Last week, we asked the readers here on the site about their favorite “week” of DLC. It was a big poll, with 53 different answers, but was met with nearly 1,300 voters casting almost 2,700 votes. While many of the top vote getters didn’t really surprise us, there were a few that did. My assumption was that among the Rock Band faithful that visit the site here, we wouldn’t see many artists that were criticized among the comments here and on RockBand.com, but that wasn’t necessarily the case. Let’s get on with it, shall we?
10 (Tie) – The Clash’s “London Calling”
10 (Tie) – Yes
10 (Tie) – Nirvana
9 – Ozzy Osbourne
8 – Def Leppard
7 – Billy Joel
6 – Linkin Park
5 – Coldplay
4 – Heartache Duets Pack
3 – Red Hot Chili Peppers
2 – Queen
1 – Rush: 2112
It’s no doubt that December had some strong DLC offerings, with two weeks from that month taking the top two slots. Coming in first was Rush’s 2112, and WoahThere nailed it: 2112 was my favourite, not only because Rush is one of my favourite bands, and not only because the song is awesome, but also because it only cost 440 points for the 20 minute song, I have the option to play only parts of it, and I got pro upgrades with it basically for free. And its amazing. And so is Rush.
Queen came in second with another solid DLC offering. Gameboy673 comments: The only song I didn’t know was Long Away, and the only ones I weren’t excited for were that and Radio Ga Ga (which I grew to like the next day). Seven Seas of Rhye, The Show Must Go On, Don’t Stop Me Now, Bicycle Race, and I’m In Love with My Car? Yes please.
Combined with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, this seems to give further evidence that Guitar Hero was smart to go after these two fan favorite artists. OsagaTheGreat makes some great points: Awesome selection of songs. Parallel Universe was an odd (not the most popular song off Californication) yet amazing choice. The I’m With You tracks played extremely well. By The Way even has a PRO Bass solo!
The Heartache Duets Pack coming in so high at fourth place was was a surprise to me, but most people that bought and played through it know that it is damn fun to play with friends. As sgtdrill commented, Heartache Duets, no contest! Not only was it a great selection of songs, but RB is one of the top leisure activities for my wife and I. This pack was tailor-made.
Coldplay and Linkin Park didn’t get the best reaction from the community when announced, but they came in pretty high in this poll, which goes to show you that just because many people complain, doesn’t necessarily mean that a lot more people aren’t loving it.
The remaining packs are all very recognizable artists, and don’t really surprise me for making the top 10. I was glad to see a tie for #10, which means we were able to shoehorn an additional two artists in (all of which are very critically acclaimed and deserve to be on the list).
Now let’s move on to the…
10 – Limp Bizkit
9 – Singles (Beastie Boys, Heart, James Brown, Rufus)
8 – Stone Sour
7 (Tie) – Bob Marley
7 (Tie) – Singles (Grand Funk Railroad, J. Geils Band, Joy Division)
7 (Tie) – Country Track Pack 2 Export
4 (Tie) – Singles (Anberlin, Mastodon, Ohio Players, Relient K, Tommy Tutone)
4 (Tie) – Roy Orbison, Kiss
4 (Tie) – Singles (P.O.D., Erasure, Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
1 – Singles (OK Go, The Police, War)
We start off with Limp Bizkit, although I do concede that the tracks were pretty fun to play (in a nostalgic sort of way), but definitely understand them making the list.
One of my personal faves, Stone Sour, fell on to this list, so I definitely won’t be expecting more from them, unfortunately.
The big surprise on here is Bob Marley, but when you look at the songs offered in the pack, which would be obscure to all but the biggest of his fans, I can understand why he showed up.
Not sure if the Country Track Pack 2 Export made this list because of the handling of the export with “RB3 Versions,” if people don’t like country music, or the song selection was subpar… could possibly be explained by all of the above.
The Roy Orbison/Kiss week seemed to miss, as well. As it was Orbison’s second pack and had smaller hits, I can understand the lack of enthusiasm, but I thought there were more Kiss fans that would have voted this higher.
Finally, we have FIVE weeks of singles in the bottom ten, which doesn’t necessarily surprise me, either. These weeks are good “palate cleansers” and are a way of “shotgunning” a lot of random songs (sometimes one-hit wonders) at us. The odds of liking all the singles is pretty low, so I can understand why people would have a hard time voting for them.
I also find it ironic that the lowest voted week was for DLC released on March 15th… Beware the ides of March.
We’ve included the full results of the poll after the break for reference. Let us know what you think in the comments!
|182||Red Hot Chili Peppers||8/30/2011|
|137||Heartache Duets Pack||2/11/2011|
|90||The Clash's "London Calling" Album||2/1/2011|
|81||Roadrunner Records (Dream Theater, Opeth, Trivium), Starship||11/29/2011|
|54||Fleetwood Mac / Stevie Nicks||4/12/2011|
|49||Avenged Sevenfold, Live, a-ha, Cumbawamba||6/14/2011|
|48||Foo Fighters, Lordi, Run-DMC||5/10/2011|
|42||Depeche Mode, Death Cab for Cutie||3/8/2011|
|36||Rush, Black Veil Brides, Volbeat||12/13/2011|
|35||Blink-182, The Clash||10/11/2011|
|33||Nine Inch Nails||3/1/2011|
|30||Pantera, Peter Frampton||5/17/2011|
|30||Lady Gaga, Foreigner||5/24/2011|
|30||Fueled by Ramen Records||12/27/2011|
|27||Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach||11/1/2011|
|25||Bruno Mars, Rise Against||6/7/2011|
|24||Weezer, Janis Joplin||9/13/2011|
|22||Singles (Dragonforce, Jefferson Airplane, Blood Sweat & Tears, Santana)||3/29/2011|
|22||3 Doors Down, Poison||6/28/2011|
|22||Singles (System of a Down, R.E.M., Buffalo Springfield, The Vapors)||7/5/2011|
|22||Fall Out Boy, Deep Purple||8/16/2011|
|21||White Zombie, Rob Zombie, The Darkness||10/25/2011|
|20||Johnny Cash, RB2 HMX Bands Export||1/4/2011|
|20||Singles (Culture Club, Faith No More, Loverboy, Phish, Stone Temple Pilots)||5/3/2011|
|19||Cheap Trick, EMF||9/6/2011|
|15||Puddle of Mudd, Maroon 5||6/21/2011|
|10||Singles (Beastie Boys, Heart, James Brown, Rufus)||8/2/2011|
|7||Singles (Grand Funk Railroad, J. Geils Band, Joy Division)||4/5/2011|
|7||Country Track Pack 2 Export||11/8/2011|
|6||Singles (Anberlin, Mastodon, Ohio Players, Relient K, Tommy Tutone)||4/19/2011|
|6||Roy Orbison, Kiss||4/26/2011|
|6||Singles (P.O.D., Erasure, Frankie Goes to Hollywood)||7/12/2011|
|3||Singles (OK Go, The Police, War)||3/15/2011|