Top Music Games of All Time

Music is great for listening to on the morning commute as you try to drown out the noise of people barking down their mobile phones or kids shouting at their mate because he hadn't seen the latest Miley Cyrus twerk or obtained a new Moshi Monster.

Music has also found itself at home on video games consoles, first with rhythm action titles like Amplitude, PaRappa the Rapper and Vib Ribbon, later with Guitar Hero and eventually moving onto full band titles and recognition of The Beatles.

In fact it's hard to argue against the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games as some of the best party/multiplayer games there has ever been. Either competing for the best scores in competitive multiplayer, or working as a team with a lead guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and singer, you're onto a killer evening of entertainment.

And let's not forget the role of the karaoke games, made popular on PlayStation through the SingStar series. Sony's singing titles are more prolific than any other, and there's a huge online catalogue of downloadable tunes to extend your repertoire.

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  • 30.

    Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

    Theatrhythm's real star is undoubtedly its music, which appeals far more than its cumbersome RPG elements. What is it with the Final Fantasy series and its unrelenting desire to smother players underneath fluffy impenetrable... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: 3DS

  • 29.

    Rock Band 4

    The most refined version of Rock Band yet, but not as essential as it once was. If Rock Band 4 was an actual album, perhaps by a real rock band, it would be like one of those deluxe reissues (the ones which are mastered a... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

  • 28.

    SingStar '90s

    Not much can be said about SingStar '90s. If you like SingStar and like the thirty tunes listed on the box, you'll love it. Sony's SingStar series could well be one of the most inspired creations of the PlayStation 2 era.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2

  • 27.

    Singstar Bollywood

    Sony's latest is brilliant, and could tempt a whole new kind of non-gamer to the wonderful world of video games. It barely feels like a month passes without another SingStar release, which is the way it should be of course.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2

  • 26.

    SingStar R&B

    Sony has once again produced a well-considered sing-along and once more broadened the range of genres and styles covered by SingStar. If there is one thing music nerds love, loath, and spend hours squabbling over, it's genre... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2

  • 25.

    Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

    Guitar hero 3 should most definitely be praised - for its almost entirely original recording song list, for its attempts to introduce something new into a near perfect formula. You know, I keep wondering, what would I have... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2

  • 24.


    It's easy to recommend Patapon to almost anyone with a PSP, especially if you've got a soft spot for catchy little tunes and don't mind annoying everyone around you while you play. We've had some strange genre combos in video... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 23.

    SingStar Vol.2

    Worth the cash for the harmony duet mode alone. With Rock Band not out on Sony's next generation console till, well, we don't actually know yet, budding PS3-owning vocalists still have only one video game series with which... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 22.


    Zubo is an extremely solid RPG for beginners that only really suffers because it's something kids won't be familiar with. You might have noticed that this review looks slightly different to other reviews on more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 21.


    With better microphones than SingStar and the ability to play songs from your iPod, Lips is great. At first glance, Lips is Microsoft's SingStar killer. It's a karaoke game with graphics that look remarkably similar to Sony's... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 20.

    Patapon 2

    There's no denying this is a great game with bags of charm, just know what you're getting before you pick it up. Patapon proved to be an incredibly charming game on its release in 2008. Essentially a 2D RTS controlled by... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 19.

    Guitar Hero: Metallica

    If you're a big fan of Metallica and metal in general then this has everything you could want - just don't go expecting any massive innovation. There's a real danger that Guitar Hero may be falling into the same trap that... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2

  • 18.

    Rock Band Unplugged

    The lack of multiplayer is disappointing and we'd have preferred a few more tracks, but for finger tapping fun on the move this comes highly recommended. We've had Guitar Hero on the DS, complete with odd add-on peripheral,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 17.


    At first you may feel a little overwhelmed by all the menus and libraries, but ultimately its sheer user-friendliness, the common controls, and omnipresent video tutorials win out the day. "Timbaland knows the way to reach... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PSP

  • 16.

    Green Day: Rock Band

    There’s not much to say really - it’s Rock Band, but with Green Day songs. If you like Green Day and you like Rock Band, you’re going to like Green Day: Rock Band. Go figure. On one of the hottest days of the year in the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 15.

    Dance Central

    Boogieing about in your living room with a couple of friends is the perfect application of Kinect, and a huge leap forward for the dance genre. I was frequenting my local drinking establishment the other week, when an excitable... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 14.

    Def Jam Rapstar

    There are certainly areas where things can be improved, and any sequel would do well to ditch the censorship, but this is a hip-hop game worthy of the label. Karaoke has never been my cup of tea. When people suggest a late-night... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

  • 13.

    Dance Central 2

    If you've got rhythm flowing through your veins, this is the game for you. Falling in love with somebody that doesn't exist is one of the most soul-crushing feelings in the world. Like when you meet a girl in a dream, and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 12.

    Guitar Hero Live

    In theory it sounds terrible, but Guitar Hero: Live's approximation of old-school music TV programming, coupled with the excellent hardware, makes it a winner. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Guitar Hero: Live is... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS4, Xbox One

  • 11.

    Guitar Hero

    Screenshots or word of mouth can never fully convey what Red Octane has done here. Now, stop messing around and go buy it. You will come to Guitar Hero with preconceptions. It's inevitable. You'll wander whether you should... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS2

  • 10.

    Elite Beat Agents

    Elite Beat Agents is a game that anyone with a sense of rhythm can enjoy and will keep you entertained for short bursts or more lengthy hardcore sessions. Elite Beat Agents has been available in the US for months now and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: DS

  • 9.

    Rock Band

    If you're planning plenty of get-togethers, Rock Band will provide more than enough enjoyment to warrant its price tag. Social gaming is a term brandished about all over the place these days. If a game even hints at offering... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 8.

    Rock Band

    If you're planning plenty of get-togethers, Rock Band will provide more than enough enjoyment to warrant its price tag. After the bad press MTV and Harmonix's band game received over its combined £180 price tag there can't... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS3

  • 7.

    Guitar Hero World Tour

    If this game rocked any harder, it would choke to death on its own vomit at the age of 27. There's a war going on out there, and it's being fought with wireless battery-operated guitars: it's a battle for the hearts of wannabe... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 6.

    Rock Band 2

    Rock Band 2 is brilliant, just like Guitar Hero: World Tour is. We can't pick between them. So, Rock Band 2 has finally made it over to good old Blighty, only six months after the first game landed on these shores. This presents... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

  • 5.

    The Beatles: Rock Band

    If you have even a passing fondness for John, Paul, George and Ringo, this game will make you an extremely happy bunny. Rock-rhythm games are an increasingly tricky proposition for your humble games reviewer. Last year VideoGamer... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 4.

    Guitar Hero 5

    The core gameplay mechanics are as good as ever, the presentation has been toned down for the better, there are some brilliant new multiplayer options, and everything is more streamlined than before. It's hard to believe... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

  • 3.

    DJ Hero

    It may still be finding its feet in the world, and it certainly has room to improve, but for a first effort it's managed to do almost everything right. Just about everyone in the world has at some point attempted to play... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3

  • 2.

    DJ Hero 2

    DJ Hero 2 is happy with the beautiful, simple thrill of flashy, lightning-fast button presses in time with some fantastic music. Rhythm games are older than most people seem to think. I've had a love affair with hitting notes... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii

  • 1.

    Rock Band 3

    If you've still got a passion for the genre Rock Band 3 might just be the most important rhythm game to date. One of my main goals with Rock Band 2 was for Goretopsy, my Rock Band band, to complete the Endless Setlist II... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii