Top 50 Guitar Songs of the First 5 Years of Guitar Hero (Part VI)

We’ve finally made it to Guitar Hero’s fifth birthday! That’s right, Guitar Hero has been bringing the rock to a console near you for five years as of today!

That means that strange plastic guitar controller that everyone just expected to be written off as “Dance Dance Revolution for your fingers with a useless plastic guitar” has endured half of a decade, several different gaming consoles and made millions upon millions of dollars.

This list is dedicated to all of the various companies that have worked hard on the Guitar Hero franchise in any magnitude, be them from Harmonix, Red Octane, Neversoft, Vicarious Visions, or Beenox. Thank you for not only evolving a franchise we love, but also for continually introducing us to more music that we had no idea existed.

Here’s to the five years we’ve had and to the many that we’re sure to share down the road!

5. “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas
Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
“Carry on Wayward Son” has really become an icon song within the genre. Having appeared on the second iterations of both major plastic instrument franchises, Kansas’ monster hit features an incredibly eclectic guitar part has all the makings of an incredibly fun track to play. Plus, look at all of those awesome solos!

4. “Guitar Battle vs. Slash” by Slash
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock DLC
It’s obvious why this song earned it’s spot on the list. Think about it, it features one of the most well-known and skilled guitarists in the history of rock improvising and soloing as quickly and creatively as he can for several minutes. The song culminates at the end as Slash leaves no doubt that this track belongs on this list.

3. “Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits Theme” by S.U.P.R.A.H.U.M.A.N. ProtoShredanoid
Guitar Hero World Tour DLC
How could this song not be amazing? It’s not only by a band with the word “Shred” in it, but it’s a theme song for another Guitar Hero title! The song has some of the most fun hammer-on and pull-off sequences ever seen in the series and is consistently fun throughout. It also puts great use to the slider note functionality in the newer titles.

2. “Jessica” by The Allman Brothers Band
Guitar Hero II
As the most fun track in Guitar Hero II, “Jessica” showed exactly why instrumentals should be included in the genre even as the transition is made to full-band. The guitar part is diverse and nailing the never ending chains of hammer-ons and pull-offs in the solo are about as satisfying as any part of any video game. We really look forward to the day that this is brought into the new generation of music games so that we can relive this classic guitar part with three friends.

1. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by Steve Ouimette
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock DLC

Everyone probably remembers the first time they heard this version of this song before Guitar Hero III released. The common reaction was likely one emotion: fear. The shredding on this song was unlike anything we’ve ever heard in the series and the chart definitely reflected that. This song truly had it all. We had insanely fast picking, long hammer-on and pull-off chains, and some of the most ridiculously difficult moments in any video game ever.

When I commented to Steve Ouimette that the final victory solo kicked my ass all over the place, he simply replied “It kicked my ass too!” If you have the skills to beat this song, you know exactly why this song is ranked here. The simple fact that it is arguably the greatest challenge we’ve ever seen, combined with idea that this song has everything anyone could ever want in a Guitar Hero challenge is what makes this song the #1 guitar song of the first 5 years of Guitar Hero.

Now, how do we get it into our Warriors of Rock song library?


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27 Responses to Top 50 Guitar Songs of the First 5 Years of Guitar Hero (Part VI)

  1. Elliott says:

    Great list the only thing I’d add is “Heaven” from GH: On Tour. That song needs to be DLC for GH:WoR.

  2. Brian says:

    I chose to stay away from the On Tour and iPhone branches and stick only with the console releases for the list. Otherwise we might’ve seen “I Don’t Wanna Stop” on the list as well.

  3. Moo says:

    Really? I thought for sure TTFAF would be #1. Not that I like the song, but it is pretty much the first song people think of when they think of Guitar Hero.

  4. Coldplay619 says:

    I do not agree with this list. That is all.

  5. Jake says:

    I think Jessica should have been a little bit lower, but all in all this is an awesome list! Sad to see Carry Me Home didnt make the top 50, the song is brutal as hell at first and so fun

  6. Dogmatic says:

    Rock Band list please.

  7. The D says:

    What a dissapointment for the ultimate 5. Raining Blood wasnt even in the top 50. Thats classic shredding. But some songs im glad made it this far.

  8. Ed Tanguy says:

    little suprized at Jessica, <3 GH:OT:MHt, DWDTG was kind of a given, but have you guys not played GH:A or something? EXTREME lack of songs from that game imo πŸ™‚

  9. R.A says:

    Good list.
    But instead of Jessica i would have put Amon Amarths “Twilight of The Thundergod”. That song is just fucking awesome.

  10. Dogmatic says:

    Free Bird should be no1.

  11. dlongrox67 says:

    No Master Of Puppets, Sudden Death, Bloodmeat, or The Trooper? weird

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  14. Saiya says:

    I think that was a nice list, it must have been hard picking 50 from all these great gh songs

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  16. Dman says:

    wouldve replaced jessica and Carry on wayward son with master of puppets and raining blood

  17. PSPCOW says:

    *starts crying

    • Jake says:

      Hahaha! Awesome

      Also no Scream Aim Fire? Thats should have cracked the top 50 let alone more Van Halen songs, like Eruption, Im The One or Hot For Teacher

  18. Nicodemus says:

    I’m surprised More Than a Feeling didn’t make this list at all. Definitely one of the best songs from the series, and a really fun chart to play as well. Also disappointed that Cheat on the Church didn’t show up, but that was kind of a long shot, so not really too bad. Overall though, this was a very legit list.

  19. ExpertwinSH says:

    I wonder what Band Hero songs would have made the list. Most likely β€œBlack Cat.”

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