Our 10 favourite songs in Rock Band Unplugged

Short of surgically grafting a plastic guitar, bass and drums onto our limbs, there’s no way we thought Rock Band on PSP would ever work. How wrong we were. Wisely mimicking their previous games Frequency and Amplitude, developers Harmonix have mapped different notes onto the handheld’s face buttons, with the shoulder buttons switching instruments. We’ve been playing the game a fair bit recently and can honestly say it’s an intuitive, enjoyable system. So, in honour of giving our fingers a musical flexing, here are our ten favourite tracks from Unplugged in no particular order.

10. Ace of Spades '08 - Motorhead - 1980s Metal

Ah Lemmy, will your rusty chainsaw-like larynx never quit? Motorhead’s frontman has been scoffing through the lozenges since 1980, primarily because of this song. The high-tempo track is one of the few tunes to be marked under the Impossible category in Unplugged. It’s worth persisting with, though. Even if it’s just to conjure up memories from a certain scene in 1997’s Grosse Pointe Blank, involving two bullet-spewing hitmen, Max Payne-style dives and an Ultimart clerk playing Doom oblivious.

Above: The official song of Doom. Probably

9. Wonderwall - Oasis - 1990s Rock

One of the tracks available through the game’s first DLC pack, Wonderwall is probably the Mancunian rock band’s most famous song. With easy-going, sombre beats, it’s a fun track to learn the Unplugged basics on. It’s probably a better idea to play this on your handheld than listen to the song live at an Oasis gig, too. We’ll take developing PSP claw over getting spat on and sworn at by the Gallagher bros any day.

8. More than a Feeling - Boston - 1970s Classic Rock

Ranked the 39th best hard rock song by VH1 – Woo! – More than a Feeling is one of the easiest tracks in the game to play. With simple bass and guitar sections, Boston’s best known song is perfect for those getting to know the game.

Above: Less than a haircut

7. Pinball Wizard - The Who - 1960s Classic Rock

Despite being one of Homer Simpson’s favourite Who tracks, Pinball Wizard only reached number four in the UK pop charts. Pete Townshend, who wrote the tune, called one line in the song, which goes “I thought I was the Bally table king, but I just handed my pinball crown to him”, the clumsiest piece of writing he’d ever done. We’ve seen this completed 100% on expert, though, and clumsy is certainly not a word that springs to mind.

6. Mr. Brightside - The Killers - 2000s Alternative

A tricky guitar solo right at the beginning sets a moderately tough tone for Mr. Brightside. Our favourite tune from the Las Vegas band’s debut album, Hot Fuss, it’s also packed full of challenging drums sections, though the vocal bits are easy to nail. Worth a play through, if only to relive a time when new Killers’ albums weren’t tinged with disappointment.

Above: The Killers in their prime

5. Hysteria - Muse - 2000s Alternative

Another DLC track, Hysteria is one of our favourite tracks from alternative British rockers Muse. One of the better songs from their Absolution album, frontman Matt Bellamy’s lighting-fast lyrics will keep your fingers busy. A great tune, providing you like your music a bit shouty and from…erm, Devon.

4. ABC - Jackson 5 - 1970s Pop/Rock

The song that defined Michael Jackson’s childhood career, long before the seminal pop singer started going tragically weird. With a sugary sweet beat and lyrics, its perfect sunny weather music. It’s also an easy track to play. Although we won’t pretend seeing it performed by the game’s eclectic, random selection of fully grown emo and hardcore rockers isn’t disconcerting.

Above: Awwww. Who cares if one of them grew up to be hugely unhinged?

3. The Middle - Jimmy Eat World - 2000s Pop/Rock

Despite charting a depressing time for its band after they were dropped by their record label, The Middle actually has a really upbeat tempo. While it’s not that hard a track to play, it does have some of the trickier drum sections in Unplugged outside of the Impossible category.

2. Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas 1970s - Progressive

Packed full of enjoyable vocal solos, Kansas' hit track is maybe our favourite 70s song on Unplugged. It’s a fairly challenging song, with middling guitar and bass bits offset by some nails drum sections. Carry on Wayward Son also plays during Anchorman’s end credits. And any tune that gets the Ron Burgundy endorsement is alright by us.

Above: There's little better feeling than getting in the zone and nailing big score multipliers

1. Float On - Modest Mouse - 2000s Indie Rock

The chorus to Float On is stupidly catchy. Like Mario’s main theme coupled with Sonic’s Green Hill Zone catchy. Modest Mouse’s tune is turning into a bit of a hit with EA’s series, too, having previously featured in Rock Band 2. A relaxing song to play, only a few hectic drum sections will give you any trouble.

June 24, 2009


  • hot_heart - July 1, 2009 1:36 p.m.

    @CreeplyTuna There are actually 8 Jimi Hendrix songs available in Guitar Hero: World Tour. Purple Haze (Live) and The Wind Cries Mary are on the disc itself while in track packs you can purchase - Freedom - Angel - Foxy Lady (Live) and - If 6 Was 9 - Little Wing - Fire (Live) I do, however, wish all of these were in Rock Band instead.
  • kombatmaster - June 29, 2009 9:30 p.m.

    rock your socks by tenacious d why isint that on
  • somerandomchap - June 29, 2009 5:32 a.m.

    Hot Fuss is my second favourite album next to Day and Age,Though my favourite song is Midnight show.
  • CreeplyTuna - June 28, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    what ever happened to jimi hendix i rock band or guitar hero? i seems like the god of the guitar has been pushed aside by the big rich big-wigs because they think no one wants to listen to him because he was from the 70's? yet they have the who and the beatles?(both great bands too) if jimi isn't in rock band / guitar hero, than no one should be.
  • norid - June 27, 2009 6:52 a.m.

    Add me please
  • mertor3190 - June 25, 2009 8:38 p.m.

    What about Painkiller by Judas Priest
  • abetterplayer - June 24, 2009 10:58 p.m.

    the unplugged playlist would be so much better if they had the journey dont stop believing
  • jmohan - June 24, 2009 7:30 p.m.

    Woo! Muse rock! Best band to ever come out of Devon! lol
  • GoldenMe - June 24, 2009 6:24 p.m.

    "Like Mario’s main theme coupled with Sonic’s Green Hill Zone catchy." That would be an orgasm in my ears. In a very good way.
  • Corsair89 - June 24, 2009 6:23 p.m.

    Am I the only one who notices that Ace of Spades is in a lot of these games? It's in Guitar Hero, Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero World Tour, Guitar Hero Metallica, and now Rock Band Unplugged. How many times do we need to play the same song?
  • Conman93 - June 24, 2009 5:40 p.m.

    I love Mr Brightside The killers are an awesome band
  • nik41507 - June 24, 2009 4:50 p.m.

  • ryan482 - June 24, 2009 4:13 p.m.

    Hysteria is from Absolution, not Black Holes and Revelations lol Good songs btw
  • Bambell - June 24, 2009 4:12 p.m.

    Meh. Its not a great list, and if these are the best songs, I don't really want to get the game.
  • Xplosive59 - June 24, 2009 4:06 p.m.

    how can the middle by jimmy eat world be on the same list as motorhead. this will cause the end of the world might i even say the universe. the universe has encountered a problem and shutting down please save your data now ... ... would you like to send an error report to god
  • norid - June 27, 2009 6:51 a.m.

    Modest Mouse ftw XD
  • EmmaXII - June 25, 2009 3:18 p.m.

    I like Mr. Brightside =]
  • melch - June 25, 2009 9:04 a.m.

    Took me weeks to get the beat from Float On out of my head ! class tune! bbbbbaaaaaaaa
  • Defguru7777 - June 25, 2009 12:22 a.m.

    Carry On Wayward Sun is my favorite on this list. On another note, I can't read my ReCaptcha for shit.
  • Thelonius - June 24, 2009 10:28 p.m.

    I can play the first minute and a half of Freezepop's "Less Talk, More Rokk" literally for the rest of my life. I dare anyone to listen to that song without walking in slow motion.

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