Guitar Hero is known for allowing players to play iconic songs as if they were on stage performing them. It wasn’t a real guitar you were using, but that didn’t make the experience any less enjoyable. Regardless of which input you played, there were some songs you enjoyed more than others, and you’d find yourself playing them repeatedly just to get better.
Guitar Hero did a great job of collecting some of the best rock songs to make players feel like they’re playing in a rock band. Although each player has their favorite set of songs, there were certain tracks that stood out above the rest. Here are the top ten Guitar Hero songs, spanning every game that’s ever been released.
#10. Through Fire and Flame – Dragonforce
This is the song that everyone knows because it’s incredibly hard to beat in Guitar Hero 3 on expert mode. Everyone talks about beating it, it’s fun to play with friends and it’s a seven minute song that will test your stamina. While most people know it for the difficulty, the song wouldn’t be as well known if the music wasn’t great to listen to.
#9. Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Guitar Hero World Tour brought us Bon Jovi’s signature song, which makes you want to sing while playing the guitar. The song is catchy, the notes match the melody of the beat, and you can easily find yourself playing the song repeatedly. Livin’ On A Prayer is a fun song that lets you take a break from other rock songs and yet makes you feel like you’re playing with a popular rock band.
#8. Sing – Ed Sheeran
Guitar Hero Live brought us Ed Sheeran’s Sing, which is a catchy song to play. It’s not too hard to understand, and it’s a song that you can also play without getting bored of the lyrics. It may not be Ed Sheeran’s best song, but it has all the makings of a fun song. It’s a great example showing that Guitar Hero doesn’t need rock music to give us a great guitar experience.
#7. FCPREMIX – The Fall of Troy
This is a bonus song in Guitar Hero 3, but FCPREMIX is a great song that introduces you to the intensity of being in a rock band. It’s fast-paced, will take a lot of practice, and will challenge you in ways that will help you get better at Guitar Hero. Not only that, it’s a great song to listen to, and the intensity helps you sink into the experience.
#6. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
Eye of the Tiger is another classic song that made its way to the Guitar Hero World Tour. It’s the same motivational song that makes you want to work harder to get better. It helps that Eye of the Tiger is easy to listen to, a classic that’s hard to tire of, making it easier to play over and over again.
#5. Bulls On Parade – Rage Against The Machine
Bulls On Parade isn’t the hardest song on the playlist, but it’s one of the most memorable songs because of the way it starts. With practice, you can quickly improve and still experience the intense feeling of playing a song in front of a large audience. It’s also a decent long song, which makes it easier to maintain stamina and get more practice sessions done.
#4. Reptile – The strokes
The buildup for this song is great in Guitar Hero 3, setting you up for the flurry of notes that will come later. As well as being a great song to listen to, the notes fly by quickly and will test your reflexes as a musician. It’s deceptively challenging, but it’s a song you can’t stop playing because it sounds great every time you play it.
#3. Suck My Kiss – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Suck My Kiss is a song that starts out relatively easy, although it will pick up as the track progresses. When you start to reach the end, the difficulty increases and requires a lot of practice. But the song itself sounds great and it’s fun to practice at first. Suck My Kiss is a great addition and the difficulty suits the song well.
#two. The Beast and the Whore – Avenged Sevenfold
The Beast and the Harlot is a fast-paced song that will have you running to keep up with the rush of notes. The song itself is a great representation of rock that suits the mood you’ll feel as you do your best to keep up. It’s not the easiest song to master, but you’ll know what to expect when the Beast and the Harlot play in the background.
#1. Everlong – Foo Fighters
Everlong isn’t on the same level of difficulty as Through the Fire and Flames, but it’s still a difficult song in Guitar Hero 2. But the song is great to listen to, and the notes match the rhythm of the song well. You’ll do your best to keep up with the notes, but you’ll have fun all the time.