Much like Season One and Season Two, Season Three of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War (BOCW) features a selection of hits from the 1980s for players to unlock. This time around, though, they’re mainly pop hits.
Similar to the last two seasons worth of songs, Season Three starts with an assortment of songs from Black Ops III. But where the previous two seasons featured a selection of pop, hip-hop, and rock, Season Three is two handfuls worth of strictly pop songs.
Nevertheless, here are the songs players can unlock as they progress through the Battle Pass.
Unlocked at level 44, the Black Ops III mixtape features four recognizable songs: “I Live,” “Ignition,” “Damned 3,” and “Filter.” “I Live” was the end credits song for Black Ops III, which featured perhaps one of the most mind-bendingly different campaigns in recent Call of Duty history, while “Ignition” is that iteration’s synth-heavy multiplayer theme.
The aptly-named “Damned 3” is the third remix of one of the most popular songs in Zombies history: “Damned.” Rounding off the list, “Filter” is a futuristic tune perfect to finish off the Black Ops III selection.
At level 72, players will unlock the first set of three pop hits available this season: “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash, “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” by Dead or Alive and Siouxie and the Banshees’ hit “Cities in Dust.”
One of the more recognizable hits from The Clash’s 1981 best-selling album “Combat Rock,” “Should I Stay or Should I Go” is a curious addition to this pop list. Technically classified as a punk/arena rock song, “Should I Stay or Should I Go” is an easy listen and was called one of the 500 Greatest Songs of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
Next up is Dead or Alive’s megahit,“You Spin Me Round (Like A Record).” Though the music video is rudimentary by today’s standards, the song is nonetheless an earworm. As such, many outlets have included Dead or Alive’s hit as part of their “greatest 80s” or “greatest songs of all time” lists throughout the years.
Lastly, Siouxsie and the Banshees’ 1985 hit “Cities in Dust” is one that most players would probably be least familiar with. A dance rock/pop song, “Cities in Dust” recalls the destruction of Pompeii. Though the message of the song is dire, music lovers propelled the song to number 17 on the US Hot Dance/Disco chart.
Toward the end of the Battle Pass, level 94 to be exact, players will unlock a trio of 1980s classics: “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League, Men Without Hats’ peculiar hit “The Safety Dance” and arguably Tears for Fears’ most popular song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
Released in 1981 and subsequently The Human League’s most popular hit, “Don’t You Want Me” is a new wave/synth pop hit that gamers of all ages will recognize. If, by chance, gamers don’t recognize the song, perhaps they will be more inclined to remember the meme-fied version from a few years ago.
Following The Human League is Men Without Hats’ rather strange hit “The Safety Dance.” Written as a protest against bouncers, “The Safety Dance” is arguably the Canadian group’s most popular song, reaching near-or-the-top of many major charts and even induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. So prominent is “The Safety Dance” that Scrubs even referenced it at one point.
The last song is “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” One of the most recognizable songs from the 1980s, Tears for Fears’ synth-pop composition has been featured in a bevy of other media including video games, movies, and T.V. shows and has been sampled or covered by a myriad of artists since its release in 1985.
More than anything, the song’s message about humans’ desire for power and how that eventually leads to corruption is timeless and explains why the song’s remained relevant all these years later. It even topped the Alternative Digital Songs Sales list in early March 2021.
In all, though this season’s selection of songs may not be as varied, there’s no doubt that each group has some absolute bangers worth listening to. As with previous seasons, all songs — with the exception of the Black Ops III hits — are only available as “war tracks,” meaning players will have to be in vehicles to hear them.
Regardless, players should have a blast in multiplayer or Outbreak mode when they do unlock the songs.