List of songs in Rock Band 4

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Rock Band 4 features tracks by the band U2, the first time songs from the group have been included in a rhythm game.

Rock Band 4 is the fourth main installment in the rhythm game series, Rock Band, developed by Harmonix. The game was released in October 2015, following a five-year hiatus from the release of Rock Band 3. Following the over-saturation of the rhythm game market in 2009, weak sales of Rock Band 3 led Harmonix to put the series on hiatus, though the company continued to provide downloadable content through 2013. The release of Rock Band 4 was prompted by several factors, including the market penetration of the eighth generation consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a stronger internal vision for what Rock Band 4 should be within Harmonix, and continued support from fans of the series.

Rock Band 4 ships with 65 songs on the disc, spanning rock music and other genres from the 1960s to the 2010s. Though the game includes new features such as freestyle guitar solos and improved drum fills, Harmonix has worked to assure that at least 1,700 of the songs in its downloadable content library from past Rock Band games are compatible with Rock Band 4 and that players who have already bought songs on the previous iterations do not have to repurchase the songs in the newer game as long as they stay within the same console library. Harmonix plans to continue to develop additional downloadable content for the game.

Main soundtrack[edit]

Rock Band 4 is shipped with 65 songs on disc. [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Song Title Artist Year Genre
"Ain’t Messin ‘Round" Gary Clark, Jr. 2012 Rock
"Albert" Eddie Japan 2015 Indie Rock
"All Over You" Live 1994 Alternative
"Arabella" Arctic Monkeys 2013 Rock
"At Night in Dreams" White Denim 2013 Indie Rock
"Birth in Reverse" St. Vincent 2014 Indie Rock
"Brown Eyed Girl" Van Morrison 1967 R&B/Soul/Funk
"Caught Up in You" .38 Special 1982 Southern Rock
"Cedarwood Road" U2 2014 Rock
"Centuries" Fall Out Boy 2015 Pop-Rock
"Cold Clear Light" Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys 2015 R&B/Soul/Funk
"Dead Black (Heart of Ice)" Soul Remnants 2013 Metal
"Dream Genie" Lightning Bolt 2015 Rock
"The Feast and the Famine" Foo Fighters 2014 Alternative
"Fever" The Black Keys 2014 Rock
"Follow You Down" Gin Blossoms 1996 Alternative
"Free Falling" The Warning 2015 Rock
"Friday I'm In Love" The Cure 1992 New Wave
"Hail to the King" Avenged Sevenfold 2013 Metal
"Halls of Valhalla" Judas Priest 2014 Metal
"I Am Electric" Heaven's Basement 2013 Rock
"I Bet My Life" Imagine Dragons 2015 Alternative
"I Miss the Misery" Halestorm 2012 Rock
"I Will Follow" U2 1980 Rock
"The Impression That I Get" The Mighty Mighty Bosstones 1997 Reggae/Ska
"Kick It Out" Heart 1977 Classic Rock
"Knock Em Down" Duck & Cover 2014 Punk
"Lazaretto" Jack White 2014 Rock
"Light the Fuse" Slydigs 2015 Rock
"Light Up the Night" The Protomen 2009 Rock
"Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" Spin Doctors 1991 Alternative
"Little White Church" Little Big Town 2010 Country
"Mainstream Kid" Brandi Carlile 2015 Blues
"Metropolis—Part I: "The Miracle and the Sleeper"" Dream Theater 1992 Prog
"Milwaukee" The Both 2014 Pop-Rock
"Miracle Man" Ozzy Osbourne 1988 Metal
"My God Is the Sun" Queens of the Stone Age 2013 Alternative
"No One Like You (2011 Re-record)" Scorpions 1982 Metal
"The One I Love" R.E.M. 1987 Alternative
"Panama" Van Halen 1984 Rock
"A Passage to Bangkok" Rush 1976 Prog
"Pistol Whipped" Tijuana Sweetheart 2012 Punk
"Prayer" Disturbed 2002 Nu-Metal
"Recession" Jeff Allen ft. Noelle LeBlanc and Naoko Takamoto 2015 Pop/Dance/Electronic
"Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" Rick Derringer 1973 Classic Rock
"The Seeker" The Who 1970 Classic Rock
"Short Skirt/Long Jacket" Cake 2001 Alternative
"Somebody Told Me" The Killers 2004 Alternative
"Spiders" System of a Down 1998 Nu-Metal
"Start a Band" Brad Paisley ft. Keith Urban 2008 Country
"Still Into You" Paramore 2013 Pop-Rock
"Superunknown" Soundgarden 1994 Grunge
"Suspicious Minds" Elvis Presley 1969 Rock
"That Smell" Lynyrd Skynyrd 1977 Southern Rock
"Tongue Tied" Grouplove 2011 Indie Rock
"Toys in the Attic" Aerosmith 1975 Rock
"Turn it Around" Lucius 2013 Indie Rock
"Uptown Funk" Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars 2015 R&B/Soul/Funk
"V-Bomb" Dark Wheels 2015 Rock
"Violent Shiver" Benjamin Booker 2014 Rock
"The Warrior" Scandal 1984 Rock
"What's Up?" 4 Non Blondes 1992 Alternative
"The Wolf" Mumford & Sons 2015 Rock
"You Make Loving Fun" Fleetwood Mac 1977 Classic Rock
"Your Love" The Outfield 1985 Pop-Rock

Rigopulos said of the main soundtrack that "The budget that we’ve allocated for the title supports a top-tier soundtrack".[10] Harmonix allowed for fans to request songs to be included in the game, and tried to include the most-requested songs.[11]

Downloadable content[edit]

In addition to developing new songs for purchase following the release of Rock Band 4, Harmonix was also working to ensure that as much of its existing library of downloadable songs would be compatible with the game upon its release as possible; 1,500 songs were available at launch.[9] Nearly all existing Rock Band DLC, including disc exports from previous games (excluding The Beatles: Rock Band), Track Packs, and Rock Band Blitz, will be transitioned to Rock Band 4 within the same console family at no cost to the player (i.e. PlayStation 4 can only import songs purchased on PlayStation 3, and Xbox One can only import songs purchased on Xbox 360). "If you bought a Rock Band song, it should be yours in Rock Band 4," said Sussman. "Everything that you have already exported will come over."[12] At release, only individual songs were available for redownloading within Rock Band 4, with Harmonix working with Sony and Microsoft to offer support for existing song bundles and the various disc exports following the game's release. The Rock Band 3 disc export was available starting in early December 2015 for a small fee.[13][14][15] Rock Band 1 songs were available in January 2016, and Rock Band 2 and Lego Rock Band songs followed in February 2016. Once all official DLC is ported over, Harmonix will explore the logistics of porting Rock Band Network songs into Rock Band 4.

Most of the existing songs are updated with features new to Rock Band 4, specifically the use of Freestyle Guitar Solos for songs with guitar solos, and Freestyle Vocals. For songs previously released that would have vocal harmonies but did not have these harmonies presented in the Rock Band games, typically those prior to Rock Band 3's release, Harmonix has worked with fans to include such harmonies created by the fans in the Rock Band 4 version of these tracks. Other new features of Rock Band 4, such as new drum fills to trigger Overdrive, are automatically supported in any song by the game.

Pre-order songs[edit]

Depending on the nature of the sale, a number of songs were available as free bonuses to those that pre-ordered the game through various vendors; these songs were otherwise available at cost to other players.

A pre-order from Amazon included 4 exclusive songs for the Band-in-a-Box Bundle and Guitar Bundle pre-orders, on top of the original 30 free songs for those bundles.[16] They included:

Song Title Artist Year
"Don't Wanna Fight" Alabama Shakes 2015
"Failure" Breaking Benjamin 2015
"Trainwreck 1979" Death from Above 1979 2014
"Follow Me Down" The Pretty Reckless 2014

PlayStation Network Plus members who pre-ordered via the PlayStation Store included:[17]

Song Title Artist Year Genre
"Divide" All That Remains 2015 Metal
"Run for Cover" Blitz Kids 2014 Pop-Rock
"Throne" Bring Me the Horizon 2015 Nu-Metal
"Mona Lisa" Dead Sara 2015 Alternative
"The Reflex" Duran Duran 1983 Pop-Rock
"Move Over" Janis Joplin 1971 Classic Rock
"Would You Still Be There" Of Mice & Men 2014 Nu-Metal
"Sugar, You" Oh Honey 2015 Indie Rock
"Cowboys from Hell" (Live from Monsters in Moscow Festival) Pantera 1991 Metal
"Summertime Boy" Seasick Steve 2015 Blues

Pre-ordering a digital copy on Xbox One via Xbox Live included:[18]

Song Title Artist Year Genre
"What If I Was Nothing" All That Remains 2012 Metal
"High Road" Mastodon 2014 Metal
"September" Earth, Wind & Fire 1978 R&B/Soul/Funk
"Backwoods Company" The Wild Feathers 2013 Southern Rock
"One Big Holiday" My Morning Jacket 2003 Southern Rock
"Jane" Jefferson Starship 1979 Classic Rock
"Gimme Chocolate!!" Babymetal 2014 Metal
"King for a Day" Pierce the Veil 2012 Alternative
"Rebellion" Linkin Park 2014 Nu-Metal
"All the Rage Back Home" Interpol 2014 Indie Rock
"The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles" Marilyn Manson 2015 Alternative
"My Own Eyes" "Weird Al" Yankovic 2014 Novelty

Pre-orders for the Band-in-a-Box and Guitar Bundles of the game shipped with 30 downloadable songs for free download; many of these include tracks by Harmonix employee-affiliated musical groups that had previously appeared in the first two Rock Band games.[19]

Rivals expansion songs[edit]

Pre-orders for the October 2016 Rivals expansion received these songs free upon the expansion's release, while the songs were later offered on the storefront for individual purchase.[20]

Song Title Artist Year Genre
"Happy Song" Bring Me the Horizon 2015 Nu-Metal
"Safe and Sound" Capital Cities 2011 Pop/Dance/Electronic
"Save Tonight" Eagle-Eye Cherry 1997 Rock
"Sweater Weather" The Neighbourhood 2011 Indie Rock
"Little Talks" Of Monsters and Men 2011 Indie Rock
"Happy" Pharrell Williams 2013 R&B/Soul/Funk
"Closing Time" Semisonic 1998 Alternative
"Chandelier" Sia 2014 Pop/Dance/Electronic
"Feel Invincible" Skillet 2016 Rock
"King of the World" Weezer 2016 Alternative

Two additional songs to the above ten are available for those that pre-order the expansion through Amazon.com.[21]

Song Title Artist Year Genre
"One More Night" Maroon 5 2012 Pop/Rock
"3AM" Matchbox Twenty 1997 Alternative

For users that have purchased the "Rivals" expansion, various updates brought more free songs; a December 2016 update brought twelve free songs from local Boston bands who had also been part of the Rockumentary footage; with the January 2017 Online Quickplay update, one additional free song was added to the "Rivals" expansion.[22]

Song Title Artist Year Genre
"Bethany" Goddamn Draculas 2015 Rock
"Black Corridor" Worshipper 2016 Metal
"Black Streak" Nemes 2014 Indie Rock
"Closer, Closer" The Warning Shots 2016 Punk
"Constant Disaster" When Particles Collide 2014 Alternative
"Hour of Rats" The Red Chord 2009 Metal
"I Recognize" Newfane 2016 Alternative
"Mean Girls" Petty Morals 2016 Pop/Rock
"Never Let 'Em Hold Ya Back!" Parlour Bells 2016 Glam
"Pain Killer" Ruby Rose Fox 2016 Indie Rock
"S.O.M.P"[22] Skratch’N Snyf 1990 Glam
"Shadow" Bearstronaut 2016 Pop/Rock
"True Confessional" Party Bois 2016 Pop/Dance/Electronic
"Sink" Animal Flag 2016 Indie Rock
"These Hands" Bent Knee 2016 Indie Rock
"No Place for Me" Black Beach 2016 Rock
"History Repeats" Creaturos 2016 Rock
"RudeBoys" Dutch ReBelle 2016 Hip-Hop/Rap
"Hurry Up (& Wait for You)" Julie Rhodes 2016 Indie Rock
"Casablanca" Littlefoot 2016 Pop-Rock
"Cross That Line" Michael Christmas 2016 Hip-Hop/Rap
"Skydiver" Ruby Rose Fox 2016 Indie Rock
"Good" STL GLD 2016 Hip-Hop/Rap
"Alone Time" Tigerman WOAH 2016 Rock
"Sweater Weather" Parks 2012 Pop-Rock
"To My Romeo" Spirit Kid 2016 Pop-Rock
"Black Seas" Arctic Horror 2016 Metal
"(You're) Breakin' Up" The Black Cheers 2015 Punk
"Open Water" Assuming We Survive 2016 Rock
"Shy" HUNNY 2017 Indie Rock
"Bloodhands (Oh My Fever)" In the Valley Below 2017 Indie Rock
"Who's Your Lover" Nightmare Air 2017 Indie Rock
"Radio" No Small Children 2017 Rock
"Forget About Tomorrow" The Bergamot 2016 Alternative
"I Hear the Dead" Dolly Spartans 2017 Alternative
"Body Like That" The Eiffels 2018 Alternative
"Vinyl" Fly By Midnight 2018 Pop/Dance/Electronic
"Shame" Jocelyn and Chris Arndt 2016 Rock
"Survive" The Warning 2017 Rock
"This Will Be the Day" Jeff Williams feat. Casey Lee Williams 2013 Rock
"Thinking Emoji" Barely March 2018 Punk
"Love That Hurts" PREACHERVAN 2018 Alternative
"Let's Just Dance" Ships Have Sailed 2018 Alternative
"Save Yourself" tiLLie 2017 Alternative

Reception[edit]

The game's on-disc soundtrack was generally considered weaker than previous installments, describing it as primarily featuring "B-list" musicians, "lesser-known" songs by notable acts (such as Rush's "A Passage to Bangkok") that had already been featured in Rock Band, and lacking a number of major acts that had historically made appearances in the franchise.[23] Many reviewers were underwhelmed by the soundtrack but did acknowledge several "seriously inspired choices", such as The Protomen.[24]

References[edit]

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