List of songs in Guitar Hero II

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A photograph of two guitar-shaped video game controllers side-by-side, the left one red and the right one white all on a solid, white background
The guitar controllers bundled with Guitar Hero II: cherry red Gibson SG (PS2) and Gibson Explorer (Xbox 360)

Guitar Hero II is a music video game developed by Harmonix and distributed by RedOctane, and is a sequel to Guitar Hero. The game was released first to PlayStation 2 in 2006, but later released for the Xbox 360 in 2007. Guitar Hero II challenges players to recreate the lead guitar portions of many rock music songs using a specially designed guitar-shaped controller, based on either a Gibson SG for the PlayStation 2 version, a Gibson Explorer for the Xbox 360 version, or else a standard console controller. As notes scroll down the screen towards the player, the player must hit both the fret buttons on the guitar controller and the strum bar at the same time in order to successfully hit the notes. Successfully hitting notes improves the player's performance in the game and also raises their score, while missing notes will reduce the player's performance, and a poor performance may end the song prematurely. Each song can be played at one of four difficulty levels: Easy, Medium, Hard and Expert. These levels reflect the number of fret buttons used and the number and frequency of the notes to be performed.[1]

There are 64 songs total in the PlayStation 2 version while there are 74 songs total for the later Xbox 360 version. The Xbox 360 version adds an additional 24 downloadable songs via Xbox Live Marketplace, bringing the total to 98 songs.[2][3]

Game disc songs

Main setlist

There are 40 songs in the main Career mode for the PlayStation 2 version, and 48 songs in the Xbox 360 version.[4][5] Songs are organized by tiers that are related to the song's difficulty, and there are differences between the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 ordering due to the extra songs.[4] Each tier at a given difficulty is unlocked in order, and a tier is completed once three to five songs (depending on the difficulty level) and the tier's encore song are successfully completed.[6] Once a song is unlocked in a tier at any difficulty, it is available for the quick play, competitive, and co-operative modes.[6]

Most songs in the game are covers of the original songs performed by WaveGroup Sound,[1] but there are some master recordings as indicated below.[7] Each song has a lead guitar track and either a bass or rhythm guitar track that can be played in practice or cooperative modes.[8]

Year Song title Artist Master recording? PlayStation 2 Tier Xbox 360 Tier
1977 "Bad Reputation" Thin Lizzy No 5.45. Return of the Shred 5.55. Return of the Shred
2006 "Beast and the Harlot" Avenged Sevenfold No 8.18. Face-Melters 8.18. Face-Melters
1973 "Billion Dollar Babies" Alice Cooper No 999 3.43. String-Snappers
1971 "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'"a Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones No 4.44. Thrash and Burn 4.54. Thrash and Burn
2000 "Carry Me Home" Living EndThe Living End No 7.27. Furious Fretwork 8.28. Face-Melters
1976 "Carry On Wayward Son" Kansas No 2.52. Amp Warmers
3.13. String-Snappers
1990 "Cherry Pie" Warrant No 4.14. Thrash and Burn 2.32. Amp Warmers
1976 "Crazy on You" Heart No 6.16. Relentless Riffs 6.16. Relentless Riffs
2006 "Dead!"a My Chemical Romance Yes 999 6.36. Relentless Riffs
1973 "Free Bird"a Lynyrd Skynyrd No 8.58. Face-Melters
8.68. Face-Melters
2006 "Freya" SwordThe Sword No 5.35. Return of the Shred 6.56. Relentless Riffs
1991 "Girlfriend"a Matthew Sweet No 4.34. Thrash and Burn 4.34. Thrash and Burn
1990 "Hangar 18" Megadeth No 8.48. Face-Melters 8.58. Face-Melters
1993 "Heart-Shaped Box" Nirvana No 2.22. Amp Warmers 1.31. Opening Licks
1968 "Hush" Deep Purple No 999 4.24. Thrash and Burn
1983 "Institutionalized"a Suicidal Tendencies No 8.28. Face-Melters 8.38. Face-Melters
1973 "Jessica"a Allman Brothers BandThe Allman Brothers Band No 6.46. Relentless Riffs 5.45. Return of the Shred
1990 "John the Fisherman" Primus Yes 5.25. Return of the Shred 5.35. Return of the Shred
1992 "Killing in the Name" Rage Against the Machine No 5.15. Return of the Shred 6.46. Relentless Riffs
2004 "Laid to Rest"a Lamb of God No 7.37. Furious Fretwork 7.47. Furious Fretwork
1976 "Last Child"a Aerosmith No 5.55. Return of the Shred
5.65. Return of the Shred
2006 "Life Wasted" Pearl Jam No 999 2.22. Amp Warmers
1985 "Madhouse" Anthrax No 7.17. Furious Fretwork 7.17. Furious Fretwork
1979 "Message in a Bottle" PoliceThe Police No 2.32. Amp Warmers 3.33. String-Snappers
1962 "Misirlou" Dick Dale No 8.38. Face-Melters 8.48. Face-Melters
1997 "Monkey Wrench" Foo Fighters No 3.13. String-Snappers 4.14. Thrash and Burn
1988 "Mother"a Danzig No 1.21. Opening Licks 2.12. Amp Warmers
1994 "Possum Kingdom" Toadies Yes 999 1.21. Opening Licks
1990 "Psychobilly Freakout" Reverend Horton Heat No 7.47. Furious Fretwork 7.57. Furious Fretwork
1973 "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" Rick Derringer No 999 5.15. Return of the Shred
1981 "Rock This Town" Stray Cats No 6.36. Relentless Riffs 7.37. Furious Fretwork
1994 "Salvation" Rancid No 999 1.41. Opening Licks
1973 "Search and Destroy" Iggy Pop and the Stooges No 3.33. String-Snappers 3.23. String-Snappers
1983 "Shout at the Devil" Mötley Crüe No 1.11. Opening Licks 1.61. Opening Licks
1990 "Stop" Jane's Addiction Yes 6.56. Relentless Riffs
6.66. Relentless Riffs
1974 "Strutter"a Kiss No 2.12. Amp Warmers 1.51. Opening Licks
1978 "Surrender" Cheap Trick No 1.31. Opening Licks 1.11. Opening Licks
1987 "Sweet Child o' Mine" Guns N' Roses No 4.54. Thrash and Burn
4.64. Thrash and Burn
1980 "Tattooed Love Boys" PretendersThe Pretenders No 3.43. String-Snappers 5.25. Return of the Shred
1992 "Them Bones" Alice in Chains No 3.23. String-Snappers 3.53. String-Snappers
1984 "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight"a Spinal Tap No 1.51. Opening Licks
2.62. Amp Warmers
1996 "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart" Stone Temple Pilots No 6.26. Relentless Riffs 6.26. Relentless Riffs
1983 "The Trooper" Iron Maiden No 999 7.27. Furious Fretwork
1970 "War Pigs" Black Sabbath No 3.53. String-Snappers
3.63. String-Snappers
1993 "Who Was in My Room Last Night?"a Butthole SurfersThe Butthole Surfers No 4.24. Thrash and Burn 4.44. Thrash and Burn
2006 "Woman" Wolfmother No 1.41. Opening Licks 2.42. Amp Warmers
1978 "You Really Got Me" Van Halen No 2.42. Amp Warmers 2.52. Amp Warmers
1981 "YYZ" Rush No 7.57. Furious Fretwork
7.67. Furious Fretwork

Bonus songs

There are 24 bonus songs in the PlayStation 2 version of Guitar Hero II[9] and 2 additional songs for the Xbox 360 version.[5] All bonus songs are unlockable by using in-game money within the game's store. Once purchased, they are playable in quick play, competitive, and co-operative modes. The song "Raw Dog" by The Last Vegas was selected as part of the "Be a Guitar Hero" contest for the release of Guitar Hero II.[8]

All bonus songs are master recordings, and where marked, include rhythm guitar rather than bass guitar tracks.

Year Song title Artist
2006 "Arterial Black"[Note 1] Drist
2006 "Collide" Anarchy Club
2006 "Drink Up"[Note 2] Ounce of Self
2006 "Elephant Bones" That Handsome Devil
2006 "Fall of Pangea" Valient Thorr
2004 "Gemini"[Note 1] Brian Kahanek
2006 "Jordan" Buckethead
2006 "Kicked to the Curb"[Note 2] Noble Rot
2006 "Laughtrack"[Note 1] Acro-BratsThe Acro-Brats
2006 "Less Talk More Rokk"[Note 1] Freezepop
2000 "Mr. Fix It" Amazing CrownsThe Amazing Crowns
2006 "One for the Road" Breaking WheelThe Breaking Wheel
2006 "Parasite" NeighborhoodsThe Neighborhoods
2006 "Push Push (Lady Lightning)" Bang Camaro
2006 "Radium Eyes" Count Zero
2006 "Raw Dog" Last VegasThe Last Vegas
2006 "Red Lottery" Megasus
2005 "Six" All That Remains
2006 "Soy Bomb"[Note 1] Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives
2004 "The Light That Blinds" Shadows Fall
2006 "The New Black" Every Time I Die
2006 "Thunderhorse" Dethklok
2003 "Trogdor"[Note 1] Strong Bad
2006 "X-Stream" Voivod
2006 "Yes We Can" Made in Mexico
  1. ^ a b c d e f Song has a rhythm guitar track instead of a bass guitar co-operative play track.
  2. ^ a b Song is exclusive to the Xbox 360 version.

Downloadable content

The Xbox 360 version of the game allows for the use of downloadable content available through Xbox Live Marketplace. These are typically released as packs of three, or as single song.[12] These packs include songs from the original Guitar Hero for the PlayStation 2.[13] Additional packs consist of songs that have not been featured in Guitar Hero before, and are masters, even though some are indicated as covers in the game. As of March 31, 2014, these songs are no longer available in the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Year Song title Artist Master recording? Release date Single / Pack
1983 "Bark at the Moon" Ozzy Osbourne No Apr. 11, 2007 Guitar Hero Track Pack 1[13]
2004 "Hey You" ExiesThe Exies No Apr. 11, 2007 Guitar Hero Track Pack 1
1980 "Ace of Spades" Motörhead No Apr. 11, 2007 Guitar Hero Track Pack 1
1974 "Killer Queen" Queen No Apr. 11, 2007 Guitar Hero Track Pack 2[13]
2002 "Take It Off" DonnasThe Donnas No Apr. 11, 2007 Guitar Hero Track Pack 2
1973 "Frankenstein" Edgar Winter GroupThe Edgar Winter Group No Apr. 11, 2007 Guitar Hero Track Pack 2
1989 "Higher Ground" Red Hot Chili Peppers No Apr. 11, 2007 Guitar Hero Track Pack 3[13]
1994 "Infected" Bad Religion No Apr. 11, 2007 Guitar Hero Track Pack 3
2000 "Stellar" Incubus No Apr. 11, 2007 Guitar Hero Track Pack 3
1978 "I Wanna Be Sedated" RamonesThe Ramones No Jul. 11, 2007 Guitar Hero Track Pack 4[14]
1972 "Smoke on the Water" Deep Purple No Jul. 11, 2007 Guitar Hero Track Pack 4
1982 "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" Judas Priest No Jul. 11, 2007 Guitar Hero Track Pack 4
2006 "Famous Last Words" My Chemical Romance Yes Aug. 14, 2007 My Chemical Romance Pack[15]
2006 "Teenagers" My Chemical Romance Yes Aug. 14, 2007 My Chemical Romance Pack
2006 "This Is How I Disappear" My Chemical Romance Yes Aug. 14, 2007 My Chemical Romance Pack
2006 "Detonation" Trivium Yes Sep. 28, 2007 Guitar Hero Indie Label Pack I[16]
2006 "Ex's and Oh's" Atreyu Yes Sep. 28, 2007 Guitar Hero Indie Label Pack I
2005 "Bury the Hatchet" Protest the Hero Yes Sep. 28, 2007 Guitar Hero Indie Label Pack I
1993 "Sin Documentos" RodriguezLos Rodríguez Yes Oct. 15, 2007 Single[17]
2006 "Sept" Pleymo Yes Oct. 15, 2007 Single[17]
2007 "Exile" Soilwork Yes Oct. 15, 2007 Single[17]
2007 "The State of Massachusetts" Dropkick Murphys Yes Nov. 29, 2007 Guitar Hero Indie Label Pack II[18]
2007 "You Should Be Ashamed of Myself" BledThe Bled Yes Nov. 29, 2007 Guitar Hero Indie Label Pack II
2007 "Memories of the Grove" Maylene and the Sons of Disaster Yes Nov. 29, 2007 Guitar Hero Indie Label Pack II


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