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Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War has some rockin’ tunes for Season One

Among the various items included in the Season One update for Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War (BOCW), perhaps the most surprising is the inclusion of fan-favorite real life and in-game songs in the Battle Pass.

Black Ops Cold War
Screenshot courtesy of Treyarch

With Season One now active, players were showered with a bevy of new content to grind for with the new Battle Pass. Skins, weapon blueprints, calling cards and more can all be unlocked as players progress.

While the above-mentioned has been thoroughly covered, one of the more eye-opening additions to the Battle Pass were the various songs players could unlock along the way. Ranging from songs from Call of Duty: Black Ops to real-life hits, there is something for everyone. 

Here are all the songs players can unlock via the Battle Pass. 

Hearing these takes me back 10 years. Screenshot courtesy of Treyarch.

At level one, players will unlock four songs from the original Black Ops: “Pentagon,” “Rooftops,” “115,” and “Damned.” All four are fan-favorites – hence their inclusion – with the former two being campaign classics and the latter two being Zombies bangers. 

“Pentagon” was the multiplayer theme for the original Black Ops while “Rooftops” played during the campaign mission “Numbers” as players race across the rooftops of Kowloon in an attempt to escape Spetsnaz operatives.

Meanwhile, “115” is the easter egg song for “Kino Der Toten,” though this version is an instrumental, rather than the full song. Rounding out the list is “Damned,” a Zombies classic.

There are some bops on this list. Screenshot courtesy of Treyarch.

Next up at level 44 are three 80’s hip-hop tracks: “Rapper’s Delight,” “It’s Tricky,” and “Push It.” All three are integral to hip-hop’s rise as a genre and it started with The Sugarhill Gang.

Sampling the bassline to Chic’s “Good Times,” The Sugarhill Gang made history by releasing what many agree to be the first commercially successful rap song, “Rapper’s Delight.” Technically not an 80’s song – it was released in 1979 – it’s a whopping 14 minutes long and signaled the beginning of hip-hop’s ascension as a musical genre. 

Meanwhile, 1987’s “It’s Tricky” by Run-DMC was one of the group’s most famous songs, being featured in many video games and movies throughout the years. Lastly, Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” was the groups’ first mainstream hit and helped propel them to massive success, earning them the title “The First Ladies of Rap and Hip Hop.”

Another great selection of songs. Screenshot courtesy of Treyarch.

At level 72, players can unlock a trio of classic 80’s rock: “I Wanna Rock,” “Take On Me,” and “Cherry Pie.” Among the three, arguably the longest-lasting is a-ha’s 1984 hit, “Take On Me.”

Though it took time, “Take On Me” became one of the best-selling singles of all time. The music video won six awards and was nominated for two more at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards. It’s been featured in so many movies, TV shows and video games that it’s become part of the pop culture zeitgeist.

On the other hand, Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock” and Warrant’s “Cherry Pie” are staples of any classic rock playlist. Though “I Wanna Rock” was released in the proper time period – 1984 to be exact – “Cherry Pie” was released in 1990. Because it’s a great song, it doesn’t really matter.

“You know the rules, and so do I.” Screenshot courtesy of Treyarch.

Finally at level 94, the last three songs – “Never Gonna Give You Up,” “I Ran (So Far Away),” and “Shout” – will unlock. Though all three are memorable, none are as recognizable as “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

Reaching number one in the American Billboard Hot 100 in 1988, “Never Gonna Give You Up” became an internet icon with the rise of “Rickrolling” during the early days of YouTube. After initially thinking of the meme as “bizzare and funny,” Rick Astley has taken his newfound fame in stride and has accepted its position in internet history. 

The last two songs in the 80’s hits playlist – “I Ran,” and “Shout” – are just that: hits. Synth-pop classics, the former is considered one of the best one-hit wonders of the 80’s, especially with Iran in the forefront of the 80’s newscycle. “Shout,” meanwhile, became one of the most successful songs of 1985 and overall, one of the most recognizable songs of the decade.  

In all, while all the songs are free, they are only available as “vehicle tracks.” Although BOCW has a separate music player, none of the songs can be played through that. As such, if players want to listen to “Never Gonna Give You Up” or “Take On Me,” they’ll have to do it in-game during multiplayer matches while in vehicles. 

It would have been nice to have been able to play these songs with the music player, but that’s neither here nor there. Hopefully with a future update, these songs will be included as well. 

Lastly, with the Battle Pass resetting in about two months, players will only have a limited time to unlock all the songs. Though it remains to be seen if the songs will be available after the reset, chances are a new set of songs will be available. 

Regardless of one’s opinion on Season One, a good selection of songs never hurt anyone and it makes riding into battle that much more entertaining, especially for a game in which it’s been lacking. 

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