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The official WWE 2K16 soundtrack has been listed ahead of the game's scheduled release this October. The soundtrack was originally unveiled during the Beats 1 on Apple Music but you can check out the full playlist and grab a copy right now on the iTunes App Store.
Over on Business Wire they released the full soundtrack list for this year's iteration of WWE 2K. You can check out the full list of songs below.
• Billy Idol – “Rebel Yell”
• Diplo (feat. Faustix & Imanos and Kai) – “Revolution”
• Fashawn (feat. Nas & Aloe Blacc) – “Something To Believe In”
• Kid Ink – “Hello World”
• Marilyn Manson – “Deep Six”
• MGK (feat. Victoria Monet) – “A Little More”
• Run-DMC – “It’s Tricky”
• Skid Row – “Youth Gone Wild”
• Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”
• Yelawolf – “Till It’s Gone” [Dan Heath Remix]
• Zac Brown Band (feat. Chris Cornell) – “Heavy Is The Hand”
• Zedd (feat. Logic and X-Ambassadors) – “Transmission”
It's kind of weird but I was expecting more... wrestling themed music on the soundtrack. The music list seems to be an eclectic collage of rock and hip-hop.
It's really surprising to see Billy Idol on the list, but then again this is a soundtrack that also contains MGK and Yelawolf. I suppose it hits the cultures that like country-rock, hip-hop, rap-rock and the genres in between.
Neil Lawi, the senior VP of the WWE Music Group commented about the release of the soundtrack, stating...
Building on the success of the in-game soundtrack curated by WWE Superstar John Cena last year, we were enthusiastic about partnering with 2K to raise the bar higher for WWE 2K16 with a memorable list of world-renowned artists, […] The WWE 2K16 soundtrack offers a diverse and exciting group of artists and songs including iconic tracks ‘Rebel Yell’ and ‘Youth Gone Wild,’ two of today’s most sought-after electronic dance masterminds Diplo and Zedd, and current ‘it’ artists Twenty One Pilots and Yelawolf.
I'm surprised there's no One Direction or Justin Bieber... you know, something to tap into that PG-era audience?
As for WWE 2K16 the game... it seems to have little to do with the soundtrack above. I was expecting a few more songs themed around the wrestlers in the game. Anyway, 2K Games, Yukes and Visual Concepts are making this a rare outing insofar that it has a massive roster of 120 wrestlers.
Due to the controversy involving Hulk Hogan and Gawker – and the racist comments made in a private video that was leaked to the public – the Hulkster won't be in this edition of WWE 2K16. It's unclear if he'll ever be back in the WWE for any future games, but for now that 120 character roster isn't really going to look complete until Hulk is on there in some capacity. Hopefully they don't pull a Chris Benoit and remove clothing, pattern, music and entrance options as well. It would be pretty lame if they did that. I mean, the least that gamers should be able to do is recreate Hogan if they want.
2K and WWE have been letting loose small bits of info for the game leading up to the October 27th release for WWE 2K16. You can learn more over on the official website.