List of songs in DJ Hero

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DJ Hero is a rhythm video game and a spin-off of the Guitar Hero series. The game was developed by FreeStyleGames and published by Activision worldwide in October 2009 for the PlayStation 2 and 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 consoles. The game is based on turntablism, requiring the use of a special game controller that includes a turntable surface with three buttons, a crossfader bar, and an effects dial, in addition to other controller buttons used to manipulate in-game menus.[1] In a manner similar to Guitar Hero, players use the turntable controller to mimic the actions of a disc jockey (DJ), such as scratching and crossfading between two different songs, as graphical representations of these actions scroll down on screen towards the player in time with the music.[1] Unlike previous Guitar Hero games, there is no performance meter, and instead players are simply challenged to obtain the best score possible in order to earn stars (from zero to five for each mix) to unlock new songs, venues, and characters. The player can attempt these songs at one of four difficulties (Easy to Expert), with higher difficulties providing more actions for the player to perform within the song.[1]

The game's on-disc soundtrack contains 94 mixes, most made from two songs; over 100 individual songs are incorporated into these mixes.[1] Some mixes feature only a single song mixed with itself. Ten songs on disc include a guitar track that can be played using a Guitar Hero or other compatible controller alongside the DJ mixing player in the game's DJ vs Guitar mode. The game supports additional content through downloadable tracks from the game consoles' respective online stores.[2] While most on-disc mixes were created by FreeStyleGames, several DJs have contributed mixes to the game, including Grandmaster Flash, DJ Shadow, DJ AM, DJ Z-Trip, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and the Scratch Perverts;[3] other DJ artists will provide future downloadable content.[2]

On-disc soundtrack[edit]

The on-disc soundtrack contains 93 mixes, each featuring one or two songs. These are arranged across 24 setlists, ordered roughly by difficulty of the mix, with more difficult mixes appearing later in the game.[1] To access later tiers, the player must earn a pre-set number of stars on previous mixes at any difficulty. All mixes are immediately available to play in the Quickplay and competitive modes. The table below lists the mixes in the game, including the two songs that contribute to their mix as well as their individual artists; the mix artist that created the mix; whether the song is playable in the game's DJ vs Guitar mode; and the career tier in which the song is located.[4][5]

Reviewers found the on-disc soundtrack to be strong; Daemon Hatfield of IGN believed that "the entire soundtrack is superb and could easily stand on its own outside the game".[1] Matt Helgeson of Game Informer considered it to be one of the "most adventurous" soundtracks of any music game, and said though it often relied too much on pop hits, it remained true to the spirit of the DJ mix scene.[6] Johnny Minkley thought the game to have "vital, varied, surprising and vast musical content" and to be a fresh experience compared to previous music games.[3] The game did not sell well in the first month after its release; Ben Kuchera of Ars Technica attributed the low sales of the game partially to its soundtrack. While Kuchera felt the soundtrack was good, he asserted that individual songs were unrecognizable because of modifications made to them for the mixes, and that they were more difficult to adjust to within the gameplay itself.[7]

Song 1 title Artist 1 Song 2 title Artist 2 Mix artist Guitar part? Level
"Ace of Spades" Motörhead "Groundhog" Noisia FreeStyleGames Yes Born To Rock
"Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" Bobby "Blue" Bland "Fuzz and Them" Connie Price & The Keystones FreeStyleGames No Scratching The Surface
"Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" Bobby "Blue" Bland "How Do U Want It" 2Pac FreeStyleGames No Digging Deeper
"All Eyez on Me" 2Pac "Bittersweet Symphony (Instrumental)" The Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra FreeStyleGames No Breaking Needles
"Another One Bites the Dust" Queen "Brass Monkey" Beastie Boys DJ Z-Trip No DJ Z-Trip Presents
"Another One Bites the Dust" Queen "Da Funk" Daft Punk FreeStyleGames No Scratching The Surface
"Around the World" Daft Punk "Bust a Move" Young MC FreeStyleGames No Daft Punk Record Bag
"Beats" Shlomo "The Big Beat" Billy Squier FreeStyleGames No DJ Yoda Presents
"Beats and Pieces" Scratch PervertsThe Scratch Perverts ~n/a ~n/a The Scratch Perverts No Scratch Perverts Presents
"Beverly Hills" Weezer "Fresh Rhymes and Videotape" Evidence featuring The Alchemist, Aceyalone, Rakaa & 88 Keys FreeStyleGames Yes Thrashed And Mashed
"The Big Beat" Billy Squier "Lapdance" N.E.R.D. FreeStyleGames Yes Thrashed And Mashed
"Bittersweet Symphony (Instrumental)" The Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra "Rock the Bells" LL Cool J DJ Jazzy Jeff No DJ Jazzy Jeff Presents
"Boom Boom Pow" The Black Eyed Peas "Satisfaction" Benny Benassi FreeStyleGames No Digging Deeper
"Boom" Grandmaster Flash "Tap" Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash No Grandmaster Flash Presents
"Bring the Noise 20XX" Public Enemy featuring Zakk Wylde "Genesis" Justice DJ Z-Trip No DJ Z-Trip Presents
"Bring the Noise 20XX (DJ-Guitar Mix)" Public Enemy featuring Zakk Wylde ~n/a ~n/a FreeStyleGames Yes Born To Rock
"Bustin' Loose" Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers "Bust a Move" Young MC FreeStyleGames No Extended Play
"Bustin' Loose" Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers "Time of the Season" The Zombies DJ Shadow No DJ Shadow Presents
"Change Clothes" Jay-Z featuring Pharrell Williams "All Eyez on Me" 2Pac FreeStyleGames No Jay-Z Mixtape
"Da Funk" Daft Punk "Strange Enough" N.A.S.A. featuring Karen O, ODB & Fatlip FreeStyleGames No Daft Punk Record Bag
"Day 'N' Nite" Kid Cudi "Boom Boom Pow" The Black Eyed Peas FreeStyleGames No Revenge Of The Boom Bop
"Disco Inferno" 50 Cent "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" Indeep FreeStyleGames No Breaking Needles
"Disco Inferno" 50 Cent "Let's Dance" David Bowie FreeStyleGames No Cut And Paste
"Disturbia" Rihanna "Control" Kid Sister FreeStyleGames No Digging Deeper
"Disturbia" Rihanna "Disco Inferno" The Trammps FreeStyleGames No In The Groove
"Disturbia" Rihanna "Somebody Told Me" The Killers FreeStyleGames Yes Thrashed And Mashed
"The Edge" David Axelrod "Eric B. Is President" Eric B. & Rakim FreeStyleGames No Extended Play
"Excuse Me Miss" Jay-Z featuring Pharrell Williams "Give It to Me Baby" Rick James FreeStyleGames No Jay-Z Mixtape
"Feel Good Inc." Gorillaz "Atomic" Blondie FreeStyleGames No Party Rockin'
"Fight! Smash! Win!" Street Sweeper Social Club "Intergalactic" Beastie Boys FreeStyleGames Yes Born To Rock
"Fix Up, Look Sharp" Dizzee Rascal "Genesis" Justice FreeStyleGames No In The Groove
"Fix Up, Look Sharp" Dizzee Rascal "Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul)" DJ Shadow FreeStyleGames No Hip Hop Rules
"Good Thang" Q-Tip "The Big Beat" Billy Squier J.Period No J.Period Presents
"Groundhog (Beat Juggle)" Noisia ~n/a ~n/a The Scratch Perverts No Scratch Perverts Presents, The Vinyl Cut
"Here Comes My DJ" Grandmaster Flash featuring DJ Kool & DJ Demo "Cars" Gary Numan Grandmaster Flash No Grandmaster Flash Presents
"Here's a Little Somethin' for Ya" Beastie Boys "The Number Song (2009 Version)" DJ Shadow DJ Shadow No DJ Shadow Presents
"Hollaback Girl" Gwen Stefani "Feel Good Inc." Gorillaz FreeStyleGames No In The Groove
"Hollaback Girl" Gwen Stefani "Give It to Me Baby" Rick James FreeStyleGames No On The Wheels Of Steel
"Hollaback Girl" Gwen Stefani "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" Indeep DJ AM No DJ AM Presents
"How Ya Like Me Now" Kool Moe Dee "I Like to Move It" Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman FreeStyleGames No In The Groove
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Marvin Gaye "Feel Good Inc." Gorillaz FreeStyleGames No On The Wheels Of Steel
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Marvin Gaye "Let's Dance" David Bowie FreeStyleGames No Breaking Needles, The Vinyl Cut
"I Want You Back" The Jackson 5 "Just to Get a Rep" Gang Starr DJ Yoda No DJ Yoda Presents
"I Want You Back" The Jackson 5 "Semi-Charmed Life" Third Eye Blind FreeStyleGames No Digging Deeper
"I Want You Back" The Jackson 5 "Semi-Charmed Life" Third Eye Blind FreeStyleGames Yes Thrashed And Mashed
"Ice Ice Baby" Vanilla Ice "Straight Up" Paula Abdul FreeStyleGames No Extended Play
"Ice Ice Baby" Vanilla Ice "U Can't Touch This" MC Hammer FreeStyleGames No Hip Hop Rules
"Insane in the Brain" Cypress Hill "Spooky" Classics IV FreeStyleGames No Party Rockin'
"Insane in the Brain" Cypress Hill "The Edge" David Axelrod FreeStyleGames No DJ Jazzy Jeff Presents
"Intergalactic" Beastie Boys "Rapture" Blondie FreeStyleGames No Cut And Paste
"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" Jay-Z "I Want You Back" The Jackson 5 FreeStyleGames No Jay-Z Mixtape
"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" Jay-Z "My Name Is" Eminem FreeStyleGames No Jay-Z Mixtape
"Jack of Spades" Boogie Down Productions "Let's Dance" David Bowie DJ Shadow No DJ Shadow Presents
"Jayou" Jurassic 5 "Rockit" Herbie Hancock FreeStyleGames No Tearing Up Wax
"Jayou" Jurassic 5 "The Big Beat" Billy Squier FreeStyleGames No Hip Hop Rules
"Juke Box Hero" Foreigner "DJ Hero" DJ Z-Trip featuring Murs DJ Z-Trip Yes Born To Rock
"Juke Box Hero" Foreigner "DJ Hero" DJ Z-Trip featuring Murs DJ Z-Trip No DJ Z-Trip Presents
"Just to Get a Rep" Gang Starr "Shook Ones part II" Mobb Deep J.Period No J.Period Presents
"Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" Indeep "Word Up!" Cameo FreeStyleGames No Revenge Of The Boom Bap
"Lee Majors Come Again" Beastie Boys "Da Funk" Daft Punk Cut Chemist No DJ Shadow Presents
"Lookin' at Me" Wale "Hey Mama" The Black Eyed PeasTippa Irie FreeStyleGames No Extended Play
"Megamix 1" (Around the World, Technologic, Television Rules The Nation) Daft Punk ~n/a ~n/a FreeStyleGames No Daft Punk Record Bag
"Megamix 2" (Robot Rock, Da Funk, Short Circuit) Daft Punk ~n/a ~n/a FreeStyleGames No Daft Punk Record Bag
"Monkey Wrench" Foo Fighters "Sabotage" Beastie Boys FreeStyleGames Yes Born To Rock
"Mr. Big Stuff" Jean Knight "Born to Roll" Masta Ace FreeStyleGames No Scratching The Surface
"My Name Is" Eminem "Loser" Beck FreeStyleGames No On The Wheels Of Steel
"Nothing But You" Paul van Dyk "I Can't Stop (David Penn Remix)" Sandy Rivera featuring David Penn FreeStyleGames No Tearing Up Wax
"Paper Planes" M.I.A. "Eric B. Is President" Eric B. & Rakim The Scratch Perverts No Scratch Perverts Present
"Paper Planes" M.I.A. "Lookin' at Me" Wale FreeStyleGames No Breaking Needles
"Play That Funky Music" Wild Cherry "Just to Get a Rep" Gang Starr FreeStyleGames Yes Thrashed And Mashed
"Poison" Bell Biv DeVoe "Intergalactic" Beastie Boys DJ AM No DJ AM Presents
"Poison" Bell Biv DeVoe "Word Up!" Cameo FreeStyleGames No Party Rockin'
"Poison (Beat Juggle)" Bell Biv DeVoe ~n/a ~n/a FreeStyleGames No DJ AM Presents
"Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit" Fedde Le Grand "I Can't Stop (David Penn Remix)" Sandy Rivera featuring David Penn FreeStyleGames No On The Wheels Of Steel
"Robot Rock" Daft Punk "Al Naafyish (The Soul)" Hashim The Scratch Perverts No Scratch Perverts Presents
"Robot Rock" Daft Punk "We Will Rock You" Queen FreeStyleGames No Daft Punk Record Bag
"Rockit" Herbie Hancock "Lapdance" N.E.R.D. Grandmaster Flash No Grandmaster Flash Presents
"Rockit (Beat Juggle)" Herbie Hancock ~n/a ~n/a FreeStyleGames No The Vinyl Cut
"Satisfaction" Benny Benassi "Elements of Life" Tiësto FreeStyleGames No The Vinyl Cut
"Short Circuit" Daft Punk "Jack of Spades" Boogie Down Productions FreeStyleGames No Daft Punk Record Bag
"Shout" Tears for Fears "Eric B. Is President" Eric B. & Rakim DJ Jazzy Jeff No DJ Jazzy Jeff Presents
"Shout" Tears for Fears "Pjanoo" Eric Prydz FreeStyleGames No Party Rockin
"Shout" Tears for Fears "Six Days (Remix)" DJ Shadow featuring Mos Def FreeStyleGames No Revenge Of The Boom Bop
"Shut 'Em Down" Public Enemy "Where It's At" Beck FreeStyleGames No Revenge Of The Boom Bap
"Six Days (Remix)" DJ Shadow "Annie's Horn" D-Code FreeStyleGames No Tearing Up Wax, The Vinyl Cut
"Somebody Told Me" The Killers "Pjanoo" Eric Prydz FreeStyleGames No Cut And Paste
"Strange Enough" N.A.S.A. featuring Karen O, ODB, & Fatlip "Theme from Shaft" Isaac Hayes FreeStyleGames No Tearing Up Wax
"Technologic" Daft Punk "Cars" Gary Numan FreeStyleGames No Daft Punk Record Bag
"Television Rules the Nation" Daft Punk "Hella Good" No Doubt FreeStyleGames No Daft Punk Record Bag
"Tutti Frutti" Little Richard "Beats" Shlomo DJ Yoda No DJ Yoda Presents
"Universal Mind Control (U.M.C.)" Common "Jeep Ass Gutter (Aaron LaCrate & Debonair Samir RMX)" Masta Ace The Scratch Perverts No Scratch Perverts Presents
"Where It's At" Beck "Six Days (Remix)" DJ Shadow featuring Mos Def FreeStyleGames No Cut And Paste
"Zulu Nation Throwdown" Afrika Bambaataa "Get Down" Freedom Express FreeStyleGames No Hip Hop Rules

Downloadable content[edit]

New mixes will be added regularly to DJ Hero through downloadable content that can be purchased on the console's respective online stores;[2] content was made available on the day of the game's release.[8] Unlike Guitar Hero games' downloadable content, which costs approximately US$2 per track, each mix costs approximately $3 to download because of the additional effort needed to create the mixes.[2] Furthermore, mixes are provided only as bundles for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users; the Wii's storefront prevents the selling of bundled packages; instead, each track is offered individually.[2][9] Critics viewed the lack of individual song selection on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms as a way of limiting consumers' choice, as previous downloadable songs for games such as Guitar Hero allow players on these systems to select individual tracks to purchase from a bundle.[9][10] The long time between the second downloadable pack (in November 2009) and the third pack (in March 2010) was also believed to be the result of a last-ditch effort by Activision to support the game, and that the few packs released did not meet expectations for the game.[11]

Song 1 title Artist 1 Song 2 title Artist 2 Mix artist Guitar part? Mix pack Release date
FreeStyleGames No Extended Mix Pack 01[8] Oct. 27, 2009
"DARE" Gorillaz "Can't Truss It" Public Enemy FreeStyleGames No Extended Mix Pack 01[8] Oct. 27, 2009
"When Love Takes Over" (Beat Juggle) David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland n/a zzzn/a David Guetta No David Guetta Mix Pack 01[8] Nov. 24, 2009
"Sexy Chick" (Beat Juggle) David Guetta featuring Akon n/a zzzn/a David Guetta No David Guetta Mix Pack 01[8] Nov. 24, 2009
"On The Dance Floor" (Beat Juggle) David Guetta featuring will.i.am and apl.de.ap n/a zzzn/a David Guetta No David Guetta Mix Pack 01[8] Nov. 24, 2009
"Shake That" Eminem featuring Nate Dogg "Show Me What You Got" Jay-Z FreeStyleGames No Jay-Z vs. Eminem Mix Pack[12] Mar. 18, 2010a
"Without Me" Eminem "Encore" Jay-Z FreeStyleGames No Jay-Z vs. Eminem Mix Pack[12] Mar. 18, 2010a
"Can I Get A..." Jay-Z "Lose Yourself" Eminem FreeStyleGames No Jay-Z vs. Eminem Mix Pack[12] Mar. 18, 2010a
"Sandstorm" Darude "Higher State of Consciousness (Tweekin' Acid Funk Mix)" Josh Wink FreeStyleGames No Domination Pack[13] Apr. 29, 2010
"Wolfgang's Fifth Symphony" (Beat Juggle) Wolfgang Gartner "n/a" zzzn/a FreeStyleGames No Domination Pack[13] Apr. 29, 2010
"Red Mist VIP" (Beat Juggle) Danny Byrd "n/a" zzzn/a FreeStyleGames No Domination Pack[13] Apr. 29, 2010
"Just Dance" Lady Gaga "Ghosts n' Stuff" Deadmau5 FreeStyleGames No Single[14] June 8, 2010b
"Poker Face" Lady Gaga "Girls on Film" Duran Duran FreeStyleGames No Dance Party Mix Pack June 29, 2010
"Buttons" (Beat Juggle) Pussycat Dolls "n/a" zzzn/a FreeStyleGames No Dance Party Mix Pack June 29, 2010
"SOS" (Beat Juggle) Rihanna "n/a" zzzn/a FreeStyleGames No Dance Party Mix Pack June 29, 2010

^a Song released for the Wii on March 25, 2010. ^b Song was free for a limited time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Hatfield, Daemon (2009-10-26). "DJ Hero Review". IGN. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Hatfield, Daemon (2009-10-28). "DJ Hero DLC Interview". IGN. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  3. ^ a b Minkley, Johnny (2009-10-30). "DJ Hero Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  4. ^ CVG Staff (2009-07-02). "Dizzee Rascal joins DJ Hero". Computer and Video Games. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  5. ^ Johnston, Stephan (2009-05-15). "Tons Of 'DJ Hero' Details Revealed". G4TV. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  6. ^ Helgeson, Matt (2009-10-27). "DJ Hero". Game Informer. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  7. ^ Kuchera, Ben (2009-11-15). "Innovating problems: why DJ Hero flopped". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f Faylor, Chris (2009-10-30). "November's Guitar Hero 5, DJ Hero DLC Detailed". Shacknews. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  9. ^ a b Klepek, Patrick (2009-11-04). "How DJ Hero's Downloadable Content Limits True Consumer Choice". G4TV. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  10. ^ Mastrapa, Gus (2009-10-29). "Hands On: Queen vs. 50 Cent in DJ Hero DLC". Wired. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  11. ^ Mastrapa, Gus (2010-03-18). "New DJ Hero Downloads, Four Months Later". Wired. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  12. ^ a b c Brudvig, Eric (2010-03-09). "DJ Hero Adds Jay-Z Eminem Mixes". IGN. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  13. ^ a b c McElroy, Griffin (2010-04-24). "DJ Hero getting challenging track pack next week". Joystiq. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  14. ^ Bramwell, Tom (2010-06-08). "DJ Hero 2 due out this autumn". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 

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