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

The big number 5 approaches the Guitar Hero at a rapid rate, so in turn, our list of the Top 50 Guitar Songs of the First 5 years of Guitar Hero has, too, been cranked to 11.

So far, it’s looked like the Ozzy Osbourne show, as we’ve seen songs from both his solo catalog, as well as his time having fronted Black Sabbath. If you’re an Ozzy hater, however, fear not, as this portion contains nothing from the Prince of Darkness.

Instead, in #21-30, we see a strong mix of blues, guitar-rock and even a little metal thrown in for good mix. We may even catch a festive appearance from everybody’s favorite Guitar Hero shredder, Steve Ouimette.

30. “Lonesome Road Blues” by Joe Bonamassa
Guitar Hero 5 DLC
As a part of the “New Masters of Blues” track pack, a little bit of virtuoso guitar playing is to be expected, but when you get a guy like Joe Bonamassa, whom Slash has called his favorite guitar player, you know you’re in for a treat. The track is an all around great song to listen to and play and features some phenomenal blues licks. We can only hope we hear more from Mr. Bonamassa in the form of either his solo work or with his new band, Black Country Communion.

29. “Bat Country” by Avenged Sevenfold
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
Without a doubt, “Bat Country” has been one of the most requested tracks for the series for as long as we can remember. Those that didn’t understand this request were quickly silenced the first time they played it. The track really has all of the elements of any good track, including a killer solo that isn’t impossible, but presents a decent enough challenge to be rewarding.

28. “We Three Kings” by Steve Ouimette
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock DLC
When this track was released, we pretty much got the impression that we would be hearing quite a bit from Mr. Ouimette in the future. The guitarist did for the traditional Christmas tune what he did for the Charlie Daniels classic: he remained faithful to a point, but added some spectacularly fun guitar work in the process.

27. “All Nightmare Long” by Metallica
Guitar Hero World Tour DLC, Guitar Hero: Metallica

To call “All Nightmare Long” a comeback for Metallica is almost unnecessary at this point. The song beckons back to the earlier days of the band when they thrashed unmercifully and shredded almost unnaturally. The song is a long, epic, headbanging track that features a classic Metallica build-up and a very metal Metallica explosion.

26. “21st Century Schizoid Man” by King Crimson
Guitar Hero 5
The song was one of those tunes that had people incredibly excited before the title’s release to the point that those who were unfamiliar with the tune even started to get excited. Those individuals who were in the dark were quickly brought into the light upon Guitar Hero 5’s release, as the song featured everything from long tapping solos to a supremely catchy guitar hook.

25. “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by Scorpions
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
“Rock You Like a Hurricane” is one of those quintessential rock songs that belongs in games like Guitar Hero. The guitar part can be both calm and blistering, but the beyond-enormous chorus will have see you singing along every single time. The only thing we’re upset about with this song is that it hasn’t reemerged in the full-band realm.

24. “Runnin’ Down a Dream” by Tom Petty
Guitar Hero 5
The iconic riff begins the song and the epic solo ends it. “Runnin’ Down a Dream” was another one of those oft-requested songs that finally made its way into the series later than most would have liked. The solo of the song is the highlight, but really everything about the song is fun. The major downside of this song is that is isn’t currently exportable to the overall Guitar Hero platform.

23. “Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll” by Blue Öyster Cult
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
This song is often overlooked by the simple fact that it’s not available to play through in career mode. It was a strange move by Neversoft to have a few songs on the disc be “Quickplay only”, but this song was the one we continually found ourselves leaving the career mode’s convenience to play. The main guitar hook was a blast and the solo is a thrill to hit.

22. “Black Widow of La Porte” by John 5 feat. Jim Root
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
One of the final challenges of Warriors of Rock proved to be one of the most fun as well. John 5 is a constantly underrated guitarist and a staple on most Guitar Hero II Custom Discs. His playing on this track proves that he deserves more recognition, both in and out of the Guitar Hero franchise and let’s be honest, if there’s an achievement just for passing the song, you know it’s going to be a pretty daunting task. Luckily it’s a pretty enjoyable one too.

21. “Frankenstein” by The Edgar Winter Group
Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II DLC
That legendary guitar part by that legendary guitar player really is a lot of fun to play. The best part was reliving this track through the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II with fully operational hammer-ons and pull-offs. As we covered with “Bark at the Moon”, this track also served as one of the first pieces of downloadable content in the history of the plastic instrument genre.

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  2. Jayfatha says:

    Still waiting on Cowboys from Hell

  3. PSPCOW says:

    Yeah, when I got an achievement for beating BWALP, I thought the song itself wasn’t that bad, but then again, this game was made for the GH veteran…oops run on sentence >:D

    Unfortunately, I’m the vocalist, and WoR is the first GH game that actually tried to make Vocals good with the warrior powers. Haven’t played enough to see if the engine itself has actually improved from GH5.
    Although a top 30 or even 50 of Expert+ drums is not out of the question.

  4. Tynan Evans says:

    there better be some endless sporadic in the top 20!!!

  5. gordofredito says:

    Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll should’ve been on the Top 5 or Top 10, or instead of Play With Me.
    “21st Century Schizoid Man” wasn’t fun, it was just changing all the time, but never fun nor challenging, just changing

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