History Behind The Music
(Rock Band for Wii, on the other hand, was not released until June 2008, which was nearly 9 months after the PS3/X360 releases.  It was crippled.  No online play.  No downloadable songs.  No create-a-player mode.  No earning money and fans.  No compatibility with the Guitar Hero guitar.  That turned out to be the wrong move, because Guitar Hero III for Wii went on to sell nearly 3 million copies in the U.S., whereas Rock Band for Wii barely managed to sell 1 million.)

Anyway, I purchased Guitar Hero III on Wii at Target for $89.99 on 10/28/2007.  Immediately, I fell in love with the concept.  It seemed like the perfect amalgam of games and music and of accessibility and complexity.  Eventually, I decided that I played the game enough with others to purchase a second guitar for another $59.99 on 3/26/2008.

In January 2008, one of my friends who had a PS3 decided to get Rock Band, and we formed a three-person band.  When I got together with those friends for happy hour, we would play Rock Band all evening long ("Run to the Hills").  When I played Wii with other people, then I would introduce them to Guitar Hero III.  People of all ages and genders loved it.  I continued to play a ton of these Guitar Hero/Rock Band music games throughout the spring and into the summer of 2008.

Unfortunately, one of the band members left (he literally moved away), so Rock Band was put on the shelf, but I still played Guitar Hero on Wii, continuing the momentum after Guitar Hero Aerosmith was released in June 2008.  By the way, I thought the guitar parts on Guitar Hero III were more interesting and challenging than the original Rock Band.

With the release of Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero: World Tour in October 2008, I decided that I would stick with the Guitar Hero franchise on Wii since I had already invested in two guitars.  With Guitar Hero: World Tour having the full band experience and downloadable songs, I thought it made sense to stick with a known commodity on Wii.  So I purchased it for $189.99 at Toys "R" Us on 10/26/2008.

Around the same time, my friend with the PS3 picked up Rock Band 2 (RB2).  One of the cool new things that RB2 offered was the ability to play as a band via online play.  That meant that my buddy who had moved could become part of our band again.  We played online together from about October 2008 through April 2009.

My experience with Guitar Hero: World Tour (GH:WT), however, was not as satisfying as I expected.  I found that RB2 was more slick and polished, seemed to be friendlier toward varied experience levels, and had more fun party songs.  Also, some of the cool things about the Rock Band experience, such as individual "rock" meters, saving failed better members, and gaining/losing fans were not in GH:WT.  The only advantage of GH:WT was a much better drum set for Wii, with elevated cymbals and Wiimote integration.

Eventually, I read the reviews about how the Wii port of Rock Band 2 -- which arrived two months later in Dec. 2008 -- was actually great.  It included all of the features from the PS3/X360 versions, such as online play and downloadable songs.  By some miracle, RB2 Wii actually supported Guitar Hero Wii instruments, too, including the new World Tour drum set.  It got me thinking.

Well, when Circuit City went out of business in early 2009, and the Wii version of Rock Band 2 was 20% off (i.e., $39.99 instead of $49.99), I decided to pull the trigger on 2/2/2009.  And I have never looked back.

I immediately stopped downloading songs for Guitar Hero: World Tour and essentially stopped playing it altogether.  Instead, I became addicted to Rock Band 2 for Wii, because I substantially played the majority of the game in the solo band tour mode.  That being said, I introduced the game to others whenever possible, and I hosted several Rock Band parties with non-gamers over the succeeding months.  So I played a ton of RB2 on Wii throughout the rest of 2009, although I did not play it much on PS3 after April.

At the beginning of 2010, after I had previously switched jobs and got into a new happy hour routine, my friend and I ended up getting back into Rock Band 2 on PS3 again due to a lackluster lineup of new multi-player games.  We basically played it throughout the year until Rock Band 3 was released.

My buddy and I each worked a half-day on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 in order to pick up Rock Band 3 and play it all day and all night long.  I had to wait until the next day to find the Wii version ($59.99 for the game) with the keyboard (purchased separately for $79.99) at GameStop, however.

I thought Rock Band 3 (RB3) was fantastic.  It was backwards compatible with the songs downloaded via RB2, and it even allowed you to export 95% of the songs from the RB2 game disc to RB3 -- yes, even the Wii version.  The gameplay took the best of Rock Band 2, and it was even more polished and streamlined: Lots more emphasis on awards/trophies and scores.  The "band" component was pervasive through the game.  Even if you played as single-player or multi-player, the game kept track of individual scores.  Great party features were included, too, such as changing difficulty or instruments during the middle of a song -- on-the-fly and without restarting -- and rewinding a song by a few seconds if someone pauses.  I would be remiss if I did not mention the new Keyboard (aka "keytar"), which was very cool.  I should have played that instrument more.

Rock Band 3 was definitely my game of choice on both Wii and PS3 for the remainder of 2010, throughout ALL of 2011 and 2012, and even into 2013.  My friend who had left the area in spring 2008 ended up coming back in spring 2011, so he was even able to rejoin the RB3 band (until August 2013)!

Overall, I hope this story illustrates why Rock Band 3 (incl. RB2) is my favorite game of all time.  I can't tell you how many thousands of hours I spent playing this series since 2008 -- with my gaming friends, by myself, with family, and even with non-gamers.  It provided me with so many fond memories, and it even introduced me to a ton of old and new music.  I love it.

P.S. I also spent considerable time playing Rock Band 4 with a buddy on his PS4 between its October 2015 release and fall 2017.
Guitar Hero: World Tour (Downloaded 10 Songs)
Random Notes & Thoughts
Rock Band 3 Logo
Most Played Songs after Happy Hour (my crew)
  1. Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer
  2. Journey - Don't Stop Believing
  3. Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills
  4. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California
  5. Boston - More Than a Feeling
  6. Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
  7. Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare
Best "Sleeper" Songs (Fun/Interesting)
  1. Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot
  2. Meatloaf - Paradise by the Dashboard Light
  3. My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
  4. Oasis - Don't Look Back in Anger
  5. Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4
  6. Seether - Remedy
  7. Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears
  8. J. Geils Band - Freeze-Frame
  9. Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
  10. Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
The following bulleted points are some random notes and thoughts about Rock Band. In the list, you will find information that I could not place anywhere else.
  • It sucks that the following songs cannot be exported from the Rock Band 2 disc for play in Rock Band 3: AC/DC's "Let There Be Rock," Journey's "Any Way You Want It," Metallica's "Battery," Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Give It Away," and Soundgarden's "Spoonman."  I also miss Bang Camaro's "Night Lies."
  • Also, the awesome "Dani California" from the Red Hot Chili Peppers is from Rock Band 1 and not available for the Wii version of Rock Band 3.
  • My favorite instrument to play is the drums.  I play on Medium, because it seems like you have to use the kick pedal too much on Hard.  For the most part, I play the guitar on Medium and often play the bass on Hard.  My Vocals difficulty level depends on how well I know the song.
  • I have not spent much quality time with the keyboard (keytar) as of yet.
  • Do you realize how much money you've spent on the RB/GH games, instruments, and songs?
Last Updated: April 8, 2013
It begins with Guitar Hero, and it ends with Rock Band.  As a Nintendo devotee, I never had the pleasure of experiencing Guitar Hero until 2007, but I had heard that the series was quite good.  After the rocket start of the Wii, Activision made a wise decision to release Guitar Hero III on the Wii in 2007 alongside with the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and Xbox 360 (X360) versions.
  • Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
  • Hillbilly Deluxe - Brooks & Dunn
  • Hot Blooded - Foreigner
  • Jesse's Girl - Rick Springfield
  • Life in the Fast Lane - The Eagles
If you read my story, then you know that I purchased Guitar Hero: World Tour for Wii before getting into Rock Band 2.  Therefore, I actually downloaded these songs for Guitar Hero.  Since I made the decision to go with Rock Band, however, I have re-downloaded some of these same songs for RB2/RB3.
Rock Band (Downloaded 261 Songs)
As you probably know, all of the downloadable content (DLC) from Rock Band 2 is compatible with Rock Band 3.  On the Wii, you will want to have an SD card in your system to store the songs.  Rock Band 2 is compatible with a 2GB (or smaller) regular SD card.  Rock Band 3, however, will work with an SDHC card up to 32GB -- that is, assuming your Wii system is v4.0 or later, which can be checked in the system options.

Calibration settings: +60ms Audio Offset and +50ms Video Offset (old: -5ms Audio, +5ms Video)

If you look at the list of songs below that I have purchased, you will notice that it is quite a diverse set list.  That's because I downloaded some songs specifically for Rock Band "parties" that I thought friends and family would enjoy.  Personally, I love '80s metal/hair bands and 2000s nu metal, emo, and post-grunge -- less so on classic rock from the '70s or alternative/grunge from the '90s.

Within my Rock Band music downloads, I bought 115 songs for
Rock Band 2 from February 2009 until October 2010.  The remaining songs were purchased via Rock Band 3.
  • 2 Minutes To Midnight - Iron Maiden
  • 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone
  • A Favor House Atlantic - Coheed and Cambria
  • ABC - The Jackson 5
  • Aerials - System of a Down
  • Afterlife - Avenged Sevenfold
  • Alive - P.O.D.
  • All My Life - Foo Fighters
  • All Right Now - Free
  • All the Small Things - Blink-182
  • Among the Living - Anthrax
  • Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace
  • Another Way to Die - Disturbed
  • Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
  • Baba O'Riley - The Who
  • Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi
  • Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood
  • Bang Your Head (Metal Health) - Quiet Riot
  • Basket Case - Green Day
  • Bat Country - Avenged Sevenfold
  • Bent - Matchbox Twenty
  • Bicycle Race - Queen
  • Blackened - Metallica
  • Blurry - Puddle of Mudd
  • Bodies - Drowning Pool
  • Boom - P.O.D.
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
  • Brain Stew/Jaded - Green Day
  • Breath - Breaking Benjamin
  • Breed - Nirvana
  • Bring Me To Life - Evanescence
  • Buddy Holly - Weezer
  • Bully - Shinedown
  • Burden in My Hand - Soundgarden
  • Burn It to the Ground - Nickelback
  • Burning Down the House - Talking Heads
  • Bye Bye Love - The Cars
  • Can't Get Enough of You Baby - Smashmouth
  • Cold - Crossfade
  • Crawling in the Dark - Hoobastank
  • Crazy Babies - Ozzy Osbourne
  • Critical Acclaim - Avenged Sevenfold
  • Cult of Personality - Living Colour
  • Devour - Shinedown
  • Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom) - Shinedown
  • Dirty Little Secret - All-American Rejects
  • Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
  • Don't Stop Believing - Journey
  • Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
  • Don't Tell Me You Love Me - Night Ranger
  • Down on the Corner - Creedence Clearwater
  • Downfall - Trust Company
  • Dr. Feelgood - Motley Crue
  • Dragula - Rob Zombie
  • Electric Crown - Testament
  • Even Flow - Pearl Jam
  • Ex-Girlfriend - No Doubt
  • Fake It - Seether
  • Falling Away From Me - KoRn
  • Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen
  • Fat Lip - Sum 41
  • Fear of the Dark (Live) - Iron Maiden
  • Feels Like The First Time - Foreigner
  • Figured You Out - Nickelback
  • Flying High Again - Ozzy Osbourne
  • Forever - Papa Roach
  • Freak on a Leash - KoRn
  • Freeze-Frame - The J. Geils Band
  • From Out of Nowhere - Faith No More
  • Get the Party Started - P!nk
  • Girl U Want - Devo
  • Gives You Hell - All-American Rejects
  • Hair of the Dog - Nazareth
  • Hard to See - Five Finger Death Punch
  • Head Like A Hole - Nine Inch Nails
  • Hella Good - No Doubt
  • Help is on the Way - Rise Against
  • Here Without You - 3 Doors Down
  • Higher - Creed
  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
  • Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kenneys
  • Holy Diver - Dio
  • Hot Blooded - Foreigner
  • How You Remind Me - Nickelback
  • I Alone - Live
  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness
  • I Stand Alone - Godsmack
  • I Want It All - Queen
  • I Will Not Bow - Breaking Benjamin
  • I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic at the Disco!
  • I'll Be There For You - Bon Jovi
  • I'm Eighteen (Live) - Alice Cooper
  • I'm Not OK (I Promise) - My Chemical Romance
  • I'm the Man - Anthrax
  • In the End - Linkin Park
  • Indians - Anthrax
  • Inside Out - Eve 6
  • Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
  • It's My Life - Bon Jovi
  • It's Not My Time - 3 Doors Down
  • It's Not Over - Daughtry
  • Jeremy - Pearl Jam
  • Just A Girl - No Doubt
  • Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue
  • Killed by Death '08 - Motorhead
  • Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine
  • King of Rock - Run-DMC
  • Kool Thing - Sonic Youth
  • Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down
  • Last Resort - Papa Roach
  • Let Me Hear You Scream - Ozzy Osbourne
  • Lifeline - Papa Roach
  • Light My Fire - The Doors
  • Lightning Crashes - Live
  • Little Black Backpack '09 - Stroke 9
  • Live Forever - Oasis
  • Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
  • Living Dead Girl - Rob Zombie
  • Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
  • Love Shack - The B-52's
  • Machine Head - Bush
  • Make Me Smile - Chicago
  • Makes Me Wonder - Maroon 5
  • Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney
  • Metal on Metal - Anvil
  • Miss Murder - AFI
  • Monster - Skillet
  • Mony Mony - Billy Idol
  • More Human Than Human - White Zombie
  • More Than a Feeling - Boston
  • Move Along - All-American Rejects
  • Mr. Brightside - The Killers
  • Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne
  • My Hero - Foo Fighters
  • My Old School - Steely Dan
  • My Way - Limp Bizkit
  • Never Again - Nickelback
  • New Divide - Linkin Park
  • Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold
  • No Excuses - Alice in Chains
  • No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne
  • No Sleep Till Brooklyn - Beastie Boys
  • No Surprise - Daughtry
  • Nobody's Fool - Cinderella
  • Nookie - Limp Bizkit
  • Nothin' But a Good Time - Poison
  • Numb - Linkin Park
  • Ocean Avenue - Yellowcard
  • Once Bitten, Twice Shy - Great White
  • One Week - Barenaked Ladies
  • Operation Ground and Pound - Dragonforce
  • Otherside - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Out of Line - Buckcherry
  • Outshinded - Soundgarden
  • Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes
  • Pain - Three Days Grace
  • Paradise by the Dashboard Light - Meatloaf
  • Paralyzer - Finger Eleven
  • Peace of Mind - Boston
  • Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
  • Photograph - Def Leppard
  • Poison - Alice Cooper
  • Pour Some Sugar on Me (Live) - Def Leppard
  • Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) - Offspring
  • Push Push (Lady Lightning) - Bang Camaro
  • Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
  • Red Devil - Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force
  • Remedy - Seether
  • Renegade - Styx
  • Rescue Me - Buckcherry
  • Ride the Lightning - Metallica
  • Riders on the Storm - The Doors
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden
  • Rio - Duran Duran
  • Rock and Roll All Nite (Live) - KISS
  • Rock and Roll Band - Boston
  • Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
  • Rockstar - Nickelback
  • Run to the Hills - Iron Maiden
  • Runnin' Down A Dream - Tom Petty
  • Satellite - Rise Against
  • Savior - Rise Against
  • Say You'll Haunt Me - Stone Sour
  • Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • School's Out (Live) - Alice Cooper
  • Scream - Avenged Sevenfold
  • Second Chance - Shinedown
  • Seize the Day - Avenged Sevenfold
  • Semi-Charmed Life '09 - Third Eye Blind
  • Sex Type Thing - Stone Temple Pilots
  • Shadows of the Night - Pat Benatar
  • She Hates Me - Puddle of Mudd
  • She Sells Sanctuary - The Cult
  • Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  • Smokin' - Boston
  • Smooth - Santana (feat. Rob Thomas)
  • Smooth Criminal - Alient Ant Farm
  • So Cold - Breaking Benjamin
  • Somebody To Love - Queen
  • Somewhere I Belong - Linkin Park
  • Spiderwebs - No Doubt
  • Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
  • Still of the Night - Whitesnake
  • Stricken - Disturbed
  • Stupify - Distrubed
  • Subdivisions - Rush
  • Suck My Kiss - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
  • Sweet Home Alabama (Live) - Lynyrd Skynard
  • Symphony of Destruction - Megadeth
  • Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
  • Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
  • The Boys are Back in Town (Live) - Thin Lizzy
  • The Crow and the Butterfly - Shinedown
  • The Diary of Jane - Breaking Benjamin
  • The Dope Show - Marilyn Manson
  • The Good Life - Three Days Grace
  • The Joker - Steve Miller Band
  • The Kill - 30 Seconds to Mars
  • The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
  • The Pretender - Foo Fighters
  • This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms... - Fall Out Boy
  • This Love - Maroon 5
  • Thnks fr th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy
  • Through Glass - Stone Sour
  • Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce
  • Time is Running out - Papa Roach
  • Tom Sawyer - Rush
  • Tomorrow - Silverchair
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
  • Touch Me - The Doors
  • Toxicity - System of a Down
  • Tragedy - Bee Gees
  • Train in Vain (Stand by Me) - The Clash
  • Tribute - Tenacious D
  • Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart - STP
  • Tubthumping - Chumbawamba
  • Unbelievable - EMF
  • Unholy Confessions - Avenged Sevenfold
  • Until the End - Breaking Benjamin
  • Use Me - Hinder
  • Voices - Disturbed
  • Wake Up Dead - Megadeth
  • Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
  • Wasted Years - Iron Maiden
  • We Built This City - Starship
  • We Care A Lot - Faith No More
  • We Will Rock You - Queen
  • Welcome to the Family - Avenged Sevenfold
  • What's My Age Again? - Blink-182
  • When I'm Gone - 3 Doors Down
  • Who Am I (What's My Name?) - Snoop Dogg
  • Wonderwall - Oasis
  • Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
  • Would? - Alice in Chains
  • You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
  • You've Got Another Thing Coming - Judas Priest
  • Young - Hollywood Undead
  • Youth of the Nation - P.O.D.
  • Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
Scott's Favorite and Best Song Lists
Best Rock Band Party Songs (for everyone)
  1. Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer
  2. Journey - Don't Stop Believing
  3. All-American Rejects - Dirty Little Secret
  4. Modest Mouse - Float On
  5. Fall Out Boy - This Ain't a Scene, It's an...
My Favorite Songs on Drums
  1. Ratt - Round and Round
  2. Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
  3. Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot
  4. Santana (feat. Rob Thomas) - Smooth
  5. Foo Fighters - The Pretender
Songs I Like -- But Hate to Play
  1. Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar on Me (Live)
  2. Avenged Sevenfold - Bat Country
  3. Iron Maiden - Fear of the Dark (Live)
  4. Beastie Boys - So Watcha Want
  5. Papa Roach - Last Resort
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Click this link below to go to a Google Docs spreadsheet that shows all of the songs (RB3 on-disc, RB2 export, and DLC) that are playable in Scott McCall's Rock Band 3 Music Library on Wii:

  • Me and My Gang - Rascal Flatts
  • No Rain - Blind Melon
  • One of These Nights - The Eagles
  • Rock and Roll Band - Boston
  • What's My Age Again? - Blink-182