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Pick the Guitar Hero Smash Hits Tracklist... Reveals

Sorry, you can't actually pick the song, Guitar Hero superfans, just when they'll be unveiled.
Author: Sam Bishop
Published: April 9, 2009
We're sure someone thought it would be a good idea to let the user base have some input into some area of Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, the best-of collection of previous Guitar Hero games' track lists with full band support (a la Guitar Hero: World Tour-style), but this probably isn't what fans were hoping for.

Maybe it's because Activision figured it'd be something like 10 people all trying to decide on what toppings to get when ordering a pizza; the majority might rule, but surely somebody is going to get all pissy about the final selection -- except in this case it'd be millions of whining fans. So instead, Activision is going to pick for you, opting instead to let you vote for which tracks from which games will be revealed first.

We're still going to hold out hope that the inevitable re-re-re-re-use of previous Guitar Hero tracks will eventually be turned over to the bazillions of people that bought the games over the years, but at least getting a smattering of tracks from Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock isn't a bad start -- oh, and the fact that they'll finally be master tracks instead of covers (well, at least 48 of 'em will) and, again, support a full band isn't a bad way to kick things off.

By heading to the official Smash Hits site, you can plunk down your vote for which of the previous games' track lists will finally have the wraps pulled off 'em. Here's what's been revealed by Activision so far, for those that didn't catch the news the first time around:

[Guitar Hero]
"Killer Queen" -- Queen
"I Love Rock N Roll" -- Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
"Bark At The Moon" -- Ozzy Osbourne

[Guitar Hero II]
"Them Bones" -- Alice in Chains
"Killing in the Name" -- Rage Against The Machine
"Message In A Bottle" -- The Police
"Carry On Wayward Son" -- Kansas
"Free Bird" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd

[Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s]
"I Wanna Rock" -- Twisted Sister
"Nothin But A Good Time" -- Poison

[Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock]
"Barracuda" -- Heart
"Through the Fire and Flames" -- DragonForce

After years of playing through the Guitar Hero series and turning more than a few friends and family members to the awesomeness of clicky plastic instrument bliss, we have to admit we're balking at the idea of including any of the first tier songs in that list. "I Love Rock 'n Roll" has been utterly ruined by having to hear it played over and over and over and over (and over) again (poorly) by budding shredders and could-be axemen/women. Still, we guess there has to be a place for the seven or eight people who haven't yet joined the Guitar Hero faithful to start out. Us? We'll just be content with having a game that includes both "Bark at the Moon" and "Carry On My Wayward Son" in the same game. We should be getting our hands on an early copy of the game soon, and when we do, we'll be sure to update you with our impressions. Check back early 'n often!