List of songs in The Beatles: Rock Band

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The Beatles: Rock Band is a 2009 music video game developed by Harmonix, published by MTV Games and distributed by Electronic Arts, in association with Apple Corps. It is the third major console release in the Rock Band music video game series and is available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii consoles. The game allows one to six players to simulate the performance of songs by The Beatles by providing the players with peripherals modelled after musical instruments (a guitar peripheral for lead guitar and bass gameplay, a drum peripheral, and a microphone). The gameplay mechanics of The Beatles: Rock Band are similar to those found in other Rock Band games, in which players use the instrument controllers to match scrolling on-screen notes in time to the music to score points.

The 45-song selection of The Beatles' music on the game's disc was praised by critics, considering the list to be emotional, sentimental and a good cross-section of the band's catalogue.[1][2][3] Compared to other music video games released previously, the number of tracks in The Beatles: Rock Band was considered small,[4][5] and the inclusion of certain lesser-known songs, and the exclusion of more popular ones, was considered confusing.[2][6] In addition to the on-disc songs, The Beatles: Rock Band features downloadable content, in the form of both singles and full albums (excluding those songs already on disc), allowing players to play through the album in a single session, once the album has been obtained.[7]

On-disc track listing[edit]

The game disc features 45 songs chosen from the 12 original UK albums by The Beatles, the US album Magical Mystery Tour, the 2006 remix album Love and several non-album singles.[8] Though "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "With a Little Help From My Friends" are considered as two songs, they can only be played back-to-back within the game. All songs except "The End" are playable immediately in Quickplay and other multiplayer modes, while in Career mode, players complete through the songs in a loosely historical order; upon completion of the Career mode, "The End", the mode's final song, becomes available for all other game modes. Regardless of game mode, each song is played in a specific venue. Most venues are based on a historical progression of famous Beatles' performances, including their first appearance on American television on The Ed Sullivan Show and their concert at Shea Stadium. For the Abbey Road venue, each song has a unique "Dreamscape"; the songs start with The Beatles in the studio, then dissolve into the imaginative Dreamscape inspired by the song, finally arriving back at the studio at the end of the song.[9]

The 45 songs included on the game disc are as follows, with the year the song was originally released, the album the song was published on and the game venue at which the song is performed:[10]

Song Album Year Venue
"A Hard Day's Night" A Hard Day's Night 1964 Ed Sullivan Theater
"And Your Bird Can Sing" Revolver 1966 Budokan
"Back in the U.S.S.R." The Beatles 1968 Abbey Road Studios '67–68
"Birthday" The Beatles 1968 Abbey Road Studios '68–69
"Boys" Please Please Me 1963 Cavern Club
"Can't Buy Me Love" A Hard Day's Night 1964 Ed Sullivan Theater
"Come Together" Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios '68–69
"Day Tripper" Single 1965 Budokan
"Dear Prudence" The Beatles 1968 Abbey Road Studios '67–68
"Dig a Pony" Let It Be 1970 Rooftop Concert
"Do You Want to Know a Secret" Please Please Me 1963 Cavern Club
"Don't Let Me Down" Single 1969 Rooftop Concert
"Drive My Car" Rubber Soul 1965 Budokan
"Eight Days a Week" Beatles for Sale 1964 Shea Stadium
"Get Back" Let It Be 1970 Rooftop Concert
"Getting Better" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios '66–67
"Good Morning Good Morning" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios '66–67
"Hello, Goodbye" Magical Mystery Tour 1967 Abbey Road Studios '67–68
"Helter Skelter" The Beatles 1968 Abbey Road Studios '68–69
"Here Comes the Sun" Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios '68–69
"Hey Bulldog" Yellow Submarine 1969 Abbey Road Studios '67–68
"I Am the Walrus" Magical Mystery Tour 1967 Abbey Road Studios '67–68
"I Feel Fine" Single 1964 Shea Stadium
"I Me Mine" Let It Be 1970 Rooftop Concert
"I Saw Her Standing There" Please Please Me 1963 Cavern Club
"I Wanna Be Your Man" With the Beatles 1963 Ed Sullivan Theater
"I Want to Hold Your Hand" Single 1963 Ed Sullivan Theater
"I Want You (She's So Heavy)" Abbey Road 1969 Rooftop Concert
"If I Needed Someone" Rubber Soul 1965 Shea Stadium
"I'm Looking Through You" Rubber Soul 1965 Shea Stadium
"I've Got a Feeling" Let It Be 1970 Rooftop Concert
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios '66–67
"Octopus's Garden" Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios '68–69
"Paperback Writer" Single 1966 Budokan
"Revolution" Single 1968 Abbey Road Studios '68–69
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" /
"With a Little Help from My Friends"a
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios '66–67
"Something" Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios '68–69
"Taxman" Revolver 1966 Budokan
"The End"c Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios (Encore)
"Ticket to Ride" Help! 1965 Shea Stadium
"Twist and Shout" Please Please Me 1963 Cavern Club
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" The Beatles 1968 Abbey Road Studios '67–68
"Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows"b Love 2006 Abbey Road Studios '66–67
"Yellow Submarine" Revolver 1966 Abbey Road Studios '66–67

^a Songs are only playable back-to-back as a single track.[11]

^b A mashup of the two songs, originally from the Love album.

^c Not initially unlocked in Quickplay, only achievable through completing Story mode.

Downloadable songs track listing[edit]

In addition to on-disc songs, players can purchase additional downloadable content for The Beatles: Rock Band from their console's respective online stores. Unlike other console games in the Rock Band series, downloadable content for The Beatles: Rock Band is not playable in the other games, nor will The Beatles: Rock Band use content from the other games.[12] Part of this is due to new Dreamscapes that have been created for the downloadable songs.[13] To date, one song ("All You Need Is Love") and the remaining songs from three albums not already on-disc have been released as downloadable content; future content will depend on the sales performance of these tracks, as Harmonix has stated the costs to produce these tracks—including travel to Abbey Road studios and their engineers' time—are more expensive than their regular Rock Band downloadable songs.[14]

All individual songs (including the two- or three-song segments from the Abbey Road medley) are priced at $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points/200 Wii Points) and are available for download through the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and the in-game Music Store on the Wii. The first album to be released as downloadable content, Abbey Road, is priced at $16.98 (1360 Microsoft Points) as a whole.[15][16][17] Unique to Abbey Road, those that purchase the full album are able to play the entire medley as a single song in addition to the smaller segments offered.[15] The download of "All You Need is Love" was originally exclusive to Xbox 360 at launch, with the proceeds of over $200,000 donated to the charity Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. It was later released for Wii on 16 February 2010 and for PlayStation 3 on 4 March 2010.[18]

Song Pack Year Venue Release date
"All You Need Is Love" Single 1967 Abbey Road Studios 9 September 2009a
"Maxwell's Silver Hammer" Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios 20 October 2009
"Oh! Darling" Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios 20 October 2009
"Because" (No Drum Part) Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios 20 October 2009
"You Never Give Me Your Money"b Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios 20 October 2009
"Sun King" / "Mean Mr. Mustard"b Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios 20 October 2009
"Polythene Pam" / "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window"b Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios 20 October 2009
"Golden Slumbers" / "Carry That Weight" / "The End"b Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios 20 October 2009
"Her Majesty"b Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios 20 October 2009
"Abbey Road Medley"c Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios 20 October 2009
"Fixing a Hole" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios 17 November 2009
"She's Leaving Home" (No Drum Part) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios 17 November 2009
"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios 17 November 2009
"Within You Without You" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios 17 November 2009
"When I'm Sixty-Four" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios 17 November 2009
"Lovely Rita" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios 17 November 2009
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios 17 November 2009
"A Day in the Life" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios 17 November 2009
"Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" Rubber Soul 1965 Abbey Road Studios 15 December 2009
"You Won't See Me" Rubber Soul 1965 Shea Stadium 15 December 2009
"Nowhere Man" Rubber Soul 1965 Abbey Road Studios 15 December 2009
"Think for Yourself" Rubber Soul 1965 Shea Stadium 15 December 2009
"The Word" Rubber Soul 1965 Shea Stadium 15 December 2009
"Michelle" Rubber Soul 1965 Abbey Road Studios 15 December 2009
"What Goes On" Rubber Soul 1965 Shea Stadium 15 December 2009
"Girl" Rubber Soul 1965 Abbey Road Studios 15 December 2009
"In My Life" Rubber Soul 1965 Abbey Road Studios 15 December 2009
"Wait" Rubber Soul 1965 Shea Stadium 15 December 2009
"Run for Your Life" Rubber Soul 1965 Shea Stadium 15 December 2009

^a Released for Wii on 16 February 2010 and for PlayStation 3 on 4 March 2010.[18]

^b Song is only available for individual purchase on Wii. PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users must purchase the full Abbey Road album.[19]

^c Song is only available as part of the full Abbey Road album purchase for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.[19]

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