Awesome Music: Grand Theft Auto V

Licensed Music

From original seventh-gen release:

  • Really, Radio Mirror Park in general is an entire radio station full of awesome music (notably, some of the three ending songs and the opening theme for GTA Online all come from this station). A large number of series fans have declared it the best GTA Radio station ever.
  • CW McCall's legendary hit Convoy.
  • Johnny Cash's "The General Lee". Beyond the simple fact that you're listening to the Man in Black, it fits tearing through Blaine County in Trevor's Bodhi like a glove.
  • Non-Stop Pop FM serves as a history lesson on pop music, from classic songs like Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls" and Wham's "Everything She Wants", to 90's dance hits like Corona's "Rhythm of the Night" and Stardust's "Music Sounds Better With You", ending with present day songs like Rihanna's "Only Girl in the World". All this comes together to provide the perfect backdrop for the glamour and heartbreaks of Los Santos.
  • FlyLo FM is a mix of experimental and eclectic music, including Hudson Mohawke's monstrous "100HM", Thundercat's smooth "Oh Sheit It's X" and Tyler, The Creator's haunting "Garbage". It also includes a few classic tracks such as Outkast's "Elevators (Me & You)" and Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker" for good measure.
  • For hip-hop fans, especially fans of the original Radio Los Santos, West Coast Classics is a gold mine. With tracks like the aforementioned "Appetite for Destruction", 2Pac's "Ambitionz az a Ridah", Ice Cube's "You Know How We Do It", Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's "The Next Episode", Geto Boys' "My Mind's Playin' Tricks on Me" and MC Eiht's "Streiht-Up Menace", and even a few obscure bangers like Kausion's "What You Wanna Do?", you're always guaranteed a great song when you switch to this station.

Added in eighth-gen and PC release:

Original Music

  • Given that Tangerine Dream and the DJ duo Gangrene were involved in composing the instrumental OST, it's no surprise that there's some very cool synth on display.
    • Both of the themes for Trevor's Rampages - the former is pumped-up, furious biker rock, and the latter actually sounds like some kind of alien attack on the city.
    • "Fresh Meat", played during the mission of the same name. The perfect accompaniment for rampaging through a slaughterhouse to rescue Michael from the Chinese.
    • "We Were Set Up" and "Hood Safari", two tracks that are equal parts cool and menacing, and make your encounters with the Ballas that much more memorable.
    • "Mr. Philips", a crazy, raging electric guitar heavy track with a quieter, but still menacing, subdued portion that's the perfect theme for Trevor's first proper mission.
    • North Yankton Memories and its muted counterparts, which show up throughout the game's heists. It's electric, but oddly calming for the shootouts.
    • If you're flying in a plane, helicopter or blimp and turn off the radio, this plays. It's basically an alternate version of the aforementioned "We Were Set Up", but is much more mellow and relaxing, and makes flying so much more atmospheric. Get in your blimp at around dark, keep the radio off, fly over Los Santos, and just sit back and chill out over the city lights.
    • The Epsilon Program's theme, played on their website and in a few of their missions. It somehow manages to be both soothing and unnerving at the same time.