Just about any aspiring band would kill its bass player to get heard by 6 million people in the US. For up-and-coming musicians, bands on the verge of stardom, and groups looking to expand their fan base, there's one surefire way to get into the eardrums of the prized 18- to 34-year-old demographic. Get on the famed Madden soundtrack.
This year's soundtrack follows last year's formula, leaning heavily toward up-tempo rock, with some hip-hop thrown in for good measure. Among the bigger names on the list are Audioslave ("Revelations"), Dashboard Confessional ("Reason to Believe"), and Taking Back Sunday ("Spin").
EA soundtrack vet Bishop LaMont makes an appearance with Chevy Jones on "The Best," and Dynamite MC, known for his work with Roni Size's Reprazent crew and The Nextmen, contributes his UK rhyming skills with "Bounce."
Among the new sounds on the list are postpunk rockers The Rapture and the arena-rock revival of Australian trio Wolfmother. Returning to remix some of the classic NFL Films music is Da Riffs.
The Madden games from Electronic Arts routinely top the best-selling games lists each year, pinning armchair quarterbacks to their La-Z-Boys before, during, and after the NFL season. Over the last two years, the '05 and '06 editions of the game have averaged more than 6 million units sold, with last year's being the first under EA's exclusive deal with the NFL.
Madden NFL 07 will be released this August on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PlayStation Portable, and PC. The game is also being developed for the PlayStation 3 and Wii.
The full sound track is listed below.
Artist / Song
30 Seconds to Mars / "Battle of One"
AFI / "Summer Shudder"
Al Fatz / "Came Down"
Anti-Flag / "This Is the End (For You My Friend)"
Atreyu / "Ex's and Oh's"
Audioslave / "Revelations"
Bishop LaMont feat. Chevy Jones / "The Best"
Cartel / "Say Anything (Else)"
Cord / "Go Either Way"
Damone / "Out Here All Night"
Dashboard Confessional / "Reason to Believe"
Dynamite MC / "Bounce"
Feezy 350 / "Playa What"
Glasses Malone / "Right Now"
Hit the Lights / "Until We Get Caught"
Keane / "Is It Any Wonder?"
Less Than Jake / "Still Life Franchise"
Lupe Fiasco feat. Jonah Matranga / "The Instrumental"
Matchbook Romance / "Monsters"
Omnisoul / "Not Giving Up"
Rise Against / "Drones"
Riverboat Gamblers / "On Again Off Again"
Saves the Day / "Head for the Hills"
Shorty Da Kid / "Get Loose"
Spank Rock / "Backyard Betty"
Sparta / "Future Needs"
Taking Back Sunday / "Spin"
The Panic Channel / "Teahouse of the Spirits"
The Pink Spiders / "Easy Way Out"
The Rapture / "WAYUH"
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus / "In Fates Hands"
The Sleeping / "Don't Hold Back"
Trae / "Real Talk"
Underoath / "Ever So Inviting"
Wolfmother / "Woman"