Rolling Stones, White Stripes, Nirvana Songs Join "Guitar Hero 5"

July 15, 2009 7:00 PM ET

The Rolling Stones, Elton John, the White Stripes and Nirvana are among the highlights in the latest wave of rockers who will have songs featured on the upcoming Guitar Hero 5 music video game. For the White Stripes, who provide their Get Behind Me Satan opener "Blue Orchid," and Elton John, whose "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" will be alright for playing, GH5 marks the first time their songs have appeared on a music video game.

Additionally, GH5 will feature an unreleased live recording of Nirvana's Nevermind track "Lithium," the Stones' "Sympathy For The Devil" and an exclusive re-recording of the Love & Rockets' "Mirror People." Other standouts include the Police's "So Lonely," Sonic Youth's Rather Ripped track "Incinerate," the Screaming Trees' "Nearly Lost You," Kiss' "Shout It Out Loud" and our readers' favorite American Song, Tom Petty's "American Girl." Get the complete list of new GH5 additions below.

As Rock Daily reported last week, songs from Bob Dylan, Beck, David Bowie, Beastie Boys and Coldplay will all feature among the 85 playable on-disc tunes on Guitar Hero 5, due out September 1st. We tested out the game at this year's E3 conference, trying out the new Party Mode and RockFest feature. In addition to GH5, Activision will also release Guitar Hero: Van Halen, Band Hero and DJ Hero by year's end.

Guitar Hero 5
Attack! Attack! UK - "You And Me"
Bon Jovi - "You Give Love A Bad Name"
Darker My Love - "Blue Day"
The Duke Spirit - "Send A Little Love Token"
Elton John - "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"
Face To Face - "Disconnected"
Garbage - "Only Happy When It Rains"
Kaiser Chiefs - "Never Miss A Beat"
Kiss - "Shout It Out Loud"
Love and Rockets - "Mirror People"
My Morning Jacket - "One Big Holiday"
Nirvana - "Lithium (Live)"
The Police - "So Lonely"
Rammstein - "Du Hast"
The Rolling Stones - "Sympathy For The Devil"
Sonic Youth - "Incinerate"
Screaming Trees - "Nearly Lost You"
Sublime - "What I Got"
The Sword - "Maiden, Mother & Crone"
Thin Lizzy - "Jailbreak"
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "American Girl"
The White Stripes - "Blue Orchid"

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“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

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