus songs that were master recordings of lesser known songs, mostly from in-house Harmonix bands like Freezepop and Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives. There were also two songs (Trippolette and Graveyard Shift) that were only available through use of a cheat device like the GameShark, although I personally don’t count those as being part of the setlist.

Of the main 30 song setlist, an impressive 20 songs are currently playable in Rocksmith 2014 making for a total of 66% of the setlist. Currently none of the bonus songs are playable, meaning that of the complete 47 song setlist, 42% of the setlist is playable in Rocksmith.

ArtistSongDate in Rocksmith
The Acro-BratsCalloutN/A
Anarchy ClubBehind the MaskN/A
ArtilleryThe Breaking WheelN/A
AudioslaveCochise *10/07/2014
Bad ReligionInfected *08/09/2016
The BagsCaveman RejoiceN/A
Black Label SocietyFire It UpN/A
Black SabbathIron Man *N/A
Blue Öyster CultGodzilla *06/26/2012
BostonMore Than a Feeling *11/15/2011
Burning BridesHeart Full of Black *N/A
Count ZeroSail Your Ship ByN/A
CreamCrossroads *N/A
David BowieZiggy Stardust *11/03/2015
Deep PurpleSmoke on the Water *11/15/2011
DinFly on the WallN/A
The DonnasTake It Off *03/08/2016
The Edgar Winter GroupFrankenstein *06/16/2015
The ExiesHey You *N/A
Franz FerdinandTake Me Out *10/18/2011
FreezepopGet Ready 2 RokkN/A
Graveyard BBQCheat on the ChurchN/A
HelmetUnsung *9/11/2018
Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer IncentivesHeyN/A
IncubusStellar *06/21/2016
Jimi HendrixSpanish Castle Magic *N/A
Joan Jett & the BlackheartsI Love Rock and Roll *N/A
Judas PriestYou Got Another Thing Comin' *02/18/2013
Made in MexicoFarewell MythN/A
MegadethSymphony of Destruction *12/13/2011
The Model SonsStory of My LoveN/A
Monkey Steals the PeachGuitar HeroN/A
MotörheadAce of Spades *01/20/2015 **
Ozzy OsbourneBark at the Moon *N/A
PanteraCowboys from Hell *12/04/2012
QueenKiller Queen *06/13/2012
Queens of the Stone AgeNo One Knows *06/02/2015
RamonesI Wanna Be Sedated *N/A
Red Hot Chili PeppersHigher Ground *10/18/2011
ShaimusAll of ThisN/A
The SlipEven RatsN/A
Stevie Ray VaughanTexas Flood *11/15/2016
Sum 41Fat Lip *06/03/2014
The Upper CrustEureka, I've Found LoveN/A
White ZombieThunder Kiss '65 *10/22/2013
ZZ TopSharp Dressed Man *N/A

NOTE: While Smoke on the Water is an original recording, the version used in Rocksmith uses an alternate take of the guitar solo.

* Denotes a cover version of the track.
** Denotes a re-recorded version of the track.

Guitar Hero had a really spectacular setlist, and while we have a decent amount of it in the game, there’s a bunch we’d love to see in Rocksmith. Here’s the tracks we’d love to see the most:

Black Sabbath – Iron Man

Black Sabbath are one of the most beloved bands of all time, and this song features a downright iconic riff. While master issues are likely behind this song never reaching later Guitar Hero or Rock Band games, here’s hoping this song makes its way to Rocksmith sooner rather than later.

Helmet – Unsung

Fans of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas may remember this seminal 90s alt-rock track. A live version appeared in Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, although it doesn’t export. Other than that, this song has never re-appeared in a rhythm game. It would certainly be at home rounding off a possible Hit Singles VI…

Incubus – Stellar

Quite literally a stellar song, pair this with Drive and A Certain Shade of Green and you’ve got a hell of a second Incubus pack.

Jimi Hendrix – Spanish Castle Magic

Fitting that we get a chance to talk about the original guitar hero in an article about the original Guitar Hero. While this may have seemed like wishful thinking only a couple years ago, following the massive Jimi Hendrix pack we received that was curiously missing this song. Hopefully we’re not too far away from getting more Hendrix in the game!

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – I Love Rock and Roll

Seriously, we’ve had how many “Rock Hits”, “Hit Singles”, and “Women Who Rock” packs and yet somehow we still don’t have one of the very definitions of “classic rock”? Come on, Rocksmith!

Ozzy Osbourne – Bark at the Moon

The first “final boss” in the series, Bark at the Moon is a rhythm game classic. It appeared again as DLC for Rock Band 3 where it was exclusive to purchasers the Ozzy Osbourne 8-Pack. Hopefully the licensing doesn’t wind up to be prohibitively tricky and we see this song in Rocksmith soon.

ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man

To date we’ve only had a cover version and a live version in rhythm games. It’d be great to finally see the original version show up so that we can finally rock out exactly like ZZ Top do!


There’s our picks, what songs would you like to see from Guitar Hero (2005) end up in Rocksmith 2014? Besides Clapton related bands that is…


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Fender bender
April 5, 2016 4:32 pm

Seems to me that Ubisoft and rocksmith are behind in the good dlc … I mean for certain without a doubt most of the dlc they put out this year could not have made any money on after paying to use the song.

April 5, 2016 6:06 pm
Reply to  Fender bender

I hope, someday, somehow, you get banned.

April 5, 2016 9:34 am

We need someone that knows how to program write a script that will take as input a file containing all the Rock Band and Guitar Hero songs and push it to the RS request app. We can then all use it.

April 5, 2016 6:17 am

The gaslight Anthem,Bedouin Soundclash,NOFX,Me first &The Gimme Gimmes

April 5, 2016 7:14 am
Reply to  Streetdog

What does that have to do with anything?

April 5, 2016 4:16 pm
Reply to  Streetdog

I like turtles.

April 4, 2016 10:23 pm

Not a single song is bad.

Secret Squirrel
Secret Squirrel
April 3, 2016 11:21 pm

Loved this game back in high school. Had one of the best main setlists of all the GH games. Honestly though, I thought the breakout song of that game was Cheat on the Church by Graveyard BBQ. Loved playing that song so much. Still listen to that band because of this game. I wish Graveyard BBQ would get represented on Rocksmith one day but I doubt it.

April 3, 2016 4:31 pm

Still waiting not so patiently for Ozzy / Sabbath, Ramones, and ZZ Top in general. I would really, really like to get Texas Flood and Spanish Castle Magic. Joan Jett would be nice, but it would be one of the easier songs in the game.

I guess Ubisoft hasn’t detailed why Cream / Clapton weren’t part of the export from RS1. It’d be great to get those back as well as Crossroads.

April 5, 2016 3:15 pm
Reply to  rampantcoyote

I’ve not seen anything specific to the Clapton issue regarding the RS1 export, but I do recall Dan Amrich saying in the comments section for the popularly-shared “How a Request Becomes a Song” blog that, when Ubisoft tried to get the licence to allow the export of Cream’s “Sunshine of your Love” from the earlier game, reportedly the licence holder was not interested.

April 3, 2016 4:26 pm

I just realized I never requested any Helmet. Time ot fix that! 😉

April 3, 2016 4:01 pm

Yes please!

April 3, 2016 3:27 pm

All of those are definitely missing from Rocksmith. I know I’ve requested Helmet, Bad Religion, SRV, and Incubus.

Also, I like this column. I’m glad its continuing.

April 3, 2016 3:27 pm

Add to the potential Incubus pack, ‘Pardon Me’ and ‘Nice To Know You’ along with the other Incubus songs mentioned…Insta-buy!!!

April 3, 2016 10:27 am


April 3, 2016 10:08 am

And Helmet

April 3, 2016 10:07 am

ZZ Top, SRV, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Joan Jett, and Bad Religion. I agree with all of those. Like this feature’