DJ Hero 2 has the challenge of fighting its way out of the shadow of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and Rock Band 3, and many view it as an annoying little brother. To combat this, Activision has released DJ Hero 2’s full setlist and a behind the scenes video that will force detractors to rethink their opinions.

“When the party starts on October 19, budding beat chemists, singing sensations and all of their friends will experience over 100 of the biggest tracks from the hottest artists, remixed exclusively for DJ Hero 2, including Eminem’s “Not Afraid,” Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” David Guetta’s “Memories” feat. Kid Cudi, Lil’ Wayne’s “Lollipop” feat. Static Major, and Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden’s “Bonkers,”. Cranking up the soundtrack to “the most innovative and immersive music experience of 2009,” the full list of 105 speaker-blaring tracks and club-shaking anthems that will be transformed into over 80 unique mixes for DJ Hero 2 reads like a who’s who of music industry giants.”

Considering the recent announcement of the Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock setlist and the clever way Harmonix revealed Rock Band 3’s setlist, Activision chose the perfect time to show gamers what DJ Hero 2 is made of.

Check out the full 105 song setlist below:

  • 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman – “California Love Remix”
  • 50 Cent – “In Da Club”
  • Adamski – “Killer”
  • Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force – “Planet Rock”
  • Armand Van Helden – “I Want Your Soul”
  • A-Trak – “Say Whoa”
  • B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars – “Nothin’ On You”
  • Basement Jaxx – “Where’s Your Head At”
  • BlakRoc feat. Pharoahe Monch & RZA – “Dollaz & Sense”
  • Busta Rhymes – “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See”
  • Calvin Harris – “I’m Not Alone”
  • Chamillionaire – “Ridin’“
  • Chic – “Good Times”
  • Chic – “Le Freak”
  • Clinton Sparks, DJ Class, & Jermaine Dupri – “Favorite DJ”
  • Daft Punk – “Human After All”
  • Damian Marley – “Welcome To Jamrock”
  • David Guetta & Chris Willis – “Love Is Gone”
  • David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi – “Memories”
  • David Guetta vs. The Egg – “Love Don’t Let Me Go (Walking Away)”
  • Deadmau5 – “Ghosts N Stuff”
  • Deadmau5 & Kaskade – “I Remember”
  • Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart”
  • Dillinja and Skibadee – “Twist ‘Em Out”
  • Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden – “Bonkers”
  • DJ Qbert – “Super Battle Breaks”
  • DJ Shadow – “Midnight In A Perfect World”
  • DJ Shadow feat. Q-Tip and Lateef The Truth Speaker – “Enuff (DJ Fresh Remix)”
  • Donna Summer – “Bad Girls”
  • Edwin Starr – “War”
  • Eminem – “Not Afraid”
  • Estelle feat. Kanye West – “American Boy”
  • Flo Rida – “Low”
  • Flo Rida feat. Will.I.Am – “In The Ayer”
  • Gorillaz feat. Mos Def & Bobby Womack – “Stylo”
  • Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five feat. Melle Mel & Duke Bootee – “The Message”
  • Harold Faltermeyer – “Axel F”
  • House Of Pain – “Jump Around”
  • Iyaz – “Replay”
  • Janet Jackson – “Nasty”
  • Justice – “D.A.N.C.E.”
  • Justice – “Waters Of Nazareth”
  • Kanye West – “Heartless”
  • Kanye West – “Love Lockdown”
  • Kaskade & Deadmau5 – “Move For Me”
  • Kelis – “Acapella (David Guetta Extended Mix)”
  • Kool & The Gang – “Jungle Boogie”
  • Lady Gaga – “Lovegame”
  • Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”
  • Lady Gaga feat. Colby O’Donis – “Just Dance”
  • Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang Twins – “Get Low”
  • Lil’ Wayne – “Go DJ”
  • Lil’ Wayne feat. Static Major – “Lollipop”
  • LL Cool J – “I Can’t Live Without My Radio”
  • M.I.A. – “Galang”
  • M|A|R|R|S – “Pump Up The Volume”
  • Major Lazer feat. VYBZ Kartel – “Pon De Floor”
  • Malcolm McLaren – “Buffalo Gals”
  • Metallica – “The Day That Never Comes”
  • Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
  • MSTRKRFT feat. N.O.R.E. – “Bounce”
  • Nas feat. Keri Hilson – “Hero”
  • Naughty By Nature – “O.P.P.”
  • Nelly – “Hot In Herre”
  • New Boyz – “You’re A Jerk”
  • New Order – “Blue Monday”
  • Newcleus – “Jam On It”
  • Nightcrawlers – “Push The Feeling On (MK Mix 95)”
  • Orbital – “The Box”
  • Pirate Soundsystem – “Bashy Bashy”
  • Pitbull – “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”
  • Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes – “Don’t Cha”
  • Rihanna – “Pon De Replay”
  • Rihanna – “Rude Boy”
  • Robin S – “Show Me Love (Stonebridge Radio Edit)”
  • Salt N Pepa – “Push It”
  • Sam Cooke – “Chain Gang”
  • Sam Sparro — “B&G” a/k/a “Black & Gold”
  • Sean Paul – “Infiltrate”
  • Sean Paul – “Get Busy”
  • Snoop Dogg – “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?”
  • Snow – “Informer”
  • Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em – “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”
  • Sparfunk & D-Code – “Apocalypse”
  • Stevie Wonder – “Superstition”
  • Talib Kweli – “Get By”
  • The Chemical Brothers – “Leave Home”
  • The Chemical Brothers feat. Q-Tip – “Galvanize”
  • The Crystal Method – “Busy Child (Still Busy After All These Years Remix)”
  • The Jackson 5 – “ABC”
  • The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Mase & Diddy – “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”
  • The Prodigy – “Omen”
  • The Prodigy – “Firestarter”
  • Tiësto – “Speed Rail”
  • Tiësto & Sneaky Sound System – “I Will Be Here”
  • Tiësto vs Diplo – “Come On”
  • Tiga – “You Gonna Want Me”
  • Timbaland feat. Drake – “Say Something”
  • Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E. – “The Way I Are”
  • Tweet feat. Missy Elliott – “Oops (Oh My)”
  • Walter Murphy – “A Fifth Of Beethoven”
  • Warren G feat. Nate Dogg – “Regulate”
  • Wayne Smith – “Under Mi Sleng Teng”
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix )”
  • Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West – “Put On”

The setlist is filled with recent hits, but doesn’t forget its roots either. I can’t wait to hop on tracks such as Superstition by Stevie Wonder and the remix of Tupac’s California Love. However, not all the songs exactly fit. What the heck is Metallica doing in a DJ Hero game?

Nevertheless, the soundtrack is great, yet Activision says the game really shines when it comes to remixes. FreeStyleGames worked with famous DJs and music producers such as Deadmau5, David Guetta, DJ Qbert and Tiesto to improve quality and add authenticity to the franchise.

“If you simply listened to all these songs we’ve handpicked to include in the game, you would recognize what an amazing soundtrack they would make,” said Tim Riley, Vice President of Music Affairs, Activision.  “But when you hear them after the FreeStyleGames DJs give them the exclusive DJ Hero mix treatment, you understand why we think DJ Hero 2 offers an unprecedented music experience.”

Activision has also announced several new game modes and features such as DJ battles, jump-in/jump-out party play, the ability to pick up a microphone and sing/rap along with the beat, and the career-based Empire Mode. If that isn’t enough to get you excited, check out the behind the scenes video below.

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When DJ Hero 2’s release date was announced, I was on the fence, but now I’m completely sold. DJ Hero 2 can’t come fast enough. Not everyone enjoys rock music and DJ Hero 2 seems like the perfect fit for fans of hip-hop, dance and pop music. It appears to be a refreshing music game that breaks away from the staleness of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and makes the rhythm genre fun again.

Come October, will you be tearing up the turntable in DJ Hero 2? Does the setlist make you want to dance?

DJ Hero 2 will be released on October 15 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii.

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