Setlist Checklist: Rocksmith

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By October of 2011 it did not look good for rhythm games. Guitar Hero had already ceased production of DLC, and Rock Band’s scale was notably reduced. Peripherals were often difficult to find, and sub-games like PowerGig: Rise of the Six String had piled on to an already over-saturated market. Why, you may ask, would a company release a rhythm game now?

Well, enter Ubisoft and Rocksmith. The concept of playing along to songs using a real guitar had been flirted with before. Rock Band 3 had its Pro Guitar and the aforementioned PowerGig had attempted to do something similar. Both of those games, however, required you to purchase additional, and often expensive, peripherals on top of the game. Not Rocksmith. The thing that made Rocksmith so special was the ability to plug in ANY guitar (and later bass) with a pickup. Making use of the special RealTone Cable, the game would actually understand the notes you’re playing on the guitar.

What also separated Rocksmith from other “real guitar” games was the presentation. Rather than presenting itself as a entertainment video game, it was shown off as a learning tool for the player to actually learn guitar. Another interesting thing about the game was the fact that it didn’t use master tracks, instead just opting for an audio file. This vastly expanded the range of songs that the game could support. In fact, now Rocksmith (as DLC for its 2014 edition) even features a Hank Williams song from 1948!

There weren’t any Rock Band releases in 2011, so there isn’t any setlist to compare it to. However, the “real guitar” aspect of the game can be compared to Rock Band’s Pro Guitar/Bass mode. Four of the songs in Rocksmith’s setlist can be played on Pro Guitar/Bass in Rock Band 3:

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama (Live version in Rock Band)
  • Nirvana – Breed
  • Soundgarden – Outshined
  • The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness

As noted in previous Setlist Checklist posts (and all future posts, as well), 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.

In total, 13 out of Rocksmith’s 57 song setlist can be played in Rock Band. That’s 22%. However, that number increases to 14 if you include Silversun Pickups’ Panic Switch, which was available as DLC for Rock Band but has since been removed from purchase. In addition, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Higher Ground features on the setlist, and while that version isn’t playable in Rock Band, the original Stevie Wonder version is.

The full list is available after the jump.

ArtistSongRelease Date
The AnimalsHouse of the Rising SunN/A
Best CoastWhen I'm with YouN/A
The Black KeysI Got Mine08/17/2010
The Black KeysNext GirlN/A
BlurSong 211/03/2009
The Boxer RebellionStep Out of the CarN/A
Brian Adam McCuneRichochetN/A
Chris LeeBossN/A
CreamSunshine of Your LoveN/A
The CribsWe Share the Same SkiesN/A
The CureBoys Don't CryN/A
Dan AuerbachI Want Some MoreN/A
David BowieRebel RebelN/A
The Dead WeatherI Can't Hear YouN/A
DisonaurSpace OstrichN/A
Eric ClaptonRun Back to Your SideN/A
Franz FerdinandTake Me Out05/05/2009
The HorrorsDo You RememberN/A
IncubusI Miss YouN/A
InterpolSlow HandsN/A
Jarvis CockerAngelaN/A
Jenny OWell OK HoneyN/A
Kings of LeonUse SomebodyN/A
Lenny KravitzAre You Gonna Go My Way01/13/2009
Little BarrieSurf HellN/A
Lynyrd SkynyrdSweet Home Alabama11/30/2010 *
MusePlug In BabyN/A
MuseUnnatural SelectionN/A
NirvanaBreed10/21/2008
NirvanaIn Bloom11/20/2007
The PixiesWhere Is My Mind?07/05/2016
Queens of the Stone AgeGo With the Flow11/20/2007
RadioheadHigh and DryN/A
RapScallionsCalifornia BrainN/A
Red FangNumber ThirteenN/A
Red Hot Chili PeppersHigher GroundN/A
The Rolling Stones(I Can't Get No) SatisfactionN/A
The Rolling StonesPlay with FireN/A
The Rolling StonesThe Spider and the FlyN/A
Seth ChaplaJulesN/A
Seth ChaplaThe Star Spangled BannerN/A
Sigur RósGobbledigookN/A
Silversun PickupsPanic Switch03/02/2010 **
SoundgardenOutshined07/19/2011
SpoonMe and the BeanN/A
Stone Temple PilotsBetween the LinesN/A
Stone Temple PilotsVasoline11/20/2007
The StrokesUnder Cover of Darkness07/24/2012
Taddy PorterMean BitchN/A
Titus AndronicusA More Perfect UnionN/A
Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersGood EnoughN/A
Velvet RevolverSlitherN/A
Versus ThemSix AM SalvationN/A
White DenimBurnishedN/A
The White StripesIcky Thump11/10/2009
The xxIslandsN/A
The Yellow Moon BandChimneyN/A

* Denotes a live version of the track
** Denotes the track is no longer available for purchase

3 Responses to “Setlist Checklist: Rocksmith”

  • MJ says:

    What a great setlist. I easily see 10+ songs I’d love to play in RB. Wasn’t there a Tame Impala song?

  • It was Pre-Order DLC for Rocksmith 2014.

  • Dananon says:

    This post brings me back. I bought Rocksmith forever ago and played it on my PS3. The lag was so atrocious, I sold the game. I kept the cord, bought the PC version and LOVED it. I need to buy another electric guitar and pick this back up.