Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is one of the greatest games of all time. It changed my life and made me the person I am today. Honestly, I only started listening to good music after playing the first THPS game on the PlayStation about 12 years ago.
I’ve listed some of bands that featured as soundtracks in the Tony Hawk series and below is a playlist of my favorite tracks.
I kept it short so it will load on your slow computer, leaving out bands like Green Day, The Offspring, Alkaline Trio, Jimmy Eat World and Foo Fighters.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (1999)
Dead Kennedys are an American punk rock band formed in San Franciso, California in 1978. The band became part of the American hardcore punk movement in the early 1980s. They gained a large underground fan base in the international punk music scene.
The song Police Truck was originally released in May 1980, as the B-side of the Holiday in Cambodia single.
The song was inspired by an incident that occurred in Los Angeles in the early 1980s in which two police officers performed illegal activities such as drinking on the job, beating up drunks, and raping prostitutes.
Goldfinger is an American pop punk/ska punk band that formed in 1994 in Los Angeles, California. Apart from the band’s music, Goldfinger is also noted for their political activism, particularly in the area of animal rights.
Goldfinger has provided soundtracks for many video games and in the Tony Hawk Series, it’s Superman in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Spokesman in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4.
The Ernies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1994 from Richmond, Virginia. They released two albums on an independent label before signing to Mojo Records and releasing their third album entitled Menson Ray.
The Ernies are featured on THPS with Here and Now, a song which has also appeared on various television commercials.
In 2003, World Wrestling Entertainment used Here and Now as the theme song to the DVD version of Survivor Series 2003.
The Vandals are an American rock band established in 1980 in Huntington Beach, California. They have released ten full-lenght studio albums and two live albums and have toured the world extensively, including performances on the Vans Warped Tour.
They are well-known for their use of humor, preferring to use their music as a vehicle for entertainment and sarcasm rather than as a platform for more serious issues.
The song Euro-Barge is featured in the game.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (2000)
Good evening, we are Rage Against The Machine from Los Angeles, California!
Rage Against The Machine is an American rock band formed in 1991. They are best known for their fiercely polemical music, which brewed sloganeering leftist rants against corporate America, cultural imperialism and government oppression into a Molotov cocktail of punk, hip hop and trash.
Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, all songs by the band were placed on the list of post-9/11 inappropriate titles distributed by Clear Channel.
Rage Against The Machine has Guerilla Radio featured on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2.
Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.
Infest was released on April 25 2000 and became the 20th highest-selling album of 2000 in the United States. Blood Brothers from the album is featured on THPS 2 and I’ve been a fan of the band ever since.
Anthrax is an American heavy metal band from New York City, formed in 1981. The band has released 10 studio albums and 20 singles and an EP featuring Public Enemy.
Anthrax was one of the most popular trash metal bands in the 1980s and were dubbed of of the “big four” of trash metal alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer.
Bring the Noise is a song by the hip hop group Public Enemy. The song includes several shout-outs to artists like Run-DMC, Eric B, LL Cool J and unusually for a rap group, trash metal band Anthrax.
Chuck D was flattered about Scott Ian wearing Public Enemy shirts while performing Anthrax gigs and in 1991, Public Enemy recorded a new version of Bring the Noise in collaboration with trash metal band Anthrax and it was included on the Anthrax album Attack of the Killer B’s and on Public Enemy’s own Apocalypse 91…The Enemy Strikes Black.
As one of the first and most admired rap metal songs, the Anthrax version of Bring the Noise is considered highly influential. It attempted to bridge the gap between hip hop and heavy metal and paved the way for other attempts to mix the two genres.
The song featured in video games such as WWE Smackdown! vs RAW, WWE Wrestlemania 21, WWE Day of Reckoning and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2.
Millencolin is a Swedish punk rock band formed in 1992 from Orebro, Sweden. The name Millencolin is derived from the skateboard trick “melancholy”.
No Cigar is an EP released on 8 May 2001 and is featured on the soundtrack of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2.
Bad Religion is a punk rock band that formed in Los Angeles in 1979.
They are often credited for being involved in the revival of punk rock and inspiring several subsequent punk bands during the late 1980s, as well as influencing a large number of other punk and rock musicians throughout their career.
Bad Religion is particularly known for their use of soaring 3-part vocal harmonies, sophisticated and intellectual lyrics and political or religious commentary. Their lyrics often relate to matters of social responsibility.
Bad Religion songs have appeared on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, Tony Hawk Underground, Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland and Tony Hawk’s Project 8 of the Tony Hawk series.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (2001)
The Ramones were an American rock band that formed in New York City in 1974. They are often cited as the first punk rock group.
Despite achieving only limited commercial success, the band was a major influence on the punk rock movement both in the United States and the United Kingdom.
All of the band members adopted pseudonyms ending with the surname “Ramone”, though none of them were related. They performed 2,263 concerts, touring virtually nonstop for 22 years.
Blitzkrieg Bop was released as the bands debut single in 1976 in the United States.
Blitzkrieg Bop opens with the chant “Hey! Ho! Let’s go!” The song is popular at sporting events where “Hey! Ho! Let’s go!” is sometimes shouted as a rallying cry.
Motorhead are an English rock band formed in 1975 by bassist, singer and songwriter Ian Fraser Kilmister, known mainly by his stage name Lemmy.
The band is often considered a precursor to or one of the earliest members of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which re-energized heavy metal in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Ace of Spades is a song released in 1980 as a single and the title back to the album Ace of Spades. The song has featured in many video games, commercials and films.
Alien Ant Farm is an American alternative rock band that formed in Riverside, California in 1995.
Their name comes from an idea original guitarist Terry Corso had about aliens and the earth: “I was daydreaming at my dull desk job with my feet up, and I thought to myself, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if the human species were placed on earth and cultivated by alien intelligence?’ Maybe the aliens added us to an atmosphere that was suitable for us, and they’ve been watching us develop and colonize, kind of like what a kid does with an ant farm.”
Alien Ant Farm’s Wish is featured on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 and the band has many other songs which were soundtracks for various movies and video games.
A Fire Inside is an American rock band from Ukiah, California formed in 1991.
AFI has released 8 studio albums, 10 EPs, one live album and one DVD. The band enjoyed it’s first major commercial success 12 years after it formed, in 2003, with Sing the Sorrow reaching #5 on the Billboard 200 and remaining on the chart for 51 weeks.
AFI is featured on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 with The Boy Who Destroyed the World.
CKY is an American alternative metal band formed in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1998.
The band shares it’s name (Camp Kill Yourself) with a skateboarding stunt video series produced by Bam Margera, brother of drummer Jess. CKY is closely linked with the crew of the same name, and their music is often featured on the crew’s productions including Jackass and Viva La Bam.
96 Quite Bitter Beings is the debut single by the band and their first and only single from their debut album Volume 1. The song is featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 and Jackass: The Game.
Zebrahead is and American punk rock band from Orange County, California which fuses elements of rapcore, pop punk, alternative rock, alternative metal and funk metal.
The band was formed in 1996 and has released 9 albums.
Their song Check is featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3.
Zebrahead also has many other songs which has appeared in video games, movies and commercials.
The Adolescents are an American punk band formed in 1980 in Fullerton, California. It is a punk supergroup, made up of early members of Agent Orange and Social Distortion. They are often credited as one of the leading bands of the the 1980s hardcore punk scene.
For more than 30 years after its inception, the Adolescents have had many member changes. The band broke up and reformed twice, sometimes with different guitarists, bass players and/or drummers.
The Adolescents has influenced many notable punk alternative and hard rock/metal groups including Bad Religion, NOFX, The Offspring, Pennywise, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fu Manchu, Mudhoney, Blink-182 and The Vandals.
In Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3, they are featured with the song Amoeba.
Rollins Band was an American rock band led by singer and songwriter Henry Rollins.
Henry Rollins was the singer for punk rock band State of Alert and Black Flag, who are now regarded as one of the most important punk rock bands of the 1980s.
Less than a year after Black Flag broke up, Rollins returned to music with his childhood friend Chris Haskett.
In Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3, Rollins Band are featured with the song What’s The Matter Man.
Henry Rollins has embarked on projects conveying a variety of media. He has hosted numerous radio shows, televisions shows and also had roles in several films.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 (2002)
System Of A Down is a hard rock band from Southern California. The band was formed in 1994 and achieved commercial success with the release of five studio albums.
System Of A Down went on hiatus in August 2006 but reunited in November 2010, embarking on a worldwide tour in 2011.
SOAD are featured with Shimmy in THPS 4.
The Bouncing Souls are a punk rock band from New Brunswick, New Jersey, formed in 1987. By the time of their acknowledgement by the national punk rock scene, they had reignited a “pogo” element to New Jersey punk rock by playing fast light-hearted songs, a model followed by various other local bands.
The Bouncing Souls has Manthem featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 and many other songs featured on other video games like Burnout 3: Takedown, NHL 11, ESPN X Games Pro Boarder and Rock Band.
The Distillers are an American punk rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1998.
The band was originally formed by Australian-born Brody Dalle, a woman with a distinctively harsh signing voice. Although there were significant line-up changes it was Brody Dalle who played guitar, sang, and wrote or co-wrote nearly every song on the band’s three albums.
The Distillers has Seneca Falls featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 and Beat Your Heart Out in Tony Hawk’s Underground 2.
The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975.
They were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many later punk and alternative rock musicians. Although their initial career lasted just two-and-a-half years and produced only four singles and studio album, they are regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music.
On 24 February 2006, the Sex Pistols were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but they refused to attend the ceremony, calling the museum “a piss stain”.
The Sex Pistols has Anarchy In The UK featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4.
AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm can Angus Young, who have remained the sole constant members.
Commonly classified as hard rock, they are considered the pioneers of heavy metal and are one of the highest grossing bands of all time. As of 2010, AC/DC had sold more than 200 million albums worldwide.
AC/DC are featured with TNT in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4.
Flogging Molly is a seven-piece celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California, signed to their own record label, Borstal Beat Records.
The bands lyrics typically touch on subjects such as Ireland and its history, poverty, drinking, politics, love, death, and include several references to the Roman Catholic Church.
In Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4, its drinking with Drunken Lullabies.
The Toy Dolls are an English punk rock band formed in 1979.
Departing from the angry lyrics and music often associated with punk rock, The Toy Dolls worked with the aesthetics of punk to express a sense of fun.
In Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 it’s Dig That Groove Baby.
Their albums usually include a cover version of a well-known hit song, usually speeded up to the usual punk rock tempo. Their albums often start with a short intro with a catchy guitar riff, and end with an outro, which is usually a slightly longer variation of the intro riff.
Most of the band members have nicknames and are rarely seen without their cartoonish rectangular sunglasses.
Nebula was a psychedelic stoner rock band, formed by guitarist Eddie Glass and drummer Ruben Romano after departing from Fu Manchu in 1997.
Nebula has the song Giant featured in the soundtrack of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 and So It Goes appears in Tony Hawk’s Underground 2.
Nebula disbanded in March 2010 for unspecified reasons.
Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band form Leyton in east London. The band was formed in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris.
Iron Maiden is considered one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history. Since their inception, the band has released a total of 38 albums: fifteen studio albums, ten live albums, four EPs and seven compilations.
The Number Of The Beast was released in 1982 and the song caused controversy in the United States where its religious subject matter caused outrage amongst religious groups. In spite of this, it remains one of the band’s more popular songs, reaching #18 in the UK singles charts, and has been performed on almost all of their concert tours.
On top of this, the song has been covered numerous times and has appeared in several video games including THPS 4 and films.
Tony Hawk’s Underground (2004)
The Adicts are an English punk band from Ipswich, England.
The Adicts were one of the more popular punk rock bands in the 1980s but were often in the indie charts at that time.
Viva La Revolution is one of the bands most well known songs and is also featured in a commercial for the E! channel advertising their reality television show Pop Fiction.
Still an active and popular live act, they will appear in the 2012 addition of Punk-N-Bowl music festival over Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Authority Zero is a punk rock band from Mesa, Arizona. The band’s style is rooted in reggae and skate punk, with Bad Religion, Pennywise and Sublime cited as influences. The band also draws from Spanish/Portuguese influences.
The song Everyday appears on the Tony Hawk’s Underground video game.
Social Distortion is an American punk rock band formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California.
Since its inception, the band lineup has been a virtual revolving-door of talent with many members coming and going – Mike Ness (vocals, guitars) has been the only constant member.
In 1983, the band released it’s debut album, Mommy’s Little Monster, which has a song of the same name featured in Tony Hawk’s Underground.
Social Distortion’s most recent studio album is Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes which entered the Billboard 200 at #4 in 2011.
Strike Anywhere is a punk rock/melodic hardcore band from Richmond, Virginia.
Their music is characterized by fast tempos, catchy melodies, and emotionally-charged vocals delivered via shouting and singing. The band has received an increased amount of attention after their music appeared in 3 Tony Hawk video games: Tony Hawk’s Underground in 2003 (“Refusal”), Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland in 2005 (“Question the Answer”), and Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam (“The Promise”). They were also featured in the documentary Wake Up Screaming about the 2005 Vans Warped Tour.
Strike Anywhere lyrics touch on such issues as police brutality, anti-capitalism, women’s rights, animal rights and globalization. They have also contributed tracks to political benefit albums, such as a live version of “Sunset on 32” for 1157 Wheeler Avenue: A Memorial for Amadou Diallo and “To the World” for the Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1 album.
Rise Against is an American punk rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1999.
The band spent its first five years signed to the independent record label Fat Wreck Chords, on which it released two studio albums. Both the albums met with considerable underground success and in 2003 the band signed with the major label Geffen.
Rise Against is also known for their advocacy of progressive organizations such as Amnesty International and It Gets Better Project. The band actively promotes animal rights and all members are straight edge (excluding drummer Brandon Barnes), PETA supporters and vegetarians.
Rise Against are featured in Tony Hawk’s Underground with Like The Angle.
The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Along with punk, their music incorporated elements of reggae, ska, dub, funk, rap, dance and rockabilly.
The band achieved commercial success in the United Kingdom with the release of their debut album, The Clash in 1977. Their third album, London Calling, brought them popularity in the United States.
Critically acclaimed, it was declared the best album of the 1980s a decade later by Rolling Stone magazine.
The song White Riot by The Clash is featured as a soundtrack in Tony Hawk’s Underground.
Dropkick Murphys are a Celtic-American punk rock band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1996.
The band was initially signed to independent punk record label Hellcat Records, releasing five albums for the label, and making a name for themselves locally through constant touring and yearly St. Patrick’s Day week shows, held in and around Boston.
Dropkick Murphys appears on Tony Hawk’s Underground with Time To Go and Who Is Who in Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland.
Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 (2005)
The Casualties are an American street punk band from New York City.
Formed in 1990, the members aimed to return to what they viewed as the “golden era” of street punk embodied by bands such as The Exploited and Charged GBH, which they believed disappeared by 1985.
The Casualties are on Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 with the song Unknown Soldier.
Rancid is an American punk rock band formed in Berkeley, California in 1991.
Founded by 1980s punk veterans Tim Armstong (lead vocals & lead guitar) and Matt Freeman (bass), both of whom previously played in the highly influential ska punk band Operation Ivy, Rancid is credited along with Green Day and The Offspring for reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States during the mid-1990s.
Unlike Green Day and The Offspring, Rancid remained signed to an independent record label and retained much of its original fan-base, most of which was connected to its underground roots.
Rancid is featured with Fall Back Down in Tony Hawk’s Underground 2.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983.
The group’s musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock, hip hop and psychedelic rock.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have won seven Grammy Awards and sold over 82 million albums worldwide.
RHCP are featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 with Fight Like A Brave and The Power Of Equality in Tony Hawk’s Underground 2.
Disturbed is an American rock band from Chicago, Illinois. The band formed in 1996 and has become of the largest grossing metal/rock bands in recent years, having sold over 13 million albums worldwide.
Disturbed has released five studio albums, four of which have consecutively debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.
Disturbed contributes to Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 with the song Liberate.
Lamb Of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia.
The band was formed in 1994 and is considered to be a leader of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement.
Bassist John Campbell says Lamb Of God is “a punk band that plays heavy metal”.
Lamb Of God appears in Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 with Black Label.
Metallica is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California whose releases include fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship that placed them as one of the founding “big four” of trash metal alongside Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax.
Metallica has won 9 Grammy Awards and has had five consecutive albums debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.
In Tony Hawk’s Underground 2, the song Whiplash by Metallica is featured on the soundtrack.