Saturday, August 04, 2007

List of the week: the 20 Albums That Should Be in Rock Band

I've previously expounded on Rock Band a few times, making suggestions regarding the soundtrack. Last time, I mentioned songs that should be included; but with the announcement that whole albums -- including Who's Next and Nevermind -- would be available for download, I feel another list is in order. So here are the twenty albums that should find their way onto the soundtrack, not counting the two already announced.

And before we get to the choices, let's hope these things are reasonably priced. I don't want to have to pay $17 for each of these albums, know what I mean?

Again, these albums are listed in the order in which they occur to me. I've also included a few songs titles to back up my point. These albums rule.
  1. Metallica, Metallica. "Enter Sandman," "Sad but True," "The Unforgiven."
  2. Appetite for Destruction, Guns N' Roses. "Welcome to the Jungle," "Paradise City," "It's So Easy."
  3. OK Computer, Radiohead. "Airbag," "Paranoid Android," "Let Down"
  4. Dirt, Alice in Chains. "Would?," "Them Bones," "Rooster"
  5. Ten, Pearl Jam. "Evenflow," "Alive," "Jeremy"
  6. Electric Ladyland, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. "All Along the Watchtower," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"
  7. Master of Puppets, Metallica. "Master of Puppets," "Battery," "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
  8. Back in Black, AC/DC. "Hells Bells," "Back in Black," "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution"
  9. Fully Completely, The Tragically Hip. "Courage," "At the Hundredth Meridian," "Locked in the Trunk of a Car"
  10. The Wall, Pink Floyd. "Comfortably Numb," "Run Like Hell," "Young Lust"
  11. American Idiot, Green Day. "Jesus of Suburbia," "American Idiot," "Holiday"
  12. Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones. "Gimme Shelter," "Let It Bleed," "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
  13. The Battle of Los Angeles, Rage Against the Machine. "Guerrilla Radio," "Sleep Now in the Fire," "War Within a Breath" [I can totally rap just like Zack de la Rocha.]
  14. Undertow, Tool. "Sober," "Flood," "Prison Sex"
  15. Graceland, Paul Simon. "Graceland," "The Boy in the Bubble," "Gumboots" [Hey, it can't all be heavy metal thunder. Which reminds me...]
  16. Cowboys from Hell, Pantera. "Cowboys from Hell," "Cemetery Gates," "Primal Concrete Sledge"
  17. Happiness...Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch, Our Lady Peace. "One Man Army," "Blister," "Lying Awake"
  18. Thriller, Michael Jackson. "Beat It," "Billie Jean," "Thriller" [What?]
  19. Just pick any of the first six Led Zeppelin albums. Or, better yet, all of them.
  20. Achtung Baby, U2. "One," "Mysterious Ways," "Until the End of the World"
One album I originally selected but removed was Metallica's Ride the Lightning. A great choice, yeah, but I removed it because its best song -- "The Call of Ktulu" -- is instrumental, thus defeating some of the fun of Rock Band.

Now, who wants to bet that after Who's Next and Nevermind, the first wave of downloads will be dominated by the discographies of My Chemical Romance and Nickelback?

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