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"Rock Band 2" Track List: New Gn'R Joined By AC/DC, Dylan and 72 More

July 14, 2008 3:32 PM ET

Today at the E3 video game convention, Harmonix, the makers of Rock Band 2, revealed the game's much-anticipated track list. As we reported earlier today, the track list is headlined by the Guns n' Roses song "Shackler's Revenge," but even without the debut of a new Gn'R song, the list of playable tunes is still jaw-dropping. In all, fans of the game will have 75 songs to jam to, spanning the '60s to today. All walks of rock are represented: there's Beck, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Sonic Youth, Talking Heads and Linkin Park. For the classic rockers, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead and the Who are all represented. And for the ladies to sing along with, there's songs by Joan Jett, Blondie, Paramore, the Go-Gos and Alanis Morissette. Harmonix obviously feels that in order to set itself apart from the upcoming Guitar Hero: World Tour, it needs to win the battle of the track lists, and they don't disappoint. As an added bonus, Harmonix and MTV Games — who initially wanted to put 100 songs in the game — will release an additional 20 master recordings for the game for free. Plus, all those songs that came with or you purchased for the original Rock Band can be uploaded to 2. It won't really tip the scales, but there's also nine bonus tracks by bands that include Harmonix employees. Your move, Guitar Hero.

Rock Band 2 Track List

1. AC/DC - "Let There Be Rock"
2. AFI - "Girl's Gone Grey"
3. Alanis Morissette - "You Oughta Know"
4. Alice in Chains - "Man in the Box"
5. Allman Brothers - "Ramblin' Man"
6. Avenged Sevenfold - "Almost Easy"
7. Bad Company - "Shooting Star"
8. Beastie Boys - "So Whatcha Want"
9. Beck - "E-Pro"
10. Bikini Kill - "Rebel Girl"
11. Billy Idol - "White Wedding Pt. I"
12. Blondie - "One Way or Another"
13. Bob Dylan - "Tangled Up in Blue"
14. Bon Jovi - "Livin' on a Prayer"
15. Cheap Trick - "Hello There"
16. Devo - "Uncontrollable Urge"
17. Dinosaur Jr. - "Feel the Pain"
18. Disturbed - "Down with the Sickness"
19. Dream Theater - "Panic Attack"
20. Duran Duran - "Hungry Like the Wolf"
21. Elvis Costello - "Pump It Up"
22. Fleetwood Mac - "Go Your Own Way"
23. Foo Fighters - "Everlong"
24. Guns N' Roses - "Shackler's Revenge"
25. Interpol - "PDA"
26. Jane's Addiction - "Mountain Song"
27. Jethro Tull - "Aqualung"
28. Jimmy Eat World - "The Middle"
29. Joan Jett - "Bad Reputation"
30. Journey - "Anyway You Want It"
31. Judas Priest - "Painkiller"
32. Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son"
33. L7 - "Pretend We're Dead"
34. Lacuna Coil - "Our Truth"
35. Linkin Park - "One Step Closer"
36. Lit - "My Own Worst Enemy"
37. Lush - "De-Luxe"
38. Mastodon - "Colony of Birchmen"
39. Megadeth - "Peace Sells"
40. Metallica - "Battery"
41. Mighty Mighty Bosstones - "Where'd You Go"
42. Modest Mouse - "Float On"
43. Motorhead - "Ace of Spades"
44. Nirvana - "Drain You"
45. Norman Greenbaum - "Spirit in the Sky"
46. Panic at the Disco - "Nine in the Afternoon"
47. Paramore - "That's What You Get"
48. Pearl Jam - "Alive"
49. Presidents of the USA - "Lump"
50. Rage Against the Machine - "Testify"
51. Ratt - "Round & Round"
52. Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Give it Away"
53. Rise Against - "Give it All"
54. Rush - "The Trees"
55. Silversun Pickups - "Lazy Eye"
56. Smashing Pumpkins - "Today"
57. Social Distortion - "I Was Wrong"
58. Sonic Youth - "Teenage Riot"
59. Soundgarden - "Spoonman"
60. Squeeze - "Cool for Cats"
61. Steely Dan - "Bodhitsattya"
62. Steve Miller Band - "Rock'n Me"
63. Survivor - "Eye of the Tiger"
64. System of a Down - "Chop Suey"
65. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
66. Tenacious D - "Master Exploder"
67. Testament - "Souls of Black"
68. The Donnas - "New Kid in School"
69. The Go-Go's - "We Got the Beat"
70. The Grateful Dead - "Alabama Getaway"
71. The Guess Who - "American Woman"
72. The Muffs - "Kids in America"
73. The Offspring - "Come Out & Play (Keep 'em Separated)"
74. The Replacements - "Alex Chilton"
75. The Who - "Pinball Wizard"

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