How terrible is the Rock Band 3 soundtrack?

Pretty fucking terrible. I’m not usually one to care a lot for Rock Band, but I’m a pretty hardcore fan. That’s a stupid statement, so I’ll explain I play the hardest guitar songs on expert. I’ve been playing since Guitar Hero the original, and jumped to Rock Band immediately. Then I stopped playing for a while, convinced I was ruining my life, but then decided, nah, Rock Band is awesome, let’s buy it again. See, explanations.

But I don’t care about Rock Band 3, because it has one thing the previous games didn’t have: a terrible, awful soundtrack. Just look at it. Sure, there’s a big crowd pleaser up top: Bohemian Rhapsody. Ignoring the fact that that song will probably be pretty boring in Rock Band, go down the list and find 5 other songs you really like. I’ll do it right now. Metric are pretty cool. Break On Through should be fun in a Rock Band setting. Here I Go Again might be fun, but I’m really reaching here. Rainbow in the Dark is stupid, but kind of awesome, and so is Rock Lobster.

Okay, I found more than 5, but I had to reach on a lot of them. Now to go down the list and find songs I fucking hate. Cold as Ice! Just Like Heaven! Fucking Low Rider! Du Hast! I Love Rock n’ Roll (I thought I’d never have to play that song again)! Marilyn Manson! Everybody Wants to Rule the World (listen to it. It’s the most boring song in existance)! Walking on the Sun! These are songs I *never* want to play. Ever.

You might ask, how does effect you you can just not buy the new game? That’s a good question. Well, the answer is that if I don’t plunk down 60$, some of which will go to those aforementioned horrible bands, I won’t be able to download new DLC. So, you know, when they release better songs in the future, nope, can’t play those.

But that’s besides the point. What the point is, is that the soundtrack is fucking terrible. I miss old Harmonix, who picked songs because they’d be fun in the game, not because people had heard of them.


  1. Ali

    Rammstein? Really?

  2. Ali


    • Dave Silva

      At least the guy from Juanes can sing.

      Mana… that’s one song I’ll NEVER TOUCH.

  3. Dave Silva

    Challenge accepted:

    “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
    “Break On Through (To the Other Side)” – The Doors
    “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” – Tears for Fears
    “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
    “Rock Lobster” – The B-52s
    “The Power of Love” – Huey Lewis and the News


    … But yeah, that tracklist blows. Slipknot? Really? Why not throw the ICP in there, they’re the same.

  4. Joelly

    A lot of these songs are personal favorites of mine, but I can tell I have an odd (and old) sense of taste in music. I do feel that many songs that I love (Imagine, Good Vibrations, Low Rider) feel like they REALLY don’t belong in a “Rock” Band game, but they I can’t say much until I try them out on the new keyboards. Rock Band, despite the name, seems to try and get a mix of different, non-rock genres to appeal to everybody. And I feel that this setlist is more varied, balanced, and fun than Guitar Hero 5’s as well.

    But yeah, there’s still some shitty music here (Slipknot, Amy Winehouse, Muffs, Devo, Smash Mouth, Marilyn Manson, Blondie), but every Rock Band game had some awful music (Visions, Welcome to the Neighborhood, Nine in the Afternoon, Dead On Arrival) and most of the bands I never heard of here probably suck to. But, there’s still some good chances here to love the songs you already love, find some new music to enjoy, and hate on the rest so you can bitch about it on the Internets.

    Oh by the way, here’s all the songs I can’t wait to play:
    Radar Love – Golden Earring
    Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
    Centerfold – J. Geils Band
    Roundabout – Yes
    Space Oddity – David Bowie
    Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4
    Foolin’ – Def Leppard
    Walk of Life – Dire Straits
    Jerry Was a Race Car Driver – Primus

    And those are just the ones that nobody mentioned AND haven’t been in a Rock Band/Guitar Hero game yet. HA!

    • Tom

      Now I agree it’s better. When this post was made, all those songs but Roundabout and Space Oddity weren’t announced. Now that they are, it’s better (except Centerfold. Rock radio has ruined that song). It’s like they consciously announced the worst songs first.

      Also, Dead On Arrival was an awesome song. 😛 I’m only slightly not serious, here, too.