Are We Overreacting to the Rock Band 4 Tracklist? | Music Monday

A sample of the Rock Band 4 tracklist is on display on the Rock Band 4 website. Part of the “issue” with doing yet another Rock Band title is the fact that some of our most wanted songs already exist in the game.

In addition to the three physical releases, plus off-shoots and over a thousand DLC releases, the chances of one of your faves already being in the game are pretty high.

What’s left over? Deeper classics, recently released singles, and those completely obscure yet catchy songs we didn’t know we needed in our lives. While these up for a solid soundtrack, songs like Fall Out Boy’s Centuries (provided you’re somehow not completely tired of it yet), Disturbed’s Prayer (we’re going back to high school, folks) and some of the deeper tracks from Heart, Rush, and System of a Down don’t exactly do much to appeal to the mainstream crowd.

This isn’t necessarily a problem for the “Rock Band enthusiasts.” We’re buying this game no matter what to relive our glory days rocking out to plastic instruments. We want to get the “band” back together, relive our glory days in college with long lost friends. Provided, of course, we all still live near each other thanks to the game’s lack of online mode at launch. (I’ll personally be missing out on a bassist/singer because of this.)

We're sitting here waiting for the full Rock Band 4 tracklist like
We’re sitting here waiting for the full Rock Band 4 tracklist like…

One has to also take into consideration today’s announcement that features two songs we’ve already played in Guitar Hero. While I look forward to Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo and No One Like You, these are songs I’ve already experienced. Granted, I finally get to make a complete fool of myself by singing these songs, but with a new game I’m looking for new experiences. Thus far, Rock Band 4 seems to be lacking in that regard, instead presenting itself with the latest and greatest hits of yesterday combined with a selection of songs we’ve played elsewhere and/or haven’t requested.

I’m probably completely overreacting; it’s going to be a blast to sing 4 Non Blondes’ What’s Up at parties. Aerosmith is returning with one of their most underrated songs in Toys in the Attic. We’re also only 30-something songs deep; there are plenty of surprises awaiting us. You better believe a room full of people is going to shout along to the chorus of The Outfields Your Love. Plus, we haven’t even seen half of the playlist just yet. Harmonix has blown us away before and they can certainly do it again. I’m super excited for the return of Rock Band this fall, but I’m exactly blown away yet.

What about you? What are your thoughts on the Rock Band 4 tracklist?

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