10 songs we'd like to play on the keyboard in Rock Band 3

Rumors that Rock Band 3 would feature a new instrument seem to have been confirmed by a tease at the end of the demo for Green Day: Rock Band. Will it be a keytar, as Ars Technica’s mole claimed? Or will it be a more traditional keyboard? How will the user interface accommodate all the new keyboard notes? We don’t know for sure. But we do know what songs we want to be playing when Rock Band 3 releases. Check out our picks, and tell us what tunes you’d like to see on the next set list.

Above: The icon on the far right is a raging confirmation that a keyboard is on the way for Rock Band 3! 

Chopsticks and the Chop Waltz

You’ve got to start somewhere. So why not begin your rock pianist career by mastering “Chopsticks”? Originally titled “The Celebrated Chop Waltz,” “Chopsticks” is the horribly happy song many kids first learned how to play on the piano. The simple sing-song melody can be played with just two fingers and could serve as a great tutorial track.

Above: “Chopsticks.” So simple, a caveman with parents who have unrealistic dreams that their son will grow up to be the world’s greatest concert pianist could play it

Above: The slightly more advanced “Chop Waltz” is big with the kids in Korea

Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat

Cute cats and people failing are funny. That’s why we’d like to see the Keyboard Cat theme incorporated into Rock Band 3. Picture it. The last member of your band is about to fail out of the song you’re trying to beat on Expert. All hope is lost. Everyone is grumpy. That’s when the Keyboard Cat theme kicks in with its unforgettable bass-snare-snare drum beat. Enter the main keyboard melody as the crowd hurls rotten tomatoes at your band’s crying avatars and admire the absurdity as your frowny fail is transformed into a tribute towards the popular internet meme. Most meta.

Above: Rock Band 3’s keyboard may make it possible for us to play ourselves off. Finally!

The Final Countdown – Europe

“The Final Countdown” was previously featured in LEGO Rock Band, but we’d like to see it return in Rock Band 3 with a properly playable keyboard track. The song is synonymous with sporting events and stadiums, the kind of tune you hear right after “We Will Rock You” to get the crowds crowing. But “The Final Countdown” will always have a special place in our hearts as the unofficial theme song from Gob Bluth from Arrested Development.

Above: “Illusion, Michael. A trick is something a whore does for money… or candy!” – Gob Bluth, Arrested Development 

Above: A tribute to the best/worst fictional illusionist illusion of all time to the tune of “The Final Countdown”

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) – Journey

Fact: Journey’s music video for their song “Separate Ways” was the best. It harkens back to a time when REAL men could sing REAL songs about love and life on the streets while walking on a wharf. Witness the evidence we’ve presented for you below. We dare you to dispute the long lost art of the insane close-up.

Above: “Separate Ways” was the best, exhibit 1: Journey uses advanced video editing techniques to summon their instruments into existence 

Above: “Separate Ways” was the best, exhibit 2: Gregg Rolie defies common sense and gravity by playing his keyboard upright against a wall

Above: “Separate Ways” was the best, exhibit 3: Gregg Rolie grimaces as he channels a complex and sensitive solo through his fingertips. That could be you!

Above: “Separate Ways” was the best, exhibit 4: “Talk to the hand!” The song may be almost over but the legend of Journey has just begun

Above: “Separate Ways” was the best, exhibit 5: the actual video

Above: Remember this game? If not, it’s probably because you weren’t hot enough


  • DoctorGordonFreeman - June 13, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    Wow, an entire article about piano songs for rockband, and not a single mention of queen? That is ignorance to the MAX!
  • Killik_13 - June 10, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    The Knife - Genesis Christine Sixteen - KISS Child in Time - Deep Purple Invaders Must Die - The Prodigy Weisses Fleisch - Rammstein Modern Love - David Bowie PLEASE
  • secretsearcher - June 10, 2010 9:45 p.m.

  • AggressiveMold - June 10, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    Werewolves of London.
  • keeganstruble - June 10, 2010 5:15 p.m.

    I think they should but in some MGMT like Time to Pretend and some of their other songs with major keyboard parts.
  • Lilrockerdude - June 10, 2010 6:33 a.m.

    Ok I know we had it back in RB1 but how about Rush-Tom Sawyer: just awesome keyboard part that is perfect for RockBand3 Evanescence - Bring Me To Life: beautiful intro and outro part Linkin Park- Numb: even though the intro part is digital keys from Mr. Han, Mike plays piano chords through most of the song Ozzy Osbourne - Mr. Crowley: one of the creepiest intros on pipe organ but it'll fit for the keys Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls Of Fire: its just fun keyboard all through the song Styx-Come Sail Away: pretty good length of playing Bon Jovi - Runaway: come on this song is too good to leave out and is perfect for the Rock Band list Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama: come on this has RockBand3 written all over it completely agree with the list and they must have Jump, Separate Ways! 99 Luftballons good luck singing it and for Take on me they have to do the music video scheme when you play it! Can't wait for it to come out
  • otatron - June 10, 2010 6:21 a.m.

    HOW could there only be two mentions of Queen and both of them be for Bohemian Rhapsody? What about Don't Stop Me Now, Play The Game, Killer Queen (needs updated since it's downloadable now)? Hell, the addition of the keyboard and the multiple mics they could do Rock Band: Queen.
  • papajon555 - June 10, 2010 4:53 a.m.

    i would definitley want Baba o' riley from THE WHO. and New divide from Linkin Park would be preety sick.
  • TURbo - June 10, 2010 4:17 a.m.

    What if the Keyboard, is a 6 keyed keytar?! I would be disappointed if the expert versions of the song, didn't translate to actually playing it on a proficient level. Also if there was a practice mode, I would like it to slow down like 20% original speed, so you have an idea what notes you have to hit. Also how in the world are you going to notate 6 to 7 keys being hit at once? Has anyone played or used Synthesia? That is essentially the best program to notate keys to a keyboard, and it isn't as pretty as the music games, but it teaches you how to play the song.
  • AggressiveMold - June 10, 2010 4:11 a.m.

    I'm actually kind of afraid of the possibility that although I can play all these songs on piano right now, I wouldn't stand a chance should they show up on expert.
  • TonyBlue05 - June 10, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    I would probably die from awesome overload if they released the entirety of Yes-Drama. Every last one of those songs would be incredible to play. Yes, even Man In A White Car. *sits back and waits to see if anyone else here knows what I'm talking about
  • SolarPoweredShitMachine - June 9, 2010 9:19 p.m.

    T'would be epic if they put some Final Fantasy music on RB3 (Dancing Mad, One Winged Angel, pretty much every boss theme...) as the songs would be amazing on all instruments (and a couple for vox). I had a bad feeling about the keyboard until I read this article and I'd love to play these songs on RB3. Also, how long before GH steals the keyboard?
  • PantherModern - June 9, 2010 7:51 p.m.

    Axel F, as well as Herbie Hancock's Rockit and Cantaloupe... ... and on a more stupid and whiny note, Death Cab's Brothers on a Hotel Bed. That song makes me wanna comb my hair all stupid forward and get my ass kicked by a girl.
  • Xplosive59 - June 9, 2010 6:02 p.m.

    Cars - Gary Newman Epic - Faith No More Du Hast or Feur Frei - Rammstein Caught in a web - Dream theatre Cosmic Sea - Death Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd This is Deutch - Eisbrecher Resurection - Fear Factory and ANYTHING BY SERJ TANKIAN
  • WJRA356 - June 9, 2010 5:49 p.m.

    Baba O'Reilly by The Who (CSI New York Theme)
  • elchetos - June 9, 2010 5:38 p.m.

    Damn, it's going to be an 80s-tastic game... I can see the squeals that are going to come out if take on me is added to it when people try to reach that damn high note on the mic... I can think of some songs from Rush being added (playing Tom Sawyer the way it should be would be cool) Light my fire would be one hell of a song to add to it I think that'd give them an excuse to add some Elton John (the old stuff)
  • theemporer - June 9, 2010 5:11 p.m.

    Oh, and while w're at it, Rock band Dream Theater.
  • theemporer - June 9, 2010 5:09 p.m.

    Dream Theatre-Octavarium.
  • arietandio - June 9, 2010 3:56 p.m.

    Butterflies and Hurricanes by Muse!! Actually just make the next project to Rock Band: Muse!!
  • MonkeyIslandFanatic - June 9, 2010 3:28 p.m.

    I would go for most of The Who's songs and Dirty Harry by Gorillaz, but that's probably just personal preference.

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