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|
|Anarchy Club||Behind the Mask||N/A|
|Artillery||The Breaking Wheel||N/A|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives||Hey||N/A|
|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…