Tony Hawk’s professional skater is a series that holds its place in the pantheon of video games! Since the release of the first game in the franchise in 1999, it has set a new quality paradigm when it comes to the use of licensed music in this still young medium!
While this wasn’t the first game to use bands from the real world (some series FIFA It was already heavily invested, but this also happened even in the more limited hardware of the 8 and 16-bit generations, as in the classic. Online game Rock And Roll Racing or moon walker), THPS Put together a tribute playlist that spoke well and summed up the entire culture!
To celebrate this incredible legacy, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 most memorable songs from the series! In order to avoid more variety and homogeneity, we chose only one hit from each game and avoided repeating bands, covering as many genres as possible. Now turn up the volume, hop on your skateboard and let’s check out the selection!
Goldfinger – Superman (from Tony Hawk’s professional skater)
Among the hundreds of songs that have appeared in every game, perhaps none of them represent everything best THPS Represents this anthem from the first game. It’s funny to read the comments on the videos of the band performing because they are always full of nostalgia from the players!
Rage Against the Machine – Guerilla Radio (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2)
More than an amazing sport, skateboarding is also an addiction! So there’s nothing more natural than putting one of the world’s most politically engaged bands into their lyrics. But even if you don’t want to think too much about it, Tom Morello’s amazing guitar playing is enough to keep you on your toes in your quest for the highest score!
The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3)
And since we’re talking about attitude, punk is certainly one of the genres that skaters love the most, influencing everything from their musical tastes to the clothes they choose. At the peak of the series, Activision even managed to license one of the Ramones’ biggest hits. “Hey, yeah, let’s go!”
Iron Maiden – The Number of Beast (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4)
Another genre that began to gain more and more representation as the series expanded its musical repertoire was heavy metal. In the fourth game of the series, one of the best songs came from a band much loved by Brazilians, as Iron Maiden lent The Number of the Beast to our matches!
Kiss – Rock and Roll All Nite (Tony Hawk’s Underground)
Glam rock and hard rock were also well represented with one of its greatest exponents, the band Kiss! This is where the franchise stopped numbered titles and series for a while underground has become the brand’s flagship, and what better way to start than with one of rock’s most recognizable hooks?
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire (Tony Hawk’s Underground 2)
In Underground 2 The franchise has reached the height of its eclecticism in music selection, creating one of the most satisfying playlists in history! Here we had it all starting with the velvety voice of Frank Sinatra, which was already a surprise in itself, country icon Johnny Cash, who appeared in a brilliant ring of fire!
Oingo Boingo – Who Do You Want To Be (Tony Hawk’s American Wilderness)
Oingo Boingo’s blend of rock, ska and pop has always been a surefire recipe THPSBut only inside American desert This potential was used! A curiosity that young readers may not know, but this New Wave band was founded by famous songwriter Danny Elfman!
Joy Division – Interzone (Tony Hawk’s Project 8)
Post-punk pioneers were also honored Project 8! Although Tony Hawk’s games are starting to get harsher reviews at this point, at least you can’t complain too much about the music selection, especially when you get one of the best tracks on the album, which is Unknown Pleasures!
Beastie Boys – Electric Worm (Tony Hawk’s Proving Grounds)
criticized more than its predecessor, Confirmatory grounds At least he knew how to be creative with his song choices. A good example of this is the use of The Mix-Up, the Beastie Boys’ seventh album, which is entirely instrumental. A mix of jazz-funk with instrumental rock is just fun to skate to!
Yogi & Skrillex feat. Pushat, Moody Good, Trollface – Burial (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5)
The weakest game in the entire main franchise also left something to be desired in its very limited playlist, but you could find a hit here and there in the attempts to chase trends like Skrillex’s dubstep and electro house, which contributed a little freshness to a very troubled game.
More than an honorable mention to our MVP Charlie Brown Jr.!
The previous songs are only top 10 songs Tony Hawk’s In the mundane realm and now it’s time to enter the real pantheon! Joking aside, I couldn’t help but mention that it’s a remake of the TV series Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 hit the nail on the head, answering the old popular response and finally giving people the much sought after Charlie Brown Jr. On the trail!
It was the perfect playlist for a game that brought the franchise back to its glory days, just the way we like it! After all, you can not do good THPS Not good songs, right?!