“You Rock!”: Idolator’s Top 30 Song Suggestions For “Guitar Hero III”

Mar 22nd, 2007 // 77 Comments

guitarherooo.jpgIf you’ve ever wondered what accounts for the sudden, occasional dips in quality on this site–why posts take three hours to show up, or why there’s a sudden surge of “look at this funny photo!” entries–there can be only one explanation: Your Idolators are off playing Guitar Hero. Now officially the eleventh-greatest thing ever to happen in the history of mankind (following such heavy hitters as oxygen, waffle irons, the fall of Communism, and season three of The Wire), Guitar Hero is the first game to combine our collective need for communal self-expression with our collective need to eat pizza and play “Smoke On The Water” eleven times in a row. Badly.

Next month sees the release of Guitar Hero II for Xbox, but we’re already thinking about the still-in-the-works third edition. So we hereby present our 30-song wishlist for Guitar Hero III jams–the songs that we hope to be playing along with in the near future. We’ve even included MP3s with our top ten, so you can get a head start on your neighbor.

1. Television – Marquee Moon: It’s not the most obvious choice for the number-one slot: Not only have few people heard this 1977 new-wave work-out, but it’s a slow-building epic that uses its ten-minutes-plus running time to gather steam. But there are enough riffs, licks, and scattered notes here to test even the most experienced player’s skills, and it would probably inspire a generation of younguns to further investigate the careers of Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd, which can only be a good thing.

2. Megadeth – Holy Wars … The Punishment Due: Megadeth is a Guitar Hero mainstay; “Symphony of Destruction” was on the game’s first edition, and “Hangar 18″ was on its sequel. But “Holy Wars”–which is from the same album as “Hangar 18,” and which is, frankly, a lot better–would provide a fine challenge for more experienced Heroes. To start, there’s the manual-typewriter-like riff that provides the force for most of the song’s first half, but the real challenge comes at the midway point–a little gypsy-guitar bit that requires the fleetest fretwork, which could be a potential stumbling block for even the most expert players.

3. Soundgarden – Jesus Christ Pose: From its woodpecker-imitation opening and outro to its monster solo, this song kills–and it may very well kill the hopes of players trying to take their game to the next level.

4. Prince – Let’s Go Crazy: For breaks during NFL/Guitar Hero fiends’ next Madden session. (It’s a hell of a lot better than The Panic Channel, that’s for sure.)

5. Living Colour – Cult Of Personality: Vernon Reid’s opening salvo alone would make this worthy of inclusion, but throw in that thrashing finale, and you’ve got a song that would probably kill most of us on “medium.”

6. The Smiths – This Charming Man: Think the Smiths were soft? Try keeping up with Johnny Marr’s intricate guitar lines or Andy Rourke’s hop-along bassline.

7. Funkadelic – Maggot Brain: Sure, it’s another lengthy track, but it does have one of the best guitar solos of all time.

8. Sleater-Kinney – Rollercoaster: It’s hard to pick just one S-K song, but “Rollercoaster” is one of their most relentless numbers, and anyone sitting out a round can chime in background whooos of support.

9. Guns N’ Roses – Rocket Queen: Some of Slash’s best moments are in this mini-epic, which closed out Appetite For Destruction in a fierce, yet fiercely sad way. (Bonus points if you can actually find a “partner” for the bridge.)

10. Drive-By Truckers – Let There Be Rock: Admittedly, there are some quiet moments in the beginning, and the weed and acid references wouldn’t make parents too proud, but the closing solos are fierce. And who could argue with the song’s titular mission statement?

The remaining 20:

11. Archie Bell & The Drells – Tighten Up
12. AC/DC – Thunderstruck
13. ESG – UFO
14. Dinosaur Jr. – Out There
15. Faith No More – Surprise! You’re Dead!
16. PJ Harvey – Sheela-Na-Gig
17. Radiohead – My Iron Lung
18. Jane’s Addiction – Mountain Song
19. Modest Mouse – Ocean Breathes Salty
20. Bad Brains – Pay To Cum
21. Mudhoney – Judgment, Rage, Retribution, and Thyme
22. Poison – Nothin’ But A Good Time
23. Led Zeppelin – The Rover
24. At The Drive-In – Arcarsenal
25. Meat Puppets – Aurora Borealis
26. The Girls – The Girl From Yesterday
27. Ohio Players – Fopp
28. Melissa Auf Der Maur – Followed The Waves
29. Extreme – Get the Funk Out
30. Metallica – Anaesthesia (Pulling Teeth)*

* Yes, we know it’s for the bass. But you tell us it isn’t worthy of inclusion.

  1. elkiego

    Well i wasn’t sure what site to go to so this is the first one i found. I wanted to post a comment on some guitar hero page to make a suggestion on how the Guitar Hero 3 game should include. I had an idea that in the game you would be able to automatically cycle through all the selected songs on some career based format and after completing every song you given a percentage or overall conclusion on what genre you are or of what percent you have to each genre .. if that makes perfect sence. – lol.. maybe someone could email me back at elkiego@hotmail.com to let me know if something could come of my idea. thank you. April 25, 2007

  2. elkiego

    Also, i would love to play one very long song if possible.. Dante’s Inferno by Iced Earth..if it isn’t possible to put a long song on there then i thought i would suggest Return of the Night Creatures by Old Man’s Child..thanks.

  3. quietriot

    the songs you should put in guitar hero three that everyone would like to play over and over again are

    Quiet Riot- cum on feel the noize
    Quiet Riot-mama we’re all crazy now
    Quiet riot-bang your head
    Twisted sister-i wanna rock

    Iron Maiden-Number of the beast
    Iron Maiden-wasted years
    Scorpions-rock you like a hurricane
    Scorpions-big city nights
    guns n’ roses-november rain

    Kiss-detroit rock city
    Metallica-fade to black
    guns n’ roses-welcome to the jungle
    judas priest-breaking the law
    megadeath-peace cells

    ac/dc-highway to hell
    iron maiden-virus
    iron maiden-clairvoyant
    iron maiden-2 minutes to midnight
    Queen- we will rock you

    iron maiden-rise of the ancient mariner
    survivor-eye of the tiger
    queen-another one bites the dust
    iron maiden-aces high
    queen-we are the champions

    You should really put these songs, mostly :cum on feel the noize by quiet riot.they may be old songs but they ROCK OUT LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. quietriot

    sorry. i wrote this song wrong. it is written like this

    iron maiden-the rime of the ancient mariner

    please put cum on feel the noize by quiet riot. thanks.

  5. quietriot

    another two songs you should put are

    bon jovi:dead or alive
    george thoroughgood:bad to the bone

  6. quietriot

    i hope that you have new guitar for guitar hero 3. i hope that it is better

  7. ESB519

    I think that they should select the top 10 most challenging songs of every GH ever made along w/ what Red Octane think’s are the top 20 suggestion.

    Bohemian Rhasody- Queen
    I Wanna Rock and Roll- Kiss
    Skater Boy- Avril LaVigne
    Move Along- All-American Rejects
    Stairway to Heaven- Led Zeplin
    Long Way Home- Super Tramp

  8. ESB519

    I think that GHIII should be for Gamecube because Gamecube is a more popular game platform.

  9. ESB519

    I think that GHIII should have add level tougher than expert called “Hendrix”

  10. SignorFabion

    Worst song list ever. Have you ever heard of Master of Puppets you fucktard?

  11. SignorFabion

    This is not a good list. These are children songs. There is not a single good song on this list. Master of Puppets by Metallica? Ever heard of that one. And whoever said Skater Boy up there by Avril Lavigne is not exactly genius

  12. beastkevin

    One song that I think would be a great addition to a new guitar hero would be “Helicopter, by Bloc Party”. It is one of my favorite songs and would be fun as heck to play

  13. Anonymous

    okay, check out Fred Bear by Ted Nugent.
    that would be an insane GH song.
    definately consider that one.
    and don’t say it’s too long of a song, because Free Bird is like 8 minutes long.

  14. Anonymous

    Robin Trower, Too Rolling Stoned or A Little Bit of Sympathy. As for bass riffs, “Stanley Clarke’s School Daze”

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