Setlist Sunday: Guitar Hero 5


In September of 2009 the Guitar Hero series would get a major makeover. Not only did a new engine come in to take the place of the somewhat iffy World Tour one, a new logo was also brought in to reflect the series shift in focus away from purely hard rock and heavy metal.

It had only been a year between Guitar Hero World Tour and Guitar Hero 5, but there were four games released in between, and people who pre-ordered GH5 would get the upcoming Guitar Hero: Van Halen packed in for free.

Musically, Guitar Hero 5’s focus was more on indie rock and alternative. Modern music was a big focus of the setlist this time around, with the music being described as quite “fresh” due to the large portion of music from the past 5 years compared to the more classic rock oriented entries that made up previous sets.

Feature-wise, two very big ones were introduced here. The first one was the pick-up and play Party Play mode that would just cycle through all your music and you could leave it on in the background and just come in or out when you felt like it. The second was the ability to have ANY combination of four players you wanted. Three people want to drum? No problem! No one wants to play bass? That’s fine!

Critically, Guitar Hero 5 was very successful as many people felt that it was a massive improvement on the previous entries, although the setlist was more divisive with people saying that having such a varied focus meant that it was practically guaranteeing that no one would like everything.

Of the 85 songs in GH5, 22 are currently playable in Rocksmith 2014 for a total of 25%. That is the lowest main-series percentage we’ve seen so far, and it’s only higher than Guitar Hero: Aerosmith’s 10%, Guitar Hero: Metallica’s 14%, and Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits’ 15%.

ArtistSongDate in Rocksmith
3 Doors DownKryptonite03/06/2012
Arctic MonkeysBrianstormN/A
Attack! Attack! UKYou and MeN/A
Band of HorsesCigarettes, Wedding BandsN/A
Beastie BoysGratitude10/09/2018
BeckGamma RayN/A
Billy IdolDancing with MyselfN/A
Billy SquierLonely is the Night05/08/2018
blink-182The Rock Show01/17/2017
BlurSong 210/18/2011
Bob DylanAll Along the WatchtowerN/A
Bon JoviYou Give Love a Bad Name12/02/2014
Brand NewSnowing Season (Yeah)N/A
The BronxSix Days a WeekN/A
Children of BodomDone with Everything, Die for NothingN/A
ColdplayIn My Place02/14/2017
Darker My LoveBlue DayN/A
Darkest HourDemon(s)N/A
David BowieFameN/A
Deep PurpleWoman from Tokyo ('99 Remix)N/A
The Derek Trucks BandYounk FunkN/A
Dire StraitsSultans of SwingN/A
The Duke SpiritSend a Little Love TokenN/A
Duran DuranHungry Like the Wolf08/19/2014
Eagles of Death MetalWannabe in L.A.N/A
Elliott SmithL.A.N/A
Elton JohnSaturday Night's Alright for Fightning10/24/2017
Face to FaceDisconnectedN/A
GarbageOnly Happy When It Rains04/15/2014
GorillazFeel Good Inc.N/A
Gov't MuleStreamline WomanN/A
Grand Funk RailroadWe're an American Band01/30/2018
Iggy PopLust for Life (Live)N/A
Iron Maiden2 Minutes to Midnight11/05/2013
Jeff BeckScatterbrain (Live)N/A
Jimmy Eat WorldBleed American11/27/2018
John MellencampHurts So GoodN/A
Johnny CashRing of Fire12/19/2017
Kaiser ChiefsNever Miss a Beat03/13/2018
The KillersAll the Pretty FacesN/A
King Crimson21st Century Schizoid ManN/A
Kings of LeonSex on FireN/A
KISSShout It Out Loud **N/A
Love and RocketsMirror PeopleN/A
MegadethSweating BulletsN/A
Mötley CrüeLooks That KillN/A
MusePlug In Baby10/18/2011
My Morning JacketOne Big HolidayN/A
NirvanaLithium (Live)N/A
NirvanaSmells Like Teen SpiritN/A
No DoubtEx-Girlfriend08/12/2014
A Perfect CircleJudithN/A
Peter FramptonDo You Feel Like We Do (Live)07/05/2017
The PoliceSo LonelyN/A
Public Enemy ft. Zakk WyldeBring the Noise 20XXN/A
Queen and David BowieUnder Pressure06/14/2016
Queens of the Stone AgeMake It wit Chu06/02/2015
The RaconteursSteady, As She GoesN/A
RammsteinDu hastN/A
The Rolling StonesSympathy for the Devil12/18/2018
Rose Hill DriveSneak OutN/A
RushThe Spirit of the Radio (Live)10/22/2013 *
SantanaNo One to Depend On (Live)N/A
Scars on BroadwayThey SayN/A
Screaming TreesNearly Lost YouN/A
The Smashing PumpkinsBullet with Butterfly Wings10/29/2013
Sonic YouthIncinerateN/A
SpacehogIn the Meantime6/5/2018
Stevie WonderSuperstition02/04/2020
SublimeWhat I Got09/02/2014
Sunny Day Real EstateSevenN/A
The SwordMaiden, Mother and CroneN/A
T. Rex20th Century Boy11/29/2011
Thin LizzyJailbreak04/14/2015
Tom PettyRunnin' Down a DreamN/A
Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersAmerican Girl11/11/2014
TV on the RadioWolf Like MeN/A
Vampire WeekendA-PunkN/A
WeezerWhy Bother?N/A
The White StripesBlue Orchid10/14/2014
Wild CherryPlay That Funky Music01/05/2016
WolfmotherBack RoundN/A

* Indicates the studio version of the track in Rocksmith.
** Indicates a re-recorded version of the track.

Choosing only 10 songs proved to be incredibly difficult and we just couldn’t narrow it down, so here is our super-sized list of songs we’d like to see in Rocksmith 2014!

Oscar’s Picks

Peter Frampton – Do You Feel Like We Do

One of the most obvious “well duh!” picks in doing Setlist Sunday, it’s a little perplexing how Rocksmith has gone for almost 5 years without being graced with legendary Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Peter Frampton’s distinct bluesy licks and signature use of the talkbox. At the very least, those talkbox tones would give more of an excuse to jam in session mode with some more neat tones.

Sunny Day Real Estate – Seven

Not quite your typical 90’s power chord pop-punk: Listen a little more closely and you’ll hear some surprisingly interesting arpeggios and atypical chord shapes. Not to mention, just have a listen to that bouncing, varied bassline.

Spacehog – In the Meantime

I’m not entirely sure what genre this song fits into; space-rock, reggae, pop-punk; whatever it is, if that varied, grooving bassline in the intro isn’t cause enough to request this song, the sheer goofy novelty of it might.

Daniel’s Picks

Nirvana – Lithium

Rocksmith needs Nirvana DLC, yadda yadda yadda, they have three on-disc songs, yadda yadda yadda; this is really one of those “should have had a five-pack a while ago” artists. We’re not sure exactly what the holdup is with their lack of DLC, but Lithium would give beginning guitarists a chance to learn the kinds of unusual chord progressions common in Nirvana’s catalog without being frustratingly difficult.

King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man

Rocksmith seems to be lacking in classic Progressive Rock: King Crimson’s wild mix of Progressive Rock and Jazz horn instrumentation would satisfyingly fill that slight void and give both guitarists and bassists a nicely welcome challenge.

Elton John – Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting

With a musical range that extends from his signature piano ballads to power pop, jazz, country, and bluesy hard rock like this rockin’ number from 1973, Elton John’s catalog has more than enough interesting guitar and bass parts for some inclusion in Rocksmith.

Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire

The Ubisoft SF team has been quite adamant about recently addressing the lack of country in Rocksmith, it’s only a matter of time until we finally get to experience the man in black himself; a trailblazer in the development of the genre and the godfather of almost all modern country.

Jeff Beck – Scatterbrain

A jazz fusion fan like myself wouldn’t leave this jazz-jam-rock masterpiece off the list; it’s a wonder why we have guitar virtuosos like Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, and Joe Satriani yet not this Yardbird alumnus who is right up with them in terms of sheer skill and notoriety. Here’s hoping for Beck’s Bolero and Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers in the near future as well.

Billy Squire – Lonely is the Night

Would it be embarrassing to admit that, for the longest time, I thought this was a Led Zeppelin song whenever it played over the radio? It would probably be the closest in style to Led Zeppelin Rocksmith could ever obtain in the near future; a bluesy, overdriven guitar combined with a varied bassline filled with John Paul Jones-style fills and flourishes.

Santana – No One To Depend On

Bluesy rock, Latin samba and salsa grooves, and slap bass make up this hit originally from the 1970s from one of the biggest pioneers and popularizers of Chicano Rock himself. Here’s hoping Rocksmith can use live tracks, as the live version is much more upbeat than the studio version, and includes that aforementioned slap bass.

Elliott’s Picks

Hey, this is actually one of my favourite Guitar Hero games, so I thought I’d share some of my picks…

Brand New – Sowing Season

This was actually my first personal exposure to Brand New and besides being incredibly difficult to sing in Guitar Hero, it also has a pretty satisfying guitar part that would be a great way to kick off the second Brand New pack we get, right?

Vampire Weekend – A-Punk

Hey look it’s a Vampire Weekend song, it’s not the best Vampire Weekend song but it’s one I wouldn’t mind learning on Guitar or Bass. The band seems to be on indefinite hiatus so getting licensing rolling could be tricky at this point…

A Perfect Circle – Judith

By far the most Tool-ish of all the A Perfect Circle material available for music games and hey we already have one song so why not… Did it all for YOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUU

My Morning Jacket – One Big Holiday

Outside of a few songs on Rocksmith we don’t have any songs that really “jam” you know? Well I have a solution for some crunchy tunes and they are called My Morning Jacket. Give this song a listen and tell me you wouldn’t want to give it a whirl.

The Derek Trucks Band – Younk Funk

We need some more instrumentals in Rocksmith and having a legendary phenom guitarist like Derek Trucks in the library definitely wouldn’t hurt.

Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing


Those are our picks, what songs from Guitar Hero 5 would you like to see come to Rocksmith some day? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll see you next Sunday!

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July 19, 2016 1:40 pm

Great mix of music, as Rocksmith had when it started out. 2016’s DLC seems to have moved far away from this kind of geographical and stylistic variety, IMO.

My ten tracks would be:

1. Beastie Boys -- Gratitude
2. Rammstein -- Du hast
3. Dire Straits -- Sultans of Swing
4. The Police -- So Lonely
5. David Bowie -- Fame
6. Elton John -- Saturday Night’s Alright for Fightning
7. King Crimson -- 21st Century Schizoid Man
8. Arctic Monkeys -- Brianstorm
9. Weezer -- Why Bother?
10. Tom Petty -- Runnin’ Down a Dream

July 18, 2016 5:46 pm

Rolling stones -- sympathy for the devil
Spacehog -- in the meantime
Elton john -- Saturday nights all right
Stevie wonder -- superstition

July 18, 2016 4:12 pm

If the single on disk Arctic Monkeys track is the most played track in all of Rocksmith, it would seem a pretty good bet to put some more of them in… Just saying.

July 18, 2016 5:21 pm
Reply to  Generalche

I remember someone asked about this on their twitter page before, they said it was something to do with The Arctic Monkeys being iffy on the digital format of their music which meant it was more difficult to finalize an agreement/contract.

July 18, 2016 2:56 pm

I used to also think that Billy Squire song was Led Zeppelin.

Would be nice to see that one along with the following:

Stevie Wonder -- Superstition (it’s about time for Ubisoft to add more flavor to the mix)

Santana -- No One to Depend On (Yeah, saw that coming didn’t you)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -- Runnin Down a Dream (where was this in last year’s pack)

Derek Trucks Band -- Young Funk (definitely time for more instrumentals)

July 18, 2016 12:52 pm

I have hopes Bodom will get a dlc pack some day, if not a single in a mix pack seems possible.

July 18, 2016 12:39 pm

I also really liked this version and played the hell out of it.

My picks would be:

The whole list.

But if I had to pick ten:

1. Children of Bodom -- Done with Everything, Die For Nothing
2. Derek Trucks Band -- Young Funk
3. Arctic Monkeys -- Brianstorm
4. Screaming Trees -- Nearly Lost You
5. Spacehog -- In the Meantime
6. Sunny Day Real Estate -- Seven
7. A Perfect Circle -- Judith
8. King Crimson -- 21st Century Schizoid Man
9. Jeff Beck -- Scatterbrain
10. Dire Straits -- Sultans of Swing

But there are so many more great songs that I want in Rocksmith.

July 18, 2016 11:57 am

Just goes to show how behind ROCKSMITH is on any good dlc…. Mindblowing!smh.

July 18, 2016 1:08 pm
Reply to  PJ-10

…yet you hang out on the message board posting about it. You are boring.

July 18, 2016 10:49 am

Yep, you noted Plug in Baby as Not Available, but it was in Rocksmith 1 CD 🙂

Anyway, I didn’t realize I liked so many songs from GH5 ! Might as well get all of them 😀

July 18, 2016 10:33 am

For me, this was the peak of GH or RB.

Picks have to be
Dire Straits -- Sultans of Swing
Kings of Leon -- Sex on Fire
TV on the Radio -- Wolf Like Me

BTW Muse -- Plug In Baby is available already, I think you missed that one perhaps.

July 18, 2016 10:41 am
Reply to  Chris

Hmm seems I can play Wolf like Me already without Rocksmith. Never before have rhythm games been useful until today.