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The Best 'Guitar Hero' Games

Updated October 30, 2020 5.2k votes 1.1k voters 21.4k views14 items

List RulesGame must be part of the 'Guitar Hero' series.

This list features all the Guitar Hero games, ranked from best to worst from readers everywhere. If you think the coolest Guitar Hero game to play isn't as high as it should be then make sure to vote it up so that it has the chance to rise to the top. Are you and a friend arguing over what the greatest Guitar Hero game of all time is? Use this list of fun to play Guitar Hero video games to see how many people would agree with you and end the squabble once and for all. Be sure to share this full list of iconic Guitar Hero games by clicking one of the social media icons on the top or bottom of the page.

Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero World Tour are included in this poll, along with many more.

If you're wondering, "What are the greatest Guitar Hero games?" or "What is the best Guitar Hero game of all time?" then this list should answer your questions. Vote up all your favorite releases over the years, and vote down all the games that didn't rock.

  • Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
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    In this game, you can embark on a "Quest Mode" that's narrated by Gene Simmons, with the end goal of  releasing the epic Demigod of Rock. As you complete each song, you gain more power by bringing new members into your band. You have to find and free the Demigod's guitar so that you can defeat the Beast. Certain elements of the story are narrated by Rush members Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, and Alex Lifeson. 

    Did you know: As a result of legal issues with musicians' likenesses in previous installments, Warriors of Rock only uses fictional characters to play as, which is a definite departure from other games in the series.. 

    • Release: 2010
    • Developer: Vicarious Visions, Neversoft
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  • Guitar Hero 5
    Photo: Activision

    While the gameplay is similar to previous games, there are two new features in Guitar Hero 5. One is anew "Party Play" mode, which allows users to switch instruments or difficulty levels even while in the middle of a song. There's also "RockFest" mode, which allows for up to four local or eight online players to get on a song at the same time. 

    Did you know: In previous games, you had to work your way up to unlock more difficult songs. In this game, every song is available right from the start, which divided certain fans. 

    • Release: 2009
    • Developer: Budcat Creations, Vicarious Visions, Neversoft
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  • Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
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    Like the title suggests, in this installment you work your way up through Aerosmith's long and winding career.  As with the Metallica and Van Halen releases, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith is focused specifically on the band. As you play through the group's discography, you work your way up through various encores. The main game features 31 songs.

    Did you know: Unlockable characters include Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, and DMC. 

    • Release: 2008
    • Developer: Aspyr, Budcat Creations, Vicarious Visions, Neversoft
    • Platform: PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, OS X, PlayStation 2
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  • Guitar Hero
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    The very first Guitar Hero comes with 47 playable songs. You rise through the difficulty ranks as you strum along to the notes as they race across your screen. As the first installment in the franchise, many of Guitar Hero's mechanics were copied in subsequent releases. The game's soundtrack is an eclectic mix of popular tunes and hidden gems and was a bona fide hit when it was first released. In fact, according to GameSpot, "Guitar Hero plays fantastically, it has great music, and, for a change, it's a rhythm game that's accessible to beginners."

    Did you know: This game consists of 30 cover tracks and 17 songs from lesser-known artists. 

    • Release: 2005
    • Developer: Harmonix
    • Platform: PlayStation 2
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