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.

Artist Song Date in Rocksmith
The Acro-Brats Callout N/A
Anarchy Club Behind the Mask N/A
Artillery The Breaking Wheel N/A
Audioslave Cochise * 10/07/2014
Bad Religion Infected * 08/09/2016
The Bags Caveman Rejoice N/A
Black Label Society Fire It Up N/A
Black Sabbath Iron Man * N/A
Blue Öyster Cult Godzilla * 06/26/2012
Boston More Than a Feeling * 11/15/2011
Burning Brides Heart Full of Black * N/A
Count Zero Sail Your Ship By N/A
Cream Crossroads * N/A
David Bowie Ziggy Stardust * 11/03/2015
Deep Purple Smoke on the Water * 11/15/2011
Din Fly on the Wall N/A
The Donnas Take It Off * 03/08/2016
Drist Decontrol N/A
The Edgar Winter Group Frankenstein * 06/16/2015
The Exies Hey You * N/A
Franz Ferdinand Take Me Out * 10/18/2011
Freezepop Get Ready 2 Rokk N/A
Graveyard BBQ Cheat on the Church N/A
Helmet Unsung * N/A
Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives Hey N/A
Incubus Stellar * 06/21/2016
Jimi Hendrix Spanish Castle Magic * N/A
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts I Love Rock and Roll * N/A
Judas Priest You Got Another Thing Comin’ * 02/18/2013
Made in Mexico Farewell Myth N/A
Megadeth Symphony of Destruction * 12/13/2011
The Model Sons Story of My Love N/A
Monkey Steals the Peach Guitar Hero N/A
Motörhead Ace of Spades * 01/20/2015 **
Ozzy Osbourne Bark at the Moon * N/A
Pantera Cowboys from Hell * 12/04/2012
Queen Killer Queen * 06/13/2012
Queens of the Stone Age No One Knows * 06/02/2015
Ramones I Wanna Be Sedated * N/A
Red Hot Chili Peppers Higher Ground * 10/18/2011
Shaimus All of This N/A
The Slip Even Rats N/A
Stevie Ray Vaughan Texas Flood * 11/15/2016
Sum 41 Fat Lip * 06/03/2014
The Upper Crust Eureka, I’ve Found Love N/A
White Zombie Thunder Kiss ’65 * 10/22/2013
ZZ Top Sharp 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…