Grand Theft Auto is arguably the most popular video game on the planet right now. It was released on September 17, 2013 and netted over $1 billion in the first three days of sales. People love it for the action packed adventures and the freedom that the open world format provides. A perhaps underrated element of the gameplay is the music within the game. The array of music available for the gamer to enjoy is impressive. The user has control over what kind of music they listen to in the game while they are riding around in various vehicles. There are a total of 23 radio stations available in the game, some of which are only news stations and talk shows. Only the radio stations playing music will be discussed here.
Radio Los Santos is a modern hip-hop station boasting an impressive list of rappers such as Kendrick Lamar, Freddie Gibbs, A$AP Rocky, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Future, and Nipsey Hussle, among others. This is the station to tune to if you want some solid, modern hip-hop music while cruising around San Andreas.
Space 103.2 is a funk station that features the legendary Bootsy Collins as the DJ. This station is for the old school funk lovers. It features songs from funk giants such as the aforementioned Collins, Rick James, and Stevie Wonder. This might be the station of choice on the way to the strip club.
The West Coast Classics station is full of classic 90’s California gangster rap. This is a star studded station full of songs by 2Pac, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Too $hort, Snoop Dog, and N.W.A. This would be a perfect station to blast to get you in the zone for one of the more intense missions in the game, such as a gang battle with The Ballas.
Rebel Radio is a classic country western station. It consists of songs from outlaw country legends such as Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings. Rebel Radio sets the mood for an old-fashioned bank heist and police chase.
If you are a fan of classic rock, then Los Santos Rock Radio is the station for you. Kenny Loggins is the DJ and the station features music from Bob Seeger, Def Leoard, Queen, Stevei Nicks, Elton John, and Steve Miller Band are just some of the artists featured on the station. Steve Miller’s bank robbing anthem “Take the money and run” would be a choice jam to play while on the run from the cops after a robbery as well.
There is even something for the soul lover out there. The station called The Lowdown 91.1 offers a variety of soul music from musicians such as WAR, The Soul Searchers, and The Trammps. This station is full of good uplifting soul music to bolster your spirits after a failed mission.
Blue Ark is the reggae station in the game. It features a variety of music from reggae artists such as Yellowman, Dennis Brown, and Lee Scratch Perry.
The Non-Stop-Pop FM station is full of feel good pop tunes. The artists on this station vary from classic pop such as Hall and Oates, WHAM, and The Pet Shop Boys to late 90’s pop icons Britney Spears and All Saints to more contemporary pop giants Rihanna, Fergie, and Kelly Rowland. Tune into this station while you’re driving with the windows down on a sunny summer day.
East Los FM is a Spanish radio station consisting of various genres of Spanish language music. If you are a fan of Spanish music you will like this station, as there is an array of different artists and songs available to listen to.
Worldwide FM is a station with a variety of different music ranging from instrumental jazz to dubstep type club music. The majority of the music on this station is beat heavy music from producers such as The Gaslamp Killer, Cashmere Cat, and Inc. Listen to this station on the way to the club, at the club, and after the club. There is a song on here for every part of your night out.
Channel X is the essential punk music station on the game. It has a variety of brash punk rock music from acts such as Black Flag, The Descendants, The Circle Jerks, and Agent Orange. Blare this music from the speakers when you’re vandalizing and starting fires in the game.
The Radio Mirror Park station consists of mostly indie dance and indie pop bands. Some of the bands you’ll find on this station are Neon Indian, Twin Shadow, Yeasayer, Poolside, and Toro y Moi, and Yacht. Play this station while riding through the hipster district of Los Santos on your way to get some Korean tacos.
Wavves lead singer, Nathatn Williams, hosts Vinewood Boulevard Radio station. It features mostly indie skate and surf rock. It includes current rock acts such as Wavves, METZ, Thee Oh Sees, and Ty Segall. Play this station at the skate park while indulging in cheap beer.
Soulwax FM consists of mostly electronic music and DJ remixes. Soulwax is the DJ and is the one who remixes several of the songs on the station. Artists on this station include Joe Goddard, Tiga, and Pulp.
Fly Lo FM is a station consisting of mostly instrumentals and tracks from the DJ, Flying Lotus. There are some rap songs on the station from Tyler, The creator, Outkast, and Captain Murphy though.
As you can tell, there is music for nearly every gamer and every situation within the game. A couple omissions that some people might be unhappy about are the lack of an all Jazz station and an all Classical station. There are some gamers out there who would have really appreciated the addition of those stations. Overall, Rockstar Games did a great job with the soundtrack and the music they chose compliments the game wonderfully.