Who doesn’t love Rock Band? I mean seriously. It’s the ultimate party game where even the most musically inept person can pretend to be a rock star selling out a stadium crowd. Get a bunch of friends together and you can really have a great time.
One of the things that makes Rock Band so appealing when it’s compared to other rhythm genre games like Guitar Hero or Power Gig is the fact that Rock Band has a massive library of songs. When you add up all of the on disc songs, DLC and Rock Band Network songs there are just so many. At time of writing, Rock Band had exactly 2,731 songs available to play. The amount of songs that can be played cannot be described by mere adjectives, it must be experienced. Browsing through the online catalog is truly an amazing thing. The best part about this is that new songs get added each week. These are the big name bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Nirvana and Queen. On the other hand, the Rock Band Network is updated with new songs almost daily. The Rock Band Network, or RBN, is a program where lesser known independent rock bands ranging across all genres can have their music on Rock Band. I know I have found numerous bands that I never knew about before, but now consider to be some of my favorites on the RBN.
As daunting a task that it seems at first, navigating the menus is surprisingly easy. If you already own Rock Band, but have never downloaded anything yet then don’t worry. With almost 2731 songs to download from, there almost certainly is something that you would enjoy. With the exception of jjazz, all genres have a significant presence in Rock Band. What follows is a list of what I consider to be ten of the best Rock Band songs for download. These are songs that are not only fun to listen to, but also very fun to play. If you only download ten songs ever, then make it these.
Black by Pearl Jam
This is a great song that really is fun on all instruments. The vocals are dark and poetic, and Eddie Vedder has a voice that really is fun to sing along with in Rock Band. All the rest of the instruments are fun as well. It is challenging enough to be fun, but also easy enough so that you can lose yourself in the song.
Bold as Love by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
This is one of my all time favorite Hendrix songs. This song has excellent guitar work as is typical of all the Hendrix songs and is so much fun to play. Just because it’s a Hendrix song though doesn’t mean that it isn’t fun on the other instruments also. The drums and base are both superb and the vocals and really are some of Jimi’s best.
China Cat Sunflower by The Grateful Dead
One of the oldest songs on this list, this song came out way back in the Rock Band 1 days. It instantly became a legend because of its ridiculously fun guitar, base, and drum work. This is the song where the majority of the notes are hammer-ons and pull-offs; yet, the song isn’t too difficult to play and is massively enjoyable.
Constant Motion by Dream Theater
One of only two Dream Theater songs on Rock Band, a crime if you ask me, Constant Motion is a song that is incredibly precise and refined. It is probably the most challenging song on this list for all instruments. If you’re looking for a challenge, then look no further.
Hallowed Be Thy Name (Live) by Iron Maiden
Most of the Iron Maiden songs are really fun, but nothing perfectly signifies the band like this song. It’s energetic and full of great high and low tempo sections that make it a blast to play. You never really know what’s coming next.
Hitch a Ride by Boston
You can’t really go wrong with any of the Boston songs as they are all winners, but I had to choose this one. There’s a lot of variety in this song with the drum fills, guitar licks and vocal runs. Once again, challenging enough to be fun but not so much that your fingers bleed.
Holy Diver by Dio
This is a song that, like Iron Maiden, is very high octane and fun. It’s got killer riffs throughout and Dio’s voice really shines in this song. Essential for any fan.
Push Push (Lady Lightning) by Bang Camaro
The only song from the RBN on this list, Push Push distinguishes itself by being the best of all the Bang Camaro songs. It’s got everything you’d want in an epic song: guitar solos, bass solos, drum solos, and hugely melodic lyrics and vocals.
Sea and Sand by The Who
Once again, one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite albums by one of my favorite bands, Sea and Sand really is an enjoyable song to play. All instruments are fun sure, but the song itself is just so melodic and simple that it becomes simply sublime.
YYZ by Rush
The only instrumental on this list, you really can’t ignore YYZ. This song pretty much speaks for itself. I mean, each member of the band trades off between soloing in the middle and the riff is just awesome. If you can get three good Rock Band players together, then you’re in for a treat.
So there you have it, 10 songs to download. You won’t regret these decisions, trust me.