Music is a highly personal and entirely subjective thing. What inspires one person may annoy another. So when you create something like Rocksmith – which has helped more than a million people learn to play guitar, and teaches them faster than they ever thought possible – you wind up with all those people – guitars and basses at the ready – asking the same question: Why isn’t my favorite song in Rocksmith 2014?

Rocksmith 2014

One of the main answers to that question is deceptively simple: Did you suggest it? Some fans may not realize that we have an official Request a Song tool for people to suggest their favorite artists and songs for future batches of DLC. Just enter your Uplay ID, type in the artist and song title for what you’d like to see in the game, and click Submit. The results go straight to us here at the studio, and those suggestions help us as we choose and prioritize new DLC for the game.

Rocksmith 2014 – How A Request Becomes a Song

Some people don’t believe that. They tell me they think the request app is a black hole where player suggestions go to die, but in reality it’s just the opposite. To prove it, we scooped up a year’s worth of request data from the app, added a few more fun facts, and the result is the infographic you see at the bottom of the page. Which artists were the most requested? How long does it take to create this stuff? What is it that you people actually do in that studio? Hopefully this answers those questions with a bit more transparency. (If you want even more detailed answers about how we do what we do, check out the notetracking FAQ and song selection FAQ in the Rocksmith forums. Be warned, it’s a lot of information.)

We know we’re not going to be able to fulfill every request we get. Again, there are millions of you, only some of us, and a few important parts to the process that we can’t fully control. But we’re planning on making new Rocksmith 2014 DLC available on a weekly basis until further notice, so we’d rather hear your ideas than not. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think in the official Rocksmith forums. And, of course, rock on.

Rocksmith 2014 – How A Request Becomes a Song

For more on Rocksmith 2014, check out these posts:

Rocksmith 2014 – Jamming with Session Mode

Rocksmith 2014 – See What’s New and Improved

Strumming Through Rocksmith 2014′s Lessons

Rocksmith 2014

Rocksmith 2014

Release date — October 2013
Developer — Ubisoft San Francisco
The all-new Rocksmith 2014 Edition is bigger, better, and faster than ever. Rebuilt from the ground-up, you’ll experience vastly improved features, a new look, more flexible and deeper practice tools, new techniques and tunings, over 50 new hit songs, and much more. With the revolutionary Session Mode, Rocksmith 2014 Edition takes guitar-learning to the next level by allowing you to play guitar with a virtual band that follows your every lead. Select from an assortment of backing instruments or styles, and Session Mode reacts to the notes you play. Start your journey with Rocksmith 2014 Edition.

ESRB Rating: TEEN with Mild Lyrics and Mild Fantasy Violence
the author

After years of covering the videogame industry as a magazine and website editor, Dan Amrich hopped the fence and is now the Community Developer for Rocksmith at Ubisoft San Francisco, which he hopes retroactively justifies his sizeable guitar collection. For fun, he juggles fire and cohosts a geek interview podcast with his wife. Follow him on Twitter: @DanAmrich.

217 comments
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ziggiwayne
ziggiwayne

I'd love to learn how to play any the decemberists songs

Mark Murphy
Mark Murphy

We need some Van Halen, Metallica and definitely more Paramore!!!!!!!

Tracy Klock
Tracy Klock

More KISS And efinitly Motley Crue... These 2 Bands It Doesn't Really Matter Which Songs They Are Everyone They Have Kicks Ass ~ I Would Pay More For More KISS And Some Crue ~ I Think You Should Have Total Albums Avaliable So We Can Play More Than Them Same Songs Over In Over lol Still Kool But Need More Of The Same Bands ~

Olij82
Olij82

Your request tool Wong work, so I'm gonna say big balls ac/dc and billy idol catch my fall, cause I want to learn the solo badly.

ghostrider
ghostrider

Any intention to being this to Xbox One?

ghostrider
ghostrider

Whats the best or recommended method to use RS to learn how to play the guitar and not just memorize how to play a song on the game via visual?

ghostrider
ghostrider

How about the ability to hear a sing before purchase? There are songs I never heard of but won't purchase because I can't hear them before I purchase them! Why is that, and will you change that? Thank you

NJohnson1999
NJohnson1999

This person obviously has great taste, Who Are You.

bstone
bstone

What about songs on the original Rocksmith such as Plug in Baby by Muse or several other songs that I see are not even available as DLC? Will these become available on Rocksmith 2014 or will one need to purchase the 2012 version of Rocksmith in order to play these songs?

Edu0142
Edu0142

It would be interesting, should cast a peripheral like a pedal, let the game even more real!

Captainoffun22
Captainoffun22

Also do you know if Rocksmith dlc with be on sale for 50% or 25% off?


Captainoffun22
Captainoffun22

Will we see So Far Away from Avenged Sevenfold 

It is the 2nd most viewed music video and nightmare as number 1

on their youtube channel

but Rocksmith has nightmare

I wonder if So Far Away will get in number 1 as it is only like 500,000 views behind


pato_flip
pato_flip

Pink Floyd oh please add some PINK FLOYD

pato_flip
pato_flip

Pink Floyd pleas oh please add some PINK FLOYD. JUST anxious for some floyd

Leigh
Leigh

I've made requests in the past and a few have come to fruition. but even I'm resigned to the fact that some of them may never happen purely on the popularity front. that's the thing about rock or metal there are so many bands that are great but only have a pocket of followers. Maybe if Rocksmith put a few links on their face book page or where ever they are being followed, to some of the bands music (maybe the odd song requested) so it might open it up to others to hear them and maybe think ' I think I'd like to learn that song/Riff/hook..' I do get tired of hearing the tired joke from certain generations and groups say 'Who?' so lets at least give them a chance to get acquainted with some of it before they sound off about not being in touch.

Ethan
Ethan

So what happens when I do the same song more then once

Is It just doesn't get put in to the request or does more happen then that

James
James

Dan, I know the game is marketed towards electric guitar players, for obvious reasons. I'm wondering if Rocksmith has done any research regarding the use of acoustic/electric guitars in the game. I occasionally use my acoustic/electric for some songs and the game appears to respond well. Do you see Rocksmith as a potential learning tool for acoustic guitar? Do you ever see Rocksmith offering more acoustic guitar based songs?

Captainoffun22
Captainoffun22

Dan

Can you please make the app show what songs you have added

as I forget what songs I've added

Thanks

USER22394
USER22394

Would you ever consider having a second DLC pack for a specific band? Take The Black Keys for example, a 3-song DLC already exists, but would there ever be the possibility of having The Black Keys DLC #2 or something like that with 3 or 5 more songs?

JamesR
JamesR

This is a very informative post and I wish others could see it more prominently so that they could submit more artists outside of the Top40. :)

Interesting note about how the original audio tracks are no longer available. This happens so much more than people realize...

andy
andy

hi i do love rocksmith and i understand some of the process with songs most of it is down to money and licence issues like with rockband and guitar hero etc....

what i would like to see is a times requested page, and possibly and in progress status or declined, some of the songs i requested i know would be very popular, metallica being one of them but i know they did the guitar hero thing and lars is far too important to respond to anyone in any shape or form if he doesnt want to....

but there have also been bands like alkaline trio, paramore, papa roach who aint getting the love and then more songs from bands you already have in the game.

obviously there is more to come from this game and bringing it to new gen is going to rehash a lot of its love, but would be nice to see how many people have requested misery business or want to jam along to in vein. and wether or not its going to come to light.

James
James

Dan, apologies if this question has already been asked. There are a ton of comments on this blog to read through!

Would it be possible for you to list the difficulty of the songs in the song list on the website or in Store inside the game? Even a "Beg/Int/Adv" rating would be helpful. I think a ranking from 1 to 10 would be awesome!

Catherine
Catherine

What about Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Ghana, any kind of international music? Can that be requested and will it be accepted?

Zachariah
Zachariah

Honestly I'd like a way to transfer dlc cross-platform. I got 2011 and 2014 on ps3 but I bought an Xbox One. Maybe do what Rockstar is doing with Grand Theft Auto Online and Social Club cross-platform/gen character transfers and apply that concept with U-Play and dlc.

Ethan
Ethan

Any chance for holy diver one day?

as i'm sure lots of people would like holy diver

Dark161000
Dark161000

Hey Dan, do you have a list of J-Rock songs requested? I would like to see what people want from J-Rock (^_^)

War13east_Godz
War13east_Godz

Thanks for trying to get Metallica on rocksmith Dan, I Love Rocksmith and Ive purchased atleast $100 in dlc, and I Love it, just simply because it takes the time out of playing and let alone that it teaches you more than just the song you get everything! Looking Forward to One, (Metallica) One Day Thanks!!! :D

Dan Amrich
Dan Amrich

The extra votes don't get counted -- in fact, they're removed, which just causes more work right now. We count all votes, but there's no reason to vote for the same song more than once, because it will be eliminated.

Dan Amrich
Dan Amrich

Acoustic/electric guitars work too -- it's definitely aimed at electric guitarists primarily, but anything with a 1/4" jack with normal tuning should work. We have a few songs where acoustic is the primary piece -- "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers comes to mind -- and of course there are plenty of songs which can be performed on an acoustic just as easily as electric ("Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding is a good example). Right now we are focusing on electric, but you'll see some acoustic parts from time to time too.

Dan Amrich
Dan Amrich

Yes, as noted in an earlier comment and response. We haven't done it yet, but it's not ruled out. Definitely keep requesting the songs from the artists you want to see.

Ethan
Ethan

I would love more iron maiden :)

as I've bought almost all the songs

but one I don't like

Dan Amrich
Dan Amrich

We're not going to offer additional details on requests for two reasons. One, most people who want to know are just seeking validation for their own musical tastes -- "oh good, my favorite band got more votes than your favorite band, so therefore, your band sucks" is not a discussion we are interested in having, ever. If you are interested in seeing how many other people share your musical tastes, drop by the official Rocksmith forums and jump in on our discussions. Two, this can affect our requests for material -- if a band knows that one of their songs has a lot more requests than others, they might be tempted to jack up the price and therefore ensure we'd never be able to bring it to the game for budget reasons cited above.

Dan Amrich
Dan Amrich

The game dynamically adjusts the difficult of each song to the player. So honestly, there's no need for a rating like this -- one of the unique features of RS2014 is that the game listens to you, sets difficulty/complexity accordingly, and moves it up when it feels you are ready.

Dan Amrich
Dan Amrich

Anything can be requested -- we have several Japanese songs in the library already.

Dan Amrich
Dan Amrich

Sorry, this is not possible, for the same reason you can't get a refill of a McDonald's cup at Burger King. Sure, they both serve Coca-Cola, but you paid one restaurant and the other restaurant isn't going to honor that purchase by giving you food you didn't buy specifically from them. In the GTA example, you're talking about user-generated content (a customized character) with no fees attached, but here, we're talking about copyrighted material that is purchased from a specific retailer.

JamesR
JamesR

Ethan,

I hope you're still playing because Holy Diver is in today's DLC. :)

Dan Amrich
Dan Amrich

There's always a chance for anything, but if a lot of people would like Holy Diver, then a lot of people need to use the request app linked above to suggest Holy Diver. :) (BTW, Dio or Killswitch Engage?)

Dan Amrich
Dan Amrich

What you see is the level of request data we feel comfortable sharing publicly. But don't let a lack of a list stop you from requesting what you want.

Ethan
Ethan

Sometimes I forget what songs I've added

jstevenson1007
jstevenson1007

Any thoughts on getting some songs for the country chickin pickers? I would love to rock some Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, and Vince Gill.

Ethan
Ethan

I sure did add it to the request app

James
James

Understood. However, you have to admit that songs have different difficulties when played at the highest difficulty in the game. I would still value a rating that tells me how difficult each song is when played as the artist plays the song. Even the game allows you to list the songs by difficulty, I can only assume it is using a similar criteria.

Ethan
Ethan

Sure do have the song

I woke up early to play it before school :D

Dan Amrich
Dan Amrich

See? We really do try to fill requests -- and sometimes we even succeed! :)

Ethan
Ethan

Thank you Dan

Ethan
Ethan

The one from Dio :)

and yes I have use the app :)

Ethan
Ethan

Thank you

so far I've bought 2 songs for 2 weeks in a row

can't wait to see what song is next week

I mostly buy the songs from singles not packs from artist

but most likely next week a artist pack

so I can't wait to see what it is