Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack

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The Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack, like previous games in the Grand Theft Auto series, features various radio stations that play different genres of music when the player enters vehicles in the game. The stations consist of licensed music, DJ chat and spoof advertising. The game features 17 in-game stations with 240 licensed songs, 15 of which are musical stations and the other two are talk stations.

When producing the soundtrack, the developers attempted to create an accurate representation of Californian music; the game's location is modelled on southern California. Production of the soundtrack also consisted of licensing music for the radio stations, and selecting a DJ that matches the genre of music the station hosts. The soundtrack consists of a wide variety of radio stations that play different genres of music, including reggae, hip hop, pop and country. The game also features an original and dynamic score composed by Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, Alchemist and Oh No which plays out in several selective missions.[1] Selected tracks from the score were later released on The Music of Grand Theft Auto V.[2]

Production[edit]

Flying Lotus (left), Nate Williams and Stephen Pope of Wavves (top right), and DJ Pooh (bottom right) in a recording studio working on Grand Theft Auto V's music.

In developing the radio stations, the development team sought to reinforce the game's recreation of California by licensing tracks they felt appropriately echoed a "Cali feel".[3] On the inclusion of the pop station Non-Stop-Pop FM, music supervisor Ivan Pavlovich noted "the first time you get off an airplane in L.A. and you hear the radio and the pop just seeps out... We wanted that. It really connects you to the world".[3] He felt that music licensing for the game involved a greater discernment than in Grand Theft Auto IV, as the music in Grand Theft Auto V played a greater role in building a Californian atmosphere.[3] "It reflects the environment in which the game is set", he explained.[4] Initially, the team planned to license over 900 tracks for the radio, but over time they refined the total number of tracks to 241.[3]

The tracks are shared between fifteen stations, and the radio also includes two talk-back stations.[5] Some of the tracks were written specifically for the game; for example, rapper and producer Flying Lotus hosts the station FlyLo FM which includes original work he composed for the game.[5] As Pavlovich noted, for each of the radio stations, over time the team would develop an understanding of where the station's music was going and then select a DJ to host the station. Each station's DJ was selected with the mindset that they would match the genre of music the station hosts; for example, in developing Los Santos Rock Radio the team licensed classic rock tracks, and thus Kenny Loggins became a fitting choice for the station's DJ.[3]

Music stations[edit]

The Blue Ark[edit]

DJ: Lee "Scratch" Perry[6]
Genre: Reggae, dancehall and dub[7]

Tracklist[6]
Year Song title Artist
2012 "Odd Ras" Chronixx
1972 "Money in My Pocket" Dennis Brown
1982 "Night Nurse" Gregory Isaacs
1986 "Crazy Girl" Half Pint
1978 "Chapter Three" Joe Gibbs & The Professionals
1977 "Sons of Slaves" Junior Delgado
2012 "Gun Shot a Fire" Konshens
1977 "Disco Devil" Lee Perry & The Full Experience
1976 "Grumbling Dub" Lee Perry & The Upsetters
1986 "I Am a Madman"
2012 "Kingston Be Wise" Protoje
2012 "Psycho" Tommy Lee Sparta
2011 "We Never Fear Dem" Vybz Kartel featuring Popcaan
1984 "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt" Yellowman

Channel X[edit]

DJ: Keith Morris[6]
Genre: Punk rock and hardcore punk[7]

Tracklist[6]
Year Song title Artist
1981 "Amoeba" Adolescents
1980 "Bored of You" Agent Orange
1984 "My War" Black Flag
1985 "Rock House" Circle Jerks
1985 "Pervert" Descendents
1985 "The Mouth Don't Stop (The Trouble with Women Is)" Fear
2013 "What's Next?" Off!
1983 "Subliminal" Suicidal Tendencies
1981 "Abolish Government/Silent Majority" T.S.O.L.
1978 "Lexicon Devil" Germs
1977 "Life of Crime" The Weirdos
1983 "Blown Away" Youth Brigade

East Los FM[edit]

DJ: DJ Camilo & Don Cheto[6]
Genre: Mexican music and Latin music[7]

Tracklist[6]
Year Song title Artist
2009 "El Tatuado" Don Cheto
1987 "Autos, Moda y Rock and Roll" Fandango
2008 "El Sonidito" Hechizeros Band
2007 "Maldito" Jessy Bulbo
2012 "Tengo El Don" La Liga featuring Alika
2011 "Radio Capital" La Vida Bohème
1969 "El Rey Y Yo" Los Ángeles Negros
2012 "El Cocaino" Los Buitres De Culican Sinaloa
2009 "La Granja" Los Tigres del Norte
1991 "Pachuco" Maldita Vecindad
2012 "Es-Toy" Mexican Institute of Sound
2012 "Fresco" Milkman
2010 "Criminal Sound (El Hijo de la Cumbia Remix)" Niña Dioz
2010 "Fiebre de Jack" She's A Tease
1978 "Se Me Perdió La Cadenita" Sonora Dinamita

FlyLo FM[edit]

DJ: Flying Lotus[6]
Genre: IDM and hip hop[7]

Tracklist[6]
Year Song title Artist
1999 "Windowlicker" Aphex Twin
2013 "Evil Grin" Captain Murphy
2013 "Crystals" Clams Casino
2006 "Encoded Flow" Dabrye
2013 "It's Wack" DJ Rashad and Heavee D
2013 "100hm" Hudson Mohawke
2011 "Stalker Ha" Kingdom
2011 "She Died There" Machinedrum
1996 "Elevators (Me & You)" Outkast
2013 "Be Spin" Flying Lotus
2013 "Catapult Man"
2013 "Crosswerved"
2010 "Computer Face"
2013 "Stonecutters"
2013 "The Diddler"
2012 "See Thru To U" Flying Lotus featuring Erykah Badu
2012 "Getting There" Flying Lotus featuring Niki Randa
2013 "The Kill"
2012 "23" Shadow Child
2013 "Oh Sheit It's X" Thundercat
2013 "Garbage" Tyler, The Creator

Los Santos Rock Radio[edit]

DJ: Kenny Loggins[6]
Genre: Classic rock and pop rock[7]

Tracklist[6]
Year Song title Artist
1981 "Lonely Is the Night" Billy Squier
1978 "Hollywood Nights" Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
1976 "Night Moves"
1976 "If You Leave Me Now" Chicago
1983 "Photograph" Def Leppard
1986 "Heartbeat" Don Johnson
1973 "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" Elton John
1979 "Dirty White Boy" Foreigner
1978 "Baker Street" Gerry Rafferty
1981 "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)" Greg Kihn Band
1984 "Too Late for Goodbyes" Julian Lennon
1984 "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)" Kenny Loggins
1982 "I Don't Care Anymore" Phil Collins
1984 "Radio Ga Ga" Queen
1983 "Big Log" Robert Plant
1985 "All the Things She Said" Simple Minds
1968 "Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake" Small Faces
1976 "Rock'n Me"[a] Steve Miller Band
1986 "Higher Love" Steve Winwood
1985 "I Can't Wait" Stevie Nicks
1977 "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You" The Alan Parsons Project
1985 "Rain" The Cult
1978 "What a Fool Believes" The Doobie Brothers

The Lowdown 91.1[edit]

DJ: Pam Grier[6]
Genre: Classic soul and disco[7]

Tracklist[6]
Year Song title Artist
1973 "Hercules" Aaron Neville
1974 "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)" B.T. Express
1970 "Viva Tirado" El Chicano
1974 "I Get Lifted" George McCrae
1967 "California Soul" Marlena Shaw
1979 "Cruisin'" Smokey Robinson
1968 "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)" The Delfonics
1970 "O-o-h Child" The Five Stairsteps
1974 "Ashley's Roachclip" The Soul Searchers
1975 "Rubber Band" The Trammps
1971 "Smiling Faces Sometimes" Undisputed Truth
1972 "Cisco Kid" War

Non-Stop-Pop FM[edit]

DJ: Cara Delevingne[6]
Genre: Pop music[7]

Tracklist[6]
Year Song title Artist
1999 "Pure Shores" All Saints
2005 "1 Thing" Amerie
2007 "Gimme More" Britney Spears
1993 "The Rhythm of the Night" Corona
2006 "Glamorous" Fergie featuring Ludacris
1983 "Adult Education" Hall & Oates
1989 "Don't Wanna Fall in Love" Jane Child
2008 "Work" (Freemasons remix) Kelly Rowland
2003 "Scandalous" Mis-Teeq
2000 "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" Modjo
1990 "Anthem" N-Joi
1985 "West End Girls" Pet Shop Boys
2010 "Only Girl (in the World)" Rihanna
2007 "With Every Heartbeat" Robyn featuring Kleerup
1998 "Music Sounds Better with You" Stardust
1984 "Everything She Wants" Wham!

Radio Los Santos[edit]

DJ: Big Boy[6]
Genre: Hip hop[7]

Tracklist[6]
Year Song title Artist
2013 "Life of a Mack" 100s
2012 "ILLuminate" Ab-Soul featuring Kendrick Lamar
2013 "R-Cali" A$AP Rocky featuring Aston Matthews and Joey Fatts
2013 "Smokin and Ridin" BJ the Chicago Kid featuring Freddie Gibbs and Problem
2012 "Still Livin'" Freddie Gibbs
2013 "How It Was" Future
2013 "Bassheads" Gangrene
2011 "Too Hood" Gucci Mane featuring Ciara
2011 "Hood Gone Love It" Jay Rock featuring Kendrick Lamar
2011 "A.D.H.D." Kendrick Lamar
2013 "Hold Up" Marion Band$ featuring Nipsey Hussle
2013 "Say That Then" Problem featuring Glasses Malone
2012 "Ali Bomaye" The Game featuring 2 Chainz and Rick Ross
2012 "Slow Down" Clyde Carson featuring The Team
2013 "I'm a Real 1" YG

Radio Mirror Park[edit]

DJ: Twin Shadow[6]
Genre: Indietronica and chillwave[7]

Tracklist[6]
Year Song title Artist
2013 "Colours" Age of Consent
2012 "Feel the Same" Battle Tapes
2012 "Boogie in Zero Gravity" Black Strobe
2012 "From Nowhere" (Baardsen remix) Dan Croll
2006 "Lucky Boy" (Outlines remix) DJ Mehdi
2013 "The Set Up" Favored Nations
2013 "Dark Matter" Feathers
2013 "High Pressure Dave" Health
2012 "Jasmine" (Demo) Jai Paul
2010 "Little White Lie" Living Days
2009 "Sometimes" Miami Horror
2013 "Change of Coast" Neon Indian
2013 "Nowhere To Go" Nite Jewel
2010 "Do You Believe?" Poolside
2010 "Shine a Light" (Flight Facilities remix) The C90's
2013 "Sleepwalking" The Chain Gang of 1974
2011 "Heart in the Pipes" (KAUF remix) Tony Castles
2012 "So Many Details" Toro y Moi
2013 "Old Love/New Love" Twin Shadow
2010 "Shooting Holes"
2009 "Psychic City" (Classixx remix) Yacht
2013 "Don't Come Close" Yeasayer

Rebel Radio[edit]

DJ: Jesco White[6]
Genre: Country music and rockabilly[7]

Tracklist[6]
Year Song title Artist
1975 "Convoy" C. W. McCall
1956 "Can't Hardly Stand It" Charlie Feathers
1957 "It Don't Hurt Anymore" Hank Thompson
1966 "Get Out of My Car" Hasil Adkins
1972 "You Took All the Ramblin' Out of Me" Jerry Reed
1981 "The General Lee" Johnny Cash
1968 "It Won't Be Long (And I'll Be Hating You)" Johnny Paycheck
1973 "If You Wanna Get to Heaven Ozark Mountain Daredevils
1975 "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" Waylon Jennings
1979 "I Ain't Living Long Like This"
1973 "Whiskey River" Willie Nelson

Soulwax FM[edit]

DJ: Soulwax[6]
Genre: Electronic music[7]

Tracklist[6]
Year Song title Artist
2012 "Naive Response" Daniel Avery
2012 "Body Music" Daniel Maloso
1988 "Fatal Error" Fatal Error
2013 "The Strange Art" (Inflagranti remix) FKCLUB
2012 "Synrise" (Soulwax remix) Goose
2012 "Laser Beams" Green Velvet & Harvard Bass
2013 "Arp #1" Jackson and his Computer Band
2011 "Gabriel" (Soulwax remix) Joe Goddard featuring Valentina
2013 "El Sucu Tucu" Matias Aguayo
2009 "Mingi" Mim Suleiman
2013 "Stock" (Soulwax remix) Palmbomen
2013 "After You" (Soulwax remix) Pulp
1979 "Let's Beam Him Up" Supersempfft
2012 "Shockwave" (Gesaffelstein remix) The Hacker
2012 "Plush" (Jacques Lu Cont remix) Tiga
2013 "Nothing But Pleasure" Tom Rowlands
2012 "Mr. Croissant Taker" Transistorcake
2012 "Tryouts" Zombie Nation

Space 103.2[edit]

DJ: Bootsy Collins[6]
Genre: Funk and R&B[7]

Tracklist[6]
Year Song title Artist
1981 "Haboglabotribin" Bernard Wright
1976 "I'd Rather Be With You" Bootsy's Rubber Band
1981 "You're the One for Me" D. Train
1985 "Party All the Time" Eddie Murphy
1981 "I'm in Love" (12" version) Evelyn "Champagne" King
1981 "Can't Hold Back (Your Loving)" Kano
1984 "Tonight" Kleeer
1982 "Cutie Pie" One Way
1981 "Give It To Me Baby" Rick James
1978 "Funkasize You" Sho Nuff
1987 "Skeletons" Stevie Wonder
1981 "Heartbeat" (club versions) Taana Gardner
1983 "Heartbreaker" Zapp

Vinewood Boulevard Radio[edit]

DJ: Nate Williams and Stephen Pope[6]
Genre: Garage rock and noise rock[7]

Tracklist[6]
Year Song title Artist
2013 "Crawling After You" Bass Drum of Death
2012 "Hysteria" Ceremony
2012 "Cocaine" FIDLAR
2004 "This Mystic Decade" Hot Snakes
2012 "Wet Blanket" METZ
2012 "Sleepwalker" Moon Duo
2012 "Fire Doesn't Burn Itself" Sam Flax
2013 "California Grrls" Shark?
2005 "Black Grease" The Black Angels
2011 "The Dream" Thee Oh Sees
2012 "Diddy Wah Diddy" Ty Segall Band
2013 "Nine Is God" Wavves

West Coast Classics[edit]

DJ: DJ Pooh[6]
Genre: Golden age hip hop and gangsta rap[7]

Tracklist[6]
Year Song title Artist
1996 "Ambitionz Az a Ridah" 2Pac
1990 "Late Night Hype" Compton's Most Wanted
1994 "Dollaz & Sense" DJ Quik
1999 "Still D.R.E." Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg
1999 "The Next Episode" Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg, Kurupt & Nate Dogg
1993 "You Know How We Do It" Ice Cube
1995 "What You Wanna Do" Kausion
1990 "Played Like a Piano" King Tee
1998 "C-Walk" Kurupt
1996 "Nothin' But the Cavi Hit" Mack 10 featuring Tha Dogg Pound
1993 "Streiht Up Menace" MC Eiht
1991 "Appetite for Destruction" N.W.A
1988 "Gangsta Gangsta"
1993 "Gin and Juice" Snoop Dogg featuring Jewell & Daz
1994 "What Would U Do" Tha Dogg Pound
1991 "Mind Playin' Tricks on Me" The Geto Boys
1991 "So You Want to Be A Gangster" Too $hort

WorldWide FM[edit]

DJ: Gilles Peterson[6]
Genre: Lounge, chillwave, jazz-funk and world[7]

Tracklist[6]
Year Song title Artist
1979 "Thousand Finger Man" Candido
2012 "Mirror Maru" Cashmere Cat
2011 "Waveforms" Django Django
1975 "You and the Music" Donald Byrd
2012 "Nissim" Gaslamp Killer
2011 "Brand New Revolution" Guts
2012 "Forgotten Notes" Hackman
2013 "The Place" Inc.
2012 "Lovery" (Soul Cuban Vibe Mix) Kiko Navarro, Tuccilo and Amor
2012 "Breaking" Kyodai
2012 "Ghost" Mala
2013 "Harpoon Land" Owiny Sigoma Band
2010 "1750 (Outra)" Richard Spaven, Vincent Helbers and Jonas Lonnas
2012 "Forest Funk" Swindle
2013 "Cold Air" The Hics
1979 "Throw Down" Tom Browne
2013 "Harm in Change" Toro Y Moi
2011 "Beginnings" Trickski
2012 "Live Your Life" (MeLo-X Motherland God mix) Yuna

Talk stations[edit]

As with previous installments in the series, Grand Theft Auto V features two public talk radio stations:[8] West Coast Talk Radio and Blaine County Talk Radio.[9] West Coast Talk Radio, also known as WCTR, was previously featured on the radio in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. In both renditions, the station includes a program featuring Lazlow (portrayed by radio personality Lazlow Jones) and Fernando Martinez (portrayed by Frank X. Chavez), fictional characters who are featured in multiple games in the series.[10][11]

Blaine County Talk Radio[edit]

Program Host Guests Topics
Blaine County Radio Community Hour Ronald Jakowski (voiced by David Mogentale) none Conspiracy theories
Beyond Insemination Duane Earl (voiced by Danny McBride) none Advice call-in talk show
Bless Your Heart Bobby June, Ricky and Samantha Muldoon
(voiced by Trish Suhr, Shelton Smith and Melissa van der Schyff)
Jock Cranley (voiced by Alexy Anthony) Talk cooking show

WCTR: West Coast Talk Radio[edit]

Program Host Guests Topics
Chakra Attack Dr. Ray De Angelo Harris and Cheryl
(voiced by J. B. Smoove and Annie Lederman)[12]
none West Coast approach to spirituality
The Fernando Show Fernando Martinez and Jo
(voiced by Frank X. Chavez and Ann Scobie)
none Talk show
Chattersphere Lazlow and Michele Makes
(voiced by Lazlow Jones and Rachel Feinstein)[10]
Brother Adrian (voiced by John Keating) Talk show

Other in-game music[edit]

Year Song title Artist Mission
1986 "Clown Dream"[b] Danny Elfman "Grass Roots - Trevor"[6]
1981 "V-I-S-I-T-O-R-S" Visitors "Grass Roots - Michael"[6]
2013 "Dog" Wavves "The Third Way"[6]

Merchandise[edit]

The games in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, including all of the main series games, have led to a soundtrack album release. Many have also inspired orchestral, vocal, or piano arrangement albums as well. Grand Theft Auto V is the first entry in its series to make use of an original score.[13] Music supervisor Ivan Pavlovich noted that creating original score for the game was "daunting" given that it would be a first for the series.[3] Like previous entries in the series, the game also contains licensed music tracks provided by an in-game radio. Pavlovich noted that the team did not want the original music to detract from the use of licensed music as well, but rather to accompany it.[4] He further considered that the team had to balance the "ambient subtext and tension" of the score with onscreen action in the game.[14] To work on the score, Rockstar brought The Alchemist, Oh No and Tangerine Dream on board with Woody Jackson, who had collaborated with the team on three previous projects, Red Dead Redemption (2010), L.A. Noire (2011) and Max Payne 3 (2012).[15] In collaboration with each other, the team of producers composed twenty hours of music which scores the game's missions.[5] In addition, music plays dynamically throughout the game in both the single-player and multiplayer modes.[16]

Early in the game's development, the music team were shown an early build of the game before conducting production on the score. Their work on the score was mostly complete later in the game's development, but they continued composing up until the final build of the game had to be submitted for manufacturing. Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream's founding member, was initially uninterested in being involved in music production on the game. After being flown into the studio and shown the game, he had a change of heart, impressed by the game's scale and cinematic nature. Froese's initial eight months of work on the score produced 62 hours of music.[3] He recorded with Tangerine Dream in Austria, but further work was mainly conducted at Jackson's studio in the United States, which The Alchemist and Oh No accessed.[4]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Incorrectly credited as "Take the Money and Run" in the game's manual.
  2. ^ Licensed from the Pee-wee's Big Adventure soundtrack
Footnotes
  1. ^ Sources that refer to the original score in Grand Theft Auto V include:
  2. ^ R* Q (24 September 2013). "The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Three Volume Digital Album Now Available on iTunes". Rockstar Games. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Corriea, Alexa Ray (3 October 2013). "The accidental excellence of GTA 5's soundscape". Polygon. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Stutz, Colin (26 October 2013). "Rockstar Music Head on 'Grand Theft Auto V': We've Topped What's Come Before (Audio)". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Shamoon, Evan (28 August 2013). "Inside the 'Grand Theft Auto V' Soundtrack". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner). Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag "Rockstar reveals definitive GTA 5 radio station song list: From Rick James to FIDLAR". Metro (DMG Media). 3 October 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Hohnen, Mike (29 August 2013). "New 'GTA V' Soundtrack Details: WAVVES, Flying Lotus, Keith Morris To Host Radio Stations". Music Feeds. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Hamilton, Kirk (28 August 2013). "Good Lord, The GTA V Soundtrack Is Going To Be Amazing". Kotaku. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Hooton, Christopher (2 September 2013). "Get a taste of the GTA 5 radio stations: From Fly LoFM to Vinewood Boulevard Radio". Metro (DMG Media). Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Owen, Phil (23 August 2013). "GTA 5 Radio and Soundtrack Leaked -- Lazlow Is Back". GameFront. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Rockstar North (17 September 2013). "Music Credits - GTA Media". Grand Theft Auto V: The Manual. Rockstar Games. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Miller, Simon (16 September 2013). "GTA 5: 11 Little Things You Need To Know". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Robinson, Andy (12 November 2012). "GTA V will introduce a musical score for missions". Computer and Video Games. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  14. ^ Hatchman, Jonathan (26 November 2013). "Know The Score: The Music Of Grand Theft Auto V". Clash. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  15. ^ R* Q (31 August 2013). "GTAV Soundtrack Interviews and Details... Plus "Sleepwalking" by The Chain Gang of 1974 from the Official Trailer". Rockstar Games. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  16. ^ Stuart, Keith (12 November 2012). "Grand Theft Auto V preview: the inside story". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 August 2013.