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As Grand Theft Auto V is elevated to the God-tier of entertainment, we take a brief look at the series best music. From the 80s radio of Vice City to the cutting edge stations of the latest incarnation, Grand Theft Auto has always had a ridiculously well stocked playlist.

GTA Vice City
Set in the 1980s, developers Rockstar had a couple of decades to see what songs stood the test of time. A brilliant selection of pop and electro could be heard in bedrooms across the world.

Roxy Music – “More Than This”

Toto – “Africa”

Luther Vandross – “Never Too Much”

Michael Jackson – “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'”

Hall & Oates – “Out of Touch”

Yes – “Owner of a Lonely Heart”

Gary Numan – “Cars

Spandau Ballet – “Gold”

Aneka – “Japanese Boy”

2 Live Crew – “Get It Girl”


GTA SA
San Andreas was set in 1992, a golden era for hip-hop and alternative rock. Radio X was a particular highlight with an embarrassment of rock riches.

Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Free Bird”

Billy Idol – “White Wedding”

Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn – “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man”

The Desert Rose Band – “One Step Forward”

Ed Bruce – “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”

Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – “Express Yourself”

Public Enemy – “Rebel Without a Pause”

2pac (feat. Pogo) – “I Don’t Give a Fuck”

Dr. Dre (feat. Snoop Dogg) – “Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang”

N.W.A – “Alwayz Into Somethin'”

N.W.A – “Express Yourself”

Depeche Mode – “Personal Jesus”

Primal Scream – “Movin’ On Up”

Guns N’ Roses – “Welcome to the Jungle”

Soundgarden – “Rusty Cage”

Rage Against the Machine – “Killing in the Name”

The Stone Roses – “Fools Gold”


GTA IV
GTA IV brought us smack bang into the present day. TV advertisements used LCD Soundsystem’s “Get Innocuous” to tantalising effect. The diversity of the stations provided what is probably the strongest variation in the series so far.

Busta Rhymes – “Where’s My Money”

Swizz Beatz – “Top Down”

Fat Joe featuring: Lil Wayne – “The Crackhouse”

DJ Khaled featuring: Kanye West & T-Pain – “Go Hard”

Kanye West – “Love Lockdown”

Major Lazer feat. Leftside & Supahype – “Jump Up”

Gil Scott-Heron – “Home Is Where the Hatred Is”

Candi Staton – “Young Hearts Run Free”

The Smashing Pumpkins – “1979”

The Who – “The Seeker”

LCD Soundsystem – “Get Innocuous!”

The Black Keys – “Strange Times”

R. Kelly – “Bump n’ Grind”


GTA V
The highest grossing game/movie/album/wheelbarrow of all time gave fans an extra special treat with exclusive music in the game from artists such as Tyler, The Creator and Wavves. Flying Lotus and Lee Scratch Perry get their own stations and Non Stop Pop FM is possibly the greatest soundtrack to mindless killing sprees in the entire series.

Aphex Twin – “Windowlicker”

Outkast – “Elevators (Me & You)”

Flying Lotus featuring Niki Randa – “Getting There”

Thundercat – “Oh Sheit It’s X”

Chicago – “If You Leave Me Now”

All Saints – “Pure Shores”

Amerie – “1 Thing”

Mis-Teeq – “Scandalous”

Modjo – “Lady (Hear Me Tonight)”

Stardust – “Music Sounds Better with You”

Ab-Soul featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Illuminate”

Kendrick Lamar – “A.D.H.D”

The Game featuring 2 Chainz and Rick Ross – “Ali Bomaye”

Jai Paul – “Jasmine”

Wavves – “Nine is God”

Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg – “Still D.R.E.”

Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg – “The Next Episode”

N.W.A – “Gangsta Gangsta”

Snoop Dogg featuring Jewell & Daz – “Gin and Juice”

Hackman – “Forgotten Notes”

Inc. – “The Place”


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