Setlist Sunday: Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits


Someone was clearly buying these Guitar Hero On Tour titles, because within a year Activision had released three of them. The third title in this series was Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits, with the unique selling point this time around being that all of the songs would hail from the 2000s.

Releasing day and date with Rock Band’s venture in to the portable gaming space Rock Band Unplugged, GHOT: Modern Hits was heavily criticized for being yet another On Tour game with nothing made to separate it other than a setlist.

Well, that’s not entirely true. The way the progression through sets happened was radically changed, with the “play four songs and an encore” method being replaced by a “fan requests” system that tasks players with having to meet specific demands from fans in order to make progress in the game.

A well liked feature from Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades also made its return in the form of the song sharing between games. This meant that owners of Modern Hits could seamlessly play multiplayer with owners of both On Tour: Decades and the original On Tour and have access to both setlists.

Given the fact that the title of the game is Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits, it’s fairly easy to figure out what the setlist is going to look like. Each version of the game featured 28 songs released between 2000-2008. Just as with previous DS entries in the series the European and North American versions featured different, regionally focused setlists with each version having 12 exclusive songs bringing the total setlist size up to 40. Of the 40 songs, a meagre 8 are playable in Rocksmith 2014, for a total of 20%. This number is substantially lower than On Tour’s 38%, and On Tour: Decades’ 48%.

ArtistSongDate in Rocksmith
12 StonesAdrenalineN/A
AFIMiss Murder04/01/2014
Angels and AirwavesCall to ArmsN/A
AtreyuFalling DownN/A
Avril LavigneWhen You're Gone03/07/2017
Black TideShockwaveN/A
The BraveryUnconditionalN/A
Bullet for My ValentineScream Aim Fire11/25/2014
ColdplayViolet HillN/A
The Dandy WarholsBohemian Like YouN/A
DeluxeQue noN/A
The DonnasWhat Do I Have to DoN/A
The Duke SpiritLassooN/A
EndeverafterI Wanna Be Your ManN/A
EvanescenceSweet SacrificeN/A
Fall Out BoyThis Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms RaceN/A
Finger ElevenParalyzer07/10/2012
Foo FightersAll My LifeN/A
Franz FerdinandThe FallenN/A
The FratellisChelsea Dagger08/02/2016
Kaiser ChiefsRuby03/13/2018
Kings of LeonOn CallN/A
KlaxonsGolden SkansN/A
The KooksAlways Where I Need to BeN/A
Lenny KravitzWhere Are We Runnin'?N/A
Maxïmo ParkOur VelocityN/A
Modest MouseDashboard06/12/2018
NegramaroVia Le Mani Dagli OcchiN/A
The OffspringHalf-TruismN/A
Phantom PlanetDo the PanicN/A
PhoenixNapoleon SaysN/A
PlaceboThe Bitter EndN/A
The RasmusIn the ShadowsN/A
Sportfreunde Stiller54, '74, '90, 2010N/A
The StrokesReptillia01/22/2013
Sum 41Still Waiting06/03/2014
Tenacious DThe Metal12/08/2015
WeezerEverybody Get DangerousN/A
YellowcardLights and SoundsN/A

There were a lot of great songs in this setlist, and we have a lot of options to go with for what we’d like to see in Rocksmith. Narrowing it down to 10 was difficult, but here’s what we came up with:

The Bravery – Unconditional

Heard you like tremolo

Coldplay – Violet Hill

Coldplay have become arguably the biggest band in the world recently, and they’ve appeared in pretty much everything except for Rocksmith. I can’t think of a better place to start than with my personal favourite Coldplay track. Violet Hill has a really booming guitar track going through it that gives it a great epic feel and would surely provide some great tones for us to use.

The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You

Yeah I like this song, yeah I like it.

The Duke Spirit – Lassoo

Love how noisy this song gets

Fall Out Boy – This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race

The first Fall Out Boy pack was one of Rocksmith’s first ever five packs, but even with a large pack like that there were so many Fall Out Boy tracks missing from the game. TAaSIaAR has some great guitar work in it that would be a great fit for any guitarist’s repertoire.

Foo Fighters – All My Life

Showcasing the Foo’s hidden talent for unusual time signatures, Dave Grohl and company perform this hard-rocker with sections in 9/4 in addition to common 4/4. It would undoubtedly help to introduce intermediately-skilled musicians to the concept of playing in atypical time signatures if it comes to Rocksmith some day.

The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger

You may not think you recognize this song, but just one listen and you’ll very likely be transported right back in time to ten years ago when this song was everywhere. Along with tracks like Ruby and Club Foot, Chelsea Dagger was one of the most prominent tracks from the wave of British indie rock that came out in the mid-2000s. In fact, those three songs sure would make a nice 2000s Mix Pack…

Modest Mouse – Dashboard

Alright it’s a song that isn’t Float On! Rocksmith could use a bit more Modest Mouse and this single wouldn’t be the worst choice.

Placebo – The Bitter End

A pretty straightforward song but still catchy enough to warrant an inclusion, Drop D with an interesting chord progression

Weezer – Everybody Get Dangerous

Nothing wrong with a bit of Red album


There’s our picks, what songs would you like to see from Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits end up in Rocksmith 2014? Let us know!

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July 10, 2016 8:01 pm

I never realized how many guitar hero games there were

July 11, 2016 11:09 am

These are mostly nice-to-have, but not must-have, songs in my opinion. Some of these bands have other songs in their repertoire that I recall more fondly. I have requested “We Used To Be Friends” by The Dandy Warhols, because I’m a bit of a “Marshmallow.”

July 11, 2016 1:29 pm
Reply to  The_Tuck

I’d also go for some guilty-pleasure Bloc Party and maybe even that Louis XIV song from SSX.

July 11, 2016 9:21 am

I wont lose any sleep if none of these tracks ever make it rocksmith, lol.

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July 11, 2016 2:24 pm
Reply to  Wisenheimer

yup… what he said…

July 11, 2016 6:10 am

Do you not like Kings of Leon on this site or something? And your “favourite” Coldplay track? WTF? Coldplay had one good song ever, Yellow, and everything else can be safely ignored.

Anyway, can’t play On Call on bass without a pitch shifting pedal.

July 11, 2016 8:04 am
Reply to  Chris

I agree, Yellow is definitely their only good song. I’m not a Coldplay fan though

July 10, 2016 7:27 pm

I’ll make this brief
Top Pick -- Shockwave -- Black Tide
Second pick -- Everybody Get Dangerous -- Weezer
Third pick -- Dimension -- Wolfmother
Fourth pick -- Chelsea Dagger -- The Fratellis
Fifth pick -- Call To Arms -- Angels and Airwaves