The Joker
Performed by The Steve Miller Band
Year 1973
Appears in Guitar Hero World Tour
★★★★ (Expert)
★★★★★ (Expert)

The Joker is a single from the Steve Miller Band's 1973 album of the same name. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a short time in 1974.

Twice during the song the Lead Guitar will get a quick touch note section that sounds like a 'foxwhistle' that can give you somthing to smile about whilst playing the song.


The Joker was written and produced by Steve Miller on October 1973. It has a wide variety of references, including one leading to Miller's earlier songs, "Space Cowboy", "Enter Maurice" and "Sailor". The phrase "gangster of love" leads to the song Sailor. This song also mentions a 1954 song by The Clovers, with the line "Lovey Dovey". The Joker is also well known for the wolf whistle sound done by a slide guitar technique.

The Joker also appears on several T.V. shows, including King of The Hill, The Simpsons, That 70's Show, Friends and many others including a David Letterman episode. In the Marvel Comics series, Deadpool: Suicide Kings, Deadpool introduces himself by quoting some of the song's lines, saying, "Some people call me Deadpool, some call me the gangster of love, some people call me Maurice, 'cause I speak the pompatus of love."

Appears In[]

Guitar Hero World Tour

This song appears as a Master Track.

Tiers (career)

Guitar - 5. Amoeba Records (Los Angeles)

Bass - 5. Amoeba Records (Los Angeles) (encore)

Drums - 1. Wilted Orchid (Sweden)

Vocals - 8. House of Blues (Los Angeles)

Band - 3. Pang Tang Bay (Hong Kong)


Much like Hotel California, this song is slow and laid back. This makes it somewhat easy across all instruments. The vocals can prove to be tricky however.



Songs of Guitar Hero World Tour
Psi Psi Kappa (USA)
Livin' on a Prayer - About a Girl - Mountain Song
Wilted Orchid (Sweden)
Beautiful Disaster - Obstacle 1 - The One I Love
Bone Church (Poland)
Some Might Say - Today - What I've Done
Pang Tang Bay (Hong Kong)
Band on the Run - You're Gonna Say Yeah - Up Around the Bend - No Sleep till Brooklyn
Amoeba Records (Los Angeles)
The Joker - Freak on a Leash - Misery Business - Hotel California
Tool (USA)
Parabola - Schism - Vicarious
Swamp Shack (Louisiana}
Eye of the Tiger - Spiderwebs - One Way or Another - Do it Again - Stillborn
Rock Brigade (The Pacific)
The Middle - Hey Man, Nice Shot - Feel the Pain - Dammit - Everlong
Strutter's Farm (Kentucky)
Heartbreaker - American Woman - Ramblin' Man - Go Your Own Way - Stranglehold
House of Blues (Los Angeles)
L'Via L'Viaquez - Kick Out the Jams - Santeria - On the Road Again - Love Me Two Times
Ted's Tiki Hut (Tahiti)
Monsoon - Aggro - Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast) - Good God - One Armed Scissor
Will Heilm's Keep (England)
The Kill - Shiver - Rebel Yell - Demolition Man
Recording Studio (Canada)
Lazy Eye - Too Much Too Young - Float On - Nuvole e Lenzuola - Pretty Vacant
AT&T Park (San Fransisco)
Are You Gonna Go My Way - Sweet Home Alabama - Assassin - Escuela De Calor - The Wind Cries Mary - Purple Haze
Tesla's Coil (Australia)
Toy Boy - Hail to the Freaks - Vinternoll2 - Hollywood Nights
Ozzfest (Germany)
Love Removal Machine - Our Truth - Antisocial - Prisoner of Society - Mr. Crowley - Crazy Train
Times Square (New York City)
Re-Education (Through Labor) - La Bamba - Scream Aim Fire - Overkill - Trapped Under Ice - B.Y.O.B - Hot for Teacher
Sunna's Chariot (Asgard)
Love Spreads - Soul Doubt - Never too Late - Pull Me Under - Satch Boogie
Guitar Battles
Ted Nugent Guitar Battle - Zakk Wylde Guitar Battle
Downloadable Tracks
That Was Just Your Life - The End of the Line - Broken, Beat & Scarred - The Day that Never Comes - All Nightmare Long - Cyanide - The Unforgiven Ill - The Judas Kiss - Suicide & Redemption J.H. - Suicide & Redemption K.H. - My Apocalypse - Rock and Roll Band - Hot Blooded - Jessie's Girl - No Rain - Ted Nugent Guitar Battle - Zakk Wylde Guitar Battle - Anything - Electrorock - Horse to Water - Man-Sized Wreath - Supernatural Superserious - Bang it Up - Waiting for the Rapture - The Shock of the Lightning - If 6 was 9 - Little Wing - Fire - G.L.O.W. - 1979 - The Everlasting Gaze - Salute Your Solution - Hold Up - Consoler of the Lonely - The Turning - I'm Outta Time - (Get off Your) High Horse Lady - Falling Down - To Be Where There's Life - Ain't Got Nothin - The Nature of Reality - Soldier On