Top 20 Songs In Tony Hawk’s (Main Series) Video Games

Whenever you play a video game, something that draws you into them is the epic soundtrack that is backing your playing time and making everything that much more amazing. With the Tony Hawk gaming franchise, they’ve always managed to pick out some of the most enjoyable tracks and we’re here to pick our Top 20 of the lot!

AS CHOSEN BY JOSHUA PALMER


20. PIG DESTROYER – GRAVEDANCER (AMERICAN WASTELAND)

One of the most aggressive songs on the list, going through Los Angeles and tearing through combos with this song pounding through the speakers was enough to get you pumped.


19. FOUR YEAR STRONG – GO DOWN IN HISTORY (THPS5)

Whilst it might the worst of the games out of the main series, going through different areas with this song as your means of plowing through was a nice feeling of satisfaction


18. GALLOWS – COME FRIENDLY BOMBS (PROVING GROUNDS)

Punk was a definite mainstay in the tracklists of these games, and when you heard this song blasting through during your free-play mode, it was a rage-inducing combo smasher!


17. DIE YOUNG (TX) – ANTHEM OF THE PRODIGAL SON (PROJECT 8)

Project 8 was a somewhat relaxing game, not having to worry about the missions as such. When it came time to knuckle down, this song gave the adrenaline to take on anything!


16. 25 TA LIFE – OVER THE YEARS (UNDERGROUND 2)

Arguably, the Underground series of Tony Hawk was a favourite in the staple and travelling around the world and causing destruction was greatly back by this hardcore punk smasher.


15. THE SHEDS – BAD THINGS ARE BAD (THPS5)

The last track to feature from the newest game is this more punk fuelled track. Creating your own park for the first time in 10 years and choosing tracks like this to destroy your own records was a triumph!


 14. LESS THAN JAKE – ALL MY BEST FRIENDS ARE METALHEADS (THPS4)

One of the best ska punk bands in this generation, having to breathe a sigh of relief to not have to go fast paced through level in 2 minutes with this track as your anthem was one of the best feelings.


13. ATMOSPHERE – TRYING TO FIND A BALANCE (UNDERGROUND 2)

There was always a good selection of rap/hip hop in the song lists for each game, but this song felt much more flowing, especially during some of the missions and story arcs.


12. WOLFMOTHER – WOMAN (PROJECT 8)

One of the more commonly known songs from any Tony Hawk’s soundtracks, going through the Fun Park and just having time to just skate was always boosted heavily with this song as your background.


11. REFUSED – NEW NOISE (UNDERGROUND)

When you first kicked off Underground, not only were you amazed with the heavily focused storyline, but the fact that this song came out of nowhere and gave you that determination for the final stretch.


10. NOFX – THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND SKATE (UNDERGROUND)

Whenever you start a Tony Hawk game, you always feel much more inclined to just have fun at first. When this song came on, you just felt yourself enjoying the time skating and enjoying flowing through the campaign.


9. BAD RELIGION – YOU (THPS2)

Going back to the older games, the soundtracks always made those games iconic. A track that is agreeable with that is this late 80’s punk annihilator.


8. THE NEXTMEN – AMONGST THE MADNESS (THPS3)

There’s no doubt in your mind that going through the Airport level with this track being your guide made that level so much more relaxing, especially with the simple upbeat drum pattern.


7. SUBLIME – SEED (UNDERGROUND)

There was nothing like the feeling of some ska/reggae punk rock to help you relax a lot more after Eric leaves you in Russia to get arrested after crashing a tank (what a colossal willy.)


6. SNAPCASE – ENERGY DOME (PROVING GROUND)

It might be the most controversial placement on this list, but that unbridled passion coming through the track adding to your gameplay showed off the true highlights of skating mixed with music.


5. ANTHRAX FT. CHUCK D – BRING THA NOIZE (THPS2)

The top 5 are from all the first three games. The ones that set the standard for skating games in general, going through School II and having this be part of your 2 minutes was a dream come true.


4. DEAD KENNEDYS – POLICE TRUCK (THPS)

It’s with a 99% certainty that this is the first song you would ever hear in relation to Tony Hawk games. Starting as a young child and playing through Warehouse through the first time with this being your backing song opened up your world to something new and exciting.


3. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – GUERILLA RADIO (THPS2)

Opening up the entire game of THPS2 was this absolute banger of a track. Any level in the game was made that much more enjoyable with this song being the addition to your 360 Melon grabs.


2. GOLDFINGER – SUPERMAN (THPS)

Bringing one of the strongest flavoured songs to any THPS game, any level from the first game was made that much more exciting and enjoyable, especially the ever-so-frustrating Mall level.


1. CKY – 96 QUITE BITTER BEINGS (THPS3)

This track was such a powerfully gripping track in that it has its own aura when going through any particular level on THPS3. Whether it be grinding for ages on Cruise Ship or pulling off huge combo in Skater Island, this song was the epitome of having a great time!

Live Review: Wolfmother & Electric Century 20/4/16

Time travel is possible. You don’t however need the DeLorean and Doc Brown, you don’t need the TARDIS and The Doctor. You only need a ticket – a ticket to see Wolfmother.

On the last UK show of their Gypsy Caravan tour, Andrew Stockdale, Ian Peres and Alex Carapetis turned back the clock to the 1970s. With the help of Electric Citizen from Cincinnati, Ohio, the Australian hard rock three-piece took the almost sold out crowd at Kentish Town’s O2 Forum on a wild ride back in time.

Although one might not expect it from a couple of bands influenced by rockstars of yore, but Electric Citizen set a precedent not often adhered to by bands and artists these days.
They hit the stage ON TIME.

After lead singer Laura Dolan gave a brief introduction to the audience, Electric Citizen’s infectious energy was immediate. Almost a force unto herself, Laura commanded the stage. There was more than a little Karen O in the way she carried herself. However, much like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead vocalist, Laura knew how to stay in sync with the rest of her rocking band.

Drummer Nate Wagner’s fills cycled with fury before building to hard and fast cymbal crashes. Keyboardist Katie McGurl’s switch to additional percussion (shakers and a tambourine) didn’t come across as an afterthought, because she whipped her hair around and headbanged like a badass. Ross Dolan’s guitar solos stood out, but never took away from Randy Proctor’s driving bass and the solid synth sounds Katie laid down.

Their set featured all three of the new tracks they’ve released from their forthcoming sophomore record, Higher Times. These were supplemented by tracks from debut album, Sateen. From the latter, Magnetic Man seemed to win over the crowd. By the time they reached strong closer, Evil, Ross’ triumphant fist to acknowledge the applause that showered them said it all.

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Wolfmother didn’t waste any time when they took the stage two minutes early, either. They accelerated into the title track from their latest album, Victorious. The guitar rang out and cheers erupted from the excited mass of fans. It becomes apparent fast that lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale is a man of few words. Without hesitation, the band rattle through the riff stutters of Cosmic Egg cut New Moon Rising before giving those gathered in the Forum exactly what they want.

The Wolf of their namesake towering on the backdrop behind the band, Woman unleashed the spectacular Seventies beast. Their most well known track saw Stockdale stand on the drum riser in classic fashion. Hearing the crowd sing back every word made it clear. This is something special.

Sometimes tracks from a recent new album won’t hit as hard with the audience as the fan favourites. Wolfmother disproved this as their set was peppered with songs from Victorious. Album opener The Love That You Give received a great reception, while Pretty Peggy gave way to a nice change of pace later on in their set. If there was one downside to the band’s performance, it’s that the middle of the set was just that. A lull. California Queen and White Feather aren’t bad songs, but the raucous response that Dimension brought on a few songs later did carry a sense of relief with it.

That said, when another hit like White Unicorn gets the ground shaking with its steady beat and cascade of a bridge that rolls into a chorus you can’t help but rock out to, it’s tough not to be won over by the wolves. Bold in his fuchsia jacket bassist Ian Peres’ switch from guitar to keys was seamless. Despite the bare bones stage setup, at times, the three pieces seemed like a larger band. Touring drummer Alex Carapetis and his vicious attacks on the skins helped this.

The band took a tiny break before they returned for a two-song encore. Residing at the end and centre of Wolfmother’s eponymous debut respectively, freedom touting Vagabond and the epic guitar taps of Joker And The Thief made for a fantastic finish. Some might complain that Wolfmother’s sound derives too much from their obvious sonic inspirations, but there’s no way to deny the energy and effort they put into their blistering live show. The smiles on the faces of the sweaty crowd as they left the venue spoke volumes. Thin Lizzy played over the speakers while everyone made their exit. The Boys Are Back In Town was originally released in 1976, so even the venue was in on the time travel trick.

Got your ticket?
Let’s go.

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