Yearly Playlists!

Since I finished the date cataloging I've been thinking about the year by year setlists I made. I think they're pretty good but now that I've learned a lot from doing all that research, I decided to go back through and remake them better than ever! I thought it might be fun to share my progress on the forums, sort of make it a daily event. It is my hope that by sharing this, some people will listen to music they haven't heard before and/or find some music they didn't know was on Rock Band. So let's get started!


  • edited April 2017
    Since I finished the date cataloging I've been thinking about the year by year setlists I made. I think they're pretty good but now that I've learned a lot from doing all that research, I decided to go back through and remake them better than ever! I thought it might be fun to share my progress on the forums, sort of make it a daily event. It is my hope that by sharing this, some people will listen to music they haven't heard before and/or find some music they didn't know was on Rock Band. So let's get started!

    I think I’ll go ahead and mention that until we get to the year 1970, I’ll be combining years because there just aren’t enough songs. After 1969 though, every setlist will be a single year. Also, please keep in mind, the years attached to these songs are based on my research, not based on the listed year on Rock Band.

    The first setlist I made was for the beginning of rock. Unfortunately, since there extremely few songs/artists for the 50s and early 60s, I decided to lump these years together into 1955-1964. This setlist unlike many of the one's to come, doesn't get close to capturing the breadth of rock at the time. However, it does have some great music and is a fun time (if short)! Without further ado…

    1955 - 1964

    I Got the Ballad of the Blues (21:04)

    1. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
    2. Ooby Dooby – Roy Orbison
    3. I Got Stripes – Johnny Cash
    4. Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
    5. Mean Woman Blues – Roy Orbison
    6. She’s Not There – The Zombies
    7. The Sounds of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
    8. The Ballad of Ira Hayes – Johnny Cash

    Missing Hits of 1960:

    1. The Twist – Chubby Checker
    2. Chain Gang – Sam Cooke
    3. Will You Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles
    4. Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go – Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
    5. Stuck On You – Elvis Presley
    6. Cathy’s Clown – The Everly Brothers
    7. Spoonful – Howlin’ Wolf
    8. Hot Rod Lincoln – Johnny Bond
    9. New Orleans – Gary U.S. Bonds
    10. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini – Brian Hyland

    Missing Hits of 1961:

    1. Stand by Me – Ben E. King
    2. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
    3. The Wanderer – Dion
    4. Runaway – Del Shannon
    5. Please Mr. Postman – The Marvelettes
    6. Tossin’ and Turnin’ – Bobby Lewis
    7. Surfin’ – The Beach Boys
    8. Shake Your Moneymaker – Elmore James
    9. Watch Your Step – Bobby Parker
    10. Who Put the Bomp – Barry Mann

    Missing Hits of 1962:

    1. Green Onions – Booker T. & the M.G.’s
    2. You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me – The Miracles
    3. Love Me Do – The Beatles
    4. Surfin’ Safari – The Beach Boys
    5. He’s a Rebel – The Crystals
    6. Do You Love Me – The Contours
    7. Duke of Earl – Gene Chandler
    8. Twistin’ the Night Away – Sam Cooke
    9. Miserlou – Dick Dale and the Del-Tones
    10. Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers

    Missing Hits of 1963:

    1. Twist and Shout – The Beatles
    2. Surfin’ U.S.A. – The Beach Boys
    3. Louie Louie – The Kingsmen
    4. I Wanna Be Your Man – The Rolling Stones
    5. Surf City – Jan & Dean
    6. My Boyfriend’s Back – The Angels
    7. Detroit City – Bobby Bare
    8. It’s My Party – Lesley Gore
    9. Can I Get a Witness – Marvin Gaye
    10. Wipeout – The Surfaris

    Missing Hits of 1964:

    1. You Really Got Me – The Kinks
    2. The Times Are a-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
    3. The House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
    4. A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
    5. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers
    6. Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann
    7. You Can Never Tell – Chuck Berry
    8. Time is On My Side – The Rolling Stones
    9. Go Now – The Moody Blues
    10. Wine, Women and Song – Loretta Lynn

    The second setlist today is 1965-1967. This one has a lot more variety and I had an absolute blast playing/listening to it.

    1965 - 1967

    Joe Fires My Generation (57:56)

    1. I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
    2. My Generation – The Who
    3. Last Train to Clarksville – The Monkees
    4. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys (RB3 Export)
    5. Hey Joe – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    6. For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
    7. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
    8. Stir It Up – Bob Marley and the Wailers
    9. Soul Kitchen – The Doors
    10. Somebody to Love – Jefferson Airplane
    11. Beat It on Down the Line – The Grateful Dead
    12. Purple Haze – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    13. Fire – Jimi Hendrix
    14. Light My Fire – The Doors
    15. A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum

    Missing Hits of 1965:

    1. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
    2. Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
    3. Mr. Tambourine Man – The Byrds
    4. We Gotta Get Out of This Place – The Animals
    5. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag – James Brown
    6. California Girls – The Beach Boys
    7. Ticket to Ride – The Beatles
    8. For Your Love – The Yardbirds
    9. I Want Candy – The Strangeloves
    10. I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher

    Missing Hits of 1966:

    1. Psychotic Reaction – Count Five
    2. Hold On, I’m Comin’ – Sam & Dave
    3. Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones
    4. Wild Thing – The Troggs
    5. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & the Papas
    6. East-West – The Butterfield Blues Band
    7. Shapes of Things – The Yardbirds
    8. Bus Stop – The Hollies
    9. Substitute – The Who
    10. I Hate You – The Monks

    Missing Hits of 1967:

    1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
    2. Respect – Aretha Franklin
    3. I’m a Believer – The Monkees
    4. The Letter – The Box Tops
    5. Nights in White Satin – The Moody Blues
    6. Happy Together – The Turtles
    7. Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones
    8. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye
    9. I’m Waiting for the Man – The Velvet Underground
    10. Let’s Live For Today – The Grass Roots
  • Well - You already got me to take a second look at a song from the 65-67 setlist.. I have all of those except for the very last one.. I must have looked at the entire list of DLC a dozen times but for whatever reason never took the time to see what the heck Procol Harum was.. Just checked it out - I know that song! Slower, but it's enjoyable.. Picking it up.. Thanks for doing this!
  • edited April 2017
    Today’s setlist is 1968-1969! There was a heck of a lot going on during these years, and not just in music. The good news is that trying times tend to produce great works of art and the songs on this playlist reflect that. There are a few export songs on this list so I’ll try to label them accordingly. Enjoy!

    1968 - 1969

    Gimme Minds of Magic, Mama (1:18:46)
    1. (Sittin’ on the) Dock of the Bay (Take 2) – Otis Redding
    2. Spinning Wheel – Blood, Sweat & Tears
    3. Touch Me – The Doors
    4. The Weight – The Band
    5. Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
    6. Susie Q – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    7. Piece of My Heart – Janis Joplin
    8. All Along the Watchtower – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    9. Magic Bus – The Who
    10. 1969 – The Stooges
    11. China Cat Sunflower – The Grateful Dead
    12. Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum (RB2 Export)
    13. Space Cowboy – Steve Miller Band
    14. Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    15. Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
    16. Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones
    17. The Thrill is Gone – B.B. King
    18. Space Oddity (RB3 Export)

    Missing Hits of 1968:

    1. White Room – Cream
    2. Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf
    3. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
    4. Hey Jude – The Beatles
    5. Sister Ray – The Velvet Underground
    6. Dance to the Music – Sly and the Family Stone
    7. Hush – Deep Purple
    8. For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder
    9. Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) – Manfred Mann
    10. Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel

    Missing Hits of 1969:

    1. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
    2. Come Together – The Beatles
    3. Up On Cripple Creek – The Band
    4. I Want You Back – The Jackson 5
    5. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
    6. It’s Your Thing – The Isley Brothers
    7. Venus – Shocking Blue
    8. Evil Ways – Santana
    9. In the Ghetto – Elvis Presley
    10. Epitaph – King Crimson

  • edited April 2017
    And thus began the 70s… Ah, the 70s… I tend to say I love all music but boy oh boy do I love the 70s the most. All sorts of killer tunes in this list and so many more I didn’t add because I’m trying to keep it to one song per artist now that I have lots of songs to choose from. From the roots of metal to pure funk, this is where things really start to branch! Enjoy the variety!


    ’70 or Black to Purple (1:09:11)

    1. War Pigs – Black Sabbath
    2. American Woman – The Guess Who (RB2 Export)
    3. All Right Now – Free
    4. Who’ll Stop the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    5. Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney
    6. 25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago (RB3 Export)
    7. Summertime Blues – The Who
    8. Super Bad, Pts. 1 & 2 – James Brown
    9. ABC – The Jackson 5 (RB3 Export)
    10. Funk #49 – James Gang
    11. Casey Jones – The Grateful Dead
    12. Mississippi Queen – Mountain (RB1 Export)
    13. Black Magic Woman – Santana
    14. Peace Frog – The Doors
    15. Child in Time – Deep Purple

  • As 1971 rolled around things started to become clear that the 60s were a thing of the past. The 70s was starting to establish its own unique spectrum of styles and it can clearly be seen here. The Who was rocking harder than ever, Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath were delving deeper into the metal that Led Zeppelin had been working on, and progressive rock saw a massive increase in popularity with the success of Yes, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, and was influenced by the creativity of bands like King Crimson and The Doors. Things are all over the place in this list and yet somehow coherent which I feel perfectly describes the style of this time. Enjoy!


    Baba, Bobby, and Me (1:14:32)

    1. Baba O’Riley – The Who
    2. Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band
    3. Walk Away – James Gang
    4. Jeepster – T. Rex
    5. Queen **** – David Bowie
    6. Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) – The Hollies
    7. Aqualung – Jethro Tull (RB2 Export)
    8. I’ve Seen All Good People – Yes
    9. L.A. Woman – The Doors
    10. Sweet Leaf – Black Sabbath
    11. Under My Wheels – Alice Cooper
    12. Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who (RB1 Export)
    13. American Pie – Don McLean
    14. Imagine – John Lennon (RB3 Export)
  • edited April 2017
    I looked ahead and saw that '72 didn't really have that many songs so I decided to go ahead and do that year today as well as a bonus. There was tons of stuff going on during '72 regardless of the number of songs. Deep Purple made waves in hard rock with Machine Head, David Bowie released his masterpiece The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, American Pie was still making waves throughout the world, Blue Öyster Cult debuted their first album, The Edgar Winter Group hit the mainstream and tons of other artists were doing their own thing (like Elton John, Neil Young, John Denver, Chuck Berry, etc). Enjoy the music!

    Ziggy’s School of Music (42:29)


    1. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
    2. Listen to the Music – The Doobie Brothers
    3. Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
    4. Children of the Revolution – T. Rex
    5. Moonage Daydream – David Bowie
    6. Transmaniacon MC – Blue Öyster Cult
    7. Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple (RB3 Export)
    8. Frankenstein – The Edgar Winter Group
    9. Space Truckin’ – Deep Purple
    10. School’s Out – Alice Cooper

    P.S. Smoke on the Water or Space Truckin' can be switched out for Highway Star if you have/prefer that song. It doesn't mess with the feel of the playlist. Similarly, you can switch out Frankenstein for Free Ride if you want a song with vocals (they both are similar and work well in that spot), though I prefer Frankenstein.

    For some reason my 1973 list disappeared so I'll put it here.

    Things were happening with rock in 1973. A lot of things. The former Beatles were all knocking it out of the park with their solo careers, Elton John was spitting out hit after hit, Bob Marley released Catch a Fire, Elvis donned his white jumpsuit, and Aerosmith debuted their first album. Oh yeah, did I mention Pink Floyd released Dark Side of the Moon? This is just a tiny bit of the explosion that was rock during this year. There were plenty of songs to choose from so I selected 20 and split the list into two parts in order to accommodate the length. However, you can have them as one super playlist if you wish, I structured it so it plays well separately or together!

    Dark Side of the Tunes (1:46:56)


    Part 1:
    Do You Groove Like We Do? (55:27)
    1. Radar Love – Golden Earring (RB3 Export)
    2. Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo – Rick Derringer
    3. We’re an American Band – Grand Funk Railroad
    4. Band on the Run – Paul McCartney
    5. The Joker – Steve Miller Band
    6. Long Train Runnin’ – The Doobie Brothers
    7. Ramblin’ Man – The Allman Brothers Band (RB2 Export)
    8. Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting – Elton John (RB3 Export)
    9. Do You Feel Like We Do – Peter Frampton
    10. Dream On – Aerosmith

    Part 2:
    Piano Boogie Blitz (51:29)
    11. Ballroom Blitz – Sweet (RB1 Export)
    12. My Old School – Steely Dan
    13. Get Up, Stand Up – Bob Marley and the Wailers (RB3 Export)
    14. Jungle Boogie – Kool & the Gang
    15. Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder
    16. Piano Man – Billy Joel
    17. Captain Jack – Billy Joel
    18. 20th Century Boy – T. Rex (RB3 Export)
    19. Ridin’ the Storm Out – REO Speedwagon
    20. Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd

    P.S. If you want a shorter version of this playlist, I would suggest removing Do You Feel Like We Do and Captain Jack and putting the rest of the two lists together. This makes the playlist about an hour and twenty minutes and it should still fit well together. However both, these songs are amazing and I highly suggest you try them out!

    P.P.S. I listed the live version of Band on the Run from 2009 because I actually really like that version and prefer it over the studio version. You, however, can use the studio version if you wish!

    P.P.P.S. I’m sorry about all the exports on this list but they’re really important songs! At least most are RB3 exports which you can still get. By the way, if you don’t have the RB3 library, get it!!!! It’s really good!
  • bandaddybandaddy Rising Star
    This is a great idea, thanks for posting it. So far, I have every song in the thread. I expect that to pretty much hold true well into the 80's.
  • BachiGBachiG Inconceivable...
    Great job putting this together and writing an opening paragraph for each list. I've discovered that even though I appreciate everything in your lists pre-'73, '73 is really where I'm really starting to enjoy the songs... probably because it's around that time that I start actually recollecting hearing stuff on the radio or that my parents played on the weekends in the house.
  • Some interesting things in 1974: Progressive rock continued to remain influential as Supertramp released their third album Crime of the Century. Kansas debuted their self-titled album though it failed to chart. Styx also continued with the release of their third album. Additionally, Rush debuted their eponymous first album though it primarily was hard rock/metal (their progressive slant was developed more once Peart joined in mid-1974). On the more pure rock front, KISS debuted their eponymous album, Aerosmith continued working on their sound, with Get Your Wings, and Queen simultaneously gained mainstream popularity with their album Sheer Heart Attack and invented thrash metal with the song Stone Cold Crazy. Finally, funk was flourishing via the mainstream visibility of bands such as Sly and the Family Stone, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Ohio Players, Kool & the Gang, and Stevie Wonder.

    Stone Cold Loco-Motion (1:15:02)


    1. Can’t Get Enough – Bad Company
    2. Strutter – KISS
    3. Train Kept a Rollin’ – Aerosmith (RB1 Export)
    4. Stone Cold Crazy – Queen
    5. The Loco-Motion – Grand Funk Railroad
    6. Pick Up the Pieces – Average White Band
    7. Fire – Ohio Players
    8. Tell Me Something Good – Rufus ft. Chaka Khan
    9. No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley and the Wailers
    10. Love Hurts – Nazareth
    11. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me – Elton John
    12. The Entertainer – Billy Joel
    13. Killer Queen – Queen
    14. Working Man (Vault Edition) – Rush
    15. 100,000 Years – KISS
    16. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

    P.S. Either version of Working Man works, I would highly recommend the vault version though.

  • In mid/late 1974 all that funk started to spin of into a new genre and it all came to fruition in 1975 with the popularization of disco! The dance craze had begun, spearheaded by artists including The Hues Corporation, Gloria Gaynor, Bee Gees, and Donna Summer. Bruce Springsteen had his big break with a series of live performances followed by the release of his album Born to Run. Fleetwood Mac gained guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and vocalist Stevie Nicks and released their second self-titled album. Aerosmith finally found their sound with the release of Toys in the Attic thrusting them into stardom. Queen delivered another huge sensation with A Night at the Opera, KISS released their third hit album Dressed to Kill, and Nazareth released their most famous album Hair of the Dog. On the other side of the world, AC/DC released the album T.N.T. in Australia, soon to become a sensation throughout the rest of the world.

    Rhapsody in Black ‘n Blue (1:36:55)


    1. Tangled Up in Blue – Bob Dylan (RB2 Export)
    2. Green Grass and High Tides – The Outlaws (RB1 Export)
    3. Icarus - Borne on Wings of Steel – Kansas
    4. Shooting Star – Bad Company (RB2 Export)
    5. Franklin’s Tower – The Grateful Dead
    6. Black Friday – Steely Dan
    7. Low Rider – WAR (RB3 Export)
    8. Shining Star – Earth, Wind & Fire
    9. Love Rollercoaster – Ohio Players
    10. Nights on Broadway – Bee Gees
    11. Fame – David Bowie
    12. You’re My Best Friend – Queen
    13. Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
    14. Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
    15. Rock and Roll All Nite – KISS
    16. Hair of the Dog – Nazareth
    17. T.N.T. – AC/DC
    18. Walk This Way – Aerosmith
    19. Action – Sweet
    20. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (RB3 Export)
    21. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac

    P.S. Feel free to leave Landslide off if you don’t want a song with no bass/drums. I just think it adds a really nice emotional finish to the playlist directly following the come down at the end of Bohemian Rhapsody. The playlist also works fine if you don’t have T.N.T. or any of the export songs.

    P.P.S. The finale does rely on Bohemian Rhapsody so I highly suggest you get the RB3 export. Just do it! :p
  • edited April 2017
    Sorry about the delay. I've been busy with school/life. However, you can have some extra long history as a better sorry.

    Plenty of cool stuff was happening in 1977. The Clash joined the ever growing punk scene with their self-titled debut album (though they wouldn’t release an album in the U.S. until 1978). The Damned and The Jam also released their first albums. The Talking Heads released their debut album which bolstered the punk genre with the then experimental phases of New Wave rock.

    In hard rock, Foreigner released their self-titled debut album containing smash hits like Cold as Ice and Feels Like the First Time. Styx had another huge success with The Grand Illusion which, while containing many progressive elements, started to shift the band to a more hard rock/arena style sound. Cheap Trick also released their debut album and their much more famous and successful second album In Color. Meat Loaf also released their debut Bat Out of Hell.

    In metal, Motörhead released their debut album and Judas Priest released their third album which departed from arena rock and focused on their signature metal sound. Meanwhile, in pop, Abba, while already popular, soared due to their single Dancing Queen. Hall & Oates had also been around for a while started but gained much more popularity due to the success of the single Rich Girl during early 1977. Billy Joel released another great success in The Stranger and Elvis Costello made his debut. Iggy Pop, formerly of The Stooges released Lust for Life which was co-written with David Bowie (this song was influential in many respects, the lyrics inspired Bowie for his Heroes album later that year and the drumbeat and guitar riff have been imitated in many forms since it’s release). Finally, Elvis Presley was found dead at 42.

    Three Tickets to Rockville Beach (1:37:56)
    Shortened to: 3Tickets2RockvilleBeach (for 25 Character limit)


    1. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
    2. I Shot the Sheriff – Bob Marley and the Wailers
    3. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley and the Wailers
    4. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant – Billy Joel
    5. Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
    6. Magaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
    7. Two Tickets to Paradise – Eddie Money
    8. I Want You to Want Me – Cheap Trick
    9. Godzilla – Blue Öyster Cult
    10. Barracuda – Heart
    11. Black Betty – Ram Jam
    12. What’s Your Name? – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    13. Point of Know Return – Kansas
    14. Closer to the Heart – Rush
    15. Feels Like the First Time – Foreigner
    16. Lust for Life – Iggy Pop
    17. Rockaway Beach – Ramones
    18. Complete Control – The Clash
    19. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads (RB2 Export)
    20. Dissident Aggressor – Judas Priest
    21. Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meat Loaf
    22. Let There Be Rock – AC/DC

    P.S. If you don’t have the AC/DC songs, Paradise by the Dashboard Light also makes for a great finale so no switching necessary.
  • In 1978, disco arguably hit its peak with the stunning success of Saturday Night Fever. Many other bands including Chic, Sylvester, the Jackson 5, Earth, Wind & Fire, and even Blondie had disco hits. The Blues Brothers released their first album which was a huge success.

    With regards to hard rock The Who released the album Who Are You (and later Keith Moon died of an overdose), Van Halen debuted with their self-titled album, Toto released their self-titled first album, Boston released their second album Don’t Look Back, and Foreigner released their second album.

    Punk continued to grow in popularity and in addition continued to inspire the growth of the New Wave genre. Many bands followed this trend including, The Police with their debut album Outlandos d’Amour, Devo with their debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! The B-52’s with their hit Rock Lobster, and The Cars with their self-titled debut album. On the more pure side of punk, Buzzcocks released their first and second albums, X released their first singles, and a new variety of punk, hardcore punk, began to develop mostly in California and later North America.

    Is This Rock?! (1:41:50)


    Hard Rock Lobster (49:03)

    1. Who Are You – The Who
    2. Runnin’ With the Devil – Van Halen
    3. Fat Bottomed Girls – Queen
    4. Hold the Line – Toto
    5. Surrender – Cheap Trick
    6. One Way or Another – Blondie
    7. Rock Lobster – The B-52’s (RB3 Export)
    8. Uncontrollable Urge – Devo (RB2 Export)
    9. Ever Fallen in Love – Buzzcocks
    10. I Wanna Be Sedated – Ramones
    11. Take Me to the River – Talking Heads
    12. Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie and the Banshees
    13. Roxanne – The Police

    Roll w/ the Radio Changes (52:47)

    14. Is This Love – Bob Marley and the Wailers
    15. Fire on the Mountain – The Grateful Dead
    16. September – Earth, Wind & Fire
    17. Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon (RB3 Export)
    18. The Trees – Rush (RB2 Export)
    19. The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
    20. Hot Blooded – Foreigner
    21. Radio Radio – Elvis Costello (Pump it Up)
    22. Big Shot – Billy Joel
    23. My Best Friend’s Girl – The Cars
    24. I Need to Know – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (RB3 Export)
    25. Renegade – Styx
    26. Roll with the Changes – REO Speedwagon

    P.S. From now on, I’ll probably be splitting these lists into two parts like what I did with the 1973 setlist. It’s just because there are so many more songs to choose from in the 80s and beyond. You can feel free to have a big setlist containing all the songs, two separate ones or just one of the setlists. I also tried to separate the setlists based on overarching themes so for this, the first set contains much of the new and upcoming styles while the second set contains much more of the styles of the old guard (this doesn’t hold true for all the songs, just generally because I still wanted to make the songs flow naturally from one to the next).

    P.P.S. If you have the RB2 export, I would use Pump it Up for the Elvis Costello song, otherwise Radio Radio works fine.
  • Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summers, and even Rod Stewart have hits in disco. Meanwhile, a counter-disco movement is forming, with the phrase “Disco Sucks” becoming popularized most likely due to oversaturation of the genre. Many post-punk groups were forming including Public Image Ltd, Gang of Four, Joy Division, and The Cure. New Wave is really starting to come into its own at this point with the release of the second album by The Police, the smash hit My Sharona by The Knack, the release of Eat to the Beat by Blondie, and the continued success of The Cars.

    Things were really transforming in general during this time for rock. The old guard of 70s rock was beginning to phase out and a different sounding 80s style was beginning to edge in with the influence of newer bands like Dire Straits (which debuted this year), Van Halen, Tom Petty, Boston, and others. Many of the older bands were beginning to either fade away, break up, or change to suit the new styles. A good example of this would be Jefferson Starship made up of former members of Jefferson Airplane but exhibiting an entirely 80s style and feel whereas Jefferson Airplane couldn’t be any more 60s/early 70s (Of course bands some bands that were large enough could continue to create whatever they felt like, ex. The Grateful Dead).

    Progressive, though no longer as popular as its golden years, continued to produce successes in its own circles with releases like Supertramp’s album Breakfast in America and Rush’s single Spirit of the Radio. Pink Floyd was an exception to this, breaking outside the niche and appealing to a much broader audience with their landmark album The Wall. Many cite the reasons for this as Pink Floyd’s embrace of the currently popular punk rock anger at the time.

    Speaking of punk, it was undergoing a huge success with the watershed release of London Calling by The Clash. This album was very influential and I personally believe serves as the perfect usher for rock from the 70s into the 80s. Other bands including The Damned and Ramones were also smashing things up.

    One last important thing to mention is the release of the Walkman in this year. Prior to this, music had been all about the records and subsequently the albums but with the introduction of truly portable music, things began to shift more towards singles. It would take quite some time, but today things have essentially switched to completely the other side, with singles being promoted and distributed far more than albums. This shift would have profound impacts on music, especially popular music, in the years to come.

    Disaster! Smash My Radio! (1:43:36)


    Refugee Radio (52:31)

    1. My Sharona – The Knack
    2. Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) – Robert Palmer
    3. Flirtin’ with Disaster – Molly Hatchet (RB1 Export)
    4. Refugee – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    5. Jane – Jefferson Starship
    6. Dance the Night Away – Van Halen
    7. Don’t Do Me Like That – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    8. Heartbreaker – Pat Benatar
    9. Highway to Hell – AC/DC
    10. The Spirit of Radio – Rush
    11. Dream Police – Cheap Trick
    12. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
    13. Volcano – Jimmy Buffett

    Revolution in Bottle (51:05)

    14. I Fought the Law – The Clash
    15. Smash It Up (Part II) – The Damned
    16. Revolution Rock – The Clash
    17. Jimmy Jazz – The Clash
    18. California Über Alles – Dead Kennedys
    19. Death or Glory – The Clash
    20. The Right Profile – The Clash
    21. Cool for Cats – Squeeze (RB2 Export)
    22. The Guns of Brixton – The Clash
    23. Rock ‘n ‘Roll High School – Ramones
    24. Lost in the Supermarket – The Clash
    25. Message in a Bottle – The Police
    26. Brass in Pocket – The Pretenders
    27. London Calling – The Clash

    P.S. The first setlist here encompasses most of hard rock and pop rock including both the older and more 80s sounding styles. The second setlist is meant to be a sort of monument to the punk/new wave movement that was ending/beginning in this time. Like I said above, I feel the London Calling album really closes the decade out on a great note and at the same time ushers in the 80s. That’s why there’s so much of it at the end of ‘79’s playlist.

    P.P.S. I do plan on making a Mega Setlist for the 1970s as a decade so that will be what's next. It may come out in a couple days though.
  • Ok, a couple things about this setlist. This setlist isn’t really meant to be played through all in one go. I mean, you could but you’d be crazy, it’s pretty much just as long as one of the Endless Setlists from previous Rock Bands. Rather, I created this for two reasons. First, the overall setlist can be split into three parts which I have labeled. Each mark off one the three major eras of music in the 70s based on my perspective. These individual playlists are still long, except the third, but they are more reasonable and could be played in one go, at a party, etc.

    The other main purpose of this playlist is to provide everyone with a list they can put on shuffle that contains a good amount of the important and truly great songs from the ‘70s. This is a good alternative since you can’t just do all the ‘70s songs on shuffle since there are more than 100.

    I also indicate what genre the music underneath is in. I have marked these genres personally based on research and intuition. They do not match directly with the ones listed on Rock Band. The song years have also been provided for your convenience. As with all the other setlists, these song years are based on my research and not the listed year in Rock Band.

    There are a couple exceptions to the year ranges listed. These exceptions are on purpose. The Gambler captures a style from the earlier 70s and even a bit of 60s and therefore, I feel it belongs in that section. Do You Feel Like We Do was released in ’73 but became far more impactful with the release of its live version in ’76 so I think it deserves to be in the middle section.

    This is my last work on the 70s in Rock Band. This was a blast but it’s time to move on to the 80s. Tomorrow I’ll be posting the list for 1980. See you then!

    70s Mega Playlist (6:34:07)


    In The Beginning… (1970 – 1974) (32 Songs) (2:49:19)

    Folk/Roots Rock
    1. (1970) Have You Ever Seen the Rain? – Creedence Clearwater Revival
    2. (1970) Casey Jones – The Grateful Dead
    3. (1971) Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band
    4. (1972) Listen to the Music – The Doobie Brothers
    5. (1975) Tangled Up in Blue – Bob Dylan

    6. (1978) The Gambler – Kenny Rogers

    Southern/Classic Rock Fusion
    7. (1974) Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Swamp Rock
    8. (1971) Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) – The Hollies

    Blues/Classic Rock
    9. (1970) Roadhouse Blues – The Doors
    10. (1971) L.A. Woman – The Doors

    11. (1973) Get Up, Stand Up – Bob Marley and the Wailers

    12. (1970) ABC – The Jackson 5
    13. (1972) Superstition – Stevie Wonder
    14. (1974) Fire – Ohio Players

    15. (1970) 25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago
    16. (1970) Black Magic Woman – Santana
    17. (1971) Imagine – John Lennon
    18. (1973) Piano Man – Billy Joel
    19. (1973) Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting – Elton John
    20. (1973) Band on the Run – Paul McCartney

    Hard Rock
    21. (1971) Baba O’Riley – The Who
    22. (1972) School’s Out – Alice Cooper
    23. (1974) Deuce – KISS

    Glam Rock
    24. (1972) Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
    25. (1973) Ballroom Blitz – Sweet

    Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
    26. (1972) Highway Star – Deep Purple
    27. (1970) War Pigs – Black Sabbath

    Progressive Rock/Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
    28. (1970) Child in Time – Deep Purple

    Progressive Rock
    29. (1971) Roundabout – Yes
    30. (1974) Working Man (Vault Edition) – Rush

    Southern/Classic Rock Fusion
    31. (1973) Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Folk/Roots Rock
    32. (1971) American Pie – Don McLean

    In the Thick of It… (1975 – 1978) (33 Songs) (2:38:48)

    33. (1975) Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
    34. (1976) Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

    Hard Rock/Arena Rock
    35. (1976) More Than a Feeling – Boston

    Hard Rock
    36. (1976) (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Öyster Cult
    37. (1976) The Boys Are Back in Town – Thin Lizzy

    Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
    38. (1975) Hair of the Dog – Nazareth

    Hard Rock
    39. (1975) T.N.T. – AC/DC
    40. (1975) Rock and Roll All Nite – KISS
    41. (1977) Feels Like the First Time – Foreigner

    Progressive Rock/Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
    42. (1975) Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

    Progressive Rock
    43. (1976) Carry On Wayward Son – Kansas

    Hard Rock/Arena Rock/Progressive Rock
    44. (1978) Renegade – Styx

    Hard Rock
    45. (1976) Detroit Rock City – KISS

    Blues/Hard Rock
    46. (1977) Black Betty – Ram Jam

    47. (1973) Do You Feel Like We Do – Peter Frampton

    Hard Rock
    48. (1978) Who Are You – The Who
    49. (1977) Let There Be Rock – AC/DC

    Heavy Metal
    50. (1977) Dissident Aggressor – Judas Priest

    Hard Rock/Glam Rock
    51. (1978) Fat Bottomed Girls – Queen

    Hard Rock/Proto Punk
    52. (1977) Lust for Life – Iggy Pop

    Punk Rock
    53. (1976) Blitzkrieg Bop – Ramones
    54. (1977) Complete Control – The Clash

    New Wave
    55. (1977) Psycho Killer – Talking Heads

    56. (1976) Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder

    57. (1976) You Should Be Dancing – Bee Gees
    58. (1977) Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees

    59. (1978) September – Earth, Wind & Fire

    60. (1977) Three Little Birds – Bob Marley and the Wailers

    Gulf and Western
    61. (1977) Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett

    Soft Rock
    62. (1977) Dreams – Fleetwood Mac

    63. (1977) I Want You to Want Me – Cheap Trick

    Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
    64. (1977) Barracuda – Heart

    Hard Rock/Glam Rock
    65. (1977) Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meat Loaf

    In The End… (1978 – 1979) (16 Songs) (1:06:00)

    Progressive Rock
    66. (1979) The Spirit of Radio – Rush

    67. (1979) Refugee – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

    Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
    68. (1978) Runnin’ With the Devil – Van Halen

    Hard Rock
    69. (1979) Highway to Hell – AC/DC

    Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
    70. (1979) Dance the Night Away – Van Halen

    New Wave
    71. (1979) My Sharona – The Knack
    72. (1978) Just What I Needed – The Cars

    Disco/New Wave
    73. (1978) Heart of Glass – Blondie

    Reggae/New Wave
    74. (1978) Roxanne – The Police

    75. (1978) Is This Love – Bob Marley and the Wailers

    Reggae/New Wave
    76. (1979) Message in a Bottle – The Police

    New Wave/Punk
    77. (1978) Rock Lobster – The B-52’s

    Punk Rock
    78. (1979) Smash It Up (Part II) – The Damned
    79. (1979) I Fought the Law – The Clash
    80. (1979) London Calling – The Clash

    Hard Rock/Arena Rock
    81. (1978) Roll with the Changes – REO Speedwagon
  • Look out world, times are changing and music changes with it. It is amazing how everything seemed to reorganize itself the start of the new decade. Is it simply a self-fulfilling prophecy that we’re bound to reinvent ourselves with each new decade? Even if the change was is due to self-awareness rather than a natural phenomenon, the metamorphosis still occurred and thus began the 80s.

    The biggest thing I see occurring in the year 1980 was popularization of heavy metal. It took many avenues: Hair Metal, Glam Metal, Speed Metal, etc. In 1980 Iron Maiden released their self-titled debut album, Ozzy Osbourne released his first solo album Blizzard of Ozz, Judas Priest released their landmark album British Steel, Def Leppard released their debut album On Through the Night, Motörhead released their hit album Ace of Spades (which was also their first release in the US), Scorpions released their album Animal Magnetism (which marked a shift to a more heavy metal sound for them), and though they are considered hard rock, AC/DC released their massive success Back in Black which I would say certainly had an impact on the metal scene. All of this is generally termed as the second wave of metal.

    The punk phenomenon was continuing to diversify. The subgenre of hardcore punk band was continuing to grow in the United States under the influence of bands like Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, and Minutemen. Meanwhile many British punk bands were mixing their styles with new wave and more pop-like styles including The Jam, Generation X, The Pretenders, among others.
    Of course, there were many ranges in between with the American band X being an example of a purer punk style that lacked the hardcore elements of many of its brethren.

    New Wave was continuing to establish itself and quickly was becoming one of the defining genres of the decade (yes, even within the first year). With a wide range from poppy (Go-Go’s, Romantics) to more rock driven (Blondie, Generation X) to more synth focused (Joy Division, Devo, The Police) to a more post-punk swing (Talking Heads, Psychedelic Furs) New Wave was establishing itself as a truly diverse genre that was not afraid to experiment.

    Elsewhere in rock, Pat Benatar released her second album Crimes of Passion which was a great success, U2 released their debut album, and Kenny Loggins released I’m Alright which marked the beginning of his soundtrack spree which I consider a defining characteristic of the 80s (Caddyshack, Footloose, Top Gun). Sadly, this year also featured many deaths including John Lennon, John Bonham, Bon Scott, Ian Curtis, and Steve Took.

    Don’t Dance on the Beat (2:10:16)


    Iron Love Song ’80 (1:14:38)

    1. Back in Black – AC/DC
    2. Ace of Spades ’08 – Motörhead
    3. Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
    4. Living After Midnight – Judas Priest
    5. I Don’t Know – Ozzy Osbourne
    6. Bad Reputation – Joan Jett (RB2 Export)
    7. Police Truck – Dead Kennedys
    8. Los Angeles – X
    9. Holiday in Cambodia – Dead Kennedys
    10. Going Underground – The Jam
    11. Dancing with Myself – Generation X
    12. Precious – The Pretenders
    13. We Got the Beat – Go-Go’s (RB2 Export)
    14. Whip It – Devo (RB3 Export)
    15. What I Like About You – The Romantics
    16. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
    17. Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads
    18. Sister Europe – The Psychedelic Furs
    19. Don’t Stand So Close to Me – The Police (RB3 Export)
    20. Redemption Song – Bob Marley and the Wailers

    Hit Me w/ Your Best Song (55:38)

    21. On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
    22. Alabama Getaway – The Grateful Dead (RB2 Export)
    23. I’m Alright – Kenny Loggins
    24. You May Be Right – Billy Joel
    25. Call Me – Blondie
    26. Take It on the Run – REO Speedwagon
    27. I Will Follow – U2
    28. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
    29. Hit Me With You Best Shot – Pat Benatar
    30. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne (RB3 Export)
    31. Phantom of the Opera – Iron Maiden
    32. Breaking the Law – Judas Priest
    33. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
    34. Celebration – Kool & the Gang
  • dinomandinoman Rising Star
    I really like to read this everyday, IAMTHEPLAGUE. Thank you!

    Keep up the good work!
  • edited April 2017
    The beginnings of alternative rock were taking place around 1981. Often it is said that the Sex Pistols, Velvet Underground, and Patti Smith (with the release of his album Horses) were the main influences when leading to the creation of this genre. Their influence can certainly be seen but they themselves are also not considered to be part of the genre. Instead the first bands who are considered alternative emerged around this time including Violent Femmes and R.E.M. in 1980 and Dream Syndicate in 1981. Mission of Burma was also considered very influential, though more so for the indie scene and themselves are not considered to be an alternative group. Alternative would remain true to its namesake until the 1990s when it became far more popular. This movement was also closely tied to the indie rock movement and often was considered interchangeable until alternative clearly defined itself as separate in the 1990s.

    The term New Wave was beginning to receive less use around this time. This is not to say the genre was in decline but, as I indicated in my previous list, subgenres had become diverse enough that most of the music was referred to by its own subgenre the most common of which was synthpop in which synthesizers were the driving melody and theme and the music retained a much more commercial sound than other more underground elements of New Wave. Examples of synthpop bands forming and/or gaining popularity during 1981 include Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, and Soft Cell.

    There was also a bit of a rockabilly revival going on around this time. Part of this was the 1979-1980 hit Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen. Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats picked up on this trend and established themselves as the most successful of the new rockabilly focused artists. Other artists include The Polecats, Shakin’ Stevens, and even Neil Young who released a rockabilly themed album Everybody’s Rockin’ in 1983.

    One genre that gets pretty much left out in this year’s setlist is punk. That does not mean punk wasn’t happening in this year, far from it! Some things that were happening include Bad Religion debuting with their self-titled EP, New Order (which are also considered new wave, synth-pop, and other things) debuted their first album Movement, The Replacements released their first album, and Social Distortion released their first single. Already established bands including Black Flag, Minutemen, Dead Kennedys, Public Image Ltd, Ramones, X, and others all released EPs or LPs in this year.

    As for heavy metal, the second wave was in full force. Great things were starting to stir up with Anthrax, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Pantera, and Slayer all forming in this year though most didn’t debut anything until 1983 or later (Metallica was featured on a compilation album in 1982 and Mötley Crüe released their debut album in a very limited run in late 1981 and again in 1982). Ozzy Osbourne released his second solo album Diary of a Madman, Def Leppard released their second album High ‘n’ Dry, Iron Maiden released their second album Killers, and Van Halen released their fourth album Fair Warning.

    A few other important things to happen in 1981 were the release of Moving Pictures by Rush, Foreigner had their first #1 album with 4, AC/DC released their album For Those About to Rock We Salute You, and MTV launched their 24-hour channel featuring music related programs and entertainment.

    In Dark/Under Limelight (2:14:42)


    Revolver Radio Rock (1:08:51)

    1. Under Pressure – Queen
    2. The Stroke – Billy Squier
    3. Rock This Town – Brian Setzer
    4. Mony Mony – Billy Idol
    5. Centerfold – The J. Geils Band (RB3 Export)
    6. Girls on Film – Duran Duran
    7. Working for the Weekend – Loverboy
    8. Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove) – Stevie Nicks
    9. Bringin’ On the Heartbreak – Def Leppard
    10. Promises in the Dark – Pat Benatar
    11. Verdamp Lang Her – BAP
    12. The Waiting – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    13. Hold On Loosely – .38 Special
    14. Pretty in Pink – The Psychedelic Furs
    15. That’s When I Reach for My Revolver – Mission of Burma
    16. Radio Free Europe – R.E.M.

    Jessie’s Juke Box (1:05:51)

    17. 867-5309/Jenny – Tommy Tutone
    18. Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
    19. Our Lips Are Sealed – Go-Go’s
    20. Down Under – Men at Work
    21. Tempted – Squeeze
    22. I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) – Hall & Oates
    23. Don’t You Want Me – The Human League
    24. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
    25. Tom Sawyer (OV) – Rush
    26. Too Much Time on My Hands – Styx
    27. Limelight (OV) – Rush
    28. Juke Box Hero – Foreigner
    29. Unchained – Van Halen
    30. Flying High Again – Ozzy Osbourne
    31. For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) – AC/DC
    32. I Love Rock N’ Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (RB3 Export)
    I’ve decided to do a new thing with this list and the lists beyond this one. I’m going to list 10 important songs from the year that I believe should be on this list but are not available in Rock Band. Again, the songs listed are NOT AVAILABLE IN ROCK BAND! I may go back and do this for the previous lists, we’ll see.
    Missing Hits of 1981:

    1. Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
    2. Super Freak – Rick James
    3. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
    4. In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins
    5. Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
    6. Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
    7. Controversy – Prince
    8. TV Party – Black Flag
    9. Burnin’ For You – Blue Öyster Cult
    10. Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones

    P.S. Verdamp Lang Her is by the German rock band BAP who are one of the most famous rock groups in their home country. Though it didn’t affect the scene in the U.S. I think it’s only fair to include it if I’m to take a more world-wide perspective (I’ve already included many British artists that didn’t make a huge impact on the U.S.). Also, it’s a really great song so that doesn’t hurt!

    P.P.S. I'm sorry it took a couple days to get this one done. Since I'm taking more time to do research for these and I'm also pretty busy right now, I think I'll start releasing these every couple of days. Thanks for understanding! :)
  • The following three paragraphs are about the scope of this project and can be ignored if you’re looking for just the Rock history descriptions and/or lists.

    I think it’s time I talked a little more about the goal of the descriptions I'm providing. I am specifically trying to give a portrait of the year in Rock Music and all its derivative subgenres. This is becoming a problem because some of the music in Rock Band at this point is starting to fall outside the umbrella term of Rock Music. I’m not stating that as a criticism of Rock Band, indeed, I welcome every genre into the game, but due to this it becomes difficult to not include incredibly popular and impactful hits on the list, even though they are not considered part of Rock. I have decided that in the future lists I will not be discussing these non-rock genres.

    I will still be including non-rock hits on the lists if they are sufficiently influential. One thing to note is most of these non-rock hits are still most often compatible with rock. In other word, most of them use elements of Rock Music which is why they have ended up on Rock Band and work well with the game’s formula. The non-rock genres include the pure versions of Pop, Jazz, R&B, Blues, Soul, Folk, Disco, World Music, etc. Any songs in these genres that are in Rock Band are pretty much all Rock fusions with the genres so I don’t think it’s necessary to go into more detail than simply their inclusion on the lists. (Ex. Stayin’ Alive by Bee Gees is considered Disco but is actually a rock fusion of the pure genre.)

    Before I decided not to go into detail on the non-rock genres I wrote a little on the origins of Hip Hop so here’s a little non-rock bonus history: Hip Hop originated in the early 70s in the Bronx. During this time, block parties often were hosted by DJs who would provide a generally musical atmosphere. As Caribbean music, brought by immigrants, mixed with funk and soul music at these parties, the genre slowly developed. This is why early Reggae is often considered to be influential in developing certain aspects of hip hop. DJ Kool Herc is often considered to have been on the forefront of this movement and is a prime example of one of these block party DJs in action. The genre remained non-mainstream until around the late 70s and early 80s. Some influential hip hop artists who rose to prominence as the genre entered the public eye are The Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, and Warp 9. Unfortunately, very little of the genre exists in Rock Band but I’ll do my best to showcase what little there is in the lists!
  • Heavy metal had some huge successes in 1982. The most important of these being the release of the album Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden. This was a landmark album for the heavy metal genre that still influences artists to this day. Judas Priest also released one of their most important albums Screaming for Vengeance which brought them much more commercial attention and radio play than previous albums. Additionally, Twisted Sister released their debut album Under the Blade. Established bands including Motörhead, Anvil, KISS, Scorpions, Van Halen, and Whitesnake also had successful album releases this year. One final important release that occurred this year was Metal Blade Records first Metal Massacre compilation album which contained the first single releases of Metallica, Ratt, and Steeler among other artists.

    Hard rock contained the huge album success Escape by Journey (by far their most successful studio album). The album Signals by Rush was also released demonstrating Rush’s desire to continue pushing the technological aspect of rock (contained heavy synthesizer, sequencers, and even electric violin). Other major releases include Survivor’s album Eye of the Tiger and Sammy Hagar’s sixth solo album Standing Hampton.

    Alternative rock continued to develop as R.E.M. released their debut EP Chronic Town, Sonic Youth released their self-titled debut EP, and The Dream Syndicate released their debut album The Days of Wine and Roses. Additionally, The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees released the albums Pornography and A Kiss in the Dreamhouse respectively. Each of these albums would also contribute to the developing gothic rock scene (which is a subgenre of post punk). Mission of Burma also released their first and only album Vs. until their reformation in the 2000s. This album was influential in many spheres including alt rock, punk, and indie rock.

    Following on what I stated in my last list, the meaning of the genre New Wave at this point was beginning to blur. The last of the truly New Wave bands in the rock sense of the term were popular around this time. They include Duran Duran, ABC, INXS, Midnight Oil, Culture Club, and Modern English among others. Some of these bands would remain popular long after the term New Wave lost its rock meaning. The term began to describe pretty much every new pop song with synthesizers or dance focused themes even though the styles of the music were quite disparate. Thus, I’m going to stop talking about this genre’s development because most songs that are considered New Wave after this year are not under the Rock umbrella and if they are, they are most likely a rock-pop fusion. The impact of this non-rock “New Wave” on rock still certainly was occurring though and you will see it reflected in my list.

    Punk rock was thriving during this time with the hardcore and post punk subgenres being particularly well developed. For hardcore punk, 1982 contained Bad Religion’s debut album How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, The Exploited’s second album Troops of Tomorrow (which is considered a landmark album of the subgenre), Black Flag’s EP TV Party (which emphasized their 1981 song of the same name), Dead Kennedy’s second album Plastic Surgery Disasters, and The Replacements’ EP Stink. In post punk, The Clash released their 5th album Combat Rock, Sonic Youth released their self-titled debut EP, and Siouxsie and the Banshees released their album A Kiss in the Dreamhouse (the latter two are both also considered to be influential in alternative rock as I stated above). Other major punk releases include Billy Idol’s self-titled debut album, Subhumans’ debut album The Day the Country Died, The Misfits’ debut album Walk Among Us, X’s third album Under the Big Black Sun, and The Damned’s fifth album Strawberries (which also contributed to gothic rock).

    There were several other major releases in Rock this year. Michael Jackson released his album Thriller which is the best-selling album of all time. Prince released his album 1999 which moved his work closer to rock territory with songs like Little Red Corvette. Marvin Gaye released his final album Midnight Love which would go on to be his most successful. Toto released their fourth album Toto IV which was their most successful and impactful album by far containing the hits Africa, Rosanna, and others. Huey Lewis and the News released their second album Picture This which brought them mainstream attention. John Mellencamp released his album American Fool under the stage name John Cougar. Lastly, the supergroup Asia (composed of former Yes, King Crimson, and ELP members) released its self-titled debut album.

    I Ran to Hallowed Hills (2:24:42)


    Metal, Power and Passion (1:07:46)

    1. The Number of the Beast (OV) – Iron Maiden
    2. The Hellion/Electric Eye – Judas Priest
    3. Metal on Metal – Anvil
    4. No One Like You – Scorpions
    5. Don’t Tell Me You Love Me – Night Ranger
    6. Caught Up In You – .38 Special
    7. Everybody Wants You – Billy Squier
    8. Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran (RB2 Export)
    9. Power and the Passion – Midnight Oil
    10. Love My Way – The Psychedelic Furs
    11. I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock of Seagulls
    12. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me – Culture Club
    13. I Melt with You – Modern English
    14. Africa – Toto
    15. Maneater – Hall & Oates

    Subdivision (Part 2) (1:16:56)

    16. White Wedding (Part 1) – Billy Idol (RB2 Export)
    17. Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash (RB1 Export)
    18. Town Called Malice – The Jam
    19. That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate – Mission of Burma
    20. Kids Don’t Follow – The Replacements
    21. Blue Spark – X
    22. Eminence Front – The Who
    23. Subdivisions – Rush
    24. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor (RB2 Export)
    25. Rosanna – Toto
    26. Don’t Talk to Strangers – Rick Springfield
    27. Do You Believe in Love – Huey Lewis and the News
    28. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake (RB3 Export)
    29. Bad to the Bone – George Thorogood & the Destroyers
    30. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ – Judas Priest
    31. Run to the Hills – Iron Maiden
    32. 666 – Anvil
    33. Hallowed Be Thy Name – Iron Maiden
    Missing Hits of 1982:

    1. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
    2. 1999 – Prince
    3. I’m So Excited – The Pointer Sisters
    4. Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners
    5. Hurts So Good – John Cougar
    6. Always on My Mind – Willie Nelson
    7. Mad World – Tears For Fears
    8. It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
    9. Back On the Chain Gang – The Pretenders
    10. Come Dancing – The Kinks

    P.S. I am limiting each list of missing hits to one song per artist.
  • edited April 2017

    I’ve decided to do a new thing with this list and the lists beyond this one. I’m going to list 10 important songs from the year that I believe should be on this list but are not available in Rock Band. Again, the songs listed are NOT AVAILABLE IN ROCK BAND! I may go back and do this for the previous lists, we’ll see.
    Missing Hits of 1981:

    1. Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
    2. Super Freak – Rick James
    3. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
    4. In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins
    5. Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
    6. Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
    7. Controversy – Prince
    8. TV Party – Black Flag
    9. Burnin’ For You – Blue Öyster Cult
    10. Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones

    Don't Stop Believing was in Rock Band as a DLC until it was delisted. But these are still good lists, I would love to see some early Rock'n Roll hits from the early 1960s, even if it's impossible.
  • edited April 2017

    I’ve decided to do a new thing with this list and the lists beyond this one. I’m going to list 10 important songs from the year that I believe should be on this list but are not available in Rock Band. Again, the songs listed are NOT AVAILABLE IN ROCK BAND! I may go back and do this for the previous lists, we’ll see.
    Missing Hits of 1981:

    1. Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
    2. Super Freak – Rick James
    3. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
    4. In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins
    5. Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
    6. Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
    7. Controversy – Prince
    8. TV Party – Black Flag
    9. Burnin’ For You – Blue Öyster Cult
    10. Start Me Up – The Rolling Stones

    Don't Stop Believing was in Rock Band as a DLC until it was delisted. But these are still good lists, I would love to see some early Rock'n Roll hits from the early 1960s, even if it's impossible.
    I'm aware that it was delisted DLC but I put it on the list seeing as no one can currently get the song (Kind of a reminder to Harmonix in a way. :p). If we do get it back I'll replace it. With regard to your comment about the 60s, I've already done it. I went back just a couple days ago and added missing hits list for 1960-1969 to the comments containing the appropriate years. I'll eventually do the 70s as well. I am also considering extending each list to 15 or 20 songs since I'm not sure if 10 quite cuts it. However, thanks for the suggestion! :)
  • When I tried to edit my 1983 post it decided to delete itself. Fortunately I type everything in a word document so here it is again. Also, the edited version just went slightly over the character limit so I put the list in the next post below this.


    In 1983 R.E.M. released their debut album Murmur which was the first critically and commercially successful album of the initial wave of alternative rock. The album showcased the more subdued nature of this movement and took a clear step away from alternatives' punk roots though it still certainly retained many elements from its parent genres. Within the same month Violent Femmes released their self-titled debut album which leaned more towards the punk side than Murmur but also represented a marked shift in the sound of the genre. Sonic Youth debuted their first album Confusion is Sex which showcased a different part of the alternative rock scene. Echo and the Bunnymen also released their third album Porcupine which was somewhat influential on things to come (though not as much as their later work).

    I think the best way to understand the difference between the developing subgenres of alternative beyond simply differences in the sound of the music is by comparing the motivations of these first wave bands. R.E.M. was simply trying to create music that was different from the popular norm during the early 80s and that hearkened back to more folk roots. On the other hand, Sonic Youth were directly reacting to the popular music of the time, actively spiting it by creating harsh noise rock and less clean sounds to directly attack the clean and produced sound of popular 80s music. Regardless, both bands were rebelling against the musical norm in their own ways which is why they, and anyone else who made this kind of music was considered part of the alternative movement (unless the artist obviously fell into another genre).

    The post punk genre was in decline as the sound of most post punk bands began to shift towards other genres including hardcore punk, alternative, synth-pop, or rock. A great example of this shift was U2 who started off in 1980 as a good example of a post punk band but, by 1983, their third album War was starting to show their eventual gravitation towards rock/alternative rock. This shift would continue for U2 over the coming years as it did for many other post punk bands.

    On the other hand, the hardcore punk genre was still flourishing. The Faith’s debut and only EP Subject to Change influenced many bands at the time including Bad Religion. It also set much of the groundwork for bands that would become popular later like Sonic Youth and Nirvana. Social Distortion debuted their album Mommy’s Little Monster which tied a more rock and roll sound into punk and would become influential for bands like Green Day, The Offspring, and others. Many other bands released albums including Minutemen, The Misfits, Toy Dolls (debut), and X. Bad Religion released their second album Into the Unknown as well which shifted them to a more progressive rock sound. They quickly reverted back to their punk roots with the release of their next album due to backlash by fans and poor sales (though it did receive good critical reviews). Finally, Suicidal Tendencies released their debut self-titled album which mixed hardcore punk with elements of thrash metal and is considered very influential amongst many heavy metal bands a few of which include: Anthrax, Metallica, and Slayer as well as non-metal bands including Green Day and Death by Stereo.

    Transitioning into heavy metal, 1983 was a monumental year. One important event was the “heavy metal day” which took place at the US festival in California and hosted artists including Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Scorpions, Mötley Crüe, and Judas Priest. The event drew the largest crowd of the three-day festival and heralded the rise in popularity of metal. Heavy metal was also becoming more mainstream due to influences many of the established artists and some newer artists. Two of the most important newer artists, who brought glam/hair metal to the forefront of mainstream metal, were Def Leppard with release of the album Pyromania which was #2 on the Billboard 200 and Quiet Riot who became the first heavy metal band to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 with their album Metal Health.

    Other important releases of the year for heavy metal include Metallica’s debut album Kill ‘Em All, Dio’s album Holy Diver (regarded as a quintessential example of classic heavy metal), Slayer’s debut album Show No Mercy, Mötley Crüe’s second album Shout at the Devil (which was their first major commercial success), Ozzy Osbourne’s third album Bark at the Moon, Iron Maidens fourth album Piece of Mind, Pantera’s debut album Metal Magic, Steeler’s self-title debut album (it was their only album but is considered very influential), Queensrÿche’s self-titled debut EP, Ratt’s self-titled debut EP, Twisted Sister’s second album You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Europe’s self-titled debut album. Like I said, 1983 was insane for metal…

    In hard rock ZZ Top had huge success with their eighth album Eliminator which contained many hits including "Sharp Dressed Man," "Legs," and "Gimme All Your Lovin’". Billy Idol released his second album Rebel Yell which marked the beginning of his shift from punk to hard rock. KISS released their seventh album Lick it Up which was the first time they were featured without their make-up. On the more pop side of rock Huey Lewis and the News released their third album Sports, Cyndi Lauper debuted her first album She’s So Unusual, and David Bowie released his 15th album Let’s Dance. Though she’s more strictly pure pop than pop-rock, I think it’s also important to mention that Madonna released her self-titled debut album which certainly had an impact on rock as well as music in general.

    Regarding synth pop, dance rock, and all the other forms of “new wave” there were many major releases. Eurythmics released their second album Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), which contained the massive hit of the same name, as well as their third album Touch. New Order release their second album Power, Corruption & Lies which contained the hit "Blue Monday". This album and song are both considered revolutionary and highly influential in the electronic genres. Other important releases include Tears for Fears debut album The Hurting, The Talking Heads album Speaking in Tongues, The Police's final album Synchronicity, and Culture Club's second album Colour by Numbers.
  • I decided if I'm going to go all the way to 2017 I might as well do this thing right so I went back and started to do rock from the beginning. I will be continuing to release the 80s setlists but the researched descriptions will have to wait as I am focusing those parts of my efforts on this right now. Obviously, there will be no setlists for the 50s other than the missing songs included for 1950-1969 because of the lack of songs. Refer to my already posted setlists covering those years for songs in Rock Band.

    Also, because of the mess this thread is becoming (due to some of my posts getting deleted when I tried to edit them too quickly) I have started to create a more organized Google Document with everything written in chronological order. I am currently still working on the formatting but I will post a link soon. I will continue to post updates I make to the document on this thread to ensure anyone who is following this is notified. Now, without further ado, let the roots of rock begin!


    While it’s certainly true that rock and roll existed before the year 1950, I believe 1950 is a good place to start. Any earlier and things get a bit too fuzzy to distinguish the difference between rock and roll and its parent rhythm & blues. The earliest rock and roll typically utilized a lead pianist or saxophonist which makes perfect sense taking into account its R&B roots. Typically, the music utilized a blues rhythm with an accentuated backbeat (most often provided by a snare drum).

    On January 3, 1950 the Memphis Recording Service (later to become Sun Studio), opened for business. This business was key in the early development of rock and roll. Many blues and R&B artists that were influential on rock and roll recorded there in the early 1950s including Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Rufus Thomas and many more. Many important rock and roll/country/folk/rockabilly artists also recorded there including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, and a multitude of others. Sam Phillips, the business’ founder was crucial to all of this, believing strongly in the power of blues and the mixture of blues into other genres to make people think about life and the differences between people (he was an advocate for racial equality).

    1950 was also the year that the Fender Telecaster (then called the Broadcaster) was first issued. It was the first successful solid body electric guitar and provided a revolutionary sound that was unlike early electric guitars. This guitar is considered crucial for the eventual dominance of the electric guitar as the lead instrument in rock and roll.

    Joe Hill Louis released “Boogie in the Park” which featured one of the earliest examples of the distorted guitar rock would become known for. Incidentally, this record was also produced by Sam Phillips before he formed Sun Records in 1952. Other important artists in this year include Arkie Shibley, Billy Ward and his Dominoes, Fats Domino, Goree Carter, The Weavers, Roy Brown and others.

    I will be including some songs from 1949 on this list simply because they are very important and would not appear otherwise. The 1949 songs will be noted.

    Missing Hits of 1950:

    1. Rag Mop – The Ames Brothers
    2. Hot Rod Race – Arkie Shibley
    3. Blues Stay Away From Me – The Delmore Brothers (Late 1949)
    4. Rock and Roll Blues – Erline “Rock and Roll” Harris
    5. The Fat Man – Fats Domino (Late 1949)
    6. Boogie in the Park – Joe Hill Louis
    7. Goodnight Irene – The Weavers
    8. Rock Awhile – Goree Carter (Mid 1949)
    9. I’m Moving On – Hank Snow
    10. Long Gone – Hank Williams
    11. Rock the Joint – Jimmy Preston & His Prestonians (Late 1949)
    12. Rockin’ Blues – The Johnny Otis Orchestra with Mel Walker
    13. Blue Light Boogie – Louis Jordan
    14. Rollin’ Stone – Muddy Waters
    15. Please Send Me Someone to Love – Percy Mayfield
    16. Rockin’ With Red – Piano Red
    17. Hard Luck Blues – Roy Brown
    18. Teardrops from My Eyes – Ruth Brown
    19. Let’s Do It – Stick Mcghee
    20. Strollin’ With Bones – T-Bone Walker
  • I have finished the formatting of my Google Document. So far, I would only consider 1950 and 1951 totally completed, but anything I've posted on here is also filled in there. Most of the document is blank right now. I will update the forums here any time I add more to the document.
  • I realized that there's nothing keeping me from adding images to this venture so I've done just that. I think it really enhances the document so I hope you enjoy! I'll also probably finish 1952 sometime later today but for now, it is still blank.
  • djb5f1djb5f1 Unsigned

    Missing Hits of 1981:

    3. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
    4. In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins

    The two are in my Top 5 most wanted songs for sure. I guess I could fire up RB3 for the first but still....
  • edited April 2017
    I have finished the year 1952. It took a little longer than I expected because I broached a touchy subject in this year and wanted to make sure I didn't misspeak. Hope you enjoy!
  • I have finished 1953! Getting pretty close to the dawn of the rock and roll era now. Expect some 80s setlists sometime by the end of this week!
  • I added the 1984 setlist to the document! I also made an addition (Runaway - Bon Jovi) to the 1983 setlist since I found out it was first released in 1983. I also made the corresponding correction to my dates document.
  • I have completed 1954! This year was so rich I included 30 songs on the missing hits list! I'm not sure how the next year will go but if there are just as many great/important songs I won't be restricting myself to 20. I hope you enjoy. :)
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