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Promotional art for Rock Band 4.
Promotional art for Rock Band 4.

Five years after Rock Band 3, and three years since the release of Rock Band Blitz, Rock Band 4 brings the Rock Band franchise back to consoles. This is the first entry to appear on the Xbox One and Playstation 4. Rock Band 4 removes the pro guitar and keyboard features introduced in Rock Band 3, with Harmonix stating that they want to focus on the core vocal, guitar, bass, and drum features. However, pro drums and vocal harmonies are supported.

The game makes changes to the previous Rock Band formula by allowing for "freestyle" vocals, which give players score for skilful improvisation on vocals. Songs can be strung together into "shows," where crowds may ask for encores and between-song banter lets vocalists earn some extra points for working the audience. Drum fills have a new dynamic option that feeds drummers new drum fills to activate overdrive. This can be toggled to "static," which feeds drummers the existing drum fills.

Mad Catz have produced a new set of instruments that come bundled with the game, promising better build quality for more precise control. Mad Catz have also released a "band in a box" bundle that includes the game, a microphone, a wireless drum kit, and a guitar. They have also released a guitar bundle that includes the Stratocaster controller and a copy of the game. Those who attended PAX East 2015 were able to pre-order a special Penny Arcade-branded guitar. Some legacy instruments are also supported, although a special adapter was produced to allow wireless Xbox 360 instruments to connect to the Xbox One.

On the 1st of March, 2016 Harmonix announced a crowd funding campaign on Fig to raise $1.5M in order to port Rock Band 4 to PC. However the campaign failed to reach its funding goal, ending up with a total of $792,817 from some 1,674 backers.

On the 7th of March, 2016 Harmonix announced a new co-publishing deal with Performance Designed Products (PDP) after ending the previous co-publishing deal with Mad Catz following financial difficulties. PDP will take over manufacturing the instruments and original Mad Catz instruments will remain compatible.


Previously purchased downloadable content for Rock Band games (which includes songs exported from other Rock Band games) is supported at no additional cost as these songs become available on the new platforms. However, this only applies to versions of the game in the same console family, i.e. songs purchased on Xbox 360 are be playable on Xbox One and songs purchased on Playstation 3 are only playable on Playstation 4. Rock Band 4 also features a new set of 60 on-disc songs.

ArtistSong Title
.38 SpecialCaught Up in You
4 Non BlondesWhat's Up
AerosmithToys in the Attic
Arctic MonkeysArabella
Avenged SevenfoldHail to the King
Benjamin BookerViolent Shiver
The Black KeysFever
The BothMilwaukee
Brad Paisley feat. Keith UrbanStart a Band
Brandi CarlileMainstream Kid
CakeShort Skirt/Long Jacket
The CureFriday I'm in Love
Dark WheelsV-Bomb
Dream TheaterMetropolis - Part I "The Miracle and the Sleeper"
Duck & CoverKnock 'Em Down
Eddie JapanAlbert
Elvis PresleySuspicious Minds
Fall Out BoyCenturies
Fleetwood MacYou Make Loving Fun
Foo FightersThe Feast and the Famine
Gary Clark Jr.Ain't Messin 'Round
Gin BlossomsFollow You Down
GrouploveTongue Tied
HalestormI Miss the Misery
HeartKick It Out
Heaven's BasementI Am Misery
Imagine DragonsI Bet My Life
Jack WhiteLazaretto
Jeff AllenRecession
Johnny Blazes and the Pretty BoysCold Clear Light
Judas PriestHall of Valhalla
The KillersSomebody Told Me
Lightning BoltDream Genie
Little Big TownLittle White Church
LiveAll Over You
LuciusTurn It Around
Lynyrd SkynyrdThat Smell
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno MarsUptown Funk
The Mighty Mighty BosstonesImpression That I Get
Mumford & SonsThe Wolf
The OutfieldYour Love
Ozzy OsbourneMiracle Man
ParamoreI'm Into You
The ProtomenLight Up the Night
Queens of the Stone AgeMy God Is The Sun
R.E.M.The One I Love
Rick DerringerRock and Roll, Hoochie Koo
RushA Passage To Bangkok
ScandalThe Warrior
ScorpionsNo One Like You
SlydigsLight The Fuse
Soul RemnantsDead Black (Heart of Ice)
Spin DoctorsLittle Miss Can't Be Wrong
St. VincentBirth in Reverse
System of a DownSpiders
Tijuana SweetheartPistol Whipped
U2Cedarwood Road
U2I Will Follow
Van HalenPanama
Van MorrisonBrown Eyed Girl
The WarningFree Falling
White DenimAt Night in Dreams
The WhoThe Seeker

Pre-Order Bonuses

A Pre-Order of Rock Band 4 comes with a 30 DLC song-pack featuring selection of songs by Harmonix bands. Most of the songs have appeared previously in Rock Band.

ArtistSong Title
The Acro-BratsDay Late Dollar Short
Anarchy ClubBlood Doll
Anarchy ClubGet Clean
Bang CamaroPleasure (Pleasure)
Bang CamaroPush Push (Lady Lightning)
Bang Camaro IINight Lies
Breaking WheelShoulder to the Plow
Count ZeroShake
Death of the CoolCan't Let Go
DnA's EvolutionThe Heist
Father OctopusBlink
FreezepopGet Ready 2 Rokk
FreezepopLess Talk More Rokk
Giant TargetSigns
Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer IncentivesEntangled
Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer IncentivesI Get By
The Main DragA Jagged Gorgeous Winter
The Main DragDon't Let Me Down (Slowly)
The Main DragWhat's Your Favorite Dinosaur?
SpeckConventional Lover
Symbion ProjectSythesized (Inside Your Mind Mix)
That Handsome DevilRob the Prez-O-Dent
Tijuana SweetheartNo Mercy
Tijuana SweetheartSeven
Tijuana SweetheartTrash Candy

A pre-order from comes with 4 additional songs:

ArtistSong Title
Alabama ShakesDon't Wanna Fight
Breaking BenjaminFailure
Death from Above 1979Trainwreck 1979
The Pretty RecklessFollow Me Down

Playstation Plus members who pre-order the digital version on Playstation 4 will receive 10 different songs:

ArtistSong Title
All That RemainsDivide
Blitz KidsRun For Cover
Bring Me The HorizonThrone
Dead SaraMona Lisa
Duran DuranThe Reflex
Janis JoplinMove Over
Of Mice & MenWould You Still Be There
Oh HoneySugar You
PanteraCowboys From Hell (Live from Monsters in Moscow Festival)
Seastick SteveSummertime Boy

Xbox Live members who pre-order the digital version on Xbox One with receive 12 different songs:

ArtistSong Title
All That RemainsWhat If I Was Nothing
BABYMETALGimme Chocolate!!
Earth, Wind & FireSeptember
InterpolAll the Rage Back Home
Jefferson StarshipJane
Linkin Park ft. Daron MalakianRebellion
Marilyn MansonThe Mephistopheles of Los Angeles
MastodonHigh Road
My Morning JacketOne Big Holiday
Pierce the Veil ft. Kellin QuinnKing for a Day
"Weird Al" YankovicMy Own Eyes
The Wild FeathersBackwoods Company

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