Maybe you’ll actually recognize a few of this week’s Guitar Hero Live songs

For a change

After the initial reveal of Guitar Hero Live, Activision’s been slowly unveiling ten songs a week to keep us interested. The only problem is that the vast majority of songs (and artists) are completely unknown to the majority of people. That’s sort of a biggie when these games sell themselves on the appeal of the tracks.

This week, that changes! Well, sort of. Not completely, to be honest. There’s still plenty of obscure stuff here, but at least you’ve heard of some of it. “Tie Your Mother Down” by Queen? Everyone loves Queen. “Buddy Holly” by Weezer? Not everyone loves Weezer, but I do — so much so that a “W” has adorned my Twitter profile for six years.

Then there’s a song fromWolfmother, who you probably only know because of “Woman” which was one of the first tracks on Guitar Hero II. Also, “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees makes the cut, which I think was a really popular song. One time I got into a Twitter spat with the lead singer of Neon Trees because I tweeted that their album release ruined my birthday, and then the lead singer (who was searching for his band name) tweeted back saying that my birthday ruined his album release. That was a bad birthday.

Here’s this week’s Guitar Hero Live‘s underwhelming — yet somehow still better than usual — set of tracks:

  • Alice in Chains – “Stone”
  • Angus & Julia Stone – “A Heartbreak”
  • Bullet For My Valentine – “Temper Temper”
  • Catfish and the Bottlemen – “Kathleen”
  • Deap Vally – “Lies”
  • Neon Trees – “Everybody Talks”
  • New Politics – “Harlem”
  • Queen – “Tie Your Mother Down”
  • Weezer – “Buddy Holly”
  • Wolfmother – “Sundial”

Previously announced tracks:

  • Alt-J – “Left Hand Free”
  • Alter Bridge – “Cry of Achilles”
  • Anthrax – “Got the Time”
  • Architects – “Gravedigger”
  • Beartooth – “I Have a Problem”
  • The Black Keys – “Gold on the Ceiling”
  • Black Veil Brides – “In The End”
  • Blitz Kids – “Sometimes”
  • Bring me the Horizon – “Shadow Moses”
  • Broken Bells – “Leave it Alone”
  • Chevelle – “The Clincher”
  • A Day to Remember – “Right Back at it Again”
  • Deftones – “Diamond Eyes”
  • Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”
  • Gary Clark Jr. – “Don’t Owe You a Thang”
  • Green Day – “Nuclear Family”
  • Halestorm – “Love Bites (So do I)”
  • Judas Priest – “Breaking the Law”
  • The Killers – “When You Were Young”
  • Killswitch Engage – “In Due Time”
  • The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
  • Marilyn Manson – “Disposable Teens”
  • Marmozets – “Move Shake Hide”
  • Mastodon – “High Road”
  • My Chemical Romance – “Na Na Na”
  • Of Mice & Men – “Bones Exposed”
  • Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell”
  • Pearl Jam – “Mind Your Manners”
  • Pierce the Veil – “King for a Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)”
  • The Pretty Reckless – “Going to Hell”
  • Rage Against the Machine – “Guerrilla Radio”
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Higher Ground”
  • Rise Against – “Tragedy + Time”
  • The Rolling Stones – “Paint it Black”
  • Royal Blood – “Little Monster”
  • Ed Sheeran – “Sing”
  • Sleigh Bells – “Bitter Rivals”
  • Skrillex – “Bangarang”
  • Soundgarden – “Been Away too Long”
  • System of a Down – “Chop Suey!”
  • Tenacious D – “Tribute”
  • Trivium – “Strife”
  • Vista Chino – “Sweet Remain”
  • The War on Drugs – “Under The Pressure”
Brett Makedonski
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