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Setlist Checklist: Guitar Hero 5
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Setlist Checklist: Guitar Hero 5

Released in a busy year for the music genre, Guitar Hero 5 hit the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, and believe it or not, still the Playstation 2, in September of 2009, from Neversoft (360, PS3), Vicarious Visions (Wii), and Budcat Creations (PS2). It was the third of five different games in the ‘Hero’ series released by Activision in 2009.

The core gameplay saw few changes from the previous year’s World Tour entry in the series, with vocals, and drums still present alongside Guitar, and Bass. The most prominent change to the gameplay was the addition of the party play that allows for multiple players to play the same instrument, instead of the traditional requirement of each player selecting a separate instrument. Additional game modes, and modifiers were also added, such as bonus points for streaks, and perfecting sections, or dynamic difficulties depending on how well you’re doing in a song.

For longtime fans of the series, the biggest addition was the ability to bring forward songs from previous games, a feature the Rock Band series had implemented the previous year, with its first sequel. All but six of the downloadable songs for Guitar Hero: World Tour were playable in Guitar Hero 5, as were many of the on disc songs from  World Tour, Metallica, Smash Hits, and Band Hero, which released a couple of months later.

Guitar Hero 5 once again featured a massive setlist, this time containing 85 songs, from 83 different artists, including over 30 of which who were making their debut in music games. Continuing the tradition of previous games in the series, a number of artists were made available as playable characters in the game, including, Johnny Cash, Carlos Santana, Shirley Manson, Matthew Bellamy, and, most notably, Kurt Cobain, who was the subject of a controversy, as many fans felt it was disrespectful to his memory that his character could be used to perform any song in the game, not just those from his band Nirvana.

The game launched up against two releases in the Rock Band franchise during the fall of 2009, with The Beatles: Rock Band hitting store shelves just days later, and Lego Rock Band being available in November of that year.

Due to Harmonix’s exclusive license with The Beatles, there was no soundtrack crossover with Beatles: Rock Band, but there were three songs that could be found on both the Guitar Hero 5, and Lego Rock Band discs:

  • Blur – “Song 2”
  • Bon Jovi – “You Give Love a Bad Name”
  • Vampire Weekend – “A-Punk”

In addition, two of the songs in the Guitar Hero 5 soundtrack hold the distinction of being among the few that received the rare ‘RB3 version’ upgrade, which added support for vocal harmonies, along with both standard, and pro Keys:

  • Bon Jovi – “You Give Love A Bad Name”
  • Johnny Cash – “Ring of Fire”
  • Queen & David Bowie – “Under Pressure”

As noted in previous Setlist Checklist posts (and all future posts, as well), Rock Band 3′s setlist creation tool allows us to 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.

Guitar Hero 5 featured one of the most diverse soundtracks in the history of the genre, with 21 different genres, and every decade since the ‘60s being represented. However, that diversity was seen by many reviewers as both a positive, and a negative, with the incredible diversity meaning that almost everybody would find songs they like, but few would find themselves enjoying the majority of the soundtrack.

The record set by Guitar Hero: World Tour continues to stand, as 37 of the 85 songs in Guitar Hero 5 are currently available in Rock Band 3, or approximately 43%, which is just shy of World Tour’s 57%, and Guitar Hero III’s 50%. However, that number can be slightly bumped up to 44% if we factor in the content that is no longer available.

The lengthy full list is available after the jump…

ArtistSongDate in Rock Band
3 Doors DownKryptonite09/08/2009
A Perfect CircleJudithN/A
Arctic MonkeysBrianstormN/A
Attack! Attack!You and MeN/A
Band of HorsesCigarettes, Wedding BandsN/A
Beastie BoysGratitudeN/A
BeckGamma RayN/A
Billy IdolDancing With Myself02/09/2016
Billy SquierLonely Is The NightN/A
blink-182The Rock Show07/28/2009
BlurSong 211/03/2009
Bob DylanAll Along the WatchtowerN/A
Bon JoviYou Give Love A Bad Name11/03/2009
Brand NewSowing Season (Yeah)N/A
The BronxSix Days a WeekN/A
Children of BodomDone with Everything, Die for NothingN/A
ColdplayIn My PlaceN/A
Darker My LoveBlue DayN/A
Darkest HourDemon(s)N/A
David BowieFame01/25/2011
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 Wolf09/14/2008
Eagles of Death MetalWannabe In L.A.N/A
Elliott SmithL.A.N/A
Elton JohnSaturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)10/26/2010
Face to FaceDisconnectedN/A
GarbageOnly Happy When It RainsN/A
GorillazFeel Good Inc.08/11/2009
Gov't MuleStreamline WomanN/A
Grand Funk RailroadWe're an American Band04/05/2011
Iggy PopLust for Life (Live)11/04/2015 **
Iron Maiden2 Minutes to Midnight06/09/2009
Jeff BeckScatterbrain (Live)N/A
Jimmy Eat WorldBleed American10/19/2010
John MellencampHurts So GoodN/A
Johnny CashRing of Fire02/01/2011
Kaiser ChiefsNever Miss a BeatN/A
The KillersAll the Pretty FacesN/A
King Crimson21st Century Schizoid ManN/A
Kings of LeonSex on Fire07/21/2009
KISSShout It Out LoudN/A
Love and RocketsMirror PeopleN/A
MegadethSweating BulletsN/A
Mötley CrüeLooks That KillN/A
MusePlug In BabyN/A
My Morning JacketOne Big Holiday10/06/2015
NirvanaLithium (Live)12/01/2009
NirvanaSmells Like Teen Spirit12/01/2009
No DoubtEx-Girlfriend12/09/2008
Peter FramptonDo You Feel Like We Do? (Live)05/19/2011
The PoliceSo Lonely03/15/2011
Public Enemy ft. Zakk WyldeBring the Noise 20XXN/A
Queen & David BowieUnder Pressure0/20/2009
Queens of the Stone AgeMake It wit ChuN/A
The RaconteursSteady, As She Goes10/06/2009
RammsteinDu Hast10/26/2010
The Rolling StonesSympathy for the DevilN/A
Rose Hill DriveSneak OutN/A
RushThe Spirit of Radio (Live)12/13/2011
SantanaNo One to Depend On (Live)N/A
Scars on BroadwayThey Say07/29/2008 ***
Screaming TreesNearly Lost You10/07/2008
The Smashing PumpkinsBullet with Butterfly WingsN/A
Sonic YouthIncinerateN/A
SpacehogIn the Meantime10/26/2010
Stevie WonderSuperstition11/15/2011
SublimeWhat I Got10/29/2012
Sunny Day Real EstateSeven07/05/2010 ****
The SwordMaiden, Mother & CroneN/A
T. Rex20th Century Boy10/26/2010
Thin LizzyJailbreak02/03/2009 *
ThriceThrice - DeadboltN/A
Tom PettyRunnin' Down a Dream08/25/2009
Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersAmerican Girl11/24/2009 *
TV on the RadioWolf Like Me06/02/2009
Vampire WeekendA-Punk11/03/2009
WeezerWhy Bother?N/A
The White StripesBlue OrchidN/A
Wild CherryPlay That Funky MusicN/A
WolfmotherBack RoundN/A

NOTE: In Rock Band, Dancing with Myself is credited to Billy Idol’s band, Generation X.

* Denotes a live version of the track.
** Denotes a studio version of the track in Rock Band.
*** Denotes a song that is no longer available.
**** Denotes tracks only available through Rock Band Network.

Guitar Hero 5 Main Setlist for Rock Band 3

41 Responses to “Setlist Checklist: Guitar Hero 5”

  • Matt B says:

    I’d love to see Sultans of Swing in RB.

  • King Arthur says:

    I think “Lust For Life” holds the distinction of the worst live version of a song released in any music game. Way worse than anything from “British Steel.”

    Weeks later LRB included the studio cut of “The Passenger” and it was awesome.

  • Nick says:

    Of all the songs on GH5 that haven’t come over, I can only find about half a dozen I’d still want. Sultans of Swing, Only Happy When It Rains, Sympathy for the Devil, Bullet with Butterfly Wings, What I Got, Hurt So Good, All Along the Watchtower… that is about it. Could easily live without any of the others, and honestly don’t even particularly need these. Sultans of Swing would probably be the biggest win if we did get it.

    • Ospero says:

      Well, we already have the better version of “All Along the Watchtower” (sorry, Dylan fans, but the man has always been leagues better at writing songs than at performing them). Also, you forgot 21st Century Schizoid Man, and (if their RBN songs are any indication) Streamline Woman. Other than that…yeah, this game’s setlist wasn’t particularly great. There are far more songs out of Band Hero that I’d love to see in Rock Band.

      • Nick says:

        Fair point, I couldn’t remember if we had the Hendrix one or not. I’d probably pass on the other two songs you mention. I do agree about Band Hero, I’ve been tempted to pick it up out of the bargain bin a few times (before I remember its a *Hero game and come to my senses).

        • Mcmax3000 says:

          I’m starting on the Band Hero article right now… I’m actually surprised how much of that soundtrack is available in Rock Band.

          Of course, maybe it’s just that all of the bands near the beginning of the alphabet are in Band Hero. I’m still only on C.

  • GoldenEarring says:

    Coldplay – In My Place
    Deep Purple – Woman From Tokyo (’99 Remix)
    Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
    Iggy Pop – Lust For Life (Live)
    Kaiser Chiefs – Never Miss A Beat
    The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
    The White Stripes – Blue Orchid

    I hope that these numbers come to Rock Band. I would love it!

  • Pancho says:

    And then Guitar Hero 6: Shark Jumping Pro

  • thedarrel says:

    I’m really bothered that we don’t have any Arctic Monkeys yet.

    • James! says:

      I feel you. I used to beg for “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” for full-album DLC.

  • Matt says:

    Lonely is the Night
    Dancin’ With Myself
    Wanna Be in LA
    Plug In Baby (Obviously Muse:p)
    Happy when it Rains
    Sweating Bullets
    One Big Holiday
    21st Century Schizoid Man
    Blue Orchid
    Sympathy for the Devil

    So yea, still a good handful of songs I really would like to see make its way into the Rock Band.

  • Joe Cam says:

    Good lord I want A Perfect Circle in Rock Band sooo bad. One of the only reasons I’ll still play a Guitar Hero game every now and then.

  • T says:

    Something I noticed as Guitar Hero went on was a lot of songs from popular artists…but not the songs everybody would think of.

    When I wasn’t going “Who is this?” I was going “I didn’t realize they made a song like this?”

    It made playing through GH5 and Warriors of Rock very hard to play through.

  • VolTRH says:

    Glad to see a new Setlist Checklist, I love these articles. The other Setlist Checklists need to be updated with these songs:

    Guitar Hero II:
    – Rage Against the Machine – “Killing in the Name”
    – Anarchy Club – “Collide” (song has been released now)
    – Brian Kahanek – “Gemini” (Coming to the RBN)

    Guitar Hero III:
    – Living Colour – “Cult of Personality”
    – Slayer – “Raining Blood”
    – An Endless Sporadic – “Impulse” (RBN)
    – Prototype – “The Way It Ends” (There is no song link)

    Guitar Hero World Tour:
    – Bullet for My Valentine – “Scream Aim Fire”
    – HushPuppies – “You’re Gonna Say Yeah!” (Coming to the RBN)

    Also this Setlist Checklist still needs to be linked in the FAQs.

    I’m glad that this feature is still going!

    • VolTRH says:

      Also, the percentages and numbers should be updated on all of the setlists. I just checked the 80s one, and it was off. I’m sure some/all of the others are off as well.

      • Mcmax3000 says:

        I actually just sent off an email today with a list of the necessary changes, so they should hopefully be updated soon.

    • Matt says:


  • expertwinSH says:

    I am going to be getting a MIDI pro adapter soon in the mail and I REALLY want 21st Century Schizoid Man on RB just so I can play the keys chart.

  • tdc002 says:

    GH5 had such an awful setlist. I bought this game used during the blizzard in 2010 and played through the game in a week. So many of the songs are just a fucking chore and not fun to listen to. I’d be fine if a lot of these never made it to Rock Band.

    • James says:

      I have to say, I agree, and this is the first one that really felt that way to me.

    • Mcmax3000 says:

      I mostly agree. It had a few good songs, but nothing that was overly exciting to me. GH5 was the first main GH game on the 360 that I didn’t buy, and I never really felt like I was missing anything with that decision.

    • Toad3000 says:

      It’s not a great setlist by any stretch, but it had a few songs I never expected to see in rhythm gaming (Sowing Season, Deadbolt, Seven), plus a few that inexplicably STILL aren’t in RB (Only Happy When It Rains, Bullet With Butterfly Wings) so I give it a bit of leeway. By this point in the GH series, Neversoft pretty much had the game engine figured out, so it wasn’t as clunky as GH3 or GH:WT. Also, the incorporation of a Tony Hawk-like character creator was kinda fun.
      Oh, and its setlist’s low points weren’t nearly as low as GH:WT’s (Ugh. Looking at you, Toy Boy)

  • James! says:

    If you count all the DLC released for GH5, I’m sure it would have a higher percentage than GHWT.

    • Mcmax3000 says:

      Well, this particular article concentrates just on disc songs… Once I get though the rest of the disc based songs, I’ve been thinking about doing articles for the DLC for each game, but that will be quite the undertaking, since GH got into the weekly habit like Rock Band in the WT/5/WoR era, so there are a LOT of downloadable songs.

      • James! says:

        Odd Question: You going to look at the DJ Hero games?

        Or any of the other rhythm games like Rocksmith or Power Gig?

        • Mcmax3000 says:

          Rocksmith, Power Gig, Rock Revolution are pretty much a guarantee (maybe Dance Central?) once I’m done with the Guitar Hero games.

          I’m not sure DJ Hero would really work out all that well, because the songs in that game are basically all custom made, since they’re mash ups of two songs, so I’d say the answer to that one is probably no.

          The site admin even suggested once the popular rhythm games are done, we might even move into soundtracks for non-music games, like maybe a GTA, or Tony Hawk, or something in that vein, that has a memorable licensed soundtrack.

          Once I hit Warriors of Rock, I might ask in the comments of that article what people want to see next from the feature, because I’m open to pretty much anything.

  • pancho says:

    I believe that if we have surveys regarding how badly we want each song, it would enhance the lists. For example, I’m sure everyone would enjoy “Sultans of Swing” highlighted in Green though many of us could do without Dylan’s version of “All Along The Watchtower,” highlighted in Orange or Red.

  • HM says:

    Oh, a Face to Face song. If only Rock Band had even one…
    Oh, and really gonna need a RB3 version of that Duran Duran song. Too much missing.

  • Plainclothes Man says:

    Would really, really, really LOVE for Elliott Smith’s song “LA” to one day show up on the RB store! Pretty please HMX!!!!

    • Joel says:

      He’s my favorite artist of all time so I’d have to agree. Hell, I’ve made an Elliott Smith: Rock Band setlist just for fun though I doubt that game would get made 😛

      • Plainclothes Man says:

        He’s also my fav artist! Think we should keep requesting his songs on the RB site/RBW Facebook site also! Gotta have some of his songs on RB.

  • Toad3000 says:

    Wow, there are still a lot of songs in this game I’d love to have in RB.

    A Perfect Circle – Judith
    Band Of Horses – Cigarettes, Wedding Bands (weird, I thought this came out through RBN)
    Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself
    Billy Squier – Lonely Is The Night
    Brand New – Sowing Season (Yeah) (Not even in my top 10 Brand New songs, but it’d be a start)
    Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
    Face To Face – Disconnected
    Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains (Give me anything off Garbage’s S/T album!)
    Iggy Pop – Lust For Life (but only if we can get the original)
    John Mellencamp – Hurts So Good
    Kiss – Shout It Out Loud
    Motley Crue – Looks That Kill
    Muse – Plug In Baby (Creepy Matt Bellamy avatar not necessary)
    The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
    Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet With Butterfly Wings
    Sublime – What I Got
    Thrice – Deadbolt

  • Craig M. says:

    Easily my favourite game in the GH franchise. I actually quite liked the set list. It’s not amazing, but it was still pretty good

  • Ben the Wii Player says:

    I would buy these, if they got released:

    Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself
    Coldplay – In My Place
    The Derek Trucks Band – Younk Funk
    Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
    Eagles Of Death Metal – Wannabe In L.A.
    Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
    Gov’t Mule – Streamline Woman
    John Mellencamp – Hurts So Good
    Kiss – Shout It Out Loud
    Megadeth – Sweating Bullets
    Muse – Plug In Baby
    Queens Of The Stone Age – Make It Wit Chu
    The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
    Rose Hill Drive – Sneak Out
    Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet With Butterfly Wings
    Sonic Youth – Incinerate
    Sublime – What I Got
    Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music

  • bwp23 says:

    Band Of Horses – Cigarettes, Wedding Bands
    Beastie Boys – Gratitude
    Beck – Gamma Ray
    Bob Dylan – All Along The Watchtower
    Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
    Elliott Smith – L.A.
    Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
    Iggy Pop – Lust For Life (Live)
    Kaiser Chiefs – Never Miss A Beat
    The Killers – All The Pretty Faces
    King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man
    My Morning Jacket – One Big Holiday
    Public Enemy Featuring Zakk Wylde – “Bring the Noise 20XX”
    Queens Of The Stone Age – Make It Wit Chu
    The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil
    Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet With Butterfly Wings
    Sonic Youth – Incinerate
    The White Stripes – Blue Orchid
    Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music

    Still a lot of songs I would like to see in RB, but a lot of them fit into the category of “Oh cool, ‘Song X’ is coming to RB” rather than “AWESOME!!!11!! I’ve been waiting for ‘Song X’ forever!!!!”

    One I’m super keen to see is Bullet With Butterfly Wings. It was in the RBN for a while but it never made it out (for whatever reason). That one probably tops the list of GH5 songs I’d like to see in RB.

    Also, I’m amazed we haven’t gotten more Dylan – especially considering that (apparently) the man himself was involved in choosing the song of his that would go into RB2.