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

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been five years since the plastic instrument genre was created for home consoles with the original Guitar Hero.

Since November 8th, 2005, players have shredded their way through over 735 unique guitar charts spread across 13 different discs for the main consoles and several hundred others stemming from downloadable content. That’s not even counting the endless custom tracks and GHTunes songs.

To celebrate one of the biggest franchises in gaming’s fifth birthday, let’s take a look at our top fifty plastic guitar songs in the history of the series, starting with #50 – 41! Be sure to keep checking back to catch the rest of our list as we approach the big day, November 8th!

50. “Dead!” by My Chemical Romance
Guitar Hero II (Xbox 360 Only)
When it was announced that My Chemical Romance would be one of the ten exclusive tracks for the Xbox 360 version of the game, a lot of people weren’t incredibly receptive of having them in the game. Luckily, the song turned out to have an incredibly interesting guitar part and a really fun solo to boot.

49. “Fireflies” by Owl City
Guitar Hero 5 DLC
Wait, you mean that “Fireflies” song? The weird one about the ten million fireflies that wouldn’t get off the radio?! Yeah, that’s the one! Not only is it more catchy than H1N1, but it also possesses a killer synth-line that is charted as tap notes and is amazing to play. This might have been the biggest surprise in the history of the series’ DLC.

48. “Children of the Grave” by Black Sabbath
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
Sabbath is generally a fun band to play in games like Guitar Hero, which is mainly due to the immense talent found throughout the band. As far as this list goes, we focus on the Tony Iommi factor that Black Sabbath brings to the table. He may be missing a couple of fingers on his fretting hand, but the man can play with the best of them. The solo is fun in “Children of the Grave”, but the journey to get there is the best part, as the verses are great fun to play.

47. “Stockholm Syndrome” by Muse
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock DLC
Muse has always been one band to put out consistently fun charts on all instruments, but “Stockholm Syndrome” definitely stands above the rest in terms of guitar. The only part we’re upset about in this chart is the fact that the synth you hear during the chorus isn’t charted to guitar.

46. “My Name is Jonas” by Weezer
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Players who didn’t know this song too well and just saw “by Weezer” were in for a real surprise. The  hammer-ons and pull-offs that litter the guitar breaks were enough to cause any unsuspecting player to falter at first, but once you came to know the song a little more, not many songs got more playtime on the Guitar Hero III disc.

45. “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” by Stone Temple Pilots
Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
The song was really the first time we saw the regular use of three-note-chords, and at the time, it was really amazing to play. Sure, the convention was a bit overused later on in Guitar Hero III, but the track still remains revolutionary to the series and the solo is still worth throwing in the older disc to play through.

44. “Hit the Lights” by Metallica
Guitar Hero: Metallica
“Hit the Lights” features Metallica at the peak of their talent. The song is blistering, fast-paced and all-around a blast to listen to. The guitar work is phenomenal and the solo is one of those that you’d be willing to play through a boring song just to get to. Luckily you don’ t have to.

43. “Never Too Late” by The Answer
Guitar Hero World Tour
Most people know this song for its insane solo that starts out the song, but the rest of the chart is actually pretty fun as well. The main riff is definitely noteworthy, but the main event is definitely the solo. Combine that with the song’s uncanny resemblance to a Led Zeppelin tune, and you’ve got yourself a winner!

42. “2112” by Rush
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
Yes, we know it’s separated into seven parts, but for the sake of this list, we’re calling it one track, because that’s how it is best experienced. The song is greater than the sum of its parts and it really needs to be experienced as one long track in order to be able to appreciate it to the fullest. Would the individual parts of this song make the list? We don’t know that, but we do know that the overall experience of playing it all at once definitely ranks among the top experiences in the history of the series.

41. “The Metal” by Tenacious D
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
Really, who doesn’t love the D? The band could have easily been written off as a gimmicky joke band that is fronted by a comedian, but instead, the band has risen to success and has proven time and time again that they are able to write songs that are both entertaining and musically sound.


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23 Responses to Top 50 Guitar Songs of the First 5 Years of Guitar Hero (Part I)

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  2. xJKx STYX says:

    Beastly list so far, I can only think of noteworthy top 10’s, but you guys managed to do a full 50 list.

  3. Game!Ov3r says:

    Nice list… I would have had The Metal in at least top 15

  4. wolfthing11 says:

    1. TTFAF, obviously

  5. Jake says:

    Good start to the list so far, I may have put Stockholm Syndrome a little higher on the list, but maybe ill be proven wrong when the rest of the list comes out 🙂

  6. PSPCOW says:

    na….na…nananananananananana…nanananananana.nanananaanana..nanananananananana…YOU CAN’T KILL THE METAL!!!!

  7. DVD Smith says:

    Wait, 13 different discs? Six main entries, three band games, 80s, Band Hero and Smash Hits. What’s the 13th?

    • Brian says:

      1. Guitar Hero
      2. Guitar Hero II
      3. Guitar Hero II (360 Version with New Songs)
      4. Guitar Hero 80’s
      5. Guitar Hero III
      6. Guitar Hero Aerosmith
      7. Guitar Hero World Tour
      8. Guitar Hero Metallica
      9. Guitar Hero Smash Hits
      10. Guitar Hero 5
      11. Guitar Hero Van Halen
      12. Band Hero
      13. Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock

      Yes, I know it may be a stretch, but Guitar Hero 2 on 360 is unique from the one on the PS2 since it features new songs/upgraded graphics/upgraded capabilities (i.e. DLC, Online Leaderboard)

  8. DVD Smith says:

    Also, Metallica peaked on their first album? o_O

  9. Ty says:

    if through the fire and flames or eruption is #1 this list was a waste

  10. xJKx STYX says:

    My guess for #1 is Fire It Up by Black Label Society 🙂

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