Shortly after Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, a brand new rhythm game franchise would come on the horizon. Once RedOctane was acquired by Activision Harmonix fulfilled their contract with Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The 80’s and then proceeded to create a new franchise (with MTV Games) that expanded on the original Guitar Hero concept by adding the vocals mechanic from their previous Karaoke Revolution games, and a drum kit. With that in place, on November 20, 2007, the world would be introduced to Rock Band!
The addition of vocals shaped the setlist tremendously. While Guitar Hero games placed more of an emphasis on guitar-centric songs, even if those were less known tracks from the band’s catalogue, Rock Band knew it was a party game and that in order for it to succeed, it needed to have the big hits.
Because Rock Band was released so closely to Guitar Hero III, there was a small amount of crossover between the two setlists. They shared the following six songs:
- Beastie Boys – Sabotage
- Black Sabbath – Paranoid
- The Killers – When You Were Young
- Mountain – Mississippi Queen
- The Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock
- The Strokes – Reptillia
The setlist was decent sized with a total of 58 songs. While Guitar Hero III placed an emphasis on metal and difficulty, Rock Band placed an emphasis on party songs. Of the 58 song setlist, 29 are currently available in Rocksmith for a total of 50%., massively clearing the previous highest percentage of 38%.
|Artist||Song||Date in Rocksmith|
|The Acro-Brats||Day Late, Dollar Short||N/A|
|Aerosmith||Train Kept A-Rollin’ *||N/A|
|Anarchy Club||Blood Doll||N/A|
|Bang Camaro||Pleasure (Pleasure)||N/A|
|Black Sabbath||Paranoid *||N/A|
|Blue Öyster Cult||(Don’t Fear) The Reaper||01/17/2012|
|Bon Jovi||Wanted Dead or Alive||12/02/2014|
|The Clash||Should I Stay or Should I Go||02/11/2013|
|Coheed and Cambria||Welcome Home||N/A|
|David Bowie||Suffragette City||12/06/2016|
|Death of the Cool||Can’t Let Go||N/A|
|Deep Purple||Highway Star||09/09/2014|
|Faith No More||Epic||07/28/2015|
|Fall Out Boy||Dead on Arival||N/A|
|Flyleaf||I’m So Sick||03/08/2016|
|Foo Fighters||Learn to Fly||11/18/2014|
|Garbage||I Think I’m Paranoid||04/15/2014|
|The Hives||Main Offender||N/A|
|Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives||I Get By||N/A|
|Iron Maiden||Run to the Hills *||11/03/2013|
|Jet||Are You Gonna Be My Girl||08/18/2015|
|The Killers||When You Were Young||10/28/2014|
|KISS||Detroit Rock City||02/11/2014|
|The Konks||29 Fingers||N/A|
|Molly Hatchet||Flirtin’ with Disaster||N/A|
|The Mother Hips||Time We Had||N/A|
|Mountain||Mississippi Queen *||09/04/2012|
|The New Pornographers||Electric Version||N/A|
|Nine Inch Nails||The Hand That Feeds||N/A|
|OK Go||Here It Goes Again||N/A|
|The Outlaws||Green Grass and High Tides *||N/A|
|Pixies||Wave of Mutilation||07/26/2016|
|The Police||Next to You||N/A|
|Queens of the Stone Age||Go with the Flow||10/18/2011|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers||Dani California||N/A|
|The Rolling Stones||Gimme Shelter||N/A|
|Rush||Tom Sawyer *||11/13/2012|
|Smashing Pumpkins||Cherub Rock||10/22/2013|
|Soundgarden||Black Hole Sun||01/13/2015|
|Stone Temple Pilots||Vasoline||10/18/2011|
|Sweet||Ballroom Blitz *||04/02/2013|
|Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld||Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld||N/A|
|Weezer||Say It Ain’t So||10/22/2013|
|The Who||Won’t Get Fooled Again||N/A|
|Yeah Yeah Yeahs||Maps||N/A|
* Denotes a cover version of the track.
In my opinion, the original Rock Band had one of the best setlists ever in a rhythm game. Narrowing it down to 10 songs I’d like to see was a nearly impossible task. But let’s give it a go anyway, shall we? Also, as a side note, if I’ve touched on a song in a previous Setlist Sunday, I’m not going to mention it here simply because it would be redundant. Assume that if I’ve mentioned something before, I still want it in Rocksmith!
Aerosmith – Train Kept a-Rollin’
Maybe the fact that it’s a cover complicated things a bit? Either way we need this song in Rocksmith in the inevitable Aerosmith II Pack… YA KA KA KA KA
Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds
It’s no secret that @toymachinesh is a big NIN fan, but also acknowledges they aren’t the most guitar driven band… Unless they put in live cuts like this one. Either way any Nine Inch Nails would be appreciated folks.
The Outlaws – Green Grass and High Tides
If you put this song in I will never complain about the Free Bird chart again.
The Police – Next to You
Gotta love The Police.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California
This song is full of tasty licks on Guitar and Bass, the whole end of the song is a big crescendo of awesomeness. Hopefully we can get some more RHCP eventually.
The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
If anyone can get more of The Stones, it’s Rocksmith.
The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
Sorely missing from The Who song pack. Hopefully this can be corrected in the future.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
There’s our picks, what songs would you like to see from Rock Band (2007) end up in Rocksmith 2014? Let us know!