Guitar Hero Live is a bit of an unusual entry in the series, primarily because of its modified controller. It also has a killer catalog of songs, many of which were featured on its GHTV streaming channels.
Today is perhaps the best time to pick up this game from 2015 and enjoy the revamped gameplay design. Don’t worry, no matter what style of music you’re into, Guitar Hero seems to have a song for everybody.
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The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black
Fans of Guitar Hero 3 will definitely enjoy seeing Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones on the game’s tracklist. But, be aware that having to play it with the revamped controlled will take some getting used to.
While many of the songs in this list are available through GHTV, this one comes pre-loaded on the game disc. If you don’t have GHTV, you’ll probably be replaying this classic track quite a bit.
Tenacious D – Tribute
Tenacious D is undoubtedly one of the greatest comedy rock bands of all time. While their songs are ridiculously funny, they also rock much harder than one might initially expect.
All fans of rock music should seek this track out in the GHTV song catalog. After all, it really is the perfect tribute, if not the greatest song in the world.
Joe Satriani – Always With Me, Always With You
It would stand to reason that a song that is difficult to play on guitar would translate to challenging gameplay. For many, it’s this challenge that makes games like Guitar Hero so insanely fun and addicting.
If you’re looking for a little challenge, seek out Always With Me, Always With You in the GHTV catalog. It’s a true classic written by one of modern rock’s greatest virtuosos.
Killswitch Engage – In Due Time
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a heavy track that delivers the goods by means of infectious riffs. Killswitch Engage’s In Due Time has plenty of diversity that will whet your chops in the rhythm department.
Playing this song will have you reminiscing how it was to play the classic games in the Guitar Hero series. Prepare yourself for the song’s guitar solo, which could cause a slight loss of hair on your head.
Good Charlotte – The Anthem
Anybody who was alive during 2003 probably cannot forget about hearing Good Charlotte’s hit track, The Anthem. The song essentially became the anthem of the year, making Good Charlotte a household name.
For those who like to relive the nostalgia of the 2000s, playing this on Guitar Hero Live is a necessity. Fortunately, it comes pre-loaded on the game disc so there’s no need to play it online.
Sum 41 – In Too Deep
Sum 41 quickly became synonymous with the sound of pop punk that was so prevalent in the early 2000s. Their debut album was chock full of smash hits, including the song, In Too Deep.
This track is a fairly straightforward song utilizing power chords and some rhythmic palm-muted passages. Don’t let this fool you though, there are a few moments that might blow your wig with its surprising difficulty.
Lit – My Own Worst Enemy
Mainstream music became very interesting around 1999 as bands became more influenced by pop aesthetics. And while many songs from that year are noteworthy hits, Lit’s My Own Worst Enemy remains a timeless track.
Who could forget the first time they imagined the scene being portrayed throughout the song’s chorus? Fire this track up on GHTV and you’ll instantly be thrown back in time to these glory days.
MGMT – Time To Pretend
MGMT’s track Time To Pretend became one of the anthems to the summer of 2008. This song, which seems to take inspiration from The Flaming Lips, found fans far outside of its indie-rock origin.
Playing this song through GHTV is a blast, primarily because the song seems to never get old. The next time you have a party, make sure you play this to ensure everyone has an entertaining time.
The Offspring – The Kids Aren’t Alright
The Offspring’s 1998 album Americana is still one of the greatest albums of the late 90s. So many of the band’s biggest hits came from this album, including The Kids Aren’t Alright.
This song has everything you could want for a track that’s featured on Guitar Hero Live. Its heavy riffing, mixed with a signature melody, and augmented by a tasteful solo will have you playing it repeatedly.
Rush – Limelight
Rush being featured in Guitar Hero is nothing new and seems to be sort of a tradition. Even those who played Rock Band back in the day will enjoy playing through Limelight on Guitar Hero Live.
It’s difficult to say that Rush has one signature song since so many of their songs are huge hits. Limelight seems to have all the traditional hallmark features that Rush is traditionally known for.
Blink-182 – The Rock Show
Blink-182 will forever be considered one of the greatest bands of the late 1990s. While most associate them with Enema Of The State, the Take Off Your Pants And Jacket shouldn’t be overlooked.
It’s there that you’ll find their hit track, The Rock Show, which became a smash hit in the early 2000s. Playing through this is sure to bring back some nostalgic memories.
Mastodon – High Road
Mastodon songs are always notoriously tricky to play, despite sometimes sounding deceptively simplistic. Such is the case with their track, High Road, which takes a stoner rock approach blended with patented Mastodon musicality.
This song has some infectious riffs that incorporate rhythmic gallops at unexpected moments. You’ll be spending a little time getting this heavy rock track off the ground.
ZZ Top – I Gotsta Get Paid
ZZ Top is usually most known for the songs that they released back in the 1970s and 1980s. Many of those songs are considered classic, timeless tracks which still receive copious amounts of radio play.
But in 2012, ZZ Top showed that they were still kicking and creating their signature sound. There’s no doubt that you’ll have a grin on your face playing through this blues rock track.