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List of Non-5* FCable Songs on Rock Band Drums

Rock Band has a unique approach to activating Overdrive for its drum charts. Unlike Guitar and Bass in Harmonix's previous endeavors, Drums have set activation points marked in the .mid files that determine when a freeform fill is generated. Once you obtain enough Overdrive to be able to utilize these freeform fills, there is a set amount of time they will not appear. In Rock Band 1, this was a set time for all difficulties after the last Overdrive phrase obtained. In Rock Band 2, this time is different per difficulty and is also affected by Breakneck Speed.

One fact of these freeform fills is left to be discussed and, eventually, exploited. Whenever a freeform fill appears, it covers notes that are on the drum track, effectively removing them from the chart and reducing the amount of notes played for score in the song. This, however, does not affect the cutoffs of the song and does not break your FC. Regardless of how many fills you may use to skip notes, your FC will remain intact, but the cutoffs remain based off of how many notes are actually charted for the song.

Herein lies the exploitation. Because the cutoffs remain the same, certain songs actually cover up enough notes that there simply aren't enough notes to hit to break the 5 star cutoff. The most notorious recent example of this does not require Overdrive exploitation at all; Polly, released in Nirvana Pack 01, has 8 notes in total, which is no where near enough notes for a song to reach a 5 star in Rock Band. Certain songs, however, can be forced into this predicament. By removing enough notes from the track by never activating Overdrive, certain songs just cannot reach that 5 star cutoff.

This page's sole purpose is to document the songs that are released through the Rock Band platform that can be FCd with less than a 5 star. Eventually, it will be expanded for all difficulties on all forms of the Rock Band platform, but for now, the list is solely for Expert Drums on Rock Band 2. The list is currently incomplete, and with DLC being added continuously, it may remain that way for an extended period. For now, feel free to take the information given here and try it out for yourself!

UPDATE: With this update, I have reached 350 songs checked out of 523! The latest DLC that has come out is the "Going Country Pack 01", which features hard rockin' Country artists (and has some fucking awesome guitar charts to boot). Out of these 350 songs, 206 songs mathematically can be FC'd without a 5*! That's freakin over HALF!!! Still just under 60% of the songs, but an ever-increasing list. This update brings 30 new songs, matching the previous update.

Song Artist Source
Ace of Spades '08 Mothead RB2
A Clean Shot The Myriad MTV2 Pack 01
A Jagged Gorgeous Winter The Main Drag RB2
Alex Chilton The Replacements RB2
All Mixed Up The Cars The Cars
All Over Again Locksley Locksley Pack 01
All The Small Things blink-182 DLC Singles
Amazing Journey The Who The Best of The Who
Any Way You Want It Journey RB2
Ashes to Fire Ghost Hounds RB2 20 Free DLC
Baba O'Riley The Who The Best of The Who
Bad Reputation Joan Jett RB2
Bathwater No Doubt The Singles 1992-2003
Beethoven's C*** Serj Tankian DLC Singles
Beetlebum Blur DLC Singles
Black Hole Sun Soundgarden RB1 Export
Blitzkrieg Bop The Ramones RB1 Export
Blood Doll Anarchy Club RB1 Export
Bloodstone Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Brainpower Freezepop RB1 Export
Breed Nirvana Nirvana Pack 01
Bullets and Guns Them Terribles MTV2 Pack 01
Burn You Down Opiate for the Masses RB2 20 Free DLC
Call Me Blondie Classic Rock Pack 01
Can't Stand Losing You The Police The Police Pack 01
Cheeseburger In Paradise Jimmy Buffett Jimmy Buffett Pack 01
China Cat Sunflower The Grateful Dead Grateful Dead Pack 01
Chop Suey System of a Down RB2
Closer to the Heart Rush DLC Singles
Complete Control The Clash Arguably Punk Pack 02
Crazy Tuesday thenewno2 RB2 20 Free DLC
Cream And Bastards Rise Harvey Danger DLC Singles
Crushcrushcrush Paramore DLC Singles
Date With The Night Yeah Yeah Yeahs Scene Pack 01
Dead On Arrival Fall Out Boy RB1 Export
Debaser The Pixies Doolittle
Devour Shinedown DLC Singles
Die, All Right! The Hives DLC Singles
Dirty Little Secret All-American Rejects DLC Singles
Doll Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Don't Cha Stop The Cars The Cars
Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) Mley Cr Dr. Feelgood
Don't Look Back in Anger Oasis Oasis Pack 01
Don't Make Me Wait Locksley Locksley Pack 01
Don't Speak No Doubt The Singles 1992-2003
Down At The Whisky Mley Cr Crfest Pack 01
Drain You Nirvana RB2
Dreamin' Weezer Weezer Pack 01
Dr. Feelgood Mley Cr Dr. Feelgood
Dune Buggy Presidents of the USA Presidents of the USA Pack 01
Electric Version The New Pornographers RB1 Export
Eminence Front The Who The Best of The Who
Enough Space Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Ever Fallen In Love The Buzzcocks Punk Pack 01
Ex-Girlfriend No Doubt The Singles 1992-2003
Eye Of The Tiger Survivor RB2
Face Down In The Dirt Mley Cr Crfest Pack 02
February Stars Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Fever Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Get It On The Chevelles RB2 20 Free DLC
Gimme Shelter The Rolling Stones RB1 Export
Girl's Not Grey AFI RB2
Girls Who Play Guitars Maxo Park DLC Singles
Girl U Want Devo DLC Singles
Give It All Rise Against RB2
Give It To Me The Cocktail Slippers RB2 20 Free DLC
Gone Crooked X DLC Singles
Good Times Roll The Cars The Cars
Hay Poco Rock And Roll Platero y T/td> DLC Singles
Headphones On Miranda Cosgrove Free DLC
Hella Good No Doubt The Singles 1992-2003
Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be (Live) AC/DC AC/DC Live Export
Hells Bells (Live) AC/DC AC/DC Live Export
Here Comes Your Man The Pixies Doolittle
Hey Baby No Doubt The Singles 1992-2003
Hier Kommt Alex Die Toten Hosen DLC Singles
Hillbilly Deluxe Brooks and Dunn Going Country Pack 01
Hitch A Ride Boston Boston Pack 01
Hong Kong Garden Siouxsie and the Banshees Siouxsie and the Banshees Pack 01
Hungry Like The Wolf Duran Duran RB2
I Don't Care Fall Out Boy DLC Singles
I Don't Want to Go to School The Naked Brothers Band DLC Singles
If I Ain't Got You The Len Price 3 RB2 20 Free DLC
If You Have To Ask Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
I'm So Sick Flyleaf RB1 Export
I'm In Touch With Your World The Cars The Cars
I Need A Miracle The Grateful Dead Grateful Dead Pack 01
It's My Life No Doubt The Singles 1992-2003
I Was Wrong Social Distortion RB2
Junkies For Fame Shinedown DLC Singles
Just A Girl No Doubt The Singles 1992-2003
Just What I Needed The Cars The Cars
Kickstart My Heart Mley Cr Dr. Feelgood
Kiss Them For Me Siouxsie and the Banshees Siouxsie and the Banshees Pack 01
Laid to Rest Lamb of God DLC Singles
Learn to Fly Foo Fighters RB1 Export
Leaving Here The Who The Best of the Who
Live Forever Oasis Oasis Pack 01
Livin' on the Corner of Dude and Catastrophe MC Frontalot feat. Brad Sucks PAX 2008 Collection
Livin' On A Prayer Bon Jovi RB2
Lounge Act Nirvana Nirvana Pack 01
Magnetic Baby Semi Precious Weapons RB2 20 Free DLC
Man In The Box Alice In Chains RB2
Manu Chao Les Wampas DLC Singles
Maps Yeah Yeah Yeahs RB1 Export
March of the Pigs Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Pack 01
Margaritaville Jimmy Buffett Jimmy Buffett Pack 01
Mellowship Slinky in B Major Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Mica Mission of Burma Mission of Burma Pack 01
Moneytalks (Live) AC/DC AC/DC Live Export
Monkey Gone to Heaven The Pixies Doolittle
Moonage Daydream David Bowie David Bowie Pack 01
Moving In Stereo The Cars The Cars
My Curse Killswitch Engage Roadrunner Records Pack 01
My Own Worst Enemy Lit RB2
Natural Disaster Plain White T's Rock Band Live 2008 Tour Pack
New Kid In School The Donnas RB2
New Wave Pleymo DLC Singles
Next To You The Police RB1 Export
Night Lies Bang Camaro RB2
Nightmare Crooked X RB1 Export
Nine in the Afternoon Panic at the Disco RB2
No. 13 Baby The Pixies Doolittle
On A Plain Nirvana Nirvana Pack 01
One Of THOSE Nights The Cab Rock Band Live 2008 Tour Pack
Our Truth Lacuna Coil RB2
Police Truck Dead Kennedys Dead Kennedys Pack 01
Polly Nirvana Nirvana Pack 01
Pretend We're Dead L7 RB2
Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) The Offspring Offspring Pack 01
Pretty in Pink Psychadelic Furs DLC Singles
Pretty Noose Soundgarden DLC Singles
Promised Land Vesuvius Free DLC
Psycho Killer Talking Heads RB2
Push It Static-X DLC Singles
Rattlesnake Shake Mley Cr Dr. Feelgood
Real World All-American Rejects DLC Singles
Rebel Girl Bikini Kill RB2
Red Devil Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force Yngwie Malmsteen Pack 01
Rescue Me Buckcherry Crfest Pack 02
Rock'n Me Steve Miller Band RB2
Rock 'n' Roll Dream Crooked X DLC Singles
Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.) Mley Cr Dr. Feelgood
Seven VAGIANT RB1 Export
Sex Type Thing Stone Temple Pilots DLC Singles
Shackler's Revenge Guns N' Roses RB2
She Does Locksley Locksley Pack 01
She Goes Down Mley Cr Dr. Feelgood
She's a Handsome Woman Panic at the Disco Rock Band Live 2008 Tour Pack
She Sells Sanctuary The Cult DLC Singles
Shockwave Black Tide DLC Singles
Shoot the Runner Kasabian DLC Singles
Silver The Pixies Doolittle
Simple Kind of Life No Doubt The Singles 1992-2003
Simple Man Lynyrd Skynyrd Classic Rock Pack 01
Siva Smashing Pumpkins DLC Singles
Skullcrusher Mountain Jonathon Coulton PAX 2008 Collection
Slice of Your Pie Mley Cr Dr. Feelgood
Smile Like You Mean It The Killers The Killers Pack 01
Something About You Boston Boston Pack 01
Sons and Daughters The 88 RB2 20 Free DLC
Spirit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum RB2
Sticky Sweet Mley Cr Dr. Feelgood
Still Alive GLaDOS Free DLC
Stop! Against Me! DLC Singles
Supreme Girl The Sterns RB2
(Take These) Chains Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
Teenage Lobotomy The Ramones Arguably Punk Pack 02
Ten Speed (Of God's Blood and Burial) Coheed and Cambria DLC Singles
Territorial Pissings Nirvana Nirvana Pack 01
Testify Rage Against The Machine RB2
That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate Mission of Burma Mission of Burma Pack 01
That's What You Get Paramore RB2
The Collector Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Pack 01
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived Weezer Weezer Pack 01
The Greeting Song Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
The Hand That Feeds Nine Inch Nails RB1 Export
The Hellion/Electric Eye Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance
The Killing Jar Siouxsie and the Banshees Siouxsie and the Banshees Pack 01
The Middle Jimmy Eats World RB2
The Time Is Wrong Tickle Me Pink RB2 20 Free DLC
They Say Scars on Broadway DLC Singles
This Ain't A Scene, It's an Arms Race Fall Out Boy Scene Pack 01
Through Being Cool Devo DLC Singles
Time for Change Mley Cr Dr. Feelgood
Time is Running Out Papa Roach Crfest Pack 01
Time-Sick Son of a Grizzly Bear The Mother Hips DLC Singles
Train in Vain (Stand By Me) The Clash DLC Singles
Troublemaker Weezer Weezer Pack 01
Truth Hits Everybody The Police Arguably Punk Pack 02
Two Weeks All That Remains All That Remains Pack 01
Uncontrollable Urge Devo RB2
Under the Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Up In Arms Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Use Me Hinder DLC Singles
Walking After You Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Welcome to the Neighborhood The Libyans RB2
When You Were Young The Killers RB1 Export
Where'd You Go The Mighty Mighty Bosstones RB2
Who's Going Home With You Tonight Trapt Crfest Pack 01
Wind Up Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Witch Hunt Rush Moving Pictures
Wonderwall Oasis Oasis Pack 01
Yomp thenewno2 DLC Singles
Young Hollywood Undead RB2 20 Free DLC
You Shook Me All Night Long (Live) AC/DC AC/DC Live Export

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