Setlist Checklist: Guitar Hero

Originally released in November 2005, no one can deny that the original Guitar Hero title started a major cultural phenomenon. Over the course of two short years, the Guitar Hero franchise went from a fledgling game experiment to the highest grossing video game title EVER. But sadly, with each successive title release, more and more fans lost interest. And as nearly everyone knows, Activision announced earlier this year that they would be putting the game on indefinite hiatus, until the game can introduce innovative new features while simultaneously drawing a profit for the oft-maligned game developer behemoth.

It’s no mystery that we here at the site are bigger fans of Rock Band, but the franchise wouldn’t be possible without the rival Guitar Hero titles originally paving the way in establishing a new genre of gaming. That is why we thought we would go back and look at all the Guitar Hero titles (and possibly a few other lesser known rhythm games) in a recurring segment we call Setlist Checklist. We will talk a little about the game itself, the music featured on it, and anything else we found interesting about the game.

The original Guitar Hero title was created when peripheral maker Red Octane (best known for making the Dance Dance Revolution game pads) approached music game developer Harmonix about a peripheral based guitar simulation game. Red Octane made the hardware (and retained the rights to the IP), and Harmonix made the software. This is an important distinction to establish now, as it becomes important (and somewhat confusing) later on in the franchise’s history. The game was produced for just under $2 million, and was nearly an instantaneous breakout hit, garnering critical acclaim among reviewers and peers, and earning $45 million in the last two months of 2005 alone.

All of the main setlist songs used in the game were covers faithfully reproduced by the musicians at WaveGroup Sound. Nearly all of the bonus songs were from bands featuring Harmonix employees or close friends of Harmonix. Graveyard BBQ was featured in the game through a “Be a Guitar Hero contest,” and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde contacted Harmonix directly late in development to see if Black Label Society could also have a song included in the game.

With Rock Band 3’s setlist creation tool, we can create, save, and share setlists, so we have included a Rock Band 3 setlist below that you can save to your profile if you would like to check out any or all of the songs! And as the holes are continually filled in by Rock Band’s weekly DLC releases, we will update this post, and keep it linked in the FAQ page above, for future reference.

Main Setlist

The original Guitar Hero game featured covers of 30 popular rock songs spanning five decades of rock, from the 1960s through 2005, in addition to 19 bonus tracks. Not including the bonus songs, Rock Band has 19 of the 30 songs currently in game, or 63%. If you factor in the bonus songs, the percentage drops down to 51%. Some of the bonus tracks are making their way through the Rock Band Network now. The songs included in the main setlist are included directly below.

ArtistSongDate in Rock Band
AudioslaveCochise *N/A
Bad ReligionInfected *N/A
Black SabbathIron Man *N/A
Blue Öyster CultGodzilla *01/26/2010
BostonMore Than a Feeling *03/25/2008
Burning BridesHeart Full of Black *N/A
CreamCrossroads *N/A
David BowieZiggy Stardust *01/25/2011
Deep PurpleSmoke on the Water *10/26/2010
The DonnasTake It Off *N/A
The Edgar Winter GroupFrankenstein *01/17/2012
The ExiesHey You *N/A
Franz FerdinandTake Me Out *05/05/2009
HelmetUnsung *N/A
IncubusStellar *N/A
Jimi HendrixSpanish Castle Magic *03/30/2010
Joan Jett & the BlackheartsI Love Rock and Roll *10/26/2010
Judas PriestYou Got Another Thing Comin' *04/22/2008
MegadethSymphony of Destruction *02/21/2012
MotörheadAce of Spades *09/14/2008 **
Ozzy OsbourneBark at the Moon *05/31/2011
PanteraCowboys from Hell *10/06/2015 ***
QueenKiller Queen *10/22/2009
Queens of the Stone AgeNo One Knows *10/26/2010
The RamonesI Wanna Be Sedated *10/26/2010
Red Hot Chili PeppersHigher Ground *N/A
Stevie Ray VaughanTexas Flood *03/05/2009
Sum 41Fat Lip *01/31/2012
White ZombieThunder Kiss '65 *10/25/2011
ZZ TopSharp Dressed Man *N/A

* Denotes a cover song in the original title.
** Denotes a re-recorded version of the track.
*** Denotes a live version of the track.

NOTE: Ozzy Osbourne’s “Bark at the Moon” is only available as part of the Ozzy Osbourne 8-pack.

Guitar Hero Main Setlist for Rock Band 3

Bonus Songs

ArtistSongDate in Rock Band
The Acro-BratsCalloutN/A
Anarchy ClubBehind the MaskN/A
Artillery (now Breaking Wheel)The Breaking WheelN/A
The BagsCaveman RejoiceN/A
Black Label SocietyFire It UpN/A
Count ZeroSail Your Ship ByN/A
DinFly on the WallN/A
DristDecontrolN/A
FreezepopGet Ready 2 Rokk09/08/2009
Graveyard BBQCheat on the Church08/08/2010 *
Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer IncentivesHey09/12/2011 *
Made in MexicoFarewell MythN/A
The Model SonsStory of My LoveN/A
Monkey Steals the PeachGuitar HeroN/A
ShaimusAll of This03/09/2010
The SlipEven Rats01/13/2010 *
The Upper CrustEureka, I've Found LoveN/A
(Unknown Artist)Graveyard Shift **N/A
Andrew BuchTrippolette **01/22/2010 *

* Denotes tracks only available through Rock Band Network.
** Denotes hidden songs only playable via the use of a PS2 cheat device.

Guitar Hero Bonus Songs for Rock Band 3

62 Responses to “Setlist Checklist: Guitar Hero”

  • SebastianSB says:

    I am your father
    I am your priest
    Your only Messiah
    To say the least

  • Franck says:

    The songs I’m missing :
    “Cochise”
    “Iron man”
    “Higher ground”

  • MostSpartan 14 says:

    Very cool new feature. Especially linking to setlists for RB3. Great idea.

  • J-Dawg says:

    Great article, brings back a lot of memories. I never actually played either of the first 2 GHs – was too poor for the consoles – so made do with Frets On Fire on PC, and played the songs obsessively.

    I was going to list the songs that I hope will come to RB at some point, but it’s quicker to list the ones I wouldn’t buy – Heart Full Of Black and Hey You from the main list.

  • Choz says:

    I loved this. I dig how this site is very linked up, so to speak. From the gs playlists to formspring to fatures like this. Thanks, RBA!

  • samjjones says:

    I remember playing the original Guitar Hero at a teammate’s Halloween party. There was nobody in his living room, he had the TV on with some random hockey game on…I asked him WTF is that guitar shaped thing on the floor, he fired up the game, and soon there was a ton of people gathered around watching and wanting to play.

    Of course, I didn’t own any gaming consoles, and it took RB2 to convince me to finally take the plunge. $2K or whatever later…here I am.

    That is a great setlist. RB is really missing some of these…particularly “Frankenstein”. That can’t be difficult to license, no?

    • samjjones says:

      First song I ever played in this genre was “Smoke on the Water”, btw. Which was also the first and only guitar riff I ever learned to play on a real guitar 😉

    • RockBandAide says:

      If you see how many problems they can potentially run into with licensing songs, yes:

      – Usable masters don’t exist
      – Usable masters exist but no one knows where they are or how they are sorted
      – Usable masters exist but bands / labels / management won’t give us access
      – Masters / licenses are owned by multiple parties who can’t agree on use
      – No one knows who actually owns the rights to music we request
      – Some artists simply aren’t interested in being in a music game (for now)
      – Some artists aren’t comfortable with digital distribution
      – Some artists deny our track requests and instead offer… less than exciting material
      – Some artists / labels hold off for future events (releases, tours, announcements, etc)
      – Some artists aren’t interested in DLC, only a fully dedicated band game

      (Courtesy of @HMXHenry on the RockBand.com forums)

  • River 0tter says:

    I got my start on GH, maybe two weeks or so after it came out. I remember watching a review of it on X-Play (then again it might have been Extended Play back then) and thinking it was the coolest thing I had ever seen.

    Then I played I Love Rock and Roll on Medium and failed.

    Five years and 1,000+ songs later and the only thing that still makes me cry is Satch Boogie.

    Also – Kudos for bringing back the nostalgia of a barely-functional HOPO system. Great memories of the classic system.

  • FoXR says:

    Cochise how I miss you…
    -goes to the bathroom and cries-

  • James! says:

    Once you reach Guitar Hero On Tour (the first GH title released after Rock Band launched), you should separate out the songs that get featured in the GH games that have already been previously been available for Rock Band.

    • RockBandAide says:

      Good idea, but I don’t want to turn this into a “which franchise got what first” thing. I’m planning now to just keep the date at which each song was added. I may throw in some commentary behind a few of the songs, though.

      • YourSins says:

        I think this is an awesome idea! I was about to do this myself with my cousin, a pen, and some paper. Really, all i want is “Jessica” back. Awesome instrumental that actually includes piano. That, “Somebody to Love” and “Italian Restaurant” is all I ever wanted on piano.

  • ATalkingFish says:

    It’s a little confusing having the bolded and underlined titles below the lists of songs.

  • tinykoko says:

    i really like the idea of this 🙂

  • paul says:

    this is very cool. it will be interesting to see how many of guitar hero’s songs the rock band platform really has. thanks for this!

  • Senotfed says:

    These have been playable on my xbox 360 unhacked for a few weeks now, using the files from the guitar hero disc 😉 awesome

    • samjjones says:

      I keep reading about people doing this.

      Part of me is really disturbed, as its potentially taking money away from HMX. The other part of me wants to know how to get the Beatles to be playable in the main platform.

      • RedIon1992 says:

        Well, I hav done a lot of this “hacking” myself, however I have tended not to release the efforts of my work because of the possibility that Harmonix may release them in a “legit” manner. I do know that if I release them, and HMX later announces them as being released, I will remove all of my work where Harmonix has offered a legitimate alternative.

        I only see it as taking money from Harmonix if they actually offer it for sale. Until then, I’ll keep playing my copy of Enter Sandman made with the RB1 disc files.

    • Senotfed says:

      well since ive spent around £1500 on rock band dlc and instruments i think i should be able to play a few extra luxuries if i want, nbody takes enter sandman and black hole sun from me!!! mwahhaha 😉

  • Chris says:

    Both “Hey” and “Soy Bomb” by Honest Bob are in the RBN pipeline according to RockGamer Studios’ song page.

  • AeroMaiden says:

    I remember being a 12 year old kid at Circuit City. I saw some douche bag with a plastic guitar and tried it out for myself. I pass ‘More than a Feeling’ first try with a 72%.
    Here I am, 5 years later and 2k spent without so much having a job, and still rocking. 🙂

    • samjjones says:

      Aero – you’re 17…society expects you to be a douchebag.

      I’m 35, with a wife and kids…and doing the same thing.

      Who’s douchier? 😉

      • Mumrat says:

        Samjjones…you are totally not a douche man. My brothers 33 and I am 25 and all of our friends (who mind you are all atleast 23 or older) get together on a monthly basis for Rock Band parties together. You have to embrace what you love, and we all love us some Rock Band 🙂

  • Crashb648 says:

    This is a great idea! Ive been following a few threads on the rock band forums, but this will be much easier to update etc.

    It will be also great to see how the series progressed over the years, and how many GH songs RB has added over the years too.

    So is the plan to do the main series, then the spin off’s?
    or are you going to do it from when they were released?

    • RockBandAide says:

      I believe so. I plan on doing all the Guitar Hero games, other rhythm games, and then possibly other games outside the genre (GTA, Maddens, etc.).

      • LGscoundrel says:

        Sounds like it’s got legs. Looking forward to more.

      • Hayden says:

        I’ve long wondered about the setlist checklist for Weird Al’s “Angry White Boy Polka”, but I’ve never done the legwork.

        • Machetemonkey says:

          According to wikipedia:

          * “Last Resort” by Papa Roach X
          * “Chop Suey!” by System of a Down X
          * “Get Free” by The Vines X
          * “Hate to Say I Told You So” by The Hives
          * “Fell in Love with a Girl” by The White Stripes X
          * “Last Nite” by The Strokes
          * “Down with the Sickness” by Disturbed X
          * “Renegades of Funk” by Rage Against the Machine, originally by Afrika Bambaataa
          * “My Way” by Limp Bizkit
          * “Outside” by Staind
          * “Bawitdaba” by Kid Rock
          * “Youth of the Nation” by P.O.D. X
          * “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem

          Ones with X have already been included. so that’s 6/13 songs.

  • Abe Bloom says:

    When I hit the link, it goes to make a setlist. Am I missing something? I have yet to share setlists.

    • RockBandAide says:

      It should go to the “Make a Setlist” page, however with all the songs pre-populated. You have to be signed in and have your account linked to take full advantage of using the link to get music on to your system.

  • Dustinator says:

    Love this idea. Keep it up RBA!!

  • Your_moms_box says:

    Man, what I wouldn’t give for Burning Brides, The Model Sons and The Upper Crust in RB3.

  • GloofiE says:

    For now, I think Rock Band is doing pretty good with their DLC choices. I’d really love to see more Queens of the Stone Age, though.

  • grace.pressure says:

    Great post! Moar for other Guitar Hero’s?

  • eron says:

    Got many of them, would also like these:

    Bad Religion – Infected
    Burning Brides – Heart Full of Black
    The Donnas – Take it Off
    Cream – Crossroads
    Pantera – Cowboys from Hell
    ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man
    Din – Fly on the Wall
    Breaking Wheel (Artillery) – Breaking Wheel
    Drist – Decontrol
    Acro-Brats – Callout

  • Jon says:

    “(and possibly a few other lesser known rhythm games) ”

    Amplitude please, Freqs Unite!

    POD – Boom
    Run DMC – King of Rock
    Freezepop – Super Sprode
    Blink 182 – The Rock Show
    Symbion Project – Synthesized

    Totally making a setlist for this tomorrow.

    • Spies says:

      Perhaps Frequency and Amplitude would be best combined into one Setlist Cheklist article. If kept separate Frequency should come before Amplitude 🙂 You made your freq so uber chic! F R E Q!

  • QuestionMark says:

    Great feature idea.

    I really enjoyed the first 2 GH games. Never owned them, but played roommates’ copies. Then someone got GH3 and I was appalled at the art direction. Good setlist, though. It took Rock Band’s addition of drums to get me back into rhythm games.

    Thats the reason I want these songs updated – to enjoy drums, keys, and vocals (as well as pro). I particularly want Infected, Crossroads, and Stellar.

    • Matt says:

      I really liked GH3- the art direction wasn’t that bad (certainly not like 4-6), and the setlist was awesome. Of course, it helps that it was the only one out for the Wii.

  • Joshua says:

    Thanks, Now can you please also do a setlist check for the other non-band guitar hero games?

    • RockBandAide says:

      From the article: “That is why we thought we would go back and look at all the Guitar Hero titles (and possibly a few other lesser known rhythm games) in a recurring segment we call Setlist Checklist.”

  • christoph says:

    Take it Off and Heart full of Black.
    We need you now, we want you back!

  • Joe Cam says:

    Man what I would give to get “Hey You” from The Exies into Rock Band. Still my favorite track from Guitar Hero 1, Guitar Hero II Xbox 360 DLC and Guitar Hero S.Hits.

  • Droosies says:

    Just so you know, I already have a thread on the RB forums dedicated to this. Have it for Guitar Hero 1-6, RTE, the On Tour series, Band Hero, all the DLC, and Brutal Legend just for kicks. Will be adding Rock Revolution, Power Gig and Rocksmith as soon as we get full setlists for Rocksmith. Here’s the link to help you out.

    http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=207130

    • RockBandAide says:

      Awesome!!! I’ve done much of the legwork on most of the titles already, but now I can cross-check against your list to make sure mine is accurate. Thanks!

  • dan says:

    Man i would love me some crossroads. I doubt the masters would be easy to come by. whats the deal with covers, do harmonix flat out not use them anymore

  • Jason2087 says:

    I vowed a long time ago to buy any song that was released in RB from a previous HMX Guitar Hero game. So I sonar have all the songs from GH1 GH2 and GH 80s that are available in RB

  • Epsilon says:

    Excellent idea here. I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw this because not two weeks ago I started making setlists of my own in RB3 for this. I just sticking to main disc GH releases, especially since those are so much easier to cross-reference, but I love the idea of lists for Madden and GTA games, etc. Looking forward to more of these!

  • Edu says:

    Megadeth – Symphony of Destruction….

    that would be amazing!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtPQ_QJpFIU

  • Crashb648 says:

    It was funny, when i started buying DLC for rock band not so long ago, i bought All of this by Shamius, because i liked the tune. It was only I later relieased that it was on the oringal Guitar hero!

  • Crashb648 says:

    Sorry to comment again! But ive had a great idea to improve it.
    You could state next to the songs as a list, if the track is part of a pack, or just a single. That way, people arent losing out if they search for the song by name on the rock band store.

  • Beckett says:

    Songs I miss from this list:

    Audioslave – Cochise
    Bad Religion – Infected
    Black Sabbath – Iron Man
    Cream – Crossroads
    The Donnas – Take It Off
    The Edgar Winter Group – Frankenstein
    The Exies – Hey You
    Helmet – Unsung
    Megadeth – Symphony of Destruction
    Pantera – Cowboys from Hell
    Red Hot Chili Peppers – Higher Ground
    White Zombie – Thunder Kiss ’65
    ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man

    Bonus songs, the only one from GH1 that I still want is Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives – Hey