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Rock Band 3 is compatible with all downloadable songs released since the debut of the first Rock Band. For those dedicated rock-n-rollers out there, Harmonix has not left your massive discography out in the cold; in the Xbox 360 version of the game, there are 12 achievements that specifically require DLC. Grab your guitar and let's rock.
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Rock Band 3 DLC Achievement Guide - General
This first batch of Rock Band 3 DLC achievements don't require any specific downloadable songs. One caveat is that songs that were exported from previous Rock Band retail releases, like Rock Band 2 and Lego Rock Band, do not count towards these achievements. Because these songs are not technically DLC, but instead from other Rock Band titles, they are excluded.
- Downloader (20 GS) - Play a downloaded song. Definitely one of the easiest 20 gamerscore achievements I've ever come across.
- Fistful of Awesome (15 GS) - Beat 5 downloaded songs. It doesn't matter what kind of star rating you get, or what difficulty you play on, so long as you fully complete the songs.
- Accountant's Dozen (15 GS) - Beat 12 downloaded songs.
- Decent Collection (15 GS) - Beat 20 downloaded songs.
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Rock Band 3 DLC Achievement Guide - Queen
- Mercurial Vocalist (30 GS) - Earn 5 stars on Vocals on a downloaded Queen song. It doesn't matter which difficulty you 5-star it on, so choose Easy if necessary.
- I Want it All (15 GS) - Play a downloaded Queen song.
The following songs can be used for this pair of achievements:
- Another One Bites the Dust
- Crazy Little Thing Called Love
- Fat Bottomed Girls
- I Want It All
- I Want To Break Free
- Killer Queen
- One Vision
- Somebody to Love
- Tie Your Mother Down
- Under Pressure
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Rock Band 3 DLC Achievement Guide - Harmonix and Free Songs
- Shameless Self-Promotion (15 GS) - Play three downloadable songs from a band that has Harmonix members in it.
The following bands have Harmonix members on their roster:
- A Jagged Gorgeous Winter
- Bang Camaro
- Count Zero
- Father Octopus
- Honest Bob and The Factory-to-Dealer
- Tijuana Sweetheart
- Live Free or Die (25 GS) - Beat all of the free downloadable songs.
This achievement description is deceptive, as there are several free songs available to download, but only these four are required:
- Charlene (I’m Right Behind You)
- Headphones On
- Promised Land
- Still Alive
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Rock Band 3 DLC Achievement Guide - Boston and Metal
- Just Another Band Out of Boston (15 GS) - 5-star any downloadable Boston song.
The following songs qualify:
- Hitch a Ride
- More Than a Feeling
- Peace of Mind
- Rock and Roll Band
- Something About You
- Face Melter (25 GS) - Melt faces by beating any three 80's metal songs. This achievement is also a bit deceptive, as you must play the songs on guitar, despite the description not specifically calling for it.
The following bands have 80's metal songs:
- Iron Maiden
- Judas Priest
- Motley Crue
- Ozzy Osbourne
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Rock Band 3 DLC Achievement Guide - Nine Inch Nails and Dave Grohl
- The Perfect Drug (30 GS) - Get a 200 note streak on "The Perfect Drug" by Nine Inch Nails. The third deceptive achievement, as the streak must be achieved while playing drums. Easy difficulty may not have enough notes to accomplish this task, so it's best to try on medium.
- Dave Grohl Band (30 GS) - Beat 5 songs from any band that has had Dave Grohl as a member. This guy sure gets around!
The following bands have featured Dave Grohl:
- Foo Fighters
- Nine Inch Nails
- Queens of the Stone Age
- Tenacious D
- Them Crooked Vultures
Our Rock Band 3 Guide delivers instructions on obtaining all of the regular and DLC achievements in the game, as well as a listing of all Rock Band 3 songs.