Rock Band 2 Track List

Rock Band 2 will be out in a couple of months, and it looks like the track listing has been finalized. There’s a lot of stuff there, a lot of good stuff, (although the B-52’s song “Good Stuff” is not in there), and also a lot of crappy samey “if only the WB were still on the air and we could get our song played on Smallville” stuff.

One thing I realized about Rock Band is, if you’re playing with four people, one person has to know the song, and also be comfortable singing. So while there are a lot of fun songs on this track listing, there’s also a lot of stuff you’ll have to set your mic part to “easy” and just mutter through.

Songs sung by dudes Songs sung by chicks
AC/DC – “Let There Be Rock”
AFI – “Girl’s Gone Grey”
Alice in Chains – “Man in the Box”
Allman Brothers – “Ramblin’ Man”
Anarchy Club – “Get Clean”
Avenged Sevenfold – “Almost Easy”
Bad Company – “Shooting Star”
Bang Camaro – “Night Lies”
Beastie Boys – “So Watcha Want”
Beck – “E-pro”
Billy Idol – “White Wedding Pt. I ”
Bob Dylan – “Tangled Up in Blue”
Bon Jovi – “Livin’ on a Prayer”
Breaking Wheel – “Shoulder to the Plow”
Cheap Trick – “Hello There”
Devo – “Uncontrollable Urge”
Dinosaur Jr. – “Feel the Pain”
Disturbed – “Down with the Sickness”
Dream Theater – “Panic Attack ”
Duran Duran – “Hungry Like the Wolf”
Elvis Costello – “Pump it Up”
Fleetwood Mac – “Go Your Own Way” (?)
Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
Guns N’ Roses – “Shackler’s Revenge”
Interpol – “PDA”
Jane’s Addiction – “Mountain Song”
Jethro Tull – “Aqualung”
Jimmy Eat World – “The Middle”
Journey – “Anyway You Want It”
Judas Priest – “Painkiller”
Kansas – “Carry On Wayward Son”
Libyans – “Neighborhood”
Linkin Park – “One Step Closer”
Lit – “My Own Worst Enemy”
Mastodon – “Colony of Birchmen”
Megadeth – “Peace Sells”
Metallica – “Battery”
Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “Where’d You Go”
Modest Mouse – “Float On”
Motorhead – “Ace of Spades ”
Nirvana – “Drain You”
Norman Greenbaum – “Spirit in the Sky ”
Panic at the Disco – “Nine in the Afternoon”
Pearl Jam – “Alive”
Presidents of the United States of America – “Lump”
Rage Against the Machine – “Testify”
Ratt – “Round & Round”
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Give it Away ”
Rise Against – “Give it All”
Rush – “The Trees”
Silversun Pickups – “Lazy Eye”
Smashing Pumpkins – “Today”
Social Distortion – “I Was Wrong”
Sonic Youth – “Teenage Riot”
Soundgarden – “Spoonman”
Speck – “Conventional Lover”
Squeeze – “Cool for Cats”
Steely Dan – “Bodhitsattva”
Steve Miller Band – “Rock’n Me”
Survivor – “Eye of the Tiger”
System of a Down – “Chop Suey ”
Talking Heads – “Psycho Killer”
Tenacious D – “Master Exploder”
Testament – “Souls of Black”
That Handsome Devil – “Rob the Prez-o-Dent”
The Grateful Dead – “Alabama Getaway”
The Guess Who – “American Woman”
The Main Drag – “A Jagged Gorgeous Winter”
The Offspring – “Come Out & Play”
The Replacements – “Alex Chilton”
The Sterns – “Supreme Girl”
The Who – “Pinball Wizard “
Abnormality – “Visions”
Alanis Morissette – “You Oughta Know”
Bikini Kill – “Rebel Girl”
Blondie – “One Way or Another”
Joan Jett – “Bad Reputation”
L7 – “Pretend We’re Dead”
Lacuna Coil – “Our Truth”
Lush – “De-Luxe”
Paramore – “That’s What You Get”
The Donnas – “New Kid in School”
The Go-Go’s – “We Got the Beat”
The Muffs – “Kids in America “

Again, if we’re going to accept the stereotype that women are more comfortable singing karaoke then men are (no one ever talks about what a manly game Sing Star is, after all), then you’d think that you’d try to offer a better balance of male and female vocal parts.* The Original Rock Band’s initial track lineup was 50 male vocalist songs, and 7 female vocalist songs, so women only accounted for about 12% of the singable parts. For Rock Band 2, the list creeps up to 13% female vocal parts, at about 12 songs sung by women to the seventy-one songs sung by men. And while I admit, it’s hard to stay angry for putting an L7 song in, and plenty of the “male” songs are in an octave that women would still be comfortable in (Bless your heart, Billy Corgan!), I really don’t know if I want to pay $190 for a game that will only give me about 15 songs that I could comfortably sing along to.

*Although awesome on them for putting an Abnormality song in there.