List of songs in Rock Band 3

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Four people standing on a stage with Rock Band instruments, including a keyboard, two guitars, and a drumkit, along with two singers.
Six people playing Rock Band 3 at the San Diego Comic-Con International on July 23, 2010

Rock Band 3 is a 2010 music video game developed by Harmonix, published by MTV Games and distributed by Electronic Arts. The game, a sequel to Rock Band 2, was released in October 2010 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Nintendo DS. Rock Band 3 allows one to seven players to simulate the playing of rock music by providing the players with peripherals modeled after musical instruments. These include a guitar peripheral for lead guitar and bass gameplay, a drum kit peripheral, a keyboard peripheral, and up to three microphones. Rock Band 3 is the first game in the series to include a "Pro" mode, which allows players to use more realistic peripherals to play the game's songs note-for-note as they would be played on an actual instrument.

Rock Band 3 includes 83 songs, all of which are either master recordings or live performances. Many were included to emphasize the keyboard instrument. Existing game content, including prior downloadable content and songs from the Rock Band Network, carries forward into Rock Band 3, with the full Rock Band library consisting of over 2,000 songs by the time the game was released, The Rock Band 3 songs cannot be played on Blitz.

Announcement[edit]

When Rock Band 3 was first detailed on June 11, 2010, Harmonix announced 22 of the game's 83 songs.[1] The next month, Harmonix used Facebook and Twitter to provide clues about additional songs for both Rock Band 3 and Dance Central, which they then confirmed to be six Rock Band tracks and three Dance Central tracks.[2] On August 17, just before the 2010 Gamescom convention, Harmonix announced an additional ten songs by bands from around the world.[3]

During a video interview at Gamescom, most of the setlist was inadvertently leaked because someone was scrolling through the setlist in the background.[4] Harmonix released a video response to the leak the next day, officially "denying" the "rumored" setlist, while once again showing the setlist in the background and confirming additional songs.[5] The full setlist was formally announced on August 25 on the Rock Band website.[6]

Track listing[edit]

The full Rock Band 3 setlist features 83 songs, including a mix of tracks which make use of the new keyboard peripheral and three-part vocal harmonies.[6] The Nintendo DS version of the game features a 26-song subset of the consoles' setlist.[6]

Song title Artist Year[a] Genre Keyboard
support
Vocal
parts
Nintendo DS
setlist
"20th Century Boy" T. Rex 1973 Glam Rock Yes 3 No
"25 or 6 to 4" Chicago 1970 Classic Rock Yes 3 No
"Antibodies" Poni Hoax 2008 New Wave Yes 1 No
"Beast and the Harlot" Avenged Sevenfold 2005 Metal No 3 No
"The Beautiful People" Marilyn Manson 1996 Alternative Yes 2 No
"Been Caught Stealing" Jane's Addiction 1990 Alternative No 3 Yes
"Before I Forget" Slipknot 2004 Metal Yes 2 No
"Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen 1975 Classic Rock Yes 3 Yes
"Break on Through (To the Other Side)" The Doors 1967 Classic Rock Yes 1 Yes
"Caught in a Mosh" Anthrax 1987 Metal No 3 No
"Centerfold" The J. Geils Band 1981 Rock Yes 3 No
"China Grove" The Doobie Brothers 1973 Classic Rock Yes 3 Yes
"Cold as Ice" Foreigner 1977 Classic Rock Yes 3 Yes
"Combat Baby" Metric 2003 Indie Rock Yes 1 Yes
"The Con" Tegan and Sara 2007 Indie Rock Yes 2 No
"Crazy Train" Ozzy Osbourne 1980 Metal No 2 Yes
"Crosstown Traffic" The Jimi Hendrix Experience 1968 Classic Rock Yes 3 Yes
"Dead End Friends" Them Crooked Vultures 2009 Rock Yes 2 No
"Don't Bury Me... I'm Still Not Dead" Riverboat Gamblers 2006 Punk No 2 No
"Don't Stand So Close to Me" The Police 1980 Pop-Rock Yes 3 No
"Du Hast" Rammstein 1997 Metal Yes 3 No
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" Tears for Fears 1985 Pop-Rock Yes 2 No
"False Alarm" The Bronx 2003 Punk No 1 No
"Fly Like an Eagle" Steve Miller Band 1976 Classic Rock Yes 2 No
"Foolin'" Def Leppard 1983 Metal Yes 3 No
"Free Bird" Lynyrd Skynyrd 1973 Southern Rock Yes 1 No
"Get Free" The Vines 2002 Rock No 3 Yes
"Get Up, Stand Up" Bob Marley and the Wailers 1973 Reggae/Ska Yes 3 No
"Good Vibrations (Live)"[b] The Beach Boys 1968 Rock Yes 3 No
"The Hardest Button to Button" The White Stripes 2003 Rock No 1 Yes
"Heart of Glass" Blondie 1978 New Wave Yes 2 No
"Here I Go Again" Whitesnake 1987 Metal Yes 2 Yes
"Hey Man, Nice Shot" Filter 1995 Alternative No 1 No
"Humanoid" Tokio Hotel 2009 Pop-Rock Yes 3 Yes
"I Can See for Miles" The Who 1967 Classic Rock No 3 No
"I Got You (I Feel Good) (Alternative Version)"[c] James Brown 1974 R&B/Soul/Funk Yes 1 Yes
"I Love Rock N' Roll" Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 1981 Punk Yes 2 Yes
"I Need to Know" Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1978 Classic Rock Yes 2 No
"I Wanna Be Sedated" Ramones 1978 Punk No 1 No
"Imagine"[d] John Lennon 1971 Classic Rock Yes 1 No
"In a Big Country" Big Country 1983 New Wave Yes 3 No
"In the Meantime" Spacehog 1995 Alternative Yes 3 No
"Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" Primus 1991 Alternative No 1 No
"Just Like Heaven" The Cure 1987 New Wave Yes 2 Yes
"Killing Loneliness" H.I.M. 2005 Alternative Yes 3 No
"The Killing Moon" Echo & The Bunnymen 1984 New Wave Yes 1 No
"King George" Dover 2001 Rock No 3 No
"Lasso" Phoenix 2009 Alternative No 1 Yes
"Last Dance" The Raveonettes 2009 Indie Rock Yes 3 No
"Living in America" The Sounds 2002 New Wave Yes 2 No
"Llama" Phish 1992 Rock Yes 3 No
"The Look" Roxette 1988 Pop-Rock Yes 3 Yes
"Low Rider" WAR 1975 R&B/Soul/Funk Yes 1 No
"Me Enamora" Juanes 2007 Pop-Rock Yes 3 No
"MidLife Crisis" Faith No More 1992 Alternative Yes 3 Yes
"Misery Business" Paramore 2007 Pop-Rock No 3 Yes
"Need You Tonight" INXS 1987 Pop-Rock Yes 3 Yes
"No One Knows" Queens of the Stone Age 2002 Rock No 3 No
"Oh My God" Ida Maria 2008 Alternative Yes 3 Yes
"One Armed Scissor" At the Drive-In 2000 Alternative No 2 No
"Outer Space"[e] The Muffs 1997 Pop-Rock No 3 No
"Oye Mi Amor" Maná 1992 Pop-Rock Yes 2 No
"Plush" Stone Temple Pilots 1992 Alternative No 1 No
"Portions for Foxes" Rilo Kiley 2004 Indie Rock Yes 3 Yes
"The Power of Love" Huey Lewis and the News 1985 Rock Yes 3 No
"Radar Love" Golden Earring 1973 Classic Rock Yes 3 No
"Rainbow in the Dark" Dio 1983 Metal Yes 2 No
"Rehab" Amy Winehouse 2006 R&B/Soul/Funk Yes 3 No
"Rock Lobster" The B-52's 1979 New Wave Yes 3 Yes
"Roundabout" Yes 1971 Prog Yes 3 Yes
"Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" Elton John 1973 Classic Rock Yes 1 No
"Sister Christian" Night Ranger 1983 Rock Yes 3 Yes
"Smoke on the Water" Deep Purple 1972 Classic Rock Yes 2 No
"Something Bigger, Something Brighter" Pretty Girls Make Graves 2003 Indie Rock Yes 2 No
"Space Oddity" David Bowie 1969 Glam Yes 3 No
"Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" The Smiths 1987 Alternative Yes 1 No
"This Bastard's Life" Swingin' Utters 1998 Punk Yes 3 No
"Viva la Resistance" Hypernova 2010 Indie Rock No 2 No
"Walk of Life" Dire Straits 1985 Rock Yes 3 No
"Walking on the Sun" Smash Mouth 1997 Pop-Rock Yes 2 Yes
"Werewolves of London" Warren Zevon 1978 Classic Rock Yes 1 No
"Whip It"[e] Devo 1980 New Wave Yes 2 No
"Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1" The Flaming Lips 2002 Alternative Yes 3 No
  1. ^ Year of song's original release, as listed in Rock Band 3
  2. ^ Track uses a live version of the song, from the album Live in London.
  3. ^ Track uses an alternate studio version of the song.
  4. ^ Song has no Guitar or Pro Guitar part.
  5. ^ a b Song was re-recorded by the original artist for use in the game.

Downloadable songs[edit]

A long list of songs and artists against a blue background on a wall. About three quarters of the way down the wall is a white line; the songs above the line are labeled "Rock Band Setlist" while the songs below it are labeled "RBN".
A list of Rock Band songs displayed on the wall at E3 2010. The upper part of the wall lists songs released by Harmonix, either on a game disc or as downloadable content. The lower part shows Rock Band Network songs.

Following the release of Rock Band 3, Harmonix has kept up their commitment to releasing weekly downloadable content for the series, starting with a set of twelve songs from The Doors released the same week as the game.[7] Downloadable songs since the game's release include, when appropriate, support for keyboards and vocal harmonies within the base cost of the song. However, due to the cost and effort to create Pro Guitar and Pro Bass authoring, Harmonix releases these additional authored parts as a separate download for certain songs for US$1 per upgrade, in addition to the song's base price.[8] Downloaded content released by Harmonix after Rock Band 3's release is not compatible with previous games in the series due to changes in the song format.[9] Since the game's release, Harmonix has released downloadable songs from a variety of artists, including Bon Jovi,[10] Queen,[11] Billy Joel,[12] Linkin Park,[13] and The Clash.[14]

Most songs already released as downloadable content for the series can be used in Rock Band 3, with the exception of the tracks "Hier Kommt Alex" by Die Toten Hosen, and "Rock 'n' Roll Star" by Oasis.[15] In addition, the songs from many previous Rock Band games can be exported for use in Rock Band 3.[15] More than 2000 potential songs were available at the game's launch between these sources.[16]

Rock Band Network songs are also playable in Rock Band 3. A new version of the Network, called Rock Band Network 2.0, allows songs to be authored with harmonies, Basic and Pro Keys, and Pro Drums, but does not support Pro Guitar and Pro Bass charting due to the complexity of authoring those parts and the number of users able to test them.[17]

Reception[edit]

Rock Band 3's setlist was well-received by video game critics. Eurogamer's Johnny Minkley called it "strong and varied", and noted the contrast between it and the heavier style of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock's setlist.[18] Will Tuttle of GameSpy praised it as being "the most diverse track list in the franchise's history."[19] G4 TV's Stephen Johnson noted that the addition of the keyboard controller led to the setlist having a more pop-oriented style than the previous games in the series, and he said that Harmonix chose "substance ... over flashy, current bands."[20] Reviewer Ben Kuchera, of Ars Technica, also praised the setlist's variety, stating that it is "one of the best you'll see in rhythm games, spanning decades and genres and bringing a wide variety of songs to suit any taste."[21] In his review of the game in The Atlantic, Sam Machkovech summed up the setlist by saying that "with keyboards are in [sic] the mix, the songs are just plain better."[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rock Band 3 Features, Setlist, and More!". Harmonix. June 11, 2010. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ Makuch, Eddie (July 26, 2010). "Nine new tracks confirmed for Rock Band 3, Dance Central". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ Pigna, Kris (August 17, 2010). "Harmonix Reveals New Rock Band 3, Dance Central Tracks". 1UP.com. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ Gilbert, Ben (August 19, 2010). "Rock Band 3 songs leaked by video". Joystiq. AOL. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ Leahy, Brian (August 20, 2010). "Rock Band 3 Leaked Setlist... Confirmed?". Shacknews. GameFly. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "Rock Band 3 Full Setlist! Including 83 Songs from Jimi Hendrix, Avenged Sevenfold, Paramore, Ozzy Osbourne, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Many More!". Harmonix. August 25, 2010. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ Kato, Matthew (October 13, 2010). "The Doors First To Light the RB 3 DLC Fire". Game Informer. GameStop Corporation. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ Gies, Arthur (September 27, 2010). "Rock Band 3: Songs on the Move". IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ Sliwinski, Alexander (November 9, 2010). "PSA: All forthcoming Rock Band DLC incompatible with RB1/RB2". Joystiq. AOL. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ Dutton, Fred (November 5, 2010). "Bon Jovi DLC storms Rock Band 3". Eurogamer Network. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ Fahey, Mike (December 3, 2010). "A Double Dose Of Queen For Rock Band 3". Kotaku. Gawker Media. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  12. ^ Quillen, Dustin (December 10, 2010). "Billy Joel Tracks Headed for Rock Band 3 on Tuesday". 1UP.com. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  13. ^ Gonzalez, Annette (January 7, 2011). "Six Linkin Park Tracks Headed To Rock Band Next Week". Game Informer. GameStop Corporation. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ "The Clash's 'London Calling' Coming To Rock Band 3". The Clash Online. Sony Music Entertainment. January 31, 2011. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "Song Export". Harmonix. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Rock Band Music Catalog Surpasses 2,000-Song Milestone With The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Classic Song, 'Are You Experienced?'" (Press release). Harmonix. October 5, 2010. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  17. ^ Leahy, Brian (August 23, 2010). "Rock Band Network 2.0 Features Outlined for RB3". Shacknews. GameFly. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  18. ^ Minkley, Johnny (October 28, 2010). "Rock Band 3 - Review". Eurogamer Network. Archived from the original on June 2, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011.  Additional pages archived on June 2, 2011: 2, 3.
  19. ^ Tuttle, Will (October 27, 2010). "Rock Band 3 Review". GameSpy. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on June 2, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  20. ^ Johnson, Stephen (October 21, 2010). "Rock Band 3 Review". G4 TV. Archived from the original on June 2, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  21. ^ Kuchera, Ben (October 24, 2010). "A new way to rock: Ars reviews Rock Band 3". Ars Technica. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011.  Additional pages archived on June 2, 2011: 2.
  22. ^ Machovech, Sam (October 26, 2010). "'Rock Band 3': 102 Reasons Music Games Are Still Worth Playing". The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company. Archived from the original on June 2, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011.  Additional pages archived on June 2, 2011: 2.

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