What will you pick to listen to on Universal Studios Florida's new roller coaster?

July 6, 2009, 8:48 PM · Universal Studios Florida today released the song list for its upcoming Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit coaster. Folks have seen test runs with Universal employees (I am told), so soft openings should not be far away. (An insider reported last week that CityWalk employees were invited to ride last week, but later reported that Universal rescinded that invitation.)

Anyway, I couldn't let this opportunity to do a mid-week vote slide. So let's hear when you'll be listening to on your first ride on the new coaster, whenever it opens.

There are 30 choices, six each in five categories: Classic Rock/Metal, Rap/Hip-Hop, Club/Electronica, Pop/Disco and Country.

Talk about your choice, in the comments. Personally, I'm leaning strongly toward "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys, with an outside chance for "Pump up the Volume" by MARRS. (I just think those would go well on a coaster.)

But if I like the ride, and get the chance to ride again when I'm in a campy mood, I'm totally throwing down the Hammer. ;-)

By the way, what's up with the Hinder version of "Born to be Wild?" Couldn't clear the rights to Steppenwolf? Or did Universal pick songs while watching NASCAR?

Replies (37)

July 7, 2009 at 12:14 AM · Far too much black eyed peas! Where is the Rock?
July 7, 2009 at 1:14 AM · My choice comes down to the exact same 2 as you, Robert.

But in October when I'm riding HRRR (assuming it's open by then...) I'll be pumping MARRS through my headrest.

July 7, 2009 at 2:33 AM · I think I'll be going for 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia'. I can imagine the solo parts being pretty cool when being flung around corners and through inversions.
July 7, 2009 at 4:42 AM · "Bad Girls?"

I mean ... really?

July 7, 2009 at 5:15 AM · Intergalactic by Beastie Boys!!
July 7, 2009 at 6:05 AM · Wow, huge choice selection....I had to go with "Rollin'" from Limp Bizkit. I mean, you want to talk about a first ride song on a "Roller Coaster". A, rollin/roller coaster? Seems appropriate to me to "Roll" with this as a first song! Once I'm on my first ride and if this coaster is any good, I'm sure I'll just want to.. "Keep...Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'!!! :)
July 7, 2009 at 6:25 AM · I am starting to like this roller coaster a bit more with the song selection though I do enjoy myself a bit of "Love in a Roller Coaster" on RnRc

Anyway, I would pick Pump It by the BEP. I think its a good song for a roller coaster and has the old (at least old to me) song Miserlou of surfing fame in it!

July 7, 2009 at 6:26 AM · "I will Survive" is by Gloria Gaynor not Donna Summer
July 7, 2009 at 6:44 AM · Wow, guess I'm too old for half of that stuff. I would've preferred "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf or some variation of "Life is a Highway"....

I just Can't believe they missed the opportunity to include "Love Rollercoaster" by the Ohio Players.

My pick out of those provided would be "Devil Went Down to Georgia" but that's really just a default. I can think of several others that would be better.

July 7, 2009 at 8:38 AM · hands down, I think Shiny Toy Gun's "Le Disco" deserves to be a coaster song because it has all the ingredients to be a radio-friendly song but it lacks the clear channel brainwashing ingredient that 95% of people fall into when they think the song they love that's being played on the radio and MTV constantly is such a good song when it's really catchy and lacks the hard work required...
July 7, 2009 at 8:54 AM · Here comes the rant ... Brace yourselves.

From Day 1, I've disagreed with many that this was a good move for Universal. Financially, maybe, but creatively, no. I argued that the coaster would ruin the aesthetics of the park entrance, which, many people now agree, is true. Additionally, the coaster does not even seem to be a high caliber ride, with too much momentum lost on the various block brake sections.

And now this. The music selection. I know most of these songs very well. There are some good choices, but most of this is, well, crap.


Of all the rock and metal bands to choose from, how did Evanescence, Motley Crue, Finger 11, and Limp Bizkit make the cut? Universal is obviously trying to appeal to a younger generation, and honestly - screw that. Rock is rock. I'm from a younger generation, and I can tell you that most of my friends prefer the older music to the new stuff. "Rollin'" was big when I was in middle school, but I can't think of the last time anyone mentioned Fred Durst. If they were trying to make rock appeal to younger people, why not a song like "Song 2" by Blur? Big fail, Universal. Big fail.

My rock choices:

"Don't Stop Me Now" - Queen
"Crosstown Traffic" - Jimi Hendrix
"Travelin' Band" - CCR
"Shout" - The Isley Brothers
"Johnny B. Goode" - Chuck Berry
"Jump" - Van Halen

Rap/Hip Hop

I may be even more upset about the rap category than the rock category. They put TWO Black Eyed Peas songs in the mix, plus a Fergie song in the pop category? Black Eyed Peas are a damn disgrace to rap. About the only two passable songs in this category are "Insane in the Membrane" and "Sabotage". Kanye's "Stronger" is OK, but the song is, with the exception of the lyrics, nearly identical to "Harder, Better ..." in the club category. Not to mention that, with Beastie Boys (and maybe Cypress) being the exceptions, not ONE legend of rap is present. No 2pac, Biggie, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Wu-Tang, Snoop, Outkast, Nas, Jay Z, Eminem etc. etc. etc. Another epic fail, Universal.

My rap choices:

"Sabotage" - The Beastie Boys
"Hey Ya" - Outkast
"Bring The Noise" - Public Enemy
"The Message" - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
"California Love" - 2pac, Dr. Dre, Roger Troutman
"Mo' Money, Mo' Problems" - Biggie Smalls, Puff Daddy, Mase


There are two Beastie Boys songs and two Crystal Method songs. How can this be happening with only six choices per category? Not to mention that the Crystal Method choices were pretty weak. "Pump Up the Volume" is a good choice, and "Harder, Better ..." and "Le Disko" are decent selections, but this is still a weak category. In fact, I would just eliminate the club category entirely in order to add another song to the other five categories. Rap, rock, pop, and disco can all be considered club.

My club/techno choices:

"Weapon of Choice" - Fatboy Slim
"Mr. Vain" - Culture Beat
"We Like to Party" - Vengaboys
"Mortal Kombat" - The Immortals
"Get Ready for This" - 2 Unlimited
"Gonna Make You Sweat" - C & C Music Factory


No. More. Fergie. Choose one song from her and stick with it. And how did Donna Summers get two songs, but the King of Pop, MJ, got NOTHING? No, this is not inspired by his death. This is inspired by him being the KING OF POP. How did you miss out on that one, Uni? Copyright issues? Hammer is pretty hilarious, though.

My pop/disco choices:

"Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" - Michael Jackson
"That's The Way ..." - KC & The Sunshine Band
"Semi-Charmed Life" - Third Eye Blind
"Beat It" - Michael Jackson
"C'Mon N' Ride It" - Quad City DJ's
"U Can't Touch This" - MC Hammer


This is the one category I wasn't disappointed in. I know it's not really country, but I wouldn't have minded seeing "Cotton Eye Joe" here. I also really dig Brad Paisley, but these choices were fine.

I hope these choices change frequently.

July 7, 2009 at 9:22 AM · Since it is a coaster I want something that matches... So I'll have to take Motley Crue. Kind of disappointed they don't have Sammy H. and Can't Drive 55. If not MC,(no not hammer either) then B. Boys, Intergalactic. But I do agree I hope that this list rotates in and out songs, after awhile might not want to hear the music if it's the same choices, over and over.......
July 7, 2009 at 9:48 AM · I will disagree and agree with Joshua.

The aesthetics don't bother be at all. I never thought USF was ever especially elaborate in its' exterior look. It always felt like a hodgepodge to me. The entrance has soundstages, Hollywood and cheap looking New York facades all in the same view. The coaster doesn't affect any of that to me. DHS is still the better looking park.

The coaster does seem a bit on the slow side. I understand that the brake runs are essential due to the space that the coaster is given, but they do hamper any sense of speed. I will still give it the benefit of the doubt since you never fully get the jist of a coaster until you ride it.

On the other hand, the song choices are very poor. I am curious as to why there are only 30 songs. I mean a $99 iPod can hold thousands of songs, but a multi-million coaster can only hold 30! While I have nothing against the Black Eyed Peas or Donna Summer, when you have such a limited selection, you need to be as diverse as possible. I can only hope that Universal alters the choices as expeditiously as possible.

July 7, 2009 at 9:51 AM · The anonymous message above should be attributed to me. I thought I was logged in. :)
July 7, 2009 at 10:15 AM · None of the above.
July 7, 2009 at 10:18 AM · What no Dylan?!

No Grateful Dead?!

No Velvet Underground?!

July 7, 2009 at 10:34 AM · BTW, I was over at Universal Orlando for lunch today and I brought my camera. I took a dozen or so photos of Rip that I'll send to Mr. Niles tonight when I get home. If he deems any of acceptable quality he can feel free to publish any or all. After that I'll include a link so that any of you who may be interested can have a look as well. Also, workers today have put up a new billboard outside Universal on the I-4 advertising Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.
July 7, 2009 at 10:41 AM · How can anyone turn down the Crue? Vince Neil in your ear screaming "Kickstart my heart", pure heaven.

Only thing missing is Wagner’s "Flight of the Valkyrie" that would be one hell of a song for a ride. For those who don't know that song it was made famous in Apocalypse now when Robert Duval comes in with the Air Cavalry.

July 7, 2009 at 10:50 AM · Sorry about the Gaynor/Summer thing. It's correct in the HRRR listing page, but I can't fix it in the poll without reseting the results to zero.

Also, the song list isn't a function of memory capacity on the ride - it is clearing the play rights from the music publishers. Universal has to pay them for the right to play these songs on the ride. That is why, I am sure, certain songs didn't end up on the track list.

That said, I hearby nominate Joshua Counsil to be in charge of all on-ride musical programming decisions at Universal Orlando.

July 7, 2009 at 11:53 AM · Thanks Robert - I was going to say the same thing. I agree that Joshua's choices would be terrific, but would also most likely lead to a major ticket price increase just to pay the royalties (if they were even available). Remember that Universal is not only playing the songs on the coaster but offering them for sale on DVDs of your ride. That adds major cost to the rights for the songs.
July 7, 2009 at 12:20 PM · I just noticed, no Michael Jackson? I am suprised that there isn't at least one!

I think BEP should stay up there because I would say they are probably one of the more popular bands out there that really does not have their music edited or at least not for swear words (unless you include Phunk and Retarded)

July 7, 2009 at 2:25 PM · That list is missing a lot of good choices. Where is "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf? I want something that really rocks when on a roller coaster. BTW, I'm also in the over 30 crowd and I like Evanescence, some of their songs really rock.
July 7, 2009 at 3:03 PM · I am curious if you can control the volume of the music. If not, Im sure that music would get old if it worked during a long downtime!
July 7, 2009 at 3:51 PM · That reminds me that the first thing I always tried to do when in tower during a ride downtime was to mute the show sound. I found that the sooner we muted the sound, the much happier and more cooperative riders were.

And that was on rides like Pirates. I can't imagine how bad it would be to be working a downtime at Small World when tower forgot to mute the sound.

July 7, 2009 at 6:12 PM · Overall I don't like the music choices. I hope they are going to change. As others have said "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf definetly needs to be there. There has to be some Michael Jackson too.
July 7, 2009 at 7:54 PM · Something by Rage Against the Machine!
July 8, 2009 at 2:48 AM · Maybe you should add " Why are we waiting ? " to that list.
July 8, 2009 at 2:51 AM · Maybe Crosby's " Long Time Coming " should be added to this list.
July 8, 2009 at 3:37 AM · If I'm on a coaster, it's gotta be rockin'. I picked "Gimme All Your Lovin'" on that basis, though if it had been Steppenwolf's version of "Born To Be Wild", I'd a gone with that.

I think I coulda done a better job of selection, but that woulda cut out several of the genres...

July 8, 2009 at 6:41 AM · I concure with most here and have played through my music collection listening to most of the posted songs. I originally choose "Rollin'" by Limp Bizkit. I can see Rage or Steppenwolf also, but I have to throw this into the mix. My favorite song to date for a coaster would be "Trip at the Brain" by Suicidal Tendencies. Give this a listen and pledge your allegiance!!!
July 8, 2009 at 10:42 AM · I can only assume that the lesser choices were copyright-inspired.
July 8, 2009 at 5:37 PM · ok...something else to ponder.....Halloween Horror Nights with the tune of "Waking the dead" available??? No brainer! Can you or are you afraid to say ST!!!
July 8, 2009 at 5:44 PM · another thought.... Halloween Horror Nights music "Waking the Dead!" This song can easily be fit to work into a coaster theme! Like i said.... who will pledge there allegiance???
July 9, 2009 at 7:28 AM · I'd rather have "Thriller".
July 10, 2009 at 5:41 AM · I love crystal method, but I wouldve rather had vapor trail in stead of busy child.
July 10, 2009 at 9:29 AM · Wow. Lame song choices. Other people have listed some better choices. One obvious choice for me would be Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne. Great song, high energy, awesome guitar riffs. How about the title? Crazy Train? Seems like a perfect fit to me.

Other choices: I love Three Days Grace. Maybe their songs Animal I've Become, or if the ride is a bit rough, how about Pain!

July 10, 2009 at 9:30 AM · Wow. Lame song choices. Other people have listed some better choices. One obvious choice for me would be Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne. Great song, high energy, awesome guitar riffs. How about the title? Crazy Train? Seems like a perfect fit to me.

Other choices: I love Three Days Grace. Maybe their songs Animal I've Become, or if the ride is a bit rough, how about Pain!

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