June 12, 2011

The Original Guitar Hero Songs: Where Are They Now?

Hard to believe it’s been almost six years since the release of the original Guitar Hero. Remember struggling to complete your first songs on easy? Remember how mind-bendingly impossible hard difficulty seemed, much less expert difficulty? Remember hitting that last Bark at The Moon solo and failing instantly? Ah, memories. Now we get to marvel at how difficult Dragonforce’s Through the Fire and Flames is on a REAL FREAKING GUITAR.

The original Guitar Hero soundtrack is a true classic. But short of booting up the original 2005 game on a Playstation 2 — can we experience these 30 classic tracks in a modern rhythm game? Let’s see:

Song Available in …
I Love Rock And Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Rock Band 3, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits*
I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones Rock Band 3
Thunder Kiss ’65 – White Zombie Rock Band DLC, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple Rock Band 3, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
Infected – Bad Religion none
Iron Man – Black Sabbath none
More Than a Feeling – Boston Rock Band DLC, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
You Got Another Thing Comin – Judas Priest Rock Band DLC
Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand Rock Band DLC, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top Guitar Hero 6
Killer Queen – Queen Rock Band DLC, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
Hey You – Exies Guitar Hero: Smash Hits*
Stellar – Incubus Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
Heart Full of Black – Burning Brides none
Symphony of Destruction – Megadeth Guitar Hero DLC
Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie Rock Band DLC
Fat Lip – Sum 41 Guitar Hero DLC
Cochise – Audioslave none
Take It Off – The Donnas Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
Unsung – Helmet Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
Spanish Castle Magic – Jimi Hendrix Rock Band DLC
Higher Ground – Red Hot Chili Peppers none
No One Knows – Queens of the Stone Age Rock Band 3, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits*
Ace of Spades – Motörhead Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero: Metallica*
Crossroads – Cream none
Godzilla – Blue Öyster Cult Rock Band DLC, Guitar Hero Smash Hits
Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan Rock Band DLC
Frankenstein – The Edgar Winter Group none
Cowboys From Hell – Pantera Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osbourne Rock Band DLC, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits

(* indicates the song is exportable to be used as DLC in current Guitar Hero games. All Rock Band songs are exportable with very rare exceptions.)

By my count, out of the original 30 songs in Guitar Hero, that’s …

7 songs only playable by booting up Guitar Hero on a Playstation 2
14 songs playable in Rock Band 3
18 songs playable in a Guitar Hero game

Here’s hoping we eventually get to play all these classic songs in one form or another without being anchored to a PS2!

In the interests of completeness, of the 17 Guitar Hero bonus songs:


The following 5 are available as Rock Band DLC, largely on RBN:

  • Even Rats – The Slip
  • All of This – Shaimus
  • Cheat on The Church – Graveyard BBQ
  • Get Ready 2 Rokk – Freezepop
  • Trippolette – Andrew Buch

Jeff Atwood
June 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

Cool article.
Actually the only songs i want for my humongous rb dlc collection are Audioslave – Cochise and Black Sabbath – Iron Man.

June 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I miss Symphony of Destruction the most…and I REFUSE to play the Guitar Hero DLC. So cool of it came out as Rock Band DLC.

First song I ever played on GH was Smoke on the Water on Easy. It was amazingly addictive. Memories…

Great article!

Josh Lambka
June 15, 2011 at 8:39 pm

But that isn’t really the songs frem the first game though. I think the series was better when they made covers for the game, did you know that sevral songs they added stuff to the song to make them more fun, that sort of stuff is great. Not like all the slock we have in later games.

August 21, 2011 at 4:04 am

I miss Iron Man :(

July 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm

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