I am a Rock Band nut. I’m the guy who waits every Friday to hear what the DLC will be on the following Tuesday. I’m the guy why has a second 360 dedicated to Rock Band in the basement. I’m the guy who has the dual stage kit mod so my Rock Band parties feel like concerts. Yeah, I’m that guy. When I heard that Harmonix was hosting a good old fashioned mix cd swap, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to make a mix cd of songs that I hope make it to the Rock Band song library.
- Avenged Sevenfold-Welcome to the Family
There are already a few great AS tracks available both on disc and as DLC. This is one of the best tracks from the new album. Great drum beats that vary throughout the song, lots of cool guitar riffs and fills, and fantastic vocal harmonies during the chorus.
- Breaking Benjamin-Fade Away
I’ve been a huge Three Days Grace fan for years and several people have recommended Breaking Benjamin. “I Will Not Bow” is a great song that is available as DLC, and if you are into rock music with darker tones, these tracks will not disappoint.
This song is just fun. When my wife and I were coming up with a list of songs for the band to play at our wedding, we came across this one. We looked at each other and decided to give it a try. It was a hit at the wedding and I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t get everyone at the Rock Band party dancing.
- Fishbone-Sunless Saturday
I saw Fishbone perform this song on SNL when I was a kid and it blew me away. This song is dripping with energy. Pretty heavy focus on vocals and drums for most of the song, and then the guitar solo comes in…good luck.
I’ve always been a big fan of songs with sudden stops or breaks in the sound that give the band a chance to all come back in together. The main riff builds on this concept and transitions from a hard rock riff to a smooth melodic chorus.
Yes, its kind of a blast from the past, but the Goo Goo Dolls played at the first concert I ever went to and this is the song I think of when someone mentions this band from Buffalo. Just a good early 90′s rock song that is fun to sing.
I am kind of partial to “All These Things That I’ve Done” but my sister’s favorite Killers song is “Read My Mind”, and it’s starting to grow on me. This is the first song on the list with a significant keyboard part. If you like The Killers, this is a no brainer.
It’s hard to believe that there is only one Korn song available in Rock Band, and if you didn’t export your Lego Rock Band setlist, you would never have known. This song is a blast on a real set of drums, I’m sure it would be a blast on a Rock Band set. This is one of those songs that you can’t help but groove to when you hear the beat.
Put this song on right now. Crank up the volume. Allow yourself to get lost in the music. It is absolutely impossible not want to run around and break something. Vintage NIN industrial guitar tones, fast drum beats, and a keyboard interlude to gather yourself before you go crazy again to finish the song off strong.
- Our Lady Peace-Will The Future Blame Us
It was very difficult to choose just one Our Lade Peace song. I ended up choosing this one because I feel that it encompasses what the band is all about. Raine’s unique voice, great vocal harmony, emotional lyrics, and one of the best drummers in rock music.
This song is all about the riff. There is a pretty good intro that builds up to a great rock riff with wah guitar and a great bassline over the verse sections. Another one that gets better as you turn the volume up.
- The Smashing Pumpkins-Hello Kitty Kat
There is so much fuzz on the guitar in this song that you can barely recognize that is it a guitar. One of my favorite drum intros of all time, simple, twangy snare, just one chord with a hammer-on/pull off.
- Social Distortion-When The Angels Sing
When I was in high school, a friend game me a Social Distortion album for my birthday. You know how sometimes you want an album because of that one song, and all of the other songs are just as good or better? That’s how I feel about this album. This song, in particular, has a great emotional tone to the lyrics with that signature Social Distortion sound.
One of the creepiest and funniest music videos of the 90′s was “Shame”. A mix of industrial and rock, the vocals are the main draw of this one. The main riff is very cool, but it is your singer that will make or break this song.
I joke that the very beginning of this song kind of sounds a little like Billie Jean. Like I said before, I love Three Days Grace and would welcome ANY 3DG DLC. This is the first single from the new album, great all around rock song. Out of every band I wish were in Rock Band, these guys are at the top of that list along with…
The intro has two separate parts for the guitar and bass, the main guitar riff is simple enough, but the time signature isn’t standard 4/4 so it may take just a little getting used to. This song has it all, especially crazy drum sections. If you love Tool, you already know what I mean, if you don’t already love Tool, you are about to.
And that is my Most Wanted:Rock Band DLC. If you are attending PAX East, swing by the Harmonix table and grab a GamersLikeMe mix cd for the low, low price of free! I know that people’s taste in music is incredibly varied so you don’t have to leave any comments or tweet about how much my music selection suxors. If you have a different opinion, make your own mix, and share it. Rock on.